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A Few Ideas to Beautify Your Pathways

An ARBOR can be used to mark the entrance to another part of your landscape and provide a new perspective, provoking a bit of ‘mystery’ as to what can be discovered further down the path. LANDSCAPE LIGHTS are beautiful ‘touches’ for the garden, inviting safe evening strolls, perhaps to a garden bench where you have

Insects Chomp, Chew, Suck

One would like to think the nice new spring growth would be free to develop beautifully without harm. Alas, that is not the case. ‘Chewing’ insects, such as sawfly larvae that devour mugho pine needles while camouflaging themselves to look like the very needles they are chewing off. The ‘chompers,’ such as beetles and adult

Professional Advice May 2018

Roses need weekly attention to combat disease and insect problems. If not already done, stems need to be pruned back to live wood, climbers re-secured to their supports, hybrid Teas pruned to 3 or 5 strong stems. Flower Seeds can be sown outdoors when your trees are in leaf, as it will be warm enough.

Late Spring Pruning Needs

A frequently asked question: “When do I prune?” For general shaping, or for evergreens, the answer is: “Almost whenever the need arises.” With flowering shrubbery, one needs to be more specific. For early bloomers like forsythia and lilac, general pruning needs to be done right after flowering because next year’s blossoms are formed on this

August Heat-Loving Bloomers

Nice to know that some plants like the heat and will perform well for your pleasure!

A Pruning Challenge

Weeping style trees require consistent pruning and talent to keep them looking good. They tend to grow a bit wild with layers of branches over previous growth. So, one has to know how to keep selecting which branches to prune to maintain an ideal shape. Is It Time? Try and try again, but the same

Special August Notes

  Many lawn fungus diseases can have a ‘field day’ under August’s heat. Water is critical to relieve stress, but can contribute to disease proliferation if it is supplied early in the evening. Grass should Patch Disease Damage be dry by nightfall. NOTE: A fungicide treatment does NOT turn turf green. The grass plant must

August Garden Tips ~ to keep it green!

For doctors, it’s flu season; for accountants, it’s tax season; for horticulturalists, it’s August! That’s right, the race is on! To get your landscape from the end of July to the cooler temperatures of September is the priority; and this during the hottest time of the year when cool season grasses are struggling (while their

Professional Advice – August 2017

Watch For Brown Areas in your lawn; could be grubs or chinch bugs and should be investigated. Lawn Diseases

How Does It Work?

Weed Control Materials: must be absorbed through the leaves. If the weather is dry and hot, the leaves can’t absorb the control material and there will be no control. Controlling weeds in lawns requires special materials. Think of: “walls of defense” through which the materials must go in order to kill the weed. Lawn grasses