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

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

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

Why do we “deck our halls with boughs of holly”?

Red 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.

Time to Water Your Living Fence

Watering Can watering plants

It is very IMPORTANT that you FREQUENTLY check the soil moisture content at the base of each evergreen tree.