Earth Day 2023

Earth Day 2023

EARTH DAY IS SATURDAY, APRIL 22 The theme for Earth Day 2023 is Invest in our Planet. I think this theme says it all. The whole purpose of Earth Day is to raise awareness of what we can do to protect our environment and natural resources for generations to come. Never think that anything you … Read more

Moss in the Lawn

Moss in hands

GOOD OR BAD? IT DEPENDS Lately, homeowners have been coming into the garden center to talk about moss they have discovered growing in their lawns. Most want to know why and what they can do to eliminate the moss. Some other homeowners are OK with having a moss-covered yard. Here are some primary reasons why … Read more

April Gardening Chores

April gardening chores

WHAT A GREAT MONTH FOR GARDENERS The month of March was challenging. March was warm in the beginning and then turned colder during the middle of the month. The last 10 days of March were back to normal for March. But, on a more positive note—March kept up with giving us weekly rainfall, which was … Read more

Boxwood and Boxwood Blight

Boxwood blight is a problem for boxwoods

SHOULD WE BE RECOMMENDING PLANTING BOXWOODS IN OUR LANDSCAPE? Should we be planting boxwoods knowing that boxwood blight is prevalent in Central Virginia? My answer to customers who ask this question is YES, but with a different mindset when choosing boxwood varieties. There is no question that people need to be concerned about boxwood blight … Read more

2023 Perennial Plant of the Year

Rudbeckia American Gold Rush

RUDBECKIA AMERICAN GOLD RUSH Rudbeckia is more commonly called Black-Eyed Susan. The Perennial Plant Association chooses a perennial to honor each year that is suitable for a wide range of growing climates, requires low maintenance, have multi-season interests, and is relatively pest and disease free. To me, this variety of Black Eyed Susan fits the … Read more


Several earthworms in the soil

HOW EARTHWORMS BENEFIT OUR SOIL Some people are freaked out when they see earthworms. Earthworms aren’t everybody’s favorite. I get that. But having earthworms in your soil is an excellent sign in many ways. Earthworms provide many benefits to healthy, productive soils, and wise gardeners do everything they can to maintain healthy populations of earthworms … Read more

March Gardening Chores and Thoughts

March Gardening Chores

ARE YOU READY FOR SPRING? So far, Mother Nature has been very kind to us this winter. I have been following the weather very closely since the beginning of January. We had our sixth warmest January on record. We had weekly rainfall in January and February, keeping our soil moist and our rivers and reservoirs … Read more

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