Evergreens You Can Use For Landscaping

Written by Paul Curran

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The juniper family is useful in planting, in tall forms such asrepparttar formal columnar juniper andrepparttar 113361 upright juniper, and as a spreading evergreen —repparttar 113362 remarkable Pfitzer juniper—for banks, ground cover and edgings. The green feathery foliage grows rapidly; can stand crowding. Height at maturity is 8 feet, spread up to 12. Ground-covering junipers include prostrate, Sargent, Waukegan and creeping varieties.

Another evergreen with feathery foliage isrepparttar 113363 hemlock. The Canadian hemlock can be sheared in a symmetrical manner. Hemlock is most effective when planted in a grove with others.

Yew, with its thick glossy needles and dense, upward-reaehing branches, is useful as both shrub and tree, growing well in sun and shade. Try using it not inrepparttar 113364 usual manner as foundation planting only — but as a single handsome specimen against a wall ofrepparttar 113365 garden. The low-spreading bushy dwarf yew can be clipped well. Other varieties are upright yew and Japanese yew, a tapering or conical tree or shrub used for hedges.

Evergreens tend to be adversely affected by hot, dry summer weather and should be watered every 10 to 14 days at this time. Be surerepparttar 113366 water reachesrepparttar 113367 deep-root growth, at least 6 inches deep.

A mulch of grass clippings or peat moss will also protectrepparttar 113368 tree from loss of water in dry weather. Pruning in late spring before new buds appear seems to help an evergreen thrive. Prune so thatrepparttar 113369 inner branches can develop andrepparttar 113370 tree or shrub is more compact.

Formal trees can be kept trim, with no ragged branches sticking out, and badly shaped or deformed trees can be corrected through shaping. Evergreens are susceptible to "winterburn" from too much wind and winter sun, so that they dry up and their branches crack underrepparttar 113371 weight of snow orrepparttar 113372 force of wind. A precaution is to water them deeply beforerepparttar 113373 ground freezes inrepparttar 113374 late fall.

They may also be protected in winter by screens of burlap or straw mats. Where wind and winter sun are not too strong, shielding only onrepparttar 113375 sunny side is necessary. Burlap boxes or covers should be well ventilated. Thin, tall shrubs or small evergreen trees may be tied with strips of cloth, so thatrepparttar 113376 branches will not crack. Old trees with heavy limbs may be propped with boards to prevent breakage under heavy snow or ice.

Paul Curran is CEO of Cuzcom Internet Publishing Group and webmaster at Trees-and-Bushes.com, providing access to their nursery supplier for a range of quality plants, trees, bushes, shrubs, seeds and garden products.Visit their trees section to find a great selection for your garden

Organic Lawn Care

Written by Hans Dekker

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A mulching mower solves two problems in organic lawn care with just a few swipes of its blades. First of all, when mowing, always keep a high clip (2 ˝ to 3 inches) unless it’s your final mowing inrepparttar fall. Short grass clippings and especially fine mulch from a mulching mower will fall in betweenrepparttar 113360 cut blades of grass and reachrepparttar 113361 soil where they quickly decay, adding nitrogen and other nutrients to your soil. Because grass is very efficient in its use of nitrogen, composting your lawn with grass clippings can radically cut down on your fertilization needs. Grass clippings alone can contribute up to two pounds ofrepparttar 113362 two to six pounds per 1000 square feet that your lawn needs to stay healthy.

During dry seasons, an organic lawn care basic is to water your lawn infrequently but deeply. Deep watering forces grass roots down while over-watering allows them to remain nearrepparttar 113363 top. Deeply rooted lawns better compete with invasive weeds.

In addition to helping your lawn retain moisture, annual lawn aeration is one organic lawn care method of giving easy growing room to roots and provides circulation forrepparttar 113364 colonies of critters that tend your soil. The best time to aerate your lawn is inrepparttar 113365 spring. Not only will spring aeration break uprepparttar 113366 compaction of frost and snow accumulated during winter, spring rains also help aeration clumps decay quickly, further enriching your topsoil.

Hans is the owner and one of the editors of The Lawn Mower Guide a Collection of Articles about Lawn Mowers and Lawn Care

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