March 19, 2014
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One picture of winter damage...
... that's what Steven stepped out to capture. He came back in
towing a cart-full of troubling symptoms and interesting effects
that may also greet you when you go out to reconnect with your
garden. After a tough and record breaking winter we should have
expected it -- the one article we planned turned into seven. Use it
as a heads up and head off trouble by reading the signs your first
Then, it will be "Trouble, get behind me!"
In Main Features: Assessing winter's toll on your
Ah spring, we embrace you, just as soon as we deal with the
vestiges of winter's cold. Start from this page to scan and check
into various categories of trouble. Please don't miss our
When evergreens go brown in spring
it happens, how to evaluate the damage, what you need to know
about growth buds and damage to wood. If you wonder about a pine,
spruce, falsecypress or other needled evergreen that's made a
recent alarming change, this is the place to go for
Predicting deciduous- and broadleaf dieback
Few things are more frustrating than losing an established
favorite shrub to winter's vagaries, but sometimes it happens. Even
more aggravating is such a loss that remains mysterious. Here are
signs to look
for and solutions that will help you move quickly beyond the
trouble. This article includes broadleaf evergreen problems.
Deciding what to cut
What's dead or badly injured should be removed. Use this
guide to cut it in quick, sure fashion.
Hungry animals make their mark during winter
signs, help plants recover, and maybe even improve your animal
Blooms lost to cold
Cherry, dogwood, rhododendron are our examples. We use them to
show you how to predict the upcoming blooms and
What held its leaves may now need help
plants that did not drop their leaves in fall are special
cases. Give them special attention this spring.
Odd but not trouble
Sometimes problems can loom so large that even simple
oddities become worrisome. We hope that won't happen to you now
on the brink of what may be the most glorious, all-at-once spring,
Linked throughout to help you remedy all the effects of winter
snow, salt and wind
it happened in winter there's some help for it here.
Believe it or not, we still have fun out there, even when
problems top our to-do list. We hope you do, too.
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