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August 8, 2020

Darrell Blackwelder, Author at Salisbury Post

Farm & Garden

Darrell Blackwelder column: Taking a weed-infested yard and starting over

I spoke to a friend a couple of weeks ago and he told me that he couldn’t tell the grassy weeds from his normal grass. ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, August 2, 2020 12:00 am

Farm & Garden

Darrell Blackwelder column: Lantanas full of color

Lantanas are an excellent choice of summer color for our landscapes, especially with the excessively hot weather we’ve experienced over the past few weeks. It ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, July 26, 2020 12:00 am

Farm & Garden

Many plants suffer in the heat of July

Many shrubs and bedding plants are suffering in the normal hot weather of July. Homeowners are concerned about their plants, especially newly set trees shrubs ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, July 19, 2020 12:00 am

Farm & Garden

Darrell Blackwelder column: Hydrangeas are in full bloom

Many are curious about shrubs blooming throughout the county garnering white, puffy blooms. Some are confused and think these profuse bloomers are some type of ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, July 19, 2020 12:00 am

Farm & Garden

Problems with bedding plants

What is wrong with my bedding plants? They were beautiful when I planted them but after a few weeks they are just sitting there and ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, July 5, 2020 12:00 am

Farm & Garden

Darrell Blackwelder: Mud daubers build their nests in the summer

If you live anywhere near water — a lake, pond, or creek — you’re probably going to have cylinders of mud pipes from mud daubers ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, June 28, 2020 12:00 am

Farm & Garden

Darrell Blackwelder column: Cow-itch vine

There is a colorful vine showing out now with colorful orange blooms across Rowan County. The trumpet creeper (Campsis radicans) is now visible along roadways, fences, ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, June 21, 2020 12:00 am

Farm & Garden

Blackwelder column: Brown patch

The unseasonably cool weather and abundant rains in April and May provided perfect growing conditions for fescue. Unfortunately, once warmer temperatures arrive, so do foliar ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, June 21, 2020 12:00 am

Farm & Garden

Blackwelder column: Powdery mildew is a common disease

My neighbors noticed something a little different on their shrubs this past week. There were powdery white splotches on the leaves and stems of their ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, June 14, 2020 12:00 am

Farm & Garden

Darrell Blackwelder: The catalpa is an unusual tree

There is a very unusual tree blooming along North Main Street in Salisbury. It has very long cascading blooms with very large leaves. This rather ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, June 7, 2020 12:00 am

Farm & Garden

Most light pruning can be done year-round

By Darrell Blackwelder For the Salisbury Post Pruning is generally a major topic of conversation among home gardeners regardless of the season. Everyone seems to ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, May 31, 2020 12:00 am

Farm & Garden

Darrell Blackwelder: Evening primrose

There is a rather attractive flowering plant with yellow flowers growing on the side of a lawn down the street. My first thought was, “Is ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, May 31, 2020 12:00 am

News

Darrell Blackwelder: Chinese privet is an invasive shrub

Along the edges of woods and fencerows throughout the county you may have noticed shrubs covered with showy white blooms. Chinese privet (Ligustrum sinense) is ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, May 17, 2020 12:00 am

Farm & Garden

Blackwelder column: It’s getting too warm for winter annuals

With summer weather arriving, pansies and other winter annuals are beginning to fail. Even though the plants may still look beautiful, it is time to ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, May 10, 2020 12:00 am

Farm & Garden

Home & Garden Q&A: Applying fertilizer, controlling poison oak

The weather has been perfect over the past few weeks to work outdoors and many have questions about their lawns and landscapes. Below are a ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, May 3, 2020 12:00 am

Farm & Garden

Darrell Blackwelder: Peonies

You may have noticed fluffy, colorful flowers in the landscapes around the county. Peonies are now in full bloom with large, colorful flowers. Once planted ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, May 3, 2020 12:00 am

Farm & Garden

Darrell Blackwelder: Camellia leaf gall is a fungus, but causes little damage

By Darrell Blackwelder For the Salisbury Post There was something a little strange about the camellia sasanqua in our landscape this week. The leaves were ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, April 26, 2020 12:00 am

Farm & Garden

Darrell Blackwelder: Cedar apple rust

I got an email last week with a couple of photos about cedar trees. The trees had some kind of orange slimy growth and the ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, April 19, 2020 12:00 am

Farm & Garden

Home and garden Q&A: Controlling caterpillars, ivy

Many are working outdoors in our beautiful spring weather while homebound. Retail garden shops and outlets are bustling with those choosing to take advantage of ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, April 12, 2020 12:00 am

Lifestyle

Blackwelder: Controlling wisteria

Wisteria is used in many landscapes and readily found in local garden centers and nurseries. The plant was introduced to the United States from Japan ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, April 5, 2020 12:00 am

Farm & Garden

Blackwelder column: Dr. Koontz has passion for orchids

When pediatrician Dr. Wayne Koontz is not caring for children, he’s busy at home taking care of his other responsibly, a vast orchid collection and ... Read more

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

Columns

Darrell Blackwelder: Dandelion: It’s a menace. It’s a menu item. It’s both!

Many of our lawns and landscapes in our area are inundated with a broadleaf weed that never seems to die. Dandelion is a perennial found ... Read more

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

Farm & Garden

With warmer weather, it’s mowing season

Fescue lawns are becoming lush and green with warmer spring weather, providing a much-needed green backdrop to the landscape. Mowing will quickly be a weekly ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Friday, March 20, 2020 12:00 am

Columns

Darrell Blackwelder: Clay soil is not a lost cause

A major misconception about clay soils that they’re poor and non-productive. Tight clay soils are difficult to manage; but, with proper modification these soils can ... Read more

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

Columns

Darrell Blackwelder: Mow your Liriope now for healthy new growth

Liriope, monkey grass or border grass is one of the most underutilized landscape plant materials. Mostly used as a border, redefining its use may create ... Read more

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

Columns

Darrell Blackwelder: What your hydrangea wants you to know about pruning

Your hydrangeas may have been killed back during freezing weather earlier this winter. Let’s hope not! Many ask when is the best time to cut ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, March 1, 2020 12:00 am

Farm & Garden

Pruning questions come as soon as weather changes

When I’m out and about, pruning advice seems to be the most recurring inquiry from many homeowners. It’s the change of seasons or weather conditions ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Friday, February 28, 2020 12:00 am

Columns

Darrell Blackwelder: Now is a good time to fertilize cool season fescue lawns

After dodging snow and thunderstorms, now is a good time to fertilize cool season fescue lawns. Turf specialists recommend one pound of actual nitrogen per ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, February 23, 2020 12:00 am

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