Bare Root Trees: What, Why & How

March 30, 2024

Bare-root trees are a Godsend for people looking to start their own orchard, food forest or simply beautifying their landscape! Much more cost effective than container or field grown trees, and with a very good survival rate there are many benefits in keeping with this time-honored tradition! We’re going to take a quick dive into them and...

Fruit Tree Care in March

March 8, 2024

March 19th is the vernal equinox, or the long awaited first day of spring. March is the perfect time to prune your stone fruits (cherries, peaches, apricots, nectarines, and plums). Weather depending, I like to have my pruning done by mid-March. There are many benefits to proper pruning of your fruit trees, especially stone fruits. By...

Japanese Maples

February 19, 2024

When it comes to Japanese maples, one is often overwhelmed by the shear amount of diversity within this species. One of the most beloved ornamental trees in modern cultivation! It’s easy to see why, given the scope of diversity amongst the different varieties. With some growing into trees around 20’-25’ to varieties being smaller, diminutive...

Fruit Tree Care in February

February 5, 2024

With a cold and snowy January behind us, it’s time to look towards the next step in caring for our fruit trees, pruning. February is the perfect time to prune pome fruits like apples, pears, and quince. While it can seem daunting to an initiate just getting into fruit tree cultivation, pruning is necessary for the overall health of your trees.

Trav the Tree Guy: The Top 10 Trees

January 15, 2024

There’s something that is so satisfying about planting a new tree in your lawn or in your landscape. It can be a large tree to provide shade, a small blooming tree for a flowerbed, or a lovely tree to mark a special occasion. No matter what the reason, planting trees has long term benefits to creating biodiversity on your property. While...

A Mycological Adventure

January 4, 2024

It might be an understatement to say that I’m a Plant Nerd. Between working in the industry, having a small greenhouse at home, and more plant babies than any sane person should have; plants take up a large portion of my time. A few months ago, I came across a Netflix documentary called Fantastic Fungi. I was enthralled at the process of...

Deciduous Conifers

December 11, 2023

People often ask, “What are the trees in Colonials courtyard?” Well, it’s a curiously beautiful type of tree called the Debonair pond cypress (Taxodium ascendens “Morris”) This particular tree, under proper growing conditions will reach roughly 60’ tall and have a spread of 20’. This tree is part of a genera of plants known as deciduous...

Christmas with Living Trees

December 6, 2023

You love the smell of fresh evergreen, but you're still struggling with the idea of what to do with that cut tree once the holidays are over? We get it... What if you could plant your tree afterwards? You can! And here is how: Start a New Family Tradition Purchasing live trees that you and your family can plant brings a new element...

Landscaping: The Fifth Pillar

November 27, 2023

If you live in Kansas City, you live in a city within a forest. Just look up slightly beyond the horizon...oh wait, can't see the horizon? Well, all those trees do obscure views! We are a blessed gaggle of humans here in 'flyover country'. We dwell in one of the densest urban forests in the U.S. Promoting the diversity and the...

Watering in Winter: Trees, Shrubs & Perennials

November 6, 2023

As a gardener, the winter offers us a bit of a respite from our outdoor gardening chores. We have cleaned and sharpened our tools, raked or mulched leaves and look forward to poring over the internet (or seed catalogs, which I still receive and love) looking for what we’re going to be planting in the Spring. Most don’t think about the newly...