Practical Tips (Getting Your Hands Dirty)

Practical advice to help you make your landscape look it’s best.

The future of mulch, or what to do with barren soil in the landscape

THE PAST Years ago (many years ago, pre-Muddy Boots) we would get calls in spring asking us to “turn over” the soil in the homeowners’ “planting beds”. “Turning over” soil meant laboriously digging up clods of soil and then pulverizing them with the point of a shovel. The areas to be turned over were patches …

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Practical Tree Planting Advice – Twine, Burlap, and Wire Baskets

When plants are dug in the nursery, burlap is tightly pinned, sewn, or tied around the soil ball so the ball doesn’t fall apart during handling. For large trees, this soil ball may be placed in a wire basket for added protection. If the tree is going to be above ground for awhile, some nurseries …

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