Tag Archive | plants

Selecting The Perfect Tree

Winter is a good time to do a little research before the landscape season is upon us, especially if new trees or shrubs are in your plans. When spring arrives and you go to your garden center with your plant list, you’ll be better prepared. The internet is a good place to begin. The site […]

Planting To Save Energy

How you plan your landscape can actually reduce your utility bill. Follow the tips below when planning spring planting and let Mother Nature help you save energy. Strategic placement of trees and shrubs can save you a substantial amount year round. If you plant conifers like spruce and pine to the north and west of […]

Mum’s The Word But Not The Only One

How are your summer annuals holding up? Are they ready to be refreshed? At this point in the year, it may be more economical and easier to switch to fall blooming flowers. The workhorse of these flowers is, of course, the chrysanthemum, or mum. Certainly mums are the most popular and available fall flowers but […]

Horticulture In Colonial Times And Its Effect On Our Landscapes

A lot of people are buying into the “use native plants exclusively” movement. However, like our human DNA, that of many plants we consider native may not be as native as we think. Have you had a DNA analysis done on yourself? Were you surprised? Most people I’ve spoken to who’ve done it are surprised […]

Pruning Flowering Shrubs

Now that most spring flowering shrubs have finished blooming, it’s OK to prune them. An arborist’s best practice, however, is to prune only to meet specific objectives, not just because they’ve finished blooming. Objectives may include reducing the height or girth or removing interfering shoots. Shoots may be cascading over a sidewalk or driveway. This […]

Dividing Perennials This Spring

If you didn’t divide your spreading perennials last fall, you might want to make that an early task this spring. Just letting them go may result in their squeezing out other plants that share the same bed. If your spreading perennials are near a sidewalk, they may impede you or guests using the walk. If […]

Companion Plants

We don’t usually think of plants as forming friendships but scientists tell us that they do, indeed. These friendships aren’t like those we humans make. Rather, the plants share mutually beneficial traits. Scientists call these relationships symbiotic. We landscape professionals call them companion plants. The companion plant phenomenon isn’t a recent discovery. Native Americans here […]