Fall Edition: What’s Going on in the Garden

Written By: Renee Godfrey Quillin As temperatures begin to fall and there is a cool crisp sensation in the air, this is one of the busiest times year in the life of a gardener. As plants begin to go dormant or dieback, this marks the beginning a completely new display with the right design and type pf plants. Autumn is also the perfect time to prepare for the upcoming Spring […]

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Boxwood Blight

Boxwood are a favorite evergreen shrub in home gardens, loved for their versatility, lush year-round color, and general hardiness.  Unfortunately, in the past decade, Boxwood blight has threatened the health of many of these plants. Boxwood blight is a fungal disease that can affect all aboveground parts of the plant.  Boxwood blight originated in the United Kingdom in the 1990s and was first confirmed in the United States in October […]

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Summer Edition: What’s Going on in the Garden

By Renee Godfrey Quillin The hot summer days are a reminder to take the time to sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you. This is also a great time to reflect on your outdoor living space by assessing the landscape. Over time landscapes change and early to mid-summer is the perfect opportunity to add a few plants here or there or even spruce (no pun intended) up […]

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Spring 2020 What’s Going on in the Garden

By Renee Godfrey Quillin The onset of Spring arises with longer daylight hours and warmer temperatures to break winter dormancy and promote early blooming plants to graciously emerge. At this point we are well on our way into winter cutbacks followed by spring clean-up. The typical spring rain bring on the beginning of possible unwanted diseases and pets into the garden and turf which in returns begins IPM (Integrated Pest […]

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Introduction to Integrated Pest Management

Written by Kyle Hiteshew What is Integrated Pest Management? Integrated Pest Management (IMP) is an eco-system based strategy that focuses on long-term prevention of pests and their damage, through a variety of methods, such as biological controls, habitat manipulation, changing cultural practices and the use of resistant varieties of plants. Chemical controls are carried out in the form of applications, performed only by a certified technician. Pesticides are used after […]

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Why Mulch?

By David Zimmerman The garden season has officially started! For sure, you or your neighbors are getting ready to lay down a fresh layer of mulch on the garden beds. Almost everyone who has a landscape starts the season with this laborious task, but does anyone know why? In this article, I will dive deep into the mulch pile and demystify the science and proper practice of good mulching – […]

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Garden Resolutions 2020

By: David Zimmerman What is your vision for your outdoor space this year? Have you thought about it? As no year in the garden is ever the same as years gone by, here are some considerations to mull over while making those important pre-season decisions. Resolution 1 : Triple P ( Prepare for Prevention of Pests ) Deer, insects, rodents, weeds – it does not matter what climate you live […]

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What’s Happening in the Garden? Winter 2020

By: Renee Godfrey Quillin Now that the holidays are over and we are at the beginning of what seems to be the endless wintertime blues for some, the winter season provides a variety of work for Gardeners at Planted Earth Landscaping. Winter pruning is a great opportunity to focus on specific plants that respond best to pruning during the cold dormant season. When the weather outside is not conducive in […]

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Planting for Pollinators

It is nearly impossible to imagine the fresh blooms of springtime without also picturing the bumblebee buzzing about the garden, the hummingbird hovering at 80 beats per second or the monarch mud-puddling in the damp soil. In fact, without these critical pollinators in the garden, there would be few plants left for us to enjoy! According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), animal pollinators including insects, birds and […]

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Mitigating Drainage Issues in 2019

Since 2018 provided an astounding record year for precipitation, it seems pertinent in our first newsletter of 2019 to bring up the topic of drainage. This is not the sexy part of landscaping that inspires awe and tickles the senses. Rather it serves a functional purpose to alleviate surface water and hydrostatic pressure away from our homes and outdoor living spaces so residents can enjoy them without hesitation. Last year […]

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