Half Truth - Not Always a Good Idea

I love plants, especially big old trees, and members of the white oak complex are at the top of my list of favorites. Why? Not only are they majestic but they are preferred by our native fauna over non-natives. The now celebrity entomologist Doug Tallamy points out that oaks are in fact used (according to the last count I heard) by an astounding 432 species of native insects. When his audience hear this they immediately get the impression that to be a good land steward (to promote and protect the natives) they must plant an oak or two in their yard. What he fails to mention, and what his adoring audience often does not what to hear, is that not all natives are good nor are all non-nativ

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.