February 9, 2019


Weekly news from the

National Gardening Association

   Pear Tree branches breaking off?   

"I planted a Cleveland Pear Tree about 4 years ago and it's been growing beautifully. However this spring I came home from work to discover a major branch broken off. I brushed it off as maybe a young neighbor hung from it or something, but today I came home and found another major branch hanging off. Now I'm thinking there must be something wrong with the tree. Looking at the tree I noticed there are these thin lines on most of the branches. What do you think is going on?
" - Read the answer


Preparing a New Garden Plot
Eliminating weeds and getting the soil ready for your flowers and vegetables are important first steps in growing a successful garden. Time spent in preparation reduces the time you'll have to spend maintaining and weeding your garden over the course of the growing season.
Fancy Daylilies
Whether single-colored or intricately patterned, daylilies (Hemerocallis) are practically unmatched for their adaptability and versatility in the garden.
Forcing Tulips Indoors
In the realm of gardening, instant gratification is an elusive matter. For the most part, nature forces her rhythms on our desires. But find a way to speed up the seasons, and you can nudge spring-flowering tulips to bloom in winter.
Peony Care
Peonies are renowned for their large, colorful, bowl-shaped, flowers and dark green foliage. Once established, these beauties are some of the longest-lived and most reliable garden plants.
All About Oriental Poppies
Sporting huge, cup-shaped blooms in early summer, the Oriental poppy is the most striking of the perennial poppies, and the delicate, papery flowers belie the plant's hardiness and durability.
Grow a Rain Garden
Rain gardens are gardens shaped like shallow bowls that are designed to capture storm water and hold it until the ground can absorb it. It can be an attractive addition to your landscape and, an added bonus, many of the plants that are suited to a rain garden are natives that attract beneficial and pollinating insects, butterflies, and birds. It's win win all round!
Versatile Annuals
Because you plant them anew each spring, annuals are a great choice for gardeners who love to experiment with different color schemes or try out the latest varieties.


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