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
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
Picking out live eco-friendly Christmas trees has become a tradition for many families. Oh, the fun of walking amongst the trees to find just the right one to fit the space and have the perfect shape. Getting the tree home and standing upright in the stand without falling over well, can be an adventure too... … Continue reading Eco-Friendly Christmas Trees
Still Time to Plant Before the End of the Year!
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,
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, 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 that carries … Continue reading Home of the Original Nellie Stevens Holly
Organic Soil Amendments
Over 20 years ago, we experimented with different soil types and potting mixtures for organic soil amendments. Leafgro, which is manufactured by the state of Maryland, has proven to be an excellent addition to our planting medium. Leafgro is made of leaves and grass clippings collected from the surrounding cities. Then professionally recycled into Leafgro … Continue reading Organic Soil Amendments
Why do we “deck our halls with boughs of holly”?
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
It is very IMPORTANT that you FREQUENTLY check the soil moisture content at the base of each evergreen tree.
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!!!
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.