Category Archives: Trees

Io Moth Caterpillar – ouch

I walked and drove past this Mulberry tree for a week or so, while going up and down my driveway, and noticed massive leaf loss.  I didn't immediately do anything about it because I figured that it was the usual fall grasshopper destruction.  On my way down to the mailbox by the road, I decided to walk over to the 7 foot, second year Mulberry tree and check it out.  I was very surprised to see about 14 giant, green, prickly caterpillars. These things were about 4" long. They were covered with Read more [...]

Burgess Seed & Plant Co Disappoints Me, Continued

In a previous post I have described how terrible my experience with Burgess Seed & Plant Co has been. As I noted, I told them on the phone to NOT send the replacement plants in the Fall because I didn't want left over junk that sat in the greenhouse all summer AND the plants would not survive out long summer.  That is exactly what happened, they send the replacement plants in the Fall.  The plants were already dormant and re-bloomed in the Fall only to die when the cold weather got here. This Read more [...]

I’m Still Extremely Upset With Burgess Seed & Plant Co.

As spring marches in, I am seeing more of the poor, sorry plants that Burgess sent me. This picture shows my 3 dead Colorado Blue Spruces, shriveled up brown dead lavender and the poplar trees that leafed out as soon as the replacement order reached me last fall, only to have the leaves soon die.  I know for sure that the poplar trees, cherry trees and spruces are dead - the cherry & poplar trees currently have raised spots of rot at the base of the stem.  The Lilly of the Valley have never Read more [...]

e Replacement Shipment

I am not very pleased with the plants that I purchased from Burgess ( last spring, 2015.  The shipment was several months late.  When the plants finally arrived, they were in poor condition and past prime spring planting time.  Most of them died, so I took Burgess up on their replacement warranty.  This is the replacement order they sent.  The fir trees you see are Colorado Blue Spruce.  The 3 Spruce in the original order were DOA on arrival, as was much of the shipment.  These Read more [...]

White Flies – Minuscule Bug, Massive Damage

This past season I was plagued by White Flies, a new problem for me, especially in the greenhouse. The vicious end result of an explosion of white flies is the death of the plant.  The tiny, barely visible pests secrete a sticky substance called honeydew.  This honeydew causes fungus to grow on it and creates a black coating on the affected plant leaves.  This plant is a baby osage orange tree.  (The flies seem to especially like osage orange trees.)  Before you know what is happening, the Read more [...]

American Sweet Gum Trees Don’t Transplant Easily

We have American Sweet Gum tree seedlings popping up all over the place. Most of them pop up in the wrong places and I try to transplant the nicest looking ones. They do not transplant easily. I take a big scoop of dirt from around 8 to 12 inch seedlings and when the dirt crumbles I can see that most roots are intact. I place them in nursery pots with my usual tree soil mix. I'm lucky if half of them make it. Some trees transplant easily, sweet gums not so. If I accidentally cut the tap root, Read more [...]

Two Buckeyes Rise From The Dead

I didn't take enough care of these 2 buckeyes. I kept them in these pots and watered them, but they shriveled up and it looked like they died. I decided to just leave these 2 in the pots (I discarded a third pot). After 3 months of summer, I took a closer look at these pots and noticed that each had a few inch stem that looks exactly like the end of buckeye branches. These are buckeyes! I had left these 2 pots alone all summer because each had an elm growing in it. Next spring they both get Read more [...]

Pine Seedlings EVERYWHERE!

It is really an amazing thing, pine seedlings are everywhere in the spring.  These are some small seedlings that I dug up because they were in the way in a garden bed.  This pic is a few weeks old - they all made it and are several inches taller now.  I can't help myself, when I turn over the garden beds, I can't help but dig up nice looking seedlings and replant them in pots and grow them in the greenhouse until this fall or next spring and plant them all over the place.  I currently have a Read more [...]

My Baby Arbor Day Oaks

I couldn't get these planted yet so I put them in these pots until I can find a place for them.  They are 10 oaks, 2 each of Red, Scarlet, Willow, Pin and Bur oaks.  They look like they are doing OK, the buds look like they are doing fine also. The instructions say do not plant these baby trees in potting soil, so I mixed up a wheel barrow of my own soil which I make from composted hardwood bard, compost, black cow compost, peat moss, perilite and sometimes some vermiculite.  That baby tree Read more [...]

Baby White Oaks

This past fall was the year most of the giant white oaks around here dropped their acorns.  Since they only do this every 2 or 3 years, I gathered a few hundred of the acorns - at least half of them after they started to sprout all over the ground.  For many of those acorns sprouting all over the place, I walked thru the woods and planted them here and there, giving them a chance to grow - they won't be able to grow up under the big trees in the yard where they  sprouted..  For the chosen few Read more [...]