It is officially summer and the heat is taking a toll on lawns and landscapes. You want to make sure that your lawn and gardens are sufficiently watered throughout the summer months. Experts recommend the following steps to ensure that your gardens flourish throughout the season:Keep mold and mildew at bay by watering in the early morning. This will allow water to be absorbed before the heat of the day sets in. Avoid watering at night as this can promote mold and mildew on plants and lawns. For maximum hydration, use a soaker hose in plant beds to get water directly to the plant roots. Make sure that your sprinkler adequately covers your lawn to avoid dry patches. Keep your garden beds covered with a layer of mulch (at least 3 inches). This will not only help retain moisture (and cut down on … Read More »
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When is the best time to prune trees?
Many homeowners think that the best time to prune trees is when there are still leaves in the canopy. In truth, winter is a great time to prune trees.
The benefits of pruning in winter
There are numerous benefits to pruning your trees in the winter such as:Dead or diseased branches are easily identifiable Cracks or splits in branches are more visible Fungus, cankers or structural defects which can pose a hazard to your property are more observable Pruning trees in the winter also allows the wound site to heal before spring when insects appear Trees with a full canopy can hide imperfections which can cause trouble later on.
Dormant pruning can be beneficial to your trees overall health. By removing dead or diseased limbs, trees can now put their energy into new growth. For younger trees, the Arborist can … Read More »
Don’t be Caught Off Guard!What will this winter bring? According to weather forecasters, the Midwest winter should be similar to that of last year, with warmer than normal temperatures. Remember, winter does not mean just snow or ice storms, it can also bring blustery, cold winds that can be strong at times. A seasonal storm is not the time to see how healthy your trees really are. When is the best time to prune my trees? Many homeowners think that the best time to prune trees is while there are still leaves in the canopy. Actually it is easier for your Certified Arborist to evaluate your trees when there are no leaves. Without the leaves, your Arborist can easily identify dead, cracked or diseased limbs; limbs that could potentially become a liability to your property. During an evaluation, they can also spot possible … Read More »
If you live in a rural area where wildlife is abundant, you may be battling deer that seem to think your landscape is a buffet of flowers and shrubs! There are ways to enjoy the deer and keep your gardens intact.
Nursery experts recommend a number of plants that are less appealing to deer and wildlife, but provide color and texture for your landscape. Below are just a few of the recommended wildlife resistant plants:
Anise Hyssop: from the mint family, this colorful spike-y flower has an anise scent which many wildlife dislike. Wild Bergamot: another plant from the mint family, this plant attracts bees and hummingbirds, but deer and wildlife avoid this flower because of its oregano-mint like flavor. Milkweed: this flower comes in many varieties and colors. Named for the milky-white sap, deer and other wildlife find them to be bitter tasting. Blanket … Read More »
Indoor plants can serve many purposes. They provide a spot of color to accent a room or office, can have a calming effect and most importantly, can help purify the air you breathe. Plants are natural purifiers that remove benzene, formaldehyde and other chemicals both natural and man made from the air. Unfortunately, not everyone has time to tend to plants or a green thumb for that matter! For the novice house plant buyer, here are a few indoor plants that require little or no maintenance:
Air Plant: This plant comes in a variety of colors and varieties. They can easily attach to a solid surface (commonly seen in seashells or on drift wood). This easy to grow plant requires just a spritz of water twice a week. Philodendron: This climbing plant can thrive in dirt or a vase with water. If … Read More »