Trees and Shrubs

Forcing Branches

Forcing branches of flowering shrubs and trees is a skill I try to get better at every year–it’s another way to hurry spring…
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Are Your Trees in Danger of Falling?

If you have numerous garden trees in the backyard, it could be dangerous as they may fall down, causing a lot of damage. This article looks at tell-tale signs of whether yours are in danger of falling.
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How To Care For The Beautiful Flowering Dogwood

The dogwood tree is an attractive tree in every season of the year. In the springtime, dogwood trees burst into full blooms blanketing the woodlands in white. In the fall, the same trees provide a wonderful “turning of the leaves” autumn experience. They also produce delightful red berries that provide sustenance for birds.
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What Are the Most Common Threats To Trees in Your Landscape?

Trees are an important element to your backyard landscape. Not only do trees provide much-needed shade in our increasingly urban suburbia, but their lush, green foliage adds amazing aesthetics. But sometimes our common backyard trees can fall victim to unforeseeable natural threats.
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How To Train A Butterfly Bush Into A Tree

I have always loved to see plants “trained” into small trees, especially when they are plants we don’t normally see grown as trees. Plants like a standard lantana tree or coleus tree. The buddleia or the butterfly bush is another one. In some states the buddleia is considered a invasive species (BBC) and they are trying to eradicate it. There some non-invasive hybrids available.
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How to Grow Your Own Topiary

Topiaries are plants that have been pruned and trained to grow into distinct decorative shapes. They’re basically slow-growing artistic masterpieces. Whether you grow them geometrically or fanciful like spirals, spheres or even elephants, the options are endless.
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Growing Perfect Plants For Balcony, Deck, Patio and Front Entry

Container gardening is very popular today, but it’s not new. People have been growing container plants for centuries, and there are favorites found in every culture. One very popular “style” of growing container plants is using a shrubby or bush plant to create a “standard” tree.
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