Our Odds Game - We know our plants and what grows here and we have keen eyes for interesting irregularities in native AND planted landscapes. We are also noted for our ability to diagnose plant and general garden issues. Some of us have degrees in Horticulture, Botany and Ecology and we have many decades each, experimenting (succeeding and failing) in our own gardens. And additionally we have YOU and thousands of other clients who over the years have shared their many and varied experiences with us (our vicarious experience) which hugely increases our knowledge of scenarios, causes and effects which we then use to help more clients with questions and issues.
It is the nature of diagnosis, relying on past experiences, that we see certain plants or animals displaying common patterns of growth or behavior. Our opinions are often very much based on odds as in "odds are that the reason your lilacs don't bloom is because they are in too much shade, or they've been pruned after mid-July" or that "your peony is buried too deep" or "those spots on your aspen in August are because the leaves have been on the plants a little too long" or "the brown areas in the lawn are from poor sprayer coverage" or "late spring frost killed the spruce buds in many locations"... etc. Sometimes there are other "rare" diseases or "unique causes" and occasionally we are completely stymied. We always try our best and we almost always learn from the experience.
Please remember, if you do bring a problem into the nursery, PUT IT IN A SEALED BAG. We try to keep the nursery clean and relatively pest free so we are really frustrated when pests are brought in.
Posted on Fri, August 15, 2014
by Eric Larusson filed under