Pryor’s Nursery Living Fence Blog

Nellie Stevens Holly

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?

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

Fall – A Time for Lawn Maintenance

Late August through mid October is the ideal time for lawn rejuvenation in our transition zone. Wait until after a rain to core-aerate or verti-slice the cool season turf grass areas. This way, the soil is soft enough for the machine to penetrate 1/2″ to 1″ deep for the seed prep work. Soil to seed … Continue reading Fall – A Time for Lawn Maintenance