Evergreen Christmas Tree Guide: What is the best?

Decorated outdoor Christmas tree lit up.

When shopping for a Christmas tree at your local lot or tree farm, you’ll likely encounter many different types of evergreen Christmas trees. Picking out a perfect tree isn't easy. A tree's scent, color, strength of branches, shape, height and needle retention all matter. Depending on where you live will determine what type of trees … Continue reading Evergreen Christmas Tree Guide: What is the best?

Seen this Prehistoric looking Wheel Bug?

Assassin Bugs - Wheel Bug

Arilus Cristatus, commonly known as the wheel bug, due to their unique gear like structure. These assassin bugs, like the Wheel Bug, are part of the Hemiptera order, Reduviidae family and are found throughout the Northeast and the South in the U.S. Fun fact: stink bugs and bed bugs are a part of the same family.

Holiday Holly Tree Berry-Best Practices

Nelly Stevens Holly Berries on the tree

Walking the fields to find the perfect live Christmas tree has become a tradition for many families. Not only is the tree an important part of the holidays, but garland, misteltoe and wreaths as well. The bright red berries of the Holly trees look stunning against the green backdrop of leaves and needles in our … Continue reading Holiday Holly Tree Berry-Best Practices

Evergreen Tree Watering and Fertilization

Little Boy Watering Plants

In our last blog, we talked about soil types affecting the availability and uptake of plant nutrients.  Sandy soils , which drain quickly, may not have sufficient N, P and K due to leaching, as the water rapidly leaves a sand area. Over the years rains can remove a lot of nutrients from a porous area to the garden. Regular watering is needed to establish new trees and may move materials away also, from sandy planting mix. If you could see a cross section of the soil draining, the water you are applying moves rapidly out of the sand in a more pointed, dagger like profile.

Evergreen Tree Fertilization

Evergreen Privacy Screening

  Early spring is the time to fertilize the evergreen trees of your privacy screen. Visiting our clients sites over the last 3 years, we see most Living Fence evergreens need fertilization. The past few rainy years has most likely leached most of the nitrogen from our garden soils. One year we even had 70 … Continue reading Evergreen Tree Fertilization

Eco-Friendly Christmas Trees

U. S. National Christmas Trees in 2012

Picking out a live Christmas tree has become a tradition for many families. Oh the fun in walking amongst the trees to find just the right one to fit the space and have the perfect shape. Getting the tree home and to stand up right in the stand without falling over well, that can be … Continue reading Eco-Friendly Christmas Trees

Still Time to Plant Before the End of the Year!

Living Fence installation by Pryor's Nursery

Fall is a great time for planting. As temperatures cool, transplanting is less stressful on plants as they slowly become dormant with less new growth,

How Tall Are The Evergreen Trees We Grow Locally?

Green Giant Evergreen Tree

The largest evergreen trees for privacy screening that we grow and transplant, are 15 feet tall Thuja Green Giant Arborvitaes. For almost 40 years we have successfully planted large green giant privacy screens throughout the Baltimore/Washington  area. Our green giant trees are grown from rooted cuttings at Pryor's Nursery in Damascus, Maryland.   On our website we … Continue reading How Tall Are The Evergreen Trees We Grow Locally?

Bag Worm Control

Bag worm damage on evergreen branches

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

Home of the Original Nellie Stevens Holly

Sun or shade Nellies do well.

   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, home of the original Nellie Stevens Holly, is where ~ 100 years ago, gardener Nellie R. Stevens experimented with holly cross breeding and cultivated a new variety which … Continue reading Home of the Original Nellie Stevens Holly