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
It is very IMPORTANT that you FREQUENTLY check the soil moisture content at the base of each evergreen tree.
Bagworms are easy to control when they are young and there is minimal damage to the plant. Look for bagworms in late June. Use the Fourth of July as a reminder date. The bagworms will be very small at this time and are easy to stop with most any product. They may be as small as a … Continue reading Bagworm Treatment
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
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
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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
This time of year is when the Nellie Stevens Holly casts off any damaged leaves from last year, those are the yellow leaves you see falling to the ground.
Creating privacy screening can provide enormous curb appeal. Not only do the current owners benefit from the beauty and privacy provided by the living fence, but buyers prefer private outdoor living spaces. Neighborhoods are squeezing homes on smaller lots which means privacy is lacking for all the homeowners. No one wants to be looking straight … Continue reading Can Living Fence Privacy Screening Enhance Property Value?
Consistently monitoring your watering is one of the most important things you can do for the success of your Living Fence.