Formal Boxwood garden

For the Love of Boxwood, a healthy, green boxwood looks about as dignified as a plant can be. It adds an air of formality and permanence to the landscape, taking center stage in winter when trees are leafless and then receding gracefully into the background in summer when flowers dominate. Its tidiness and ease of maintenance make it a favorite just about everywhere it grows.

“Man’s Oldest Garden Ornamental,” was introduced to North America from Europe in the mid-1600s and reached its peak popularity in the United States during the early 19th century and again during the Colonial Revival era. Horticultural interest in the genus Buxus is maintained today by many nurserymen, landscapers and homeowners.

While the most familiar forms are what are commonly referred to as “American” (Buxus sempervirens) and “English” (Buxus sempervirens ‘Suffruticosa’) boxwood, there are about 90 species and over 365 different cultivars known exhibiting a wide variety of forms and foliage. Several of the more unusual cultivars are now in commercial production.

Boxwood is considered to be a low-maintenance shrub, but certain practices are recommended to keep the plants healthy. The fall is the best time for boxwood planting and mulching, while the winter is the ideal time for pruning, thinning, and protection. Boxwood can be planted in the spring, which is also the time for monitoring insects. Inspection of plants for insects should continue in the summer, during which time there should be attention to weed control and the watering needs of the plants.

Boxwood plants may be used as individual specimens, hedges, parterres and groups. Special uses include growth in containers, topiary, and bonsai. Boxwood can be seen growing in many public and private gardens in the United States, but most especially in the Mid-Atlantic area. The largest collections of species and cultivars can be seen at the Virginia State Arboretum in Boyce, Virginia, where The American Boxwood Society maintains the Boxwood Memorial Garden and at the U. S. National Arboretum in Washington, D. C.

Boxwood also makes for great container plants.

Boxwood also make for great container plants.

 

Planting 

When choosing where to plant boxwoods, make sure to plant them in the spot most appropriate for their needs. A full or part sun location is needed for optimum growth of this specimen. Successfully growing boxwood requires well-drained soil and while the plants prefer soil to be organic, the boxwood’s soil needs are adaptable.

When planting, consider your year round climate. If temperatures become extremely hot in summer, boxwood plants will appreciate afternoon shade and regular watering. Water deeply, as frequent, shallow irrigation will not reach the root zone of the growing boxwood. Until established, after about two years, boxwoods will need at least weekly watering.

When planting boxwood, locate them in an area that is protected from winter wind to avoid a condition called winter bronzing. Plant at the same level they were planted at the nursery or in the container. Planting  too deeply can lead to stress and possibly death.

Formal Boxwood Garden

Formal Boxwood Garden in France

Boxwood can go in any garden

Boxwood can go in any garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Care

Boxwoods can’t take standing water and heavy, wet soil. Poor drainage leads to root rot, which in turn causes parts of the shrub to become light brown and die. You can prune out the dead stuff, but unless you improve the drainage by redirecting excess water or amending the soil with lots of organic matter, the whole plant will eventually die.
Properly mulching the shallow-rooted boxwood helps retain moisture and keep roots cool. Growing boxwoods should have a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch extending 12 inches past the foliage. As with all shrub mulching, trunks should not be covered.
Aside from watering and mulching, growing boxwood is a low maintenance task, unless you wish to keep them as a sheared hedge. Shearing, or pruning of boxwood, is the most time-consuming part of care when they are grown as a hedge, but you will be rewarded with a healthy, long-lasting hedge. Older plant care will include thinning limbs to allow sunshine to reach the inner foliage.
The boxwood leaf miner is the most common pest one must deal with when caring for boxwoods. If foliage begins to yellow, treat with organic oil or insecticidal sprays. Phytophthora root rot may result from soggy soils.
Yearly soil tests can determine if the soil pH for the boxwood is correct. Soil pH should be between 6.5 and 7. It is best to test the soil before planting boxwood. pH can be raised with the addition of lime and lowered by sulfur.
As slow-growing landscape, boxwoods are valuable plants, and consequently they are expensive. Take time to choose where to plant boxwood carefully. Remember to water and mulch properly for a long-lived, vigorous specimen.

Boxwood infected with Leaf Miner.

Boxwood infected with Leaf Miner.

Boxwood winter damge

Boxwood winter damage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you LOVE your boxwoods? Do you want them to have the best care possible to keep them healthy and safe for years to come? Call T&T today and we will come out, examine your plants and discuss our 3 Step Boxwood Program and how it can help keep your plants looking great.

Those who want to learn more about boxwood — and see it growing in all its unsheared shapes and sizes — can visit the National Boxwood Collection at the United States National Arboretum, in Washington (202-245-2726 or usna.usda.gov).
Blandy Experimental Farm, at the State Arboretum of Virginia, in Boyce, Va., also maintains 95 varieties of boxwood, with the help of the American Boxwood Society (540-837-1758 or blandy.virginia.edu).
“The American Boxwood Society Boxwood Handbook: A Practical Guide to Knowing and Growing Boxwood” (Greater Valley Publications; $22), by Lynn R. Batdorf, the curator of the Boxwood Collection at the United States National Arboretum, lists many of the best cultivars for the Northeast.

Boxwood garden

 

 

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English Oak Donated To The
Women’s Recovery Community Center of Doylestown

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Jesse Condon & Harry Burak of T&T Tree & Landscaping Services

“This tree has been donated by Harry J Burak and Jesse Condon of T&T Tree Service. It is meant as a symbol of strength and endurance of the women in the house on the path to recovery. Regardless of personal beliefs of spirituality and whether God exists inside of things, or at all, one thing is fact: To be compassionate of others, respectful, and have unconditional love for all living things on Earth makes us better human beings. It helps us to triumph over ignorance, greed, and addiction. We must never forget we are always human and we carry the entire burden of being only human. The wisdom of trees tells us we do not one day land on planet “everything is okay”, it is okay in the moment and like them, we must also live in the moment. They teach us how to endure and accept the what is.

The location was chosen because of the old stump adjacent from the new planting. It is also significant in representing that there is a beginning and ending to everything in life. The beauty is that one day; all good things do come back.”

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Harry J Burak ISA Certified Arborist
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Business Owners:
Richard Mowry ISA Certified Arborist NJ Tree Expert #420
Theodore Porczynski ISA Certified Arborist

Midway Volunteer Fire Company Carnival

Midway Volunteer Fire Company Carnival

 

Midway Volunteer Fire Company Carnival

It is  that time of year for everyone to come and enjoy the Midway Volunteer Fire Company Carnival! Come out and enjoy all the family friendly games, rides, and great food. Win some great prizes. Grand Prizes: 2 Polaris ATVs and Triton trailer. Auxiliary Prizes: 2 Super 50/50 drawings of up to $2,500. Parking is FREE. Ride the rides all night long for $25.00 per night per person. Carnival runs July 16-18 and 23-25. Hours: Thursdays 6:30pm until 10:30pm Fridays & Saturday: 6:00PM until 11:00PM For additional details and information please check out our Carnival and Raffle pages on our website and on Facebook 

Certificate of Appreciation   for T&T Tree Services from Midway Fire Company


Certificate of Appreciation
for T&T Tree Services from Midway Fire Company

T&T’s Duke Godshall & Boy Scout Troop 200

T&T's Duke Godshall Boy Scout troop 200 gift certificate

 

T&T Tree & Landscaping Services longtime employee Duke Godshall has spent over 20 years working with the local boy scouts troops in PA. This year, thanks to fundraising efforts and supporters such a T&T, Boy Scout Troop 200 raised enough money for their  annual camping trips and a special trip to Washington DC.

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Camping at Greenbelt Park

T&T Services Duke Godshall Boy Scout Troop 200 Cammping in Greenbelt Maryland

Setting up camp in Greenbelt Maryland

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Just a little wet at the campsite

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Working together cooking a great breakfast.

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Short break during a lot of sight seeing in Washington D.C

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 Boys Scout Troop 200 Warminster PA  presents wreath to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Boys Scout Troop 200 Warminster PA presents wreath to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

This is only a sampling of the many pictures Troop 200 has of their most recent adventure. Without the support of their communities and dedication of time by local men and women, none of this would be possible. For more then 40 years, BSA Troop 200 has been a part of the Bucks County Council, for a very special moment in this troop’s time, please check  out Facebook for video of them presenting a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier!

Storm Damage

 

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Storm damage, it can happen anytime, to anyone.  When fate decides it’s your turn, and you need help fast, call T&T Tree Services. When an emergency hits, we will be there promptly to help take care of the situation quickly and lessen the possibility of further damage as much as possible.

Trees can be damaged by high winds, snow, ice and/or other severe weather. Some damage will require immediate attention while others may be dealt with at a later time.

Safety is a primary concern when working with trees. Any work that requires a chain saw, or cannot be performed from the ground, should be done by a professional tree-care service or certified arborist. One or both should be consulted when assessing trees for possible removal.

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Some storms may not break the above ground portion of the tree but instead might tip the tree over by breaking some of the roots. Trees leaning uprooted from root breakage usually do not survive for long. If a tree tips in a storm, it often means the tree had damaged or poorly developed roots prior to falling or leaning over. Larger, more mature trees rarely survive attempts to pull them back into place. These generally should be removed and replaced. Smaller and more recently planted trees have a better chance of surviving if the trees are gently pulled back to their vertical positions. Soil needs to be packed firmly around the root system and watered well. Trees should be staked until the roots have become established again.

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Branches hanging over power lines are a major safety hazard from the standpoint of both the person removing the branches, as well as any passers-by. Special training is required to safely prune these branches. Homeowners should not attempt to prune branches near, or lying on, power lines. Contact your local power company or a professional tree-care service trained in electrical line clearance to have these branches removed.

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Decisions made soon after the damage occurs can, and will, determine whether or not a damaged tree survives. Do not prune or remove more than necessary right after an occurrence. Remove any hazards, and clean up roughly broken branches, but save major decisions on pruning and removals for later. While the damage may look severe at first, concentrate more on how to save the tree rather than making a quick decision to cut it down. Damaged trees may still be able to serve the function for which they were planted. Don’t be too hasty to remove a tree if that decision can be delayed until spring or even for a year. The tree may not have been damaged as badly as first believed. On the other hand, a major injury may reduce the useful life of the tree. Severe or large wounds can produce an entry point for decay, fungi or insects.

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If a tree is injured so badly that it must be removed, consider replacing it. Before planting a new tree, make sure the replacement tree is the proper species and size for the site. Contact T&T Tree Services and let our certified arborists help advise you on tree selection and planting.