Category: landscaping

Nonfunctional Grass

In all my many years of landscaping and lawn maintenance, I had never heard the term “nonfunctional grass” until yesterday. That’s the term being used to describe certain turfgrass areas, actually 31 percent of the turf in the Las Vegas area, which can no… Continue Reading “Nonfunctional Grass”

Dragging Hose

Since a great, all day, soaking rain on Mothers Day, our Pittsburgh area weather has been hot and dry, so this is the precise time when watering your outdoor plants can make a real difference. While all the trees and shrubs in the Pittsburgh… Continue Reading “Dragging Hose”

Deadheading Rhododendrons

Seeing the fantastic Spring blossoms on Rhododendrons, brings up the next question, to deadhead or not to deadhead? And probably then, what is deadheading? We’ve been noticing a large number of blossoms on Rhododendrons around western Pennsylvania this Spring, thinking that they are having… Continue Reading “Deadheading Rhododendrons”

World Class

Sometimes the best is close to home! If I’ve driven past McMurray Nursery once, I’ve driven past there 10,000 times. It’s completely evolved over those 40 years, most recently under the loving care of its third owner, Paul Hauber. Due to extensive work on… Continue Reading “World Class”

Fire Blight

Some plants suffer from being ‘pushed’ with too much Nitrogen fertilizer. Fire blight is caused by the bacterium Erwinia amylovora and affects over 100 different plants. It’s generally more serious in Apple and Pear trees in orchards due to loss of production (technical information). First… Continue Reading “Fire Blight”

Tree For Me

A few tips when you are selecting and planting a tree in your yard. If ‘Spring Fever’ has grabbed you like it has me, you’ve probably found yourself at nurseries or big box stores looking at more trees for your yard, even if your… Continue Reading “Tree For Me”

Pole Pruning

Other than choosing the right tree for the right place, getting trees off to a good structural start is the most important in their development. The last thing we did before lowering a tall tree into a planting hole was give it a proper… Continue Reading “Pole Pruning”

Plant Lice

“Plant Lice” is the layman’s term for common plant insects known as Aphids. They come in all colors, and while I’ve most often seen green ones, this Spring they are mostly black in color. I’ve been seeing so many plants with aphids, I’m about… Continue Reading “Plant Lice”

Ticked Off

As we go outside more often, onto the lawn and into the garden, health reminders about those tiny ticks who can spoil your fun. An April 18th newspaper story by JOE LoTEMPLIO sounded the Spring warning about ticks and Lyme disease. This can be… Continue Reading “Ticked Off”

Time to Seed

A more appropriate title would be “Not much time left to seed” if you have a lawn in Pennsylvania, New England, the Midwestern U.S. or Canada. There are basically two times a year that are best for lawn seeding: Spring and Fall. For multiple… Continue Reading “Time to Seed”

Wrong Tree

Wondering why your tree changed color? A friend recently mentioned that part of his tree was blooming in a different color from the tree he purchased. So what’s up with that? Freak of nature, evolution, or a new discovery perhaps?? Chances are, his case… Continue Reading “Wrong Tree”

That Smell

It’s not “that smell” Lynyrd Skynyrd sings about, it’s that funky odor you smell outside on these Spring days. That funky odor caught my nose yesterday while out walking, shortly before I saw the Flowering Pear tree in the above photo. It’s the opposite… Continue Reading “That Smell”

Protecting Your Trees

A stringline trimmer aka ‘weed whacker’ can be a tree’s greatest enemy. Just inside that ‘dead looking’ outer bark of a tree trunk is living tissue in need of your protection. Damaging that living tissue can lead to the death of the tree, by… Continue Reading “Protecting Your Trees”

Epic Fails in Landscaping

Yep, we’ve all had them… frosted flowers, chewed-up plants, insects gone wild. Sometimes it’s the weather. Like the saucer Magnolia, ready for Spring-glory on Easter, only to have its blossoms wiped-out around April Fools Day… Or the “deer proof” plant. Chewed to shreds by… Continue Reading “Epic Fails in Landscaping”

The Mighty Oak

Memorable trees for generations of wildlife and people WHITE OAK – Quercus alba Easy to identify due to its finger-like lobed leaves and stately growth. Of particular note is the 400-year-old Wye Oak in Maryland which boasts a trunk diameter of 8 feet and a branch… Continue Reading “The Mighty Oak”

Timber Wall Revisited

Stopped back yesterday to see a timber wall we built 8 years ago Why? Because there’s been huge interest in the original wall construction video, with nearly 900K views! It’s become the 3rd most popular video on the Bobscaping YouTube channel. You can find… Continue Reading “Timber Wall Revisited”

Floppy Ornamental Grass

Out of several ornamental grasses we have, there’s one tall, variegated grass that likes to flop-over in August, right when it’s looking its best. There’s always one in the bunch. Well, in this case, three! This grouping of three ornamental grasses looks fantastic in… Continue Reading “Floppy Ornamental Grass”

Tree Growing Out Of Your Tree?

What to do when your Dwarf Alberta Spruce shows off its ‘wild side’ The Dwarf Alberta Spruce is very popular in home landscapes, due to its slow, compact, evergreen growth. They don’t require any trimming, are deer resistant, and extremely hardy — except when… Continue Reading “Tree Growing Out Of Your Tree?”

Sharpest Tool in the Shed

Digging is hard enough, so why make it even harder with a dull shovel? With the arrival of Spring and a sunny day, I noticed some ‘weekend warriors’ out working in their yards yesterday. Since digging was a big part of my professional life,… Continue Reading “Sharpest Tool in the Shed”

Spring Maintenance

Happy 1st day of Spring 2021 Winter seemed especially long and dark, so who isn’t eagerly awaiting the first blossoms of Spring? Longer days of sunlight, warming temperatures, and yes, some garden chores to get you out and about. If you left your ornamental… Continue Reading “Spring Maintenance”

Spring Fertilization of Trees and Shrubs

With Spring just days away, it was time to give our trees and shrubs a Spring boost with some organic fertilizer. Giving plants some nutrients ahead of the growing season ensures a good flush of new growth… No pun intended, since Milorganite actually is… Continue Reading “Spring Fertilization of Trees and Shrubs”

Time to Cutback Shrubs

A YouTube viewer from the state of Indiana recently asked if this was a good time to cutback Burning Bushes that are overtaking his house. YES! Early spring is the best time of year for major cutbacks, since it allows ample growing time for… Continue Reading “Time to Cutback Shrubs”