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Reasons To Apply Mulch

By |2020-07-01T22:30:38-04:00March 20th, 2020|

Imagine hanging a beautiful painting or portrait on your wall without a frame around it.  Would it stand out or just be part of the wall?  The frame refines the picture, bringing out all the colors and textures to the viewer’s eyes.  Mulch does the same for your landscape plantings.  Applying mulch around your plants also has many benefits besides the attractive color and smells. Mulch is a security blanket for all plants.  In the winter it will insulate the roots and provide adequate moisture during the summertime heat.  Organic mulch will supply nutrients and [...]

Principles of Fall Planting

By |2019-10-02T16:34:29-04:00October 2nd, 2019|

After Labor Day is a great time to plant many things.  The risk of heat stress is reduced and, because  evaporation is generally less of a problem, watering is easier.  Also, in the fall most plants are not putting much energy into growth of branches, stems, flowers, or foliage; thus their energy can be applied to establishing roots. GOOD CANDIDATES FOR LATE FALL PLANTING Daylily If you find yourself in late October with an empty space in your garden that you want to fill before the winter,  one of the following may be what you’re looking for: [...]

Evergreens Shed Too!

By |2019-09-23T12:56:11-04:00September 23rd, 2019|

Evergreens Shed Too! This time of year we get quite a few concerned calls and emails from customers who are noticing that their new evergreens are turning yellow or auburn and dropping their needles. Despite being called "ever-green", these plants shed their needles in fall just like other trees and shrubs. With the cool nights all evergreens, including broadleaf evergreens such as rhododendrons, start to show fall shedding on the interior of the plant.  This is very natural and occurs on mature growth only.  With rhododendrons, you'll notice the interior leaves will yellow and then drop. This may be vary [...]

Fall Fertilization For Plants And Trees

By |2019-09-19T13:31:22-04:00September 19th, 2019|

A frequently asked question is whether woody plants need to be on a regular fertilization program in order to do well. If plants in nature do perfectly well on their own, why this constant push to maintain landscapes with fertilizer applications? Landscape plants usually need fertilization because of the inadequacies of the soils in which they are planted. For the most part, these plants are not growing in natural settings where their roots rest undisturbed and nutrients naturally recycle. Native soils normally contain naturally occurring organic matter, are less compacted, and do a better job of retaining both moisture [...]

Clethra: Our Favorite Native Shrub

By |2019-08-14T16:23:46-04:00August 14th, 2019|

Among my favorite summer pleasures, golfing, bicycling or walking in the woods, is experiencing the heady, honey-peppery perfume of Clethra alnifolia, commonly and aptly known as sweet pepperbush or summersweet. In bloom from late July and well into August, individual white florets open progressively along the 3-6” upright spikes (technically “racemes”), permeating the air. Clethra in the wild is often camouflaged by the forest canopy, so becoming engulfed by such a uniquely enchanting aroma can be an inspiring mystery, particularly enjoyable on those oppressively-humid midsummer days.  A densely-branched, deciduous and suckering shrub, Cletha is native to, and can [...]

Getting the most from summer blooming perennials

By |2019-08-01T10:08:49-04:00August 1st, 2019|

As the dog days of summer arrive, many of the perennials in our gardens can look colorless and worn out.  But many types of perennials can rebloom, and with a little attention and planning the show can continue well into the summer. Baja Daylily Let’s start with daylilies.  Traditionally daylilies bloomed only once in the early part of the summer, but there are now “rebloomers” like ‘Stella d’Oro’ and ‘Happy Returns’ which produce continual flushes of blooms from early summer until fall.  There are also many varieties like ‘Scarlet Orbit’ or ‘Strawberry Candy’ which will bloom twice [...]

Busting the Summer Planting Myth

By |2019-07-03T11:33:04-04:00July 1st, 2019|

by Dirk Coburn, Horticultural Specialist at Weston Nurseries “I shouldn’t plant this in summer, right?” “I’m not sure I can plant these before the summer.” From time to time the staff at Weston Nurseries hear variants of a common, but misplaced, concern. There is a persistent myth that summer is a bad time for planting. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. I know this from experience; some of the best trees and shrubs in my landscape were planted in July or August. A plant that has been grown in a pot, or that has been harvested [...]

Top 10 Gardening Mistakes to Avoid in Summer

By |2019-07-02T20:16:20-04:00June 30th, 2019|

1. Mowing the lawn too short (< 2.5”) or letting it get excessively long (>3.5”) 2. Applying herbicides and insecticides when air temperatures exceed 90 degrees F., especially any petroleum based material. 3. Applying any pesticide without reading the label, including aerosols. 4. Watering the lawn frequently for short periods, or watering at night. 5. Going on extended vacation the week after any major planting project without an irrigation system, timers, drip hose, and/or a responsible adult to oversee plant care. 6. Ignoring signs of plant stress, especially yellowing that might signal moisture problems, but might also indicate insects [...]

May Gardening To Do List

By |2020-05-07T18:35:08-04:00April 28th, 2019|

May Gardening To Do List It's prime time for planting trees, shrubs, and perennials. Stock availability is at its peak in garden centers. Don’t forget to use soil amendments (compost, peat) as needed to prepare an acceptable growing environment for new additions to the garden. Root stimulants such as Espoma Bio-tone should be introduced into the soil at planting time to promote quick establishment and to minimize transplant shock. Bio-tone contains beneficial microbes (mycorrhizae and helpful bacteria) that foster root growth and the efficient use of nutrients. Clean up and edge planting beds. Apply fresh mulch once the ground [...]

Spring’s Flowering Parade Begins!

By |2019-03-29T18:34:07-04:00March 22nd, 2019|

It was those two days last week, when most of our snow-cover virtually vanished, that suddenly opened up all of spring’s colorful possibilities! Snowdrops lustily emerge as the sun warms the ground, soon to be followed by winter aconite, both randomly naturalized around our yard over the years. Now the early-spring-flowering witch-hazels (Hamamelis hybrids) are exploding with their full glory outside our window, following weeks of bantering whenever temperatures chanced to briefly warm above freezing--over the years we’ve assembled a sizable collection of witch-hazel cultivars with flowers in astonishing shades of orange, yellow and red. Pussy willows are treating [...]

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