How to Kill a Tree

Source: Dr. Bonnie Appleton, Virginia Tech University

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

6 comments on “How to Kill a Tree

  1. Years ago, I went to a local tree nursery and purchased three large trees for my backyard. It was spring, they were very busy, and had hired extra help. The trees were planted while I was at work, and I came home and was thrilled with their placement. As the weeks went on, the trees didn’t look good. I kept pouring the water on, but eventually all three died. As my husband and I started digging to dispose of them, we found they had all been planted in a plastic transportation wrapper of some sort. Yes – trees won’t live with their roots wrapped in plastic. No – there was no refund because the nursery had been sold for development. 🙂

  2. In all the years that I have been inspecting trees, I have found that what causes more damage than anything else are the so-called ‘gardeners’ and ‘arborists’ who get paid to take care of them.

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