Gardening Help FAQs

Here are answers to some of the most common questions we receive about garden plants. You will find concise information on general gardening techniques as well as plant selection and care. For detailed information on specific plant pests and problems refer to our Common Garden Pests and Problems page.

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Horticulture Questions and Answers

What are the Greenest options for removing winter ice for pet, plant, and walking safety?

The Garden's Planet Doctor checked her sources, from enviro-groups, to a Vermont municipality, to companies that make the melting-stuff. On only one point is eco-consensus clear: THE SHOVEL!

Considerations for best product choice include temperature range, pet-paws (and playing children) protection, cost - and of course, impacts on plants, soil and water. Our Q&A colleague Umbra Fisk sums it up the best we've seen, in her Grist Magazine column "Ask Umbra.” And our friends at the Deer Creek Watershed Alliance provide some extra notes.

What are the Greenest options for removing winter ice for pet, plant, and walking safety?

The Garden's Planet Doctor checked her sources, from enviro-groups, to a Vermont municipality, to companies that make the melting-stuff. On only one point is eco-consensus clear: THE SHOVEL!

Considerations for best product choice include temperature range, pet-paws (and playing children) protection, cost - and of course, impacts on plants, soil and water. Our Q&A colleague Umbra Fisk sums it up the best we've seen, in her Grist Magazine column "Ask Umbra.” And our friends at the Deer Creek Watershed Alliance provide some extra notes.