Best Trees for Both Summer Shade & Winter Sun

Bee collecting pollen, a major allergen

The other day I asked my friend who has his own lawn care business about the best trees to plant in my yard. He’s an expert on trees, which is probably why my existing trees are so beautiful and healthy. I mentioned to him that my favorite tree is the giant tree in one of …

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The Dogwood Tree – A Front Yard Treasure

Seed pods on an evergreen dogwood tree

An Evergreen Dogwood tree lives across the street in my friend Jess’ yard, where it remained a secret for a number of years. On a warm, sunny Tuesday, my good friend Brad showed up to service my lawn and I noticed him in Jess’ yard with his camera. He was photographing a tree about 8 …

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Environmental Effects of Planting Non-Native Trees

Environmental effects of planting non-native trees featured

For most of the past 250 years, surprisingly it seems that Europe’s managed forests have been a net source of carbon, contributing to climate warming rather than mitigating it. The release of carbon otherwise stored in litter, dead wood, and soil carbon pools in managed forests was one key factor contributing to climate warming. Second, …

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When to Plant Bare Root Roses

Bare root rose

It’s officially winter and that means it’s time to think about planting bare-root roses for your spring garden. Bare-root roses are roses that are sold without soil or foliage. Planting these roses during January gives them time to develop a strong root system before they begin putting on foliage in the spring and prepare for …

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Trees To Plant Near Sidewalks

Ruby red horse chestnut tree

These are some of the best trees to plant near sidewalks. All of the trees compiled in this list do not typically grow large surface roots, so they can easily be planted in an urban environment, where green spaces are often constricted by asphalt or cement. These trees are also known for being resistant to …

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How to Prune Roses

Pruning a rose bush

Roses are an extremely attractive addition to any garden, and in order to maintain their beauty and many years of wonderful blooms, it’s important to ensure that all dead wood, stumps at the base of the plant and any diseased material is cut away. Not only will you foster a healthy rose plant, but you …

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Types of Maple Trees

A common choice for the art of bonsai and the focal point of Canada’s national flag, Maple trees belong to the genus Acer and are available in more than 125 varieties. Also called aceretums, maple collections occupy many arboreta and gardens around the world including the Esveld Aceretum in Boskoop, Netherlands; Arnold Arboretum owned by …

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Trimming Crepe Myrtle Trees

Before you run outside, tools in hand, to trim your beautiful Crepe Myrtle tree, please read this article as it will save you time, embarrassment, and a pathetic looking tree. First, you must understand that just because you can buy tree trimming tools at Home Depot or ACE Hardware doesn’t mean you are qualified in …

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How To Protect Your Trees From Frost

Point bonita bunker view

Cold weather can cause many types of problems for trees. One of those many types of problems is frost. There are quite a few ways that you can prepare and protect your trees from frost, as well as saplings from the winter frost. How To Protect Your Trees From Frost A fabric covering, such as …

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Meanings and Symbolism of Trees

What types of trees are in your yard? Do they have stories? What are the meanings and symbolism of trees around you? Over the centuries, forests have held mystery and enchantment to different cultures and faiths. Myths, legends, folklore and fairy tales included the woods and specific trees, some of which may be in your own …

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