Category Archives: Yards to Paradise

Yards to Paradise is written by Max Phelps

Why Put Trees in Yards?

Many newly constructed homes look like plastic houses from a Monopoly game—all alike, and all rowed up along the street. (If a large healthy native tree or two could have been left, that would have helped immensely.) These homes, along with fresh concrete drives, walks or patios, and fresh unpainted decks of treated pine, almost […]

National Apple Month

October is National Apple Month in the United States. This generic promotion celebrates something as American as apples. Well, no, apples came with colonial settlers to the U.S. and Canada, but we still celebrate apples and use the exclamation “as American as apple pie”. Official statistics for apples: 7,500 producer/farmers, grow 240 million bushels in […]

Want Lovely Fall Color?

Rainfall aplenty has made for lots of tree leaves that will be flying around before we know it. That same abundant rainfall, along with hot weather until a couple weeks ago, has kept the foliage verdant and green. But, color is coming to a yard or woodsy area near you. And cool weather, so long […]

JUJUBE: Unusual and Attractive, Fruit Bearing Tree

The jujube, sometimes called Chinese date, is an unusual tree that isn’t picky where you plant it, as it will grow most anywhere. Hot and sunny is the preferred environment for good crops. And the fruits are delicious, fresh from the tree as they begin to turn color, fully colored, or dried like a prune […]

Late Summer Landscape Pointers

The lazy hot days of summer drag by, but before you know it fall is in the air. In today’s column let’s take stock of the yard and home and possibly do some late summer landscaping. Or, at least some planning for later. Summer is sometimes plagued with drought conditions, but at present there’s plenty […]