Category Archives: Organics

Preventing Winter Damage to Rhododendrons and other Broad Leaf Evergreens

The recent deep freeze in Connecticut reminded me of the importance of protecting the evergreens that many of us rely on to dress up our foundations and use as winter interest in garden beds.  Although, these plants are masters at acclimating to our winters by entering dormancy, very low temperatures are damaging to leaves and…

Public Service announcement about Hydrangea’s winter damage

We are getting many people calling nervous that their Hydrangeas never looked this way this time of year.  This is concerning the classic Hydrangea macrophylla, very popular in New England, mophead flowers in blue to pink/purple.  If your plants new leaves are only coming from the ground and not on last year growth, you can blame…

Proper Tree Mulching

Mulching your landscape, for many, is an annual event to dress up your landscape for the new growing season.  It is a spring cleaning of sorts.  Whether you apply it yourself or hire a company, there is a right way and a wrong way to mulch your trees.  Aside from the aesthetic reasons to mulch,…

There is a Sea Anemone growing out of my Cedar Tree, Help!

 No, silly, that is not a sea anemone, it’s a pathogen called Gymnosproangium juniperi-virginianae.  “A what?” you say.  It is cool to look at, but it is evidence of Cedar-Apple Rust.  It is the best known and most common of all the gymnosporangium rusts.  This is dangerous in areas where apple trees are abundant because…

Proof of an Organic Christmas Tree Farm

While walking with my family through our Christmas tree farm we came upon a Norway Spruce with these peculiar looking capsules hanging from the underside of the branch. It was a wonderful teaching moment because they are Praying Mantis egg sacs (ootheca) and they are so interesting. I explained that the female mantis will lay…

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