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Benefits to Planting Perennials

Strong root systems: The roots are deeper and able to reach nutrients further down in the soil.

They bloom at different times of the year: With planning you can stagger the blooming and have color from early spring until the first frost.

Easy to plant: Perennials are hardy plants that do well in shade and sun and keep coming back year after year.  They tend to be smaller in size and multiply filling in bare spots.

Inexpensive: They are a one time purchase.  You do not need to purchase more every year like annuals.

Low Maintenance: Once they are planted they need less care.  The deep root systems allow them to get the nutrients they need.

Benefit other plants: The deep roots of perennials bring up water and nutrients to the surface for plants with more shallow roots.  They also provide ground cover and preserve soil moisture during the colder months.

 

Firewood Caution

As the camping and bonfire season begins please remember to leave firewood at home.  Buy firewood near your camp site or bonfire destination. Do not buy or pack wood from one area and bring it to another.  Moving firewood puts you at...

Ticks

According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) more cases of Lyme disease are being reported across Michigan.  Lyme disease is spread through infected blacklegged ticks (Deer ticks).  Ticks are found in shady,...

Shrubs from Big Box Stores

During the spring season many big box stores now sell shrubs.  The price of the shrubs can look attractive, however be aware that these are not the same quality as local nursery grown plants.  Often these plants are surplus materials...

Too Soon To Cut Grass

Sunshine and warmer weather are finally here. However, it's not quite Spring yet.  These milder temperatures have plants and lawns confused.  You may see plants blooming and grass turning green but even if you get some growth...

Shake Your Trees!

Winter is here and we will see snow for the next couple of months. Please remember to shake your trees.  Smaller evergreens and bushes, such as Arborvitae, will get sagging branches from large snow amounts or wet, heavy snow.  It is...

Polymeric Sand Installation

With the recent popularity of polymeric sand, many home owners are trying to improve their patio or sidewalk.  It is important that high quality polymeric sand is used.  Many of the big box stores sell inexpensive polymeric sand that has...

Fall Things to Do:

We are now into fall.  The weather has changed from warm and sunny to chilly and damp.  Now is the time to do a few important things to keep your landscaping healthy and protected. 1.  Winterize your sprinkler system.  It is...

How Late In the Season Do We Work?

Many customers ask: How late in the season do we continue to install landscape jobs? The answer is based on two weather conditions: 1.  First significant snow. 2.  When the ground freezes. Once one of these occurs we will shut...

Expanded Box Tree Moth Quarantine

Due to recent detections of box tree moth the quarantine has been expanded.  This pest is highly invasive. The recent sightings have been in Oakland and Eaton counties. The expansion of the quarantine will now include the following counties:...

New Tree Planting

Trees are an essential part of a new home or re-landscaping project.  Trees add beauty and often shade to any yard.  Trees last a lifetime if cared for correctly.  There are several factors to consider when planting a tree. The...

Adjusting Sprinklers to Weather Conditions

It is very important, especially when the weather is fluctuating as it is this year, to adjust your sprinklers.  The amount of water you need is based on the amount of rain and heat we get.  It needs to be balanced based on those...

Mosquito Repelling Plants

Spring is here and summer is right around the corner.  With warmer temperatures come those pesky mosquitos. While using commercial bug sprays can help keep mosquitos away they have chemicals that can be harmful to people and the...

Ornamental Grasses

Ornamental grasses are used for aesthetic purposes to enhance a landscape.  They range in size from 3 inches to 10 feet tall. The colors they display are quite a site to see.  During the winter months, the leaves poke through the snow...

Digital Payments

A new trend in the financial world is using digital payments.  Popular types of these payments are Zelle, Venmo, and Cashapp.  While these are an easier way to transfer money for payment, buyer beware!  If there is a problem with the...

Downspouts

Today most home owners have gutters to catch roof run off water.  That water then travels into horizontal downspouts and discharges along the foundation of the house.  Often landscapers extend the downspouts underground to get the...

Hot Tub to Accent Your Landscaping

Many times we think of landscaping as a way to accent your home.  What can we add to accent our landscaping?  One option is a hot tub.  Hot tubs have become very popular during COVID.  They come is  wide variety of sizes,...

Invasive Species: Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

Please be on the lookout! According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) anyone who has eastern hemlock trees on their property should look for signs of hemlock woolly adelgid. In...

Keep Your Leaves Clear

Now that the weather has turned colder the leaves are falling.  It is important to keep fallen leaves off your lawn. While raking your lawn is a tedious task, it's important to maintain a healthy lawn.  Keeping leaves off the lawn...

Spotted Lanternfly-Invasive Species

In August, The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed the detection of spotted laternfly in Pontiac, Michigan.  Early detection allows containment which is vital to prevent the spread. What to look for: Eggs of the spotted laternfly...
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