A new recipe for success this fall

Sunday, November 9, 2014 9:00 a.m.

Fall is for planting, so here is a recipe for amending the soil for flower beds. You could use the same recipe for trees and shrubs with some slight modification. Test soil first, if possible, and wait 30 days to plant if you're able.

Fall is here at last

Sunday, October 12, 2014 9:58 a.m.

I would like to start this week’s article with a shout out to Charleston RiverDogs’ head grounds superintendent Mike Williams. Mike (Riley Park) won the South Atlantic Leagues’ Field of the Year honors for 2014.

How to manage leaf gall this spring

Friday, May 9, 2014 11:46 a.m.

I guess in the restaurant (“Foodie”) world, they call them “pairings.” Most of the customer base I deal with calls them “cocktails.” Basically, when you get a synergistic effect from adding two or more items together – when 1 + 1 = 5 not 2. When the two or more items together act better than the two or more items act individually, you have synergy. …

Sometimes it’s best to leave it to the pros UPDATED

Sunday, March 9, 2014 6:00 a.m.

Recently, a reader asked: “Spring is just around the corner and I'm ready to work out in my yard! My problem is that I have limited time and lots of yard problems. I have ants, weeds and I need to put out a pre-emergent. My dog also had fleas last year. I was wondering if there is a product that will do all of these at once, or if I have to …

Cleaning up for Spring UPDATED

Saturday, March 1, 2014 10:00 a.m.

The Tulip Magnolia (Saucer Magnolia) is blooming in the Lowcountry. It is time to be sure the winter projects have been completed and the proactive spring projects in the yard and around the house have been taken care of.

Time to prune back our cold-damaged plants UPDATED

Sunday, February 23, 2014 10:00 a.m.

Control small-seeded annual summer weeds now with a preemergent product. Enough said.

Legend has it that Cupid gave a red rose to Harpocrates, the god of silence

Sunday, February 16, 2014 5:31 a.m.

With Valentine’s Day approaching, I thought I would include a little piece of an article that Rosalinda Morgan wrote for “The Charleston Rose” – which is a publication of the Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society.

Turf areas as well as the landscape bed areas will greatly benefit from the use of preemerge products UPDATED

Sunday, February 9, 2014 11:00 a.m.

This cool weather really has our local oysters tasting good, and the soil temperature indicates that it is just about time to apply preemergent products to your beds and turf.

Are you ready for the 2014 season in your yard?

Sunday, February 2, 2014 10:21 a.m.

Here are a few things to do on these nice winter days.

Moles are always a hot topic in the Lowcountry.

Sunday, January 26, 2014 10:24 a.m.

Moles are always a hot topic in the Lowcountry.

Christmas Cactus is not drought tolerant

Sunday, January 19, 2014 8:54 a.m.

Christmas Cactus, one of the plants called Holiday Cactus which include Thanksgiving Cactus and Easter Cactus, can provide a great show of tubular flowers over the holidays. Once they have finished blooming let them rest until April, when you will want to start fertilizing them regularly through the summer and into fall. Keep them in a cool room …

Don’t let the bedbugs bite

Thursday, January 9, 2014 11:13 a.m.

One product that I failed to mention when I was listing the Top Products of 2013 is ActiveGuard Mattress Liners. This product has made so many people be able to fulfill the saying, “good night, sleep tight, and don’t let the bedbugs bite,” that it is unreal. ActiveGuard Mattress Liners also control dust mites that can trigger asthma.

New Year’s resolutions for the gardener, part two

Thursday, January 2, 2014 1:13 p.m.

Go through all of the old products you have in your garage and identify why and when you purchased them and if they are products that still can be used. Use these products first chance you get, saving you money and making room for new and improved products.

On Vacation

On Vacation – Germany

Friday, December 26, 6:00 a.m.

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