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COPY OF FALL 2011

03/22/12

KEEP IT SIMPLE   -   KEEP IT GREEN

THE COMMON SENSE APPROACH TO LANDSCAPING
INTRODUCTORY MONTHLY GREEN NEWSLETTER

SEASONAL SPOT

WHAT’S HOT AND WHAT’S NOT

Landscape Design Winter The mild weather in October and November was great for continuing construction projects.  In fact it was so mild that leaf drop was delayed and not done until the first week in December.  Therefore it delayed fall clean ups a bit.

 Red Twig dogwood shrubs are a great winter show against the snow.  There are many different varieties that have different growth habits so make sure you pick the right one for your yard.

  • Remember to winter water.  If we should go back to mild dry weather in January, remember to give your plants a nice deep soaking drink at least every 3 weeks until you turn your sprinkler system on in the spring.  If you have a self draining sprinkler system you can run that if the temperatures are mild enough.  But do not forget to drain it again.  Otherwise drag the hose out and let it run at a slow trickle at the base of each tree and shrub. Grass will also benefit from winter moisture especially if it was newly installed this past summer

Even though it has not been a hot topic in the news right now, water conservation is going to be a must.  As you all know when we had the 7 year drought we were all asked to conserve water, and once we had come to the end of the drought cities gave us a congratulations on a job well done and then shortly after that a price increase to cover the cost of low useage.  So even though it is not imperative to conserve water, per citiy officials, we should all consider our own budgets, because those rate hikes are still in place and  the future droughts will inevitably return (mother nature is cycical) .   Turf areas are the big water hogs.  So, some things to do to help control over use of water

  • Consider our organic soil amendment mixture GO GREEN STAY GREEN, for a long term solution to poor soil prep, stressed turf grass and excess watering.
  • Have a trusted professional review your sprinkler system for leaks, poor coverage from bad design, and set a more efficient watering schedule

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John F. of Westminster asks  “When is a good time to cut back roses and to what height?”
If you have not done so yet, do it now.  I always cut them back to about 18” above the ground.  Cutting them back reduces winter die back due to water loss.

For the DIY’ers out there…. Do you have a project you want to get done by yourself, but are uncertain as to where to start or proceed.  Sign up for some consulting time with C &K Consulting Inc.  On an hourly basis we can get a material list together, get you laid out, and or,  check your progress. 

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