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Acid Loving Plants

Soil pH is a critical factor for gardening success. Some plants thrive in neutral soil while other plants prefer soil that is on the acidic side. The difference lies in the plant’s ability to use nutrients present in the soil. For plants that prefer an acidic soil, a critical nutrient is iron. Iron is most […]Read More...

More Than Just Mulch

Not only does mulch add a decorative finish to your flower beds, creating a canvas to showcase colorful blooms; it also helps keep soil cool and moist, thus reducing the need for manual watering. The addition of a 3 inch layer of mulch atop your garden soil will also contribute greatly to weed suppression.  Including […]Read More...

Tremendous Turf

The benefits of turf grass as a ground cover are numerous and often undeclared or overlooked. In recent years, turf has gotten a bad rapport due to the belief that a beautiful lawn requires a lot of hard work and dangerous chemicals. This is a misconception and the benefits far outweigh the concerns. The following […]Read More...

Early Spring Gardener’s Calendar

* Plan your summer vegetable and herb garden. Inventory your pots and flats and discard unusable ones. Make a list of the supplies you will need. Have your garden soil tested for nutrient content. We offer a variety of do-it-yourself soil test kits. * Prune woody plants while dormant, including fruit trees, summer- and fall-blooming […]Read More...

Pruning Evergreens

When choosing an evergreen for your landscape project, it is always best to select a plant that will not outgrow its designated space. Do some research beforehand or consult one of our knowledgeable staff. You should know the ultimate height, width and growth rate of your selection before committing to one of the more costly […]Read More...

Keeping Cats Out of the Garden

Love cats but don’t love them going in your garden? Outdoor cats will seek out a nice patch of soil to do their business or to roll around and play. There are a number of safe yet effective ways to keep our furry friends, or those of our neighbors, from messing up the garden. There […]Read More...

Protecting Our Pollinators

Every garden requires pollinators, and bees are among the finest. Without them there would be limited flowers and far fewer fruits and vegetables. Did you know that about 30% of the food we eat depends on the pollination of bees? Although there are many bees that are great pollinators, like carpenter, mining, sweat and cellophane […]Read More...

Holey Moley, Shrew or Vole!

Mole, vole or shrew: ever wonder what the difference is or why you should care? All three of these mouse-like creatures may be seen in or around your garden. Identification is important in determining if and how you should control these critters. MOLES Damage: Moles, in search of grubs, beetles and earthworms, burrow in the […]Read More...

Dealing With Winter Damage

It’s early spring; time to survey the damage that this exceptionally hard winter has produced. In some areas, shrubs may still be hiding under piles of frozen snow. Severed tree limbs lie scattered across the landscape. It’s difficult to know what to tackle first. TREES Start with your trees, they are generally the most valuable […]Read More...

Mowing. Do It Right.

If you’d like to avoid this hassle, our landscaping division, Signature Landscapes, offers a variety of lawn mowing services! If you’d prefer to do it yourself, then you may as well do it right. Here are the basics:  Service your lawn mower in the fall, after your last cut, so that you start the next […]Read More...