As a teenager, I attempted from time to time to perform assorted mechanical functions on my own car.
In the next few weeks there will be a morning that is my favorite every year.
A few days ago I visited a homeowner who was clearing by hand brush, vines and under growth on their small farm. The person was surprised when I pointed out the vines were poison ivy. The pile of brush they had planned to burn also contained poison ivy. The smoke from burning poison ivy can cause health problems.
Many times county agents hear gardeners say: "I used to grow a beautiful garden in this spot, but for the last few years it has gotten progressively worse.
I watch more television than I should. I guess that is better than some things I could be doing.
I answered the phone and she said the magic words, "Hey, Dad," which just melts me into this big tub of goo.
We know that landscaping adds beauty and gardening can provide great vegetables. However, the work you do with your landscape and garden can be much more rewarding.
You can over mulch. Over-mulching is a serious problem responsible for the decline and death of many shallow rooted shrubs as well as large coniferous and deciduous trees.
Powdery mildew is a common fungal disease of numerous ornamental plants including dogwood, rose, phlox and many bedding plants.
On both sides of my family there is a story of a hardscrabble upbringing.
Most people understand the importance of honeybees, but every year there are unintentional kill or damage of honeybee colonies resulting from insecticide usage.
Two things growing commonly on trees are lichens and mistletoe. They may be common but often misunderstood by homeowners.
This may be the year of the wildlife revolt.
With the heat the past two weeks, many summer vegetable gardens have passed their peak. There are however a number of tips that may be helpful to lawns and gardens during August.
I was walking through the grocery store late one afternoon in the spring picking up some flowers for the birthday celebration of one of our daughters. I grabbed up a pretty bouquet and was heading for the checkout when I saw a lady I knew from church.
Early March can be one of the blandest times in the landscape.
"Mama, is it bad that I am happy?"
I just finished sending out congratulatory messages across the globe to various women I have worked with through the decades.
Now is the time to start preparing your garden for potato plantings.
"So, how are Mama and Uncle Bobby doing without Granny?" my friend Renee asked as she took a seat across the table from me.
It must be open season on people who are overweight.
With all of the recent winter weather, a summer lawn may be the last thing on your mind. However, now is the time to start thinking about controlling summer annual weeds, such as crabgrass.
I sometimes think people have lost all sense of boundaries and personal decorum.
The winter storm of the past week has led to many shrubs and trees damaged in home landscapes.
I have often marveled how teachers could do it. Not just the keeping a classroom of children occupied or trying to keep track of how many kids have gone to the restroom, either. I have always been in awe of those good teachers who really inspire their students to learn.
I am not by any means a jewelry girl.
My "here" is quite different from what it was at the beginning of 2015.
No one listens to me.
Winter doesn't seem like a good time for insect control in your home orchard or landscape, does it? The frigid temperatures of February aren't conducive to much insect activity. However, right now insects are hiding out on your trees and shrubs waiting for the warm temperatures of spring to pop out and mess with your plants.
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