From the Soil with Sollecito

Jim Sollecito

Upstate New York offers an extraordinarily diverse panorama of spectacular landscapes. And, creating a personal landscape around the home can bring a deep sense of accomplishment while providing a constant source of inspiration throughout the year.  Whether a patio garden, terrace, flower bed, or simple hedgerow, there are best practices that, when followed, will go a long way to assuring long-term success of any home landscape in upstate New York while protecting the environment.

In this growing series of podcasts, Jim Sollecito of Sollecito Landscaping Nursery on Howlett Hill Road on Onondaga Hill provides a series of helpful talks to help navigate the seasonal shifts that impact plants, shrubs, trees, flower beds, and garden plots.  Jim focuses on the use of natural products and cultivation methods specifically adapted to this region's climate, soil composition, geology, and native ecology.  Sollecito Landscaping Nursery is the first Be Green garden center licensed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

About Jim Sollecito:

Jim Sollecito graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Ornamental Horticulture from Cornell University in 1976 and has traveled to 36 countries studying plants and landscape design.  He has the distinction of being the first Lifetime Senior Certified Landscape Professional in New York State.  Founder of Sollecito Landscaping Nursery 39 years ago, Jim's company has won First Place in the New York State Nursery and Landscape Association Landscape Awards Competition 24 times for residential projects.  Jim owns and operates a six acre garden center and a 170 acre nursery.  Megan Sollecito, Jim's wife and partner in business, is a Senior Certified Landscape Professional in her own right.  The Sollecitos have been loyal supporters of WRVO for many years.

If you have questions about any topic related to landscape management, or if you would like to suggest a topic to explore in a future podcast, please contact Jim at the following URL:  http://www.sollecito.com/contact/

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1:11pm

Fri May 25, 2012
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Bloomerang Lilacs

We just can't stop talking about lilacs.  They are easy to grow, generate a fragrance to die for, and add terrific, showy color to the spring landscape.  If only they were not so quick to drop their blooms.  But wait!  Here's news about a new variety called the Bloomerang that Ted Collins, dean of the Rochester Lilac Festival, calls the 'ever-bloomer.' Amazing.

12:37pm

Fri May 25, 2012
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Plant with Compost

Hey, Vets. Remember that fun drill back in boot camp?  'Dig a hole; fill it in. Dig a hole, fill it in.'  Didn't realize Ol' Sarge was preparing you to become a weekend warrior, did you?  Next time you dig a hole to place a tree, or shrub, or bedding plant, make sure 30 percent of what goes back into the hole with that plant is compost.  Then, stand back and watch the plant take off.  Compost is full of the best nutrients nature has to offer.

12:17pm

Fri May 25, 2012
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Feed Flowering Bulbs

11:49am

Thu May 17, 2012

11:37am

Thu May 17, 2012
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Lively Lilacs

11:24am

Thu May 17, 2012

11:10am

Thu May 17, 2012
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Fertigation

10:55am

Thu May 17, 2012
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More About Mulch

3:32pm

Mon May 14, 2012
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Juneberries

6:00pm

Thu May 10, 2012
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Mulch More Than You Think

Take an inventory of your home landscape.  Chances are each of those shrubs and trees you planted long ago fall into one of three categories: the good, the bad, and the just plain ugly. Now may be the time to clear them out, select hardy varieties that will be happy in your yard for many years to come.

6:06pm

Thu May 3, 2012
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Make a View Space

For centuries the Japanese practice of shakkei has enlived landscapes by framing what is already there.  The idea is to 'borrow from the scenery around you.'  Why build it if it the space around you is already a breathtaking masterpiece?  Words of wisdom from the master landscaper on how to make the most of your space, whatever the condition of your surroundings.

4:33pm

Tue April 24, 2012
-From The Soil with Sollecito

Is your green space a lawn, or a yawn?

Snappy lawns do not just happen - they result from thoughtful planning, regular maintenance and a bit of friendly competition from that neighbor with the green thumb - and the perfect hedge.  If your lawn is looking a bit retro, think makeover. You can bring your lawn into the 21st century with these simple tips.

9:27pm

Tue April 17, 2012

11:21am

Fri March 30, 2012
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A talk with the Lawn Arranger

"Hi-yo, Silver Maple, away!"  or so the 'Lawn Arranger' might have said in a particularly bewildering fit of pun-itis.  Early spring means a return to lawn care - and all those fancy bag products that promise what nature already provides.  Listen to why you can 'bag' the heavy lifting and spreading this year.

11:09am

Fri March 30, 2012

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Fri March 30, 2012

9:41am

Fri March 30, 2012

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