How To Use Your Pump Sprayer To Reach Japanese Beetles In A Tall Crape Myrtle

  I had three calls today to let me know that the Japanese beetles had made their appearance. The last message was a text from my good friend Randolph who wanted to know how to get the pesky beetles that were eating up his crape myrtles. I started to explain the process to him but […]

Plant a bonsai on a mountain side in a shallow dish

A friend gave my wife a beautiful small bonsai dish and then a few weeks later, the same friend presented me with a carefully-chosen small evergreen that was well shaped and only needed a touch up to become an excellent bonsai starter. The plant is chamaecyparis obtusa nana lutea The dish was rather shallow and […]

Proper Pruning for Petunias—Keep them compact and blooming all season.

Petunias are beautiful, quick, and fun to grow. Here’s how to keep them pretty all summer. Trude visited us the other day. She said, “John, you said you would tell me how to grow a well-shaped petunia, but you never did.” I reached for the pruning shears and led her over to a nice plant […]

How to fix a water hose that kinks and leaks

Do you need a new water hose or do you need to try these simple directions to get the kinks and leaks out of your life? Watering plants and meditation go well together unless you have to constantly stop and unkink the hose. This is a simple concept and I don’t want to insult anyone, […]

A Garden Tour of the Callaway Estate in LaGrange, Georgia. Part one of several

Let me tell you a secret. There is a magnificent garden to visit in LaGrange, Georgia. My wife and I made plans to go to LaGrange for a Saturday visit with some friends. Dekie and I like to visit small towns and see the sights, the architecture, and to just get a feel for the […]

Grow your own Hydrangea Plants From Cuttings.

Just like Grandma did Rooting Hydrangeas in April. You can start your own hydrangea plants in April just like Grandma did in the “Good old days.” (I’m writing this article on April 6 in Northwest Georgia. At this time of year your hydrangea plants could look different according to how far north or south you […]

How to mix your own super potting soil

My secret formula for making good potting soil and saving money. Good, clean potting soil, it’s cheap, and it really works. I need to repot some older plants and plant some new ones. I’m going to need a lot of potting soil and potting soil is expensive. I’ve been thinking about it for some time […]

Flowers for Late Winter and Early Spring—part one of a series

I love to watch the progression of winter into spring by noticing the flowers as they appear while the season progresses. This year I kept a photo-log. I was happy to find that even though I’m not well enough organized to keep the dates, the camera is. I started on February 1 with the first […]

Timing is Everything—Landscape Maintenance in January. Let The Light Shine In

People ask, “What should I do in my yard in January and February? Is it time to prune the shrubbery? What else should I do?” Here are some of the treatments that I provide for my clients this time of year. It also occurred to me that I am one of my clients, thanks to […]

Make a Quick, Safe, And Inexpensive Area For Your Outdoor Fire Pit

Outdoor fire pits are fun. They can also be dangerous. There are many different ways for building a fire pit, and I will explore some of them in the next few weeks. This week we were cleaning up and planting winter pansies for a long-time client who asked if she could add something on. I […]