Live Christmas Trees

In the early years of Rolling Ridge, it was quite the fashion to use a live, (with a rootball) evergreen to use as a focal point for Christmas season activities. Over the years, this practice has subsided with the introduction of cut Fraser Firs and their wonderful fragrance and with the popularity of artificial. However, there seems to be a resurgence of sorts with bringing this tradition back as a new generation like the idea of live, but would prefer to have a tree that can be planted when the holidays are over. We have brought in a nice selection of 4' Spruce trees that are nice and full with good tapers, that will make nice decorated trees and can then be moved outdoors for planting. Typically, winter planting of evergreens, such as these, can be quite successful.

Our recommendation is, because of limited availability, purchase your live tree early in the season and leave it here at the nursery until a time when the tree would spend no more than 10 days in your home. This will keep the tree from drying out and reduce the chance that the tree could actually start growing, which would not be desirable in the winter time.

If a live evergreen tree is to be included in your yuletide festivities this year, stop in early and check out our beautiful Blue, Norway and Oriental Spruce.

ZONE 5 or ZONE 6?

You probably hadn't noticed, but while the debate over whether or not our climate is changing and our planet is experiencing a general warming trend, the nation's hardiness zone maps were reconfigured several years ago. So, as you read this while looking out over another fresh coating of snow, and feeling single digit temperatures for the umpteenth time this winter, keep a wary mind over what I'm about to tell you!

Trees for small or narrow spaces

In the urban community, we are finding, more and more, that the desire to plant trees in smaller, more confined spaces is becoming more popular. Folks with smaller yards are still seeking to obstruct a view or provide shade to a deck or patio but think they are limited because the space they have available won't handle a large shade tree. We have recently stocked our nursery with several choices of trees that lend themselves to situations such as this. For planting in the strip between the street and sidewalk, we are recommending the versatile Upright European Hornbeam.

Spring Forward

It's that time of the year when we all anticipate the first color of the fresh, new year in the landscape! As the end of one of the mildest winters in recent memory nears, our enthusiasm is no less significant. Witchhazels (Hamamelis spp.) are typically the first hardy shrubs to bloom in this area. We, in particular, like the Arnold Promise variety as its bright yellow blossoms stand out cheerfully in the otherwise bleak planting.