Monthly Archives: March 2014

Brown is the new green…

Sadly as the days start to warm up we are seeing more and more how the polar vortex has affected the landscape. Most notably are yews and boxwood and other smaller evergreens. If you have these plants in your yard you may have noticed that they are currently brown. But all is not lost.

A few things can cause this type of winter injury. The combination of wind, sun and lack of available water in winter can cause foliage to turn brown, due to desiccation. Evergreens lose moisture on sunny winter days. If the soil doesn’t contain enough moisture to replace the loss, needles dry out and turn brown (starting form the outside and moving inward). Even if the soil is moist sometimes the roots cannot absorb water due to the ground being frozen or the roots are damaged.

If your evergreens are close to a roadway you can also be experiencing salt damage which only exacerbates desiccation.

The best solution is to trim back the dead growth (which is mostly the last push of new growth from the year before) to where it is green again. Your shrubs may look a little defeated but after the spring flush of growth they will look good as new!

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Extending your annuals season to season. We all get excited for summer and filling our planters with beautiful annuals. But why sell yourself short when you can have plants in all the seasons.

Start your spring off with a planter filled with tulips, daffodils and pansies. These are great early plants that will bring a bright spot to your entryway.

Here are a few more ideas to fill your planter!

  • Curly willow for height.
  • Beautiful hydrangea for a focal point.
  • Snapdragons, ranunculus and stock for a punch of color.
  • Ivy for added green.

Get more ideas here!

And when summers flowers fade don’t forget fall and winter annuals!

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Happy St Patrick’s Day!

We hope you have the luck of the Irish


and find your four leaf clover or shamrock or trefoil or oxalis!

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How’s your wormery?

Yeah I said wormery. It’s a word, here look it up -> wormery. Did you know worm castings (ok poop) are an ideal soil conditioner? Research proves that these high-performance products introduce important macro- and micro-nutrients into the soil, nourishing plants and fighting disease and pests. Worm castings, or Vermicompost, are the by-product of using various worm species to transform organic matter into a weed- and disease- free product.

What are its unique benefits? The worms do the work for you.

Vermicompost Benefits:

a. TURN: Like tiny plows, they work their way throughout the material.
b. AERATE: They add oxygen for all the beneficial microorganisms.
c. MIX: All kinds of organisms and nutrients throughout the pile adding lots of small aggregates.
d. SCREEN: They eat the bedding materials and the feed, ultimately turning it into a rich soil product.
e. PATHOGEN CONTROL: They ingest and render useless the “bad guys”.
f. FAST: They can eat one-half of their weight per day.

Also you can check out our website for more information as well! Get your vermicompost this spring and have the best lawn & garden on your block!

Click here to learn more…

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The fruits of our labor…

Dreaming of some color in the landscape so lets talk bulbs! If you are like me, last fall you planted a variety of bulbs that should perk up the landscape as soon as the snow starts to melt.

Some of the earliest to show up are winter aconite and snowdrops (appropriately named!). They are tiny little reminders that spring is coming! Then the real fun begins…hyacinths, daffodils, tulips oh my (just to name a few)! Those small bulbs of fall can bring so much color in a short time to the garden. Painting the landscape with drifts of tulips or a carpet of grape hyacinths.

So once the snow melts be on the look out for:




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