Horticulture News – the 101 on Composting and Vermiculture
- Join ILSR’s May 7th webinar – Composting at Home: An Introduction to the Basics – to learn how to successfully compost at home. This webinar will cover the basics of hot composting outside and worm composting (or vermicomposting) inside.
- Visit our new web page: Home Composting: Its Time Has Come
- Learn the key ingredients to successful composting and what you need to get started: Home Composting Basics
Fertilizer labels always display three numbers in the same order, (for example, 10-6-4). They represent the percent by weight of three important nutrients:
- Nitrogen (N)—for green, leafy growth.
- Phosphorus (P)—for root and bud growth.
- Potassium (K)—promotes disease tolerance and drought tolerance.
Example: A 40 pound bag of 10-6-4 fertilizer has 10% nitrogen (4 pounds), 6% phosphate (2.4 pounds of P), and 4% potash (1.6 pounds of K).
Communities Thrive on Trees
Urban trees improve our lives by benefiting our economy, our environment, and our health. You can improve your community by being proactive, developing green infrastructure and putting trees to work for you. Thriving communities that adopt community tree programs improve the economic, social, and environmental wellbeing of their citizens. Green spaces attract people, commerce, and tourism. Conservation of urban forests and green space is a low-cost, multiple-benefit community investment.
General Pruning Techniques
Pruning Trees & Shrubs
Here are techniques and tips that will enable you to prune just about any landscape plant. There is nothing quite like getting the pruners in hand and getting out there, so once you get the basics down, go practice!
Timing of Pruning
You first must know the species, its condition, and the reasons you are pruning. As always, remove broken, dead, weak, or heavily shaded branches anytime. You can do light pruning about anytime. Remove unwanted growth to improve the structure of trees when the plant is young to prevent large pruning wounds. It is critical to train young trees for future form as early as possible. Pruning early means better health for the plant and the pocketbook! If you are unsure about how to prune trees, contact a certified arborist for guidance.