Grow Throughs

Unfortunately, one sees this landscaping oversight and eyesore everywhere. The problem is easily avoidable, but property owners and managers allow weedy vines, shrubs and trees to develop under and within the canopy of shrubs and low branched trees creating what I call grow throughs. The grow throughs spoil the appearance of the desired plant and, if not removed early, the eradication becomes challenging. So, why does this occur? First, most of the offending species are invasive and non-indigenous (e.g., white mulberry, Asian honeysuckle, Callery pear, wintercreeper) as well as the prolific native grey dogwood. The seeds are commonly dispersed by wind or birds. The second reason is tha

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.