Surprise! Here I am

A major environmental and gardening issue is invasive species. We focus on the hardy exotic (non-native) species as regards invasive plants, largely because these foreigners lack the natural control elements in their new territory (e.g., insects and diseases). A contributing factor to the issue is that most people neglect considering adaptability and reproductive potential before getting and planting a specimen--instead focusing on color, et cetera. Moreover, things can change. Species that we thought were okay because they behaved over the years (i.e., were not invasive) become so (i.e., callery pear, numerous grasses, etc.). In other cases the species is native, at least regionally, a

Rant of the Month

Unfortunately, most people know little about gardening and environmental issues including many "professionals" employed to choose, install and maintain plants and design landscapes. This page highlights specific issues with commentary on remedy or recommendation for course of action. Examples are numerous and easy to find -- rarely requiring me to travel far from home.  Hopefully, these postings will make the task of finding examples more difficult.  I will occasionally also post outstanding and approved examples in an effort to educate.