What are Ornamental Trees? These trees are usually small with special features like interesting bark, showy flowers, or eye-catching foliage. An ornamental also has a pleasing shape and fits easily into modern yards. This may seem like a tall order of outstanding characteristics, but the "ornamental" part of the description means that the trees are selected and bred to deliver in a big … [Read more...] about 3 Tips For Landscaping Successfully With Ornamental Trees
Choosing and Growing Trees
Trees bring lasting beauty and value to the landscape. They can also be the longest to mature and cost a significant amount of the landscaping budget. Making wise choices saves many mistakes.
Trees are also a very important part of the environment. They provide food for wildlife and people.
There is something soul satisfying about trees, in a ways few other plants can match, so they inspire some musings and inspired thoughts, as well.
Yesterday's winds, today's rain, and the smell that has been on the air tells me so. The asters blooming, the store displays burgeoning with mums (I bought two huge ones at Sam's Club) also tell the undeniable story that summer has past. I still have tomatoes ripening on the vine, and they should continue to the first frost, which I expect around midway through October. How did the summer get … [Read more...] about Is It Fall Already?
The Renaissance of Heirloom Apples Traditionally, an old fashioned fall treat has been the availability of aromatic autumn apples and the rich complex flavor of pressed cider. Although grocery stores attempt to carry "cider" in pasteurized containers all year, the taste is insipid in comparison to the special flavor that blended heirloom varieties give to their juices. Some of those … [Read more...] about Homesteader Heirloom Apples and Real Cider
Small Trees Ornament the Garden A selection of some of the best small garden trees to give your place flower and foliage. There are so many ways to use these to create interest and year round beauty in your landscape. The Best Garden Trees For Your Property For Flowers and Foliage Good reasons to give consideration to the choices you make when deciding to make a garden: Trees are one … [Read more...] about Ornamental Garden Trees For A Small Yard
Accolade is one of many elms on Arthur Lee Jacobsen's page.Ever since the demise of the American Elm tree due to the deadly combination of Dutch Elm disease and the beetle that spread it, arborists, landscapers, and gardeners alike have looked for and hoped that a replacement might be found.Once upon a time American city streets were lined with these majestic trees. Now, the Society of Municipal … [Read more...] about 2012 Urban Tree of the Year
I think you ought to visit Tree Notes blog, and perhaps put it in your bookmarks. Yes, that would be a good thing to do.Genevieve majors in trees, and writes posts full of delicious notes on all sorts of trees along with the usual cultivation information. I always find myself engaged in her articles. It is like an interview with each tree.Advised that there were free downloads from the Purdue … [Read more...] about Tree Notes
Planting New Trees and Shrubs Earlier in the season my son-in-law asked me about planting a new arborvitae. He lives in Georgia, and I had seen his homesite for a screen he wanted in his back yard during last year's visit. Arborvitae was a fine choice for what he wanted and where the plant would be situated. Some people plant them near their house as a foundation plant, but these are true … [Read more...] about Springtime Garden Tips
[originally posted 10/19/07]When I moved to my place here in the country, there were precious few trees on the property. Back in the seventies the farmers had determinedly cleared the land for more production. Obscene production I call it, but anyway... I decided first off to plant more trees.What I didn't know was how difficult it would be, but now many years down the line I have some that … [Read more...] about Trees I Grow
Today is the day my trees are getting trimmed. The men with the heavy equipment have been at work for the last hour or so. I requested for the mulch from the branches to be dumped in an area where I can utilize it for "under" mulch next year. And in researching something I came across a video that helped me learn the proper description for parts of the tree planting procedure. This Old House … [Read more...] about Tree news
Didn't I just give you all an update? Well, I walked you through, but there are other elements to what is happening here. Like trimming and pruning old big trees. I didn't tell you about that, did I? Coming to this garden most of the great old trees were gone. This area is known for its savannahs of Burr oak and Hickory. What did the people who owned this place previously plant and retain? Can you … [Read more...] about State of the Garden September
I've been a long time in this present garden, now. Long enough to reckon with mature plant sizes and the times I broke the rules on proper spacing. There are a few situations that I truly rue not paying attention to height and spread, and in one I was taken by surprise. I had planted a white flowering fringe tree in one of my island beds. It did very well and I decided I would like to rim the … [Read more...] about Garden Maturity
A little update on what's happenin' around here. If I was Southern I might say h'yere :) It has been cool enough to work easily outside, and yet here I am on the computer...but I slip out, grab the kids, and work a bit on the yard. The grass has needed more than the usual mowing with the cool summer, I give that job to my son... anything with a machine limits the grousing. Yesterday we pruned out … [Read more...] about My Chores And Prairiefire Crabapple