Ready your Pond for Winter

GETTING YOUR POND READY FOR WINTER By the Pond Lady Signs of autumn are springing up everywhere. Leaves are turning colors, birds are gathering for their flight south, pumpkins and apples are being harvested and the blankets are being put back onto the beds. Sunscreen is being traded for sweaters and sweatshirts. Water lilies and other vegetation in your pond […]

Garden Poems and Verses

You can submit your garden poems to the webmaster. Prayer in a Garden Today the world seemed cruel, but evening hours Were filled with perfume from forgotten flowers. I saw again familiar filigree Of moonlight through my lacy Lilac tree; I heard the robins stirring in their nest; And saw the path that fairy feet had pressed; Reflected stars were […]

Soil Conditions for Select Trees – Tree

Soil Conditions for Select Trees – Tree Hardy trees are surprisingly tolerant of soil conditions provided drainage is good. Many come from mountains where soil is not deep, except in the river valleys. Where the soil is well drained, the limiting factor for a number of species is the amount of lime present. Many trees growing naturally on acid or […]

Planting a Tree – How to plant

Planting a Tree A tree will normally outlive its planter. However, if it is given a good start the planter will be rewarded all the earlier by vigorous growth. Do not attempt to plant a tree in unsuitable soil. The choice having been made, you should assure yourself that you are buying stock of good quality. Broad-leaved trees (deciduous or […]

How to Plant Trees – Tree

How to Plant Tree Trees are the most long-lived growing features in any garden. Once they are well established, it is very difficult to move them; pruning them if they become too big is difficult, needing skilled workmanship, and is never a permanent solution to the problems of excessive roots and over-extensive shading that arise. Since the early 1900’s the […]

How to Prune a tree

Tree Maintenance and pruning The area round the base of the tree should be kept weeded until it is well established. Watch the tie regularly and keep it from becoming too tight, ie, allow a little play. Strangulation may cause great damage. Remove the stake only when the tree is absolutely firm-this will take at least three -years. To keep […]

Lacebark

Her nickname was ‘Lacebark’ Pinus bungeana by Ketzel Levine Her nickname was ‘Lacebark’ and she was a living mosaic, pieced together from alabaster, ivory, amber, and jade. You know the type, with cheeks that put the glow of the moon to shame. I’d never met anyone like her, and probably never would have, had I not glanced through the Personals […]

Pests and diseases of trees

Pests and diseases of trees Those affecting ornamental trees can be divided into three main classes: disease due to bacterial or fungal action, damage caused by insects and damage caused by animals (including birds). Of the first, the most seriously affected trees are members of the rose family (Bosaceae). Bacterial canker attacks cherries and plums. It is associated with the […]

Plant Protection from Sun and Heat

Plant protection from Sun and Heat The gardener must at times give plants protection against too intense light and against excessively high temperatures. Damage from intense light is most likely to occur when naturally shade-loving plants are exposed to direct, strong sunshine; when sun-loving plants, comparatively soft and tender from being grown in a greenhouse or cold frame, are transferred […]

Winter Protection for Plants

Winter Protection for Plants In winter, low temperatures as well as too intense light, lack of water (when the soil is frozen the moisture in it cannot be absorbed by the roots), and wind may cause damage. Some harm is directly due to the effects of below freezing temperatures on the tissues of tender plants; other damage is indirect—for example, […]