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....

April showers bring May flowers

By on Apr 28, 2011 in Early Spring |

April showers bring May flowers……..and as wet as this April has been let’s hope those May flowers aren’t pilgrims but rather the blooming type. It has been a long haul to get to warming air and soil temperatures this spring significantly slowing down the landscape’s awakening from it’s winter slumber. Finally today, April 28, my soil thermometer began playing with 50 plus as it ticked just above the 50 degree mark as pictured here. If the sky clears and we are fortunate to get a few sunny days we can start to move the needle into a range that gets this party started!

The “Lawn” and Winding Road

By on Mar 8, 2011 in Early Spring |

The “lawn” and winding road that leads to your door…will never disappear…I’ve “seed” that road before…..Ah yes, the words of Paul McCartney and John Lennon could have just as easily been referring to the damage now appearing in your front lawn. Snow is the great equalizer as everyone’s lawns look the same…but when the snow clears…that’s when the rubber meets the road. Time for some “lawn” and order with issues like these: You have an arsenal and some friends as the snow clears. First of all Voles are now exposed to natural predators and can no longer operate under the cover of snow. You are left with repairing the collateral damage however. With Moles I recommend finding the active runways and strategically place some Bromethalin worms (Tomcat Mole Worms) in those revisited runways. A high percentage of...

April Weather in Michigan

By on Apr 20, 2010 in Early Spring |

Just a simple reminder of what April can be like here in Michigan. As we enjoy beautiful sunny April days here in Michigan this year, the tendency is to complain when the inevitable cool and cloudy day comes along. I remind myself not to complain, but rather to be thankful for the beautiful days we are given…..make the most of them! As a reminder here are some pictures I took on April 24, 2005 when a surprise overnight snow fall blanketed the spring landscape.

The Garden Hotline

By on Apr 5, 2010 in Early Spring |

I had the opportunity and privilege to host The Garden Hotline syndicated radio show based out of WOR 710 in New York this past weekend. It was fun to talk to gardeners and yardeners in the Northeast who face the same gardening challenges we have here in Michigan. The callers to the show and the people at WOR 710 were great and made me feel welcome sitting in as a guest host for Ralph Snodsmith. If you would like to listen to the podcasts from the show I have posted the links here. The link to hour one of the Garden Hotline: http://www.wor710.com/topic/play_window.php?audioType=Episode&audioId=4533482 The link to hour two of the Garden Hotline: http://www.wor710.com/topic/play_window.php?audioType=Episode&audioId=4533481

In like a lamb and out like a lamb

By on Mar 31, 2010 in Early Spring |

March 31, 2010 was a beautiful way to end the month of March in West Michigan. This year March was in like a lamb and out like a lamb in West Michigan. The warm air temperatures are having an impact on soil temperatures. As you can see from the reading above on March 31 we’re closing in on 50 degree soil temps! The warm air temperatures are waking up the landscape. Things will really start moving including germination of crabgrass and the need for application of a pre-emergent barrier when soil temperatures get to the 55 to 60 degree range. Now take a look below at the soil temperature reading along the curb edge of a busy roadside strip of grass……56 degrees the very next day, April 1. This points out the fact that it’s important to apply crabgrass controls with care and precision along road, driveway and sidewalk edges. A little “lawn and order!”...