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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.

15 Apr 2014

Bark Mulch

Bark mulch provides the perfect backdrop for a beautiful and productive garden. Bark mulch comes in a variety of natural and color-enhanced varieties, allowing you the option to choose the color mulch that creates the perfect backdrop for your garden and landscape.

Mulching helps your plants, shrubs and trees maintain healthy root systems by protecting them from frost, cold and harmful UV rays. It also naturally helps retain soil moisture, saving you time and water. Mulch naturally suppresses weed growth and adds nutrients to the soil for thriving, healthy plants.

Benefits of bark mulch:

  • Inhibit weeds
  • Conserve water
  • Prevent erosion
  • Insulate roots and bulbs from extreme hot & cold weather
  • Add nutrients to the soil
  • Encourage earthworms

 

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08 Apr 2014

Spring Lawn Maintenance

A healthy summer lawn, begins with spring lawn maintenance. Winter can cause some problems for your lawn like changes in your soils pH levels and soil compaction that will create conditions that are more friendly to both weeds and disease.
As the snow melts and reveals bare spots, snow mold and other problems. Don’t panic, we have a few spring lawn care tips for you.

1) spring Cleanup & Lawn Repair
Once the snow melts and the lawn dries out, lightly rake your lawn, removing any thatch buildup, snow mold, leaves and other debris. This will allow you to get a better idea of any other problems your lawn may have, such as soil compaction and an uneven lawn that will require your attention.
These problems if left as they are will create poor growing conditions for your lawn. Any uneven spots will need to be either filled in or scraped down to help with better drainage.
While any compacted areas will need to be aerated to loosing up the soil, thus creating better soil conditions for the grass plants to grow. If left unattended, both weeds and disease will take over your lawn.

2) Reseeding
After you have done a spring cleanup and have repaired any necessary repairs to your lawn, we suggest that you have your soil tested before reseeding your lawn.
This can be done through your local Co-Operative Extension Office. The soil test will point out any soil deficiencies that may prevent the grass from growing.
Now your ready to reseed your lawn, but don’t forget to regularly water it to maintain the soil moisture needed for the grass seed to grow

3) Fertilizing
Fertilizing your lawn in the spring can encourage your lawn to grow lush and thick. We recommend that you use a slow release nitrogen product once your lawn starts to actively grow.
If you use a fertilizer, be sure to read all the instructions for watering and pounds per 1000sq ft, prior to applying it to your lawn. Overuse of a fertilizer can cause severe damage to your lawn if not used properly.

4) Spring Mowing
Proper mowing height and a frequent mowing schedule are both very important to you lawns health.
Mowing the grass to short is harmful to your lawn and the soil, allowing the soil to dry out and the grass plants to stress out, allowing weeds to take hold and overcome the grass.

5) Lawn Mower Maintenance
Preventative maintenance on your lawn care equipment in the spring with both, save you time and money in the long run.

Be sure to remove any old gas, replacing it with new
Sharpen the blades
Change the oil
Replace air & oil filters
Cleanup the mower deck

These are just a few basic spring lawn maintenance tips to help you give your lawn a great start to the season. We will doing a more in depth articles on these subjects over the course of the spring.

 

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07 Apr 2014

Pruning Roses

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Pruning Roses

In most regions, early spring is the best time to prune your roses, just before the buds appear and always cutting at an angle to ensure that the water runs from the bud itself.

Trimming your rose bushes back encourages strong and healthy shoots that will produce lots of blossoms, while giving the plants a more open area, which helps the plant resist diseases like black spot.