Monthly Archives: July 2018
Garden Design Ideas for Using Arborvitae in the Landscape
Natural grown Arborvitae provide a soft, elegant, fine textured look as they gain in size each year. Classic use of Arborvitae is for screening out unsightly views, and for blocking winter winds on the north and west sides of your home.
Both Emerald Green and North Pole Arborvitaes are of the same species (known as Eastern White Cedar or Northern White Cedar) that grows fast, tall and they both stay quite narrow without pruning. If you plant them closer together, they make a solid screen sooner. Both of these varieties can be planted every three or four feet and just allow them to grow and touch each other. There is n
Watch the video below to learn the art of fruit thinning by one of America's premier fruit experts, Ed Laivo.
Benefits of Thinning Fruit
- Avoid diseases by thinning
- Increase fruit size
- Improve color in your fruit
- Increase sugar content in your fruit
Here's what you'll learn:
- How to space the fruit on the limb
- How to properly pull immature fruit during thinning
Thinning is an art form that helps your apple, peaches and nectarine crops. Homesteaders, urban agriculturalists, and homeowners - enjoy the fruits of your labor!
Did you know that you can kill some plants just as easily from too much water as not enough water?
The confusing thing is that a plant that is being overwatered even looks like a plant that does not have enough water – wilting, brown leaf tips, yellow leaves, and leaves that fall off the plant.
Factors that can cause overwatering
Soil type makes a huge difference in the frequency that additional water may need to be added.
- In sandier soils, you will need to water your plants more frequently, as the rain or irrigation drains away from the soil quickly.
- Heavier clay soils will not allow the water to percolate as quickly and will hold the water in place for a longer time. Adding water to clay soils too frequently can cause big problems.
- Plants grown in containers depend upon you to supply the proper amount
Nature Hills offers plants two ways, container grown plants and dormant bare root plants. Let’s take a look at tips and tricks to ensure success.
Establishing Bare Root Plants
Bare root plants are shipped dormant and without any leaves and no soil on the roots! They are dug in fall after they have been exposed to frost and the plants have started to go dormant. Garden experts shake off all of the soil from the roots. Bare root plants remain dormant until they are shipped to you.
How? They are stored in a cooler with no soil on the roots (at a controlled very high humidity) just above freezing. So bare root plants can be shipped from November through the winter (in milder climates) all the way into June. All bare root plants will be carefully wrapped to keep the roots covered and moist at all times during shipment.
Are you are out looking for a new home? New construction or perhaps an existing home? What do you notice about the older homes? In many cases, the older homes have big, overgrown plants in their landscapes.
It is pretty amazing how you can change the look of an older home by updating or renovating the landscape. Many older homes have landscapes that “date” them. Like clothes, or hairstyles or eyewear…landscapes are designed differently today than they were even a short while ago. Not only an older landscape design, but older plant selections that have really outworn their stay. After a while, pruning may not be the answer. Maybe it is time cut off or tear out those outdated shrubs and start over with a fresh new look.
What do you notice about new homes that have been newly landscaped? Not only are the plants smaller but you might notice more colo