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10 Plant Myths Debunked

The three most important things to consider when installing a tree, shrub or other plant are location, location, location. That can be very difficult if the map to the road of success is filled with bad information. Today I’ll dispel some misinformation that’s out on the gardening highway about planting and about trimming what will soon be growing. So let’s proceed.

#1 Weeping and other Willow trees love poorly drained soil.
No! This family of plants was not put on earth to be water vacs. No plant, including Willows, wants to be planted in standing water. Willows will grow under wet conditions, but not very well. They will continually drop dead wood and have a short life. Good drainage makes all trees happy.

#2 All Hostas should be planted in the shade.
NO! All hostas do very well in areas that receive morning sun. The non-variegated green leaf Hosta varieties will do well in all day sun. Keep all hostas protected against deer.

#3 All red leafed plants need lots of sun to keep their color.
NO! All red leafed plants will keep good leaf color with as little as 4 hours of sun daily. The perennial ‘Coral Bells’ will keep its red leaves when planted in total shade. Its leaves stay on year round adding to its landscape value.

#4 All trees and shrubs can be pruned anytime they need it.
NO! Trees and shrubs that bloom sometime during the growing season have a pruning schedule that ensures next year’s blooms. All flowering trees and shrubs should be pruned within six weeks after they bloom. The new growth that will develop after the pruning will have sufficient time to form new buds for next year.

#5 Grass should be mowed short during the summer to save watering.
NO! There is a direct correlation between blade length and root depth. Grass blades are storage tanks of moisture, and the longer the blade, the deeper the roots and the moisture holding capacity. Raise your mower during the summer to cut your lawn at 2 ½” to 3” long. A sharp mower blade helps with the over all health of the lawn too.

#6 Drought tolerant plants don’t need water their first year before establishment.
This is the most dangerous period in a plants life. We either water too much or too little. Drought tolerant plants do need moisture in the soil as they get established. This can take one to two growing seasons. Always check the soil for moisture using your garden trowel. When the soil looks and feels dry, water – if moist leave alone and check tomorrow.

#7 All Hydrangeas have the same growing requirements.
The large leaf Macrophylla varieties will tolerate lots of shade. They will also grow in lots of sun. The other varieties do best in lots of sun. Do not prune back old growth on the large leaf till mid May when the leaves emerge from the buds.

#8 Deer resistant plants means deer won’t eat them.
Deer resistant does not mean deer proof. Landscape plants which are labeled deer resistant refer to those plants which deer don’t usually eat but it doesn’t mean they will never eat them. They will still eat deer resistant plants but only if and when there aren’t more tasty plants around to munch on. There are also some great deer deterrent products that you can apply to keep Bambi out of your yard.

#9 All insects are bad
Less than 3% of all insects pose a threat to any plant. The vast majority of insects actually live off of eating each other or put another way, “Survival of the fittest”

#10 Imidacloprid repels insects, such as Japanese Beatles.
No, it actually kills them when they chew on the plant treated with the chemical. This fantastic pesticide kills the bugs as they chew. Imidacloprid is a very safe pesticide that causes the bug to lose its appetite which in turn causes it to starve to death. Environmentally, it is very friendly.

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