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Darrell Blackwelder, Author at Salisbury Post

Farm & Garden

Gardening goals for this year

The new year has arrived and the annual gesture of self-improvement and moderation is often a test of one’s will. Other than desire, home gardeners ... Read more

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

Farm & Garden

Darrell Blackwelder column: Selecting seeds for future plantings

Early winter is generally when gardeners receive a steady supply of seed catalogs.  With the weather we’ve had lately, seed and plant catalogs provide welcome ... Read more

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

Lifestyle

Darrell Blackwelder column: Reducing winter damage

Cold damage is almost certain for many outdoor plants during the uncertain weather of our upcoming winter months.  In some cases, the damage does not ... Read more

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

News

Darrell Blackwelder column: Hollies provide colorful berries during the winter season

Well, it didn’t take long for the dreary days of winter to arrive along with shorter days, falling leaves and cloudy, rainy weather. It’s a ... Read more

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

Farm & Garden

Darrell Blackwelder: Can you keep poinsettias for the next Christmas season?

The Christmas holiday is here and many have questions concerning their poinsettia. One of the biggest questions is if poinsettias are poisonous. It’s a myth ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, December 27, 2020 12:00 am

Farm & Garden

Darrell Blackwelder column: Christmas rose

Outdoor landscape plantings are generally not a major priority during the Christmas holidays, but there is a special plant now in bloom that has an ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, December 27, 2020 12:00 am

Farm & Garden

Darrell Blackwelder column: Woodpecker damage

A lady emailed me earlier this week and was upset that her favorite Japanese maple had become a victim of some woodpecker damage. The woodpecker ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, December 13, 2020 12:00 am

Farm & Garden

Tips to keep poinsettias as healthy as possible

Poinsettia producers spend nearly five months producing beautiful holiday plants only to provide a few weeks of enjoyment during our Christmas holiday season. Under normal ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, December 6, 2020 12:00 am

Farm & Garden

Darrell Blackwelder column: Unusual weather causing November blooms

My wife, Gerrie, and I were traveling the Smokey Mountains last week on a “pandemic getaway daytrip.” I noticed something very odd about a small ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, November 29, 2020 12:00 am

Farm & Garden

Darrell Blackwelder column: Jerusalem cherry

There is a plant in our landscape that has a vast display of small, colorful fruit. It has a strange resemblance to a bushy, cherry ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, November 22, 2020 12:00 am

Farm & Garden

Home and garden Q&A: Roots, weeds and shrubs

We’ve had a few days with cool mornings, but our weather seems more like early May than November. Many are working outdoors with ongoing gardening and ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, November 15, 2020 12:00 am

Farm & Garden

Blackwelder column: Mowing emerging fescue

Those that have re-seeded their fescue lawns are now beginning to experience emerging turf as a result of our warm, wet fall weather. It is ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, November 15, 2020 12:00 am

Farm & Garden

Darrell Blackwelder column: Oak tree not producing acorns

A Salisbury resident emailed me last week and was concerned about his oak trees. They were doing quite well but had no acorns for the ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, November 8, 2020 12:00 am

Farm & Garden

Darrell Blackwelder column: October chores

As our outdoor temperatures fluctuate, homeowners are considering landscape and other outdoor maintenance chores. There are a number of chores home gardeners must do before ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, October 25, 2020 12:00 am

Farm & Garden

Time to move houseplants indoors

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

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, October 18, 2020 12:00 am

Farm & Garden

Darrell Blackwelder: Camellias are beginning to show their beautiful bloom colors

Sasanqua camellias (camellia sasanqua) are beginning to show their beautiful bloom colors throughout the county. Sasanqua-type camellias bloom in the fall while the larger bloomed camellia ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, October 18, 2020 12:00 am

Lawn

Blackwelder column: Fertilize fescue lawns now

Now is the time to consider fertilization of established fescue lawns.  Properly fertilized and maintained turf withstands summer droughts, diseases and other pest problems.   ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, October 11, 2020 12:00 am

Farm & Garden

Darrell Blackwelder column: Chrysanthemums can add a splash of color to your landscape

Many are planting chrysanthemums as an annual event to add a splash of color to our landscapes because many of the summer annuals are beginning ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, October 4, 2020 12:00 am

Farm & Garden

Avoiding common mistakes with fescue lawns

Fall is the best time to renovate or plant cool season fescue or fescue blend lawns. It’s a narrow window to work on lawns especially ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, September 27, 2020 12:00 am

Farm & Garden

Darrell Blackwelder: Goldenrod is now at its peak and in full bloom

Early fall is the period when many flowers with color seem to fade. Fortunately, there is a native flower that is ablaze along our roadways ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, September 27, 2020 12:00 am

Farm & Garden

Darrell Blackwelder column: Dogwood trees are now loaded with berries

Dogwood trees are well-noted for their seasonal display of showy spring blooms and fall color. However, these trees have a dual purpose of not only ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, September 20, 2020 12:00 am

Farm & Garden

Darrell Blackwelder column: Fall webworms are making their presence known

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, Sunday, September 13, 2020 12:00 am

Farm & Garden

Darrell Blackwelder column: Sweet Autumn clematis has brilliant color

You may see a rather ornate vine coated in beautiful flowers cascading on trees and shrubs as you drive around the county. The vine is ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, September 6, 2020 12:00 am

Farm & Garden

Core aerating is an important part of regular lawn maintenance

Core aerating is an important part of regular lawn maintenance, especially for renovation and maintenance of cool season fescue lawns. Core aerating penetrates the soil ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, September 6, 2020 12:00 am

Farm & Garden

Darrell Blackwelder column: Lawn mushrooms are popping up

Mushrooms seem to be popping all over the county with the unending rainfall, warm temperatures and extreme humidity over the past few weeks. My breakfast ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, August 30, 2020 12:00 am

Farm & Garden

Controlling crabgrass, Japanese stiltgrass

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, Sunday, August 16, 2020 12:00 am

Farm & Garden

Fig trees are gaining popularity in home gardens

Many homes in Rowan County have included fig trees in their plantings to supplement their fresh produce. Most plants are located in a protected area ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, August 9, 2020 12:00 am

Lifestyle

Darrell Blackwelder column: Mosquitoes

Late-summer months mosquitoes are an extreme nuisance upon those that venture outdoors. Pop-up evening showers provide the perfect scenario for breeding through standing water. Any ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, August 9, 2020 12:00 am

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