• Take softwood cuttings to propagate trees and shrubs as the spring flush of growth “hardens” and matures.
• Lightly prune young fruit trees to establish a framework of well-positioned branches.
• Use soaker hoses or drip irrigation for the most efficient use of water during dry times.
• Control corn earworms once silks appear. In lieu of sprays, a drop or two of mineral oil applied to the silks is a safe, effective home remedy for the small garden.
Every week, we feature a St. Louis-area home to showcase, usually because of its great style; but sometimes, just being quirky earns it the distinction.