What's Coming Up 204: Grubs, bulbs, oak problems, Harry Lauder

And much more!

It's your link to all the postings from fall, 2013 and late fall, 2013:

In the Main Features department:
Stop blaming grubs: This is an eye opener for every lawn tender. Please use this grub coverage to convince one other person to stop using grub killer. No one should use the stuff unless there at least 8 grubs per square foot under the lawn.
Plus nitty gritty for as deep as you care to dig:
      How to help your lawn... the better answer rather than aiming to hurt grubs.
      Determining if it's really grub trouble.
      Controlling grubs. Many methods, not only that bag of granules!
      Grub life cycles: Know 'em to beat 'em!
      Good guy grubs: Yes you heard a-right, there are good grubs, too.
      Grubs never lose: There's no beating them forever.
      Grub war collateral damage: Kill a grub, ripple out through the environment.


In This week in our gardens, two articles:
Oak galls rain down. What were those odd little balls and bumps on the oak leaves this year? Why you should disagree if a tree care company tells you to address the galls with pesticide.
Late planting of bulbs. December already? January? Go ahead and plant those fall bulbs if the ground's not frozen. The main thing is whether the bulbs are still firm!
River birch Christmas branch: We celebrate the holidays with a pagan flare, turn our living room into a forest, and create a prayer for hope and prosperity for all our kith and kin.


In our Green Thumbs Up department: Fall is fun, not cold! Pat yourself on the back and count your blessings if you brave the cold fall mornings to get out there in fall.


In Tip cuttings:
Pick organic produce: Plus the ugly question, and the reasons why.
Saving Harry Lauder: When this twisty shrub begins to wane, what's going on and how it might be saved from disease, or from lace bug.
The latest daisy: If you have not grown Montauk daisy you may have missed the fall showboat.


In the Mentors magic department:
Grow a fig tree in zone 5: Maybe friends tell you you're goofy for the special things you do to protect plants over winter. After you take a look at this and you'll know you aren't whacky at all. Includes a zone 9 frozen fig and a fig growth log.
Indian summer: It comes every year -- but not until after Veterans' Day. Nice weather earlier than November 11 is just normal fall fare. This year Indian summer came on a rainy weekend, darn it!


In the 45mph garden: Odd fruit rates a doubletake. Shaggy redbuds and mutant magnolias seemed to abound this year, but it was all just fruity circumstance. It was also a license for us to collect and report on a whole batch of odd fruit situations in one article.


In Aiming for answers, hit or miss:
The A-B-C's of holiday decor take you through three simple steps to turn your garden cuttings into world class decorations.
No-Splay arbs dropped into this department, too. Given the amount of snow there's been in the region this winter, if you have an arborvitae hedge you will probably need this advice by early spring!


In Scrabbling in the garden: Oak leaves hang on to rate a 10 on the cool word scale. Includes additional chapters to help you recognize tree trouble right now, in time to decide whether the tree really needs your help, if insects are the issue and whether you can solve problems sch as scale before spring.


In Expert afield: Read about Best fall bloom. This is a bloomin' spectacular, a barrow full of plant recommendations, colorful combinations and beautiful images to keep a garden blooming long into fall. If you missed reading it in fall, no worries -- it's important information to have in hand before you go shopping in spring.


In the Kid's Views department: Scuffling and learning. If you ever walk outdoors with a young one, check this out.


In About Us: The Real Deal, we posted holiday greetings with a 2013 wrap-up. It's for our friends who like to keep up with out personal doings and our family.