#ProPlantTips

#ProPlantTips by Nature Hills Nursery

Read and watch our #ProPlantTips how-to series of articles and videos.

  • How to select certain plants to match your site conditions and read Plant Highlight Facts
  • "Farmer's tricks" for planting tips
  • Pruning techniques for both spring, summer and fall blooming shrubs and trees
  • How to handle common plant diseases
  1. The True Cost of Low Priced Plants

    Earlier this morning I was reading my morning news and I came across an article that immediately piqued my interest. I found it so interesting in fact, that it got my wheels turning, and my fingers tapping. This article gave me a range of emotions! I’m still unsure as to whether they’re better identified as angry or as interested. 

    You see, the article that I had read this morning was about my industry, my day in and day out reputation, that I take great pride in. So, understandably I wasn’t sure if I should be flattered that someone was attempting to provide guidance to our customers, or if I was just annoyed that they had done such a poor job at trying to do so. 

    The article I had read was about the differences between low cost $5 pl

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  2. Brighten Winter With Everyday Azaleas

    What Exactly Are Azaleas?

    Many individuals get Azalea flowers mixed up with Rhododendrons. It’s uncomplicated to know why since they are in the same plant genus. 

    But, Azaleas have tubular or funnel-shaped blossoms and only a single flower per stem. A simple, yet intriguing design that several gardeners fall instantly in love with. 

    They also have 5 stamens compared to the Rhododendrons 10, and thinner, more pliable leaves rather than thicker, more leathery leaves.

    You’ll discover Azaleas the most in Japanese gardens as they are native to that area.

    There are two

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  3. Elderberries: What's the Deal with America's New Favorite Plant?

    The Elderberry Shrub is a multi-purpose shrub that everyone is raving about. The three main go-to Elderberry shrubs are Black Lace, Golden, and York. Whatever your wants and needs are, this shrub will be able to do the trick for you.

    The different color schemes and personalities of these plants is what makes them so special. From dark purple to a yellow-golden foliage, it meets a variety of garden needs. It doesn’t just stop at the uniquely colored foliage either. 

    These Elderberry shrubs also produce the cutest flowers. Looking for petite light pink or large full white flowers? Elderberry shrubs aim to please and can offer either depending on the variety!

    We haven’t even scraped the surface of this dec

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  4. A Plan To Achieve “2021 Garden Ready” Status

    Wait, we should be planning our gardens and landscapes? 

    Yes, you should be! These things take time and major patience to perfect. You do want those passing by to stop and marvel at the work you’ve done right? 

    Maybe you’re in a friendly warfare with that one neighbor who always out does the whole block? 

    Or could you be trying to impress the new in-laws with perceived-to-be tip-top shape landscape designs? We’ve all been there. So let’s get started!

    Think of the outdoor spaces as a wonderful canvas to paint. Blend together lights and darks, smoothly outline the sides, and attract eyes to wanted pivot p

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  5. Crisp, Captivating & Classic Columnar Trees

    Power. Crispness. Formal. Wait, are we talking about Usain Bolt’s running technique? Nope! These are just a few of the adjectives we use to describe Columnar trees

    Although, we do believe these natural specimens could win an Olympic gold medal or two as well.

    The new craze of vertical accents in the landscape is upon us, and we want you to be fast adapting for all the right reasons. So let’s jump right in!

    Our Go-To’s For Tight Spaces

    Evergreen

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  6. Best Fruit Trees for Your Colder Climate

    Growing fruit from home opens up a brand new world of possibilities. Pies, jams and a variety of health benefits are only seasons away! However, potential growers need to make sure their fruit producers can survive long enough to bear fruit first! 

    Colder climates can be rough on many fruit trees and bushes, resulting in diminishing harvests from damage done over the winter. Fortunately, many fruit trees aren’t limited to warmer climates alone. There is a variety of fruit trees that can handle heavy cold while also producing fresh fruit before the cold kills the product. 

    Growing fruit in a cold climate can be hard, but Nature Hills has you covered. Within this blog are a few examples that can handle the cold n

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  7. #ProPlantTips Soil Amendments and Fertilizers 101

    Great plants grow best in healthy garden soil. After all, plants need nutrients and trace elements for robust root growth, healthy foliage and abundant flowers.

    Are you jumping right into full-scale Backyard Orchard and container culture to feed your family with homegrown fruiting plants?

    Just getting started with a tiny Victory Garden or Salsa Garden on your balcony or deck?

    Or, are you a first time homeowner with established plantings and a…gulp…lawn?

    No matter what kind of gardener you are, you'll love watching your plants grow. And never before have there been so many innovative choices for gardeners. 

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  8. Don’t Stress Your Plant With Bad Air Circulation

    Some plants need plenty of good air circulation for health. Fresh air will help prevent the growth of certain fungus, bacteria and molds. 

    Planting sites with poor air circulation can introduce disease issues and stress your plants. Stressed plants can attract insect problems, as well. Growing conditions make a big difference in the health of your plants.

    Never fear! Read on for #ProPlantTips on how to improve air circulation for plants from the Nature Hills horticulturist team.

    How To Site Your Plant Correctly

    Please, don’t slam your plants right up against the house, other structures, or next to other plants.

    Study the mature size when selecting your plants. Get out there and measure to determine the right number of plants for the area you are planting. 

    Install plants far enough apart to accommodate the size of the plant a

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  9. #ProPlantTips for Fall and Winter Planting

    Find out why fall and winter planting is so good for plants

    One of the best kept secrets of gardening is fall and winter planting. Take advantage of an “old farmer’s trick” and get your plants in the ground at the end of the season.

    Why does fall and winter planting work so well?

    The combination of warmer soil and colder air forces your plant to focus only on producing new roots in the fall and winter, which gives your plants a jump start on spring. Your new plant won’t make flower buds, flowers or seeds if it’s planted late in the season.

    Growing those critical roots helps your new plant get itself established in your landscape. And that is just what you want!

    Planting in fall t

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  10. Find Your Local Agriculture Extension Office

    Ask your local agriculture extension office if you have questions about trees, shrubs or fruiting plants that work in your area

     

    LINK: https://www.naturehills.com/cooperative_extension

    Nature Hills Horticultural Staff is always happy to assist you with your gardening questions and challenges. But sometimes, customers pose location-specific questions to us that we are unable to answer. We don't always have knowledge of the regional climate and soil conditions. We do not want to pass on incorrect information to you. In situations such as these, we always recommend the customer contact their local cooperative extension office.

    The cooperative extension offices

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