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George Bonnema
We have had wonderful moisture for our flower and vegetable gardens and our season is about two weeks early. If you have hostas, I’m suggesting that you be on the lookout for slugs. These slimy critters eat irregular-shaped holes in the leaves, and if you don’t attack them early on, you will have...
George Bonnema
On April 18 I mentioned applying systemic rose care granules to my shrub roses to both feed them and protect them from sucking and chewing insects. That application is repeated at six-week intervals, so it is time to give them another shot of energy. The difference this product makes in the amount...
George Bonnema
For those people who love mowing their lawn, this has been a great spring.  For those people who hate mowing the lawn … well, the rest of us can tell. Proper mowing is one of the keys to a healthy lawn. Set your mowing height at 3 or 3 1/2 inches tall. Taller grass forms a deeper root system. The...
George Bonnema
Spring is always a time of transitioning from winter to summer and this year has been no different. The weeks of warm weather have teased us into thinking we were pretty much past the last frost, but then reality scared us … maybe me especially … my casualties were limited, but there were some...
George Bonnema
Mother’s Day last weekend probably gifted many of you with outdoor hanging baskets or planters, and I want to stress the word “outdoor.” These annual plants require a lot of sunlight to produce the energy they need to keep the flower buds developing.  Keeping them indoors to “protect” them is not a...
George Bonnema
I got to make my annual spring run to a few of Detroit’s largest garden centers this past weekend.  It has been a cool spring there as well as for us, so they were not fully stocked if the plants were not grown on site.  I still managed to find a few plants that wowed me that I haven’t been able to...
George Bonnema
Driving through town yesterday, I commented that our spring season is a full two weeks ahead of average.  The flowering crab blossoms are opening and the color of tulips and Virginia bluebells is what I hope to see the week of Mother’s Day. Two weeks less of winter is fine in my book and I am...
George Bonnema
Thank you to all the good people who attended my Courageous Pruning Seminar on Saturday.  I enjoyed out time together and I hope you found the information encouraging and empowering. I’m going out this morning (Monday) to apply the first round of Systemic Rose Care granules to my shrub roses.  This...
George Bonnema
Today I want to introduce you to a couple of relatively new plants for hanging baskets. The first is begonia bolivensis. There are several named varieties of this begonia: Santa Cruz Sunset and Crackling Fire are a couple of common cultivars. The name to watch for is bolivensis. This begonia does...
George Bonnema
A relatively new annual flowering plant I’d like to feature today is the SunPatiens. Impatiens have been the flowering annual of choice for shade areas, but the old varieties were not happy growing in bright sun. This ”new and improved” class is happy, in fact, prefers bright sun. There are three...

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