Garden Practices

Lawn Alternative Update

As the days slowly become warmer, we are all planning our garden planting for this spring. If you are considering exploring lawn alternatives this year, check out this great update from Susan Harris of Garden Rant about the lawn alternative program at the Scott Arboretum.…

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Declaring War on Mulch Mounding of Trees

Mike McGrath, radio personality of You Bet Your Garden, has declared war on the practice of mulch mounding of trees! To support his plea to cease and desist this practice, he has interviewed several tree experts including our own curator, Andrew Bunting.

Mulch mounding can be so devastating to trees that the Scott Arboretum only applies mulch on the ground around the tree. When we plant, we even pull back the ground to expose the dramatic root flare.

These colossal mounds of mulch retain moisture around the tree trunk, encouraging the development of adventitious root growth. These roots grow …

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It’s Time to Divide! 4 Tips for Dividing Sedges

It’s that time of year again: the time to divide! With the 19th Annual Members Plant Exchange & Sale right around the corner on Saturday, May 10th, our volunteers are digging, dividing, and repotting plants. They take care to make the transition from our gardens to yours as seamless as possible. This year we have removed a large number of sedges, which we have divided for the exchange in order to increase their vitality and performance in your gardens.

Here are some tips on how to divide sedges:

1. First, dig out a portion of the sedge mass in accordance …

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