Too Close to Home

TOO CLOSE TO HOME is the title for a TV drama by Tyler Perry, but it also describes many woody plants that are planted "too close" to buildings or other plants; i.e., without the understanding that the plants will get bigger--continuing to grow (except when dormant) until they die. This is called indeterminate growth and it applied to ALL woody plants--trees, shrubs and vines. Humans and dogs exhibit determinate growth, but woody plants do not. Moreover, the garden center labels and website listings often imply there is a maximum size, but that is not the case--misapplying the word mature to size rather than reproduction. While it is possible to generally characterize the size for a spec

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.

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