Tag Archives: trees

Fall Perennials for the Garden

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Stephanie Cohen and Jennifer Benner, authors of The Nonstop Garden, share their favorite selections for late-season perennials. We are naturally drawn to whatever is in flower when we visit the nursery or garden center. Because we often find ourselves purchasing plants …

Fertilizing Trees and Shrubs

Question: I’m not sure when I should fertilize my shrubs and trees. I used to think that spring was the best time, but I see people fertilizing in summer, and recently I was told that fall is the best time. …

Planting Balled-and-Burlapped Trees

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Consider this information from Decoding Garden Advice by Jeff Gillman and Meleah Maynard to determine if you should remove twine, burlap and wire from a balled-and-burlapped tree or shrub before planting.

Protecting Your Trees from Lightning

Protect your trees from damaging lightening strikes

Question: A neighbor recently lost an old, beautiful tree to lightning. How can I protect my trees? Predicting which trees are likely to be struck by lightning is difficult. Studies have shown that ash, elm, oak, maple, poplar, pine, and …

Trees, Shrubs and Vines That Attract Butterflies

Here are a few favorite trees, shrubs and woody vines that attract butterflies. Some provide nectar for adult butterflies. Others serve as host plants for butterfly larvae. Every good butterfly garden should include both nectar sources and larval sites.

Saucer Magnolia

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Virtues: We love the saucer magnolia tree (Magnolia ×soulangeana) for its tulip-like spring flowers, small size, bold leaves and ease of care.