Tree and Shrub Rain Garden Design

Tree and Shrub Rain Garden Design

Turn a moist or poorly drained area of your yard into a beautiful garden that provides year round color and habitat for songbirds. The trees and shrubs in this design have been selected both for their beauty and their ability to thrive in moist areas.

Rain Garden Specifications:

Included Species:

1 – Sweetbay Magnolia

3 – Redosier Dogwood

3 – Winterberry Holly

Hardiness Zone:

5-7

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Older Tree Care

Question: I have a few older trees and I am concerned that they may not be safe.  What should I do?

Answer: Winter is a good time for safety inspections of older trees.  Trees with decay or other obvious problems and those in potentially dangerous locations should be inspected by a professional arborist.  You can find arborists in your area who are certified by the International Society of Arboriculture and clicking on  Find an Arborist.

If you do you own visual inspection start at the top or bottom of the tree and work carefully to the other end.

Look for signs of trouble such as:

Cavities

Broken Branches

Branch Stubs

Limbs that Cross and Rub

Gouges or Unnaturally Loose or Peeling Bark

Bare branches at this time of year make it easier to spot problems.  Winter is also an excellent time to contact a tree care company to do any corrective pruning that will make your tree safer.  Most companies are less busy at this time of year, and in colder climates the frozen soil will help prevent soil compaction by workers or vehicles.  Then, too, insects and diseases are less likely to be attracted to branch cuts during dormancy.

8 Great All Season Trees

All season trees add a lot of interest to your yard, providing a spectacle of changing colors throughout all four seasons. Here is a pick of 8 great all season trees guaranteed to brighten up your yard.

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Bone Up on Your Evergreens!

It’s easy to ignore evergreens when the yard is loaded with flowers. Often called the “bones” of the landscape, some evergreens are about as sexy during the summer as just that — bones. The “flesh” draws all the attention when times are good: flowers, bolder and more sensual, steal the show while warm winds blow.

But when Old Man Winter arrives in the North, blowing icy gusts that chill us to the bone, we rediscover our admiration for that mousy little Blue Star juniper over there in the corner. It’s not that the evergreen, itself has changed; it’s just that the deciduous flowering plants around it have been deprived of foliage and flower alike. Evergreens have become the only game in town, a rare commodity. Suddenly, their stock price soars. Read more…