In the Garden: Fall Planting for Lilacs

How to Plant and Grow Lilacs Fall is a great time to plan ahead for your spring garden. Lilacs are among the most carefree of all shrubs. Their needs are simple: plenty of sunlight, good drainage, fertile soil, and annual pruning. Choose a planting site carefully and the only care needed is yearly pruning to maintain a nice shape.

In The Garden: Spring Bulbs

Bulbs: Invest Now for a Beautiful Spring Display Nothing says “spring” quite like the emergence of daffodils!  I love how their cheerful yellow faces banish the gloom of winter and announce the hopefulness of sunshine and warmer weather. Although it may be difficult to think spring when the holidays are right around the corner, now is the time to plant these harbingers of spring:  tulips, daffodils, crocuses, hyacinth and grape hyacinths.

What’s All the Fuss About Mulch?

What’s All the Fuss About Mulch? Mulch has gone beyond being useful, to be its own element in the landscape, adding health and beauty to the garden when done properly. The purpose of mulching is to cover the roots of a plant with something to hold in moisture and prevent erosion, to keep the roots cool in summer and warm in winter, to reduce weed growth, and to possibly add nutrients to the soil (depending on what is used). Mulch can be applied in any season and should be installed at least once a year. Some homeowners mulch every six …