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By: Wild Rose Garden & Tree Service  09-12-2011

A-Z Plant Maintenance, Diseases, Environmental Disorders, Fruiting Shrubs, Insect Pests, Insects, Diseases & Other Problems, Pruning Techniques, Shrubs, Trees, Uncategorized, Weeds

Posted by arborshane - July 3, 2011 - , , , ,

No kidding!  You know, this is one of the top 5 comments I hear all year, from various would-be clients.  It seems that most people have at least one big spruce tree in their yard, and more often than not, people try to do the impossible.  They attempt to grow beautiful Kentucky bluegrass under the [..]

Dogwood is truly one of the most reliable garden shrubs for Alberta.  Native to parkland forest understories, it is also one of the only plants that will grow well in shady areas of the yard.  I consider dogwoods a four season ornamental, with interesting flowers in the spring, nice berries in the summer, great fall colour, and [..]

   (403) 755-5899 Red Deer  (780) 628-5835 Edmonton  Not all trees species are created equally when it comes to Red Deer weather and growing conditions.  The following is a list of my favourites.  They are tough, hardy, insect and disease resistant, and great trees to have in the landscape.  And while I can’t guarantee these [..]

Currants are quickly becoming some of my favourite shrubs.  They are interesting to prune and its even more fun to watch the results:  big, juicy fruit. I always look forward to making fresh red currant vinaigrette for my garden-fresh spinach and lettuce.  In addition to their usefulness as a food, I appreciate the various currants [..]

I remember the smell of ripe cranberries as I walked through the woods as a kid. We used to eat the frozen berries that clung to frosty branches all winter.  That was American low-bush cranberry, Viburnum edule, which is only rarely seen in ornamental gardens. American high-bush cranberry and European cranberry, as well as their [..]

White Cedar – Thuja occidentalis Providing you live in the right area, these are beautiful trees that make great specimen or hedging plants. Pruning Time: Anytime after the growth flush in the spring.  I shape these trees all summer and my clients get to enjoy a perfectly shaped cedar until the new growth appears the [..]

 Common Caragana – Caragana arborescens ‘Sutherland’ Caragana – Caragana arborescens ‘Sutherland’ Fernleaf Caragana – Caragana lobergii ‘Walker’ Weeping Caragana – Caragana arborescens ‘Walker’ Pygmy Caragana – Caragana pygmaea The various caragana species are quite different with respect to their maintenance requirements. Common Caragana In cities, this is most commonly found as a hedging material.  In [..]

Burning Bush Dwarf Burning Bush – Euonymus nanus   Winged Burning Bush – Euonymus alatus These are useful shrubs to use in the landscape.  Dwarf burning bush has unique pink capsules with a showy red ssed, and winged burning bush exhibits among the best fall colours of any ornamentals grown on the Prairies.  They are slow [..]

Buffaloberry Silver Buffaloberry – Shepherdia argentea Canada Buffaloberry – Shepherdia Canadensis These are attractive landscape shrubs that are infrequently planted.  They are slow-growing, short-lived species, and I have only encountered a few specimens around the 40 year old range, and these were heavily decayed and in decline.  Buffaloberry shrubs are very low maintenance. Pruning Time: Dormancy [..]

Paper Birch – Betula papyrifera   Weeping Birch – Betula pendula ‘Dalecarlica’ River Birch – Betula fontinalis ‘Youngs’ Weeping Birch – Betula pendula ‘Youngii’ These are common trees in older residential neighbourhoods.  Generally speaking, once proper structure has achieved through training the young tree, birches are generally low maintenance.  The biggest nuisance for home-owners seems [..]


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09-12-2011

pruning techniques

Removing dead branches of that diameter is useful when a perfectly clean appearance is necessary, or when the incidence of disease in a particular species warrants such sanitary practices. Over the years, however, many hedges become overgrown, too big to manage, or infested with insect or disease problems. I generally reserve this technique for larger trees, those that I will be climbing with a rope and harness.


09-12-2011

uncategorized

Starting in late summer, many homeowners begin to see the interior needles of their pines, spruces, and cedars turning yellow or orange. It seems that most people have at least one big spruce tree in their yard, and more often than not, people try to do the impossible. February – From mid-month onward, start pruning fruit trees such as apples and pears. I have been spraying cotoneaster hedges for the past week for oystershell scale.


09-12-2011

insect pests

In the summer of 2009, there was a serious epidemic in some Red Deer neighbourhoods, but populations declined greatly in 2010, most likely due to a cold, wet spring, and generally cool summer. I have been spraying cotoneaster hedges for the past week for oystershell scale. 1) Oystershell scale has infested Calgary from the core to the suburbs. I see the highest populations of insects on hedges that have never.


09-12-2011

trees

Aspen Trembling Aspen – Populus tremuloides Swedish Columnar Aspen – Populus tremula ‘Erecta’ Tower Poplar – Populus x canescens ‘Tower’ Trembling Aspen Healthy aspens are some of my favourite trees. Amur Cherry – Prunus mackii ‘Schubert’ Chokecherry – Prunus virginiana ‘Schubert’ The chokecherries are planted for their beautiful spring flowers and in the case of ‘Schubert’.


09-12-2011

insects diseases other problems

In the summer of 2009, there was a serious epidemic in some Red Deer neighbourhoods, but populations declined greatly in 2010, most likely due to a cold, wet spring, and generally cool summer. Besides poor planting techniques and poor plant quality, black knot is the most common cause of plant death among those species. I have been spraying cotoneaster hedges for the past week for oystershell scale.