Tools of the Trade While this final class in the Urban Garden Maintenance class at BBG focused on everything from pruning shears to aeration rigs for tractors, I will only be covering the most fundamental hand tools–both their use and, in most cases, maintenance. (Lot’s of ‘lifting’ courtesy of Wikipedia and other unsuspecting online resources…)…

UGM ( V )

Container Gardening (excerpted from Organic Gardening (Guide to Container Gardening)) Pots, tubs, and half barrels overflowing with flowers add appeal to any garden, but container gardens can serve a practical purpose too. Gardening in containers is ideal for those with little or no garden space. In addition to growing flowers, gardeners limited to a balcony,…

UGM ( IV )

Pruning (from Journal of Japanese Gardening / Douglas Roth) Prune with a purpose. Think carefully, and remove unwanted branches for specific reasons that you clearly understand.


Flower Gardening When  designing a flower garden there are many choices to make with regard to planting. Some are purely aesthetic (such as match-making plant combinations and colors), and others are horticultural (what grows best in conditions on a given site  and in climate). The more closely one bases decisions on meeting the needs of select plants (light…

UGM ( II )

Turfs and Ground Covers     Lawns can be somewhat controversial. Environmental critics frequently cite how resource-intensive and subsequently unsustainable lawns are. Notwithstanding, lawns do provide some real and meaningful benefits:

Urban Garden Maintenance / UGM ( I )

Site Assessment  While the following checklist may be utilized at a professional level, many of the items are relevant to even a small, private garden project–especially if the site is in an urban context. Creating a landscape can be a very time, labor, and cost intensive undertaking. Taking the time to carefully evaluate the site…

IPM (Part III)

Integrated Pest Management / Final Exam Question: What makes hard scale insects such a pest management challenge?   

IPM (Part II)

Bug Basics, Pathogen Particulars & Pesticide Parameters Insects are members of the phylum of arthropods, which have jointed appendages, segmented bodies, and an exoskeleton. The class Insecta is the largest and most diverse group of creatures on earth with over 800,000 different species. They may be found in any environment, on or under the surface…

Integrated Pest Management / IPM (Part I)

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) vs. Plant Health Care (PHC) To some (many? …most?) this will probably seem like a droll, idiosyncratic technical topic that would only be of interest to the wonkiest of landscape professionals–perhaps even only the wonkiest of landscape pest management professionals. Alas, I happen to find it of interest so feel free…

Woody Plant ID (Week 4)

Amelanchier sp./ Serviceberry (Rosaceae): Large shrub or small tree; White pendulous racemes flower in mid to late April; Cordate leaves varying in color (yellow, apricot-orange, dusty red.

Woody Plant ID (Week 3)

Aucuba japonica / Japanese Aucuba (Cornaceae): Dense, upright shrub–classic ‘foundation’ planting; Purple, male flowers in upright, terminal panicles; female in shorter inflorescences from the axils of the leaves–flowering in mid to late march; Opposite, simple, elliptic-ovate leaves–dark green throughout the year.