Tip – If you own a red oak or a white oak tree, and it needs any pruning make sure the work is done no later than the first of April. Pruning oak trees when they are no longer dormant invites the lethal disease called “oak wilt”.
Real spring may still be weeks away, but the garden centers and home centers are already stocking their shelves with tools and products for the yard warriors I call yardeners . We will soon have to face that long shelf with twenty different boxes of grass seed, with no clues about how to make the right choice. Even more confusing are those stacks of bags with fertilizer, insecticide, herbicide, or fertilizer combined with insecticide. What should be fertilized in the spring? How do I know whether I have grubs? Yard care can be a confusing challenge.
Spring may bring the tulips, daffodils, and robins, but it also is a time figure out what we need to do out there in our yard and then when to do it. Yardeners need information just as gardeners do, but gardeners have more resources to help them. Gardening books abound for gardeners but don’t really work very well for us yardeners. Those books tend to give us more information than we feel we need.
I’ve spent some serious hours surfing the Internet looking for information for yardeners dealing with lawn care and yard care. There are forums or discussion groups for gardeners, but I could find none for yardeners. I’ve looked at over 80 gardening related blogs and they are all for serious gardeners. Google of course is the source of most information on the Internet, but when I ask about controlling grubs I get 200,000 files. Even sorting through the first ten files in Google is confusing to many of us. Often there is conflicting information from one source to another.
In the end, and research confirms this, we yardeners get most of our yard care information from staff at the garden center or from friends and neighbors. These sources can sometimes be unreliable and seldom complete, but that’s where most of us go when we have a question.
In all modesty the best source of information is my very own website www.yardener.com. Check it out.