Fall great time to plant woody plants

As container-grown and marketed shrubs and trees have become readily available for spring planting, there are fewer people planting container or bare-root plants during the fall and winter. After one ...

Flowers for autumn

The calendar says its fall, even if the weather says otherwise. But at local garden centers and nurseries, two of our favorite flowers are arriving and ready to go. Though quite different in form and ...

Easier shrubs for the future

Even with a difficult growing season, many shrubs have done quite well locally. For many, it seems as though shrubs purchased 10-25 years ago have grown more like trees than the tag on the small conta ...

Autumn home and garden tips

As summer heat starts to subside, there are many home and garden tasks ahead and less daylight to get it done. If you allocate one hour per day preparing your outdoor and indoor plants for winter, the ...

Plant rejuvenation from the ground up

For many local garden enthusiasts 2016 has been a difficult and frustrating growing season. A summer with long periods of little rainfall and severe heat has left most gardens and turf in less than pe ...

A tough year for turf

Going back to early October 2015 when rain storms pounded the Lakelands our area has suffered from various weather extremes. Heavy rainfall saturated the area and left soggy conditions heading into th ...

Crape myrtles for tough areas

Even as we experience the extremes of summer weather, one woody plant stands up to these conditions by showing off with colorful summer blooms on green healthy plants of various sizes. Whether you dri ...

Home and garden Tasks

It has been a tough month or more for gardeners of all types in the Lakelands. Heat and drought continue to take their toll on lawns, veggie gardens and landscape plants. Because of outside conditions ...

CLEMSON EXTENSION: Stress on many trees

Early leaf shed might be pointing toward a difficult summer of heat and drought for trees in the Lakelands. Trees can't talk or you would hear them screaming for cool water each day when you get home ...

Clemson Extension: Tips on tomatoes

Home grown tomatoes can bring great joy or frustration to vegetable gardeners. Success is often affected by factors the gardener cannot control such as excess rainfall, heat or drought, but smart pla ...

Clemson Extension: Fertilizer confusion

As various plants in our area progress through spring green-up, tons of fertilizer will be applied to almost every type of plant living in the area. Before you purchase or apply fertilizer or soil ame ...