Snow Mold when the snow is “Lawn” gone

By on Mar 17, 2015 in Early Spring |

So why all the problems with snow mold this spring? The answer lies in my opinion with the weather last November. Even though you possibly did everything right, weather conditions set up for the perfect storm, especially if your lawn is clay soil based or you haven’t core aerated in a few years. The lawn was still growing when the early snows hit last year….followed by a long winter of snow cover. The lawn is the host and the disease we call snow mold was present waiting for conditions to be ripe. You see even though we as people are dealing in winter with frigid winds and cold….under the snow which serves as insulation the turf is in a wet humid dark environment with temperatures around or just above freezing….ideal conditions for snow mold. I went back to look and the first 10 to 15 days of November we had some days in the 50’s and 60’s. Mid...

What’s “Growing” On?

By on Mar 3, 2015 in Early Spring |

(Garden Trends 2015) The activity of gardening is synonymous with a healthy lifestyle. People see their outdoor space and activities as an extension and reflection of themselves. Not only is the outdoor area a living space, it is also a reflection of our personalities and a healthy lifestyle. The Millennial generation (18-35) is leading the charge for change including front yard gardens and goats in cities and suburbs. In some cases this includes movements to change neighborhood ordinances. Recently we posed the subject of the return of the clothesline to the yard on my radio show. The phone lines lit up with wide and varied opinions. As a kid I remember the clotheslines in the neighborhood and the sometimes embarrassing public displays of garments flapping in the breeze. Many Baby Boomers like me have these memories including the smell of line dried sheets on the bed at night. For...

Running Wild

By on Apr 22, 2014 in Early Spring |

I enjoy my runs in April as I prepare for the 5th 3rd River Bank run coming up in May. Every time I hit the Kent Trails at this time of year I see something new popping up. The Kent Trails between M-6 and 84th street are fertile with wildflowers. From the Trilliums to the Trout lily, from the Bloodroot to the Mayapple, I get a good swift kick in the “plants” on my training runs. My favorite “Ka-Bloom” has and I think always will be the Hellebores I find in bloom along the trail.      

Hot House

By on Apr 16, 2014 in Early Spring |

I believe there is a direct link between your health and being surrounded by plants. Not just consuming healthy vegetation….but absorbing the “mood” benefit of plants can have a direct impact on wellness. Watch this news story where we tried a “Yoga Heat” class in our greenhouse: http://www.wzzm13.com/story/life/wellness/healthy-you/2014/04/15/greenhouseyogawellness/7750371/  

How long has this been “growing” on?

By on Mar 28, 2014 in Early Spring |

How long has this been “growing” on? I’m so anxious to get growing, how about you? After a long winter we’re all ready to grow something. In April a lot of garden activities center on lawn care, mulching, soil preparation and some planting of hardy plants like trees. Remember Arbor Day? Well there’s more to it than that, it’s “grow” time. You can get a jump start on the season with some tender plants by pushing the envelope with some light frost tolerant annuals and by polishing up on your container planting skills. Contain yourself, it’s “grow” time. Let me first “plant” this idea in your head. I’m a big fan of pansies and violas because they’re colorful and tough. That’s right, frost tolerant and durable with the cutest little colorful faces you’ve ever seen. I suggest you plant up some pots of pansies to get your fix. If we get an unfortunate night time temperature that goes beyond...

A “Root” awakening

By on Apr 2, 2013 in Early Spring |

If April showers bring May flowers then you my friend are in for a “root” awakening. Every April is different which adds to the adventure. I’ve seen 80-degree temperatures and I’ve seen frosts that would freeze the hardiest of plants. I’ve see sunshine and I’ve seen snow. Sounds like a James Taylor song doesn’t it? Last year we had an early March warm up waking the entire landscape only to freeze in the great Arbor day frost of 2012. So what should we expect from our landscape dreams during the month of April? You my friend are in for a “root” awakening. April first of all is a big month for lawn care in Michigan. The lawn greens and begins to grow and we welcome the sound of lawnmowers awakening in our neighborhoods. A great month to get a deal on a 4 step lawn plan applying the first step now and storing the remaining 3 steps in the garage or shed for applications later in the year....