Posts by Travis

Why Do Trees Leaf Out?

This is a question that fascinates me. When I look around in spring, I notice that although the maples and the magnolias are out, the hickories and sweet gums are not. Why is that? Today I’d like to take a shot at answering that question. I’ve figured out there seem to be three major factors…

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Battling Invasive Bamboos

Lately I’ve been having some plant issues. Major issues. The giant bamboo in my backyard (some of which exceeds 50 feet tall) is galloping into the neighboring woods at an astonishing 20 feet per year. Wherever it grows, it creates a monoculture. My neighbor planted it in the 80’s as a novelty way of distinguishing the property line…

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The Garden Scout – Update No. 1

Hello friends! Long time no see. I know…I’ve taken a temporary hiatus from writing due to an incredibly busy school year, a new job, and a mountain of garden work to prepare for the upcoming spring. My seed orders have been placed and new beds have been planned. Overall, I think this year will be…

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Designing A Four-Season Garden

Designing A Four-Season Garden

I don’t know about you, but I like a garden that changes throughout the seasons. I find the suburban plantings that only use evergreens for “year-round interest” boring. A certain percentage of the plants in my garden are evergreens, but I don’t overplant. Like the old mantra says, “everything is good in moderation.” The key…

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My Secret Weapon For Identifying Warblers

Warblers. The mere mention of that particular type of bird used to annoy me. At my house, they’ve been labeled as the “feathered phantoms,” because of their jittery movements and the fact that they NEVER stick around long enough to be identified. Oh, the frustration! I was about to give up hope of ever identifying…

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