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Companions For Azaleas And Rhododendrons: What To Plant With Rhododendron Bushes

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2020-04-25 18:00
Rhododendrons and azaleas make beautiful landscape plants. Their abundance of spring blossoms and distinctive foliage have made these shrubs popular choices among home gardeners. However, both of these plants require very specific growing conditions. These requirements can make it difficult to figure out what to plant with azaleas and rhododendrons. What to Plant with Rhododendron and Azaleas Light and pH compatibility are the keys to finding plants suitable as companions for azaleas and rhododendron. Like most members of this family, azaleas and rhododendron thrive in acidic soils. When choosing rhododendron and azalea companion plants, look for those that can tolerate a pH between 4.5 and 6. Additionally, both of these shrubs prefer filtered light or afternoon shade. Rhododendrons and azaleas can often be found growing under the canopy of oaks or in the shade of pine. These trees also prefer acidic soils, making them ideal companions for azaleas and rhododendron. […]

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Azaleas Are Turning Brown: What Causes Brown Azalea Blossoms

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2020-04-25 15:00
Azalea flowers come in a variety of colors; however, brown azalea flowers are never a good sign. When fresh azalea blooms turn brown, something is definitely wrong. Brown azalea blossoms can be the result of pests or diseases such as petal blight, but often the culprit is cultural care. Read on for information about various reasons you might see azaleas turning brown, along with tips to recognize azaleas with petal blight. Azaleas Turning Brown One day your azalea flowers are bright and beautiful. The next day you see brown blossoms. What could be wrong? When your azalea blooms turn brown, first look to cultural care. Azaleas are generally healthy plants if you meet their growth requirements. Too much or too little water, the wrong exposure, or soil may result in browning flowers. What do azaleas need? That depends on the type of azalea you have and there are many. Generally, […]

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Burnt Rhododendron Leaves: Environmental Leaf Scorch On Rhododendrons

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2020-04-25 11:00
Burnt rhododendron leaves (leaves that appear burned, scorched, or browned and crisp) are not necessarily diseased. This kind of damage is most likely due to unfavorable environmental and weather conditions. There are some things you can do to prevent curled, crispy rhododendron leaves and repair damaged plants. Signs and Causes of Rhododendron Stress Burn Stress burn or scorch is a phenomenon that is not uncommon in broadleaf evergreens like rhododendron. The stresses triggered by unfavorable weather can cause: Browning on the tips of leaves Browning along the margins of leaves Extended browning and crispy leaves Curled leaves Scorch can be caused by dryness in winter. Especially windy and cold conditions can cause the leaves to lose more water than the roots can take up in frozen soil. The same thing can happen during particularly hot, dry conditions including summer droughts. It’s also possible that stress burns and scorch are triggered […]

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Honeysuckle Azalea Care: Tips For Growing Honeysuckle Azaleas

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2020-04-25 07:00
Growing honeysuckle azaleas is a great option for shady areas and anywhere you want to enjoy a beautiful flowering shrub with a sweet aroma. With the right sun and soil conditions, this is an easy shrub to grow and shouldn’t be afflicted by disease or pests. Just be aware that every part of this plant is poisonous and should not be consumed. What are Honeysuckle Azalea Plants? Honeysuckle azalea (Rhododendron luteum), also known commonly as pontic azalea, is native to Eastern Europe, this deciduous flowering shrub has become popular in the U.S. in zones 6-9. Its cheerful flowers attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. It is known as honeysuckle azalea because the shrub produces pretty yellow flowers that give off a sweet, delicious scent – akin to that of honeysuckles. Plant this azalea near a patio or porch to enjoy the smell. It also does well as a privacy screen or […]

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Professional Tree Removal – When To Call Tree Cutting Professionals

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2020-04-24 18:09
While many homeowners take a DIY attitude toward tree trimming, the practice of pruning your own trees isn’t always safe or appropriate. Tree cutting professionals are arborists trained in pruning, cutting back, or removing trees safely. When can you work on a tree yourself and when should you pay for professional tree removal or pruning? We’ll give you a framework for making that decision, plus tips on how to pick someone to help when you are having trees removed professionally. Professional Tree Cutting Info No matter how much you love trees, it’s important to accept that pruning a tree and tree removal are sometimes necessary. Tree pruning can be done to create a pleasing canopy but is often essential to maintain tree health and build a strong branch structure. Since trees take years to grow to maturity and add value to a property, few homeowners are eager to take trees […]

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Pruning Mature Trees – When To Cut Back Mature Trees

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2020-04-24 15:17
Pruning mature trees is a very different matter than pruning younger trees. Mature trees are usually already formed and are pruned only for specific reasons using specific techniques. Understandably, homeowners faced with the task will have questions. Why prune mature trees? How to prune mature trees? Read on for an overview on how and when to cut back mature trees. When to Cut Back Mature Trees Most young tree pruning is done to build a strong, stable branch structure or to create a desired shape or form. On the other hand, the purpose of trimming a mature tree usually involves size control and safety. Trees that were pruned appropriately when young rarely require major structural pruning. Weak branches have been removed and the tree’s shape is balanced and pleasing. You may wonder then, why prune mature trees at all? Trimming a mature tree is usually done for one of three […]

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Tree Products We Use: Information On Things Made From A Tree

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2020-04-24 11:00
What products are made from trees? Most people think of lumber and paper. While that is true, this is just the beginning of the list of tree products we use every day. Common tree byproducts include everything from nuts to sandwich bags to chemicals. To learn more about things made from a tree, read on. What are Trees Used For? The answer you get here probably depends on who you ask. A gardener is likely to point to the benefits of trees growing in the backyard, providing shade on warm days and habitats for birds. A carpenter might think of lumber, shingles or other building materials. In fact, everything made of wood is made from trees. That certainly includes houses, fences, decks, cabinets and doors that a carpenter may have in mind. If you give it more thought though, you can come up with many more items. A few tree […]

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Ball Burlap Tree Planting: Do You Remove Burlap When Planting A Tree

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2020-04-24 07:00
You can fill your backyard with trees for less money if you select balled and burlapped trees rather than container-grown trees. These are trees that are grown in the field, then their root balls are dug out and wrapped in burlap tree bags for sale to homeowners. But economy isn’t the only reason to think about planting a burlap tree. Read on for information about the advantages of ball/burlap tree planting and the best practices for planting these trees. About Trees Wrapped in Burlap Trees sold in garden stores are either container plants, bare root trees or trees wrapped in burlap. That is, the root ball is dug out of the ground then wrapped in burlap to keep it together until it is replanted. A balled and burlapped tree costs more and weighs more than a bare root tree that is sold without any soil around its roots. However, it […]

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What Is Root Washing – Learn About Washing Tree Roots

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2020-04-23 18:00
It happens so regularly that you would think we’d grow used to it. A procedure that was drilled into our heads as being essential to a plant’s survival turns out to actually be harmful. For example, remember when experts told us to protect tree wounds with putty? Now that’s considered detrimental to the tree’s healing process. The latest horticultural flipflop among scientists involves how to handle roots when you transplant container trees. Many experts now recommend root washing before planting. What is root washing? Read on for all the information you need to understand the root washing method. What is Root Washing? If you haven’t heard of or don’t understand root washing, you’re not alone. It’s a relatively new idea that container grown trees will be healthier if you wash all of the soil from their roots before you transplant them. Most of us were instructed firmly and repeatedly not […]

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Ash Tree Identification: Which Ash Tree Do I Have

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2020-04-23 15:00
If you have an ash tree in your yard, it might be one of the varieties native to this country. Or it might just be one of the trees similar to ash, different species of trees that happen to have the term “ash” in their common names. If you think the tree in your backyard is an ash, you may be wondering, “Which ash tree do I have?” Read on for information on different types and tips on ash tree identification. Types of Ash Trees True ash trees are in the Fraxinus genus together with olive trees. There are 18 types of ash trees in this country, and ash is a common component of many forests. They can grow into tall shade trees. Many offer nice autumn displays as the leaves turn yellow or purple. Native ash tree varieties include: Green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica) White ash (Fraxinus americana) Black ash […]

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Maple Tree Seeds To Eat: How To Harvest Seeds From Maples

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2020-04-23 11:00
If you encounter a situation where foraging for food is needed, it is helpful to know what you can eat. There may be a few options that you don’t know about. You may remember the helicopters you played with as a child, those that fell off the maple tree. They’re more than something to play with, as they contain a pod with edible seeds inside. Are Maple Seeds Edible? The helicopters, also called whirligigs, but technically known as samaras, are the outer covering that must be removed when eating seeds from maple trees. The seed pods under the covering are edible. After peeling the outer covering of the samara, you’ll find a pod containing the seeds. When they’re young and green, in spring, they’re said to be most tasty. Some info calls them a spring delicacy, as they normally fall early in that season. At this time, you can toss […]

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Growing Oklahoma Redbud: How To Plant An Oklahoma Redbud Tree

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2020-04-23 07:00
Oklahoma redbud trees are small, charming trees native to the Southwest, including Oklahoma and Texas. These redbuds offer dramatic spring blossoms, purple seedpods, and shiny foliage. If you are considering growing Oklahoma redbud trees, read on. About Oklahoma Redbud Trees Oklahoma redbud (Cercis reniformis ‘Oklahoma’) are lovely little landscape trees. Like many other redbuds, their pea-like flowers are a deep, brilliant pink and appear in spring before the leaves. They develop into attractive purple pods as long as your hand that persist on the tree into autumn. Their glossy leaves are also very ornamental. The trees make eye-catching additions to backyards or woodland gardens and also support wildlife. Bees love the nectar from the bright blossoms and birds come to eat the resulting seed pods. How to Plant Oklahoma Redbud If you live in a mild region, you might think of growing Oklahoma redbud. These trees thrive in USDA plant […]

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Crape Myrtle Fertilizer Needs: How To Fertilize Crape Myrtle Trees

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2020-04-22 18:00
Crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) is a useful flowering shrub or small tree for warm climates. Given proper care, these plants offer abundant and colorful summer blossoms with few pest or disease issues. Fertilizing crape myrtle is an integral part of its care. If you want to know how and when to fertilizer this plant, read on for tips on feeding crape myrtles. Crape Myrtle Fertilizer Needs With very little maintenance, crape myrtles will provide brilliant color for many years. You will need to start by siting them in sunny spots in well cultivated soil and then fertilizing crape myrtle shrubs appropriately. Crape myrtle fertilizer needs depend a large part on the soil you plant them in. Consider getting a soil analysis before you start. Generally, feeding crape myrtles will make your plants look better. How to Fertilize Crape Myrtle You’ll want to start feeding with a general-purpose, well-balanced garden fertilizer. […]

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Ancient Trees – What Are The Oldest Trees On Earth

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2020-04-22 15:00
If you’ve ever walked in an old forest, you’ve probably felt the magic of nature before human fingerprints. Ancient trees are special, and when you are talking about trees, ancient really means old. The oldest tree species on earth, like the ginkgo, were here before humankind, before the landmass divided into continents, even before the dinosaurs. Do you know which trees living today have the most candles on their birthday cake? As an Earth Day or Arbor Day treat, we’ll introduce you to some of the world’s oldest trees. Some of the Oldest Trees on Earth Below are some of the world’s oldest trees: Methuselah Tree Many experts give the Methuselah Tree, a Great Basin bristlecone pine (Pinus longaeva), the gold medal as the oldest of ancient trees. It is estimated to have been on earth for the past 4,800 years, give or take a few. The relatively short, but […]

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What Are Green Burials – Learn About Earth-Friendly Burial Options

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2020-04-22 11:00
The passing of loved ones is never easy. Along with the loss of those closest to us, the process of making final arrangements can leave family and friends feeling distraught and overwhelmed by the options. In recent years, more and more people have started to explore various types of green burials. What are Green Burials? The modern funeral industry is a billion dollar business. However, this has certainly not always been the case. Burial practices as we know them today first began to take shape during the Civil War. As soldiers were killed in battle, the need for preservation of the bodies was required in order to be shipped home for burial. Over time, the preservation of the body before burial became common societal practice. Traditional burial methods can be both expensive and costly to the environment. Between the use of carcinogenic chemicals and non-decomposing materials, modern burial raises concern […]

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Earth Conscious Gardening Ideas: How To Make Your Garden Earth Friendly

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2020-04-22 07:00
You don’t have to be a “tree hugger” to want to do something to help the earth remain healthy. Green gardening trends thrive both online and in print. Environmentally friendly gardens start with a conscious decision to lower your carbon footprint, reduce chemical use, and go back to natural ways of maintaining your landscape. For those of us passionate about keeping our world clean and safe for all, earth conscious gardening is a way of life. If you are new to the practice, some tips on how to make your garden earth friendly can get you on the right path to a sustainable way of life that doesn’t impact nature. What is Earth Conscious Gardening? Turn on the television or boot up your computer and you are sure to see products, ideas, and stories on eco-friendly gardening tips. The idea is to boost pollination, increase biodiversity, and use landscape techniques […]

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Feeding Ginkgo Trees: Learn About Ginkgo Fertilizer Needs

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2020-04-21 18:00
One of the world’s oldest and most amazing plants, ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba), also known as maidenhair tree, was in existence when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Native to China, ginkgo is resistant to most insect pests and disease, tolerates poor soil, drought, heat, salt spray, pollution, and isn’t bothered by deer and rabbits. This fascinating, hardy tree can live a century or more, and can reach heights in excess of 100 feet (30 m.). In fact, one tree in China reached a grand height of 140 feet (43 m.). As you might imagine, fertilizing ginkgo trees is rarely necessary and the tree is adept at managing on its own. However, you may want to feed the tree lightly if growth is slow – ginkgo usually grows about 12 inches (30 cm.) per year – or if leaves are pale or smaller than usual. What Ginkgo Fertilizer Should I Use? Feed ginkgo […]

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Ginkgo Water Requirements: How To Water Ginkgo Trees

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2020-04-21 15:00
A ginkgo tree, also known as maidenhair, is a special tree, a living fossil and one of the most ancient species on the planet. It’s also a lovely ornamental or shade tree in yards. Once ginkgo trees are established, they require little maintenance and care. But considering ginkgo water requirements will help you ensure the trees in your garden are healthy and thriving. How Much Water Does Ginkgo Need? Watering ginkgo trees is similar to other trees in the landscape. They tend towards needing less water and being more tolerant of drought than overwatering. Ginkgo trees do not tolerate standing water and soggy roots. Before even considering how much to water your tree, be sure you plant it somewhere with soil that drains well. During the first few months after you plant a young, new tree, water it nearly every day or a few times a week. Water the roots […]

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Landscaping Beneath Oaks – What Will Grow Under Oak Trees

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2020-04-21 11:00
Oaks are tough, magnificent trees that are integral parts of many western ecosystems. However, they can be damaged easily if their very specific growth requirements are altered. This often happens when homeowners try landscaping beneath oaks. Can you plant under oak trees? Limited planting under an oak tree is possible as long as you keep the tree’s cultural requirements in mind. Read on for tips. Landscaping Beneath Oaks Few trees add more character to a backyard than mature oaks. They anchor the soil, offer shade in hot summers, and also provide room and board for birds and other wildlife. Mature oaks also take up a lot of space. Their spreading branches cast such deep shade in summer that you may wonder what will grow under oak trees, if anything. The best way to address this question is to look at oak woodlands in the wild. Over their time on the […]

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Coral Bark Willow Care – What Is A Coral Bark Willow Tree

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2020-04-21 07:00
For winter interest and summer foliage, you can’t do better than coral bark willow shrubs (Salix alba subsp. vitellina ‘Britzensis’). It’s an all-male golden willow subspecies noted for the vivid shades of its new stems. The shrub is extremely fast growing and can turn into a coral bark willow tree within a couple of years. If you are wondering how to grow a coral bark willow, then you’ve come to the right place. About Coral Bark Willow Shrubs Coral bark is a subspecies of golden willow and thrives in USDA plant hardiness zones 4 through 8. Coral bark willow shrubs produce new growth that is a brilliant red orange color, making them valuable additions to the winter garden. These are deciduous plants that lose their long, lance-shaped leaves in fall. First, the willows produce showy catkins, large and creamy yellow. Then, the green leaves turn yellow and fall. How to […]

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