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Preventing Winter Damage

Preventing Winter Damage to Trees and ShrubsIf you live in a climate where winters are severe, you've probably already discovered that the snow and cold weather can cause severe damage to trees and shrubs.


A weeping willow tree.

My Frugal Life: The Willow StoryOne summer in July on a very hot day, there was a dreadful electrical storm. The willow was split down the middle. I joined the neighbors in a crying fest and then asked for some cuttings. I was told by all the neighbors I couldn't plant in the middle of the summer. I was bound to try.


Closeup of Tree Seeds

Raising Native Trees from SeedRaising native tree species from seeds is a fun and rewarding process. It's also a fairly simple one. Although it is less expensive to grow trees from seed than it is to plant nursery-grown trees, what you save in money you'll probably make up for in time.


A large tree that has fallen into a house

Recognizing When Trees Become...A tree that topples at the wrong time or in the wrong place can cause significant damage to your home and property. Worse yet is the possibility that it could injure or kill someone.


Tree suckers growing from pruned sections

Removing Tree Suckers And Water SproutsWhen gardening, preventing problems from occurring is often easier than dealing with them after they appear. This is often the case with tree suckers and water sprouts. If not removed immediately, they will zap the vitality from healthy trees as they continue to grow.


Trees next to sidewalk

Taking Care Of "Street" TreesStreet trees add value by reducing traffic noise, lowering energy costs, increasing property values, and purifying the air, not to mention the aesthetic beauty they add to the local community. If "street" trees fall under your care, here are some tips for keeping them healthy and looking great.


oak seedling

How to Grow Oak Trees from AcornsWatching a tiny acorn grow into a towering, majestic oak is a rewarding experience for adults and children alike. It's easy, fun, and a great way to leave a legacy for future generations.


maple leaves with fall color

Preparing Your Trees for WinterFall is one of the most important times of the year to take care of your trees. By taking a little extra time now to prepare you trees for winter, you'll see the results of your efforts well into the next growing season.


Buying Trees and Shrubs

The Do's and Don'ts of Buying Trees and...Trees and shrubs are a great way to add real value to your landscape. Because they have a lifespan that can potentially outlast you and your house, it pays to shop smart. A failure to plan can spell disaster down the road-for your trees and shrubs, and for your pocketbook.


Planting tree

What Is Arbor Day?Arbor Day was started by J. Sterling Morton in the State of Nebraska as a way to stop soil erosion. That first Arbor Day, over 1 million trees were planted. Now Arbor Day is celebrated in all fifty states but in different months so that they hit the best days to plant trees.


The Basics of Fertilizing TreesTrees rely on sun, rain, and soil nutrients, to support their growth. When left to nature, trees are self-fertilizing, and competition for nutrients from surrounding plants is limited by the availability of these three resources.


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Something Is Eating The Leaves On Weeping CherryI have a weeping cherry tree that was planted about 2 months ago. I put mulch around it, watered it regularly and put it in a spot where I thought it would be free of infestation.


Norfolk Pine

The Norfolk Pine - A Perfect Living Tree for the HolidaysIf you're looking for the perfect potted Christmas tree, consider the Norfolk Pine. They have soft, compact needles, a naturally symmetrical shape and they come in a variety of sizes-small enough for a table-top display in the kitchen or hall, or large enough to be the focal point of a large room.



Wrapping Your Trees For WinterWrapping Your Trees For Winter. A tree's bark acts as a protective barrier in the same way skin protects the human body. It protects the tree's underlying vascular system from insect and animal damage and acts as a buffer to external changes in environmental conditions.


Red leaf Japanese maple

The Significance or Meaning of a...I actually found out a tree story about my brother and his new wife. I guess her grandparents got a tree for one of their wedding gifts and it was a Japanese Maple so wherever they moved to they would dig up the tree and take it with them. So, I thought that might be a good idea.



A Guide to Planting Trees

A Guide to Planting TreesSpring and fall are the optimum seasons for planting trees. And although all newly planted trees experience some transplant stress, proper planting techniques can minimize the stress and get your trees off to a healthy, vigorous start.


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