Comments for LandscapeAdvisor http://www.landscapeadvisor.com Grow your landscape business and reputation with great work Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:39:45 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.18 Comment on Arborvitae ‘Emerald Green’ – Proper Plant Use by Roger http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/proper-plant-use-arborvitae-emerald-green/comment-page-1/#comment-446319 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:39:45 +0000 http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/2008/06/24/proper-plant-use-arborvitae-emerald-green/#comment-446319 Charmaine,
It’s so smart to do the research you’re doing before selecting a plant. Yes, some plants are more predisposed to problems, but realize too that any plant can have its problems — particularly if the environment they’re planted in is not what the plant naturally prefers. For example, planting a plant that prefers moist, organic soil in dry, sandy soil.
Let me suggest you look into Torulosa Juniper (also called Hollywood Juniper). In the picture I’ve linked to you’ll see it’s being used in a relatively narrow space. It can be fairly easily maintained in that space by pruning. You would not shear the plant but rather selectively prune the ends of the branches. This keeps the plant in bounds and also keeps it growing in a tight, informal form — that’s beautiful!

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Comment on How To Prune Upright Junipers by Roger http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/how-to-prune-upright-junipers/comment-page-2/#comment-446314 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:16:54 +0000 http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/?p=5662#comment-446314 Ashley,
It’s hard to give accurate advice on something like this without being on-site. I’m sure the shade has played a part in the junipers decline. But there could be other things going on here as well.
I would do some pruning now. Lean more on the conservative side and try to remove just those branches that are clearly brown. Branches that show some life I would prune back a bit to encourage new growth below where you’ve pruned.
Also, in the spring (2018) I would suggest fertilizing the juniper with something like Holly-tone (for acid-loving plants).

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Comment on Arborvitae ‘Emerald Green’ – Proper Plant Use by Charmaine Vlcek http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/proper-plant-use-arborvitae-emerald-green/comment-page-1/#comment-446079 Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:33:28 +0000 http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/2008/06/24/proper-plant-use-arborvitae-emerald-green/#comment-446079 I loved that you answered all of the questions and are so very thorough. I have done so much research on arbs and junipers and are so confused. I only have 5 and a half feet to work with. I want a privacy screen. I am so confused with the bag worms and other insects with arbs. Are they that serious. I also live in the Chicagoland area and am concerned about snow, wind and ice. Do any arbs have a single leader? Might jumper be better? Thanks so much!

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Comment on How To Prune Upright Junipers by Ashley http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/how-to-prune-upright-junipers/comment-page-2/#comment-445952 Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:37:29 +0000 http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/?p=5662#comment-445952 Dear Roger,

We have a myriad of old junipers growing in and over an old rock retaining wall on an embankment. They have a whole lot of dead brown branches, dead all the way to the tips. They are in almost full shade now, perhaps that’s why. But they will get more sun soon, as we are removing some trees near them.

It may be that we will lose these junipers entirely, but we want to at least make a try at saving them, since they are embedded in the wall and we like them. Would it be better to prune all the dead branches off now(mid to late August), or wait until dormancy? We would like to do it now, but perhaps we should wait. When do you think the best time to do that would be? It will be a big amount cut off from each juniper….

Thank you!

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Comment on How To Prune Low, Spreading Junipers by Roger http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/how-to-prune-low-spreading-junipers/comment-page-1/#comment-445617 Thu, 10 Aug 2017 01:24:42 +0000 http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/?p=2202#comment-445617 Alexis,
If the juniper is browning at the tips there is something wrong — and the cause could be one or a combination of things. You could take a sample to a garden center or nursery in your area where there’s “knowledgeable” staff. Sometimes there is a person on staff that is educated on plant health care.

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Comment on How To Prune Low, Spreading Junipers by Alexis stargazer106@outlook.com http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/how-to-prune-low-spreading-junipers/comment-page-1/#comment-445302 Tue, 08 Aug 2017 18:57:48 +0000 http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/?p=2202#comment-445302 I have a juniper that is browning at the tips as well lower towards the stems,how do
I trim them,do I trim them to the stem of just the dead leaves?

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Comment on Ornamental Grasses – How and When To Cut Them Back by Cornelia http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/ornamental-grasses-how-and-when-to-cut-them-back/comment-page-1/#comment-445273 Tue, 08 Aug 2017 14:18:46 +0000 http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/2007/04/04/ornamental-grass-urgency/#comment-445273 Hi Roger,
A comment: A friend told me that the size of ornamental grass clumps can be controlled by burning the stalks in late winter. This sounds like a great solution and I’m eager to try it. We dug and divided our grasses about 8 years ago. It was a nightmare. Axes and chainsaws were used. I’d rather get rid of the grass than do that again!
I love your posts and am always getting ideas and solving problems with your help.
Thank you!

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Comment on How To Prune Climbing Hydrangea by Roger http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/how-to-prune-climbing-hydrangea/comment-page-3/#comment-445271 Tue, 08 Aug 2017 12:13:41 +0000 http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/?p=5743#comment-445271 Paige,
Thanks for your kind words. There’s so much to learn in this field, and conversations in the comments just bring out more information for all of us.

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Comment on How To Prune Climbing Hydrangea by Paige http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/how-to-prune-climbing-hydrangea/comment-page-3/#comment-445264 Tue, 08 Aug 2017 05:59:43 +0000 http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/?p=5743#comment-445264 I felt I had to comment to say what a wonderful resource this is, and that it is so kind of you to respond to individual comments. I think you’re the only guy on the internet who does that! Bravo and thanks for a great site.

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Comment on Manhattan Euonymus – Prune Selectively by Roger http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/manhattan-euonymus-prune-selectively/comment-page-2/#comment-444756 Sat, 05 Aug 2017 20:04:49 +0000 http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/?p=1145#comment-444756 Maria,
It’s difficult to accurately diagnose symptoms like you describe, especially without seeing the plant and the environment it’s in.

The life of any container-kept woody plant (like your euonymus) can be a challenging one. A woody plant, evergreen or deciduous, is naturally accustomed to growing in the ground where it can expand it’s root system, have more consistent soil moisture and temperature (season to season), and more readily available nutrients.

All the possibilities you list can be contributing to the problem. Make sure the container is large enough (soil volume) to support the plant long-term. And you should certainly continue to fertilize with some regimen. For example, if you’re using a liquid fertilizer, I’d feed every 6-8 weeks during the growing season.

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