Call (888) 864-7663

Find your Growing Zone

Up to 50% Off Clearance Items! 10% to 30% Off All Other Trees, Shrubs & Perennials

Nature Hills Nursery Garden Blog

  • Maple Tree Root System

    Maple Trees in the GardenThe maple tree root system is one of the most important factors to consider before planting a maple tree in a home garden. Different types of maple trees have different types of root systems. Some are small and compact; others can be large and sparse. Some maple tree root systems are deep, while others are just below the surface.

    The silver maple tree root system is one of the most intrusive of all the maple tree root systems. The silver maple tree root system is large and has very strong roots. They will easily grow up and raise cement sidewalks and porches. Planted near a house, the silver maple tree root system has even been known to break through a basement wall and cause significant structural damage. In order to prevent this, pruning of the silver maple leaf root system must be done, and not taken lightly. Continue reading

  • Spraying Fruit Trees

    Spraying Orange TreesOne of the leading problems facing fruit trees is insects and other pests. They will infect the fruit with various diseases and often lay eggs inside.

    The best way to keep fruit plants free from pests is by spraying them. Spraying fruit trees not only rids them of pests, it may even help protect the fruit trees from diseases and fungus.

    The first step to spraying fruit trees is to get the proper equipment. Spraying fruit trees requires a sprayer, a garden hose, a mixing tub and the spray itself. Continue reading

  • Pruning Fruit Trees

    PENTAX ImageThere are many reasons for pruning fruit trees in the garden. Pruning fruit trees stimulates growth by limiting the amount of buds that the tree has to grow.

    Pruning fruit trees can improve the tree structure. Thinning of the fruit will result in better quality and larger fruit. Fruit tree pruning can also be dwarfing, and may be used to control the size of the tree.

    Pruning fruit trees should almost always be done during the winter, or dormant season. This is when the leaves have all fallen and the structure is more easily identifiable. Continue reading

  • Planting Fruit Trees

    Fruit Tree FarmMany gardeners decide to plant a fruit tree in their home landscape. Before planting fruit bushes & trees, there are several things to consider. The first is what type of fruit tree to plant.

    It is best to plant a fruit tree that is local to the region, and matches the soil conditions. It is also important to understand that many fruit trees do not self-pollinate. For this reason, more than one fruit tree must often be grown.

    Once the type of fruit tree is decided, the actual tree must be chosen. Most fruit trees are sold bare root, meaning their roots are exposed.
    It is best to plant a fruit tree with a strong straight stem, which will provide the best support. Planting fruit trees with low branches will hinder the growing abilities and can encourage pests. Continue reading

  • Growing Clematis And Roses Together

    Clematis And Rose FlowersFrom Rhonda Fleming Hayes. A Master Gardener and contributing writer for Nature Hills Nursery.

    The rose is probably the most well-known, well-loved flower in the garden. Clematis is called “queen of the vines’. Such is the beauty of these two flowers; they can hold their own in any landscape. Combine them, and the effect is magical.

    I first saw this done while living in England. The British are masters when it comes to roses. Roses plants aren’t left to stand alone with their bare legs exposed. They are integrated in the herbaceous border or underplanted with perennials like lavender or lady’s mantle in formal beds. Their climbing roses often intermingle with twining clematis. Continue reading

  • Fernleaf Peony

    Fernleaf Peony FlowersA fernleaf peony is a flower that must be displayed front and center. The flower is a deep red double bloom that emerges early and lasts long. The foliage of a fernleaf peony is very frilly and looks like a fern. The blooms are large, but unlike taller growing peonies, the fern peony grows only about a foot high and has no problem of falling over under the weight of the bloom.

    The fernleaf peony is very interesting to look at indeed. With foliage of a light green, the bright red blooms stand out strikingly. The green foliage shoots off of the sturdy stem in a way similar to the needles of a conifer tree. The new spring foliage has a reddish tint to it before turning a lovely green in the spring, followed by bronze and purple tints in the autumn. Continue reading

  • Planting Perennials

    Assorted PerennialsPlanting perennials requires extra care than planting annuals does. This is due to the nature of the plants themselves. Most flowering perennials will generally not bloom their first season, due to the necessity of strengthening the root system for the coming winter. When planting, many factors must be taking into consideration to ensure long plant life.

    The first factor to take into consideration is the location. Some perennials can withstand colder winters than others. To check which plants can survive in each region, you can look at the plant hardiness zone map. Sunlight and soil conditions must also be taken into consideration. Obtain this information before planting perennials in any location of the garden. Continue reading

  • Growing Salvia

    Purple Salvia PlantsGrowing salvia is very easy to do. They require very little care, as long as the proper conditions are given. Salvia plants require full sun in order to grow and flower. Good drainage is needed to help prevent root rot, and salvia will thrive in a variety of soil and water conditions. Growing salvia is one of the most rewarding tasks that any gardener can accomplish. Continue reading

  • Planting & Transplanting Roses

    Yellow RosesPlanting rose bushes in a garden is easy to do, and has many rewards as these beautiful plants bloom. The first step to planting rose bushes is preparing the site. Roses prefer partial sunlight, and should be shaded from the hot afternoon sunlight. The site should have a slightly acidic soil content, and a heavy clay loam is ideal, but they will grow in nearly any soil condition.

    The second step to planting rose bushes is to prepare the plant itself. Most rose bushes, when purchased, will be pruned prior to purchase. If not, it is best to cut back the stalks of bedding roses to about six inches, and the climbers to about eighteen inches. Planting rose bushes that have dried out can be detrimental to the health of the plant. Dried out plants should be moistened slightly before planting. Continue reading

  • Pruning Rose Bushes

    Rose BudsPruning rose bushes is an important step in the care of roses. Many gardeners do not understand fully the process of pruning rose bushes. Improper pruning can result in a weak plant, or one that will not bloom fully, if at all. Pruning roses is, despite popular belief, a very easy process, and can be done by any gardener.

    Pruning rose bushes should take place in the springtime, just as the buds break. Stems should be cut back to within one-quarter inch of an outside bud. This will help to encourage the rose bush to grow outwards, instead of inwards. Pruning rose bushes should always be done with a sharp pair of pruning shears, as the wood can be tough, and cuts that are not clean will damage the plants. Continue reading

148 Item(s)

Page:
  1. 1
  2. ...
  3. 8
  4. 9
  5. 10
  6. 11
  7. 12
  8. ...
  9. 15

© 2002-2017, Nature Hills Nursery, Inc. or its affiliates.
9910 N. 48th Street, Suite 200 Omaha, NE 68152

  Loading...