the dirt

Just A Thought (or two)…

When one’s car is in need of a good washing, most of us forget how damaging soaps and other chemicals can be to the environment and even to our vehicles. Detergents and spray-on waxes create surface build-up on your vehicle and allow for the sun to literally bake the surface. Detergents also cause rubber parts [...]

Hot Enough?

In the heat of the summer months, attention to irrigation is imperative to the health of your plants. To compensate for the lack of rain, irrigation systems require adjusting. Conserve water by following these simple steps: Run your irrigation system at longer intervals for a fewer number of days Water in the early hours of [...]

Rain Barrels

When it Rains it Pours Rain barrels collect and store rain runoff from the roof, by connecting to the home’s downspout. During the summer months, rain barrels can save the homeowner up to 1,300 gallons of water. Whether homemade or purchased, rain barrels are available in many styles and colors to suit just about any [...]

Watering 101

According to the 2010 Farmers Almanac a warm dry April/May and a cool dry summer is expected. As my dad always says “we live in an area of averages”, so with above average moisture levels for 2009, it isn’t surprising that we are due for a dry 2010. Since spring has been unnaturally warm, windy [...]

A Spray of Spring Inside Your Home

Eager for the for the beauty of flowering trees brought by spring’s warm weather? Well, try your hand at forcing blossoms inside your home. March is an ideal time to prune your forsythia, quince, dogwoods, crab apples, flowering cherry, spirea, saucer magnolia, pussy willow, witch hazel and lilacs and force these cuttings to burst into [...]

Sustainable Landscaping is…..

Conservation of our natural resources, preservation of our “sense of place”, and protection of our wildlife. Meadows not mowers Rain gardens not storm water runoff Native plants not invasive plants Harvesting water not wasting water Encouraging wildlife not destroying natural habitats Integrated Pest Management (IPM) not mindless pesticide applications Composting not discarding Organics not chemicals [...]

Snow Damaged Plants

This year’s record snow fall has certainly had an impact on our landscapes.  Many of us  have noticed sagging and broken branches, as well as damage to our plants. While much of this damage is temporary, damaged plants are more prone to disease and insect attacks so it is important to get outside for some [...]



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