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3 Tips for Fall Tree Care

Fall is a beloved season for many reasons, and one of those is the beauty of fall foliage coming in shades of orange, yellow, and red. But beyond the beauty, did you know that autumn is an important season for fall tree care tips? Being nestled between summer and winter means that your trees have […]

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The 5 Best Garden Bushes

A beautiful garden makes everything about a landscape design better. Have you ever thought about which pretty bushes should you add to your garden? While you may have some favorite flowers on your must-have list, this is a list of garden bushes that we believe are best. These bushes for gardens are unique, effortless and […]

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Best Places for Boxwoods

Boxwoods aren’t just for hedges anymore. The compact, bushy shape and pretty little leaves of the Japanese boxwood make a handsome, fine textured evergreen shrub that can be used effectively in many parts of the home landscape. A Japanese boxwood pruned by the thinning method (as opposed to formal shearing – see Perfect Plants’ Basic […]

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Landscaping Around Trees

While we may be accustomed to seeing trees standing all by themselves in yards across neighborhoods, it’s actually better tree care to grow other plants and flowers around trees. But how many of us actually consider how to landscape trees when we create our yard design? Not many at all! Most people don’t even know […]

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How to Winterize Trees and Shrubs

Temperatures are falling, colors are changing, holidays are passing, and winter is approaching. Before you hunker down and settle in for the season, you should consider how to keep winter trees safe. While nature has built in some organic winterizing processes, there are also steps you can take to learn how to winterize trees and […]

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Best Front Yard Trees

Choosing the best trees for your front yard is important because it’s a long-term decision. Given the long lives of trees, you should make sure you understand the purpose you want your front yard trees to serve, as well as the details of the trees you choose. For example, you need to know the tree’s […]

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Comparison of Different Types of Pecan Tree Varieties

There are more than 500 named pecan varieties, but just a handful are widely planted in the United States. For the homeowner or small scale commercial orchardist, the important differences between types of pecan trees include: pollination type; timing of flowering; size of the nut; shell thickness; tendency to bear in alternate years; age at […]

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Pollination in Fruit Trees

Pollination is the transfer of pollen grains from the male part of a blossom to the female part of a blossom. Fertilization occurs within the ovary when a sperm cell from a pollen grain unites with an egg to produce an embryo which then develops into a seed. After fertilization, the ovary that contains the […]

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Why Is My Blueberry Plant Not Producing Fruit?

So, you have blueberry plants, but you don’t have blueberries. What’s up with that? Find out why your blueberry plant is not producing fruit. Best Selling Blueberry Bushes Blueberry plants are a fun and easy way to bring backyard gardening into your life and delicious berries into your bellies. They are one of the only […]

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What We Need to Know About Tree Roots

A Tree’s roots serve two important functions: They anchor the tree in the soil so that its photosynthesizing parts (the leaves) are elevated and exposed to the sun; and the absorbing roots also take up the water and minerals that the tree uses to make carbohydrates for food and proteins for everything else. (Roots also […]

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Where Should I Plant a Thuja Green Giant

Thuja ‘Green Giant’ is a hybrid between the American native, western red cedar (Thuja plicata), and the Asian native, Japanese arborvitae (T. standishii). It was discovered in 1935 growing in a seedling bed in Denmark where they had been growing both parent species. Green Giant was introduced to the United States at the National Arboretum in 1965. Thuja ‘Green Giant’ […]

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Fruit Trees for the Midwest

There are many different kinds of fruit trees that are well adapted for growing in the American Midwest. The backyard orchardist can choose from popular apple, pear, Asian pear, peach, nectarine, cherry, and plum tree varieties. A little more obscure, but just as much fun to grow are persimmons and pawpaws. Growing your own fruit […]