Comments for LandscapeAdvisor http://www.landscapeadvisor.com Grow your landscape business and reputation with great work Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:46:55 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.16 Comment on Pool Cabana Progress – RB Project #6.15 by Roger http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/pool-cabana-progress-rb-project-615/comment-page-1/#comment-428685 Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:46:55 +0000 http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/?p=738#comment-428685 Tiffany,
Sorry, but unfortunately I don’t have pictures of the cabana’s interior. If the opportunity arises, and I’m on the property, I should get permission to photograph the interior. Naturally, I’m always focused on what’s happening on the outside.

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Comment on Pool Cabana Progress – RB Project #6.15 by Tiffany Mosher http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/pool-cabana-progress-rb-project-615/comment-page-1/#comment-428675 Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:22:08 +0000 http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/?p=738#comment-428675 Hi – I love this concept – it looks beautiful! Would you be willing to share photos of the inside?

Thanks!!

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Comment on Arborvitae ‘Emerald Green’ – Proper Plant Use by Roger http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/proper-plant-use-arborvitae-emerald-green/comment-page-1/#comment-428641 Sun, 19 Mar 2017 02:50:18 +0000 http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/2008/06/24/proper-plant-use-arborvitae-emerald-green/#comment-428641 Danette,
‘Emerald Green’ would be a good choice for the narrow space like you describe. I don’t know if I’d classify them as fast growers — but planted properly, fertilized annually and irrigated during dry spells, they’ll develop nicely as a dense screen.

If the planting space is 5′ wide, I’d “center” the arbs (i.e. at 2.5′). Depending on how solid the vinyl fence is, it’s very likely the arbs will ultimately lose their foliage on the backside facing the fence. This is not necessarily harmful to the plant, and you won’t really see it as the plant should grow full and dense on the poolside. And, of course, the foliage above the fence should be full front and back.

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Comment on Arborvitae ‘Emerald Green’ – Proper Plant Use by Danette http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/proper-plant-use-arborvitae-emerald-green/comment-page-1/#comment-428640 Sun, 19 Mar 2017 01:39:26 +0000 http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/2008/06/24/proper-plant-use-arborvitae-emerald-green/#comment-428640 Hi Roger,

I was thinking about planting Emerald Green Arborvitae along my back fence (43 feet long) because my neighbor’s backyard is even with the top of my 5 foot vinyl fence. I have an in ground pool that is 5 feet from the vinyl fence and wanted a dense, fast growing privacy screen. Would Emerald Greens be a good choice, and how close to my fence could I safely plant them?

Thank you,
Danette

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Comment on Arborvitae ‘Emerald Green’ – Proper Plant Use by Patrick McNulty http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/proper-plant-use-arborvitae-emerald-green/comment-page-1/#comment-428574 Thu, 16 Mar 2017 02:22:48 +0000 http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/2008/06/24/proper-plant-use-arborvitae-emerald-green/#comment-428574 Thanks so much for getting back to me Roger. Your response is greatly appreciated. I am still amazed every time I get a helpful, generous response like yours on the internet. It is awesome how useful the internet can be (despite other drawbacks to the interweb). Thanks again!
Patrick

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Comment on Arborvitae ‘Emerald Green’ – Proper Plant Use by Roger http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/proper-plant-use-arborvitae-emerald-green/comment-page-1/#comment-428572 Thu, 16 Mar 2017 02:12:16 +0000 http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/2008/06/24/proper-plant-use-arborvitae-emerald-green/#comment-428572 Patrick,
That’s quite a few leaders your ‘Emerald Green’ arborvitae have. And it would be helpful to reduce the number.

You’re right, they will look sparse right after pruning. And it will likely take a couple of growing seasons for them to recover.

You’ll want to use the arbor tie even if there are only 2 leaders. It’s just a good insurance policy against them separating in bad weather (snow, ice, heavy winds).

Place the tie about 1/3 down from the top. Tie the loop so that it includes the main leaders. I weave it through the smaller branches so it just grabs the main leaders and cannot be seen from the exterior. You don’t want to draw the stems in towards each other, but just tie the loop so that it preserves the current position of the leaders. Make the tie with enough arbor tie left over so that you can adjust the loop (i.e. make bigger) as the plant grows. I would check the arbor ties every 2 years or so for adjustment. I use Google Calendar for setting dates like this in advance. Any digital calendar will do. :-)

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Comment on Arborvitae ‘Emerald Green’ – Proper Plant Use by Patrick McNulty http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/proper-plant-use-arborvitae-emerald-green/comment-page-1/#comment-428400 Tue, 14 Mar 2017 19:32:54 +0000 http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/2008/06/24/proper-plant-use-arborvitae-emerald-green/#comment-428400 Hi Roger,
I have a row of arborvitae in my backyard that are about 6 years old and about 7-8 feet tall. Most of them have about 5-8 leaders. There is one that only has one single, strong leader and it has a nice shape and fullness to it that the others don’t have. Wondering if I can cut down the bushes so they each only have three leaders (as you recommend) at this point in their life. I realize that they will look rather thin and unshapely if I do so but will they fill out over the course of the year? When would be the best time to do this? Or would you recommend that I just arbor tie all of the leaders together and not worry about it? When you arbor tie them do you tie them loosely so there is space between them? And do you leave the tie on year round? Thanks much,
Patrick

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Comment on Boxwood ‘Fastigiate’ To The Rescue by Debra Vessels http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/boxwood-fastigiate-to-the-rescue/comment-page-1/#comment-428260 Sun, 05 Mar 2017 19:07:44 +0000 http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/?p=487#comment-428260 Thank you Roger for the quick reply. That is just the information I was looking for. Yes, it is in part shade, it is a healthy plant, and had I trimmed it every year I am sure it would be fuller. I am not so concerned with the width as I am with a fuller growth. I also planted one last year, 3′ tall, so I will begin this spring shaping them both up.

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Comment on Boxwood ‘Fastigiate’ To The Rescue by Roger http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/boxwood-fastigiate-to-the-rescue/comment-page-1/#comment-428258 Sun, 05 Mar 2017 18:19:46 +0000 http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/?p=487#comment-428258 Debra,
The fact that your boxwood has grown taller says it’s generally healthy. As I mentioned in the article, there are several varieties of fastigiate or columnar type boxwood. And a few of those varieties do stay very narrow — and at that, they can look quite spindly, particularly as they mature.

Pruning could definitely improve that. And because you haven’t been pruning, the plant has instinctively pushed any new growth towards the tips of stems & branches. By selectively tip-pruning those ends (with a hand-pruner) you’ll encourage the plant to push side-growth from the stems & branches.

I would hand-prune the top of the plant fairly aggressively to shorten the plant (use your judgement) and then lightly tip-prune some of the side branches. This is a key point: Simply pruning just the tip of a branch will have the affect of encouraging side growth, which is what you’re after. To emphasize that point, you could even just “pinch” off the very tip of a branch with your fingernails and encourage side-growth.

This strategy/regimen will take some time to see results, but it should help with eventually filling out the plant. If the boxwood is in partial shade it will be less full. So if this is the case, you may need to be even more patient.

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Comment on Boxwood ‘Fastigiate’ To The Rescue by Debra Vessels http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/boxwood-fastigiate-to-the-rescue/comment-page-1/#comment-428256 Sun, 05 Mar 2017 16:36:57 +0000 http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/?p=487#comment-428256 I planted this in the spring of 2014. It was 3′ tall, and now is over 6′. I regret that I did not have a trimming strategy when it was planted. It is very spindly and only about 12″ wide. Can you advise me on the trimming process so I can have a fuller plant such as you have pictured. Thanks, Debra

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