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2016 Urban Tree of the Year - Musashino Zelkova
Looking for a tree to fill a narrow space in the landscape or provide needed screening? Consider the 2016 Urban Tree of the Year, Musashino zelkova.
A Multi-Season Beauty - The Fringetree
Add seasonal interest and bird appeal to your landscape with the white fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus).
Add Fragrant Shrubs and Vines to the Landscape
When considering fragrance in the garden, roses, peonies, and phlox are some of the first plants that come to mind. Don't limit yourself, look for flowering trees, shrubs and vines that can liven up the landscape with their fragrance.
An Evergreen Harvest - Cooking with Spruce
A long time favorite in Europe, spruce shoot syrup and beer are gaining popularity in North America. The tender new growth of spruce, pines and firs were also used by Native Americans and early settlers for food and medicine.
Anthracnose on Ash, Maple and Oaks
Irregular shaped brown spots on the leaves of maple, ash, oak and sycamore trees could mean your tree has anthracnose. This disease is caused by several different fungi and is common in years with cool wet springs.
Attractive Year Round Screening
How many evergreens do I need to screen the view of my neighbor's house? This is a common question raised by gardeners across the country.
Brown Needles and Leaves on Evergreens
A walk through your garden this spring may reveal browning on both needled and broadleaf evergreen trees and shrubs.
Brown Spots on Plums, Peaches and Cherries
Shriveled plums, peaches, apricots and cherries are a symptom of brown rot fungal disease.
Cable and Bracing Damaged Trees
Can my tree be saved? I am often asked this question when a homeowner discusses a crack in a large branch or trunk of their tree. Some can be saved and the hazard minimized with the help of cables and braces.
Camouflage Your Air Conditioner
Don’t let your air conditioner break the family budget or be an eye sore in your backyard. Try one of these affordable solutions to improve the view and keep your air conditioner running smoothly.
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Cankers (Sunken Discolored Areas) on Trees
The answer to your tree problem may lie just below the surface, of the bark that is.
Caring for Bare Root Plants
You decided to save money or perhaps try something new and ordered bare root plants from a catalog or through the internet. Now you are wondering what to do with them once they arrive.
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Caring for Bare-Root Plants
So what do you do when those bare root perennials, shrubs, roses, or fruit plants you ordered arrive before you and your garden are ready or the weather is suitable for planting? Don’t despair you can preserve your investment with minimal effort.
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Cedar Apple, Quince, or Hawthorn Rust
Don't panic if your red cedar, a type of juniper, looks like it has been slimed. The gelatinous orange substance is the fruiting stage of cedar–apple rust.
Celebrate Arbor Day
Celebrate Arbor Day by planting new trees or caring for your established ones in your landscape and community.
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Colorado Blue Spruce
Colorado blue spruce are a favorite tree of many gardeners. Their bluish green needles and pyramidal shape are a nice addition to the landscape. But several diseases can kill branches and distort their beauty.
Evergreens don't have to be - just green. Add a bit of seasonal color with one of these arborvitaes.
Create Your Own Holiday Centerpiece
Don’t let the holiday rush and winter weather ruin your holiday party. Take a few minutes to walk through your garden and gather a few items to create a holiday centerpiece.
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Creating a Better View: Fences, Hedges and Other Screening Strategies
A fence is just one way to create a sense of intimacy in a large landscape or privacy in any size yard. Perhaps your budget, landscape design or available space won’t allow this solution. Don’t worry you have other options.
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Cytospora Canker on Spruce Trees
Your blue spruce is just reaching maturity when suddenly needles start turning a purplish brown and eventually the branch dies. The problem may be Cytospora canker.
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Diagnosing Tree Problems
We've all seen seemingly healthy trees fail. Once the tree is removed, a hollow center reveals the cause of this tree failure.
DIY Tree Watering Device
Be sure to keep your most expensive living landscape investment thriving for years to come. Properly water and mulch your trees for their health and longevity.
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Don't Move Firewood
Cooler air and the crackle of burning wood mean fall for many. But don’t destroy the forest by moving firewood. Instead use wood from local sources.
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Don't Top That Tree
Stop – don’t top that tree. Instead, make sure it is properly pruned for years of health, beauty, and enjoyment in your landscape.
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Evergreen ID - Look for an Evergreen Day (Dec. 19)
December 19th is National Look for an Evergreen Day. Don't worry if you already have your holiday tree; take advantage of this unique holiday to get outside and look at the evergreens in your neighborhood.
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Fall and Winter Care for Groundcovers
Falling leaves make a great mulch in the woods, but can spell death for groundcovers and the lawn. Make clean up easy for you and good for the environment.
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Fall Color: How Leaves Change Color in Fall
The brilliant fall color in our landscapes is a magical transformation that happens each year. And the science behind it all is just as intriguing.
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Webby tents can often be seen on the tips of tree branches in fall. Apples, willows, birch, and ash are just a few of the more than 100 species that can be infested. These webby tents are the home to the fall webworm.
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As you drive through your community in late summer or fall you may spot webby nests in the branches of apple, ash, birch, cherry, sycamore, walnut and willow. These are the home of the North American native fall webworm.
Faster Results with Trees and Shrubs
It's hard to imagine and even harder to wait for that stick of a tree or small potted shrub to grow into a much larger and beautiful addition to the landscape. But we can help speed up the process.
Flaky Growths (Lichens) on Trees and Shrubs
Don't panic when you find flaky gray, green, white or yellow substances, known as lichens, on the trunk or branches of your trees and shrubs. These growths do not damage the plant, but may indicate your tree and shrub needs a bit of TLC.
From the Landscape to Holiday Decorations
Add a personal touch to your holidays by creating decorations from evergreens, berries, cones and seedpods harvested from your landscape.
Increase Winter Survival of Trees
High winds, flooding, ice and snow are weather issues gardeners and their trees confront each winter. Keeping trees healthy and properly pruned can prevent storm damage.
Junipers, Living Screens for Hot Dry Locations
Create a durable evergreen screen in hot sunny areas with one of the many upright junipers.
Landscape for Fall Color
Mums are the traditional fall flower – but don’t stop there. You can find plenty of plants to add to your landscape’s fall display.
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Lime Tree, Birth Tree for March 11-20
If you were born between March 11th and 20th your birth tree is the Lime tree. You are said to be intelligent, hard working, hate fights and stress and can be jealous, but extremely loyal.
Low Maintenance Pest-free Ginkgo biloba Tree
Good for your memory and beautiful in the landscape, consider planting a ginkgo tree for years of enjoyment.
Managing Plants the Outgrew their Space
So, that small tree or shrub outgrew the ideal space where it was planted. Now what? It's time to decide whether to prune, move or sacrifice the plant and start over with something more suitable.
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May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month
May is national skin cancer awareness month. Celebrate by covering up and making an appointment to see your dermatologist.
Monitor and Adjust Tree Care
Improve the health and longevity of your trees and shrubs with a bit of preventative care.
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Needle Cast on Spruce
Purple needles turning brown and branches dying on spruce may mean the tree is infected with needle cast fungal disease.
Peeling and Cracking Bark on Trees
Cracks on tree trunks and peeling bark may indicate there are problems with your tree's health.
Plan a Bit of Fragrance in Your Garden
Ahhh the sweet smell of lilacs generate fond memories for many of us. Be sure to grow a few new memories in your garden this year.
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Plant a Tree for Arbor Day
One of the biggest plant investments you make for your landscape is your trees. Help insure their longevity by planting them right.
Start with a call to 811 at least three days before digging in. This free service will mark the location of all underground wires. This one call can save you money and even your life.
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Plant a Tree for Mother's Day
Give mom the gift that keeps giving for generations to come – a tree. And don't worry if there is no room in your backyard – donate a tree to your local botanical garden, community or American Forest.
Plant a Tree in Honor of a Veteran
Honor a veteran by planting a tree now or donating to one of many tree planting programs. This living tribute honors the veteran while improving the environment for current and future generations.
Plant and Grow a Sound Barrier
Tired of hearing the drone of passing traffic? I have a beautiful and effective solution. Plant a sound barrier of shrubs, trees and evergreens.
Preventative Pest Control on Trees and Shrubs
Walk off the stress and calories of winter with a bit of preventative plant care.
Preventing Girdling Roots
Increase the health and longevity of your trees by reducing the risk of girdling roots.
These roots encircle the trunk and interfere with the flow of water, nutrients and food reserves between the roots and the leaves.
Protect Landscape Plants from Deicing Salts
All your hard work on the lawn and landscape can be undone with a quick toss of deicing salt. A little care now will eliminate the frustration and time needed next spring to repair winter damaged plants.
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You can tame overgrown evergreens blocking your views or creeping over walks with a bit of pruning. And get the best results for your effort with proper timing and the right pruning strategies.
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Pruning Trees: Large Branches
Late winter after the coldest weather has passed through early spring before growth begins is a great time to prune trees. Make proper cuts to insure the health and longevity of your plants.
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Pruning Young Trees
Winter is often the time we break out the pruners and start shaping trees and shrubs. Before making that first cut, be sure you are pruning with a purpose in mind.
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Recycle, Don't Bag or Burn, Fall Leaves
Think of fall leaves as fertilizer falling from the sky, not an annoyance to be raked and removed. Recycle these nutrient-rich packets back into your landscape.
Tree leaves contain 50 to 80 percent of the nutrients the plants absorb from the air and soil throughout the growing season. Recycle these nutrients back into the soil to benefit future plantings.
Redbud Tree a Four Season Beauty
Beautiful reddish purple buds line the branches and trunks of the picturesque redbud tree. As the temperatures warm the buds burst into rosy pink or magenta blooms. And this is just the beginning of this tree’s beauty.
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Root Pruning for Transplanting Success
Increase your success when transplanting trees and shrubs with root pruning.
Save Water and Money with Rain Barrels
Save money and be kind to your garden and the environment by capturing rainwater and putting it to work in your landscape.
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Sifting Through Garden Catalogs
Your mailbox and dining room table are overflowing with catalogs filled with pictures of beautiful flowers and scrumptious vegetables. With so many choices it can be a bit overwhelming – I can help.
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Spring Flowering Trees and Shrubs Blooming in Fall
Don't worry if your forsythia, lilacs or azaleas are sprouting a few flowers in fall. You can blame it on the weather not your green thumb.
Stating Trees and Shrubs from Hardwood Cuttings
It's all in the timing – when trying to start trees and shrubs from a cutting.
The Apple: December 23rd to January 1st Birth Tree
If you were born between December 23rd and January 1st your birth tree is the apple. It is said to represent scientific talents, charm and a carefree philosopher with imagination.
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The US National Tree - The Mighty Oak
Celebrate the 4th of July with a picnic under our National Tree - the Oak.
Think Twice Before Staking Newly Planted Trees
Break out the shovel and get busy planting. Fall is a great time to plant trees. The soil is warm and the air is cool, reducing transplant shock.
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Tips for Proper Tree Planting
Fall is a great time to plant trees. Follow these important planting tips to insure the health and longevity of your plants.
Tree and Shrub Growth Rates
Now is a great time to plan for additions to your landscape. And as you scour the catalogs and read plant tags you will often see trees rated as fast, medium or slow growers.
Trees and Shrubs for the Winter Landscape
Walk off some of those holiday calories and gather ideas for your garden. Look for trees and shrubs that provide interesting form, bark and texture in the winter.
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Sudden wilting and death of individual branches of maples, redbuds and other susceptible trees may mean verticillium wilt has infected the plant.
Walk Off Calories and Plan Your Winter Landscape
Walk off some of those holiday calories and gather ideas for next year's garden with a hike through your neighborhood, botanical garden or arboretum.
Water Wise Gardening
Use water wisely in your landscape to save you time, improve plant health and reduce your water bill.
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Waterwise Vegetable Gardening
You can grow garden fresh produce while conserving water and limiting the time spent watering.
Winter Care for Unplanted Trees, Shrubs and Perennials
Fall plant sales and all those tempting new varieties have many of us buying more plants than we have time or space to plant. Protect them over the winter and reduce your workload by heeling them in until you have time to find a permanent spot in your garden.