Ornamental Trees

A Banana Enthusiast’s Notes on Banana Feeding

Nick C. grows all sorts of bananas in Gwinnett County, northwest of Atlanta. see Banana Care He has specific tips on fertilizing bananas. “I like to start slow with the chemical fertilizer in the spring about 1-2 weeks after planting...

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Banana – An Enthusiast’s Notes on Care

Some people are into plants…but a select few are REALLY INTO PLANTS! In this case, it’s bananas. Nick C. grows all sorts of bananas in Gwinnett County, northwest of Atlanta.  I want to share with you his enthusiasm and growing...

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Tree – Straightening When Blown Over

Summer or winter storms often blow over otherwise healthy trees. Here is a review of the basics of righting small trees that lean or have partially fallen. I would ONLY attempt this on trees less than 15 feet tall….nothing bigger....

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Bradford Pear – Substitutes and Alternatives

Homeowners often complain about their ‘Bradford’ pear problems. “The flowers stink!”, “The branches fall apart!”. If you have such a tree and want to replace it, there are lots of alternatives. My absolute top choice would be a tree-type crapemyrtle....

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Bradford Pear – Severely Pruned

When I spotted these poor ‘Bradford’ pears, I was horrified! Surely a knowledgeable arborist hadn’t done this! But I’m not a professional arborist so I asked someone who is: Art Morris, ISA certified arborist at Bartlett Tree Experts. My question...

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Leyland Cypress – Limited Lifespan/Drought Damage

Nothing lives forever. Whether plant or animal, living things seem to have typical life spans: some measured in centuries and some in days. Leyland cypress is enormously popular in Southern landscapes. It’s been planted by the millions.  Even so, it...

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Crapemyrtle – Fragrant

When Patricia C. saw my web page stating that crapemyrtles are not fragrant, she sent a note saying that her plant certainly does have a distinct perfume. I didn’t believe her…but she sent pictures. Now I’m going to have to...

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Assessing Tree Health – The Doctor is IN!

A neighbor had an old post oak in their back yard that was precipitously leaning toward the house. I asked Chris Hastings, owner of Arbormedics, to evaluate the tree’s health. Chris has an amazing computer-driven system that allows him to “see” inside...

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Loblolly Pine – Origin of the Name

My friend Dan C. contributes this: Having grown up in Florida, I had certainly heard of a loblolly pine, but never thought about the name. Here’s some interesting/informative information. I was reading a novel (set in the early 19th century)...

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MANY TREES IN THE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT

“It sounded like a bunch of popcorn popping in my yard” said my friend Maureen. “I looked out the back window and could see nothing but limbs and leaves!” Her fifty foot tall oak tree fell without warning one afternoon,...

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TO DIAGNOSE PLANT PROBLEMS, CONSIDER ALL THE ANGLES

I should have been a detective. As an adolescent, I devoured books about the Hardy Boys and their crime solving adventures. My friends Marcia White and Kathy Graves loaned me their copies of Nancy Drew. I read every Sherlock Holmes...

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Serviceberry (Juneberry, Shadbush) – Identification

Sometimes I’m asked for my favorite plant. While I have several, one of my favorites is serviceberry. I remember ten years ago that I needed a small tree to put next to my mailbox. I wanted something with more than...

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Yaupon Holly – Make Tea from Leaves

Yaupon holly is a native holly often used in urban landscapes. Native Americans also found it useful….but not for making their homes more attractive! The following is for information only! Yaupon Tea posted by Geoff This afternoon I made a...

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Tree Planted Too Deep – Examples

It’s heartbreaking to have an attractive young tree in your landscape begin to decline. When you examine the trunk, you may see bark at the base peeling off, splitting, or generally looking unhealthy. In my observation, these are symptoms of...

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Acorns – Heavy Crop in 2011

Many gardeners have noted a heavier than normal acorn crop in 2011. They report a constant barrage of nuts falling from white oak, water oak and red oak trees. One even carries an umbrella to protect her head while walking...

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White Mulberry vs Red Mulberry – Identification

I’m often asked to identify “that tree that has lots of blackberries hanging from it!”. Most often it is a white mulberry, Morus alba. The mulberry was originally imported from China in the 1600’s to feed silkworms in an effort...

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Girdling Tree Roots

When a root closely circles a tree trunk rather than growing outward, it is called a “girdling root”. The situation usually starts when the tree is young. Somehow a root begins circling the trunk. As it grows larger and the...

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Trees – No Tap Roots

Driving to dinner with friends after a big storm, I came upon this. A big tree next to a driveway fell and flipped over the car on the driveway! Notice one particular point – trees growing in our clay soils...

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