Top 5 Evergreens Sold through the Arbor Day Tree Nursery
By Sheereen Othman | September 28, 2017
Evergreen trees offer numerous benefits when strategically planted around your home. They provide year-round color in the winter when other trees are bare. Additionally, evergreens can be used as a living snow fence, keeping cold winds out which results in lower energy costs.
Here are the top 5 evergreen trees sold through the Arbor Day Tree Nursery.
Watch Ask an Arborist: Why Should I Plant Evergreens?
Green Giant Arborvitae (Thuja standishii x plicata ‘Green Giant‘)
The green giant arborvitae is a large, vigorous, fast-growing evergreen—shooting up by as much as 3′ per year until maturity. Its natural pyramidal to conical form boasts dense, rich green foliage that darkens or bronzes slightly in the winter.
This is an exceptional landscape tree for use as a screen, hedge or single specimen. It is also resistant to wind once established and can withstand heav..
Goldenrod and another wildflower by North/South Lakes in the Catskills
A recent post from my good friend, gardener and blogger, Gail Eichelberger, poses the question, “What’s wrong with goldenrod?” She then swiftly answers, “Nothing!”
I couldn’t agree more. Here is one of my favorite, if not THE favorite, late season plants. I rejoice when it spreads to cover entire neglected lots. I love how it pops up in inhospitable back alleys and inbetween houses. I also adore seeing it where it is welcomed: in state and national parks, along trails and around lakes and ponds. I rarely see it cultivated in gardens, and that’s too bad. There are a couple reasons for that, as Gail points out.
First people think it causes hayfever/allergic reactions. It doesn’t; that’s ragweed, which is out at the same time.
Here is another lovely stand of it in Buffalo, along Lake Erie.
Second, it is undoubtedly aggressive. I have the same philosophy as Gail on this; she notes, “I have a love affair with rough ..
Louisville’s Olmsted Parks Conservancy photo.
I drove to Cherokee Park’s Big Rock Pavilion, adjacent to Beargrass Creek, on Friday afternoon, anticipating a profusion of white bonesets, blue dayflowers and lingering yellow wingstems. I wasn’t disappointed.
But there was more.
A hundred yards downstream, I could make out rock sculptures—dozens of them. They looked, from a distance, like cairns—unmortared rock piles. I wandered down a slippery slope toward Big Rock.
A modest, young man explained what he was doing. “Piling up rocks,” he said. His stacks were fascinating, but I wondered if he realized the next heavy rainstorm was going to knock all of his work back to the Silurian streambed, if kids or the park authorities didn’t topple them first.
He wasn’t concerned. His palette of creek and fieldstones was laid down 435 million years ago, so why should he be worried what might happen over the weekend or the next millennium?
The young man introduced himself as Dennis (“like the Men..
Arbor Day Coffee
Visiting the Birthplace of Coffee: Jimma, Ethiopia
By Jon Ferguson | September 27, 2017
Have you heard the story of Kaldi the goat herder and his frolicking herd? The famous Ethiopian legend tells the story of Kaldi who noticed how excited his sheep became after eating fruit from a certain tree. Curious, Kaldi tried the fruit. Soon he was bursting with energy. After watching the odd behavior of Kaldi and his herd, a monk took some of this strange cherry fruit back to his monastery where monks spent the night awake and alert. Kaldi is often credited as the first person to discover coffee.
Second only to oil, coffee is the most valuable legally traded commodity in the world. People pay top dollar for quality coffee beans. Part of what makes a good coffee bean depends largely on how it is grown and harvested. Coffee buyers have lofty expectations for Ethiopian coffee, after all, the country has been harvesting coffee for centuries.
Harvesting Coffee in Sout..
Tree of the Week
Lacebark Elm: Tree of the Future
By James R. Fazio | September 26, 2017
Lacebark elm is a lot like a talented actor waiting as an understudy in the wings of the theater to replace a star. In this case, other elm species have been the stars and lacebark is waiting to be ‘discovered.’
It has already been found by many to be a tree worth planting. For example, it is used widely on the grounds of Disney World and in February 2006 the Colorado Tree Coalition named it “Tree of the Month.” Horticulturist Michael Dirr calls it “a tree of the future.”
Why all the enthusiasm? It is because lacebark elm has a combination of characteristics that can help fill a gap as our beloved American elms and other native elms succumb to Dutch Elm Disease. It can also stand in where the widely-planted and troublesome Siberian elm needs to be replaced.
Lacebark elm is tall, graceful and shady with a beautiful bark pattern that more closely resembles sycamore o..
October is peeking its nose up over the horizon now, shortening the days, painting the landscape, dredging up reluctant thoughts of the leaf blower and raggedy sweaters.
And yet it’s been 90 degrees here in Southern Indiana, even as the rest of the world deals with snow, torrential rains, earthquakes, forest fires, a toilet in Switzerland stuffed with 500-Euro bills and the threat of nuclear extinction.
But I am happy to report there is no frost yet on our pumpkin, and, as a result, our brugmansia is hanging out a full flush of huge, pale-orange-yellow flowers for the fourth or fifth glorious time this year. A brassy section of Angels Trumpets about eight feet tall and five feet wide.
Yes, at a time when the gardener’s mind usually runs to mums, asters, beautyberry, winterberry and next year, the most noticeable thing in our yard is a zone 9-11 tropical with dangling fragrant flowers, the living personification of a cavalry charge.
Right here in zone 5-6 Indiana.
Up until this yea..
Arbor Day Member Stories
Arbor Day Member Story: Pamela Chaiet
By Arbor Day Foundation | September 25, 2017
A Member’s Contribution Reflects Her Love and Connection with Trees
We are responsible for the future. And we are all citizens of the Earth. To live out that commitment I take great pride in supporting the Arbor Day Foundation and its mission of inspiring people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.
Meet Pamela. A writer, compassionate human being, and supporter of causes. This sense of mission and of giving back is a driving force in the life of Pamela Chaiet of Reston, Virginia. Pamela says it’s a love of trees and all of the natural world that underlies her vision of a better future.
“What the Arbor Day Foundation has accomplished in spreading the love and sense of caring for trees is remarkable,” she says, “and I want to further the work of the Foundation for future generations.”
“Trees are vital to us all,” she adds. “They give beauty, poetry, and so much m..
Jerry Baker, the self-styled “America’s Master Gardener” and highly successful huckster for home-remedy books and products died in March of this year at the age of 85. I was curious to see how the gardening world would note his passing, especially those who attacked his teachings, some repeatedly.
I myself started attacking Baker’s advice on my first garden blog in a rant that caught the attention of my future GardenRant partners Amy Stewart and Michele Owens and resulted in their inviting me to join them. I reposted the rant here and most commenters agreed that Baker was more “quack” than master gardener.
My favorite example? He recommends spraying tobacco juice on the entire garden to make it “clean, green and mean.” Organic, natural, and toxic as shit.
I was happy to see that for at least a year, my rant ranked #1 on Google for searches Baker. It’s since slipped to #5 but another page 1 Google result, on Houzz, also asks in the title if he’s a quack.
Another frequent critic of B..
The Chance of a Lifetime
By Arbor Day Foundation | September 22, 2017
Floods Destroy Family Farm and Leave Something Unexpected
Guest post by John Grassy, Montana Department of Natural Resources
Connie and Dick Iversen stood on the high bluff, watching and wondering when it might end. It was June 2011. The Missouri River below them reached a record-high flooding. For the fifth time since its construction in the 1930s, the massive spillway on the Fort Peck Dam was open and gushing water. In the flood of 1975, a record 35,000 cubic feet per second (CFS) of water poured from the dam; in June 2011, the flow exceeded 100,000 CFS at the Culbertson gauging station.
Below the bluff, 1,500 acres of the Iversen’s farm near Culbertson drowned under water. Their crops for that year were gone. Four hundred acres of sugar beets, 600 acres of malt barley, and 400 acres of grazing land, gone. The ranch road, the fencing, a center pivot and irrigation system – even an old ho..
Featured Tree Planting
Top 5 Nut Trees Sold Through the Arbor Day Tree Nursery
By Sheereen Othman | September 21, 2017
Are you considering adding nut trees or bushes to your yard? The secret to growing high-yielding nut trees is selecting the right tree for your hardiness zone and properly caring for it. Climate and soil play a key role in how much nuts a tree will produce. Proper pruning can also help nut trees bear more fruit.
Here are the top 5 nut trees sold through the Arbor Day Tree Nursery.
American Hazelnut (Corylus Americana)
hardiness zones 4-9
The American hazelnut (also known as the American filbert) is a native shrub of the eastern United States. The tasty nuts are highly prized by cooks for their easy-to-crack shells and small, sweet kernel. Squirrels love them as well … most likely for the same reasons. Hazelnut hedges can be used as windbreaks, visual screens, and to attract wildlife.
If you’re interested in planting hazelnuts for their nuts, be sure yo..