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Plants inWinter

Rhododendrun 1

If you notice the leaves on your plants curling don’t be alarmed. By curling its leaves, this shrub reduces its chance of loosing moisture from the cold and dry winds. As soon it begins to warm, the foliage will return to its normal shape. Winter leaf curl is common with rhododendron and laurel shrubs, so don’t be alarmed if your camellia shrubs show this same condition as well.

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Gutter Mulch

Never under estimate where you might find great organic mulch around your house. The decaying leaf matter in your gutters can be spread around your shrubs to provide them a rich food source.

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Potting Boxwood Cuttings

Repotting boxwood 1Repotting boxwood 2Repotting boxwood 3Shrub Doctor took advantage of the awesome warm weekend to transplant several boxwood shrub cuttings that we propagated this past Spring. The cuttings were simply inserted into nice organic soil and left to establish roots. We periodically drenched the cuttings with our sea kelp and liquid worm casting solution that’s used in our annual organic shrub and tree fertilization program. Just look at the root structure of this shrub. We can now re-pot these cuttings into larger containers so they will continue to grow into large healthy plants. The last photo shows these cuttings aligned to the south facing winter sun. They will enjoy nice warm sunshine throughout the next few months. When hot weather arrives we will move these boxwoods into a more protected area so they will continue to grow with minimal stress from intense summer heat and sun. To learn more about how Shrub Doctor can improve the health of your plants call Repotting boxwood 41-888-2GO-ORGANIC (1-888-246-6782) One of our certified arborists will be glad to visit and explain how our annual organic shrub and tree program can restore the faith in your landscape.

Many of our customers don’t realize  they have rich organic compost right on their property. Shrub Doctor always recommends planting shrubs with a 50/50 blend of clay soil from the planting hole with good organic matter. Most customers run to the home improvement store and purchase expensive bagged compost for their planting projects. Shrub Doctor recently went to the wooded area of a customer’s landscape and retrieved a full wheel barrow load of super rich compost. The customer had no idea it was there. If you have a wooded area on your property, brush back the leaves and harvest the decaying matter below them. You will usually have about an inch of rich organic soil right at your fingertips. Brush the leaves back over the area and return next year for another harvest of compost. Call Shrub Doctor today for more tips about a healthier landscape, and ask us more about how our 100% organic shrub and tree fertilization programs for your shrubs and ornamental trees. Call 1-888-2GO-Organic today. (1-888-246-6742).

Compost photo

Hugel Kulture 1Hugel Kulture 2Hugel Kulture 3Hugel Kulture 4Shrub Doctor recently utilized an old sustainable planting technique when transplanting this 50 year old acuba shrub. The hole was made deep enough to accept several small logs in the bottom. A thin layer of soil was added then watered to fill all the gaps around the logs. The shrub was planted directly on top of the logs. Over time, the logs will absorb and hold water, as well as provide an increased environment of beneficial fungi to the shrub’s root system. This planting practice will allow your shrubs to stay well hydrated during periods of drought. The decaying logs will also provide good organic nutrients for many seasons to come. To learn more about how you can adopt this technique in your landscape give Shrub Doctor a call. Call 1-888-2GO-Organic for more information about our 100% organic shrub and tree fertilization programs.

Trunk rot 1

Shrub Doctor was called to assess and treat this white oak tree. It appears that a tree service has removed several lower limbs in the past years yet did not properly cut the limbs back to the collar of the tree trunk. Over the years minor rotting has occurred underneath the remaining limb of the tree.  Shrub Doctor stripped away the bark, removed the decayed wood, and killed the existing populations of insects that were harbored in the wound area.  After cleaning the wounded area, an orange rind oil was applied to the wound to minimize future decay. The orange oil will soak into the wound and reduce further insect activity. During future seasons the tree will slowly close this wound. Shrub Doctor will monitor the healing process and keep the customer informed with its progress.

Curbside Azalea

Azalea 2015About two years ago I found several azaleas thrown into a pile by the side of the road. They were all very weak and drying out. I took about 10 of them home and repotted them. Since then I have given them all away but this one. After only a few seasons this azalea is doing great. No one would ever know it was a shrub that was saved from the landfill. M. Tally.