Kathryn (Jones) Young

Professional Writer and Fundraiser

Kathryn Young is a freelance writer who has written extensively for the web on a host of gardening topics. She is also a professional fundraiser specializing in creative appeals and storytelling in the higher education environment.

Kathryn's resume offers experience in grant writing, higher education annual giving direct mail solicitations, phone-a-thon planning and script-writing methods, e-newsletters and print articles. She takes pride in her concise writing style, her professionalism and her reliability in consistently meeting deadlines with quality work.

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Examiner
10/15/2013
4 Tips for a fabulous fall garden

Although your beautiful blooms and summer vegetable bounties are coming to a close, Fall is still a fantastic time for gardeners. Follow the five tips below to squeeze more life out of your soil now while also preparing for a fruitful spring. 1. Trim back your perennials .

eHow Home and Garden
08/18/2013
How to Repair an Uprooted Arborvitae

Arborvitae refers to a genus of evergreen trees and shrubs featuring tall, narrow growth in a cylindrical or cone shape. Thuja occidentalis is a variety thriving in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 2a through 7b, and Platycladus orientalis is hardy in zones 6a through 10a.

eHow Home and Garden
08/26/2013
How to Grow Cassava in California

Cassava (Manihot esculenta) is one of the leading food crops in the world, featuring starchy roots that are high in potassium, calcium and carbohydrates. It is substantially drought tolerant and virtually pest free, making it a highly reliable food crop, even in poor soil conditions. Though not native to California, cassava thrives in U.S....

eHow Home and Garden
08/14/2013
How to Transplant Datura

Datura refers to the genus comprised of 5 species of pungent, flowering evergreen shrubs and trees, including Jimson weed (Datura stramonium), horn-of-plenty (Datura metel) and downy thornapple (Datura inoxia var. quinquecuspida). Collectively, daturas are commonly referred to as "angels trumpets" due to the trumpet-like shape of their...

SFGate.com
07/04/2013
How to Know If Ornamental Grass Is Dying?

Ornamental grasses are any grasslike plants that are grown alongside perennials, shrubs and trees in a landscape. They include flowering varieties of true grasses, rushes, sedges and round reeds. Unlike turf grass, ornamental grasses grow in clumps or bunches. They may be evergreen, semievergreen or deciduous, and both perennial and annual varieties are available.

SFGate.com
08/05/2013
How to Grow Avocados in Cold Weather

The avocado tree (Persea americana) is a low-branching evergreen with broad, shiny leaves. It produces dark green or purple fruit with rough skin, a buttery texture to its edible insides and one ...

SFGate.com
07/15/2013
How to Restart a Holly Bush

The holly bush (Ilex spp.) is a broad-leafed evergreen often used in landscapes. More than 400 species of holly exist, including American holly (Ilex opaca), inkberry holly (Ilex glabra) and blue ...

SFGate.com
07/02/2013
How to Stop a Stem Canker

A stem canker is a fungal disease that can attack any part of a plant but most commonly affects stems. The three types of bacteria that lead to a stem canker are Coniothyrium wernsdorffiae, ...

SFGate.com
07/14/2013
How to Germinate Black Rice

Black rice (Zizania aquatica) is a species of wild rice also called Chinese black rice. It is a medium grain rice that is high in nutrients and antioxidants, and it thrives in U.S. Department of ...

SFGate.com
06/25/2013
How to Measure the Age of a Holly Tree

The holly tree (Ilex opaca) is an evergreen featuring bright-red fruits and small, greenish-white flowers. Often it is used in landscaping and for holiday decoration. It is hardy in U.S. Department ...

SFGate.com
09/13/2013
How to Spread Salt on the Ground to Kill Small Trees

De-icing salt, commonly called road salt, is best known for its ability to melt ice on roadways to keep them safe during snowy winter months. A side effect of salting roads is the injury or death of ...

SFGate.com
06/12/2013
How to Grow Tropical Ivy

Tropical ivies are evergreen clinging vines featuring shiny green leaves. Tropical ivies establish roots quickly and grow faster than other types of ivy. They can be used as both climbing vines and as groundcovers, and they can grow to more than 30 feet. They may be grown outdoors or in indoor pots.

Sfgate
06/24/2013
How to Naturally Kill Bugs on Kale

Kale (Brassica oleracea) is a type of ornamental cabbage that is hardy in all U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones. This common vegetable is referred to as a cole crop because it is a member of the mustard family, and it is susceptible to infestations of insects and worms that commonly attack cole crop vegetables.

Sfgate
06/26/2013
How to Prune West Indian Mahogany

The West Indian Mahogany tree (Swietenia mahogani) is a semi-deciduous and fast-growing tree that thrives in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 10b through 11. It may grow as tall as 75 feet in ideal conditions, and its branches and leaves form a loose, rounded canopy.

Sfgate
06/21/2013
How to Identify Burl

Burls are hard, woody protuberances that grow on the roots, trunk or branches of nearly every tree species. Their growth is chaotic, and they feature irregular grain patterns that do not match the ...

Sfgate
06/10/2013
How to Identify a Pennyroyal

Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium) is an aromatic, flowering perennial in the Mint family. It is prized for its ability to repel pests, including fleas, ticks, gnats and mosquitoes. Pennyroyal may be toxic to humans and animals when ingested. Hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 through 9, it may creep or grow upright, depending on the cultivar.

SFGate.com
07/06/2013
How to Get Rid of Grubs in Your Planter Boxes

Grubs are the larval stage of many varieties of beetles that lay their eggs in the earth. They inhabit soil and feed on plant matter, generally hatching in August. They are C-shaped and worm-like, ...

Sfgate
06/05/2013
How to Regrow Sod

Dead sod is a magnet for weed growth in your lawn and it can contribute to soil erosion. Sod may die due to over-watering, under-watering, too little sunlight or fungal disease. Completely dead sod ...

SFGate.com
07/31/2013
How to Fix a Split Euonymus

Euonymus is a genus of evergreen and deciduous shrubs and vines commonly found in landscapes. Many species of euonymus exist, including winter creeper (Euonymus fortunaei), hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 through 9. Euonymus trunks may split due to severe weather, extreme heat conditions and weak branch structure; repairing them is integral to maintaining the health of the plant.

Sfgate
06/24/2013
How to Make Ginkgo Trees Grow Faster

The ginkgo tree (Gingko biloba), often called the Maidenhair tree, is one of the oldest trees on the planet. It is hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3 through 8, and it ...

Examiner
10/15/2013
Identifying common weeds in your garden

Weeds are much like uninvited house guests -- they take up space, compete for resources and demand your attention. They can also be quite difficult to get rid of. For all gardeners, the first step in mitigating the impact of these interlopers is to identify them.

SFGate.com
08/22/2013
How to Seal a Brick Pond

While brick ponds offer many aesthetic benefits to a landscape, the porous nature of bricks can make their structural integrity difficult for pond keepers to maintain. Water pressure and uneven soil can break down or shift bricks and cement mortar over time, causing cracks and leaks that compromise the pond.

SFGate.com
09/12/2013
How to Build 30 Gallon Rain Barrels

Rain barrels are water-tight containers often placed near a home or outbuilding to collect water flowing from downspouts when it rains. These containers allow you to take advantage of storm water run-off on your property by storing it for later use, including for watering plants or washing vehicles.

SFGate
08/30/2013
How to Neutralize Urea Burns in Lawn Grass

Pet urine damage, most often caused by dogs, is a common lawn care problem for homeowners, making man's best friend no friend to your lawn. When dogs deposit large, concentrated amounts of urine ...

SFGate.com
08/08/2013
How to Use Shredded Cedar in Potting Soil

Amending your potting soil with organic material before planting will improve the soil properties in several ways, thereby helping your plants to thrive. Adding bark materials, such as shredded cedar, to the soil will increase water retention, drainage, aeration and soil permeability.

eHow Home and Garden
09/09/2013
How to Trim a Ficus Microcarpa Ginseng

Those who grow the Ginseng ficus (Ficus microcarpa nitida), a favorite in the world of bonsai with its distinctive above-ground root system and twisted stem, enjoy its relative ease of care. It's hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 through 11, and can also be grown indoors.

eHow Home and Garden
08/09/2013
How to Repair a Split Ornamental Maple

Ornamental maple trees such as the paperbark maple (Acer griseum) and Shantung maple (Acer truncatum), both hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 4 through 8, are susceptible to splitting due to high wind, lightening and ice storms. If such splitting wounds are not repaired, the damage may worsen or lead to the introduction...

SFGate.com
08/12/2013
How to Care for Cabomba Caroliniana

Also known by its common name, Carolina fanwort, Cabomba caroliniana is a green aquatic perennial grown in both indoor and outdoor underwater habitats in waters typically 3 to 10 feet deep. A ...

SFGate.com
08/08/2013
How to Test Oxygen Levels in Ponds

Fish and other aquatic species residing in pond habitats require oxygen to survive, though in a different form than the oxygen needed by organisms living on land. Dissolved oxygen (DO) refers to oxygen molecules that are dissolved in the water and readily available for respiration by aquatic life.

Sfgate
06/25/2013
How to Kill Sandbur

Sandbur (Cenchrus insertus) is an annual weed that grows in well-drained, sandy soils each summer. Its blades are flat and feel like sandpaper, and it has spiny burrs that adhere to clothing, pets ...

eHow Home and Garden
08/14/2013
How to Prune a Dying Lawson False Cypress

Despite its name, the Lawson false cypress (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana) is, indeed, a species of cypress that can reach up to 150 feet tall in the wild. Also known by the common names port orford cedar and white cedar, this dense evergreen conifer grows in a conical shape, with feathery branches and oblong cones.

SFGate.com
08/26/2013
How to Use a Turning Plow

A turning plow, also called a moldboard plow, is a piece of farm equipment designed to improve soil prior to planting by turning and loosening the earth while burying plant residue from past crops. ...

SFGate.com
08/08/2013
How to Trench a Fence Line

No matter how much care you take in tending your garden, rabbits and other wildlife can undo your hard work and cause considerable damage in a matter of minutes. Installation of a garden fence will ...

SFGate.com
07/30/2013
How to Kill a Banyan Tree

The Banyan tree (Ficus benghalensis) is a large tropical evergreen that is hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 10 through 12. The Banyan tree is known as a parasitic or ...

SFGate.com
08/10/2013
How to Stop a Water Spring in Your Yard

A water spring is a naturally-occurring place on the Earth's surface where underground water discharges itself above ground. Unfortunately, if you have a water spring on your property, it may ...

SFGate.com
08/07/2013
How to Make a Boric Acid Spray

Boric acid is a naturally occurring chemical compound containing the element boron. It is found in soil, plants, rocks and water. This versatile compound offers a host of home and garden uses, ...

SFGate.com
07/26/2013
How to Calculate Asphalt Weight Per Yard

When completing any project, it's important to calculate the proper amount of materials to be used. In the case of an asphalt paving project, these calculations ensure a proper application rate ...

SFGate.com
07/15/2013
How to Buy Banana Shrubs

The banana shrub (Michelia figo) is an evergreen shrub hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 7b through 10. Its dark green leaves have an attractive luster, and its cup-shaped ...

SFGate.com
07/11/2013
How to Dissolve Clay From a Root Ball

Clay is a packing material often used by plant nurseries in conjunction with burlap and twine to pack plant roots and protect them from damage before planting. Many nurseries discourage removing this ...

SFGate.com
08/21/2013
How to Keep a Duck Pond Clean Naturally

Maintaining a clean duck pond can be challenging because the pond encompasses an entire aquatic ecosystem in miniature. Decaying debris, abundant algae, changing pH level and poor oxygenation can ...