Darrell Blackwelder, Author at Salisbury Post

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Darrell Blackwelder column: Tips to help pansies survive winter

Pansies look very good now even though we had some unusually cold weather last week. A friend asked what they needed to do for these ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Saturday, December 4, 2021 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder column: Avoiding cold damage

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, Sunday, November 28, 2021 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder column: Pecan tree crops can vary from year to year

Harvesting pecans can be a challenge for those who live in the Piedmont. My family farm has four gigantic trees planted in the ’40s that ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, November 21, 2021 12:00 am

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Pruning, planting and removing leaves

Outdoor activities and chores never seem to cease even with the sudden realization of winter. Many believe that fall is the best time to prune. ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, November 14, 2021 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: How to avoid shrub problems

Fall is an opportune time to plant trees and shrubs as they acclimate at this time to both weather and soil conditions. Unfortunately, it seems ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, November 7, 2021 12:00 am

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Summer amaryllis bulbs will rebloom for holiday

Many have decided to retain their spent amaryllis bulbs last winter for another spectacular holiday bloom. These Christmas bloomers are expensive and can be saved ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, October 31, 2021 12:00 am

Farm & Garden

Darrell Blackwelder: It’s important to keep irrigating during fall and winter

October is one of the driest months of the year. Those with newly seeded lawns are faced with the problem of irrigating the grass to ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, October 24, 2021 12:00 am

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Q&A: Moving houseplants indoors for the winter, pruning hollies

Sounds crazy with our usually warm October weather but frost will be here soon, and many homeowners still have gardening and landscaping chores. Inquiries concerning ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, October 17, 2021 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: Mums add a splash of color to the landscape

Planting chrysanthemums in the fall is an annual event that adds a splash of color to our planters and landscapes.  Chrysanthemums, also known as “garden ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, October 17, 2021 12:00 am

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Spring flowering bulbs should be planted in October and November

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

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, October 10, 2021 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: Straw for seeding and mites

September and October are the best months to reseed thin and bare areas in fescue lawns. Seeding rates depend on your lawn’s condition, as completely ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, October 3, 2021 12:00 am

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Aquatic midges can resemble mosquitoes

A homeowner from High Rock Lake sent an email claiming her home was being inundated and overrun by small insects resembling mosquitoes. Ironically, these insects ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, September 26, 2021 12:00 am

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Q&A: Edible kousa fruit and crape myrtle shoots

We’re transitioning from summer to fall — maybe. Hot weather and lack of rainfall present delays in fall annual plantings and lawn renovations. Many are ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, September 19, 2021 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: Virginia buttonweed can be tough to kill

Earlier this week, I had a question from a homeowner having problems with an aggressive weed in his lawn. It was growing rampant in his ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, September 19, 2021 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: Primrose weed has beautiful yellow flowers

One of the breakfast buddies at Richard’s BBQ brought me a flower one of her friends asked to identify. It was a beautiful yellow flower ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, September 12, 2021 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: Now is the best time for seeding fescue

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, Sunday, September 5, 2021 12:00 am

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Alaska adventure: Rowan Travelers enjoy tour of picturesque state

After a year’s delay in travel, the Rowan Travelers were finally able to return to their travel adventures and tour Alaska. Alaska had been on ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, August 29, 2021 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: Yellow jackets can deliver extremely painful stings

I was pruning dead flowers in a container planting last week and was stung five times by yellow jackets. These insects are generally in the ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, August 29, 2021 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: Now is the time to prepare for fescue lawn renovation

August is the time to prepare for fescue lawn renovation in September. September is the best time to fertilize and reseed fescue or cool-season lawns ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, August 22, 2021 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder column: Pokeberry can be rather invasive

There is a giant weed that pops up in our hydrangeas every spring. No matter how many times my wife cuts it back, it always ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, August 22, 2021 12:00 am

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

There is a grassy weed growing in our flower beds that seems to grow even more when we pull it up. Our grassy weed is ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, August 8, 2021 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: When can you prune trees and shrubs?

Pruning is constant part of gardening regardless of the season. Seems like everybody has a pruning question, generally when the weather changes or a change ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, August 1, 2021 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: Controlling Japanese beetles

Nextdoor neighbors of my breakfast buddy had some insect problems with their flowers. Their canna lilies and roses were being quickly mutilated by a strange ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, August 1, 2021 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder column: What’s the deal with dodder?

One of my traveler friends sent me a photo of her flowers invaded by a strange, almost alien-type growth. A yellow, spaghetti-like plant called dodder ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, July 25, 2021 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder column: Pruning old azaleas

Even though the newer Encore-type azaleas are very popular, traditional azaleas are still very popular and are again rapidly growing. These oldies need a little ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, July 18, 2021 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder column: ‘Tis the season for mud daubers

Those that live anywhere near water-the lake, pond, or creek, you’re probably going to have orange cylinders of mud pipes from mud daubers decorating the ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, July 11, 2021 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: Tips for plant irrigation

Even with rain showers, irrigation is a way of life for those that want to keep bedding plants, lawns and vegetables alive. The ideal time ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, July 4, 2021 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder column: Tomatoes 101

A couple of people told me they planted tomatoes for the first time this spring. They were curious and wanted to see if they could ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, July 4, 2021 12:00 am

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