Few things in life are as sensually pleasing as a beautiful flowering tree at the height of its glory. For those whose trees bloom in the springtime, nothing signals the end of winter and the beginning of the growing season like flowering trees and shrubs. Continue reading
Unfortunately, like all of nature’s bounty, our tree friends will die. Sometimes, for whatever reason, homeowners leave these gentle giants standing years after the last leaves have fallen. Possibly, this is because they are accustomed to the tree’s presence in a unique space in their landscape and do not wish to experience the effect of its departure. At times, a large tree may serve as a privacy barrier, even without foliage.
In any case, keeping a dead and rotting tree around can have some serious adverse effects. Continue reading
Trees can be more complicated than the rest of the plant world. They grow to greater heights and require more water and nutrients than smaller shrubs, bushes, and plants. And, to be healthy, their root systems must grow to greater depths to create long-term stability.
Young trees may seem to do well with lawn irrigation and rainfall. However, a supplemental drip system for trees is needed to encourage long-term root growth and depth. Continue reading
Since they remain green and beautiful throughout the year, evergreens are popular in almost any setting. Landscapers and homeowners love evergreen trees and shrubs because of the relatively low maintenance and lasting appearance, retaining the same look year-round and, of course, no leaves to rake. Continue reading
For nearly sixty years the United States has dodged infestation by the Asian citrus psyllid, one of two known vectors of the bacterium responsible for citrus greening disease. Though the psyllid has infected trees in Asia for centuries, it only made its move the Americas, specifically Brazil, in 1942. It took another fifty-six years before the psyllid made its way to North America, but once the infestation began, it spread rapidly. The Asian citrus psyllid is now found in fourteen U.S. states and five U.S. territories. It is also present in Mexico. Continue reading
If you operate a nursery or tree farm, you probably–hopefully–are visited by many customers during peak seasons. Like any business, you have to be concerned about safety risks for your customers, however, and how to minimize them. From the sharp edges of landscaping equipment to the endless stretches of hose needed to keep plants thriving, your setting might be brimming with liabilities. You can make your commercial setting safer for both customers and employees by keeping the following tips in mind. Continue reading
Delivering water to trees is essential to ensuring proper growth. It is also an expensive and time-consuming process. Many tree farmers are being forced, as a result of climate change, regulation, and simple economics, to rethink how they water their trees. Drip irrigation provides cost savings and a bevy of other benefits as well. Continue reading