Monday, March 21, 2016

Weekend Workshop

Ten people participated in Wildwood Nursery's Sunday Tree Shaping Class!

They braved the wet weather to learn about the growth habits of different types of Japanese Maples, Dogwoods, and Natives.  They also helped prune several of the trees on the grounds of Wildwood.

They spent the second half of the class inside the barn working with container plants.  We covered both root pruning and canopy pruning.

Wildwood is always happy to schedule private workshops for gardening curious groups.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Swampy Weekend

Near Alpine Lake Mt Tam, CA
Everyone's yammering about the 'March Miracle' in California.  We're back to a Mediterranean climate after the Baja California dry spell.

So some spots in the forests resemble the Bayou and there's vernal pools everywhere!  As excited as we all are it's important to let the ground absorb the water.  Trying to move water from low points in a garden is a waste of water/energy if buildings are a safe distance away.  Working in and compacting soggy soil ruins soil structure.

Stay in the starting blocks a bit longer before jumping into Spring Cleaning!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Orchard Pruning

A small Glen Ellen, CA vineyard and orchard required an early March visit from Wildwood.

The owners planted pears and apples forty years ago.  These old trees have been kept relatively low over the years.  This requires constant attention to maintain their height. 

An aggressive Spring tree pruning coupled with lighter summer snips prevents branches from breaking under the weight of fruit and allows easy access to all parts of the tree for harvest!