The second week of April is a great time to add trees, shrubs and perennials to the garden. Rhododendrons, azaleas and flowering trees are also in bloom this week and easy to find at local nurseries. If you notice a lovely plant growing in someone else’s garden but both you and the neighbor are unsure of the name, just snip off a small piece and carry it to a nursery or Master Gardener clinic for identification.
I’ve lived on the Great Plains all my life, and if I ever left this region for too long, I would dearly miss it. This lovely poem by Carol Light, who lives in Washington state, reminds me of that.
Cherry and flowering plum blossoms are signaling the arrival of spring. As the blossoms fade and new foliage begins to appear, various pests are lying in wait to begin their annual feasts. The following are signs of some of the more common and highly visible insects and diseases that soon will be visible.
Why aerate your lawn? Aeration will help spring rains penetrate the soil so roots will grow deeper and your lawn will need less water from you. Leave the plugs to decompose back into the soil.
There have not been any deaths associated with the illness, but the Department of Health reports 90 confirmed cases so far this year. In all of 2011, there were only 128 cases of the disease. In 2010 there were 84 cases.
Parents make many important decisions with regards to their children. Though parents would probably argue all such decisions are important, it’s clear some bear more significance than others.
One of the most important discussions parents can have with their children is a discussion about alcohol. Parents are often wary of such a discussion, fearing if they come on too strongly when discussing the dangers of alcohol that their children might be too curious about alcohol to avoid it.