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Propagating From Cuttings
Friday October 18
The easiest cutting propagation method for trees and shrubs is to start cuttings taken in the late summer or early fall from new, but mature, growth that has not yet become completely woody. These are called semi-ripe, semi-mature, or semi-hardwood cuttings.Follow these steps to take…
Tree Topping
Friday October 11
One pruning practice that should never be used is tree topping. Topping is done in an attempt to control height or size, to prevent trees from growing into overhead power lines, to allow more light onto a property or to prevent a tall tree from…
When To Plant
Friday October 04
For the most part, trees and shrubs can be planted at any time of year, though some seasons are better for the plants and more convenient than others. Spring is a very good time to plant. It gives the tree or shrub an entire growing season…
Planning a Garden: Fast or Slow Growing
Tuesday September 24
Growth rate and lifespan, though not really aesthetic features of woody plants, are nonetheless important aspects to consider when planning a garden.A fast-growing tree or shrub that grows 24" or more a year will mature quickly and can be used to fill in space in a…
Terms to Know When Purchasing Trees and Shrubs
Tuesday September 24
Form is the general shape and growth habit of the plant. From tall and columnar to wide and gracefully weeping, trees come in a variety of shapes.Similarly, shrubs may be rounded and bushy or low and ground hugging. Form can also vary as the year…

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Sugar Maple
Monday October 21
The Sugar Maple is one of the most important Canadian trees, being, with the black maple, the major source of sap for making maple syrup. In maple syrup production from Acer saccharum, the sap is extracted from the trees using a tap placed into a hole drilled through the phloem, just inside the bark. The collected sap is then boiled. As the sap boils, the water is evaporated off and the syrup left behind. Forty gallons of maple sap are required to be boiled to produce only 1 gallon of pure syrup. - Wikipedia
Fall Witch Hazel
Tuesday October 15
The leaves and bark of the North American witch-hazel, Hamamelis virginiana, may be used to produce an astringent decoction as a cooling agent for various uses in traditional medicine, herbalism, and skincare products. This decoction was widely used for medicinal purposes by Native Americans and is typically sold in modern pharmacies as witch-hazel water and as semisolid ointments, creams, gels, and salves. - Wikipedia
Beauty Berry
Tuesday October 08
The fruit of Beauty Berry is a berry, 2–5 mm diameter and pink to red-purple with a highly distinctive metallic lustre, are very conspicuous in clusters on the bare branches after the leaves fall. The berries last well into the winter or dry season and are an important survival food for birds and other animals, though they will not eat them until other sources are depleted. The berries are highly astringent but are made into wine and jelly. - Wikipedia
Anemone
Tuesday October 01
Anemone is a genus of about 200 species of flowering plants in the family Ranunculaceae, native to temperate zones. The genus is closely related to Pulsatilla ('Pasque flower') and Hepatica; some botanists even include both of these genera within Anemone. Anemone are called "wind flowers". Anemone is derived from the Greek word anemoi, which in English means "winds". - Wikipedia
New York Aster
Tuesday September 24
Symphyotrichum novi-belgii also known as New York aster is the type species for Symphyotrichum, a genus of the family Asteraceae whose species were once considered to be Asters. This species grows in abandoned fields and wet meadows in eastern Canada and the northeastern United States.Wikipedia

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