How Do We Get Rid of Moles?

Q.  My wife and I just moved to Rowayton (Ledge Road) and we’ve discovered what appears to be a few mole holes in our lawn. Is there a preferred/efficient method of mole removal in Rowayton? While the holes are on the lawn (and not in a garden bed) I figured …

What is happening with my Hydrangeas this spring?

Q: My Hydrangeas are only putting out new growth from the bottom of the plant – all the buds on old growth seem to have dried up and last year’s stalks are totally dry and dead.  What should I do? A:  Hydrangeas really took a hit this winter. Most of …

What’s the best way to propagate roses?

Q.:  What is the best way to propagate roses? A.:  The Royal Horticultural Society (the UK’s leading gardening charity dedicated to advancing horticulture and promoting good gardening)  suggests several ways to foster growth of new plants in their pages on roses: Roses are usually budded in summer, but rootstocks are seldom available …

Why do leaves change color in fall?

Q:  I know I learned this long ago, but I have forgotten the answer and my child is asking why the leaves change color in fall.  Could you tell me so I can remain the “answerer of all questions” for her? A:  There is a terrific article online by the State …

What plants are potentially toxic if eaten by pets?

Q:  Which houseplants are poisonous if eaten by pets? My cats are showing way too much interest in the potted plants we just brought inside. A:  “More than 700 plants have been identified as producing physiologically active or toxic substances in sufficient amounts to cause harmful effects in animals. Poisonous plants …

What’s happening with the lawn at Pinkney Park?

Q: What’s happening with the lawn at Pinkney Park? I know the Gardeners were trying to make it “pesticide free” last spring and summer. A:  Pinkney survived and thrived under the new lawn maintenance plan overseen by the Rowayton Gardeners and the 6th Taxing District Commissioners.  The plan was executed by …

Is it harmful to prune lilacs at this time of year?

Q: My lilacs are starting to look pretty dreadful – spotted with powdery fungus, overgrown and generally unattractive in the fall border.  Do I just have to wait until the leaves fall off, or can I treat and prune them now? A:  The 3D ‘s (damaged, diseased and dead wood) may …