Beautiful Blooming Trees for Spring

There is nothing more awe inspiring than the sight of gorgeous spring blooming trees after a long winter. It's like going to sleep for days, then waking up to see your favorite person there next to you, smiling... You can't help but feel happy, uplifted, hopeful and joyful. If that sounds like I'm dramatizing a simple tree, then you are not a gardener. At least, not yet. ;) Because us gardeners … [Read more...]

Landscaping With Conifers

Landscaping with evergreens is the backbone of most garden spaces. Conifers are the stars of that group, including pines, firs, spruces, cedars and sequoias. However, landscaping with conifers can be confusing. After all, we've all seen that monster of a blue spruce have to be torn down because it outgrew its space, or those sad arborvitae planted as a hedge where half of them are a deep … [Read more...]

How to Grow Fruit Trees for Beginners

If you love a good apple, pear, peach or even cherries, you might want to think about planting a couple fruit trees in your backyard or garden. I grew up in an area where there were a lot of abandoned fruit orchards, full of trees that looked pretty sad. It didn't stop us kids from trying to get ourselves a free treat when they were in fruit though, only to be met with small, hard, tasteless fruit … [Read more...]

How (and When) to Prune Trees

I wanted to touch base about pruning trees at this time of year, because as soon as the holidays are over, many of you do exactly that. And if you have run across any of the "guides" on pruning trees written by the extension programs of state universities, you may have had your head spin around. Here are all the simple guidelines on how, and when to prune your trees. When to Prune Trees For … [Read more...]

How to Grow Japanese Maples

Japanese Maples are easily one of the most elegant and stunning specimen plants you can add to your garden. There are varieties that can be grown in containers, and few of them ever reach over 25 feet tall, making them adaptable to any space. The fall colors on Japanese Maples is stunning, and because of their smaller size, easy to appreciate in a small garden than a larger tree or shrub. Many … [Read more...]

The Top Trees for Small Gardens

Fall is the best time to plant trees in your garden, and many of us are having an increasingly hard time choosing trees for our smaller yards and homes. Some quick tips on choosing trees for your home, then our favorites choices for small trees! How to Choose Trees for the Small Garden Make sure the tree you choose is in scale with your home... If you have a small ranch, towering Lombardy … [Read more...]

How to Plant a Tree

Always begin with the best quality nursery stock. Spend a few dollars more to insure the future growth of your tree. A few dollars more investment will make a big difference in how sturdy your tree will be in a few years. Go to a reliable nursery or garden center. In your new tree you need to look for a strong straight trunk and well spaced branches. There should be no breakage or bruising of … [Read more...]