Archive for February 2016

Advocating for Acer with Winter Interest

Acer saccharum 'Bonfire'RHRMaples are a fascinating group of plants. The genus Acer contains about 238 botanical taxa and hybrids found throughout every continent in the Northern Hemisphere. Interestingly, only one species, Acer laurinum, occurs in the Southern Hemisphere.

Acer saccharum 'Endowment' is endowed with striking fall color. photo credit: J. Coceano

Acer saccharum ‘Endowment’ is endowed with striking fall color. photo credit: J. Coceano

Commercially, maples are harvested for timber and sap. The sugar maple, Acer saccharum, is tapped for sap. Forty quarts of sap are required to make one quart of syrup. While most any species of Acer can be harvested for sap, few produce sufficient quantities for production purposes. Sugar maple …

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Organic Lawn Goes Blue

October 14 2015 RHR 044Perhaps you noticed patches of blue grass in front of Parrish and Clothier Halls last fall. No, that’s not what the famed “bluegrass” turf species looks like. The unusual color came from a dye mixed into a mineral-based herbicide.

October 14 2015 RHR 045

Mineral-based herbicide was applied to suppress some aggressive patches of white clover. photo credit: R. Robert

It was applied to suppress some aggressive patches of white clover. Prior to this treatment young turfgrass seedlings were planted among the white clover. This herbicide application allows the turfgrass seedlings to develop the size and maturity needed to compete on their own.

August 19 2015 RHR 257

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What’s Old Will be New Again

IMG_2732Now that old man winter has descended upon us, as gardeners, we are looking for projects to get us out of the house. It is the perfect time to renovate that old boxwood (Buxus) hedge. Fellow gardener, Nicole Selby, and I performed this rejuvenation on an aging boxwood hedge last month.

Here you can see half of the old boxwood hedge has been pruned. photo credit: A. Glas

Here you can see half of the old boxwood hedge has been pruned. photo credit: A. Glas

This particular hedge is informal in style. Due its informal style, regular yearly pruning to maintain its shape is not necessary. However, over time informal hedges can begin to look tired …

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