Archive for the "Trees & Shrubs" Category

Fall; To Prune or not to Prune?

Posted on October 26th, 2017

Winter is coming- not just for Game of Thrones, but for your garden too. And like many people at the first sign of cold, you’re off and ready to prepare for the worst of it- raking, mulching, composting, and of course, pruning, right? Well, hold on just a second.  While cutting back your perennials after […]

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Posted on September 7th, 2017

IF ONLY TREES & SHRUBS COULD TALK TO US, WE COULD LEARN SO MUCH MORE! If only trees & shrubs could talk to us.  Oh the things they would tell us!  They could let us know when they need some water, when they have had too much to drink, if an insect or disease is […]

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Fall Hydrangea Care Guide

Posted on September 7th, 2017

Caring for your hydrangea can make all the difference for next year’s blooms. Hydrangea’s are strong and can come back from almost anything when given enough time and proper care.   Just follow these fall tips for pruning and maintenance. It isn’t complicated.   Identify It is important to identify your variety first because some […]

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Posted on September 1st, 2017

The best time to plant a tree or shrub is in the fall. A well-placed tree will cool your home in summer and block cold winter winds. Not to mention that the aesthetics can increase your home’s curb appeal and add value. Even though you may be prepping for winter, you can still set your new tree […]

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Top 5 Hydrangea Picks

Posted on June 29th, 2017

There is absolutely no debate the most asked for plant in the tree and shrub yard are hydrangeas!  The great thing about hydrangeas are there is a perfect type each customer’s specific needs.  Here is a list of some of our favorites here at Van Wilgen’s.       Bobo Hydrangea This little cutie has […]

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Small Space Garden : Series Part II

Posted on June 22nd, 2017

The Eastern Redbud ( Cercis canadensis )  is a spring flowering tree, native to the northeast.  It’s delicate lavender-pink flowers emerge late in April before the foliage develops and continue to sparkle into mid May.  Clusters of tiny, fairy like flowers cling to the branches, covering the tree in a soft purple haze with charming […]

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Can I Still Plant

Posted on June 16th, 2017

One of the many questions we usually start hearing this time of year is “Can I still plant in the summer?  We understand why people may be nervous but the answer is an overwhelming YES! There are a few things we should all keep in mind before we get started.   Choose the Right Plant […]

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Too Much Water?

Posted on June 8th, 2017

It’s hard to believe that we are talking about too much water given a year ago all we talked about was how to water!  What a difference a year makes.  The symptoms plants show when too dry and too wet mimic each other closely.  Here are some tips to help you determine if your plants […]

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Companion Plants for Hydrangeas

Posted on May 25th, 2017

There’s no doubt that hydrangeas can hold their own in the garden. With big colorful blooms and beautiful green foliage, summer’s favorite flower makes a bold statement in any garden. But, why not pair them with delicate foliage, bold flowers or subtle ornamental grasses for more variety? If you’re looking for ways to make your […]

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Get the Best Blooms

Posted on May 18th, 2017

Large, beautiful hydrangeas are a great addition to any landscape. Their bold colors make them perfect for freshly cut or dried flowers. Getting off to the right start in the right location is the difference between a hydrangea bush that blooms for years and one that never does. Get the beautiful blooms you desire with […]

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