Posts Tagged: Natural Resources


Boxwood Blight – A Public Service Announcement

The Perfect Storm for Boxwood Blight   Temperatures are creating the perfect conditions for boxwood blight!  Find out what you can do to protect your landscape. Perfect Conditions for Blight Boxwood blight thrives during periods of high humidity and moisture. We are currently experiencing high humidity after a lot of rain; this has created the...


Horticultural Trivia

What tree or shrub is virtually extinct?  It has not been seen in the wild since 1790. Answer: Franklinia alatamaha.  Apparently, this tree was discovered on the bank of the Altamaha River in Georgia in 1770 by John Bartram who collected a few for his garden, but this plant has not been seen in the wild since 1790.  According to Michael Dirr, the tree guru mentioned...


Boxwood Blight

There is a new boxwood issue on the horizon and will likely reach Central Virginia sometime in the future.  It is known as boxwood blight (not to be confused with boxwood decline), and is a known horticultural disease in Europe. While it has arrived in the United States, we are not aware of its presence yet in Charlottesville or Albemarle County.  With sound...


Flowers in Unexpected Places

Though most people think of April and May as the showiest times of the year for spring flowers, March can be a very exciting time for plants.  Many trees and shrubs that appear to be still sleeping off the winter are rapidly preparing for the upcoming thaw, and more than a few of them are already in flower!  Red maple (Acer rubrum) is one of our favorite native trees...


A Time for Everything – A Time to Plant

While the weather can be unpredictable, March is ideal for planting many deciduous and evergreen trees.  You'll still want to wait until late April and early May before planting most perennials and summer annuals. By getting a jump on the approaching warm weather, you will put less stress on your plants before they flush out with their new buds and leaves. ...


JWT Featured in Wall Street Journal

In July of 2012 I was surprised to receive a phone call from Anne Marie Chaker. Anne is a writer who was at that time working on an article about meadows as an alternative to lawns, slated for publication in the Wall Street Journal.  I was more than happy to assist.  After looking through our log of past jobs, I determined that the meadow located at the Holmes residence...

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