June 27th, 2009
Meet some low-water, low-care trees and shrubs with author and horticulturist Mary Irish.
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Tips of the Week
Make sure plants are adequately watered. It's not enough to put your thumb on the end of the hose and sprinkle a bit. Try this: water, let the water pool up and then run off. Now, stick in your finger or a trowel and see how deep it really is wet. I bet you'll see that it's pretty dry past the first 1/2” or so.
It's much better to give your plants (especially the trees and shrubs that you planted since last fall) a really deep soaking and then let it dry out.
It's time to shape up the fall perennials. Anything that blooms in fall should be lightly shaped now to encourage fuller growth and lots of flowers in a few months.
Mulch container plants to conserve their moisture.
Keep deadheading plants.
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Question of the Week
My trees are losing pieces of bark. What does this mean?
Shrubs and Trees