Control Crape Myrtle Scale

ORIGINAL POST BY OUR FRIENDS AT THE GOOD EARTH NURSERY. There is a new serious threat to one of our favorite trees; even more serious than the unsightly and oft mentioned crape murder.  As a reminder, crape murder is the extreme pruning of crape myrtles that results in weakened and deformed trees.  Prune correctly, y’all! Okay, jumping off that soapbox, …

Create a Stunning Seasonal Color Display

ORIGINAL POST MADE BY OUR FRIENDS AT THE GOOD EARTH NURSERY. SOIL PREPARATION First of all, the most overlooked aspect of a successful planting is soil preparation.  Break up the soil in the planting area and mixed in potting soil.  Quality potting soil contains all kinds of goodies that topsoil or even organic compost do not such as sphagnum moss, …

How to Grow Blueberries

ORIGINAL POST MADE BY OUR FRIENDS AT THE GOOD EARTH NURSERY. Hmm, what a delectable treat the blueberry is!  Did you also know that they have many health benefits?  They are powerful antioxidants, can reduce the build-up of bad cholesterol, have been shown to reduce the growth of cancer, act as an anti-inflammatory, and have a positive effect on brain …

All About Hydrangeas

ORIGINAL POST MADE BY OUR FRIENDS AT THE GOOD EARTH NURSERY. Ah, the hydrangea!  While most shade gardens can boast of at least one plant, if not more; confusion still reigns.  Questions about color, changing of bloom color, soil acidity, sun requirements and when to prune are very common and answers can be a little murky because of the sheer …

How to prune a Crape Myrtle

ORIGINAL POST MADE BY OUR FRIENDS AT THE GOOD EARTH NURSERY. This is a well debated issue and one that plays out differently all over town.  Some of us even call the severe pruning of crapemyrtles ‘crape murder’!  Here are some facts to base your pruning practices on: 1.  Pruning of tree crapemyrtles is optional; if the plant is in …