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Thanks for taking time out to read my 1st newsletter. I hope, in this and future
newsletters, to be able to provide you with insightful information regarding
your landscape, your neighbors landscape and our business. I will attempt
to keep this newsletter portion of our web-site up dated on a quarterly basis.
First, I would like to share my thoughts with you regarding our past winter. "It
was a little excessive." As I write, my crocus and daffodils are blooming.
We are, however, alarmed at the damage which many plants have suffered from cold
temperature injury. It seems like every few years (5-10) Mother Nature reminds
us of what is hardy and what should and/or should not be planted in our climate.
We have seen tremendous burn damage on hollies, most of which will be fine following
new growth in May. We have also seen significant dieback on all shrub and hybrid
Tea Roses, and many other plants have died back to ground that would not normally
do so. Rose-of-Sharon (Althea) for example, has died to the ground on several
of our projects. We expect to continue to discover more plant damage as we travel
through spring. It is unlikely that we will know the extent of all of the damage
until June. We expect to see damage on Azaleas, perhaps no blooms, on herbs,
perhaps no return, and on cotoneaster and many other tender shrubs and perennials.
In addition, we have noticed above average damage from deer on several of projects,
especially those in Cedar Creek in Olathe, KS. I examined some Perfecta Junipers
that lost, nearly, 1/3 of their growth from deer. These deer must have been rather
desperate to eat Juniper. I often get an allergic reaction just from touching
junipers. I have also noted deer damage on China Holly and Azaleas. Do we need
fewer restrictions on Deer hunting? Are they over populated? Do they have any
natural enemies other than man? Do they cause tremendous auto damage when they
walk or run out in front of an oncoming vehicle? Do they provide good, lean meat
for consumption? Arent they cute and intriguing to watch?
I mention all of this not to alarm or upset anyone, but so that you may be informed.
Please call or e-mail me at any time to discuss any plant problems that you may
have. I will be more than happy to provide my advice. For those clients who have
warranty concerns, please keep in mind that we can not be held responsible for
In addition to the winter injury that we have experienced, you might notice burnt
(brown/rust colored) needles on many young or newly planted conifers as you travel
through town. Some of this is a result of winter winds while some of it may also
be a result of drought injury from last fall. Yes, I know that we have had a
lot of rain since November, but do you remember July through October? Many of
the so called "evergreens"
including pines and spruce are just now showing signs of being damaged
by last years roller coaster weather patterns. Many pines experienced
above average needle drop last fall. We will have to wait until May
to see new growth.
Finally, please re-mulch your landscape this spring or hire us to do so. Do not
use fresh hardwood mulches that deplete your soil of nutrients as they decay.
Fresh mulches may also harbor unwanted insects. Spend a little more and buy a
well, composted mulch or bark product. Pine is my favorite. Keep in mind that
mulch moderates soil temperature keeping the rooting zone cooler in the summer
months. It also retains moisture, this can be a problem if your plants do not
like wet feet, but in most cases, this is a positive benefit. Mulch also greatly
reduces weed growth. All mulch should be maintained at a 2-3" layer, more
is not better.
Thanks so much for your time. Have yourself a great spring, enjoy the outdoors
and let me know if we can assist you with any future landscape needs.