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What are the characteristics of the perfect landscape plant here in Cape May County, NJ?  Well, let's see.  It has to be low maintenance, not need watering, and announce it's presence with a flashy display.  That sounds to me like an ornamental grass.  They make...

The carpenter bees are back!  It become obvious the other day when a couple hundred were swarming our two holly trees here in Cape May County, NJ in search of pollen.  While only the females will sting, it takes outright harassment to provoke them enough...

Our lilacs are blooming here in Cape May County, NJ, combining a beautiful display of light purple flowers with a fragrance that heightens our senses and elicits romance. Lilacs trees, technically known as syringa, are a flowering woody plant that belongs to the olive tree family. ...

Spring is a time when many of our old friends - and nemeses - reappear here in Cape May County, NJ after a winter of laying dormant.  A sure sign that warmer weather is here to stay is the first sighting of the blue-tailed skink. The...

Most of the flowers in our yard bloom, hang around a few weeks, then wither and disappear.  Not so with our climbing clematis, whose multitude of purple flowers we get to enjoy for two months each summer. Clematis, like so many plants we surround ourselves with...

The hosta is the most popular shade-tolerant perennial in the country.  It's no wonder why.  While most bedding plants - both annuals and perennials - love full sun, not many can tolerant some degree of shade.  Hostas are a plant that you can situate under...

Now that winter is in the rearview mirror here in Cape May County NJ, homeowners are spending more time outside and discovering that mold and mildew have returned.  This fungi is present on anything concrete - driveways and sidewalks - and on the siding of...

It seems like nowadays when it rains it rains hard.  We're trapped in a perpetual cycle of drought, then a day of heavy rain, then back to dry conditions.  Does this heavy rain cause ponding - you know, puddles - on your property?  The kind...

On these March days when it's winter one day and spring the next, we tend to hold back on gardening in fear of freezing temperatures ruining our new plants.  Why not put this idle time to good use by preparing your summer tools for the...

Back in the summer of 2015, Monsanto ran a TV commercial for their weed killer product Roundup that started with a guy saying "I'm a good Dad and ...