While this long cold winter continues to drag on, one thing is certain sunny and warm Spring days are on there way. Spring is a time of growth and renewal, spring bulbs will soon start popping up and tree’s will begin to bud.  However, before we can reach the growth and renewal phase we have to address the repair phase. The harsh elements of winter can leave behind a whirlwind of problems – broken limbs on shrubs and trees, sparse mulch, misplaced bricks from walks and walls, moldy leave piles, squashed grass and lots of debris. It is essential to address these problems before our landscape and gardens can shine this spring. Below are some of our favorite spring clean up tips.

SPRING CLEAN UP TIPS

LAWN
  • Remove any left over fall debris such as fallen limbs and leaves.
  • If any areas of your lawn have been damaged from the winter, prepare these spots for Spring seeding.
  • Begin your fertilization treatment. (Having your lawns ph levels tested first is a great way to know what your lawn is in need of before you begin adding things to it that may be necessary or may cause damage).
TREE & SHRUB
  • Remove any protective covering from trees and shrubs as the weather begins to warm.
  • Prune away any damaged branches to allow for new growth.
GARDEN
  • Clean out any left over fall debris such as leaves and fallen limbs.
  • Cut back perennials as needed and pull up any annuals that are left over from the fall.
  • If you notice bare spots in certain areas, now is a great time to transplanting to fill those in. Try to do transplanting as soon as possible after the plant emerges. Plants will recover much more quickly when started early and the weather is still mild.
  • Being your fertilization, starting now will help strengthen roots and they begin to grow.
  • Mulch & Edge gardens. Fresh mulch adds a much needed protective layer to your garden and also offers a variety of benefits. Edging is the finishing touch and will give your gardens a clean and polished look.

 

magnolia blossoms

Spring will be here officially at 12:57pm. Longer days, warmer temperatures, green lawns, blooming flowers and more are on there way. To celebrate Springs arrival here are 10 fun facts about Spring!

  • If you stand on the equator today, you would see the sun pass directly overhead. This only happens twice a year in spring and autumn.
  • In spring, the Earth’s axis is tilted toward the sun, increasing the number of daylight hours and bringing warmer weather that causes plants to bring forth new growth.
  • The vernal equinox is when the sun moves across the celestial equator and as such, there should ideally be 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness. (However, the day when there are 12 equal hours of daylight and darkness usually happens before the first day of spring.)
  • Spring is when birds return home after migrating in winter. About 1800 bird species migrate.
  • Easter always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon that appears after the vernal equinox. This year, Easter is on Sunday, April 20.
Welcome Spring
Welcome Spring

 

  • Spring fever is real and usually occurs when a sudden warm spell follows a long cold period. When temperatures rise, there is a dilation or expansion of the blood vessels. This process allows blood to be carried to the bodies surface where heat can be lost quickly. This experience causes an energetic reaction.
  • Daylight Savings Time saves approximately 1% of electricity a day. It adds up to a lot when figure in the entire nation (except Arizona and Hawaii of course).
  • We have used the word ‘spring’ for the season since the 16th century.
  • Prior to being called spring the season was known as Lent or Lenten.
  • The earliest known use of the term ‘spring-cleaning’ was in 1857.

 

While we might not be putting away our snow equipment one week from today, Spring will make it’s official arrival one week from today. Below are some of our favorite Spring landscaping articles to help get you ready for Spring.

 

Crocus - Another sign of Winters end crocus bloom between late Winter and early Spring.
Early Spring Flowers
  • Benefits Of Mulching –  Mulching is an important aspect of Spring landscaping. This article explains the benefits of proper mulching and the dangers of improper mulching.
  • Benefits Of Organic Lawn Care – Fertilizing is essential to starting your lawn care off right for the season. Organic fertilization is a safe and natural way to fertilize your lawn that is safe for people and pets.
  • Butterfly Garden Basics – Creating a butterfly garden at home is a great way to enjoy these beautiful creatures all season long.
  • Late Spring Flowers – See what beautiful blooms give a farewell to Spring and a hello to Summer.

 

 

Recycled Outdoor Furniture

We are excited to announce our newest landscape design service, recycled outdoor furniture. The furniture made from recycled plastic milk jugs, right here in the USA. The furniture is durable, maintenance free and suitable for all weather. Recycled furniture is a growing trend that creates a beautiful environmentally friendly outdoor living area for you and your family.

Advantages of Recycled Outdoor Furniture.

  • Easy to clean, non-porous surfaces that will not harbor dirt or mold.
  • Environmentally friendly and recyclable.
  • Furniture is suitable for all weather conditions and can be stored outdoors year round.
  • Made in the United States of America.
  • Hidden fastening system allows component parts to be removed and replaced easily if damaged of vandalized.
  • Products contribute to LEED certification credits.
Recycled Outdoor Furniture
Accent an outdoor enclosed patio area…
Recycled Outdoor Furniture
…or create a cozy outdoor living space.

Recycled Outdoor Furniture

Recycled Outdoor Furniture
This furniture is 100% recyclable.

 

Our recycled outdoor furniture is available for delivery pre-assembled by our team of experts. For those of you who enjoy a more hands on approach the furniture can also be delivered disassembled. If you are interested in our outdoor recycled living furniture, call us today for more information.

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