Greenthumb Reports

Recycle your Christmas tree

6:12 PM, Dec 31, 2013

Greenthumb: Beautiful foliage but don't touch

9:09 AM, Nov 1, 2013

Because of the family it's in, poison ivy gives off great colors in the fall. Often you can get red, yellow and orange all on the same plant.

Greenthumb: Time to improve your soil

10:31 AM, Oct 29, 2013

Does your yard, specifically your soil need help?  If so, Rick says now is the perfect time to repair it before the snow starts flying. 

Greenthumb - Fall yard maintenance

12:19 PM, Oct 14, 2013

We've had a very pleasant Autumn thus far, but eventually reality is going to hit.  Before it does, Rick Vuyst says there are a few things you may want to do in your landscaping.

Greenthumb - Weapon of "grass destruction"

12:12 PM, Sep 23, 2013

If you don't follow Rick's tips on proper lawn care, he says you are a Weapon of Grass Destruction. You know, cutting your lawn too short in the Summer, instead of raising the deck and leaving it longer.

Greenthumb: Frequent "flower" miles

10:59 AM, Sep 6, 2013

You've heard of frequent flyer miles, but this week Rick Vuyst is teaching us about "frequent flower miles."

Greenthumb: Birds fighting emerald ash borer

12:08 PM, Sep 2, 2013

About a decade ago, emerald ash borer created a problem for ash trees across the lower peninsula; many trees died or had to be cut down due to the borer.

Greenthumb - Still time for Summer blooms

7:45 AM, Aug 23, 2013

Budleia or Butterfly bushes are starting to wrap up their bloom this time of year, but Rick Vuyst still considers them some of his "August Stars".

Greenthumb: Helping tomatoes and cucumbers thrive

7:42 AM, Aug 16, 2013

Just a few weeks ago, Rick Vuyst noticed a couple of plants in his garden looked a little behind schedule.

Greenthumb - Revamping your plants

12:41 PM, Aug 9, 2013

In the dog days of August, your landscape plants may need a little pick-me-up.  Greenthumb Rick Vuyst shares his tips in the attached video.

Greenthumb - August maintenance

7:56 AM, Aug 2, 2013

Due to the hot temperatures we saw in July, Rick says your tomato plants may need some extra attention.

Greenthumb - Get more cucumbers

10:20 AM, Aug 1, 2013

Have a lot of buds on your cucumber plants, but not actual cucumbers?  You may need to help the plants do a little pollinating.

Greenthumb - Dealing with the heat

7:53 AM, Jul 19, 2013

Recently a friend of his took temperature readings around his lawn in San Antonio, Texas and found mulch made a big difference in dropping the temperatures nearly 20 degrees, which is very important during this hot spell.

Greenthumb - Help for your roses

11:35 AM, Jul 8, 2013

Every rose has some thorns.

Greenthumb - Prune those tomatoes

10:23 AM, Jun 28, 2013

Greenthumb Rick Vuyst says is important to prune your tomatoes, otherwise the plant will focus too much energy and nutrients into the foliage.

Greenthumb - Do you have sod web worm?

10:57 AM, Jun 21, 2013

Do you have Sod Web Worm? Well, if you have some webbing in your grass, you may have it.

Greenthumb - Deer problems?

12:17 PM, Jun 17, 2013

Deer might be munching on your landscaping foliage, costing you "bucks" this Spring.

Greenthumb - Aphids causing early problems

8:47 AM, Jun 7, 2013

Due to the cool, wet spring we've had, aphids are causing trouble on foliage this year in the landscaping.

Eat your blooms

9:09 AM, May 31, 2013

Many flowers growing right outside are edible.

Greenthumb: Companion plants

7:57 AM, May 24, 2013

Rick Vuyst says every good plant needs a companion, especially when planting a vegetable garden.

Greenthumb - Tips for tasty tomatoes

11:37 AM, May 17, 2013

There are several different types of tomatoes, but they all have one thing in common. Good soil conditions are very important for getting the tastiest tomatoes.

Greenthumb - Take care of potted plants

8:51 AM, May 10, 2013

When putting together a potted plant, Rick says think of "WAM" - not the band from the 1980's, but the acronym.

Greenthumb - Weeding by example

7:44 AM, May 3, 2013

Rick says the number one concern on West Michiganders' minds right now is weeds.

Greenthumb - What is bugging your White Pine?

7:29 AM, Apr 30, 2013

Arbor Day weekend is here, and our local "tree hugger" Rick Vuyst says now is the time to spray against the White Pine Weavel, before they do damage.

Greenthumb - What's blooming in this weather?

11:56 AM, Apr 22, 2013

Despite the cold weather, spring is here. You may have noticed your Witch Hazel Trees showing some life already.