Darrell Blackwelder, Author at Salisbury Post

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A vast array of bloom colors in the holiday cactus category

H oliday cactus is often received as a gift over the Christmas holidays. Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter cactus are often grouped into the term “holiday ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, December 3, 2022 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: Silverling trees has white- or cream-colored blooms

You may have noticed a small, shaggy tree full of fluffy white blooms throughout the county. The plant in question is a silverling or groundsel ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, November 26, 2022 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: Adding fresh mulch can spice up landscape

Adding fresh mulch is an essential part of landscape maintenance. Fresh mulch can turn a drab, lackluster landscape into a flowing master design in a ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, November 19, 2022 12:00 am

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Time to start tackling those November home and garden chores

Outdoor activities and chores never seem to cease even with the sudden realization of winter. Below are a few questions that a few have asked ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, November 12, 2022 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: There is still time to plant spring flowering bulbs this month

There is still time to plant daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, crocus and other spring flowering bulbs this month. These and other types of spring flowering bulbs ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, November 12, 2022 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: Ginkgo trees provide a spectacular display of yellow

The leaf color on the maples, oaks and hickories is outstanding this season; the best we’ve experienced in years. The ginkgo trees located downtown Salisbury ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, November 5, 2022 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: Prickly pear cactus is an interesting plant

My wife and I visited her cousin, Penny, a few weeks ago and were amazed at an enormous cactus she had in landscape. It was ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, October 29, 2022 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: Fall-blooming shrubs add a touch of color

Fall has arrived along with the cold weather we normally expect in October. Many trees and shrubs are in the process of shedding leaves which ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, October 22, 2022 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: Continue maintenance for fescue lawns

Fescue lawns throughout the county have been fertilized and overseeded in September are growing well. Now is the time to continue with your lawn care ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, October 15, 2022 12:00 am

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Q&A: Winter weeds, planting pansies and berries for bluebirds

Frost will be here soon, and many homeowners still have gardening and landscaping chores. Inquiries concerning fall maintenance of their lawns and landscapes plants are ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, October 15, 2022 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: Bring in your houseplants

Cooler temperatures and falling leaves are a signal for those with houseplant outdoors to move them indoors. Temperatures dipping down into the 40-degree range often ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, October 8, 2022 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: Light pruning can be done year-round

Pruning can still be done. Contrary to popular belief, pruning can be done year-round. Light, judicious pruning in the fall does not kill plants and ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, October 1, 2022 12:00 am

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Questions and answers about fescue renovation

September is the best time for fescue lawn renovation. Turf-type fescue renovation should be initiated in the fall and early winter in order to become ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, September 24, 2022 12:00 am

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Historic train tour: Rowan Travelers ride the rails out West

A few weeks ago, the Rowan Travel Group headed west on an adventure of the Historic Trains of the Old West. The major focus of ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, September 17, 2022 12:10 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: Planting fall mums

Planting chrysanthemums in the fall is an annual event adding a splash of color to our landscapes. Chrysanthemums, also known as “garden mums or hardy ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, September 17, 2022 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: Testing your soil

The most common mistake by home gardeners is not having their soil tested before applying fertilizer or lime. I was traveling last week and a ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, September 10, 2022 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: Fall webworms are making an appearance

In late summer, shade trees throughout the county are often covered with large, light gray, silken webs. Fall webworms enclose leaves and small branches in ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, September 3, 2022 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: Sweet Autumn clematis is an attractive, fast-growing vine

There is an ornate vine coated with beautiful flowers cascading on trees and shrubs that you may see driving around the county. The vine is ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, August 27, 2022 12:00 am

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H&G Q&A: Controlling unwanted growth, pruning shrubs

Unseasonable fall-like weather has many home gardeners venturing outdoors to work in their landscapes and vegetable gardens. Below are a few questions asked that you ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, August 20, 2022 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: Butterfly bush — good or bad??

Butterfly bushes are now in full bloom and literally covered with butterflies. I’ve counted as many as 10 butterflies covering one of our bushes. Usually ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, August 20, 2022 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: Controlling noxious weed chamberbitter can be tough

There is a relatively new lawn and flower bed weed that has become a royal pain for many home gardeners. The aggravating weed which appears ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, August 13, 2022 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: What to do about late-summer lawn problems

In early summer, fescue lawns looked fantastic. Now, many lawns are nearing a total disaster. Here are a number of situations that have caused fescue ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, August 6, 2022 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: Hummingbird moth is a gentle, pollinating insect

A friend of mine was looking at their butterfly bush this week and noticed a rather unusual insect flying slowly around the blooms. At first ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, July 30, 2022 12:00 am

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Cicada killer wasps are not aggressive to humans

Late July is generally the month when insects and other pests flourish in our landscapes. Some have expressed concern about giant “hornets” buzzing them and ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, July 23, 2022 12:05 am

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Darrell Blackwelder column: Solar soil sterilization kills plant pests

During a gardening interest meeting last week, home gardeners brought up an issue. The problem was that planting the same plants each year in the ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, July 16, 2022 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder column: Yellow nutsedge is a very difficult weed to control

A friend of mine told me she had some type of fast-growing grass in our flower beds that seemed to grow even more when she ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, July 9, 2022 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder column: Controlling lace bugs

The foliage of some azaleas and rhododendron appears bleached with yellow splotches. It’s a common problem caused by lace bugs. This very small, clear-winged insect ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, July 2, 2022 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: Mud daubers are back

Anyone that lives near water — the lake, pond or creeks — are probably going to have orange cylinders of mud pipes from mud daubers ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, June 25, 2022 12:00 am

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