June 9, 2016
Home Orchards can be very rewarding but take a lot of work, including a very routine schedule of sprays to protect the young developing fruits and leaves against both foliar and fruit diseases and insects that can damage our fruits and eat the leaves. Cedar Apple Rust and Apple scab are the two main diseases and insects like the Apple Maggot and Codling Moth. Most home orchardists with use a combination product containing control material for diseases and insects. Other tasks include doing any needed fruit thinning to allow fewer apples to mature. This also will promote annual flowering and bearing.
June 2, 2016
Dealing with our spring blooming bulbs the right way an be rewarding with better or more blooms in 2017. Foliage should be leaf intact until the bulb has naturally died down. If you are going to cut some foliage off, limit that to about 1/3 of the levels. Spring is also a great to time to feed your bulbs with mulches of organic matter. We should never tie or braid the leaves together. Bed layout will also help us to hide the fading leaves with plantings in front of the bulbs.
May 26, 2016
Mowing and lawn care can be a real challenge with our cooler, wetter weather. Lawns are growing very strong right now. Mowing more frequently is easy to say than do when we are having lots of rain. Mowing and removing no more than 1/3 of the grass blade is the goal. Mowing more often also lets us leave the clippings on the lawn. Moving the mower deck a notch or two can help us maintain the 1/3 rule if the lawn gets away from us. Sharp blades is just another easy why to keep the lawn look a lot better
May 19, 2016
How your trees are bought at the retail nurseries and Garden Centers can make a difference on how they are planted and cared for. Smaller trees can often be found as a potted plant where the plants entire root system is in that pot. Larger trees are often hand dug or machine dug and called balled and burlaped. The last two have a portion of their root system is left behind when dug. The planting hole can be as important as the condition of the tree itself. Planting holes should be not deeper the soil in a pot or the fair roots of a balled and burlaped tree.
May 12, 2016
May is a great month to be planting trees. Replacing trees lost from the Emerald Ash borer or from the drought of 2012. Placement in the home landscape is a good place to begin, soil types, soil drainage and the sun shade pattern provided by the tree itself as well as the sun shade pattern from the sun and buildings should be taken into account. Tree canopy shape is another consideration for both summer and winter interest.
May 5, 2016
Lawn mowing is a real struggle this time of year. Changing the height of the cut is one way to help catch up. Longer grass is often wetter as well, making it difficult for the mower to function and cut the grass up fine enough not to leave any clumps. Timing on fruit tree sprays are critical for good fruit quality and to protect leaves from disease and insect feeding. Weeds in the landscape beds are out there quickly growing. Winter annuals like chickweed is a prolific seed producing weed that can be found growing quite happily right now. Some are shallow rooted and come out easily, others will have a tap root. Weed control also includes mulching. Continue to plant vegetable transplants that can be planted, they may need to be protected if we get frosty weather.
April 14, 2016
Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up, discusses those very early and early vegetables that can be planted in early April thru late April. To get the most from our gardens, we need to start early and continue to garden late into the fall season. Lots of vegetables can be harvest once school starts through our hard frost and freezes. Richard provides lots of examples of those early vegetables and encourages successive planting to take advantage of any open garden space throughout the season.
April 7, 2016
Host Richard Hentschel talks about early gardening and what that means for our 4 groups of temperature sensitive vegetables. Our typical average frost free date for our area is about May 5th. Gardeners then base those plantings for the very hardy and Frost tolerant vegetable plants. Those vegetables considered tender and warm loving are planted after the average frost free dates. Tender vegetables will need to be protected from frosts and light freezes. Warm loving vegetable cannot tolerate any kind of cold weather.
March 31, 2016
Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up discusses early spring lawn care. Hand raking to remove left over winter debris and dead grass. It is good time to see what kind of perennial weeds are in the lawn and decide what kind of treatment might be needed. A light lawn rolling might be in order if you find the lawn uneven to press the crowns back down into the soil. Getting the lawn mower ready is also a good thing to do. Sharpen the blade if that did not happen last fall as you put the mower away. Consider a new spark plug and fill the mower with fresh gas. Mow the lawn a few times before applying any lawn fertilizers.
March 24, 2016
Host Richard Hentschel talks about dormant pruning . Dormant pruning can be down anytime now before spring growth begins. This is good for most trees and shrubs, hard maples being an exception. It is much easier to plant structure for proper pruning. You can always remove dead wood at any time of the year, spring being one of them. Hentschel talked about the three common methods of pruning, rejuvenation, renewal and heading back cuts. Rejuvenation is great for the smaller fine textured plants. Renewal pruning gives us a new plant over a 3-4 year period and gets rid of established insects and diseases.