"Your Landscape, Our Passion"
PO Box 620 Norway, ME 04268
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08 Mar 2017

Shrub & Tree Care

Shrub & Tree Care

Now that you have planned your landscape project, picked out and planted your shrubs or trees and they are established. Next you will want to take care of them and this will require knowing some of the basics and learning some insider tips will help your shrub or tree reach its full potential.
While both shrubs and trees add texture, color and structure to your landscape. They are an essential component to your landscape, as they create focal points for your landscape and the good news is that taking care of your shrubs or trees is relatively an easy task. Hopefully, you either kept the tags or wrote down the care instructions for your shrub or tree. Whether your plant was container grown or bare root grown, each will have different care requirements and routine maintenance of your shrubs and trees are a key factor for healthy growth. Part of that maintenance includes pruning, but what do you prune and when? Another part of that maintenance is feeding or fertilizing your shrubs or trees to insure that the soil has the proper nutrients it needs. Also a watering program will be needed, along with mulching are just some of the basics. Due to the vast amount and variations of shrubs and trees, we will add more blogs covering various pruning tips, fertilizing and soil care, watering, along with which tools to use for each pruning project.

16 Jan 2017

Equipment Maintenance

Often times maintaining our equipment gets put on hold when things get busy and forgotten once everything calms down again. But we need to stay constant with our scheduled maintenance programs or we’ll soon pay the price for neglecting these services.
We suggest referring to your equipment manuals for the service schedule for each piece of equipment you own, where you will find a detailed item list for oil changes, fuel/oil filters, greasing, air pressures, air filters, plugs, along with other information and hour intervals. If neglected, you will start to notice performance problems with your equipment, along with potential breakdowns.
We have setup a maintenance program here at Durgin’s Lawn & Landscape LLC for all of our lawn care, landscaping and snow removal equipment in order to keep everything running as smoothly as possible at our Norway Maine shop. Service records are kept for each piece of equipment with each being service specific for each piece of equipment, whether it be a mower, trimmer, blower, tamper, chainsaw, or snow plow. We believe, if you take care of you equipment, it will take care of you.

09 Jan 2017

Spring Projects

Sitting in the office on this bitter cold winter morning and thinking about this years spring projects, while searching the various plant selections, landscaping trends, other various products and equipment and thinking about the coming Home & Garden Shows as we head into the 2017 landscaping season.
There are so many plants, shrubs and variations of each, one could spend hours/ days searching and dreaming about which ones plants or shrubs to choose and the possibility adding veggies and creating a edible garden. Will your new garden have a live natural edge, a stone border, border plants (whether annuals or perennials) or possibly a raised box garden, one could even add a decorative concrete border.
Will there be children/ pets to consider when planning your new gardens or landscape projects. Their are so many ideas to rummage through and factors to consider during the planning process, one could be easily overwhelmed with all the information out there. But, don’t worry, we have plenty of time still to search and sift thru the many plants/ shrubs and stone choices during planning process before spring.
We would encourage everyone to get out to the Home & Garden Shows, talk to your local nurseries and garden clubbers for ideas and answers to any questions you may have.

05 Apr 2015

Planting Trees & Shrubs

  

Planting Trees and Shrubs

Whether you recently purchased a new home or are simply looking to do a landscape remodel to your existing landscape, we have a few thoughts for you to consider as you go through the planning process.

Before you get started, we suggest that you do a little research before purchasing and planting your trees or shrubs to see which would work best in your landscape, like which tree or shrub is best suited for soil, lighting and space.

A few things to consider:

1.) Draw a sketch of your landscape, including any existing perennial beds, trees, shrubs, along with any borders.

2.) Lighting is very important. Which direction is your home facing? East, means early morning sun and shade in the afternoon. If your home is facing the north, then you’ll need to choose something hardy, as the north is the coldest, while the south and west are the warmest.

3.) Water Management, you’ll need a plan for water and drainage.

4.) Planting & Maturity. Remember to always read the tag on the tree or shrub that you’re looking purchase.

Check for size at maturity

Sun exposure and hardiness

Also allow for enough space at maturity and don’t plant trees close to power lines, underground pipes, foundations, walkways or other trees.

5.) Right tree/ shrub right place, remember to choose only those trees or shrubs best suited for your landscapes space and lighting. Some trees/ shrubs like full sun, while other like partial shade.

6.) Maintenance: Planting, watering and mulch are only the first steps in caring for your new tree or shrub. Your new planting will require at least one inch of rainfall on a weekly basis for the first few growing seasons.

If you take precautions during the first three years, this will lessen the long term maintenance. Simply adding tree ring and applying bark mulch will help prevent weed growth, while preserving soil moisture and prevent any bark damage from lawn mowers.

When adding mulch, use 2-3″ at least the width of the drip line and pulling back any mulch that is at the base of the plant, so that it doesn’t encourage any rotting or diseases.

22 Mar 2015

Happy Spring!!

Durgin’s Lawn & Landscape would like to wish everyone a great spring season. A time to get our seed started kits going and plan those landscape projects, as we begin to see signs of grass and flowerbeds.

Here in Norway Maine, we still have a good amount of snow to melt, but slowly things are melting. So in the meantime we’ve been working on our marketing, as well as our lawn care equipment.

Are you looking forward to getting out there and digging in the dirt, planting new flowers, spending time with family as you enjoy your your new outdoor living center? There’s nothing like relaxing around a fire pit under the stars, roasting marshmallows and just letting the cares of the week wash away, even if just for a little while.

Hopefully, you’ve been planning your spring projects or at least tossing around a few ideas for the new season on what your going to plant, whether a perennial garden or a vegetable garden and we wish you a great season.

Also, don’t forget to service your lawn mower, so when the grass starts growing, it’ll be ready to handle your lawn care needs this season.

Happy Planting!!

24 Nov 2014

Gutter Cleaning

Do you have a rain gutter system on your home? If so, have you checked them this fall? With the winter months coming soon, now is a great time to do so or have someone check them for you.

Over the course of a year, hundreds of gallons of water run off our roofs and if our gutter system is clogged up and not draining properly, this can lead to water overflowing and causing not only exterior water damage to your home, but also issues with water in the basement.

By insuring that your gutter system is functioning properly before the winter months, you will help in preventing ice buildup as well on melt days, causing ice dams that will expand up your roof and seep into the shingles, causing interior water damage. So save yourself  a lot worry and some money from costly repairs due to water damage this winter and have your gutters checked.

When you clean your gutters this fall, also, be sure to check your drain spouts as well to insure that they’re clean and open.

 

 

30 Mar 2014

Spring

Waiting on some warmer spring days, all in good time they say. The birds are singing, the spring rains are on the way, the snow is melting and I’m sitting here longing for the smell of the fresh cut grass, along with smells of flowers and bark mulch. Yes, spring is a time when all things spring fourth in newness of life.

Soon enough we will be out on the properties doing spring cleanups and starting lawn care here in Maine, as well as landscaping projects, but until then I will use the time given to continue to prepare for the season ahead and start my spring plantings for both the flower and the vegetable gardens.
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