Grove Park Community Association

300 Nichols Farm Dr
Durham, NC 27703
919-957-7672 | Fax: 919-957-7704
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Can You Dig It? (Yard & Garden Committee)

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Can you Dig It

Yard and Gardening Committee

Committee Chairperson: Anne Schneider
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Mission Statement:
To enhance and beautify the Grove Park community through our gardening efforts; to promote individual property improvement through gardening; to assemble with Grove Park residents who enjoy gardening; to learn more about gardening methods through educational programs presented by horticultural experts, Master Gardeners and fellow Grove Park Garden Club members; to extend the bounty of our individual gardens through sharing seeds, plants and trees; and to and enjoy each others company.

Our Grove Park Garden Club members now are part of the “Can You Dig It?” committee in our community. 

There is no membership fee for Grove Park residents to attend our meetings, which are held at 7 pm on the third Tuesday of each month at our community clubhouse.

You will be seeing our new signs at our Grove Park entrances prior to our monthly meetings!

C’mon over to the clubhouse and join other men and women from our community who choose to learn and share information about plants & landscaping, as well as enjoy socializing with neighbors from our community.

Have you spent a good amount of time and money on your yard, only to find plants die shortly after they were planted?  How many excuses have you used for your personal gardening failures?  Do not continue wasting any more of your hard earned money; several residents in Grove Park of have already learned from negative gardening experiences and share effective tips to avoid costly mistakes.   Our group’s educational programs enable those in our community to learn how to treat our lawns, flowers, trees and bushes so they will thrive in our Piedmont Zone 7b environment. (Did you know that most of the Triangle, including Grove Park, has recently moved from Zone 7 to Zone 7b?)  In addition, we learn from Master Gardeners and other educational speakers on how to restrict the damage to our properties from insects, excessive drought, and the many birds and animals which live with us in our environment.   We do all of this while having fun while socializing with other interested gardeners in our beautiful community!  

Curb appeal for our yards and properties is integral to the value of the homes and neighborhoods in Grove Park.  It also attracts beautiful creatures to our yards and serene lake within our community.

Should you have any questions, please contact Can U Dig It? Yard and Garden Committee Chair,

Anne Schneider /919-237-2583 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

NC Cooperative extension, Lawn and Garden pages:   detailed garden information based on the latest research   The Plant Disease & Insect Clinic at NC State University    Urban Horticulture – excellent link about so many things!

 Local nurseries at which you may find healthy plants for your landscapes and professional advice:

Keifer Landscaping Inc., 2450 South Alston Avenue, Durham, NC 27713 (919-596-7313) is open to the public from Thursday through Sunday.   Sign up for their free newsletter!

Stone Brothers & Byrd, located at 700 Washington Street, Durham 27701, has links to their newsletter and garden tips on their website, 

Homewood Nursery, located at 10890Honeycutt Road, Raleigh 27614, has a plethora of handouts/information available at the garden center and on their web site.   Homewood is closed on Sundays.  Here is a quick sample of Homewood’s recommendations for grass seed and lawn care from one of their newsletters:  “The best time to plant grass is late August through October & then mid-February through March.  When choosing seed look for a blend that has increased disease resistance & make sure the package is labeled to specify that it contains less than 2% weed seeds.  Water your lawn deeply every 4-5 days during the warm season if there is no rain.  This will encourage deep roots & a more durable lawn.  We recommend fertilizing three times a year in the months of February, September, and late November.  An easy way to remember when to fertilize is to use holiday dates: put fertilizer out at Valentine’s Day, Labor Day and Thanksgiving.  Applying fertilizer in late spring and summer can lead to many fungal & disease problems with your lawn.  Lawns in our area often require applications of lime to increase pH levels.  Apply pelletized dolomitic lime in spring or fall every year or so, or as indicated by a soil test.  In June, mow frequently.  Fescue is less drought tolerant than Kentucky bluegrass.  During dry spells water fescue if needed but at least every 3 weeks without rain.  Kentucky bluegrass can go dormant and begin to grow again once favorable conditions return.  Signs of drought stress - footprints remain in grass well after walking on it, lawn color gets bluish-gray cast, leaves are rolled or folded, or if it is difficult to insert a screwdriver into the ground-it is very dry. If summer diseases such as brown patch or phthium are present be sure to collect clippings instead of leaving them on the grass and, if you are irrigating, irrigate before sunrise.  If necessary, apply fungicides.”  Tips:  Their newsletter link is:

Tony Avent’s mail order business, Plant Delights Nursery, Inc., is located in Raleigh.  Tony’s business sells a collection of the best and rarest perennial plants. They also have a few open houses several times a year.  You can subscribe to their newsletter at

Plant Recommendations (from the internet, Master Gardeners and plant books):

Plants for sunny and DRY locations: Common yarrow, Joseph’s coat amaranth, golden Marguerite, rock cress, African daisy angel’s hair, butterfly weed, false rockcress, basket of gold, Madagascar perwinkle, cockscomb, bachelor’s button, snow-in-summer, coreopsis, cosmos, cape marigold, golden fleece, purple coneflower, globe thistle, seaq holly, California poppy, euphoria, blue fescue, blanket flower, treasure flower, globe amaranth, sunflower, daylily, candytuff, summer cypress, tall gayflower, statice, yellow ageratum, eulalia grass, sweet basil, sundrops, prickley pear cactus, fountain grass, phlox, fleeceflower, moss rose, cinquefoils, black-eyed Susan, creeping zinnia, rock soapwort, sedum, hen & chickens, dusty miller, lamb’s ear, Mexican sunflower, mullein, star of Texas, & zinnia

Perennials for full sun: yarrow, hollyhock, alyssum, false indigo, lily, butterfly bush, canna, cornflower, jupiter’s beard, daisy, clematis, tickseed, dianthus, coneflower, spurch, gaillardia, baby’s breath, daylilies, rose mallow, candytuft, iris, maltese cross, evening primrose, ornamental oregano, candy lily, beard-tongue, obedient plant, balloon flower, paint3ed daisy, gloriosa daisy, stoke’s aster, echinacea, terra cotta yarrow, pink cloud, and verbena

Perennials for partial shade: bugleweed, columbine, goat’s beard, spirea, larkspur, dianthus, bleeding heart, foxglove, spurge, daylily, alumroot, plantain lily, iris, cardinal flower, bee balm, evening primrose, beard-tongue, phlox, balloon flower, painted daisy, verbena, speedwell

Perennials for shade: bugleweed, spirea, bleeding heart, alumroot, plantain lily

Perennials for a shady area: ajuga, autumn fern, cinnamon fern, goat’s beard, heuchera, hosta, & Lenten rose

Tidbits of helpful information:

*Remove standing water from your yard to keep mosquitos from breeding (and later biting you and your guests!  Even a bottle cap holding water can be a hospitable location in which a mosquito can breed.  A typical mosquito lives for nearly 5 weeks.  One female will likely lay up to 3000 eggs!!!  Dusk and dawn are mosquitos’ best mealtime for biting you and your pets.  Studies have shown that some mosquitos are attracted to the colors blue and red.  Since they are weak fliers, mosquitos are blown away by smoke or fans circulating air.  For information regarding West Nile virus and other mosquito-transmitted diseases, check the CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Diseases @

*Water plants deep and thoroughly early in the day so you allow foliage to dry prior to sunset.  Do not drown the roots of your plants. 

* You will conserve soil moisture and suppress weeds by mulching flowerbeds with shredded leaves or wood chips.  Roots in mulched soil rarely overheat, enabling the plants more resilience in high heat or wind.  Chipped rubber mulch will leach dangerous chemicals into the soil and groundwater.

*Fertilize plants after each flower flush in order to sustain a long blooming season for annuals.  

*Remove dead blooms (this process is called deadheading) from your plants.  Prune to shape bushes and plants after they bloom, thus providing for additional blooming or for next year’s growth.

*Rabbits nibble on plants completely to the ground with their sharp front teeth.  Ragged and roughly torn leaves and branches may be caused by deer since they don’t have upper front teeth. 

The internet links below show a abundance of information available regarding deer, squirrel and rabbit resistant plants.

FYI - ANTI-DEER RECIPE FOR SPRAYER Application: blend 1 egg & 1 Tablespoon hot sauce with small amount of water until smooth.  (Blending prevents it from clogging your sprayer.)  Add to 1 gallon of water.  Add a squirt of dish soap and swirl gently to combine.  You can also add an anti-transpirant, such as Vapor Gard, to make this recipe last longer on the plants, but this will significantly increase your cost.  Spray generously on your valued plants on which deer love to dine!

Be sure to keep comin’ back to this link for updates as they become available!  Thanks!