Garden Dilemmas, Delights & Discoveries, Ask Mary Stone, New Jersey Garden blog
Mary Stone, Garden Dilemmas, Ask Mary Stone,Gardening tips, Garden Blogs, Stone Associates Landscape Design, Garden Blog,, Late Season Naked Pots,

Filling Naked Pots…late in the season

Hello Fellow Readers, The pots between the garage doors remain largely vacant since our yellow jacket dilemma. Due to the proximity of the nest and the risk of anaphylactic shock of loved ones, a non-organic approach was sadly called for. If the yellowjacket nest was not in a tenuous
Mary Stone, Garden Dilemmas, Ask Mary Stone,Gardening tips, Garden Blogs, Stone Associates Landscape Design, Garden Blog, Relocating Honeybees, Yellowjackets, Yellow Jacket or Honeybee

Relocating Honeybees

Hello Fellow Readers, We had a near stinging episode from a garden pot begging for its annual dressing; a task not yet done due to a humbling hand procedure gratefully on the mends. A client grew tired of deer spraying and passed along Hosta which I nested in the pots as a temporary m
Mary Stone, Garden Dilemmas, Ask Mary Stone,Gardening tips, Garden Blogs, Stone Associates Landscape Design, Garden Blog, Resilient Red Maple, Tree Sealer, Planting on a hill

Proper Planting Hillside

Hello Fellow Readers, In the Spring of 2011 my sister Dot, who lives in Chesterfield Virginia, planted a Red maple (Acer rubrum) in the tiered garden she and her hubby built to manage the slope in their back yard. At the time our dear Mom had just moved in and I recall her reminiscenc
Mary Stone, Garden Dilemmas, Ask Mary Stone,Gardening tips, Garden Blogs, Stone Associates Landscape Design, Garden Blog, Mushrooms in Mulch

A Plethora of Fungi

Hello Fellow Readers, Jeanne of Blairstown shared a fungi dilemma; an alien looking plethora of mushrooms amongst her garden mulch. Mushrooms are the fruit of valuable spores that decay organic material and recycle nutrients back into soil which is good for plants. However, in volumes
Mary Stone, Garden Dilemmas, Ask Mary Stone,Gardening tips, Garden Blogs, Stone Associates Landscape Design, Garden Blog, cleaning natural stone patios

Dirty Dilemma

Hello Fellow Readers, A few weeks ago, we spoke about how to evict ants from a natural stone patio without spoiling the charming moss in the joints. The topic brought to mind how to the clean the stone itself; one of my nagging dilemmas. The presence of moss often goes hand and hand w
Mary Stone, Garden Dilemmas, Ask Mary Stone,Gardening tips, Garden Blogs, Stone Associates Landscape Design, Garden Blog,Northern New Jersey Landscape Designer, Watering protocol, zero-scaping, xeriscaping, drought tolerant, smart-scaping

Watering Protocol

Hello fellow readers, In case you haven’t noticed, it’s been hot and dry. I’m all for zero-scaping, the trendy phonetic spelling of xeriscaping; also known as drought-tolerant or smart-scaping. In a nutshell, choose plants whose cultural needs fit our climate and avoid losing wa
Mary Stone, Garden Dilemmas, Ask Mary Stone,Gardening tips, Garden Blogs, Stone Associates Landscape Design, Garden Blog,Northern New Jersey Landscape Designer, Color Calamity, Choosing Colors in Garden, Color Wheel for gardening

Annual Color Calamity

Hello fellow readers, I’ve been known to stop in my tracks to take a photo of a beautiful tree, garden, or the magnificence of nature’s inspiration. Then there’s what I kindly call ‘garden nots’ which became a fun lecture topic not long ago. Recently I visited Cape May where glorious
Mary Stone, Garden Dilemmas, Ask Mary Stone,Gardening tips, Garden Blogs, Stone Associates Landscape Design, Garden Blog, Fairy Rings,Scotch bonnet , Edible Mushrooms, Mushrooms

Fairy Rings

Hello fellow readers, I always enjoy hearing from Craig of Frelinghuysen. Without exception his garden dilemmas always bring a chuckle. Remember his willows gone wild with the icky sticky slime? Well this time he has two rings that have made reoccurring visits in his lawn over the pas
Mary Stone, Garden Dilemmas, Ask Mary Stone,Gardening tips, Garden Blogs, Stone Associates Landscape Design, Garden Blog, Bagworms, Arborvitae pests,Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis,Thuja occidentalis

Bagworms Baby !

Hello fellow readers, While sitting with Mom outside her nursing home in Virginia I noticed what looked like a crust of bread being hauled off by an ant. I marvel at how much an ant can carry – ten to fifty times their body weight they say. Mom, who inspired my gardening start,
Mary Stone, Garden Dilemmas, Ask Mary Stone, Gardening tips, Garden Blogs, Stone Associates Landscape Design, colony collapse disorder

How can it Bee?

Hello fellow readers, They say one out of every three bites of food depends on a pollinator. According to the Pollinator Partnership, the largest non-profit organization in the world dedicated to the protection of pollinators, the U.S. has lost over 50 percent of its managed honeybee