Jeff Rugg / Gardening

The Greener View: Fall Planting

Q: I have always planted shrubs, perennials and trees in the spring. My local big-box stores and my favorite nursery are having sales on new plants, not just old ones they are trying to dump. There is a "fall is for planting" sign. Is this just an...

The Greener View: Snake-Friendly Gardening

Q: When I was young, a neighbor was allowed to have snakes and his dad built a large enclosure that allowed us to catch and save more than 50. I live in the same area, but I rarely ever see a snake and that is probably partly due to kids like us ...

The Greener View: Bud Blast and Leaf Drop

Q: I bought an orchid at an orchid show two weeks ago. It had a few open flowers and a lot of beautiful buds. Over the past week, most of the buds have turned yellow and fallen off. I followed the directions exactly of where to put it in my house,...

The Greener View: Dodder and Peonies

Q: Some of the plants in my garden have a unique growth covering the plant like a giant spider web. It is orange and looks like the plants were sprayed with one of those cans of play string. I have tried pulling it off the plants, but it seems to ...