Vacation Planning Website

By on Jan 4, 2013 in Summer |

Wanted to share with you a great website for my “all things horticultural friends” planning to do a little traveling this summer. Interested in seeing a “shoe tree” or giant raspberries? How about a giant apple, ear of corn or the Jolly Green Giant muscular and tall (55 ft.) from consumption of all those healthy vegetables? How about the ever popular bicycle eaten by a tree on Vashon Island Washington? You can go out on a limb and form your own theories on how it got there. Check it out and begin dreaming of eating an ice cream cone this coming July while having your picture taken next to the world’s biggest watermelon.

Oh Deer

By on Nov 16, 2012 in Fall |

Oh deer….time to protect those trees from deer damage. As deer remove velvet from antlers and during their pre-mating and mating season (often referred to as the rut) they can do significant damage to young trees in the suburban landscape. I’ve read that a typical male whitetail deer “rubs” from 400 to 800 trees in a season. Our suburban environment invites in wildlife because our habitat is better than theirs. We set the table by planting grass, trees, vegetable gardens, and we put out birdseed, mulch and garbage. No wonder they want to crash the party. Check out this young tree just planted by my neighbor replacing a previously deer damaged tree in his yard. I’m going to wrap my trees tonight and protect them….not tonight deer!

Oh Citrus tree oh Citrus tree….how lovely are your branches

By on Dec 9, 2011 in Christmas |

Video of my daughter Angie in North Carolina picking out a Christmas tree. We all know the benefit of the fragrance of a fresh cut Christmas tree. Angie discovers that there is more than the “pine” scent emulated by the rear view mirror air freshners or the sweet smell of a Douglas Fir. Watch as she discovers the magic of Concolor Fir………

Make your Christmas “Greens” come true!

By on Dec 3, 2011 in Christmas |

When it comes to your Christmas tree it’s not much different than a tree in your landscape… needs “re-hydration” when nature calls so to speak. Foliage or in this case needles transpire like people perspire when things warm up. In the case of an evergreen they’ll transpire indoors when you turn up the heat. Due to a decrease in hydrostatic water pressure in the needles as they transpire the tree “pulls” water upward through the xylem to re-hydrate the tree. The same applies to trees and plants in your landscape. The big difference of course is that the Christmas tree in your living room has no roots to reach out. You have to reach out and provide the water to your tree so the “FMC” does not drop to unacceptable levels at which point “yule” have to reach for a vacuum cleaner. FMC is Foliage Moisture Content. Make a...

A Tough Nut to Crack

By on Nov 23, 2011 in Trees |

Everyone loves a good comeback story. The aging athlete returning to peak form in the championship game, the candidate counted out surges ahead on election night or the rock band you loved 20 years ago suddenly is in vogue again. The humble chestnut is enjoying that same resurgence lately and they’re not just for roasting anymore. American chestnut trees once covered our forests until a fungal disease wiped out almost all of them. Today many are familiar with the chestnuts roasting Christmas song but few roast or make them part of their holiday diet. The resurgence of the tree and the interest in the nuts have spurred alternate uses including holiday cheer. I noticed Michigan chestnuts are used in a Jolly Pumpkin Stone Special Holiday Ale along with white sage from California and Norwegian Juniper berries. Another Michigan produced ale uses chestnuts in a gluten free brew....