from the soil

2:44pm

Wed October 17, 2012
-From The Soil with Sollecito

Weather or Not

Jim Sollecito

Did you know a Quaking Aspen, one of the lovliest trees in the fall landcape, can predict the weather? Keen observers note weather changes underway just by listening to trees.  Jim has a better method: he keeps changing channels on the TV until he sees a forecast he likes.  Here are some natural things to look for that may help you predict the weather in your neighborhood.

2:37pm

Wed October 17, 2012
-From The Soil with Sollecito

Dig, Drop and Done

Jim Sollecito

Jim has a rule when he bites into a really hot pepper sprout in one of Megan's five-alarm hot shot panini sandwiches while lunching out on the job;  'stop, drop, and roll.'  After recovery he then stumbles back to the flower bed to resume planting those spring bulbs.  The rule there is 'dig, drop, and done.'  It's really simple, and guaranteed to bring many springtimes of pleasure.

2:17pm

Wed October 17, 2012
-From The Soil with Sollecito

Love 'em and Leave 'em

Fall is the time of year you can be a heartbreaker without remorse.  Love 'em, then leave 'em.  Be a landscape Casanova or Cleopatra with a lawn rake and a lawn mower.  Shower those favorite leafy shrubs and trees with your attention and affection from spring through summer and then, when autumn leaves start to fall, mulch them into your lawn.  No tears will be shed and your lawn will love you for it. 

1:53pm

Wed October 17, 2012
-From The Soil with Sollecito

Needles, Leaves and Lights

Jim Sollecito

"Lights, Conifers, Action!"  That's what they shouted in Hollywood just before they shot the last scene in 'White Christmas' (well, something like that, surely).  Now you can be the director of your very own holiday special by bringing your home landscape to a dazzle with holiday lighting that repels deer.  Better yet, make it a double feature starting with fall colors that razzle as well as dazzle.

1:30pm

Wed October 17, 2012
-From The Soil with Sollecito

Angel's Share

Jim Sollecito

When fruits, vegetables and other vegetation disappear from the landscape, old timers declare that's 'the angel's share.'  Other people blame deer - and they may just be onto something.  Fruits and vegetables will regenerate, but when trees and shrubs are damaged - by mice and other woodland creatures as well as deer - the damage can be permanent.  Jim has some ideas about how you can help protect your landscape from these pesky nibblers. 

6:11pm

Sat September 1, 2012

5:54pm

Sat September 1, 2012

5:33pm

Sat September 1, 2012
-From The Soil with Sollecito

You Are how you Plant

Jim Sollecito

Question: which of the following is the most sensible statement?
A) best time to do your landscape chores is on a hot, sunny day at noon.
B) best time to water your plants is on a hot, sunny day at noon.
C) best way to keep your landscape verdant and thriving is to ignore it.
D) best way to keep plants thriving is to place them where the sun and other natural conditions will work to their advantage as they become established.
(correct answer is D, unless you are a mad dog or an Englishman and inclined to take song lyrics by Noël Coward  literally)

4:19pm

Sat September 1, 2012

3:55pm

Sat September 1, 2012

3:16pm

Sat September 1, 2012
-From The Soil with Sollecito

Fall Planting

7:44am

Sat September 1, 2012

6:32pm

Wed August 29, 2012
-From The Soil with Sollecito

Rachel's Coffee Filter Fixes

Rachel Sollecito

In this commentary, Jim's daughter Rachel describes lots of uses for disposable coffee filters in addition to filtering what she calls her vitamin 'C.'  Rachel will have you asking yourself 'Why didn't I think of that!"  She's a chip off the old block, and serious about taking care of the only planet we have.

11:49am

Thu May 17, 2012

11:10am

Thu May 17, 2012
-From The Soil with Sollecito

Fertigation

10:55am

Thu May 17, 2012
-From The Soil with Sollecito

More About Mulch

3:32pm

Mon May 14, 2012
-From The Soil with Sollecito

Juneberries

6:00pm

Thu May 10, 2012
-From The Soil with Sollecito

Mulch More Than You Think

Take an inventory of your home landscape.  Chances are each of those shrubs and trees you planted long ago fall into one of three categories: the good, the bad, and the just plain ugly. Now may be the time to clear them out, select hardy varieties that will be happy in your yard for many years to come.

6:06pm

Thu May 3, 2012
-From The Soil with Sollecito

Make a View Space

For centuries the Japanese practice of shakkei has enlived landscapes by framing what is already there.  The idea is to 'borrow from the scenery around you.'  Why build it if it the space around you is already a breathtaking masterpiece?  Words of wisdom from the master landscaper on how to make the most of your space, whatever the condition of your surroundings.

4:33pm

Tue April 24, 2012
-From The Soil with Sollecito

Is your green space a lawn, or a yawn?

Snappy lawns do not just happen - they result from thoughtful planning, regular maintenance and a bit of friendly competition from that neighbor with the green thumb - and the perfect hedge.  If your lawn is looking a bit retro, think makeover. You can bring your lawn into the 21st century with these simple tips.

9:27pm

Tue April 17, 2012

11:21am

Fri March 30, 2012
-From The Soil with Sollecito

A talk with the Lawn Arranger

"Hi-yo, Silver Maple, away!"  or so the 'Lawn Arranger' might have said in a particularly bewildering fit of pun-itis.  Early spring means a return to lawn care - and all those fancy bag products that promise what nature already provides.  Listen to why you can 'bag' the heavy lifting and spreading this year.

11:09am

Fri March 30, 2012

10:51am

Fri March 30, 2012

9:41am

Fri March 30, 2012