Arbor Day and trees

Even with severe drought and heat, the fall foliage show of our forest and landscape trees was excellent in many places this year. It highlights one of the many benefits of trees in our landscape and ...

Goat management seminar

Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service will conduct a one-day goat management seminar Nov. 29 at the Edgefield County Extension Conference Room, 304 Gray St., Edgefield. The program runs fro ...

Ornamental grasses shine

As most warm season plants start to fade a few well-placed clumps of ornamental grass often shine this time of year. For years pampas grass was the rage. But its main drawback was size and maintenance ...

Indoor plant selection and care

With the onset of cooler temperatures we often turn our attention to indoor plants. Many of our indoor plants spend the summer outside on a porch or patio. Most of us have to move them inside and ofte ...

Killing trees with mulch

Yes, the title may seem unusual or provocative, but each year I see more examples of improper mulch applications that contribute to damage and pre-mature death to trees in the Lakelands. The favorite ...

Assessing fall lawn and plants

As the summer growing season comes to an end and temperatures decline, many yard, garden and landscape tasks are a little bit more tolerable. Be aware that there are warm season weeds setting seed to ...

Moving into pruning time

After what seemed like an endless hot and dry summer, we are finally entering our fall season. Thank goodness. Less grass to mow, irrigate or consume most of our outdoor management time. Now we enter ...

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 ...