Winter is near and snow is a great insulator for some plants against cold temperatures. However, some years we don’t get much snow and if we have very quick changing temperatures we can get ‘winter burn’. Consider wrapping the tender plants with burlap to help protect them. I also use fir boughs to mix in and nearly cover the most tender plants like my ‘Ruby Falls’ weeping red bud with purple foliage – zone 6. It has done well for four years now.
The “Quick Fire” hydrangea is a great plant. They come out white then gradually change color to a nearly red color as the summer goes by. Very cold hardy, takes pruning well and are very dependable with lots of flowers every year. They also bring lots of bees and butterflies.
Grading or repairing gravel or “hard-pac” driveways is a service we provide. Our tracked bobcat with a ‘harley rake’ does a beautiful job of smoothing those rough gravel driveways back into shape. We have a vibratory roller to pack it all in.
There’s still time to do lawn care. The cool season grasses do well once the temperature is cooler. This is a great time to fertilize your lawn just before a rainy day. If needed, consider spreading lime as it usually takes several weeks to have any affect on the grass. This will help your turf next spring. A soil test is the best way monitor the soil condition and know the ideal amounts of fertilizer and lime to apply.
We’ve been involved with many water projects including large ponds, back yard reflection pools, pondless waterfalls, and even interior pools. Water features give hours of enjoyment and adds another dimension to your yard.
This is a banner year for us selling waterlilies. Several colors available.
Invasive Plant Control
We are surrounded by plants that are not native to our area. Many of these plants are considered invasive and have become a serious problem for all of us.
We can help manage these invasive plants by mechanical means and/or chemical applications. If you are concerned about your invasive plants, call us and we can offer a plan to help the native plants return.
Forestry and Arboriculture
We’ve been involved in tree care for over 40 years dealing with forest management on thousands of acres to “close encounter” forest management on less than one acre (specific data on every tree). Now we focus on “urban forestry” almost exclusively – intense tree management on smaller parcels of forest.
Tree care for home owners is increasing as the threat of invasive insects is on the rise. The Emerald Ash Borer is nearly here. So, if you have an important ash tree on your property, call us. We can help protect ash from the borer.
Our Christmas season starts the day after Thanksgiving, on November 28th, 2019. We have wreaths, roping, sprays, swags and trees for sale. Many of the products are made by us here at the greenhouses.
We have two Christmas Tree plantations of our own to supply us with trees. Some trees are still purchased in to supplement our sales. We primarily sell fraser fir noted for their needle retention.
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