How Tall Are The Evergreen Trees That We Grow Locally For Living Fence Privacy Screening?

Leyland Cypress Privacy Screening along Rt 355

The largest evergreens for Living Fence privacy screening that we grow and are able to transplant from our fields, are 15 foot tall Thuja Green Giant Arborvitaes. For almost 40 years we have successfully planted large green giants privacy screens throughout the Baltimore/Washington  area. Our green giants trees are grown from rooted cuttings at Pryor's Nursery … Continue reading How Tall Are The Evergreen Trees That We Grow Locally For Living Fence Privacy Screening?

Bag Worm Control

Bag worms

Its that time of year again when bagworms could appear and unfortunately, they damage plants. Bagworms prefer juniper, arborvitae, spruce, pine, and cedar but also attack deciduous trees.  The bags hold over 300 eggs in the cocoon and disperse in late spring by "ballooning" or crawling. The caterpillars feed for up to six weeks. Larvae … Continue reading Bag Worm Control

Maryland: Home of the Original Nellie Stevens Holly

   Early this spring a client asked me to plant our Nellie Stevens Holly trees to form a privacy screen at his place in Oxford, Maryland. Wow!! Oxford  Maryland is where, about 100 years ago, gardener Nellie Stevens experimented with holly cross breeding and created a new variety which carries her name today.  The trip to the … Continue reading Maryland: Home of the Original Nellie Stevens Holly

Organic Soil Amendments

Organic Mulch delivery to the farm

At our evergreen tree farm, we experimented with different soil types and potting mixtures over 20 years ago. Leafgro, which is manufactured by the state of Maryland, proved to be an excellent addition to the planting medium. Made of leaves and grass clippings collected from the surrounding cities, it is professionally recycled into Leafgro at … Continue reading Organic Soil Amendments

Nellie Stevens Holly

Nellie Stevens Holly Living Fence

Why do I like the Nellie Stevens Holly ...let me count the ways. The Nellie Stevens is denser than most upright pyramidal hollies. It responds well to pruning, creating additional lateral tip buds at each pruning cut.  Nellie Stevens hollies tolerate wet feet well. At our evergreen tree farm in Damascus, Maryland, the clay soils are … Continue reading Nellie Stevens Holly

Why do we deck our halls with boughs of holly every December?

Nellie Stevens Holly Berries

Today we also use holly trees to create beautiful living fences for year round privacy screening. The holly trees can be trimmed a bit during the holiday season so you can make your own wreath or kissing ball. Or, you can go eco friendly by using a live holly tree as your holiday tree, then plant it in your yard afterwards.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! 30 Years of Tree Farming at Pryor’s Nursery

   Thirty years ago in 1989, I bought a soybean field in Montgomery County, Maryland to start the home of the Living Fence.  Our contracting company, Earth Beautiful, Inc had been up and running for 9 years by then. Having already planted an enormous amount of evergreens for privacy screening at our landscape customers properties, … Continue reading HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! 30 Years of Tree Farming at Pryor’s Nursery

Holly Berry Time

   The late spring is the time every year when the Nellie Stevens holly creates new berries. The hollies are cross pollinated by the bees. Hollies that have pollinated flowers  will develop small green berries that will grow and become  red in the fall. The formation of berries requires plant energy and the holly will … Continue reading Holly Berry Time