Garden Maintenance

Garden Maintenance

Penstemon ‘Huskers Red’ vs. ‘Dark Towers’

The nursery industry is known for constantly introducing new plants. Being a plant junkie, I’m always interested in these heavily marketed, new and improved plants. I’ve found some great plants over the years through trial and error. I’ve also found a lot of duds. Plants that were supposedly new and improved that turned out to …

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Landscape Success Begins with the Right Plant in the Right Place

A lot goes into a successful landscape but the most basic principle for a successful landscape has to begin with the right plant in the right spot. All too often, plants are out of place in the landscape and they begin to fail prematurely. In this picture below, Blue Spruces are planted as an understory …

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The Difference in Mulches

Have you ever wondered why some mulches cost as little as $20 a yard while others are almost $50? I took this picture the other day at one of the supply yards. What you’re looking at is essentially wood chips being loaded into a processing plant. Once added, the wood is mixed with a latex …

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What Is The White Flowering Plant Invading My Yard

If you’re curious what the white flowering plant that is taking over your yard, you’re in the right place. The plant is called Garlic Mustard, Alliaria petiolata. It spreads by seed so if you are trying to control the spread of this plant, DO NOT LET IT FLOWER. Also, if it is in flower, bag …

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Landscape Fail

We’ve designed, installed and maintained a lot of landscapes over our 25 plus year career as a landscape company. I’m sad to say, I decided to give up the maintenance account of the largest garden installation we ever installed. I’m very frustrated but even our green thumbs are having trouble making it work.  The landscape …

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Dealing with Salt Damage in the Landscape

We maintain a commercial landscape that we designed and installed in 1999. It’s not your typical commercial landscape. I say it’s not typical because unlike most commercial landscapes where there are plants spread throughout a sea of mulch, this property has extensive landscaping. It was the site of a former estate. Even though the estate …

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