Gardener to Gardener

Trusty Tips on Tree and Shrub Planting


An old Chinese proverb states, "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now." One way to think about this is that a tree planted 20 years ago...

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Growing Trees in Containers


When people think about container gardens, they often imagine dainty hanging baskets or herbs in window boxes. Let's think big! Many trees grow well in containers, and if you have a small...

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How to Plant Shrubs


Shrubs add structure and fill out your garden, providing density and dimensionality where it's most needed. And they're simpler to install than you may know. Here's how...

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Ask & Share Community Highlights

An Anonymous User asked:
"I have mushrooms growing on my mulch. They close together, sort of like bubbles, and range in size from quarter to dime size. There's a poof brown dust when stepped on..."

NGA answered:
"It sounds like you have a type of fungi called puffballs growing in your mulch, a common occurrence on wood-based mulches. The puffballs are the fruiting structures of the fungus and the "dust" is the spores getting..."

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An Anonymous User asked:
"I want to grow bushes, trees, and perennials in containers. Will they survive cold winters?"

NGA answered:
"The roots of plants growing in containers are more vulnerable to injury from the cold than the roots of plants growing in the ground. When choosing perennials plants for container growing, a good rule of thumb is to select plants that are rated..."

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