Flowers, Trees and Shrub Tips




1. What is the difference between annual and perennial?

Annuals must be replanted every year and perennials return for several years

2. Should I trim ornamental grass?

Ornamental grasses, like pampas grass and liriope, are trimmed during the winter months.

3. What is the purpose of mulch?

Mulch keeps the top of the soil loose to absorb the essential elements: air, water nutrients. Also, the decaying mulch builds the top soil. It also shades the soil to keep weeds at bay, provides insulation to the root zone in the winter, and helps retain moisture during the growing season.

4. When should I have my shrubs pruned?

Different shrubs require different pruning schedules.

5. How should I prune crape myrtles?

Crape myrtles are pruned in late winter to early spring (before new growth starts). Since flowers are produced on new growth, it is not necessary to prune the crape myrtle. However, you may want to shape it to produce the look you want. You can find more information on pruning techniques in the following links:

6. Should shrubs be fertilized?

Flowering shrubs, such as azaleas, gardenias, camellias, and roses, need to be fertilized annually. Other shrubs with thinning or yellowing leaves and signs of disease are showing symptoms of stress. Stressed and declining shrubs should be fertilized as needed to achieve a healthy condition.

7. What is deep root feeding?

Deep root feeding is a high pressure injection directly into the root zone. It not only puts the product at the root zone (where it is most effective), but also aerifies the soil and stimulates root growth. This is a standard process for tree care. We have adopted it to use on ornamental trees and shrubs.

8. What is tree banding and do I need it?

Tree “banding” protects specific trees in our area from cankerworms. These worms lay eggs in the trees and the newborn larvae eat the foliage. Cankerworms won’t kill the tree right away, but years of repeated stress from loss of foliage could result in the death or decline of the tree. We band in the fall to prevent the female cankerworm from crawing up the trunk of the tree to lay her eggs.