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Darrell Blackwelder, Author at Salisbury Post

Lifestyle

Darrell Blackwelder column: What’s the deal with dodder?

One of my traveler friends sent me a photo of her flowers invaded by a strange, almost alien-type growth. A yellow, spaghetti-like plant called dodder ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, July 25, 2021 12:00 am

Farm & Garden

Darrell Blackwelder column: Pruning old azaleas

Even though the newer Encore-type azaleas are very popular, traditional azaleas are still very popular and are again rapidly growing. These oldies need a little ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, July 18, 2021 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder column: ‘Tis the season for mud daubers

Those that live anywhere near water-the lake, pond, or creek, you’re probably going to have orange cylinders of mud pipes from mud daubers decorating the ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, July 11, 2021 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: Tips for plant irrigation

Even with rain showers, irrigation is a way of life for those that want to keep bedding plants, lawns and vegetables alive. The ideal time ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, July 4, 2021 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder column: Tomatoes 101

A couple of people told me they planted tomatoes for the first time this spring. They were curious and wanted to see if they could ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, July 4, 2021 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: Keeping plants blooming

A breakfast buddy of mine asked me how she could keep her flowers blooming throughout the summer. They look very good now, but often faded away ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, June 27, 2021 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder column: Azalea lace bug

My neighbor is concerned about her azaleas. They bloomed earlier and were beautiful, but now they look pale and sickly. She has problems with lace ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, June 20, 2021 12:00 am

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Tree diseases are on the rise

Shade trees are extremely important to most landscapes, providing aesthetic and functional design elements. Landscapes would be void of shade, color and design without trees. ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, June 13, 2021 12:00 am

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Controlling brown patch

The unseasonably cool weather and abundant rains in April and May provided perfect growing conditions for fescue. Brown patch is a common turf disease caused ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, June 13, 2021 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: Clover in lawns

The weather has been perfect for the growth of many lawn weeds, including white clover. White clover and other broadleaf weeds continue to be a ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, May 23, 2021 12:00 am

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H&G Q&A: Legumes, leftovers and lizards

A few weeks ago, we had weather so cool I had to wear a sweater. Now the weather has done an about-face with summer temperatures. ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, May 23, 2021 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder column: Container gardens

Container plantings add color and green space to areas void of plant materials and bloom. The use of container gardens shouldn’t be restricted to just ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, May 16, 2021 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder column: Now is an excellent time to control poison ivy

A constant concern for those that work outside is skin rash from poison ivy. In severe cases, the skin rash (dermatitis) may hospitalize its victims. ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, May 9, 2021 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: Time to start working on May chores

Last week’s frost was a major issue — one week later, and we had July temperatures. Gardening activities have increased as homeowners venture outdoors to ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, May 2, 2021 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder column: Clematis are picky about growing conditions

It’s spring and bountiful flowers and shrubs are in full bloom, including vines. Clematis, a vine featuring bright and colorful flowers can be a challenge ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, May 2, 2021 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder: Separating the bearded iris

A friend of mine said she had bearded irises that had beautiful blooms this spring. Unfortunately, they have spread too much and she needs to ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, April 25, 2021 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder column: Problems with bluegrass

Warm weather and plentiful rainfall have given new life to my ailing fescue lawn. However large splotches of light-colored grass have appeared in newly seeded ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, April 18, 2021 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder column: Blackhaw is in bloom

There are white blooms dotting the woods and outlying areas in Rowan County near the lake. From far away the small blooms resemble that of ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, April 11, 2021 12:00 am

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Some helpful tips as mowing season is upon us

Mowing our cool-season lawns is now one of our regular outdoor maintenance tasks. Warm spring weather is promoting rapid growth of cool season fescue. Many ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, April 11, 2021 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder column: Leyland cypress is very susceptible to insects and disease

A few years ago, Leyland cypress was considered the perfect shrub for crowded urbanites. Unfortunately, these shrubs have become overplanted, sharing the same fate as ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, April 4, 2021 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder column: Don’t overdo it when working in the yard

I mowed my lawn earlier this week and I paid for it the next morning. I couldn’t hardly walk I was so sore. Rainy weather ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, March 28, 2021 12:00 am

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Home and garden Q&A: Blooming shrubs, over-seeding fescue and spraying weeds

Even though we’ve had a taste of warm weather, it is important to remember there may be a chance of frost over the next few ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, March 21, 2021 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder column: Yellowing of boxwoods and evergreen shrubs

Warmer and drier weather have many outdoor enthusiasts evaluating their lawns and landscapes. Lawns are starting to turn green; daffodils are blooming and flowering shrubs ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, March 14, 2021 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder column: Trees to avoid

Without a doubt, trees are a coveted aspect of our landscape. They provide shade, flowers, fall color, food for wildlife, barriers and design concepts. But ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, March 7, 2021 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder column: Water-logged fescue

The overabundance of rainfall this fall and winter have made our cool-season fescue lawns look pretty bad, especially those that were reseeded. Areas that were ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, February 28, 2021 12:00 am

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The proper way to prune crape myrtles

In the spring as the weather changes, many are concerned about pruning crape myrtles. Hacking the tops of crape myrtles has become a common practice ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, February 28, 2021 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder column: Moss is a problem in cool-season lawns

Moss is a serious problem in our cool-season lawns. The overabundance of cool, wet weather along with poor growing conditions such as poor drainage, low ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, February 21, 2021 12:00 am

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Darrell Blackwelder column: Tree bark damage

Bark damage, especially near the base of the tree, is the No. 1 killer of many trees. Repeated bumping of the trunks with lawn mowers ... Read more

by Darrell Blackwelder, Sunday, February 14, 2021 12:00 am

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