Some Proof That Tree Fertilizer Spikes Work

Jobes Tree Fertilizer Spikes

This weekend you might have already finished fertilizing your lawn. What about your trees and shrubs? Below you will see two pictures each with one tree. The trees are the same age and were planted on the same day within side by side neighboring lawns. The first tree has very noticeable leaves starting to appear. The second tree, the one behind the first in the above picture? Well, its leaves are not quite as prominent. Why the difference? Tree fertilizer spikes. The tree … [Read more...]

Fertilizing Trees

Scott's Turf Builder Lawn Fertilizer

In the spring one of the most common outdoor activities for a household when you walk or cycle or drive up and down a neighbourhood is to see someone fertilizing their lawn. Some people have garden services to do this for them while others do it themselves. Why do this? Well of course roots of any outdoor plant are in serious activity in the spring and to do there work as Mother nature intended they need, well, food. What about the trees on your property? If you see lots of … [Read more...]

First Impressions of University of Notre Dame Campus

Golden Dome

Well we have just finished our road trip to our hotel in Mishawaka, Indiana. It took just under 8 hours but with the catching up that Harvey and I did the drive did not seem to take that long at all. Here is a slide show with selected pictures of our travel. We went from Toronto to Sarnia and then across through Michigan, down to Indiana and then across to Mishawaka. Once we checked in around 5 pm or so, we headed to the University of Notre Dame campus for a very, very quick walkabout … [Read more...]

Fall Garden Cleanup – 2

After Clean Up 016

Yesterday we showed you pictures of the garden beside our front door before and after our front garden cleanup, as well as the pictures of our front garden prior to the cleanup this fall. In case you missed the sorry state of our front garden, here is a short video clip where you can see the overgrown Hostas, the wildness of the two small trees at the front of both the left and right sides of our front garden and especially some of the Pyramidal Yews which have almost lost their attractive … [Read more...]

Fall Garden Cleanup – 1

Front Garden Before Clean Up 1

No time like the present. Winter is coming. And, I want to clean up the front garden now before it gets cold outside making this task more unpleasant than it already is. OK, so it's not hard ... when it is still nice and warm and sunny outside. So here are some home maintenance tips you can use for your own garden. I purposely (that is my story and, yes, I am sticking with it) left our front garden unattended all summer, just to see how many weeds might grow through the garden mulch. … [Read more...]

Remember to Fertilize the Shrubs and Bushes

Evergreen and Shrub Fertilizer Spikes

A few days ago I wrote about the first fertilizing of our lawn this year. Don't forget to  fertilize your shrubs, bushes, evergreens and trees as well ... but with their own food. Last spring I wrote an article titled Don't Forget To Feed Your Trees, which my day time boss mentioned to me that he had read and actually used that tip. This article is not about fertilizing the same tree, well, because we no longer have it. Why the tree is no longer our property is for a discussion or two … [Read more...]

Fall Colours – Part 1 – Due East

East Direction Fall Colours

Today we want to start a very short series of articles that has been delayed due to our series on solar air heaters. Specifically, wanted to write and show you the changes in the colour of the leaves on the deciduous trees in our back yard. As you know, home which back onto a forest or ravine command lot premiums from home developers. We have lived in many homes over the years, some in new developments. And we have always avoided homes with lot premiums because, quite candidly, we … [Read more...]

Don’t Forget To Feed Your Trees

Tree Fertilizaer Spike Package

Today we digress from our usually home renovation focus to remind you to feed the trees on the outside of your house. Trees are environmentally friendly. :-) They provide shade to help cool your house or protect your lawn. And, home renovation tasks can include home maintenance tasks both inside and outside the house, right? However, I am always amazed by the number of home owners who will spend lots and lots of  money to take care of their lawn yet forget about their trees. Trees need … [Read more...]

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