Early warm-up leads to early weeds

Hopes for a late spring are quickly fading this week and along with the warm-up comes an earlier invasion of winter lawn weeds. Back in botany class, I can recall the term “Indicator Plant” ...

Preparing for spring

It might seem a little early to start preparations for the 2017 growing season, but cool season weeds are already popping up and your tools and garden equipment need to be ready when spring arrives. I ...

New Year's resolution No. 1 -- lawn

Many of us who made New Year’s resolutions have by now completed all those related to eating better, getting more exercise or losing pounds, so now we can move on to items such as getting our la ...

The art and science of pruning

Pruning woody plants was never intended to be all about size control of overgrown shrubs and trees, but most of what occurs each season is predominantly for size control. Because we have numerous spec ...

Planting trees and woody plants

Now that the new year is upon us, it is time to think about activities to prepare and improve our landscapes for the upcoming growing season. Woody shrubs and trees are often planted in the fall and w ...

Enjoy the birds

Now that winter has arrived with wet and cold conditions, we tend to spend less time enjoying our outdoor environment. One way to bring a part of outdoors closer to home is feeding, observing and iden ...

Brilliant fall foliage

Our fall leaf display was astounding in recent weeks in many parts of the Lakelands. Many people often ask the question, “Why do the leaves turn colors in autumn?” There are the biochemica ...

Arbor Day and trees

Even with severe drought and heat, the fall foliage show of our forest and landscape trees was excellent in many places this year. It highlights one of the many benefits of trees in our landscape and ...

Goat management seminar

Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service will conduct a one-day goat management seminar Nov. 29 at the Edgefield County Extension Conference Room, 304 Gray St., Edgefield. The program runs fro ...

Ornamental grasses shine

As most warm season plants start to fade a few well-placed clumps of ornamental grass often shine this time of year. For years pampas grass was the rage. But its main drawback was size and maintenance ...

Indoor plant selection and care

With the onset of cooler temperatures we often turn our attention to indoor plants. Many of our indoor plants spend the summer outside on a porch or patio. Most of us have to move them inside and ofte ...

Killing trees with mulch

Yes, the title may seem unusual or provocative, but each year I see more examples of improper mulch applications that contribute to damage and pre-mature death to trees in the Lakelands. The favorite ...

Assessing fall lawn and plants

As the summer growing season comes to an end and temperatures decline, many yard, garden and landscape tasks are a little bit more tolerable. Be aware that there are warm season weeds setting seed to ...

Moving into pruning time

After what seemed like an endless hot and dry summer, we are finally entering our fall season. Thank goodness. Less grass to mow, irrigate or consume most of our outdoor management time. Now we enter ...

Fall great time to plant woody plants

As container-grown and marketed shrubs and trees have become readily available for spring planting, there are fewer people planting container or bare-root plants during the fall and winter. After one ...

Flowers for autumn

The calendar says its fall, even if the weather says otherwise. But at local garden centers and nurseries, two of our favorite flowers are arriving and ready to go. Though quite different in form and ...

Easier shrubs for the future

Even with a difficult growing season, many shrubs have done quite well locally. For many, it seems as though shrubs purchased 10-25 years ago have grown more like trees than the tag on the small conta ...

Autumn home and garden tips

As summer heat starts to subside, there are many home and garden tasks ahead and less daylight to get it done. If you allocate one hour per day preparing your outdoor and indoor plants for winter, the ...

Plant rejuvenation from the ground up

For many local garden enthusiasts 2016 has been a difficult and frustrating growing season. A summer with long periods of little rainfall and severe heat has left most gardens and turf in less than pe ...

A tough year for turf

Going back to early October 2015 when rain storms pounded the Lakelands our area has suffered from various weather extremes. Heavy rainfall saturated the area and left soggy conditions heading into th ...