Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Cut the vines that bind

One of the advantages of winter is that certain problem areas are more readily apparent. For example, invasive vines stand out in stark relief against the trees those vines are climbing – and strangling. Use your walks around your own property and neighboring areas to spot unwanted species such as Asian bittersweet, wisteria, and English ivy. Cut them close to the ground and leave them in place to die, while periodically checking the site for growth from the vine’s roots.


Wednesday, February 17, 2021

A great month to prune

Another advantage of winter is the opportunity to see problem areas in your shrubs and fruit trees. Without leaves, problems such as water spouts and crossing branches are easy to spot and just as easy to cut out. Making certain you’ve recently sharpened your pruners, go after those problem areas you can easily reach from the ground. If the problem requires a ladder though, it’s time to call in a professional.


Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Woodchucks Go Home!

For reasons lost to history, each February 1 we still insist on exalting the groundhog or, as they’re known in New England, woodchucks. Maybe Bill Murray is to blame. Woodchucks do extensive damage to landscaping wherever they’re able to establish a colony. They may be cute, but they’re noxious pests in any garden. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Help the birds get through the winter

Birds that choose to overwinter in New England do so because they can find sufficient food. Water, though, is harder; and even vernal pools can freeze up in February. You can do your avian friends a good turn by either purchasing and setting up an electrically heated water station, or frequently replenishing the water in your unheated bird bath placed in a sunny location.