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Category: Trees
09 Oct
2019

The Hopeful Hemlock

Are you familiar with the Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)? I hope so, because that means the tireless work of a whole lot of North Georgia volunteers is paying off in increased awareness of the tree’s beauty and value—and of the plight that is threatening its survival. If you’ve hiked the slopes, ridges and ravines of..

02 Oct
2019

Fall To-Do….Or Not

Avid gardeners and piddlers, alike, know there are plenty of chores to busy ourselves with in the autumn months—in case we’re not busy enough already. You know, tidying up, maintaining tools, organizing and planning. But today, I’m going to focus on what I believe are the two most important things you should be doing right..

18 Aug
2018

Eastern Hemlocks for Homeowners

  The hemlock plays an important ecological role in our eastern forests. It is considered a foundational species which means a hemlock forest creates and defines an entire ecological community within itself. They are known as the ‘redwood of the east’ and like a redwood forest, a hemlock forest has an ecological system which is..

23 Jul
2018

Why You Want to Plant a Sourwood Tree

  Sourwood Oxydendrum arboreum is one of our most beautiful native trees and a stand out in an ornamental landscape design. This small tree preforms well in cultivation and offers multi seasonal beauty so it’s difficult to understand why they aren’t used in home gardens more often. They are low maintenance, adaptable, have no serious..

05 Mar
2018

Small to Mid Size Native Trees for Fall Color

When homeowners consider adding a small tree to a landscape design they are most likely going to consider size and flowering. However, in order to create a high impact design, there is more to selecting a tree than these two qualifications. You should also think of the canopy shape, environmental needs and multi seasonal interest...

26 Feb
2018

Mid Size Native Trees for Home Landscapes

Trees are the foundation of any landscape design and should be selected carefully. Native trees are always a first choice due to the fact that they survive well after all, you will be planting them their native environment. Most smaller yards cannot support canopy sized native trees however there are options for small and mid..

26 Jan
2018

Weeping Japanese Maple Trees

Japanese maples are much sought after trees for southern landscapes and the weeping forms can be among the most beautiful. They are stunning as front yard specimens, near an entryway or can even be planted in containers. Due to the delicate lace leaf foliage, weeping Japanese maples can easily burn in hour hot Georgia sun...

01 Jan
2018

Small Trees for Pollinator and Butterfly Gardens

Trees for Pollinator and Butterfly Gardens Carefully considering which trees to plant when designing a garden for butterflies and pollinators is crucial. Simply die to their size, a tree can offer a lot of food at once to wildlife. You can create a pollinator friendly yard and still have an attractive landscape by including the..

28 Aug
2017

Trees for Bird Garden Design – Backyard Habitat

Attracting Wild Birds with Trees – Backyard Habitat Ideas Trees are an important element of successful bird garden design. They offer shelter and protection from predators, nesting sites as well as may provide a food source for songbirds. Trees which produce fruit or berries for birds will ensure that they visit your yard! A good..

16 Jul
2017

Best Large Privacy Screen Trees

Many homeowners have large, open areas where they wish to plant a privacy hedge, windbreak or property border screen. Leland cypress has long been a popular choice but as mentioned in a previous post, it may not be the best one. Leyland cypress has become a problem tree due to pests and disease and many..