A few topics I would love to receive your feedback on:
1)When planting, how do you amend the soil? I have read so much on the topic and there seems to be a strong belief that if you only amend the soil in the hole you are digging, you will not encourage the roots to extend any further than that hole.
2)Do you always stake new trees? This always seemed to be an obvious yes but again I have heard many experts state that it doesn’t allow the tree to build strength early on … a little tough love I suppose. I plan on adding a bunch of River Birch trees this Spring so anxious to hear your thoughts.
3)Fertilizer – this topic often gets violent in many forums. I never use it on any shrubs, trees or perennials as I’ve learned they don’t really need it (actually I’m just lazy). Am I missing out at all?
4)Yuccas? – always despised this plant for some reason (the blooms mostly) but I am starting to come around on the design potential
5)Grasses in design – I have been reading every book by Piet Oudolf this Winter and he seems to believe grasses are much more of a specimen/contrast plant than as a plant to be grouped together. I planted a hedge of Miscanthus Gracillimus and Morning Light but I am starting to wonder about the design appeal of it.
That is all for now … weather in the 40’s today is starting to melt the snow and I may pour boiling water on the snow myself to speed up the process … and I hear the footsteps of March Madness coming … woo f’n hoo!!