Plant A Grove: Eastern red-cedar (Juniperus virginiana)

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    A highly desirable native evergreen. Eastern red-cedar is a mainstay for the winter landscape. Tolerant to drought and hot, dry winds, Eastern red-cedar loves the full sun and thrives in a variety of soil types, including shallow, rocky soils. Since they stand up well to both salt spray and ground salt, they are …

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Plant A Grove: American Smoketree — (Cotinus obvatus)

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      Grown as a small tree or a large shrub, the American smoketree is known for its unique summer appearance and glorious fall color. Smoketrees, which can reach heights of 30 feet,  require full sun but will do well in any soil type, even clay, as long as the soil drains reasonably well. …

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Plant This Not That — Part 2: Bare Root, Container or B & B?

Posted by & filed under Balled in Burlap Trees, Bare Root Trees, Container Trees, Fall planting, Root systems of trees, Shrubs & Trees, Trees, Uncategorized

As I hit publish last week, it occurred to me that I had missed an entire topic related to trees — an explanation of bare root trees, container grown trees and  balled in burlap or b&b trees. Since fall is a popular tree planting season, this seems like a good time to look at the …

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A Dry Fall Threatens the Landscape

Posted by & filed under Conifers, Evergreens, Grounds Maintenance, Shrubs & Trees, Trees, Uncategorized, Water Management

Kansas City and the surrounding areas are currently experiencing what the state climatologist is calling “abnormally dry conditions.” Entering into the month of December, the area has consistently seen warmer than usual temperatures combined with rainfall amounts averaging 4.5 inches below normal. These near-drought conditions can cause stress to turf, trees and broadleaf evergreens. In …

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It’s Time For A”Long Winter’s Nap”– For Your Yard

Posted by & filed under Evergreens, Fertilizer, Gardens, Landscaping, Shrubs & Trees, Trees, Turf, Uncategorized, Water Management

With the temperatures staying so warm this fall — 70 degrees on December 2nd here — I’ve postponed some of my usual end of season yard tasks.With the weather so consistently warm,  I was afraid that I would do more harm than good by following my usual routine. To be on the safe side, I’ve checked …

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30 Great Gifts for Gardeners

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A few close friends and I were having coffee the other morning when the conversation drifted off to holiday gift-giving and how difficult it can sometimes be to find that exactly “right” gift for the “right” person. We started reminiscing about some of the gifts we have received through the years, usually from our husbands. …

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Anchor of the Landscape — Evergreens

Posted by & filed under Children and Nature, Conifers, Diseases of Evergreen Conifers, Evergreens, Landscaping, Shrubs & Trees, Trees, Winter Landscaping

Have you ever seen the hilarious Abbott and Costello sketch Who’s on First?”   Over the Thanksgiving weekend I happened to overhear (Ok, I was eavesdropping; it was too funny to miss) a conversation that immediately reminded me of the sketch. A relatively harassed sounding salesperson was trying to explain to a very confused woman the …

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Plants for the Winter Landscape

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Creating a landscape that flows effortlessly through all four seasons takes intentional thought and planning. Unlike other building tasks that require a specific order, designing a year round landscape can be approached in numerous ways. The common thought is that the spring and summer gardens are designed first since those are the seasons that people …

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