What's Coming Up 183: Transplanting primer, gauging growth, overplanting a-purpose, enduring shaggy new evergreens

What's Up summary of this week's news

Janet Macunovich and Steven Nikkila help you grow

Issue #183, June 9, 2012

Scroll this Summary of the What's Up news.

Each title takes you to a fully illustrated article.
This week: We learned by doing, with special emphasis on making the most of mistakes and mis-timing... We posted 14 new articles with 96 new images.

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What's coming up this week

This week, our top story:

Digging in at the best and worst transplant times

We might break the rules by moving it now, but move it we will, and here's how, with a transplanter's primer, plant-moving tips from experts, and step-by-step pictures of specific moves: Redbud, peach, peony, arborvitae.

 

Our Mentors say... You can predict a tree or shrub's size.

We are never alone in the garden, for the gardening advice that came to us from a parent, neighbor or other veteran gardener grows on.

Whether we're choosing plants or assessing those already in the ground, we can tell how much a plant's growing each year to predict how big it will be, when. References and hands-on methods.

 

Big mistakes, Big lessons

This week in this department where big blunders become great treasures, we bet you'll relate to these three features.

1) Overplanting under the 'scope

It's often a year or two after the fact that a gardener realizes she's gone overboard in planting, or been the victim of overplanting. All is not lost. Overplanting may even be deliberate, with great outcomes! We envision the future of one overplanted bed, with specific how-to for fixing the unintentional crowd or making the planned excess work. Solutions involve directions for various methods, including pruning to beat overcrowding ( dwarf lilacs as the example), transplanting and gradual replacement techniques.

 

2) Tree stake's a mistake!

How can a bit of string be such a big deal? Read why, then go untie any tree that's staked, right now. Staking a tree is almost always unnecessary and very often downright harmful.

 

3) Hold those clippers: Let ungainly new evergreen grow out

Cute new evergreens often have a bad hair year, with wild shoots growing out in all directions. If your aim is to have a naturally shaped yew, spruce, juniper or pine, there's good reason to put up the clippers and accept some the gawky grow-out years...

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Stumpers

In this issue, we laugh together to salve two problems that have no solution.

1) New gloves still to be awarded

If you missed it in the last issue, no worries. We're still accepting glove count guesses, for some top of the line gloves for two lucky winners. New links to the complete run-down on recommended gloves.

2) Naming names: The wiltless clematis

Seems like every clematis in the world except yours is beautiful, and yours is wilting. The solution involves both a change of perspective and of the clematis. The new vine's a small flowered species but we're betting you will love it as much or more.

 

Experts afield

Kids report: The low down from the Detroit Zoo

Want to entertain children who visit your garden? Take a cue from two who taught us what they see, and meet some dandy caterpillars along the way.