IT Overwhelmed the Tree

One of the worst horticultural decisions a property owner can make is to plant wintercreeper (Euonymous fortunei) or to allow it to establish--this includes any of the cultivars. Wintercreeper is a non-native, woody, evergreen vine--easy to grow and spreads readily. It is for the last reason you should be concerned, for it is extremely difficult to eradicate. Moreover, as in the accompanying photo, it is capable of climbing anything, and to great heights. On buildings it can damage siding and gutters, it ruins fences, and permitted grow on trees it can lead to the death of the host as well as making it more likely for branches to break. Another reason to prohibit it from climbing is bec

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.