Many people like to add trees into their landscape. Trees can add beauty and dimension to your yard, curb appeal to the front of your home, cool shade in hot summer months, and privacy. They can also add a sense of longevity to your home, as trees are often enjoyed for generations after they've been planted. For a tree to reach full maturity and last generations, it needs to be planted properly with care and have a healthy start. If you’re going to plant a tree on your property, here’s a bit of advice to help you.
1. Carefully select the area where you want to plant your tree or trees. Depending on the type of tree and how large it can get, make sure your planting spot is 15 - 20 feet away from your house, street, driveway, utility poles and power lines and any other structures. Insert a stake or flag into the ground at this spot and call Dig Safe at 811 to get approval to dig in the spot you've selected - you don't want to start digging and hit a utility line! It's the law in Massachusetts to contact Dig Safe prior to digging. (More info HERE).
2. Once you have your spot selected and approved, stand the tree upright and untie the burlap from around the base of the trunk, but not beyond the top of the root ball at this point. Use a garden trowel to carefully remove the soil from the top of the root ball. Remove just enough soil to expose where the trunk starts to spread out into the individual roots (this is the root flare).
3. Measure the height of the root ball and subtract 2 inches; then dig your planting hole to this depth. DO NOT go deeper than this measurement! A hole too deep will bury the root flare and prevent your tree from taking root and growing successfully. Dig your hole 2 – 5 times wider than the size of the root ball as well to allow roots to spread once planted. If you’re shoveling through grass, discard any removed grass and avoid using it to back-fill your hole.
4. Accurately measure the depth of your hole and once you reach the appropriate depth, scrape the bottom of this hole so that it's flat. You can sprinkle some superphosphate around this flat bottom of your hole which will help promote healthy roots (refer to the packaging for how much to use for your size/type of tree).
5. Carefully carry or roll your tree into the hole. Take a step back and view your tree as another person slowly rotates it. Ensure that the trunk of the tree is straight and look for the nicest side of the tree to face in the direction where it can be seen most. Carefully remove the wire, twine and/or burlap from the root ball. If some burlap is hard to reach at the bottom of the root ball, you can leave it there. Loosen the soil around the root ball to expose the many tiny roots.
6. Add superphosphate and fertilizer onto the pile of native soil you shoveled out (be sure to use the amounts recommended for your size and type of tree). Mix up the soil, then start backfilling your hole and avoid burying the root flare. Once the hole is full, use the blade of your shovel to create a 4-8-inch curb around the tree, making somewhat of a crater that your tree is in. Use a garden hose to fill this crater with water. As the water is absorbed into the soil, push in your curbing to fill the crater and smooth out the soil.
7. Spread 3 inches of bark mulch over the exposed dirt around the tree, but keep it away from the trunk of the tree (this could retain excessive moisture and encourage rot). Water the tree every day for at least six weeks.
Good luck with your tree planting! If you'd like assistance in selecting or planting trees on your property, feel free to call us at Gardenin' Angels for professional help.
Most people want a lawn that is covered in healthy, weed-free grass. Hydroseeding is a fantastic way to achieve a lush lawn more effectively than traditional hand seeding or sod applications. But what is it exactly?
Hydroseeding combines grass seed, fertilizer, lime, moisture retention polymers, mulch and water into a mixture that is sprayed onto ground to establish grass growth. This hydroseed mixture is prepared on site to create a fresh and even combination that is sprayed over prepared ground in a uniform layer. Hydroseeding has advantages over traditional seeding with quicker and more uniform seed germination.
Hydroseeding is typically more effective because mulch in the mixture acts as the growth medium for the seed. When the appropriate type and rate of mulch is applied, it provides moisture retention for faster germination, insulation from temperature extremes, contains no weed seed, and sticks to the ground to prevent seeds from blowing away or being eaten by birds or pests.
The Hydroseeding mixture can be adjusted with various additives to create the ideal growth environment for the seed. The other big advantage versus conventional seeding methods is the labor savings. This is because all of the ingredients that you want to apply to the seed bed are combined into the slurry and applied at the same time. The conventional seeding process usually requires each item to be applied one at a time in layers.
BENEFITS OF HYDROSEEDING
If you are interested in hydroseeding your property, give us a call at Gardenin' Angels - 774-284-1171.
We are excited to share with our friends and customers of Gardenin' Angels that we have a new sister company, Prime Irrigation! Prime is poised to deliver the best irrigation, landscape lighting and Christmas lighting services throughout southeastern Massachusetts starting this April!
We encourage you to explore our new Prime website for more information. Prime Irrigation will also have its own blog soon with articles and information regarding irrigation, sprinkler maintenance, lighting ideas and inspiration, and updates on our work projects. We are truly excited about delivering these services with the highest quality workmanship and customer satisfaction.
Check out www.PrimeIrrigationAndLights.com and contact Prime for your next irrigation or landscape lighting project at 774-381-5000. You can also follow us on our Prime Irrigation Facebook page!
The nor’easter storms we’ve experienced these past few weeks have left a mess of our landscapes, but spring is just around the corner. The snow is sure to melt and the warmth is sure to follow. But the recent damaging weather left us with broken trees, fallen limbs, crushed shrubs, moldy piles of leaves, squashed grass, and other debris. A professional spring cleanup by a landscaper will help ensure your property not only looks tidy, but provides a healthy start for the spring and summer seasons.
Gardenin’ Angels can help your lawn and landscape recover from this winter and look pristine. Schedule your spring cleanup now, as we book up quickly. Spring cleanups may vary based on the unique features and conditions of each property and what each client’s needs are. A comprehensive spring cleanup may include:
A spring cleanup can be vital to the health of your lawn and landscape. Call is today to schedule your spring cleanup. Gardenin’ Angels: 774-284-1171.
Winter weather is upon us here in Massachusetts with temperatures in the 20s one week and 50s the next. Mother Nature is so fickle in New England. When the snow strikes again and you're faced with the daunting task of shoveling snow, remember to use caution and call for help if it's too overwhelming. According to WebMD, shoveling sends on average more than 11,000 adults and children to the hospital every year! Who knew?! Snow shoveling can sometimes lead to bad backs, broken bones, head injuries and even heart problems. (Read more on this here if you're curious like we were!)
Whether you're hoping to avoid injury, or would just rather save your time and energy, snow plowing is a simple solution to clear your property of snow quickly and thoroughly. Give us a call for residential snow plowing at 774-284-1171. We offer snow plowing in the following communities: Abington, East Bridgewater, Brockton, Easton, Sharon, and Avon.
It's Thanksgiving week, and we have so much to be thankful for - especially our customers! You guys rely on us to make and keep your landscape beautiful. We consider ourselves fortunate to be able to do what we love and exceed your expectations. Thank you for your business and continuous positive reviews and referrals!
The end of November is also a busy time for us, as most folks like to have a professional fall cleanup of their property around this time. If you're feeling overwhelmed by the seemingly endless leaves and debris that are blanketing your lawn and yard, don't fret. We have availability for fall cleanups throughout the south shore now through December.
Most landscape contractors typically have a crew of professional landscapers and high-quality, commercial equipment to get the job done quickly and hassle-free. What might take you a full day or two of work, takes our team just a few hours, and we remove every, single leaf. Fall cleanups include
Get your preferred fall cleanup date by calling us at 774-284-1171.
Fall is the best time to plant bulbs for bountiful spring blooms. Sometimes just the fall cleanup of up your property seems like a lot, but if your outside anyway (or if you hired a professional landscaper to do the difficult work), you might consider planting bulbs - it's fairly easy. Whether you’re an advanced gardener, or just starting to get your hands dirty, bulbs tend to be foolproof. This allows you to put more focus into the design of your garden rather than the actual work.
Here are a few tips that might help you this fall in both planting and designing your spring flower garden:
Most importantly, have fun with your fall gardening. An autumn weekend or two in the soil will help your garden or yard look beautiful next spring. If you’d like someone else to do your fall cleanup, so you can focus on planting, give Gardenin’ Angels a call at 774-284-1171. We service nearly all towns throughout the south shore, and our fall cleanup includes removal of leaves, removal of brush/debris, weeding, thatch removal, watering of plants/trees and a thorough garden bed clean-out.
Grass grows fastest and strongest when your planting season aligns with the seeds' natural periods of active growth. Just as with other kinds of plants in your landscape, lawn grasses vary in their growth cycles and regional climate preferences.
Cool-season grasses like Kentucky bluegrass, ryegrass and tall fescue, grow most vigorously during the cool temperatures of late summer and early fall. These grasses flourish across cooler northern climates like New England.
Several distinct advantages make fall the best time to plant cool-season grass seed. In early autumn, the soil is still warm from months of summer sun. This combination of warm soil, moderate day temperatures and cool evenings encourages fast germination and establishment of newly sown cool-season grass seed.
Cool-season grass seed germinates best when soil temperatures are between 50 and 65 degrees F. This roughly corresponds to daytime air temperatures in the 60 F to 75 F range. As a general rule, plant cool-season grass seed at least 45 days before the estimated date of your first fall frost, before soil and air temperatures drop to less favorable levels. Your grasses will enjoy a full fall season, plus a second cool, growing season come spring.
Newly planted seed needs consistent soil moisture, and fall planting offers benefits on that front, too. Fall typically brings more rain, which lessens the chance that cool-season seeds may dry out, and reduces the need for extra watering on your part.
If you opt to install or repair your lawn using hydroseed or sod, fall is still the optimal time, as hydroseed and sod will also have better success in germinating and establishing root in fall conditions.
Whether you're starting a new lawn from scratch or fixing up some patchy areas, growing grass successfully is an investment of time, effort and money. At Gardenin' Angels, we can help you achieve a lush, green lawn. Give us a call at 774-284-1171.
While it's true that many of our lawns are looking pretty dismal and dry by the end of August, it's not too late to give up on lawn maintenance. Lawn care and maintenance in in Massachusetts in late August through September should focus on:
•Dethatching and aerating with a core aerator.
Ground soil should be soft for aerating to break up any areas where soil may be getting compacted from heavy summer foot traffic. Now that the majority of summer activity is winding down (cookouts, soccer games, excessive sun and drought), it's a good idea to remove thatch that may have built up and aerate compacted areas of your grass.
•Fertilizing and seeding.
Apply a slow-release, organic fertilizer to the outer edges of your lawn, followed by the middle. Because you're feeding nutrients to your grass via fertilizer at a time of rapid growth, you may have to mow more frequently afterward. This is also a good time to over-seed your lawn.
•Spreading weed-and-feed over your entire lawn or spot-spraying weeds.
Weed-and-feed products combine fertilizer and herbicides to do two jobs at once. You may run the risk of over fertilizing if you use excessive weed-and-feed and fertilize your entire lawn as well. If you have only a few weeds, try pulling them or spot spraying with an herbicide or lime juice and vinegar.
Hardscapes are the solid, built surfaces in an outdoor space like patios, pathways, fire pits, pool surrounds, decorative walls, even outdoor kitchens and living rooms. A hardscape can add immediate value in both the aesthetic and/or function of your home and also by increasing the actual property value of your home.
A few things to consider when your thinking of adding a hardscape to your property:
Take your landscape into account. You might want to hire a professional to help you with this step. While it seems simple to decide whether you want a patio here or a pathway there, factors like how much turf you’d like to keep (or add), what focal points you might like, where the sun rises and sets, whether and where you have a septic tank or other underground lines, traffic patterns and day-to-day functionality for your family should be considered.
Preserve greenery. Grass, plants, flowers and other vegetation provide a nice contrast to the stark, solid surface of a hardscape. Consider a stone wall with tall flowers or trees behind it, or a patio that abuts a grassy area. An area of turf provides a pleasant playing area for children and pets and also can be a cool relief on hot days.
Understand water and drainage patterns. Nothing can be more damaging to a hardscape than drainage problems. Especially in Massachusetts and other areas in the northeast where snow and ice can leave an impact, you must plan how drainage will be affected when you add your hardscape to your property. Even if you don't think there are any water drainage issues, it’s prudent to level out any surfaces where you might put a hardscape or have the grade as a decline away from your house.
Choose materials that work for you. Your home has a style that you’ll want to extend in your hardscape. You also have your own sense of style that you’ll want to incorporate. Consider these styles when looking at stones, bricks, pavers and other materials. Don’t feel limited to one color or one texture. Having a variety of two to three colors and textures tends to provide most homeowners with an overall look and feel they enjoy. The size of your property and the hardscape your considering should influence how many different materials you choose as well.
Hire help. Even if you typically do your own landscaping and gardening, it’s a good idea to call in the experts for a hardscape project. Professional landscape designers can offer suggestions for a hardscape design that works with your current property landscape, provide advice on appropriate materials, and help identify any issues that could cause trouble. They typically have the complete knowledge of the many steps involved in hardscape installation. When you're hiring a pro, ask for references and to see examples of their hardscape work.
Check out our photos to see some of the hardscape design and installation Gardenin’ Angels has done throughout the South Shore! Give us a call for a free estimate 774-284-1171.
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