garden for april 17, 2003
I WANT TO PLANT A
NEW TREE THIS SPRING, WHAT DO YOU SUGGEST?
(To answer this
question we have invited our first guest to THE NEIGHBORHOOD GARDEN.
Our guest gardener is Corey Brabec, manager of the Earl May
Nursery and Garden Center at 100 Wedgewood Drive in Lincoln.
Corey is a native Nebraskan and a graduate of the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Horticulture.)
my favorite trees
When I think of
Nebraska and shade trees, I think of the White Oak.
This tree is tolerant of clay soils, and seems to do well in our
With a moderate
growth rate, we will see shade develop in a short time, and still have
the advantage of a strong tree to tolerate weather conditions.
The long life of this tree insures a tree for generations.
When young, the tree
is pyramidal in shape. At maturity the tree will develop a broad crown.
The branching structure is irregular, giving the tree an
The fall color is a
special treat. The red and
purple fall foliage is long lasting, giving us a long fall season.
When selecting an
ornamental tree for our landscape, many trees require certain site
requirements. Many require
protection from the Nebraska weather, and disease problems can crop up.
Prairifire Flowering crab is a tree that could have been developed just
and heat loving, this hardy midsize tree will provide interest
throughout the entire year.
New leaves are
purple and turn green with a red tint as the season goes on. Flowers are red with a pink cast. The fruit is dark red and glassy. The fruit stays on the tree providing fall color.
You won’t find these apples making a mess under the tree.
All winter you will see very attractive reddish brown bark, while
the birds will flock to the fruit.
White Oak and
Prairifire Crab, two of my favorite trees. (Corey Brabec)
information about trees send a self addressed stamped envelope (SASE) to
Lancaster County Extension Office at 444 Cherrycreek Road, Lincoln, NE
68528-1507 and ask for UNFACTS # 282-97 “Landscape Trees for Lancaster
County”. UNFACTS are not available on the internet.
The National Arbor
Day Foundation’s Web site (www.arborday.org)
has a list of trees, description, and hardiness zones.
The Nebraska Statewide Arboretum also has a good web site on
my forsythia bush
has been beautiful this spring but too large. when do i prune it back?
flowering shrubs like forsythia, lilac, flowering almond, Bridal Wreath
spirea, etc. can and should be pruned just after they get done
flowering. You have a four week window to prune. After that they begin setting flower buds and any pruning
will be removing flowers for next year.
The best way to
prune these bushes is to prune out 1/3rd to 1/4th
of the biggest, oldest canes all the way to the ground.
This will open up the plant and let the bush develop new growth.
In four (4) years you will have a new healthy bush. This pruning
is necessary to keep it blooming as the flowers usually come on the ends
of the branches.
After you have taken
out these biggest, oldest canes, if you want to shape your bush or
shorten it a little more, do this after removing these old canes.