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How often for new plantings?
If weather is cool (<70F) once per week.
If weather is warm (70-85) twice per week.
If weather is hot (>85) 3 times per week.
If weather cooks (>100) 4 times per week.
How about second season & beyond?
Reduce frequency by half each year. During the hot spells, though, ALL plants should get a good, deep watering.
What about the Rain?
Quality rain events (about a half inch) count as one watering. Shorter rainfalls may only moisten the mulch, missing the roots.
After a heavy rain (over an inch), don't water for about a week. Allow a minor drought to:
A plant that is getting watered too often, and for weeks on end, may suffer root rot, wilting, and foliage discoloration.
An over-watered plant looks a lot like an under-watered plant.
Wilting or color change can occur either way.
Let it go dry for a week or two. It may pick up.
Allow a monthly drought (a week or so) to help prevent root rot.
If weather is hot, a drought only needs to last 4 or 5 days.
Manual Watering Method
A person, with a hose, standing by each hole. About 1 minute total per plant. Fill tree-ring area gently. Use a wide mouth soaker nozzle. If just a hose, keep it low pressure.
If Stage 2 Watering Restrictions come back, watering is allowed, just more difficult.
"Watering by a can or bucket will be allowed as long as water comes from inside the house, reclaimed water or rain barrels."
2/7/8 NEWS&OBSERVER, PAGE 14A
From inside house: use a big watering can with shower head. Refill fast from tub.
Private wells almost always allowed.
Newer plantings: water only 5-15 inches from stem, where roots are.
Diligent watering will keep plants alive.
Listed in the Frequently Asked Questions
Plants like a new layer of mulch every other year. 3" to 4" is good. Keep mulch from piling up against the stem of the plant (bug/rot invasion route). MULCHING service.
In addition to retaining moisture, mulch keeps the roots cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
A1Plantings have slow-release fertilizer tablets buried about 4" down. These tabs last up to 2 years as they are broken down by bacteria. Please do not add additional fertilizer for 2 years.
Although fertilization is optional after a plant is established, plants will respond to regular water and nutrients with faster growth, more fullness, and more blooming.
If you add fertilizer, commit to a heavier watering schedule, to prevent scorching.
Winter is a good time to prune. Most plants will suffer no real damage from pruning during the cold season.
Some specific information:
For plants that bloom in summer/fall on current year's growth (Crape Myrtle, Rose of Sharon, Knockouts), prune in winter.
For trees or shrubs that bloom in spring from buds on one-year-old wood (Dogwood, flowering fruit trees), prune after flowers fade.
For conifers (needle trees such as pine, cedar and hemlock), you can remove whole branches back to the trunk. Leave part of the branch with some needles if you want it to grow back.
Keep the lower branches on the trunks of larger trees for 1 or 2 years to protect against sun-scald.
Weeds are unavoidable. WEEDBLOCK helps, but weeds will appear, especially in newly mulched areas. Weeds like mulch, too.
Pre-empt weeding work by killing all the grass before planting date. Apply Roundup (or other Glycophosphate) to the grass. May take up to 10 days to appear dead.
Hint: Before spraying, empty garden hose can shape a planting area.
Perhaps trace the area with paint to make sprayings accurate.
Each plant has links to IMAGES & FACTS.
Try links at right, to open DEODAR info.
Try links below, to open GENERAL info.
Link to a unique GOOGLE IMAGES, tailored to that plant. Google finds hundreds of images of how a plant could look.
Link to a unique Fact Sheet. Best 'Cultivar', species, or Family match.
We link to NCSU when possible, as they are a local (southern) authority.
NCSU PLANT FACT SHEETS
USDA PLANT FACT SHEETS
ARBOR DAY PLANT FACT SHEETS
TAYLOR SITE = unique Taylor Nursery page.
GROWER's are detailed lists of Retail Prices, current sizes, & availability.
SEARCH info direct from our SOURCES:
~ Retail prices ~ all free delivery ~
TAYLOR SITE (direct)
GROWER TWO PRICES
GROWER THREE PRICES
GROWER FOUR PRICES
GROWER FIVE PRICES
Needle-like foliage branches to the ground.
Roll over icons for descriptions:
Pots versus Balled and Burlapped (B&B) Primer
10, 20 & 25 gallon pots; pot cart
B&B in a one-ton cart
Pots are container-raised plants. All plants sold by the 'gallon' are pots.
Trees2Go prefers and recommends pots. They are a better overall option.
Pots are much easier to handle than B&B.
Roots arrive intact, ready to work.
The success rate will be higher.
Good availablility of most plants, any size.
Potted stock is usually not quite as full (filled out) as same-height B&B.
Large pots with great stature CAN start to get very expensive.
Pots are grtting better, more fuller.
Many growers are adopting POT-IN-POT systems, where plants enjoys more growing space between them >> with more room to spread out, they are wider and fuller.
Most of our sources have some P-N-P.
|Balled & Burlapped are grown directly in the ground, spread out in a field. Plants are dug-to-order, "balled" by a machine, "burlapped" to keep the rootball together, and wire-caged.
B&B are generally wider and fuller, as they enjoy more open space to grow.
The B&B process is cheaper, so prices are a little lower.
Upon harvest (or 'digging'), roots are cut in a circle at base of B&B plant. Plant will spend a lot of energy healing roots, instead of growing new foliage.
B&B are heavier, due to large rootballs.
Most of the wire-cage and burlap will remain on the plant and get buried below grade.
B&B are HEAVY, but not impossible for most homeowners.
Trees2Go carefully delivers and places them right at planting locations.
Two to four people can roll plant into hole. Careful, once it's in, it's difficult to get out.
Use a lever (giant crowbar or stiff pipe) to assist with fine-tuning plant to vertical.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Plant Sizing: Caliper? Gallons? Tall?
Plants will arrive either in a pot or as B&B. Plants are priced by caliper, by gallons, or by initial height (tall).
Caliper is the diameter of the trunk measured 6" above ground. Applies mainly to B&B.
Gallons is the size of the plastic pot the plant may arrive in. This is a nominal dimension, not the actual gallon capacity.
Tall is from base of plant to tip (rootball does not count). Any plant may be listed this way.
If a pot lists 8' tall = at least 8' to tip.
If B&B lists 8' tall = a range of 8' to 10'.
see also: Pots Vs B&B Primer
Help, I don't speak 'plant'!
open BOTANICAL TERMS
open TRANSLATE COMMON TO LATIN
open LATIN PLANT NAME MEANINGS
Why list by height in TREES & SHRUBS,
and by families in FLOWERS?
Trees & Shrubs best selected by size, to fit the given space.
Flowers & More best selected by family, to fit the given whimsy.
Why does ultimate height have a range?
Local environment affects growth. Plants rarely reach ultimate height when planted in the open (they get wider instead). Very tall trees usually grow in a deep forest, reaching ever-higher for limited light.
Can I trust the plant quality?
Yes. Well-established, local sources. Quality plants, usually exceeding expectations, both in initial size and overall fullness. GUARANTEE
Can I touch the plants before ordering?
Some: Taylors stock only. They have a good display and are convenient to Raleigh. Other SOURCE NURSERIES not set up for retail. Place all orders directly with Trees2Go for free delivery & volume discount.
Can we plant this time of year?
Yes. ANY POT is OK, ANY time of year (except for frozen conditions). Generally, the BEST time is from mid-October to early spring. Here in NC, roots grow year-round. If springtime, plant ASAP before the summer heat hits. If summertime, use LOTS of extra water. B&B is ONLY OK from October 15 through April 1.
Why a fee for a site visit?
Time, and fairness. We take people's landscape's seriously, and we want folks to be serious with us. If people are genuinely looking for our services, a returnable fee is very fair.
$50 fee is 100% applicable to $300 minimum order size, whether delivery or planting.
How does your process work?
1. 919-266-7939 or email@example.com
2. We talk and e-mail ASAP.
3. We consult at your site (as needed).
4. We e-mail spreadsheet quote.
5. We talk and e-mail some more!
6. We begin/deliver upon your approval.
Initial plans are rarely the final plan. It is the basis for a detailed quote. After any changes, confirm order via e-mail.
How do I select for deer resistance?
open DEER as reference. Above Right
Who do we call to mark utility lines?
"1-call" ~ 811 (new #). Free. Above Right
Guarantee vs. Warranty? (DEFINITION)
Pots are GUARANTEED to arrive healthy and of satisfactory quality.
Our plantings include a WARRANTY, for coverage after installation.
Can delivered plants wait a few weeks before I get to planting?
Yes, but take good care. A plant out of the nursery is like a fish out of water. Rootballs are much safer in the ground. Water about daily. Protect from hot afternoon sun. Plant ASAP.
How do I plant here in the South?
Consider our A1PLANTING DESCRIPTION.
Am I limited to the plants on site?
No. We acquire from several SOURCES (1200+ plants) - if you find it, tell us where.
If you purchase and bring home yourself, we can install CUSTOMER-SUPPLIED-PLANTS.
How do I care for new plantings?
Water, Mulch, Prune, Weed. At Top
Why are my new plantings losing leaves?
When plants go from the care of a nursery to an exposed planting (maximum sun/less water), they can go into 'shock'. Usually temporary, it is important to keep watering and wait for the plant to get comfortable. Often it will re-leaf fast, even in late summer.
Why are my plants looking dead? I watered more, but they got worse.
Perhaps Overwatering. See info At Top
How do I control common plant diseases, like black spot and powdery mildew, and insect attack?
Try a plant care formula from your local home store. A product like Bayer 3-in-1 Advanced Garden Disease Control should keep these issues in check.
This website sure has a lot of searches and links. Do people really use those?
Yes, and Trees2Go is the biggest user of all. We check availability, facts, and such all the time. Really, Mike optimized for Mike.
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Visit any part of website.
Links on left side go to that section.
Links on right side OPEN a NEW PAGE.
B&B are more finicky than pots.
B&B should ONLY be planted while dormant. The risk of death increases if planted during the hot season.
A1PLANTING WARRANTY B&B restriction:
From April 1 to October 15, B&B coverage is reduced to re-installation only.
Simply a bad time to plant B&B (hot).
Plant during the cooler seasons, so B&B (or any plants) will settle in and start rooting before the summer heat comes around.
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Deer Resistance Information
DEER RESISTANT PLANTS as PDF
Lists of seldom, occasionally, and frequently deer damaged plants. Created for Pender County by NCSU, but very useful for all of us.
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1-Call Utilities Locating: 811 (new #)
Free service to locate & mark wired utilities.
Usually completed within 24 - 48 hours.
Blue = Water
Green = Sewer
Orange = Phone and cable
Red = Power
Yellow = Gas
Sprinkler & dog fence companies may be able to locate & mark their buried components.
Mow lawn just before calling.
Take pictures for your records.
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This is a SHORT summary of how Mike & Traci do it. Use as you will.
Consider your property as individual living spaces, or "rooms". Do you want big play areas, or more (smaller) spaces? more privacy? maybe a natural fence? or even just remove barriers?
1. Choose your largest plants first. Think of the big picture . . . wait off on smaller flowers & shrubs until the major items are settled.
Decide Where, then proceed . . .
2. Open TREES & SHRUBS first. Narrow to:
3. What Ultimate Size?
Trees & Shrubs are listed from LARGEST to smallest. Pick plants to fit the given space, and not overwhelm over time.
This sorting method is unique >> get new ideas as you scan the list.
4. Consider Exposure
Check Sun and Cloud icons to make sure plants get enough light. 4 hours of direct light is enough for a full sun plant.
5. About specimen plants . . don't load up on too much flash. Use plenty of more common, basic plants for framing. This will allow the truly beautiful to shine.
6. Now, consider smaller plants. FLOWERS are the jewelry of the plant world. They deliver great beauty, for at least a while each year. Plant some that bloom any-time-but-spring, to even out the interest. Need help with choosing matching plants? try this COLOR WHEEL.
All colors are the friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites. -Marc Chagall
7. We do like evergreen plants. They offer structure 365 days a year (deciduous are mighty important, too). Use enough evergreen to keep the treescape from going too bare (or 'skeletal') in winter.
8. Avoid what I call the 'potluck effect' of having one each of every kind of plant. This can turn a yard into a messy mish-mash of just too many things going on.
Better to have higher quantities of less plant types. A large grouping or row of a single plant is strong.
9. Maybe leave room for annuals (planted by you). Just 2% to 10% of planting area is enough to really show off these small plantings. Look different every year. Any mistakes quickly fade to next year. Entirely optional.
Shape the annuals bed so that, if you fail to plant, there is no yawning gap.
Note: Trees2Go sells no annuals, so they are customer-supplied only. A1Planting can PLANT, but that misses the point.
10. Talk to Mike. He makes nursery calls, knows where to find the best plants, and will make sure you get a nice collection.
(919) 266-7939 or CONTACT or E-MAIL
There is much more to designing, of course, but I hope this info lends some direction.
Working together, we are
Creating Treescapes of Distinction.
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More about this Business Model
Trees2Go.com LLC is a homegrown business with roots in Raleigh.
We do own the Trees2Go Nursery at 4920 Mial Plantation Road, Raleigh NC 27610.
Sorry, nursery is not staffed for visitors. Website is our store.
Mike is webmaster (since 2003), creating all content. I am always improving it, to present an ever-clearer picture of our quality operation.
The website is co-optimized for 2 distinct markets:
Trees2Go.com (do-it-yourselfers) and
A1Planting.com (have us get it done).
I have yet to find another plant sales company that uses our unique logic:
1. Sort Trees & Shrubs by HEIGHT, plus Deciduous LEFT, Evergreen RIGHT.
Why? check Faq & Design Tool. Most other sites are alphabetical or by family.
2. Linking plants to FACTS & IMAGES.
Good information = informed decisions.
3. Using SOURCE information as such.
We publish data from our suppliers, so everyone can check info.
I value website COMMENTS. Please inform me of any errors of any sort. Or anything that deems a comment. If you know of ANY company using our copywritten information/method, please let me know.
We do offer OWNERSHIP rights (NOT OF T2G - your own Top Level Domain & copy of site data). No takers yet, but, we do know from personal experience that this is a great sales & service business. A very good niche.
We hope you find this site valuable. Even if you never place an order, please spread the word about us to your friends and neighbors. Thanks!