Chat with us, powered by LiveChat

Tag: early spring

Bedhead: Low Maintenance Native Plants

This is a wonderful time for gardening. I’m not just talking about the warm weather that seems to be finally showing up. The diversity found in native plants is useful in assisting pollinators and wildlife. That variety is key to helping insects and wildlife through all stages of their lives. People may be hesitant to…

What Is It? Gardening With Hellebore

The Hellebore has been referenced in folklore and legend dating back to ancient Greek mythology.  In medieval times, people planted it around front doors and windows to keep evil spirits away.  Today, people plant it as a specimen plant in their shade gardens. It is known to be the first plant to sound the alarm and shout, “Spring is on its way!”

Get your Garden Ready for Summer!

With our most recent March snowstorm, thinking about our spring and summer gardens might not be the most important project on our minds. However, snowy, cold, late winter days are perfect times to start planning for your best garden ever. You can start getting your garden ready today!

It starts with creating your garden plan. I like doing mine on graph paper so as to plan my garden to scale.

Next, it’s time to order seeds and get ready to start them indoors or make a list of the number of plants you will need per your garden plan. Once the weather breaks, it’s time to clean the garden of any debris that accumulated during winter. That’s exactly where garden pests like to hang out. As soon as the garden can be worked, start tilling the soil, while adding a generous amount of compost just before you till. All plants love and benefit from a good dose of compost every year.

Is Irrigation Right for Your Property?

Maintaining your scrubs, plants, and turf in your yard can be expensive. An irrigation system can be thought of as an insurance policy for your landscape. Irrigation is an essential piece of your landscape and saves you countless hours of manual watering. In very rare occasions people’s properties hold the proper amount of water.

Even if your property is always wet due to a high water table or run off from elevated areas you can always install drainage, and then irrigate the property. A lawn or planting bed that never drains will cause the grass coverage to be thin, some shrubs and plants will actually drown, and the ever presence of water promotes disease and fungus in turf.

More often than not the land becomes dry, even in temperatures that we find the most comfortable. When talking about grass the best time to water is in the early morning hours of 3-6am. Not many people find themselves wanting to wake up at this time to turn on the hose and move the sprinkler every 30 minutes. Having an automatic irrigation system frees you up to get that well deserved rest or to take a vacation, even though you just had the lawn fertilized, seeded, or had plants installed.

Design and Build Your Backyard Sanctuary and More

It’s already starting to feel like spring in Connecticut! Which means that its time to start planning for summer projects, designs, and stonework at Winterberry.

There are so many services that we offer to turn your yard into a sanctuary, or brighten up the front walkway in your yard. We have a team of designers ready to help you personally make the best plan possible for your space.

Fall Container Gardening

Fall Container Gardening is a great way to extend the season and enjoy a little color before the landscapes turns to its dreary shade of grey for Winter.

Once the heat of summer passes, the annuals that have been delighting you all season long seem to slow down and cease to bloom; maybe your containers dried out a little bit while you were on vacation and now they need a little sprucing up. Those tired annuals have given their all and now it’s time for a refresher.

Native Trees

Native trees and shrubs are a vital part of any garden. Not only do they offer year round interest with colorful fruit, flowers and fall foliage, they are also an important source of food and shelter for local wildlife. Here are a few examples of native trees in Connecticut.

Acer rubrum, Red Maple, is a fast-growing shade tree reaching 40-70 feet tall. It tolerates moist sites and makes a great street tree. Red Maples have three seasons of interest with red showy flowers in the early spring, small green leaves in the summer and beautiful bright red leaves in the fall.

90