“Good” versus “Bad” Plants

April 16, 2003

I thought about this nature note while working in the perennial gardens at the arboretum. You get a good dose of what’s a “good” plant and what’s a “bad” plant while weeding in unfamiliar beds. Even I have to look… Continue reading


Spring is Here

April 11, 2003

Now, I know spring is here! Not only are all those early mustards (discussed in nature notes in years past) in bloom and fruit, but male goldfinches are turning bright yellow. You can identify birds by their vocalizations, but you… Continue reading


Spring is On the Way!

March 14, 2003

In case you haven’t noticed, spring really is on its way. Longer day length, returning birds, increased bird calls and birds songs are sure signs. So what’s the difference between a bird CALL and bird SONG? There is a rather… Continue reading


Tree Damage Due to Ice Storm

March 4, 2003

A few people have asked me my thoughts about the recent damage to trees from the ice storm. A few comments follow. Remember that, in a forest, trees get pruned naturally. Competition for light, physical contact between closely packed trees,… Continue reading


More Getting the Jump on Spring

February 2, 2003

I hope you took a stroll around the yard and did some pruning last weekend during the warm weather. If, at that time, you noted that some of the bark on your trees was damaged in some way, don’t panic…. Continue reading


Getting the Jump on Spring

January 24, 2003

I am still on sabbatical, but back on campus until May and have heard from enough of you to know that more nature notes are needed! So, I will once again send out weekly tidbits of information to keep you… Continue reading


Spring Spraying and Pruning

May 17, 2002

It is once again time to spray for boring insects that attack flowering dogwood and lilacs. Spraying the trunks in May and June and maybe once more in July will help prevent this problem. It is pretty hard to keep… Continue reading


Tree Planting Tips

May 2, 2002

If you are looking for trees to plant in your yard, there are many things to consider. First, and most importantly, you want to be sure the species you choose will do well in the environment in which you want… Continue reading


Lesson from Nature

April 26, 2002

One windy day as I was watching some “black birds” balancing on some less than stout branches in a tree in my yard, I thought of the faculty and staff on campus “balancing” all the work we have to complete… Continue reading


Eastern Tent Caterpillars

The eastern tent caterpillars, Malacosoma americanum are on their way out! The larvae of this species will congregate to construct a protective silken tent, usually in the fork of a tree branch. They particularly like to build tents in black… Continue reading




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