Green Living http://bayweekly.com/articles/feed/features/green-living en Keep Your Evergreens Green http://bayweekly.com/articles/gardening/article/keep-your-evergreens-green <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Treat yellow-green leaves with &shy;compost or fertilizer</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>If your hollies are heavily loaded with berries this fall, most likely the foliage will turn yellow-green, downgrading the contrast with the red berries. It takes a lot of energy and nutrients for plants to produce fruit. This is especially true if the branches are heavily laden with large clusters. Heavy-fruiting hollies generally appear chlorotic. This problem can be corrected by applying a nitrogen-rich mulch such as lobster compost, chicken manure compost or lawn fertilizer between the trunk of the plant and the drip line.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/gardening/article/keep-your-evergreens-green" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/discolored-holly-leaves-111016.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="151" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/gardening/article/keep-your-evergreens-green" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/gardening/article/keep-your-evergreens-green#comments Gardening Green Living Sat, 12 Nov 2016 11:24:45 +0000 bayweekly_master 35650 at http://bayweekly.com Can I Recycle Plastic Bags? http://bayweekly.com/articles/green-living/article/can-i-recycle-plastic-bags <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Yes, but do it at the grocery</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Christina Gardner </div> </div> </div> <p>Anne Arundel Countians are lucky to have their recycling picked up at the curb. With the county&rsquo;s single-stream recycling program, you don&rsquo;t even have to sort. Even so, 26 percent of what goes into the trash is recyclable, according to Anne Arundel County Recycling.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Getting that quarter of our waste out of the trash stream depends not only on the will to recycle but also our knowledge.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;You can find a list that outlines most of what is and is not accepted for curbside recycling on the website <a href="http://www.recyclemoreoften.com" title="www.recyclemoreoften.com">www.recyclemoreoften.com</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/green-living/article/can-i-recycle-plastic-bags" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/recylcing-bags-072816.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="126" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/green-living/article/can-i-recycle-plastic-bags" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/green-living/article/can-i-recycle-plastic-bags#comments Green Living Regulars Fri, 29 Jul 2016 18:01:41 +0000 bayweekly_master 34082 at http://bayweekly.com Compost Only Goes So Far http://bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/compost-only-goes-so-far <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Sometimes you need fertilizers</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>Am I an organic gardener? I&rsquo;m often asked that question. I suspect that many who read this column conclude that my frequent reference to composting and compost in gardening means I must be an organic gardener. They seem shocked when I say that I use chemical fertilizers in addition to amending my soils with compost. My reasoning is that of a scientist.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/compost-only-goes-so-far" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/fertilizing-potted-plant-060216.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="155" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/compost-only-goes-so-far" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/compost-only-goes-so-far#comments The Bay Gardener by Dr. Francis Gouin Gardening Good Living Green Living Mon, 06 Jun 2016 17:21:40 +0000 bayweekly_master 33208 at http://bayweekly.com Night Crawlers Are Good for Birds, Fishing and Compost http://bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/night-crawlers-are-good-birds-fishing-and-compost <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>But not so great for forests</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Kathy Knotts </div> </div> </div> <p>Robins and sparrows sing the praises of our unending rain. Their beaks and bellies are filled with wriggling worms.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Earthworms surface as wet conditions make easy work of relocating. No, worms don&rsquo;t come up to escape drowning. They are capable of surviving several days submerged.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;The vibration of raindrops sounds like the predatory rumble of moles looking for a snack, causing the worms to head for the surface, where fishermen and hungry birds find them. Some birds have shifted to eating an earthworm-only diet.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/creature-feature/article/night-crawlers-are-good-birds-fishing-and-compost" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/BIG%20worms.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="67" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/night-crawlers-are-good-birds-fishing-and-compost" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/night-crawlers-are-good-birds-fishing-and-compost#comments Creature Feature Gardening Green Living Fri, 27 May 2016 14:53:35 +0000 bayweekly_master 33077 at http://bayweekly.com Fresh-Cut and -Broken Greens http://bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/fresh-cut-and-broken-greens <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>From boxwood to white pine, you have many evergreen choices</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>Here in Bay Country, we have an abundance of evergreen plants to choose from. Many &mdash; but not all &mdash; narrowleaf greens will hold their needles if you treat them right, while adding beauty and aroma to your home. For long-lasting holiday greens, gather arborvitae, Canaan fir, Douglas fir, junipers, Nordman red cedar, red pine, Scots pine and white pine.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/fresh-cut-and-broken-greens" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/fresh-cut_greens-121015.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="67" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/fresh-cut-and-broken-greens" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/fresh-cut-and-broken-greens#comments The Bay Gardener by Dr. Francis Gouin Gardening Green Living Wed, 09 Dec 2015 21:29:36 +0000 bayweekly_master 31174 at http://bayweekly.com Predicting Autumn Color http://bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/predicting-autumn-color <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Dry fall following wet summer makes a good show</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>This year will bring spectacular fall foliage coloration &mdash; provided it stays dry.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;That&rsquo;s what I told the Bay Weekly reader asking for my prediction.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;More rain means that more of the leaves will remain green for a longer period of time, thus reducing the intensity of the red, orange and yellow. If we have a dry fall, a higher percentage of the leaves will turn color at the same time. But because of drier conditions, the foliage will not last long.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/predicting-autumn-color" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/leaf-pigments-100914.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="69" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/predicting-autumn-color" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/predicting-autumn-color#comments The Bay Gardener by Dr. Francis Gouin Gardening Green Living Thu, 09 Oct 2014 16:50:54 +0000 bayweekly_master 24379 at http://bayweekly.com Azalea Management 101 http://bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/azalea-management-101 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Time your pruning for both desirable growth and flowers</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>While azaleas were blooming mid-month, I passed a home in the Deale area where the bushes were so large that it must have been impossible to look out through the lower part of the front windows. They must have been sheared at some point because the middle of the plants appeared very bushy.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;This is a common problem and one that is simple to correct &mdash; once you get out the pruners and get past fear.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/azalea-management-101" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/pruning-azalea-2-052914.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="113" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/azalea-management-101" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/azalea-management-101#comments The Bay Gardener by Dr. Francis Gouin Gardening Green Living Thu, 29 May 2014 15:37:54 +0000 bayweekly_moderator 22406 at http://bayweekly.com Don’t Beat Your Soil to Death http://bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/don%E2%80%99t-beat-your-soil-death <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Here&rsquo;s the right way to till the garden</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>Just because you have a rototiller or a Mantis doesn&rsquo;t mean you have to till your soil until it is pulverized into dust.&nbsp;The more you till the soil, the more damage you do to its structure.&nbsp;The finer you pulverize the soil, the faster its organic matter is destroyed.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Here&rsquo;s how to do the job right.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Pray for perfect conditions, as soil should never be tilled when too wet or too dry.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/don%E2%80%99t-beat-your-soil-death" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/garden-tiller-041714.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="71" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/don%E2%80%99t-beat-your-soil-death" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/don%E2%80%99t-beat-your-soil-death#comments The Bay Gardener by Dr. Francis Gouin Gardening Green Living Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:36:49 +0000 bayweekly_master 21803 at http://bayweekly.com The Plight of the Monarchs http://bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/plight-monarchs <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Help give their migration a future</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Sandra Olivetti Martin </div> </div> </div> <p>Since the last Ice Age, monarch butterflies have followed the path of the glaciers in their annual migration. The orange and black creatures are more fragile than the magnolia blossoms now in their short season. Yet in September, tens of thousands of monarchs fly from the midlands of the United States all the way to southern Mexico.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/creature-feature/article/plight-monarchs" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/tagged_monarch.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="75" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/plight-monarchs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/creature-feature/article/plight-monarchs#comments Creature Feature Gardening Green Living Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:43:45 +0000 bayweekly_master 21806 at http://bayweekly.com Skip Weed-and-Feed Fertilizers http://bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/skip-weed-and-feed-fertilizers <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>A healthy and happy lawn gives no ground to weeds</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>A lot of people out there are trying to sell you weed-and-feed fertilizer. Don&rsquo;t buy them &mdash; or you&rsquo;re buying trouble. Here&rsquo;s why they don&rsquo;t always work &mdash; and may cause problems.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Two different types of weed killers, aka herbicides, are blended with lawn fertilizers in formulating the so-called weed-and-feed blend. One kind is advertised to kill broadleaf weeds; another to kill crabgrass.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/skip-weed-and-feed-fertilizers" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/happy-lawn-041014.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="72" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/skip-weed-and-feed-fertilizers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/skip-weed-and-feed-fertilizers#comments The Bay Gardener by Dr. Francis Gouin Gardening Green Living Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:10:12 +0000 bayweekly_master 21713 at http://bayweekly.com