What’s in bloom in Newton, MA March 2012

With the beautiful weather, I’ve been out on a lot of design consults and estimates for new patios. Here are some blooms I’ve met along the way: Pieris japonica ‘Dorothy Wycoff’ – Japanese Andromeda Hamamelis vernalis – Witch hazel Galianthus – Snow drops Crocus Glancing at the archive of data from UMass, it looks like things are blooming a week or two earlier than normal. Oh, and mosquitos and ticks are already active, so take…

Preventing Winter Moth Damage

Are your crabapple and maple trees looking like Swiss cheese? Tiny green winter moth caterpillars are the likely culprit. Winter moth caterpillars feed on a wide variety of plants, but their favorites include maples (including Japanese maples), oaks, blueberries, apples, linden, ash, and horse chestnut. They also feed on roses and some perennials.  If you have had damage on trees in recent years, it’s important to treat early to prevent weakening the trees. Another benefit…

Maple Sugaring in the City

Last weekend, I attended Russells’ Winter Fair to educate guests about organic landcare and NOFA.  I shared a table with Natick Community Organic Farm, which is hosting a maple sugaring festival this Saturday, March 6, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m..  They’ll start out with a pancake breakfast, then demonstrate Native American and Colonial sugaring techniques, as well as offering tours of their modern maple sugaring operation. This year, even city-dwellers seem to be taking note of…