WIESNER BROTHERS GOES INTERNATIONAL
This week the pastoral staff of Christ Church New York City (United Methodist Church) called upon Hans Wiesner to offer his professional expertise in developing a “green zone” adjacent to a church located on the outskirts of Cartagena, Colombia. The plan calls for an undeveloped space to be repurposed into a park and athletic field.
Many of the area’s residents have been relocated there due to Colombian Civil war and numerous mud slides.
Upright evergreens can take a beating over the course of a winter such as the one we're experiencing this year. There are some things you can do to minimize the long term damage. Proper preparation is best thing to do in situations such as this, but it's too late for that now, so let's concentrate on what can be done now.
First you should gently brush off the snow, by hand or with a broom if extra reach is needed, from what would be the upper braches. Then gently clear the snow away from lower braches. Doing this should provide you with some immediate results and in some minor cases may be all that is required. In most cases additional steps will be required.
In addition to the previous steps you may need to tie up some branches. If the branches needing to be tied are smaller in size we suggest using garden tape. This item allows you to tie up and return the piece to a more natural form without the danger of "girdling" the branches. Girdling, to any degree is not good and should be avoided at all costs. Girdling is even more of a concern when dealing with larger branches. If larger branches do require tying we suggest using Arbor Tie and not using a heavy gauge rope or metal wire of any kind.
In more severe cases, you may find you need to tie the entire piece and possibly use one or more stakes to pull the piece back to its upright position.
If your upright evergreens look anything like the ones pictured above, at least now you know all may not be lost, take some pictures and stop in today for some specific advice on your situation.
Hollies, Rhododendrons, and Laurels are just a few examples of broadleaf evergreens common to our area. These plants help keep our landscapes looking beautiful year round. The dry winds of winter blow across these plants robbing them of their moisture and by winter's end they may have significant damage. A little care can prevent a great deal of this damage.
Wiesner Brothers Nursery recommends making the application of an anti-transpirant spray, such as "Wilt Stop" a part of your regular winter landscape maintenance. We feel this is especially important if any of your broadleaf evergreens are exposed to wind, planted in a container, have been freshly planted or transplanted or have sustained winter damage in the past.
"Wilt Stop" is a natural nontoxic spray which covers your plants with a protective coating which holds moisture in the foliage. It is available in a ready to use spray bottle and for larger areas a mix and use concentrate. Stop in today to learn more and pick yours up.
Leave the last blooms in the fall on the plant to form hips. This will slow growth and help them go dormant. Continue to spray with fungicide until the leaves drop. Rake off and remove all leaves from the rose bed to prevent diseases from harboring over winter. Do not compost these leaves, they may contain fungi. Apply a dormant spray or oil to help get rid of diseases that might return in the spring.
Even during winter, your roses need water to keep them healthy and prevent them from drying out. If there is no rain or snow for more than a few weeks, you should plan to water.
Roses do not need to be trimmed unless they are liable to be damaged by winter winds. Cover the crown of the plant with a soil mound about six inches high, then cover the entire plant and soil mound with hay, straw or a commercial plant cover.
Roses in containers can stand temperatures down to 28 F without protection or covering. If the temperature drops below this, move the containers into an unheated shelter. Be sure they are not near a window where warm sunlight might start plants growing. Water lightly enough so the soil doesn't dry out. Don't fertilize during the winter. When warm weather comes again put the containers outside and care for them as before.
To care for your Wiesner Bros. Fraser Fir Christmas Tree:
- Make a fresh cut straight across the base of the tree. Cut off approximately 1/4" to 1/2" before placing tree in the stand.
- Use a stand that will hold a half gallon of water or more
- Maximize the life and beauty of your tree by adding Tree Life (Christmas tree preserve)
- Check the water level twice daily, keep the stand full
- Make sure you place your tree away from heat sources, heating vents, radiators, fireplaces, and sunny windows
- Check the lights for broken bulbs and cords for frayed wiring
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A famous Contorted Filbert or commonly seen as Harry Lauder’s walking stick. This tree was discovered in the in the mid-1800s and has been a big hit ever since. This very slow growing tree has branches that grow, twisting and swirling. This tree makes a great centerpiece and there is nothing out there like it
This is one cool looking evergreen. This slow growing specimen can reach over 30 feet tall! This tree has odd colored needles covering it. They are green with yellow bands on them. This yellow intensifies as the summer goes on. It is rumor that this tree was sometimes kept at the entrance of Samurai's homes. This was due to the pine's toughness and endurance.
This is an ancient Japanese evergreen tree. Fossil records date it back to first appearing over 230million years ago (which is before the dinosaurs.) Unlike most pines the needles aren't needles. They have the shape of a needle but are not sharp and are soft, glossy and leaf like. These trees are very slow growers but may get between 15-27m tall. So come in soon to check out this prehistoric tree.