What’s wrong with my?

What’s wrong with my? Garden Clippings for September 9, 2017 What’s wrong with my Flowering Crab tree? Apple trees and Flowering Crab-apples have been dropping leaves all summer.  Some trees have by now almost completely defoliated.  The culprit is apple scab, a fungus that has done more harm this year than ever, mostly because of…

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Fall Grass Work

Fall Grass Work Garden Clippings for September 2, 2017 Like clockwork.  On August 22, the Japanese Beetles disappeared.  They arrived on July 19 and bothered us for 34 days.  The last beetle keeled over a week ago Tuesday, at around 8:30 in the evening. Okay, perhaps it was not quite so precise.  But Japanese beetles…

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Trees, But

Trees, But. Garden Clippings for August 26, 2017 Looking for the perfect shade tree?  You will be sadly disappointed because there really is no such thing. We love our trees, but ask any homeowner how they like their particular tree, and they will answer with both positives and negatives. My sister in law who lives…

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Butterfly

It was a swell treat to listen to Karen Durance, affectionately known as Sarnia Lambton’s Butterfly Lady, at the monthly Green Drinks event a week ago.  To her spellbound audience of about 40, Karen spoke quietly as if her knowledge and experience of butterflies was second nature.  Those in attendance now have a new appreciation…

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Oak Diseases

Oak Diseases Strong as an Oak. There is perhaps no tree as tough, stately and impressive as an Oak.  The wood of Oak is hard, heavy, and can withstand the fiercest of its enemies. Here in Sarnia Lambton, we have a special fondness for Oaks.  Now that Ash trees have all but disappeared, Oaks are…

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How to Install Sod

How to Install Sod Garden Clippings for August 5, 2017 Sod looks easy enough to apply, just like wallpaper.  But we know that friendships have been strained and marriages have suffered when two like-minded people get together to hang wallpaper. Not so with sod.  In fact, I dare say that relationships are strengthened when two…

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Echinacea

Echinacea Garden Clippings for July 30, 2017 The wonderful advantage that perennials have over annuals is they only need to be planted once, and will come back year after year.  The not so wonderful thing about perennials is their flowering time.  Some perennials, particularly those flowering in early spring, will flower for only a week…

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Dandelions

Dandelions Garden Clippings for July 22, 2017 There wasn’t a weed in sight.   The college campus I visited in Chicago last week had lush grounds with dark green grass stretching from football field to dorms to library to chapel, to admin buildings and all points in between.  Not a weed to be found. In the…

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Purslane

Purslane Garden Clippings for July 15, 2017 Growing up, Purslane was the worst of all weeds.  There was Ragweed, Burdock, Thistle, Queen Ann’s Lace, Horsetail, but Purslane was the most hated. All eleven of us did our fair share of hoeing.  Most of it was done in the hot dry days of July and August. …

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Poppies

Poppies Garden Clippings for July 8 There were poppies as far as our eyes could see.  We had hiked several miles, camped a few nights under the moon, navigated white capped rivers aboard a bamboo raft, and found our way at the northernmost part of Thailand, where it meets the borders of Laos and Burma. …

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