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Wilt-Pruf

By |2018-11-19T15:03:15+00:00November 19th, 2018|

Despite the widely held belief that the gardening season ends with the first frost and leaf drop, many important yard chores remain as we head towards the middle of November. You may be familiar with the concept of "winterizing' plants to ensure their survival, but what exactly does that mean? Due to their lack of cold hardiness or their location in the landscape, many plants may need a helping hand to endure the extremes of a typical New England winter. This is particularly true for plants installed this year, and especially any evergreen transplanted this fall. Moisture loss through [...]

Fall Shedding on Evergreens

By |2018-10-12T16:00:58+00:00October 10th, 2018|

Fall Shedding In Evergreens 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 [...]

Busting the Summer Planting Myth

By |2018-08-03T14:09:35+00:00August 1st, 2018|

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 [...]

Repairing Winter-Damaged Plants

By |2018-03-19T17:03:59+00:00March 16th, 2018|

These past few weeks have been a trial of extreme weather here in New England, causing extensive damage to many trees and shrubs. We still have some time to go before the snow finally fades away this year, but many gardeners are already anticipating major cleanup once the weather improves. Here are some remedial suggestions for the various types of plant damage you’re likely to encounter in your yard. Discolored foliage on rhododendron, holly, Kalmia and other broadleaf evergreens: Although wind, sun and salt-damaged evergreen foliage looks unsightly now, new growth by mid-spring will likely restore their appearance, as damaged [...]

Kokedama: The Art of Japanese Moss Gardens

By |2018-03-19T17:04:02+00:00January 3rd, 2018|

Part living sculpture and part houseplant, Kokedama have enjoyed a surge in popularity in recent months. Kokedama literally means "moss ball" in Japanese, and are occasionally called "poor man's bonsai" or "string gardens". Foregoing regular pots and planters in favor of earth & moss, they are reminiscent of green planets with miniature growing ecosystems.  Designs range from simple to exquisite: Kokedama can be as simple as a suspended sphere of moss and tiny sprouts, or as elaborate as an arrangement of complimentary houseplants anchored in a green orb, set in a ceramic saucer. Occasionally Kokedama artists will add a touch of whimsy by attaching miniature [...]

Christmas Tree Care

By |2018-12-07T15:07:44+00:00December 6th, 2017|

FRESH-CUT TREES Buy your tree early! That way you can provide the water it won't get at the tree lot. When choosing a fresh cut tree, there are 3 things to check. First, make sure the tree is fresh. Second, make sure the trunk is straight and that the butt will fit in your tree stand. Third, make sure the tree has nice form. You can usually have the trunk cut at the tree lot or you can cut it yourself, taking at least 1" to 2" off the bottom of the trunk.  In either case, place the cut end directly into water. You [...]

Real or Plastic Christmas Tree?

By |2018-03-19T17:04:03+00:00December 1st, 2017|

By R. Wayne Mezitt Looking at the wide variety of the artificial Christmas trees now being sold at Big-Box stores, it can be hard to tell they’re not real—at least from a distance. Their ads and display information promote the convenience of “Real-Feel” artificial trees, using natural-appeal-marketing terminology like “realistic”, “true needle” and “natural series”, along with “pre-lit”, “scent stick”, “fire-retardant” technology. Many vendors offer enticing choices online for an even-more-convenient shopping experience. Given all the time and bother a real live tree requires, what could be easier or more expedient than using a “permanent” tree during this busy time [...]

Five Essential Garden Tasks for November

By |2018-03-19T17:04:03+00:00November 8th, 2017|

You know you want to jump in. 1. Get your shed in shape Take the opportunity during the winter to repair, sharpen, and oil your tools so they’ll be ready to use in the spring.  Don’t forget lawnmower and power tool maintenance and winterizing.  Make sure any liquid chemicals are stored where they won’t freeze.  Granular and powdered products need only be kept dry.  Additionally, any ceramic pots or planters should be moved inside where they will not freeze and crack. 2. Protect your plants from the elements Dry cold winds, bright reflected sun, and road salt can damage foliage [...]

New Year’s Sensory Garden

By |2018-03-19T17:04:04+00:00November 8th, 2017|

Dank and dreary, dark and dismal. Those are typical terms we New Englanders use to describe January’s lackluster landscape. Monochromatic tones of olive-green, brown and grey evoke a faded, sepia-like view of the woodland. A blessing of snow helps refine the scene with starker contrasts. Aptly, as our annual season-of-rest sets-in, these perceptions define our mental mood, enabling us to relax and recoup our energies for spring’s eventual rebirth. But take just another moment and you’ll begin to discern some of this season’s unique woodland particulars: the varying branching forms of the forest pines and firs, spruce’s powdery-blue needles, the [...]

Compost is the right thing to use!

By |2018-03-19T17:04:04+00:00October 10th, 2017|

By Peter Mezitt, MCH If you want to “go green” in your garden, compost is one of the best things you can use! Compost builds healthy soils, and healthy soils grow healthy plants and lawns. When your soil is high in organic matter, beneficial micro-organisms get the food cycle started by digesting organic matter, which releases valuable nutrients into the soil. These nutrients are then processed by other organisms, and are eventually taken up by the plant’s root system- this results in strong plant tissue and better flowering. Conversely, soils with low organic matter produce weaker plants and lawns that [...]