St. Johns University Chooses East End Trees Nurseries

st-johns-mumsWe are proud to announce that St. Johns University has chosen East End Trees as it’s supplier for Mums and other plants to be used to decorate around the campus. If you have ever been to St. Johns you know it is one of the most beautiful campuses in New York. The management group and staff there decorate many locations several times a year to keep a fresh and ever changing look.

Thank you St. Johns for choosing East End Trees, we are truly blessed.

Do Your Mulch Now to Protect Your Plants

mulchMulch is a garden’s best friend. It holds down grasses and weeds that will compete with your new plants roots for water, and also helps the soil retain water. It helps the soil from becoming overly compacted and acts as an insulator during the winter months. Create a mulch bed around your tree that is 2-3 inches thick, while encircling your tree with a several foot diameter. It is also recommended to leave a slight area mulch free just where your trunk reaches the ground.

  • Mulch: 1 yard covers 10’ x 10’ = 100 sq ‘
  • Applying high quality mulch in the spring / fall helps insulate your plant’s roots by keeping the soil around the plant warmer and moist.
  • Cold nights or rapid temperature drops can harm or kill plants, but proactive mulching will protect your plants.
  • Mulching also suppresses weed growth by almost two-thirds.
  • Mulch provides nutrients to plants as it decomposes, prevents erosion, and helps retain moisture in dry months.
  • Adds color and volume to your garden.

Wind Damage to Plants & What To Do

After a long harsh winter here on long island, damage to your trees and shrubs is to be expected. This past season was one of the worst we have seen in years and everyone’s landscape has that same brown cast to everything.

Here is what causes this damage.

Wind Desiccation: Wind desiccation occurs when trees and shrubs are exposed to dry, cold sweeping winds. Moisture from stems and leaves are drawn out of the leaf and stem tissue, causing cells in the leaves and stems to break down. The results of this are leaves that have a brown cast on the whole leaf or on certain sections of the leaf. Plants that are constantly exposed to winds should be given protection by applying an anti-desiccant such as wilt pruf which we use here at the nursery or constructing a wind barrier which could be made of burlap in late November.

Leaf scorch/reflective damage: Leaf scorch/reflective damage occurs when plant parts not covered by snow are exposed to reflective sunlight from the snow. Keep in mind we had snow on the ground almost all winter. The light intensity causes a burn on exposed leaves and needles. Again, applying wilt pruf will help protect from leaf scorch.

Salt Damage: Salt damage can occur from municipalities and snow contractors applying salt to roadways. This can damage plants in two ways. First, when salt and snow melt, passing cars create a spray which coats leaves and stems. The salt draws the moisture out of the cell tissue causing brown spots on broadleaves or brown tips on needled evergreens. Secondly, salt works its way into the root systems of plants and causes damage to root hairs, which are vital to nutrient and water uptake. This is also what happened to many homeowners on the south shore when sandy hit. Once it gets warm this spring, hose down your plants and soak the soil thoroughly to dilute salt buildup from the winter.

Now what do I do? Your first reaction is that plants are dead and need to be removed. Although we would love to sell you a bunch of new plants we would rather be honest with you and tell you that many of your trees and shrubs are actually alive and will bounce back. Be patient…Many plants that have winter burn need to have their first flush of growth (new leaves emerge). This happens anywhere from mid-may to mid-June, depending on the variety. At this point you will be able to tell what needs to be pruned and what plants are not going to make it.

The answer: You should absolutely apply bio-pak plus fertilizer in late fall which is critical for winter survival. The fertilizer works its way into Bio Pak Plusthe root system and is available for the plant when the plant actively starts growing again. Preparation in the fall will be your best step in making sure winter damage is minimal and your plants bounce back faster after a severe winter. You can also apply bio-pak plus right now to help bring those plants back to their beauty and color. Remember, you just have to wait!!!

These are some of plants to expect winter damage on:

  • Skip laurel * Cherry laurel * Holly * Rhododendron * Azalea * Japanese pieris (andromeda)
  • Leucothoe * Skimmia * Boxwood * Various pines, junipers, cypress * Leyland cypress
  • Yews * Arborvitae

Macy’s Holiday Catalogue

Macy’s, one of America’s largest retailers, uses East End Trees plants in its world renowned holiday catalog.

Honest Tea

East End Trees Camellia plants were used in national television / internet commercial for Honest Tea.