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Mulch and trees

Every gardener must, at some time, face the question: “to mulch or not to mulch?”. The general definition of mulching is the addition of a thin layer of material, most often organic, to the soil surface. The benefits of mulching are to reduce soil moisture loss, block weed growth....... Read more

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Disease resistance in garden plants

There are two general groups of causative factors: non-living (abiotic) and living biotic agents (pathogens)....... Read more

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How to Create a Garden with an all Season Performance

Most gardens are dynamic in the sense that over the course of a calendar year they present a series of somewhat different “looks” or appearances, linked to the seasonal changes of temperature and precipitation. To ponder the performance of a garden over the entire year, it is useful to think of it as if it were a single complex unit, a cultivated ecosystem assembled by you, the gardener, to achieve a largely aesthetic effect. It is the componen.... Read more

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Learn more about Sun and Shade Trees

eliophytes are capable of a more efficient use of high light intensities than sciophytes. Heliophytes can never reach photosynthetic saturation under natural conditions; sciophytes often reach a saturation level at light intensities of only 20% of full sunlight. Heliophytes grown under shade exhibit reduced growth and reproduction. Sciophytes placed in the direct sun can experience leaf burn and wilting. In a shaded environment, sciophytes have .... Read more

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Trees and their Application in a Garden or Landscape

The application of trees refers to their particular role in a garden, and represents a complex combination of appearance and utility. With rare exceptions, trees are the key plant type within a garden, primarily because of their size and the amount of space they occupy relative to other types of plants. .... Read more

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Tree Sizes - Small Trees, Medium Trees, Large Trees

Tree size is most often described in terms of three broad height categories. Tree height is defined as the vertical distance between the base and the topmost branch, and can be calculated by triangulation remotely from the ground. A small tree is one that will reach a maximum height of no more than 25 feet at maturity. At the extreme, is the Dwarf Arctic Willow (Salix herbacea) which in nature grows to a height of only 2-3 inches at maturity. .... Read more

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Allergy Season is here! Find Allergy Friendly Trees and Shrubs!

Airborne pollen torments allergy and asthma sufferers. Pollen allergies are a serious medical problem for many individuals, requiring medications to overcome their effects. Weather reports often include the pollen count to alert people who may wish to modify their activities or stay indoors as much as possible when the readings are elevated. Pollen count is expressed as the quantity of pollen grains per square meter of air collected over....... Read more

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How trees and shrubs can help reduce noise levels in your neighborhood!

Urban areas can be noisy, negatively impacting homeowners and gardeners. Recurring (e.g. vehicular traffic, television audio) and episodic (e.g. ambulance siren, train whistle) sounds from neighboring residential and office buildings, industry, public parks and shopping centers can permeate into a house and garden to varying degrees, and be annoying and even physiologically or physically harmful. At the neighborhood residential scale, noise pollu.... Read more

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Controlling Weeds Organically - No harsh chemicals!

Weed control in a garden is a major challenge. The chemical industries have provided an arsenal of powerful herbicides to exterminate weeds; their effectiveness is beyond question but they are toxic substances which require special care in handling and to apply, and leave residue that may be harmful to animals and can contaminate ground water and streams..... Read more

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When is the best time to water plants?

Plant watering is a key aspect of effective garden management. This is true even in areas where rainfall is predictable and evenly distributed over the year. .... Read more

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Weeds in the trees. Part 1: Epiphytes and Parasites.

In nature, trees serve as habit and shelter for a large number of animal species, and also as host plants for other types of vegetation. This host role also spontaneously takes place in trees growing in parks and gardens, especially in the subtropics. Gardeners should be aware of the different kinds of these weeds, whether or not they are harmful to the host tree, and what if anything you should do about them. Combined, these woody or non-wood.... Read more

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Weeds in the trees. Part 2: Vines; Stranglers; Algae, Lichens and Moss

Vines. This is a group of weedy or woody plants, often called climbers, which are rooted in the ground but need to ascend trees or shrubs to reach sufficient light for full growth and seed production. This group includes the large woody vines, lianas, common in tropical forests. .... Read more

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Gardening Soils for South Florida

A luxuriant and healthy collection of trees is evidence that the gardener is aware of the soil requirements of the species under cultivation and has a basic understanding of soil science. Before addressing gardening soils for South Florida, some background is called for..... Read more

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Trees, Root Types and Fungi

Tree roots vary in size from fine non-woody roots to large woody roots reaching 12 inches or more in diameter. Trees have evolved root systems in response to the ecological, soil and climatic conditions found in their native area, which have become part of their genetic inheritance. .... Read more

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...The End of TreeWorld Wholesale

On Thursday October 6th, 2016 south Florida was preparing for a powerful category 4 Hurricane with winds up to 140 miles per hour- Hurricane Matthew. Most Floridians went to the stores equipped with their emergency list, prepared to purchase enough food for 3 days-including the basics: water, food and necessities like flashlights. .... Read more

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Gardening in the shade

A key reason for planting trees, especially in the subtropics and tropics, is to create shade and provide a welcome refuge from direct sunlight for humans and animal, as well as to cool structures. .... Read more

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Pruning practices for trees and shrubs

Pruning practices for trees and shrubs are basically identical, especially if you are dealing with a tree or trees you wish to maintain as a shrub or hedge by pruning. Most trees and shrubs, evergreen or deciduous plants, require occasional pruning to control height, width, to thin branching or to remove dead, diseased or rogue branches that may blemish overall appearance..... Read more

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Drought Tolerant Trees

Almost any location may experience a rainless period of a few days or longer which puts water stress on trees. Therefore is selecting trees for landscaping purposes where drought is a risk, it is useful to know their drought tolerance..... Read more

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Acacia Trees - Legume family (Fabaceae)

The acacias represent a very large group of trees and shrubs, within the huge Legume family (Fabaceae). About 1,300 species of Acacia have been described, about three-fourths of them are native to Australia, where they are appropriately called thorn trees..... Read more

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Ten Top Reasons Trees are Important

Trees are an integral and vital part of human culture in a variety of ways. Ten of the reasons why trees are important are summarized below, not in any particular ranked order.Myth and Ritual. Trees are associated with human and animal origin myths in certain cultures, as well as long being considered a Tree of Life because of the .... Read more

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Tree Evolution

Based upon fossil evidence, true trees did not evolve until some 400 million years ago. At that time, trees had evolved to have characteristics of evolutionary features of strength, built by rings of growth to support increasing height and weight, protective bark to shield conductive cells moving water and nutrients up the tree, supportive collars of extra wood surrounding branches and of additional internal layers of wood at branch junctions to .... Read more

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Planting a tree in South FL

To successfully plant a tree or shrub in South Florida requires a certain amount of advanced study and planning to determine the best procedure to follow. Four general steps are suggested.Step 1 involves determining the soil type in the garden. The underlying bedrock of South Florida is limestone, which degrades into calcareous soils.These soils are alkaline, with pH values of 7.6 to 8.3, owing to the predominance of calcium carbonate. Neutra.... Read more

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How Trees Grow

From the time of seed germination to the death of a tree, it never ceases to grow. The growth rate varies according to its stages of development: seedling, sapling, maturity and senescence. In nature, trees reproduce primarily by seed, but some species also propagate themselves clonally. The potential maximum age, height and width a tree may achieve is generally determined by its genetic makeup, but certain other factors play important roles, .... Read more

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Trees and Fertilizer

About one year after a new garden tree has been planted, fertilizer application may begin, to achieve vigorous growth, and bountiful flowering and fruiting. Already established older trees in a garden also benefit from regular fertilizer applications. Basically, the nutritional needs of a tree relate to the individual tree species, and to the known deficiencies of the soil, which in South Florida are calcareous and excessively alkaline..... Read more

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Year Long Trees

Trees play different roles in the landscape over a calendar year, depending upon their growth character (evergreen or deciduous) and the change of seasons, either summer or winter in the middle and higher latitudes and dry or rainy season in the subtropics and tropics. Native woody vegetation a desert may be evergreen, or deciduous in the cooler season..... Read more

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Components of Trees

A typical tree is made up of three distinct components: the crown, trunk or stem and roots. .... Read more

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Trees and their Life Cycle

Over its cycle of life, an individual tree undergoes changes in its physical form as well as variations in the role it plays in the forest ecosystem of which it is a part. .... Read more

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Flowers

The plants of the world can be divided into those which produce flowers and those that do not. .... Read more

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Weather and Climate

At times, the terms weather and climate are used incorrectly. .... Read more

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Best time to plant

When the best time to plant a tree is may be a simple question, but the answer is somewhat complicated. The successful outcome of planting a tree by seed or transplanting a seedling is influenced by the date it was planted. .... Read more

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General Use of Trees

In the middle of the 19th Century, when American settlers moved west into the Kansas Territory, they encountered a vast prairie grassland with only a few trees in the river valleys..... Read more

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Island Trees

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Mahogany Trees

The term mahogany has multiple meanings; it apparently originates from the West Indies for the wood of a native tree with straight grain, moderate density, durable, resistant to rot, with a warm reddish-brown color and easy to work..... Read more

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All about Tabebuia Trees

Tabebuias belong to the bignonia plant family, a very large, mostly tropical plant family, encircling the earth and known most prominently for its highly ornamental flowering trees. .... Read more

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Tree Buds and their role

Bud is a botanical term referring to newly developing shoots which appears at the tip of a stem or in the leaf axil, the upper area where the leaf stem is joined to the branch..... Read more

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Preparing trees for the next hurricane

An existing garden of whatever arrangement can be managed to reduce potential damage from a hurricane..... Read more

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Global Warming- What can be done?

Serious public concern about global warming—the Greenhouse Effect— and its impact on world agriculture and rising sea levels, has stimulated discussion about what can be done to counteract its effects and slow the increase of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. .... Read more

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Criteria for Selecting trees for Urban Planting

Urban trees can be defined as those species which are most appropriate for landscaping in urban areas, including in home yards, around commercial or industrial buildings, in parks, as a screen for unsightly land uses, along streets and boulevards, next to sidewalks and in medians. .... Read more

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Landscape Planning with Salt Tolerant Trees and Salt Tolerant Tree Suggestions

Special measures need to be taken when landscaping with trees in locations where excessive amounts of salt represent an environmental problem. High levels of salts in soil, in runoff or irrigation water, as well as airborne salt spray can impact the growth and health of trees and shrubs..... Read more

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Treeworld Wholesale Inventory Management & Classification of Trees

TreeWorld has an inventory of more than 200 different types of trees and shrubs. Keeping track of the inventory is a challenge, especially since we typically have several different sizes in stock of the same tree or shrub. We have to maintain accurate and up-to-date records so that we can respond quickly and accurately to customer orders when they are received. Nearly all trees and shrubs have acquired common names, which are usually based on som.... Read more

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Exotic and native trees & their natural distribution worldwide

Trees, and all plants, have a natural distribution in the world. We refer to a tree native as when it occurs naturally in a particular place. Natural plant distribution may be considered at different levels on the basis of classification: plant family, genus and species, each level ranging usually from the most extensive to the most restricted. For example, the extraordinarily large and diverse Pea Family, Fabaceae, includes about 700 genera, .... Read more

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What are Evergreen Trees? What does Evergreen mean?

By definition, evergreen trees are never without leaves, whereas deciduous trees spend part of the year without foliage in response to cooler or dryer climatic conditions. Most broadleaf rainforest trees and shrubs, along with conifers, palms and cycads are evergreen. Some subtropical or tropical trees are difficult to place in either an evergreen or deciduous category, being described as semi-evergreen or semi-deciduous; the two terms being ab.... Read more

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Street Trees -The key issues facing street tree cultivation

Street trees are a subset of urban trees, representing species with growth forms best suited to cultivation along pedestrian walkways and vehicle thoroughfares. Most cities and towns of the world are landscaped with street trees and shrubs. The trees enhance the appearance of residential, commercial or industrial property areas and offset, to a small degree, the loss of natural vegetation cleared for construction of buildings, streets and roads.... Read more

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How trees affect air quality directly and indirectly

Natural forests, along with ornamental urban trees and shrubs, affect air quality directly and indirectly by altering the atmospheric environment. Their effect on the environment is related to the removal of air pollutants and particulate matter from the atmosphere, photosynthetic byproduct output of oxygen and reduction of local air temperatures. Tree leaves have a primary function in all three cases. Trees remove gaseous air pollutants from t.... Read more