Trees

Small Trees for Small Yards

One of the most common questions we get in the spring is do you have small trees? They do not mean trees that will get big, but rather trees that stay small. These kinds of trees can be difficult to find and even locate in a landscape. Small trees are often just shrubs that have been
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Garden Bones

Just the other day I remarked to a colleague about his garden and how we designed gardens with the “bones” in mind. Garden bones of course, are not the bones of any animal, but the strong plants that hold the garden together through all seasons, when perennials have faded
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A Stroll Through Jeryl’s Garden

Summer is far upon us now, and yet the gardens at Grimm’s are at their peak performance. Jeryl Grimm has a walk through her kitchen garden lined with annuals and some perennials for the enjoyment of her family and those who visit her. Around their house, Doug and Jeryl have plan
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Year In Review – Diseases & Abiotic Disorders

What a year for diseases! With a cool, wet spring, followed by a warm, dry summer, and then into a cool, wet August, we have had a myriad of diseases popping up in landscapes. I also saw a few abiotic problems on trees-damage done by homeowners unknowingly. We are here to help you lea
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5 Tips for Autumn

The weather has been steadily getting cooler; the western portions of Kansas and Nebraska have had freeze warnings and even snow! It is time to prepare our gardens and yards for winter. Here are some great tips to get your autumn work going! Spend time with your kids! If you have kids
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Mums the Word

Autumn is here! After spring, this is my favorite time of year. Hayrack rides, fall potlucks, the bounty of gardens spilling across the table, jelly making, and my family’s annual pumpkin carve party brings in the bounty of the autumnal season. And of course, chrysanthemums bloo
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Birds are for the Bugs!

That first sweet bite of peach in the hot July sun, off of your own tree in your own yard, makes you wonder about the truly good things in life. For my family and I it was about a move 3 years ago to where we are now, bringing a plethora of landscape plants and trees with us. The peac
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Planting Apple Trees

There is no experience quite like biting into a crisp, juicy, flavorful apple grown right in your own backyard! When I was a 5 years old, my parents set out 30 young apple trees in a plot behind our chicken coops. I watched those trees grow up, picked apples, pressed cider, and eventu
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Spring Bloom

Mid-Spring brings forth an eruption of color on all sides, from trees, shrubs, and perennials! Everywhere you turn there is a cacophony of color to enrich your life. Many of the best blooming plants in early to mid-spring are ephemerals and understory plants. Spring ephemerals are pla
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Redbuds in Northeast Kansas

The soft creep of green across the landscape has begun here in northeast Kansas. Along with it comes a flush of gentle colors among the trees and shrubs-the fluffy whites of flowering pear, American plum, and old fashioned spirea, the brilliant reds of quince, and the lavender hues of
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Kentucky Coffeetree

Growing up in North Central Kansas, I developed a love for large, tough shade trees to give rest from the intense summer heat. Although originally a prairie, my grandparent’s land is dotted with trees they collected seed for in their travels across America. They had me identify and ca
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Diversifying for Pollinators

It is very interesting how insects, birds, and plants can coexist naturally and amazingly, without killing each other off the planet entirely. Insects are around us, literally everywhere. While I can generally identify some 50 species of insects or more, there are another 200 lurking
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Champion Trees

The champion tree program has sparked interest in old, large trees across the country.  These large trees give viewers not only a sense of awe, but a glimpse into history.  These champion trees each have a story to tell, some that have been forgotten and others that live on in the min
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Allée Plantings

There is something mysterious yet beautiful about a walk or drive lined with trees whose branches are intertwined at the top, forming a dense, almost impenetrable canopy of leaves. In summer, it provides shade and comfort; in winter it gives an eerie sense of something waiting around
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Memorial Trees

Picking out a Memorial Tree
Planting a tree in honor of a loved one or friend can be an excellent way to remember them.  While we will focus on trees in this article, shrubs are also an excellent choice for memorial plants, especially if you are on a tighter budget. Where to Plant? Picking out a general location
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Designing Your Landscape for your House (and You!)

“Look at those shrubs; they are way too big for that spot.” “They have no landscape at all!” These and other statements are often heard by my patient wife and kids on drives to the city. Being a landscape designer and lover of architecture encourage me to proclaim these ideas. This pa
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The Air Spade: What is it and what does it do?

Let me cut strait to the chase: an air spade is a tool used to transplant trees of almost any size.  This is so incredibly different from a traditional tree spade!  To move any tree, especially the medium to large ones, we traditionally would dig them out of the ground with a tree spa
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Plant Showcase: Deciduous Conifers for the Central Great Plains

Ginkgo biloba
What is a conifer? A conifer is defined as a plant that produces naked seeds in cones or single naked seeds. We think of conifers with cones as pine, spruce, fir, juniper, yew, and arborvitae, but there are four deciduous conifers that we can grow in our region. An evergreen that lose
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Growing Cherries

Cherry 'North Star'
There is something strangely unique about tasting cherries off the tree in your own orchard. Most people are used to the large, sweet, Bing and Rainier cherries sold in grocery stores. They are always blemish free and look clean, but I have to wonder just what it took to get them to t
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Landscape Maintenance: The Who, Why, What, and When

A well maintained landscape, with annuals
When friends and neighbors ask me what I do for Grimm’s Gardens, I have a difficult time explaining my job. As the landscape maintenance foreman, I have a job that entails much attention to detail, a vast knowledge of plant life and growth stages, electrical and plumbing maintenance,
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DIY Fruit Tree Pruning

Winter Peaches
Mid-February is time to begin pruning your fruit trees! I have been pruning for two decades now and I am still learning better ways to prune my trees. Even the experts need to learn new tricks! I don’t own any fruit myself, but I care for my mother’s apple orchard, a privately funded
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Removing Plants from Grow Bags

At Grimm’s Gardens we use fabric grow-bags to give our customers the highest quality plants we can. We use a fabric aeration container that releases heat and root prunes a plant’s root structure. Your plants will live longer when the roots are properly flared (spread out) and no
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What Will Grow Near a Black Walnut Tree?

Black Walnut trees are wonderful if you are a cabinet maker, eat the walnuts, or leave them as forage for wildlife, or use the husks to make a colorfast dye.  But if you are a gardener, they provide a challenge, to say the least. A toxic chemical, juglone, diffuses from the roots into
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What Stays, What Goes: Pruning Technique

Do you have a young tree, just a few years planted in your yard?  Maybe you have a medium sized tree that is rubbing against your house and making creepy sounds.  If you have either, you probably need to prune.  The question is, “Where do I start??” To begin: First you need to inspect
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Barkophile

Being a tree person leads to many different obsessions – fall color, fruit, shade, and bark. I first heard the term barkophile, not an actual word but very real, used at a conference in Iowa last winter.  It has been used to describe arborists and landscapers who seek out trees for th
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Planting With Natives: Season Long Color for the Landscape, Using Natives in place of Aliens

Again I return to using native plants in the landscape. This is an ever growing concern, as we are seeing the loss of pollinators and native songbirds in our region. The loss of songbirds is felt by bird watchers and gardeners alike. How many of us put out birdseed in the winter month
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Sensory Gardens

Let your senses be aroused! Most of our gardens are designed for our eyes and our tastes. We use edibles and vegetable gardens to prepare a palette for our taste buds. We delight our eyes with textures, colors, scale, balance, and form. But do we create a garden that maintains these i
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A Study of Maples

Thoughts of autumn in New England, maple syrup, children throwing “tree helicopters”, wonderful shade, fall festivals. All these seem to embody the spirit of the maple tree. When our forefathers came to America they found the eastern forests full of tuliptrees, elms, chestnuts, red ma
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Pruning Fruit

Another round of snow is on the ground and winter is really bearing down on us! Now you should be holed up in your living rooms, browsing through seed catalogs and dreaming about all the flowers of summer. Even still, it is time to start thinking about pruning your fruit trees and ber
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Plants that Look Great with Snow

Snow on Boxwood
#1 Interesting Bark Bark is less noticeable in the summer because it is covered by trees.  Winter is the time where plants like this river birch shine! #2 Red Berries #3 Boulders #4 Low Branching Trees  and #5 Perennial Seed Heads #6 Evergreens #7 Interesting Shapes
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Garden Plants that Attract Birds

Goldfinch on Sunflower
In the autumn, after most of the leaves have fallen and the cold starts creeping into our days, I often look out my window for the bright colors of songbirds that stay through the winter. Having grown up in an area full of trees and woods, I miss many of the birds from my youth. In No
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Common Landscape Plants with Unusual Edible Qualities: Not Your Typical Fruit or Vegetable!

Lettuce grows well in a rocked landscape bed if planted each year.
We all want a landscape that is easy to maintain, provides beauty all year round, and provides benefits for our families, right? What if we create landscapes that are even more beneficial to our families and to wildlife, where we could, in season, simply pick fruit right off the tree
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Fall Garden Tips for an Easy Spring

  Crips autumn breezes and leaves beginning to change color have a mystical way of drawing us outside or to our windows to enjoy the season.  We are so blessed to be able to experience the dynamic changes that quietly happen all around.  Soon it will be winter and the ground cove
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Staking Trees

 Staking Trees It is important to properly stake newly planted trees, especially in areas that are not protected from the wind.  The goal of staking a tree is not immobilization, contrary to popular belief.  The goal is to stabilize the root ball and allow for the trunk of the tree to
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