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Monthly Archives: June 2016

Know More About Landscape Mistakes

landscape-mistakeGreat finishing can increase the value of your home grounds and make them less demanding to tend to. Inadequately done finishing not just can cost you a great deal of squandered dollars and exertion, it can make an unappealing and difficult to keep up yard and patio nursery.

How to get things off to a decent begin? Keep away from the “Main 10 Landscape Mistakes” and you’ll be en route to sound, appealing plantings. Incorporated by Paul Pugliese of the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service, this rundown of scene “no-nos” contains a word of wisdom, regardless of where in the nation you cultivate.

For example, mistake number one is leaving burlap, ropes, or wire cages on the rootballs of newly planted trees or shrubs. The root restriction they can cause may result in “pot-bound” plant in the ground or a girdling root slowly killing a tree years after it goes in the ground. Number five on the list is one of the most common mistakes — not taking into account the mature height and spread of a tree or shrub and placing it where it doesn’t have sufficient room to develop. Or how about piling up mulch “volcanoes” around tree trunks, which can lead to rot, or applying too much fertilizer, which can harm plants, contribute to water pollution, and waste money?

Pugliese doesn’t just tell you what not to do; he also gives suggestions for correct landscaping practices. Don’t plant too deep; instead look for the root flare on the trunk and set the plant so the flare is level or slightly above grade.

Planting Trees, Here Its Tips

Purchase trees and bushes exposed root, in compartments, or with roots and soil wrapped in burlap. Uncovered root plants are the most efficient. There’s no overwhelming soil to oversee or holders to plant. Be that as it may, exposed root plants, which incorporate just deciduous or generally lethargic plants, for example, roses and natural product trees, are typically accessible just from winter to early spring. You can purchase plants in holders and burlap all through the developing season. Plants in compartments are normally the most advantageous to buy however you may trade off the cost, simplicity of taking care of, and accessibility. Plants with roots wrapped in burlap might be substantial and hard to handle. Here are the means for planting a tree.

Tools and Materials

  • Tape measure
  • Tree or shrub
  • Shovel or spade
  • Water and nozzle
  • Bark or other organic mulch

Site the Tree. Research the mature size of your tree and measure to locate the hole at the proper site. For example, measure a circle 6 feet across, if the plant label says the tree will spread to 6 feet. Note its height in relation to your house, windows, overhead wires, and views. Mark the center of the planting hole where the mature plant can grow without rubbing against buildings or obstructing utilities, traffic, or desirable views.

Dig the hole. Measure the depth and width of the soil in your tree’s container. Dig a hole to that depth and two to three times wider. Pile the excavated soil to the side to be used later. Loosen the soil around the sides of the hole to help roots penetrate into the native soil. Don’t loosen the soil at the bottom of the hole because the disturbed soil may settle and leave the tree planted too deeply.

Plant the tree. Slip the tree out of its pot or remove the burlap and ties. Prune off only those roots that tightly circle the trunk or are broken. With your hand, loosen and gently spread roots that circle the root ball. Set your tree in the hole, and lay a shovel handle across hole to check the planting depth. The top of the root ball should just touch the shovel handle. Add or remove soil until the top of the root ball is at the appropriate level.

If planting a bare-root tree, shape a small mound of soil in the center of the planting hole, and adjust the tree height until the base of the plant is at the correct level. Spread the roots over the mound of soil without bending or breaking them.

Fill the hole and water. Fill the hole half full with the excavated soil. Water thoroughly and allow to drain. Fill with the remaining soil and rake it gently into a low mound over the planting hole. Pull the soil away from the trunk to form a 4 to 6-inch-high, doughnut-shaped ring around the outside of the planting hole. Water again gently.

If you’re planting in very poor soil, or if you are planting a container-grown plant in a lightweight soil mix, amend the excavated soil with 1/3 compost before backfilling.

Mulch your newly planted shrub with 2 to 4 inches of shredded bark to conserve moisture and prevent weeds. Keep the mulch 1 to 2 inches away from the trunk.


Select trees and shrubs that thrive in your specific soil, sun exposure, and climate. Plants that need moist soil will languish in sandy, dry soil, for example.

Choose shrubs and trees with more than one season of interest. Look for attractive foliage, branching, flowers, fruit, and bark.

Pick The Best Roses

Part of the mission of the American Rose Society (ARS) is the evaluation of newly-released roses. After three years of assessment, each rose is assigned a rating that is included in their annually publishedHandbook for Selecting Roses.

But recognizing that, as a rose is grown more widely over the years, its initial rating may become outdated, the ARS also began reviewing the ratings of established varieties periodically. They have just released the results of their first Quinquennial (Five Year) Survey, done in 2010, in which approximately 500 rose growers evaluated the ratings of all roses introduced before 2000.

As in past surveys, some of the highest rated roses showed a slight decline, but overall the rating of as many roses increased as declined. Ratings range from 9.3-10 for “One of the best roses ever” and 8.8-9.2 for “An outstanding rose in the top 1%” to 0.0-6.0 for “Not recommended” for over 3000 roses now in commerce in North America.

And what roses came out on top? The Noisette rose ‘Reve d’Or’, with medium yellow double blooms, maintained its top billing, with a score of 9.2, although it now shares the spotlight with two species roses, White Rugosa Rose (Rosa rugosa alba), with single, white blossoms and Lady Banks’ Rose (Rosa banksiae banksiae) (pictured), with double, white flowers, both of which also received a 9.2 rating. Interestingly, in spite of all the new rose varieties released each year, all three of these top-rated roses are heirloom varieties. Reve d’Or dates to 1869, Lady Banks’ to 1807 and the white Rugosa to 1784.