Plant A Patch: American holly (Ilex opaca)

Posted by & filed under American holly, Broadleaf evergreen, Holiday Decor, Native Trees, Shrubs & Trees, Uncategorized, Winter Decorations, Winter Landscaping

    The perfect plant for adding dramatic color to the winter landscape, American holly is a classic choice! This slow growing, broadleaf evergreen with glossy green leaves and clusters of bright red berries throughout the winter is the epitome of the traditional Christmas decoration. More than just a decoration, American Holly can serve as …

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Add A Grove: Washington Hawthorn (Crataegus phaenopyrum)

Posted by & filed under Bird Friendly Trees, Drought tolerant plants, Fall gardens, Native Trees, Shrubs & Trees, Uncategorized, Washington hawthorn

  Providing a striking contrast to evergreens, the Washington hawthorn is a must for the winter landscape. Attractive in all seasons, this small, rounded native tree features white blooms in spring, glossy green leaves in summer, gorgeous fall foliage ranging from orange to reddish-purple and bright red fruit called haws that appear in fall and …

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Plant A Grove: American Smoketree — (Cotinus obvatus)

Posted by & filed under American smoketree, Clay Soil, Deer Resistant Plants, Fall gardens, Native Shrubs, Native Trees, Trees, Uncategorized

      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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Plant This Not That

Posted by & filed under Evergreens, Fall planting, fall planting hazards, Landscaping, Root systems of trees, Shrubs & Trees, Uncategorized

We’ve decided to add on to our deck this fall. At our house, that means countless trips to the big box hardware store to pick up a different tool, another bracket or more wood. Since I can only look at 2 x 12s so long, I usually find myself wandering off to the garden center …

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Fill the Need for Green – Visit a Nearby Botanical Garden

Posted by & filed under Arboretums, Benefits of Nature, Botanical Gardens, Landscaping, Uncategorized

It’s been nearly two weeks since we have seen blue sky and sun here. Temperatures have been so miserable that zero feels like a heat wave and to top it all off, our driveway becomes a death trap in snowy or icy weather so I am essentially housebound right now. With January not even half …

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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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