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08 Mar 2017

Shrub & Tree Care

Shrub & Tree Care

Now that you have planned your landscape project, picked out and planted your shrubs or trees and they are established. Next you will want to take care of them and this will require knowing some of the basics and learning some insider tips will help your shrub or tree reach its full potential.
While both shrubs and trees add texture, color and structure to your landscape. They are an essential component to your landscape, as they create focal points for your landscape and the good news is that taking care of your shrubs or trees is relatively an easy task. Hopefully, you either kept the tags or wrote down the care instructions for your shrub or tree. Whether your plant was container grown or bare root grown, each will have different care requirements and routine maintenance of your shrubs and trees are a key factor for healthy growth. Part of that maintenance includes pruning, but what do you prune and when? Another part of that maintenance is feeding or fertilizing your shrubs or trees to insure that the soil has the proper nutrients it needs. Also a watering program will be needed, along with mulching are just some of the basics. Due to the vast amount and variations of shrubs and trees, we will add more blogs covering various pruning tips, fertilizing and soil care, watering, along with which tools to use for each pruning project.

05 Apr 2015

Planting Trees & Shrubs

  

Planting Trees and Shrubs

Whether you recently purchased a new home or are simply looking to do a landscape remodel to your existing landscape, we have a few thoughts for you to consider as you go through the planning process.

Before you get started, we suggest that you do a little research before purchasing and planting your trees or shrubs to see which would work best in your landscape, like which tree or shrub is best suited for soil, lighting and space.

A few things to consider:

1.) Draw a sketch of your landscape, including any existing perennial beds, trees, shrubs, along with any borders.

2.) Lighting is very important. Which direction is your home facing? East, means early morning sun and shade in the afternoon. If your home is facing the north, then you’ll need to choose something hardy, as the north is the coldest, while the south and west are the warmest.

3.) Water Management, you’ll need a plan for water and drainage.

4.) Planting & Maturity. Remember to always read the tag on the tree or shrub that you’re looking purchase.

Check for size at maturity

Sun exposure and hardiness

Also allow for enough space at maturity and don’t plant trees close to power lines, underground pipes, foundations, walkways or other trees.

5.) Right tree/ shrub right place, remember to choose only those trees or shrubs best suited for your landscapes space and lighting. Some trees/ shrubs like full sun, while other like partial shade.

6.) Maintenance: Planting, watering and mulch are only the first steps in caring for your new tree or shrub. Your new planting will require at least one inch of rainfall on a weekly basis for the first few growing seasons.

If you take precautions during the first three years, this will lessen the long term maintenance. Simply adding tree ring and applying bark mulch will help prevent weed growth, while preserving soil moisture and prevent any bark damage from lawn mowers.

When adding mulch, use 2-3″ at least the width of the drip line and pulling back any mulch that is at the base of the plant, so that it doesn’t encourage any rotting or diseases.

14 Dec 2014

Ice Control

Excessive Salt Usage:

Do you primarily use salt for ice control?

Although salt is often used primarily for ice control on walkways, it does have some drawbacks, especially when used in excessive amounts around perennial beds, shrubs and trees.

When salt is used for ice control, it’s ideal to keep it away from tree and plant roots as much as possible, as the salt can desiccate the roots, putting the tree in a drought-like state.

While salt levels during winter may not be apparent in spring once the heavy rains have washed it away, it still can have a negative affect landscape plants.

Both homeowners and contractors should be mindful of the excessive use of salt during the winter months. Not only does it affect your landscape negativity, it also has an affect during spring runoffs, as it enters the storm drainage system.