Removing Viburnum odoratissimum

Removing Viburnum odoratissimum

Finally getting around to removing this huge tree from my yard is making me very happy. Removing viburnum might be one of my best gardening moments. Okay, probably not really, but it is still a good feeling. I consider viburnum to be my nemesis.   Finally getting around to removing this huge tree from my yard is making me very happy. Removing viburnum might be one of my best gardening moments. Okay, probably not really, but it is still a good feeling. I consider viburnum to be my nemesis.You may be thinking to yourself, “why would someone find so much pleasure in removing viburnum from their yard?” A very good question indeed. The University of Florida’s publication on Viburnum odoratissimum states, “Often used as a screen or clipped hedge, its dense, spreading, evergreen habit makes Sweet Viburnum suitable for use as a small tree, reaching 25 to 30 feet tall and wide at maturity, with a dense, multibranched, rounded canopy.”  … Read Full...
Removing Bismark Palms

Removing Bismark Palms

Warning: If you find yourself extremely sensitive to killing plants I suggest you quit reading here. As I mentioned in my last post we are undertaking a renovation of our yard and garden. There are a lot of plants that I know need to be removed and, quite honestly, I needed some help to accept this point. Removing our two Bismark palms was one of those. The University of Florida cites in their Bismark Palm document that “the Bismarck palm is a native of Madagascar that grows to a height of 30 to 60 feet with a spread of 12 to 16 feet… The bold texture and color and eventual great height of this species make a strong statement in any setting, but can be overpowering in small residential landscapes.”… Read Full Post
Pruning Crape Myrtle

Pruning Crape Myrtle

The controversy of pruning crape myrtle is heating up. Do you need to prune? Can you just let it grow? Read on my friends. It’s the time of year when I find myself cringing when I drive around town. It’s begun. “Crape Murder” is running rampant through our neighborhoods. Where did it start? Who decided this was a good idea? If you get anything from this article: Do NOT cut your crape myrtles to nubs! The process of turning the naturally beautiful vase-shaped growth of a crapemyrtle tree into a deformed stump with little nubs is a practice that has no scientific basis. In fact, the University of Florida writes, “Properly placed, crapemyrtle is a low-maintenance plant needing little or no pruning.”… Read Full Post
How to Prune Crinum Lily

How to Prune Crinum Lily

Crinum lilies are large, perennial plants with strappy leaves and large flowers throughout the year. They work great as an accent plant and also make an incredible mass planting in large spaces. Crinum lilies grow from what are among the largest true bulbs, some weighing over 40-pounds. Over time they grow very large clumps that can be split or divided. This where my Suniday project comes in: taking time to prune crinum lily clumps in our front yard. On the corner of our house, what was once a single small plant has created a solid wall of crinum lily plants. This plant was here when we moved in, and about once a year I find myself thinning it out and pruning down to a more manageable size.… Read Full Post
Pruning Crape Myrtles

Pruning Crape Myrtles

Oh no.  It is starting to happen again. Its that time of year when “Crape Murder” happens all around Central Florida. One person starts and the practice spreads down the block like the flu. And the, before you  know what happened, your neighborhood is littered with nubby-looking branches where nice plants once grew. Pruning crape myrtles has become quite the discussion and its time we set the record straight. The controversy surrounding proper crape myrtle pruning is one of the most argued aspects of landscape maintenance.  While the late winter months are the best time to prune dormant trees, very little work is necessary to prune your crape myrtles.  The University of Florida has published their recommendations for proper maintenance of these popular landscape plants to help homeowners understand the basics.… Read Full Post
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