I am a new home owner and I have just started planting this year. We layed flagstone hardscape this spring and have made room for three beds in our small yard. While buying plants this year I tried to purchase plants that would take a long time to grow and the ones that I wanted for privacy. I purchased a Japanese maple planted it and then about three weeks later transplanted it to another location that I like better. I planted a magnolia and then replanted it again. This tree died so I took it back to the nursery and replaced it with a Jane magnolia. I also purchased a smoke bush and planted it left this one alone for maybe six weeks and then dug it up and replanted it. It has now swriveled up and the leaves feel like dried paper.
I guess you can see the theme here. I am very indecisive !!
I have planted a dogwood two weeks ago that my mother in law had growing in her yard and didn't want anymore. This is now starting to dry out.
My question is at this time of year how often should I be watering? The temp. here is ranging from 13-19 degrees during the day to as low as 1 degree at night.
How should I protect my Japanese maple over the winter. The nursery told me the weight of snow on the branches could harm the tree.
If I wrap it in burlap won't that make it so that it can not get any sun over the winter (It is facing north)
When do I start wraping the trees? and what should I do for the new magnolia tree this tree is in the north east corner of my backward which faces north so it does get sun most of the day.
Also if anybody has any suggestions for plant material for next spring. I need to start thinking about this so that I don't do what I did this year.
I am looking for different types of green in variations of colours and textures. Almost like a controlled chaos look of jungle like.