Tag Archive | shrubs

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 […]

Pruning Spring Flowering Trees & Shrubs

Spring’s spectacular display of color is coming to an end. Granted, later blooming plants will continue to show color to some extent but the green curtain will close on trees and shrubs like dogwoods, cherries, rhododendrons and lilacs. They will now be attractive foliage plants until next spring,. Throughout the winter and spring, I’ve been […]

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. […]

Time For The Burlap Coat

We live in USDA Hardiness Zone 5 and have some Zone 6 pockets. This means that, although we aren’t in the coldest zone, many of our trees and shrubs need extra protection from winter’s extremes. Tender trees and shrubs, especially young trees that you just planted this year, may need a burlap coat. Wrappings are […]

What Frost Means For Your Landscape

Meteorologists are talking about frost. That means winter can’t be far off. But what is frost and what does it mean for your landscape? Frost is ice crystals that form when the temperature dips down near freezing. When it’s warmer, we call this moisture dew. The official frost temperature is 36°F. When the temperature reaches […]

Prepare Your Trees & Shrubs For Winter

With October upon us, winter can’t be far off. While we take shelter in our nice, warm homes, all our trees can do is drop their leaves to lighten the weight on their branches. Before the snow flies, however, you can do your part to protect your valuable investment. Here’s a list of ways you […]

Do You Need To Fertilize This Fall?

The simple answer is yes if you had to fertilize last fall and/or this spring. If you don’t have to fertilize on a regular basis, you probably won’t have to this fall, either. The job of fertilizing is, arguably, one of the most misunderstood aspects of horticulture, and it isn’t helped by those who refer […]