Well, after another typically atypical winter season, spring has finally arrived on our dreary doorstep. What better sign to usher in spring than the explosion of white across the county- the Bradford Pears have popped! God has such an ironic sense of humor - we are tired of snowfall, but elated at the first flowers of spring, the white Bradford Pears.
It happens every year, the big box retailers scurry around each spring to be the first to bring the new crop spring and summer annuals. So marketing geniuses make lots of money predicting the arrival of spring, and thus plan for their annual arrivals just in time.
As our reluctant spring weather may finally arrive, and with a little sunshine we will find ourselves outside enjoying our landscapes more and more. Behind us was a winter loaded with snow and colder than recent memory temperatures. School children rejoiced with extra days of school because wise superintendents thought the better of running buses at -5F bus stop temperatures. Although we are able to protect our children, our plants tucked into our landscapes may not have been so fortunate.
"I love gardening but with 2 busy, teenage girls and a husband with an aversion to yard work, I have to keep it simple. Dowco has been keeping my lawn care free for over 15 years so I can do what I love best.
Spring begins on March 20th! Here are your March Outdoor to do list items that should be taken care of as we officially enter into the spring season! If you are a Dowco client, many of these services will be done for you!
If you have lived in St. Louis you know that April showers really do bring May flowers! But you also know the showers are not limited to specific months and that each storm is different in how long it lasts, the damage it causes, and the storm cleanup required. Spring is by far the wettest season in St. Louis, accumulating 321 inches of precipitation on average between April and June.
Spring blooming trees or spring flowering trees bring your garden to life early in the year with their frilly petals and fragrant aroma. The dynamic flower show you receive in March through May from the spring blooming trees is something to look forward to after a blistering cold winter. The best spring blooming trees in St. Louis also feed birds, small mammals and attract pollinators.
New garden trends, lawn trends, and landscaping trends as predicted by green industry experts. Including drought tolerant plants, simple and elegant containers, and gardening for the greater good.
A scale is an insect that can cause serious damage to plants depending on the type. Most people do not identify scale as insects because the females and nymphs are wingless, immobile, and usually have no sign of a defined body or head. An adult male scale is tiny delicate insects with one pair of wings that are rarely seen. They only live for a few hours as they do not feed.
There are several types of scale and identification is important to determine which insecticide is the best to use and which is safest for the natural scale predators. Using the wrong insecticide could kill off the predators and increase the population of the scale colony.
Many people see the immediate benefits of trimming and pruning their trees and shrubs during the growing season. But, this type of pruning encourages new growth, which is not typically desired going into a cold St. Louis winter.
However, there are two good reasons to prune in the winter.