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 […]

Weeping Japanese Maple Trees

Acer japonicum - Japanese Maple

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Upright Japanese Maples – Beyond Emperor I

Japanese Maple - Acer japonica

Most of us are familiar with upright red leaf Japanese maple trees. They are a common sight in front yards and can be beautiful specimens which stand out if taken care of. Commonly these are Bloodgood or Emperor I cultivars which reach to a height of about 20′. However this height and color may not […]

Plan to Prune Trees and Shrubs

When early spring arrives, one of the first landscape tasks will be pruning some of your plants. Pruning ornamentals really means “thinning” them: selectively cutting back individual limbs to a side branch or main trunk. What you probably don’t want to do is to “hedge” your plant, or cut all branches to the same length. […]

Shape your Crape the Right Way

Crape myrtle adds beauty to landscapes. It is hardy, drought resistant, and relatively disease free. Such a marvelous ornamental deserves our care and respect. So please, whatever you do, don’t “murder” your crape. That’s actually what landscapers jokingly call it when people cut back a crape myrtle’s large limbs and leave only stumps. What happens […]

Landscape Design: Is Leyland Cypress Your Best Bet for Privacy?

Gardeners who want to hide an undesirable view, create privacy, or add curb appeal often use the fast-growing Leyland cypress in their landscapes­. This popular tree grows two to three feet a year and creates a thick hedge of limbs and leaves. But the Leyland cypress may not be your best choice for screening, because […]