From The Soil with Sollecito

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

Flowering bulbs bring joy to springtime - and then are forgotten.  Remember to feed them, even when they are dormant.  You will see the difference next spring and beyond.  And don't cut those green stems just because the flowers are gone - let them go brown before you cut them down.

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

Two things required to get your landscape plantings off to a good start - and keep them happy - are fertilizer and water.  Landscapes look great and stay healthy where natural fertilizer and water work together in a process Jim refers to as 'fertigation.'  Don't just irrigate... fertigate!

10:55am

Thu May 17, 2012
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More About Mulch

As Jim has said before, you can never have too much mulch.  Just make sure you have nature's mulch,  free of chemical additives that leach into the ground and spoil soil.  Be natural.  Mulching is not rocket science, but it can launch a great new look and feel across your landscape.

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
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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

10:51am

Fri March 30, 2012

9:41am

Fri March 30, 2012

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