Comments for LandscapeAdvisor Grow your landscape business and reputation with great work Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:42:43 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on How To Prune Upright Junipers by Roger Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:42:43 +0000 Barbara,
In my area (northeast) many of the landscape maintenance contractors prune during the summer. I think there are a few reasons for this. For one, the plants have gone through their growth cycle and customers are wanting the plants “shaped”. Also, the maintenance contractor’s work schedule is now pretty much under control. The crazy spring schedule with clean-ups, fertilizing, mulching, color plantings, etc. is done. They’re now able to devote time to pruning.

The reality is this summer pruning is not always the best time to prune (depending on the type of plant), but many landscape contractors really don’t concern themselves with all the specifics of proper pruning. This is a whole topic of discussion.

In short, you can prune your juniper now (late winter) and they’ll be ready for the spring and the new growing season.

Comment on How To Prune Upright Junipers by Barbara Haschmann Mon, 19 Feb 2018 04:11:58 +0000 Dear Roger,
Websites say to prune junipers in late spring or early winter, but a landscaper I hired says it can’t be done until June. Whom do I believe? I would much prefer to do it NOW.
Thank you,

Comment on How To Prune Upright Junipers by Roger Sun, 18 Feb 2018 17:37:49 +0000 Ashley,
Glad things are “looking up” somewhat for your juniper. This spring should also show improvement with the new season’s growth after your past summer’s pruning.

Comment on How To Prune Upright Junipers by Ashley Sun, 18 Feb 2018 04:05:08 +0000 Roger, you were right about “other things going on….” There is a rabbit or some kind of animal habitation in the boulder wall, it appears, with holes winding down in amongst the juniper roots. We discovered this when pruning. The wildness of our area would make evicting these inhabitants a losing battle so we are just accepting the situation. The conservative pruning went very well though in late summer and we were very pleased with the result throughout the fall! We might still try out your Holly-Töne suggestion this spring as well. It looks to me like we will continue to gradually lose these junipers but by careful pruning and fertilizing they might hold on a few years yet…..Thanks again for your advice!

Comment on How To Prune Upright Junipers by Roger Sun, 18 Feb 2018 02:39:53 +0000 Donna,
It’s hard to say if any disease or insects have entered into any of these wounds. I don’t think the sap necessarily indicates anything other than the tree wound itself.

I think if you do a good job removing the plastic ribbon the bark will eventually heal over (in most of the instances). This is actually fairly common. The plant growers should include a warning label on plants with ribbon ties like this.

Comment on How To Prune Upright Junipers by Donna Sat, 17 Feb 2018 18:59:22 +0000 I’ve just discovered my son in law’s upright Junipers planted about 4 years ago, are being strangled with the green plastic ribbon tied to a wooden post from the initial planting. What’s happened is the ribbon has caused the bark to split and pine sap is dripping from the split bark. I am cutting away all the green plastic, the roots are established enough so the plant doesn’t fall over, however my concern is, is it too late? Will these trees die from open exposed bark into the cambrium? Does the sap mean disease has already settled into the tree? One of the 80 trees fell over in the wind here in Las Vegas, due to weak bark stem. I want my son in law to be happy with my discovery saving his trees if I can? Thank you!

Comment on Make Stone Steps From Fieldstone Boulders by Roger Sat, 17 Feb 2018 13:56:59 +0000 RTaylor,
The handrail was made by a local ornamental railing company. You probably have one (or several) in your area.

Companies like this will fabricate just about about type of railing you want. They typically have pictures and/or samples you can pick from to mix and match to get the look you want. They then measure your steps (or wherever you need the railing) and build to those specifications.

Comment on Cherry Laurel – A Useful, Attractive, Reliable Broadleaf by Roger Sat, 17 Feb 2018 13:49:15 +0000 Leslie,
It’s so interesting because in our area (northern NJ) the deer don’t touch the cherry laurel. But I’ve learned that deer will eat plants that in other areas (or even at other times) they do not.

I use many of the “deer tolerant” plant lists simply as guides. Beyond that you must observe and research what plants in your specific area they do and don’t eat. When I’m planning a new planting in an area I’m unfamiliar with I’ll drive around and look at the existing landscapes. That simple chore tells volumes about what plants to use — for the moment, anyway. :-)

In terms of protecting your laurel from the deer, any of the sprays and other remedies may work for awhile, but it gets tiring and expensive keeping up a regimen like that. And I’ve seen that over time the deer get used to the spray and eventually start grazing again. Rotating products can sometimes help with this, but then again it gets tiring.

The reality is a physical barrier of sorts, such as a high fence, is the only guarantee against deer grazing.

The other day I was speaking with a landscape contractor I work with and we laughed about how simple plant selection has become in the design process. Today, in our area, there are only a handful of plants we can safely use (in terms of deer resistant). It’s actually sad and a bit funny at the same time.

Comment on Make Stone Steps From Fieldstone Boulders by RTaylor Wed, 14 Feb 2018 22:22:04 +0000 where can I find the handrail pictured in the stone boulder steps?

Comment on Cherry Laurel – A Useful, Attractive, Reliable Broadleaf by Leslie Wed, 14 Feb 2018 12:40:50 +0000 Hello. We come from maryland, and the deer have wiped our 3 luykens bare. Will they grow back in the spring? Is there anythibg we can do to promote this?