Landscaping

Dead, dying tree
Landscaping, Tree care

Zombie Trees: OK on Outside, Dying on Inside

It sounds ominous. However, Jason Grabosky, professor of urban forestry in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources at Rutgers University’s School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, says there’s no cause for alarm. Zombie trees shouldn’t scare you. Yes, a zombie tree that appears to be rooted in the ground can topple […]

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 […]

Landscaping for Shade
Gardening, Landscaping

Landscaping for Shade

In the heat of the summer, finding respite in a hammock under a shady spot is bliss. But trying to find shade-loving plants, flowers, shrubs and even groundcovers to beautify your front yard and backyard can turn your mood dark. Those same beautiful, full-grown trees block the sun’s nurturing rays and […]

Köppen Climate Classification: How to Use the Other Plant Map
Environment, Gardening, Home and Garden, Landscaping

Köppen Climate Classification: How to Use the Other Plant Map

When you have a question about landscaping in your geographical area, you might consult the Farmer’s Almanac for planting charts or frost dates, or look at the USDA’s Plant Hardiness Zone Map for plant hardiness. But there is another chart that could help you with your landscape decisions — the Köppen climate classification system. […]