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Episode 14 - Questions and Answers

Hydrangeas, bulbs, pruning gone awry?? Today's episode is provided by you, the listener! Hosts Charles and Kate Sadler answer listener questions on a range of topics.

Music: https://www.purple-planet.com

Episode 13 - The Outdoor Room

Having an outdoor living space is a wonderful way to enjoy the landscape. This week our hosts talk about the essentials for maximizing the comfort and enjoyment of an outdoor room. Creative use of materials can make for a beautiful and inviting space. Understanding the program of the space and how guests may use it is an important first step for planning the elements that will make up the outdoor room. Pathways and entrances must be designed to create flow or spaces sometimes go unused.

The Berkshire Botanical Garden - https://www.berkshirebotanical.org/

Episode 12 - Welcoming Wildlife

This episode is all about wildlife. How do we develop spaces that invite beneficial animals? Will this also mean more of the animals we might not want to invite into our yards? The impact of including native species of plants in a landscape design can be very positive. There are many planning and planting guides for developing habitat in your landscape.

USDA Backyard Conservation: Make a home for birds, butterflies, and nature's other creatures. https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/newsroom/features/?cid=nrcs143_023553

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/advice/gardening-for-wildlife/creating-a-wildlife-friendly-garden/

NWF Backyard Habitat https://www.nwf.org/garden-for-wildlife/create

Australian Broadcasting Corporation https://www.abc.net.au/gardening/factsheets/a-wildlife-garden/9427834

Jens Jensen - Pioneer in Landscape Architecture, with sensitivity to ecology and use of indigenous plants. https://tclf.org/pioneer/jens-jensen


Episode 11 - Back to Basics: Pruning Edition

This episode brings us back to basics with an outline of pruning techniques, tools, timings, and tips for beginning a hands on pruning practice in your landscape. Hosts Charles and Kate Sadler share information on how to identify where and what to prune on ornamental trees and shrubs.

Proper care begins with selecting the right plant for the right place. Tree Care Tips & Techniques from Arbor Day Foundation. https://www.arborday.org/trees/tips/

’The Ethics and Aesthetics of Topiary’, by Isis Brook and Emily Brady, 2003. https://www.academia.edu/209445/_The_Ethics_and_Aesthetics_of_Topiary_

A Guide to Successful Pruning, Pruning Shrubs. Extension Horticulturist, Virginia Tech. https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/430/430-459/430-459.html

‘A Guide to Successful Pruning: Pruning Basics and Tools’, Susan C. French, Extension Technician and Bonnie Lee Appleton, Extension Horticulturist, Virginia Tech. https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/430/430-455/430-455.html

Three Cut Tree Limb Pruning method, http://www.treesaregood.org/portals/0/docs/treecare/Pruning_matureTrees.pdf

Extensive pruning guide resources University of Florida, research based, Dr. Ed Gilman, https://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/woody/pruning.shtml

Beatrix Farrand - Founding member (sole women) of American Society of Landscape Architects. In her designs she advocated for continued oversight, detailed care & skilled pruning of her landscapes & gardens. https://tclf.org/pioneer/beatrix-farrand?destination=search-results

Episode 10 - Falling for Foliage

Hosts Kate and Charles Sadler are talking fall color. While sugar maples are often the stars of Autumn in the north east of North America, many other species of tree and even types of shrubs, vines and ground cover can provide fall color outside the sugar maple's range. This episode covers what to plant during the fall and what to prune. Tips also include using leaves for mulch and insulation. 

Fall Foliage Prediction Map U.S.A. https://smokymountains.com/fall-foliage-map/

Some of the key species mentioned for autumn color:

Boston Ivy - Parthenocissus tricuspidata 

Fothergilla (Native to North America) - Fothergilla gardenii

Persian Ironwood - Parrotia persica

Oakleaf Hydrangea (Native to North America) - Hydrangea quercifolia

Serviceberry (Native to North America) - Amelanchier canadensis

Sugar Maple (Native to North America) - Acer saccharum

Sumacs (Native to North America) - Rhus - various: varieties, sizes, foliage shapes and colors, including low growing, mid height to taller tree-like 

Virginia creeper vine (Native to North America) - Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Tupelo or Black Gum (Native to North America) - Nyssa sylvatica

 Benefits of mulching Autumn leaves into lawn (Michigan State University): https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/smart_gardeners_mulch_fallen_leaves_into_lawn_to_save_money

Love ‘Em and Leave ‘Em leaf mulching program. An initiative of Westchester County, NY to reduce organic yard waste: http://www.leleny.org/

Riverside Park Conservancy: https://riversideparknyc.org/

Oak Conservation In Latin American, Mexican Oaks, Morris Arboretum: https://globaltrees.org/news-blog/celebrating-and-protecting-mexicos-amazing-oak-diversity/

Check out fall color in other regions including the Yukon of Canada or Lapland in Finland.



Episode 6 - Hello Neighbor!

Hosts Charles and Kate Sadler talk neighborly landscape challenges and solutions in this week's episode. From fencing, to trees, to erosion issues, we look at how to come to workable solutions and when to seek the help of a landscape professional.

"Good fences make good neighbors" - Mending Wall - Robert Frost


U.S. Geological Survey: The National Map - Data Delivery; The Topographic Maps and geographical information system (GIS) data provided in The National Map are pre-generated into downloadable products often available in multiple formats. https://www.usgs.gov/core-science-systems/ngp/tnm-delivery/gis-data-download?qt-science_support_page_related_con=0#qt-science_support_page_related_con

Conflicts Involving Trees and Neighbors FAQs: https://realestate.findlaw.com/neighbors/conflicts-involving-trees-and-neighbors.html

Property Boundaries FAQs: https://realestate.findlaw.com/neighbors/property-boundaries.html

Fencing Laws and Your Neighbors FAQs: https://realestate.findlaw.com/neighbors/fencing-laws-and-your-neighbors-faqs.html

Boundary Markers: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boundary_marker

Stone Property Marker Example: http://www.williamsstone.com/Property-Markers.html


Episode 5 - Water Works

This week, hosts Charles and Kate Sadler talk irrigation. Starting with a very brief history, this episode covers tips for assessing your irrigation, when to seek out help, and what the future holds for more irrigation free landscapes. We touch on suggestions for wet and arid landscapes, and we welcome questions for more specific conditions for future episodes!

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) water  efficiency resources: https://www.epa.gov/watersense. This resource is useful for U.S. listeners, we expect principles can be utilized by other listeners as well. We invite listeners to share other regional recommendations in our comments.

EPA Water Efficiency Management Guide for Landscaping and Irrigation: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2017-12/documents/ws-commercialbuildings-waterscore-irrigation-landscape-guide.pdf

EPA Rain Garden Information: https://www.epa.gov/soakuptherain/soak-rain-rain-gardens

USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) - Water Resources - Irrigation Water Use: https://www.usgs.gov/mission-areas/water-resources/science/irrigation-water-use?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects

Alliance for Water Efficiency: http://www.allianceforwaterefficiency.org

 Some of the plant types mentioned by genus in this episode are: Lobelia and Ligustrum

Some of the plant types mentioned by common name in this episode are: Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides), Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum) and Tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica).

Episode 1 - The Right Tree

Trees Are Good! This episode focuses on key aspects of selecting, planting, and pruning new shade trees for your landscape project. Your hosts Charles and Kate Sadler share their visits to the tree growers of Portland,Oregon region. Considering the lifelong size and shape of the tree you plant has lasting implications for your landscape. We discuss practical tips including structural pruning as trees come home from the nursery and evaluating soil conditions and watering needs. Visit kinggardeninc on Instagram for images from our nursery visits.

Send questions, ideas, and corrections to connect@kinggardeninc.com, follow us on Twitter at In_Landscape

Scientific Names of Some Species Mentioned:

Live Oak - Quercus virginiana

California Live Oak - Quercus agrifolia

Texas Red Oak - Quercus texana

Water Oak - Quercus nigra 

 Some of the growers and gardens we visited in Portland Oregon region: 

J. Frank Schmidt & Sons Co. - wholesale grower of shade, flowering and specialty ornamental trees https://www.jfschmidt.com/

Iseli Nursery - wholesale growers of rare dwarf conifers, Japanese Maples, ornamental trees and shrubs http://www.iselinursery.com/

Portland Oregon Japanese Garden https://japanesegarden.org/

Links to the work of Dr. Ed Gilman - https://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/woody/pruning.shtml

Texas A&M University Tree Selector/ Planting Guide: http://texastreeplanting.tamu.edu/

Arbor Day Foundation https://www.arborday.org/

Tree and Shrub Encyclopedia by Michael A. Dirr: Dirr's Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs

Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder https://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/plantfinder/plantfindersearch.aspx

TreesAreGood.org provides the public with educational information about the benefits of trees and how to properly care for trees in the urban environment. The site contains resources from the International Society of Arboriculture, and also provides a collection of reliable tree care information provided by other industry organizations. https://www.treesaregood.org/

Planting the right tree for Energy Conservation - University of Florida http://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/design/landscaping-for-specific-sites/planting-trees-for-energy-savings.html




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