Mostly Shrubs for a Low-Maintenance Superstar Garden by Susan Harris

There’s nothing like working to improve city landscaping to turn you into a realist, having abandoned what you really want for what’s most likely to happen, given the usual constraints of manpower and budget. In my last post I showed readers the sad, unweeded state of one of my town’s most prominent perennial beds and suggested it needed to be returned to turfgrass. (Please read about the constraints of the site before freaking out.) But this post is a happy story already because just across the parking lot is our equally historic Roosevelt Center (named because the town was created as a project of the New Deal) and here the beds look great with almost no maintenance – thanks to full-grown shrubs. Yes they’re the common ‘Anthony Waterer’ and even commoner Nandina domestica, which probably wouldn’t be chosen today, but it’s thriving and a popular place for birds nests. Above is a panorama shot of the most common pedestrian approach into Roosevelt Center on the right. You can see ther..
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Handle with Care: Tips for Trees Before Planting

Tree Care Handle with Care: Tips for Trees Before Planting By Sheereen Othman | June 15, 2018 You’ve done your homework. You found the right tree for the right place. Your planting site is ready, and you have all the tools you need. Now what? Planting a tree should be easy (and fun). Even though trees are hardy creatures, they still require care when taking them home from a nursery or picking one up at a tree giveaway. Ask an Arborist: How do I Choose a Nursery Tree? Here are 6 tips to keep in mind when you bring a new tree home. Don’t pick a tree up by the trunk. Always carry or lift it by the rootball or container. Tie trees securely to your car so that they don’t roll around. Rolling trees have the potential to crack the root ball and break roots. If the root ball of your tree is wrapped in plastic*, don’t leave it in the sun and let the roots overheat. Keep it in the shade or take the plastic off. *Sometimes nurseries wrap root balls in plastic to prevent moisture ..
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