January 3, 2017

If you are planning on having some landscaping done, get your estimates now, before the start of the busy season.  You can stop in our store and fill out an estimate request form, or access the form online - Landscape Estimate/Bid Request.  It is not too soon to begin thinking about preparing for that Communion, Memorial Day or Graduation Party.


As the weather warms up, it is tempting to take a walk through your garden, but be careful not to walk on and compact the earth where you will soon be planting.


If you did not cut back your ornamental grasses in the fall, now is the time to trim them back.  Some people prefer to cut them in the fall to eliminate any mess from the dried stalks, but others like to keep them through the winter as the plumes are decorative and are a source of seed for the birds.


To help with the ongoing battle with crabgrass, try to prevent crabgrass from growing by applying a lawn food that contains a crabgrass pre-emergent.  This can be applied in early spring (before temperatures reach 65°F).  Greenlight Crabgrass Preventer, or Scotts Step 1 are two options.

A great way to prevent weeds from sprouting is to be proactive and use Preen Garden Weed Preventer in your beds.  By applying Preen as early as possible, you can eliminate the need for hand-weeding. Since Preen prevents germination of the seed, it cannot be used in beds where you will be planting flower seeds.  You must wait until the seedlings are 2-3 inches high.  But you can apply it after mulching your beds for the spring.  Reapply Preen every 9-12 weeks.


The deer and rabbits are still browsing so keep up with your repellents if necessary, this is especially important as the new growth begins to emerge:


Liquid Fence is one of the many products we sell.  It is an all natural spray that comes in a concentrate or ready-to-use spray bottle.   "Directions for use:  apply liberally to plants and their perimeter during a dry period.  Repeat process 1 week later and then approximately once per month thereafter. Areas where feeding pressure from deer and rabbits is intense, spray Liquid Fence once a week for 3 weeks and then approximately once per month thereafter. This will “train” the animals to avoid your yard! Please note: when using Liquid Fence you may notice an odor, however once it dries, the odor will not be noticeable to humans, but still very noticeable to animals. "  (Courtesy of Liquid Fence)


The following can be planted in early spring as soon as the earth is workable:

Peas, leeks, onion sets, lettuce seed, spinach, parsley and potatoes.


Transplant roses, shrubs and ornamental trees to allow time for them to take root before they start to bud.


Click here to see a guide to help determine if it is the correct time to prune your shrubs.


Apply Holly-tone to your acid loving plants such as:  Hollies, Azaleas, Camellias, Evergreens, Rhododendrons and Dogwoods.  This should be done in the spring and the fall.  Plant-tone can be applied to all the other trees and shrubs.




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