How To Germinate Mimosa Seeds

The mimosa tree has been cultivated as a landscape ornamental for a long time and for a number of reasons. The fern-like foliage earned the tree many admirers, but the fragrant, fluffy flowers (try saying that quick three times!) are most likely the tree’s biggest attraction. Indeed, birds and butterflies are attracted to them. The […]

Dormant Oil Spray For Apple Trees

  The two keys to successful apple growing are pruning and spraying. Growing apple trees requires the adherence to a spray schedule for insect control and one of the most important sprays is dormant oil. “Dormant,” in this case, refers to the time of application, rather than the type of oil. Function Dormant oils control […]

Eagle Tree Care

The eagle tree is one of several nicknames for the Brugmansia sanguinea; it is also commonly called the red angel trumpet. It is actually a large shrub or a small tree. Like all brugs, the eagle tree bears incredible 12- to 16-inch trumpet-shaped flowers that bloom in yellow and red. Unfortunately for most gardeners, the […]

Willow Hybrid Trees

  Tall, majestic willow hybrid trees, grown close together, can provide a privacy screen from traffic or nosy neighbors. The formation is also an ideal wind break. If you don’t like raking leaves, however, you should know that willow hybrids are deciduous and will drop their foliage in the fall. About Willow Hybrids The willow […]

Date Palms

Native to the Persian Gulf, the date palm tree requires warm temperatures and lots of sunshine to thrive. Although there are more than 1,500 date palm varieties, the most commonly grown get to be quite large–up to 120 feet. Most domestic commercial dates are of the Deglet Noor variety, grown in California. The date palm […]

Nut Drop in Pecan Trees

  Photo:© Bruce Marlin   Gardeners new to growing fruit and nut trees typically panic around the early part of June. This is when “June drop” occurs – the natural shedding of excess fruit from a tree. University of California master gardener Jim Borland calls it “a self-regulated thinning process that keeps the tree from bearing […]