Author: Amanda Shiffler

Guide to Growing an Avocado Tree
Tree care

Guide to Growing an Avocado Tree

Ever stood in the grocery store, trying to pick the perfect avocado for guacamole and secretly wish you had your own avocado tree so all you had to do it walk outside for avocados? Or should I admit I have a gardening addiction and need to stop thinking about all the […]

Why Tree Pruning Sealer Is a Bad Idea
Tree care

Why Tree Pruning Sealer Is a Bad Idea

For a long time, it was common practice to use a pruning sealer when trimming trees — a practice recommended by trained arborists and nursery workers alike. So it came as a surprise to many that such a sacred tenant in gardening was no longer recommended. This probably caused many […]

Planting and Caring for Fig Trees: A Guide
Tree care

Planting and Caring for Fig Trees: A Guide

Ahhhh … the fabulous fig tree! There’s a handful of reasons these beauties were one of the first fruit trees cultivated in ancient times and why they still remain so popular with homeowners for both their fruits and as an ornamental tree. Besides being a biblical wardrobe choice, fig trees […]

Espaliered pear tree
Landscaping, Tree care

How to Espalier a Fruit Tree

I’ll admit that at first the idea of backing a tree up against a wall, flattening it into a single plane occupying a mere few inches, and then training branches to grow outward instead of upward seemed rather silly. Why wouldn’t you plant a tree with the intent of having […]

Bountiful crop on Amanda Shiffler's carefully prued apple tree
Tree care

How, When, Why to Prune Apple Trees

Pumpkin spice? Pffffftttt. I can take it or leave it. For me, fall means fresh-picked apples turned into mile-high pies with a crumb topping and ice cream, warm apple crisp right out of the oven, and freshly pressed cider. Having an apple tree in my backyard means easy access to […]