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As I stare out the window, I see the good, the bad, the ugly. The good is the colorful fall foliage that defines New England in October. The bad is the premature dropping of leaves from many of these … more
It was many decades ago that I scolded my son for cutting down a burning bush (Euonymus alatus) at the edge of our woodlot. That was before there was an awareness of the scope of non-native invasive … more
Q: I always enjoy your columns and hope you can figure out what will happen to the squirrels in my neighborhood. The walnut trees have produced not a single nut this year. Is this a cyclical … more
Q: I wanted to send a quick note because I'm hearing a lot of "buzz" about mosquitoes lately, especially because it's been such a great year for them (and maybe not for us, as humans). I'm wondering … more
Usually, the transition from one season to the next is so gradual that I have to look at the calendar to be sure that it is, indeed, the next season. Such was not the case this year as fall literally … more
Among wild animals, color makes little difference, and gray squirrels are a good example. Black will mate with gray; white will mate with gray or black, and gray will mate with either. This column … more
With the arrival of fall, many folks regard the flower garden as a fait accompli as a quick scan of the garden fails to show any plants in bloom the weeds notwithstanding. This is not unusual since … more
I had planned to write this last week, but got side-tracked. Fortunately, it isn't too late to recruit a few more Citizen Scientists, who may be as young as grade schoolers or as old as retired … more
The question I've been asked most often of late — besides "Are all your clothes that shabby?" — has been in regard to the defoliation of crabapple and apple trees. Many of these trees … more
Q: I have two milkweed gardens and I am having an issue with what looks like a stink bug. From what I can see, they have killed all of my caterpillars. My milkweed has had a lot of caterpillars … more
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