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Planting

Welcome to the Arborista Learning Center, your go-to resource for all things planting and gardening. Our team of nursery experts has carefully curated a wealth of knowledge to empower you on your green journey. From essential planting tips to comprehensive care guides and creative design ideas, we've got you covered. Explore our informative resources and embark on a successful gardening adventure with confidence.

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Planting Guide

Discover the secrets to successful planting with our comprehensive Planting Guide section. Whether you're a seasoned gardener or just starting, our expert advice will guide you every step of the way. From selecting the perfect planting site to ensuring your plants thrive, we cover it all. Unearth the knowledge you need to create a lush and vibrant garden that flourishes year after year.

How to Select Your Planting Site  

How to Select Your Planting Site  

Choosing the right location for your new plants is like finding the perfect spot for a cherished piece of artwork in your home. To ensure the health and vitality of your green companions, follow these steps to select the ideal planting site.

Know Your Planting Zone

Know Your Planting Zone

Plant hardiness zones, established by the USDA, serve as invaluable tools to help gardeners make informed decisions about which plants are best suited for their local climate. These zones are designed to guide us in selecting plants that can thrive in our specific weather conditions, considering factors such as average low temperatures and unique climate regions like the Great Lakes area.

When You Receive Your Plants 

When You Receive Your Plants 

Congratulations on your new plant arrivals from Arborista! We're thrilled to have you embark on your gardening journey with us. To ensure the health and vitality of your plants, here's a step-by-step guide on what to do when your order is delivered:

Site Preparation & Planting

Site Preparation & Planting

When it comes to planting success, the groundwork matters just as much as the planting itself. Follow these expert steps for preparing the site and planting your new tree or shrub:


Plant Care

Plant Care

Delve into our Plant Care section for invaluable insights on watering, fertilizing, pruning, and safeguarding your plants from wildlife. Discover seasonal care practices to maintain your garden's vitality throughout the year. Unleash the full potential of your green space with Arborista’s expert guidance.

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Tree and Shrub Watering: A Guide for Success

Tree and Shrub Watering: A Guide for Success

Watering your trees and shrubs effectively is key to nurturing a healthy, vibrant landscape. Here's a step-by-step guide to ensure you provide the right amount of moisture and care for your green companions.

Nurturing Trees and Shrubs: A Guide to Fertilization

Nurturing Trees and Shrubs: A Guide to Fertilization

Fertilizing your trees and shrubs is a crucial aspect of maintaining their health and promoting robust growth. Here's a step-by-step guide and essential tips to ensure you're providing the right nutrients for a thriving landscape: 

Pruning Trees and Shrubs: A Guide to Success

Pruning Trees and Shrubs: A Guide to Success

Proper pruning is an essential practice for maintaining the health and appearance of your trees and shrubs. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you master the art of pruning!

Seasonal Care for Trees and Shrubs: Your Complete Guide

Seasonal Care for Trees and Shrubs: Your Complete Guide

Caring for your trees and shrubs throughout the year is essential for maintaining a thriving landscape. Follow this comprehensive guide for seasonal care practices that will keep your greenery healthy and vibrant!

Protecting Your Garden from Deer, Bunnies, and Hungry Critters

Protecting Your Garden from Deer, Bunnies, and Hungry Critters

A lush, thriving garden is a testament to hard work and dedication, but it can quickly become a feast for hungry critters like deer and bunnies. If you've ever awoken to find your precious plants decimated, you know the frustration. Fortunately, there are several effective strategies to keep these creatures at bay while preserving the beauty of your garden.


Garden Design Inspiration

Garden Design Inspiration

Unlock your garden's potential with our Garden Design Inspiration section. Explore the fundamentals of garden design and get tailored tips for various garden types, from the elegance of Rose Gardens to the tranquility of Zen Gardens. Whether you have a spacious yard or a cozy balcony, we have ideas to transform your space into a flourishing oasis.

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Designing Your Garden: Essential Tips for Success

Designing Your Garden: Essential Tips for Success

Creating a beautiful and functional garden is an art that combines your creativity with nature's elements. Whether you're starting from scratch or renovating an existing space, these tips will help guide you to a successful garden design.

Designing and Planting a Beautiful Shady Garden: Tips for Success

Designing and Planting a Beautiful Shady Garden: Tips for Success

Shady gardens present a unique and tranquil opportunity to create a lush, cool, and inviting outdoor space. Whether you have dappled shade, partial shade, or deep shade, careful planning can yield a thriving garden that flourishes in low-light conditions. Here are some essential tips to help you design and plant a gorgeous shady garden.

Creating a Conifer Garden: A Haven of Green Elegance

Creating a Conifer Garden: A Haven of Green Elegance

A conifer garden is a captivating landscape filled with a diverse array of evergreen trees and shrubs. These stately, needle-bearing plants offer year-round interest, lending a touch of elegance and serenity to your outdoor space. Here's how our customers can embark on the journey of crafting their own conifer haven

Designing the Zen Garden of Your Dreams

Designing the Zen Garden of Your Dreams

Designing a Zen garden involves creating a tranquil and harmonious space that promotes relaxation, meditation, and a sense of serenity. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you design your own Zen garden.

Cultivating a Vibrant Pollinator-Friendly Garden: Tips for Success

Cultivating a Vibrant Pollinator-Friendly Garden: Tips for Success

Pollinator-friendly gardens are not only a beautiful addition to your outdoor space but also play a crucial role in supporting the health of our ecosystems. These gardens attract and nourish pollinators like bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, which, in turn, help pollinate plants for fruit and seed production. Here's how to create a thriving pollinator haven.

Designing a Low-Maintenance Garden

Designing a Low-Maintenance Garden

Designing and planting a low-maintenance garden can help you enjoy the beauty of your outdoor space with less effort and time spent on upkeep. Here are some instructions to create a low-maintenance garden.

Elevate Your Space: A Guide to Creating a Lush Balcony Garden

Elevate Your Space: A Guide to Creating a Lush Balcony Garden

Transforming your balcony into a thriving garden retreat is a delightful way to connect with nature, even in the heart of the city. Whether you have a small urban balcony or a spacious terrace, here's how to bring the beauty of the outdoors to your elevated oasis.

Container Gardening: Cultivating Green Spaces in Limited Places

Container Gardening: Cultivating Green Spaces in Limited Places

Container gardening offers a versatile and accessible way to bring the joy of gardening to your home, regardless of your living situation or available outdoor space. Whether you're working with a small balcony, a tiny patio, or even a windowsill, here's how to create a thriving container garden.