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A sucker, also known as a basal shoot, root sprout, adventitious shoot, or water sprout, is the growth originating from the root system of a plant. Below are some pictures of our ‘Arnold Promise’ witch hazel. You can clearly see the difference between the growth from the rootstock and the growth from the grafted ‘Arnold Promise’. If it weren’t for fall color, it would be difficult to distinguish which is which, but there are many differences between the two once you get a closer look. The size of the leaf, bud, internode, and texture of the stem all have subtle differences. If you notice suckers coming up next to your tree, you...

Deer can be devastating to young trees. If you have deer around, protect your investment. Bucks love to mark their territory by rubbing their antlers on slender trees. They can easily remove enough bark to kill a young tree. We wrap all young trees in early September with plastic corrugated sheets that are 4’ by 1’. We wrap the plastic around the tree with the white side out, to repel the sun, thus preventing splitting of the bark from winter sunburn. We tie it with two pieces of twine, and the tree is protected from the deer for the winter. These corrugated plastic sheets are available here for $5.00 each.

If you have evergreens,...

Perovskia atriplicifolia, commonly known as Russian Sage, can get a little out of control in the garden. If you embrace this fact, you too will come to love Russian Sage for all that it is. Its long bloom gives you a show all summer and well into the fall. Some good companion plants include, Ascepias tuberosa (Butterflyweed), Echincacea sp. (Purple Coneflower), and Hemerocallis sp. (Daylily).

Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage)

We are sharing this great pruning advice from Trees Forever.  The best time to prune is in mid- to late-winter (January-March). When pruned during this time of the year, the tree will begin responding to the wounding early in the spring. A coniferous tree planted in a suitable site, will need minimal pruning throughout its life. Pruning at other times of the year will not hurt a tree (read more below about when to prune oaks); however the process of sealing the wound may be slowed. Do not prune during the spring from bud break through leaf expansion, and during the period of leaf color change in the fall. A tree is going through major...


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