Tag Archive | evergreens

Check New Growth Before Pruning Evergreens

June and July are the best months in which to prune evergreens. That’s when new growth forms. However, like everything in nature, there are no absolutes, no definitive dates to start pruning. New growth forms at the ends of branches. When the new needles or leaves first appear, they are a lighter green than the […]

Keeping Evergreens Green

We’ve been having a classic Great Lakes/Finger Lakes winter so far. Fluctuating temperatures, frequent freeze/thaw cycles, days with plowable snow and days with bare ground are typical of a Great Lakes winter. They’re also the perfect combination of conditions that cause winter burn on evergreens. I hope you had us spray your evergreens with antidesiccant. […]

Selecting Just The Right Christmas Tree

Thanksgiving and Black Friday are both behind us, and Christmas tree lots have popped up all around. Friends and neighbors often ask me which variety is best. That’s difficult to answer because they’re all good, hardy species. It all depends on your taste, which, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. I can […]

Protect Your Evergreens From Winter Winds

We plant evergreens for their graceful beauty and magnificent color that breaks up winter’s white and drab brown. This beauty and color come with a price. In winter, evergreens are exposed to winds that can dry them out and cause branch dieback. The dieback appears as brown patches on an otherwise green tree or shrub. […]

Pruning Evergreens

Summer is the ideal time to prune most evergreens. This includes both conifers like pine and spruce and broadleaf evergreens like rhododendrons and boxwoods. The reasons are twofold. First, the buds that produce new growth formed last fall on the old wood of many evergreens. New growth is the light green needles that appear at […]

Snow Shovels Are For Sidewalks, Not Trees

We just had our first significant snowfall and I had to cringe when I drove around the area. People were actually knocking snow off trees with snow shovels and brooms. Some were just shaking it off, which is just as bad. Brushing with your hands is the only technique that is not harmful to the […]

Snow Shovels Are For Sidewalks, Not Trees

While we haven’t had much snow again this winter, I want to forewarn you of a post snowstorm practice that is unsafe for you and your trees. I’m talking about knocking snow off the evergreen trees and shrubs in your yard. As I drive around after snowstorms, and see people doing this, I’m always tempted […]