Category Archives: Trees & Shrubs

bird gardening: powerhouse fruiting plants, with andy brand – A Way To Garden

Source: bird gardening: powerhouse fruiting plants, with andy brand – A Way To Garden

tree peonies, with jeff jabco of scott arboretum – A Way To Garden

Source: tree peonies, with jeff jabco of scott arboretum – A Way To Garden

10 berries that birds love | MNN – Mother Nature Network

The berry-producing shrubs and trees make flowers that develop into a colorful berries that attract birds to your backyard.

Source: 10 berries that birds love | MNN – Mother Nature Network

Replacing Shrubs & Plants

Question:

Is the shrub in pictures 1 and 2 salvageable? The evergreen in the other picture looks hopeless. Does it need to be replaced?

Answer:

The shrubs could be cut all the way back and MAYBE recover, but I think you’re smart to replace them. The weather this winter was tough and even if they leaf back out, they are weak plants.

Hope this helps.

Carrie

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Ornamental Trees & Shrubs

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Solutions for Common Problems

I purchased a Coonara Pygmy Japanese Maple Topiary this spring and had one of the community’s landscaping guys plant it.
I was disturbed when I saw that he had emptied one-third bag of Hollytone into the planting. The leaves never turned red. It gets a sufficient amount of sunlight so I don’t think that’s the problem. Could too much acidity be the problem? If so, how do I correct this?

Answer
The Coonara Pygmy Japanese Maple usually starts off in spring with a pale pink to green leaf. By summer the leaves should be green. With the cooler temperatures of fall, the leaves will feature orange, yellow and a splash of red here and there.
Hollytone is a good fertilizer, and, while used primarily for acid-loving plants, should not be harmful to the maple. The iron in it should not change the soil pH by much, if at all. If you get a chance, bring us a soil sample and we’ll check the pH for acidity/alkalinity while you wait for no charge. As you come into the store, head back to our greenhouse. It will take us about 5 minutes.