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November 30, 2019

Q: Why is the flagstone in my patio starting to flake off?

A: Flagstone is almost always sandstone which is made up of layers upon layers of sediment. The flaking is called spalling, which is a natural occurrence in sandstone. Moisture gets in between the layers of sedi...

November 23, 2019

Q: My pots look so empty during the winter - is there anything I can put in them?

A: We recommend putting a mixture of small evergreens (small pine trees), holly and English ivy. If you want a more festive look instead of a pine tree put a red twig dogwood, even though...

November 16, 2019

Q: I have a tall butterfly bush that gives me privacy and I don’t want it cut back for the winter. Will the plant still grow ok next year?

A: We usually see the best growth out of butterfly bushes when they are cut back each year to a foot or two. If you want to keep th...

November 9, 2019

Q: Why do the leaves change colors in the fall?

A: To keep it simple, the green we see on leaves is the chlorophyll (think solar panels) that convert the sun into food for the plant. Once the days begin to get shorter the plant or tree starts to prepare itself for winte...

November 2, 2019

Q: What will happen if I leave my irrigation system on year-round?

A: It is VERY important to make sure your irrigation is shut down and properly winterized to prevent very costly repairs.  This includes opening and draining the valves, filter and backflow preventer, as...

October 26, 2019

Q: When is a good time to add more bark/mulch to the beds?

A: The best time to touch up the beds is once all the leaves have fallen and have been cleaned up. Whether you want composted cotton burrs or bark, we will be glad to help you!

October 19, 2019

Q: I wanted to buy some pots so I can have some indoor plants during the fall. What should I look for and what type of soil should I buy?

A: Whenever you are purchasing pots always ensure that there is a drainage hole in the bottom of the pot. If there isn't, you can al...

October 12, 2019

Q: How often and how much water should I give to the pots of geraniums that I brought into the house?

A: The amount of water you give and how often you water depends on the size of the plant and how big the pot is.

As a general rule of thumb, you want to water pots until...

October 5, 2019

Q: When do you guys shut down irrigation systems?

A: It depends on the weather but we are looking at sometime between the third week of October to the second week of November.

September 28, 2019

Q: I planted geraniums in my outdoor pots this year and was wondering if I can I bring them inside to keep them alive over the winter?

A: Yes! We have a client who has had the same geraniums for well over 20 years! Geraniums are great plants that can be moved indoors du...

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December 4, 2019

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