Spring Garden Tips
Create Planting Beds to Save Time and Your Trees

Reduce maintenance and improve your plants’ health by creating large planting beds around trees and shrubs.

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create planting beds to save timeThe larger bed eliminates competition from the grass and damage caused by weed whips and mowers that get a little too close to the plants. And you’ll save time by eliminating the need to hand trim around individual plants.

Start by outlining the bed with a rope or garden hose. Use gentle curves and create a size and shape that makes mowing around the bed easy. Once you have the bed designed, use a shovel or edger to create the outline of your new planting space.

Remove the existing grass with a sod cutter or cut the grass very short, smother it with several layers of newspaper, and cover with shredded bark or woodchips.

Create a beautiful garden by filling in voids with additional shrubs, dwarf evergreens, or perennials. Be sure to allow enough space for the plants to reach their full size.

A bit more information: Use annuals to fill the voids between properly spaced trees, shrubs and perennials. As the permanent plants begin to fill in you will need fewer annuals. Eventually the plants reach mature size without the need to transplant excess plantings or prune plants down to the available space.

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Now is a great time to plan for additions to your landscape. And as you scour the catalogs and read plant tags you will often see trees rated as fast, medium or slow growers.

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Tree Problems

Cracks in tree trunks, stunted leaf growth and thin canopies are all signs your tree is struggling. Diagnosing the cause of the symptoms is the first step in improving your tree’s health.

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Trees and Shrubs for the Winter Landscape

Walk off some of those holiday calories and gather ideas for your garden. Look for trees and shrubs that provide interesting form, bark and texture in the winter.

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Unshearing Sheared Evergreens

Tired of constant pruning or need a change from those green gumdrops, hockey pucks and meatballs? With a bit of time and patience you can convert these back to their natural beauty.

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Value of Trees

Plant a tree and improve your mood, save money and improve the environment.

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Verticillium Wilt

Sudden wilting and death of individual branches of maples, redbuds and other susceptible trees may mean verticillium wilt has infected the plant.

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Vines and Groundcovers for Fall Interest

Add a bit of color and fragrance to your fall garden with groundcovers and vines.

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Walnut, Birth Tree for October 24 - November 11

If you were born between October 24th and November 11 your birth tree is the walnut. It represents intellect, passion and confidence.

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Watch for and Prevent Borers on Trees and Shrubs

Extreme heat and cold, droughts and floods can leave our plants stressed and more susceptible to damaging borers.

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Water Trees for their Health and Longevity

Save energy, care for new trees, and conserve water in one easy step.

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Watering Tips for New Trees

Save time, energy, and conserve water while caring for your new trees.

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Winter Care for Unplanted Trees, Shrubs and Perennials

Fall plant sales and all those tempting new varieties have many of us buying more plants than we have time or space to plant. Protect them over the winter and reduce your workload by heeling them in until you have time to find a permanent spot in your garden.

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