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  1. Enjoy Homegrown Fruit in an Edible Landscape

    Homegrown cherries share with your family

    Today more than ever, people across the country are growing their own fruit. There are many reasons for this, and we applaud the effort!

    Nature Hills growers deliver backyard orchards with commercial orchard-grade, vigorous fruit trees and bushes. Our fruit trees produce fruit for cooking, baking, or fresh eating straight from the tree.

    There is nothing like reaching out and picking fruit from your very own plant. And one of the coolest things is that we offer a wide mix on the site.

    You’ll see beloved modern cultivars like ‘Honeycrisp Apple’ (yes, the kind you see on grocery store shelves). But you’ll also get a chance to try the more unusual heirloom varieties, like the astounding ‘Mutsu Apple

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  2. How to Care For Your Gorgeous Magnolia Tree

    Care for flowering Magnolia tree

    Magnolias are relatively pest free and easy to grow and care for. Read on for care tips from the Nature Hills Horticulture team.

    Select the Right Site for Your Magnolia

    Pick the right Magnolia variety that fits the space in your yard. Be sure to check the Plant Highlights on every product page for the hardiness zone to ensure it will grow where you live.

    Make sure the soil is well drained and that your new Magnolia will get more than half a day of sun for best flowering. 

    Ideal growing conditions? Easy!  A rich, moist, well drained soil with an even moisture supply is suggested, but know they are very adaptable. 

    How to Improve Your Soil Conditions

    Perhaps you don’t have ideal c

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  3. How to Grow Healthy Plants

    Nature Hills helps you grow healthy plants

    A healthy plant is happy in its environment.

    Most plants have certain criteria to perform well.  We always have information in our plant descriptions that will let you know what that particular plant needs to perform well.

    Nature Hills Plant Highlights give you important information you need to select plants that will work in your yard

    There are basically three things to look for when selecting a plant for a spot in your yard.  Hardiness zone rating, what kind of soil you are growing in, and will it get sun or shade.    

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  4. 6 Steps to Unboxing Your New Bare Root Plant

    6 Steps to Unboxing Your New Bare Root Plant from Nature Hills Nursery
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  5. 5 Steps to Planting Your Bare Root Shrub or Tree

    5 Steps to Planting Your Bare Root Shrub or Tree

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  6. How to Water Your New Bare Root Plant

    How to Water Your New Bare Root Plant
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  7. Yes, You Can Grow Fruit Trees in a Small Yard

    Grow Apples on an espalier trellis for easier harvest

    In today’s health conscious and Instagram-ready world, the desire to grow fresh fruit and vegetables has never been greater. We’ve seen the beautiful photos of the carefully grown crops after harvest, and we want that same benefit for ourselves, our families, friends and neighbors.

    Using Size Control For More Manageable Fruit Trees

    Even if you select semi-dwarf and dwarf varieties, you still need to understand that pruning is one the most important aspects of growing a fruit tree.

    Commercial growers use aggressive pruning techniques to control the size of a fruit tree, which results in more trees planted per acre (and a quicker return on their investment!) Keeping the trees at lower heights also makes it safer for workers and

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  8. How To Prune Crape Myrtles Without Murdering Them

    How NOT to prune your Crape Myrtle

    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

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  9. Winter Watering Tips for Trees, Shrubs and Perennials

    Use a shovel or pitchfork to test your soil to see if you should water your plants in winter for best results

    Low soil moisture, low precipitation and wild swings in temperatures can cause lots of problems for many landscape plants. Many established plants can be harmed, but newly planted plants are especially susceptible to winter damage. 

    Remember, keeping your trees and shrubs stress free is the key to success. Healthy and vigorous plants can ward off insect and disease problems much easier than plants that are weak and stressed.

    Protect Evergreen Trees and Shrubs from Winter Burn

    Was it dry in your region last fall? In areas where very dry fall weather precedes winter, there can be problems like winter burn and desiccation to evergreen trees and shrubs. Dry soils going into winter can also cause root damage, which can affect the entire

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  10. Pruning 101 from the Nature Hills Horticultural Team

    The goal of pruning is to improve the overall health and usefulness of a plant:

    • Prune to correct broken or damaged branches.
    • Prune to remove diseased portions of a plant.
    • Prune to control the size and shape of a plant.
    • Prune fruit trees to keep it easier to harvest the delicious fruit.

    Pruning by the Pros

    Plant materials grown by a quality grower will have been pruned correctly from the start, so you shouldn’t need to worry about corrective pruning for a while. A good example is shrubs. Plant nursery staff work to encourage branching lower to the ground, so the plants don’t have voids and aren’t "leggy". For trees, the nurseries prune for nice straight single leaders and uniform, open branching.

    Tree Pruning Tips

    After you plant your trees, you should pay attention to your plants as they

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