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Trees are a great source of beauty, shade, and even fruit and nuts. Planting trees in your yard or garden not only provides a place to escape the heat of the summer, they protect the soil from erosion and increase your property value.
The tips in this section will help you care for the trees in your garden. From fertilizing to getting rid of dead wood, you'll find what you need to keep things looking good. Additionally, there are tips on removing the trees that have either become sick or are no longer needed in your landscape plan.
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Do you have a young tree that is simply growing too quickly to produce any type of fruit? Perhaps you want to limit the growth of that ornamental tree so it doesn't become quite so big. Bark ringing is one of the best ways that you can do this, and still keep all the tree's limbs intact. Be careful though, or if you do this procedure wrong, you can cause some serious harm to your trees.
Basic Principles of Pruning
Pruning is one of the most basic methods that you have of taking care of your plants, shrubs, and trees. However, not everyone knows what the basic principles of pruning are, and this can lead to some rather costly mistakes. Knowing and keeping to the basic principles of pruning can make a nice landscape into a fantastic one.
Best Times for Pruning
Often one of the most confusing things about gardening is learning when to prune. While it is not necessarily fatal to your trees, shrubs, or flowers if you prune incorrectly, you still run the risk of damaging your plants. That is why you should always learn the best times for pruning, regardless of what types of plants you have.
Can Moss Kill a Tree?
Finding moss on your trees can very easily leave a homeowner confused and worried. After all while it may look enchanting, it certainly can't be good for the tree, right? Well if you are interested in the answer to the question "Can moss kill a tree," then you have come to the right place.
Caring for Flowering Dogwood
Thinking about landscaping your yard or garden? The flowering dogwood could be the answer to your landscaping needs. Find out more about this beautiful tree in this article.
Caring for Kwanzan Cherry Trees
Have you ever been to Washington, D.C., New York City's Central Park, or even to Japan? If so, then chances are you have seen the beautiful Kwanzan cherry tree. These trees can be a beautiful addition to your landscape if you only know the proper way of caring for Kwanzan cherry trees. It's not all that hard.
Choosing a Weeping Tree
A weeping tree can be a wonderful addition to any landscape, and can often lend a grace and elegance that can enhance the look you want. That is if you go about choosing a weeping tree that will work. Make sure that you are choosing a weeping tree that will enhance, not detract from your landscape design by following these suggestions.
Choosing the Right Tree Fertilizer
Trees need nutrients to grow. If these nutrients are not found in the ground, fertilizer will have to be used. Your options while using fertilizer is either organic or inorganic. Inorganic is good if your tree needs a quick dosage, and your soil is generally good. Organic fertilizer is good for improving your soil over time, but takes longer to decompose and is generally more expensive.
Colorful Fall Landscapes
The Autumn season can be one of the most beautiful seasons of all for your landscape without even trying. However, if you plan ahead you can have truly colorful fall landscapes. You will be amazed at the results you get from planting the right trees, shrubs and flowers.
Do Your Own Tree Removal
If you have trees around your home, then chances are you have at least thought of tree removal at one point or another. When the time comes to actually remove a tree, it is surprisingly easy to do your own tree removal. Here's how.
Getting Rid of Tent Worms
Tent worms are disgusting little creatures that will infest and eat your tree. These tent worms will go away on their own naturally, but not before eating at least part of the growth on your tree. You can remove these insects with insecticide, but this can be dangerous. You can also kill off tent worms by squishing them or cutting them, then throwing them in bags to be hauled off. Any method should be done early morning or late evening.
Getting Rid of Tent Worms - Video
Tent worms are these disgusting little bugs, and they'll get in your tree, and they'll literally eat it and kill it. But I say, how about we kill the tent worms before they kill our tree. Keep watching, and I'll show you how.
Growing a Flowering Fence
Are you tired of using the same old style of fencing for your yard? If so, why not use something called a flowering fence? These types of fences are beautiful, and can add a touch of the unique to your home. Best of all, growing a flowering fence is surprisingly easy.
How to Cut Down a Tree
No matter how well you take care of the trees around your yard, there will come a time when you find yourself needing to cut one of them down. Learning how to cut down a tree properly can help save you time, energy, and even from injury. Just be sure that you read carefully before you begin.
How to Transplant a Tree
Transplanting a tree is a little more involved that digging a hole and plopping it in. A few extra considerations come into play. Taking the appropriate steps can make this process easier and improve the likelihood of your tree's survival. Not to mention it will also help the tree look better as well.
One of the most beneficial tasks a person can do for the health of a tree is to mulch it properly. Not only can mulch maintain proper water and moisture levels, it also minimizes weed growth and improves soil structure. Follow these handy tips to discover how to properly mulch your trees.
Planting and Caring for Pine Trees
Pine trees are not only a perennial holiday favorite they can be an extremely attractive addition to your landscape design. However, to get the most out of your new trees then you are going to need to know the basics of planting and caring for pine trees. Luckily this isn't that difficult of a task.
If you are looking to spruce up your yard in some way, why not consider planting trees? While the task may be somewhat labor intensive, it is still one that most homeowners can complete within a day. All you need to do is follow these steps to get the job done the right way.
Removing a Tree from Your Yard
Believe it or not, there are laws in some states that say that you cannot cut down certain species of trees, even if you own the tree and the property. Check with your local cooperative extension about the laws governing the tress in your area. You also may need to secure a permit before felling a tree on your property.
Removing an Entire Tree
You can remove a tree in your yard with lot of care and lots of work. If you want to cut the tree down yourself, be extremely careful that it will not fall on anything. Then, apply the techniques briefly discussed in this tip.
Removing Dead Wood
Dead wood on your tree can be unsightly, and can also make fruit trees not grow as well. You do not need to remove dead wood on most trees unless it bothers you, or if it can cause damage to your house. It is easiest to remove the dead wood in the spring when the leaves start to grow, since dead wood will not have any growth on it. Be careful not to unbalance the tree, since that can damage your tree irreparably.
Reviving Old Trees
If you are thinking of getting rid of an old tree, but aren't exactly sure of whether or not you should, why not try to revive it a bit? There are a few things that you can do to start reviving old trees, and most of them don't require any additional money, and only a bit of work on your part.
Small Trees Can Become Very Big Trees
When planting a tree, you need to think ahead to how big the tree can get. Large trees with long roots can be dangerous to your home. Roots can destabilize your foundation, ruin your pavement, damage your pipes, and lower your property values. Make sure to plant any trees that can grow large far away from your home, or if you have a small yard, to only plant small trees.
Using Mulch to Protect Trees
Mulch is a great way to protect your trees and make gardening a lot easier. When properly laid down, it not only shields the roots from the heat but also makes it so you don't have to weed as much.
What is Grafting?
If you have been around nurseries and tree farms then chances are fairly good that you have at least heard of the term grafting before. But what is grafting? Do you know the simple answer to this question? To learn a little bit more about grafting just keep reading.
When Should You Graft Trees?
Deciding when you should graft trees can be a little confusing if you have never done it before. But for all its confusion, there are some rather simple guidelines that you can use to ensure that you are doing it at the proper time. Knowing what these guidelines are is a good first step in learning the whole grafting process.
When to Rake the Lawn
Whether it is due to the annual change of weather or because of a sudden storm there are times when we have to rake the leaves up from our lawns. But when is the best time to do this? Here are some guidelines that you can use to not only decide when to rake the lawn, but also how to do it the right way.
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