Darrell Blackwelder, Author at Salisbury Post

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Darrell Blackwelder: Fraser fir Christmas trees

Black Friday after Thanksgiving Day is the kick-off day for Christmas shopping and also for Christmas tree sales. Christmas tree stands are scattered throughout the ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, November 25, 2023 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: Preventing cold damage to plants

Unpredictable weather can take a toll on landscape plants and flowers, especially those just planted. This fall presented a myriad of varying weather conditions — ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, November 18, 2023 12:00 am

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Q&A: The change in weather brings out questions

We’ve had a few days of winter weather, but lately it seems more like early May than November. Many are working outdoors with ongoing gardening ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, November 18, 2023 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: Applying lime on the lawn

Fall has arrived and now is the time to fertilize fescue lawns. Our soils need proper nutrients to allow for maximum fescue growth during the ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, November 11, 2023 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: Bring in amaryllis bulbs

A friend of mine at church has an amaryllis bulb that she had brought indoors after being outdoors over the summer. It was a large, ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, November 4, 2023 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: Climbing aster is a vine that can provide fall color

Chrysanthemums are in full bloom, adding to color all across Rowan County. Most mums are grown as annuals and discarded after blooming, however, there is ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, October 28, 2023 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: October garden chores

There are many garden tasks which need attending before the permanent arrival of cold weather. Cooler weather earlier this week is a sure indicator that ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, October 21, 2023 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: True hue: Trees are showing fall colors

My wife, Gerrie and I were driving through the mountains of West Virginia and Virginia last week and we had the opportunity to observe a ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, October 21, 2023 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: Fall watering practices

Historically, October is one of the driest months of the year, especially this fall with the excessive heat late this summer. Many forget when cold ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, October 14, 2023 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: Spring flowering bulbs should be planted now

Daffodils, tulips, hyacinths and crocus and other spring flowering bulbs should be planted in October. Various types of bulbs are now available at local garden ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, October 7, 2023 12:00 am

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H&G Q&A: Questions about seeding, planting and pruning

Generally, September is a slow month for consumer gardening questions. However, when I’m out and about I still receive a variety of horticultural and other ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, September 30, 2023 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: Pansies can add color in the fall

Landscape color can be extended throughout the fall with mass plantings of pansies. Pansies are actually perennial plants, but used in the landscape as winter ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, September 30, 2023 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: Questions about grass and shrubs

We’ve experienced usual late summer weather with extremely hot weather followed by scattered showers in the evenings earlier this week. Many have questions about lawns ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, September 23, 2023 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: Fall fescue seeding

September and October are the best times of the year to seed cool-season fescue lawns. This narrow time frame promotes optimum root growth and development ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, September 16, 2023 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: Kousa dogwood fruit

Dogwood trees are well noted for their seasonal display of showy spring blooms and fall leaf color. However, these trees have a dual purpose of ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, September 9, 2023 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: Sweet autumn clematis provides pleasant sight and smell

You may see a rather ornate vine coated in beautiful flowers mingling in trees and shrubs as you drive across Rowan County. It can be ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, September 2, 2023 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: Japanese stilt grass is hard to control after germination

Hot weather and frequent rainfall, our now normal weather over the past few weeks, has provided perfect growing conditions for the spread and growth of ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, August 26, 2023 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: Dealing with the root cause of herbicide problems

Those with unwanted plants or weeds often have little or no control. Many have asked why a recommended herbicide doesn’t work to get rid of ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, August 19, 2023 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: Smilax is a tough vine

Every time I work on my hedges or shrubs, I often wind up with briar cuts on my fingers, ankles and arms. There’s always a ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, August 12, 2023 12:00 am

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H&G Q&A: High temps and humidity bring in questions

It’s July and extremely high temperatures and humidity always keeps homeowners and gardeners busy. Below are questions posed by friends at local restaurants and church ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, July 29, 2023 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: Irrigation in hot weather is critical for plants

Rowan experienced near record high temperatures earlier this week. Irrigation during this type of weather is critical for survival of plant materials, especially those that ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, July 29, 2023 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: Mushrooms

Mushrooms are popping up all over the county as a result of scattered rainfall, unusually warm temperatures and extreme humidity over the past few weeks. ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, July 22, 2023 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: Lantanas are a great choice for summer color

Lantanas are an excellent choice for summer color in our landscapes, especially with the excessively hot weather we’ve experienced over the past week. It is ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, July 15, 2023 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: The importance of irrigation in the summer

By Darrell Blackwelder For the Salisbury Post Even when we get evening rain showers, supplemental irrigation is necessary to keep bedding plants, lawns and vegetables ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, July 8, 2023 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: String trimmers, wire can cause bark damage

At breakfast one morning, a friend was talking about mowing and the issue of using string trimmers to detail and finish his lawn. He liked ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, July 1, 2023 12:00 am

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H&G Q&A: Hot weather, rains prompt questions

Hot weather has arrived and with its blunt heat many have questions about their gardens and landscapes. Plant growth has accelerated for most plants with ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, July 1, 2023 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: Adding mulch to a landscape

Over the years, adding fresh mulch is an essential part of our landscape. Fresh mulch can turn a drab, lackluster landscape into a flowing master ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, June 17, 2023 12:00 am

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H&G Q&A: Squash bugs and St. John’s wort

Occasional afternoon and evening rain showers along with warm temperatures create the perfect environment for insect, disease and other problems. Many have asked about problems ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, June 10, 2023 12:00 am

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