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planting process, some homeowners forget to remove the tags placed on the plant at the nursery or garden center. Make sure you remove those labels so that the wire or string doesn’t girdle or strangle the branch. On occasion, when I examine plants in the landscape with dying branches, the girdling of the stem by the tag has been the culprit. Take a piece of graph paper, make a rough sketch of the layout of your yard, and indicate on the plan what the plant is and when it was planted. This is better than leaving the tag on the plant if you want to remember the cultivar. If you are tranplanting trees and shrubs this fall, try not to do it on a windy day. The roots can be exposed to too much light or drying winds, putting undue stress on the plant. As you check your trees and shrubs in the landscape, look out for scale insects. There are different species of scale insects, but most of them look like some type of white growth on the branches and stems.

evergreens and conifers by watering them thoroughly before the soil freezes. These plants continue to transpire water through their leaves and needles during the winter months. Without an adequate supply of water below the frost line, they will dry out. If the soil is not frozen in mid-winter, water again at that time. This is especially important if we experience a dry winter with limited snowfall. As important as it is to make sure there is adequate water, it is equally important to make sure you don’t over-water. Over-watering can cause as serious a problem as not watering at all. If your soil is well drained, there should be no problem. If your soil is a heavy clay, make certain that water is not standing around the plants after you have finished watering. Fall is one of the best times to transplant shrubs and trees. Sometimes, however, during the


November 2017 ttimes web magazine  
November 2017 ttimes web magazine  

Tidewater Times November 2017