Tree Care

  1. Protect Trees From Deer Damage

    For most newly planted trees, deer are their biggest nightmares. From layers of torn tree bark to several broken branches, deer damage is a common end to smaller trees that have yet to be established. 

    Not to mention, deer can negatively affect the visual appearance of a perfectly planted landscape too. There is nothing more frustrating than seeing bark that has been peeled away from your newly planted trees. 

    However, Nature Hills understands that some gardeners enjoy watching natural wildlife, such as deer, go about a peaceful day in their back or front yard. Which is exactly why this blog will cover how to protect your new trees, while still being able to host a group of deer here and there!


    How To Protect Your New Trees

    Deer damage is usually a common result of males scraping

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  2. #ProPlantTips Japanese Maples: Care & Options

    Dating back to the 7th century, Japanese Maples (Acer palmatum) have been a staple to outdoor interests. From their showy winter bark to their firework colored leaves, these trees will leave a lasting impression. 

    There are many different species and hundreds of cultivars that are seen in gardens across the globe today. Each one displaying its own unique personality. We are sure a maple will speak to you, but if not check out the following famous varieties!

    Varieties To Consider:

    • Bloodgood
    • Crimson Queen
    • Emperor
    • Tamukeyama
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  3. How to Take Care of Magnolia Trees

    Magnolia Tree in Bloom

    Magnolias. Oh, how they make the first weeks of spring shine! Coveted for their GORGEOUS flowers, these trees are staples in USDA growing zones 3-9. 

    Loving these trees and growing them are two different things though. Follow along as we cover the basics of keeping magnolia trees happy and healthy.

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  4. #ProPlantTips: Flowering Cherry Tree Care

    house surrounded by trees

    Here at Nature Hills, we like to think of Flowering Cherries as the darlings of the garden world. We’re sure that they’re the prized possession of various home landscapes as well. 

    To keep those beautiful blossoms vibrant and prospering for years to come, it’s important to follow the correct care tips!

    How To Plant Flowering Cherry Trees

    So you’re wanting to plant a tree? Us too, all the time! Especially breath-taking ornamental specimens as these. Find an area that will receive full sun, fl

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  5. #ProPlantTips: The Maple Tree Root System

    Pro Plants tips

    At first glance, the astonishing crimson red leaves of tall Maple trees take our breath far enough away that we instantly decide then and there that a few would look absolutely incredible planted in the landscape. 


    We can tell you that that much is true. They will be the show stoppers of the fall season and continue shining green in summer and spring. But what people fail to notice is that some maple trees have extensive system of roots!


    This can literally put a bump in the road..but with these #ProPlantTips, you’ll be an expert on all things maple tree root systems in no time.


    Do All Maples Have Invasive Roots?

    No way! They have an abundant variety in their roots including some trees with compact roots and others with spreading. 

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  6. The Best of Fall Colored Foliage

    Family In Fall Foliage

    Spooky Jack-O-Lanterns, a cup of fresh hot apple cider, and a few fuzzy scarves are all signs that the fall season has officially arrived in your neighborhood. But the most admired favorites are the burnt orange, light brown, and velvet red foliages that engulf the crisp fall leaves. 

    Whether it was raking up a pile of leaves just to cannon ball into them or hearing the soft crunch underneath your shoes when trick-or-treating, the fall colored trees have had your back with providing fond memories of the leaves slowly changing. 

    Fully embrace the fall season by keeping the tradition of a calming, colorful landscape alive in your own backyard. Plant a tree here and there to admire the elegant hues we have all grown up to love. 

    Our Trees Are (Fall)ing For You

    Knowing Your Fall Colors

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  7. Learn How to Use Fast-Growing Willow Trees

    Willow Trees

    Did you know there are over 400 different kinds of trees and shrubs in the Salix genus?

    We get a lot of calls from our customers looking for Willows to plant in their landscape. Willows are very popular, because they are so fast growing.

    They can grow in most any soil including very wet areas - and even soils or land that can flood on occasion. Most people have seen a large Weeping Willow growing alongside a pond or riverbank and love these incredible specimen trees.

    Willows are also used for those people who love to come home to a nice glass of wine on the patio and just chill out. You’d be amazed how relaxing it is to watch your swaying Willow tree.

    Kids adore Willow trees, because the branches make natural swings. Please keep a watch out, but what fun memories to create with the little ones.

    Read on to learn how to site a Willow properly. Please use caution when considering where to place a Willow. We want you to love your tree, not get mad at i

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  8. Choose the Right Crape Myrtle for Your Landscape

    Black Diamond Red Hot Crape Myrtle

    The Crape Myrtle has been renowned for its wonderful long-lasting bloom, its wide range of adaptation, and its versatility as both a tree and a shrub. With the introduction of exciting new varieties, the love affair with the Crape Myrtle is sure to continue.

    All Crape Myrtles sold in the United States are deciduous. They are mostly admired for their long bloom period from late spring to fall. Most also feature an outstanding fall color display of oranges, reds and yellows. This fall color varies in degrees by variety.

    They are tolerant of a wide range of soils but do require good drainage. Once established, they are quite drought tolerant, good news for water-wise landscapes.

    Select the right size for your landscape first, then focus on finding your favorite color. Here is a selection guide by variety.

    Learn More About This Beautiful Flowering Tree

    Introduced more than 200 years ago from Southeast Asia, no less than the likes of

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  9. How To Prune Crape Myrtles Without Murdering Them

    Crape Murder

    Ouch! This picture shows a horrible "Crape Murder."

    Please, don't use heading or topping cuts to pollard Crape Myrtles, it's just won't give you that natural look you want. You'll also avoid creating those knobby knuckles, which sadly wreck the appearance of that beautiful Crape Myrtle bark.

    Instead, let's watch Ed Laivo, one of Nature Hills horticulturalists, as he gives valuable information on how to correctly prune this beautiful tree.

    The Right Way to Prune a Crape Myrtle

    The goal is to get air circulation and sunlight into the canopy of the tree. You also want to allow your Crape Myrtle to showcase the beautiful bark as part of its character.

    In the video, you'll learn when to prune Crape Myrtles, and get a step-by-step approach to determine your pruning plan. Hint, start from the ground up!

    Ed also walks you through a pruning tool selection guide. He'll show you exactly what types of branches you want to prune.

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  10. Learn More About All Things Cedar

    Nature Hills grows many different kinds of Cedar trees, one that should work in your area.  Traditionally, wood from some Cedar trees is very fragrant and resists decay and it gets used for fence posts, shingles and siding for buildings.  It seems that all grandmas had a cedar chest and kept things in that chest that would be protected from bugs getting into it as well.

    Wide Selection of Cedar Tree Varieties For Your Garden

    Deodar Cedar is a large grower that has arching branches so very graceful in appearance and many times in warmer climates it is used for a living Christmas tree.  An elegant evergreen, great in natural groups for screening, or even a specimen as a focal point in your yard or perhaps a potted plant on your patio.  Beautiful fine textured silvery gray evergreen foliage makes this one a winner.  A favorite for the warmer regions in the country.  Deodar Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica 'PIIC

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