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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.

04 Apr 2016

Pollinator Friendly Gardening

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Are your gardens pollinator friendly? We like to use native plants that yield high pollen counts in our garden designs and plantings to help support bees, butterflies, birds.

There are a few thing you should consider when planning a pollinator garden like:

Choosing plants that provide high nectar and pollen counts
A sunny spot, with a water source
Use native non-invasive plants
Use of plants that bloom throughout the season
Eliminate pesticide use

By planting a pollinator friendly garden, you will be playing a role in reversing the declining pollinator populations. Some native nectar and pollen plants are:

Bee Balm, Black Eyed Susan, Lavender, Lamb’s Ear, Catnip, Rosemary, Aster, Coneflower, Blazing Star, Primrose, Sage, Verbena, Goldenrod and Sunflowers.

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.

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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