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How to Beat the Drought this Winter

Half of Connecticut is in an extreme drought this winter. The National Drought Monitor website shows that 44.5 percent of CT state falls into the extreme drought category, 24.8 percent considered in “severe drought,” and 30.7 percent in “moderate” drought.

The Hartford Courant stated, “Late last month, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy requested that all Connecticut residents and businesses voluntarily restrict water use and state officials issued their first-ever “drought watch” for counties in the western and central portions of Connecticut.”

 

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John Woike / Hartford Courant A panorama view of Wassel Reservoir in Southington is way below it’s normal levels as many cities and counties in the state of Connecticut are facing severe drought conditions as reservoirs and wells are drained of their natural resource, water. This reservoir feeds New Britain who announced today that city officials are preparing to buy water from the Metropolitan District Commission.

Cannas, The Versatile Tropical

Looking for a unique plant to add to your container gardens this year? One of our favorites here at Winterberry is the Canna. Known for its dramatic foliage and brightly-colored flowers, this tropical is sure to add some pizazz to any planter or landscape!
One of the things we especially love about Cannas is the variety of foliage colors found on the many different types of Canna. Some have deep burgundy leaves while others have bright green and even striped leaves! In addition, if the foliage alone isn’t striking enough, Canna flowers typically last for several weeks. The boldness of the red, orange or yellow flowers presents quite the dramatic appearance against the colorful foliage.

Winterberry Irrigation: 2015 Featured Project

Winterberry Irrigation has been involved with Fidelity Investments Corporate Campus in Merrimack, NH for the past several years. We had been contacted to assist them in achieving a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) qualification, and becoming an environmentally sustainable site. Part of this qualification involves Irrigation Water Management, which is one of Winterberry’s areas of expertise.

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Winterizing Your Irrigation System

Tom Shea from Winterberry Irrigation is here to show you how to shut down, blow out, and prepare your sprinkler system for the Winter!

Winter is coming faster than you think, and it is important to get all of the water out of your irrigation system. If you don’t properly winterize your system, the water can freeze in the pipes, and your system won’t be working in the spring.

Watch the video for all of the tips that Tom has:

Summer Maintenance Tips for Healthy Plants

To keep your plants healthy with vibrant color through the dog days of summer, it’s essential to change up your summer maintenance program. Below are a few tips to help you do just that.

 

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Employee Spotlight: Mike Wrobel- A True Passion for the Green Industry

My passion for this green industry started early with a love for the great outdoors. My mother would always have a hard time getting me to come inside, and get out of the trees, literally. I was always looking to the trees and building tree houses. I must have made a dozen, each one a step better than the last. My final house was three-stories with a top floor patio built in a beautiful multi-stemmed silver maple. It must have been 30 feet in the air.

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What’s New in Irrigation?

The scenery for the irrigation industry has changed from the down turn in the nation’s economy. We are all aware of the housing bubble bursting, that has caused many contractors to rely heavily on servicing their existing customers. Communicating the water consumption to homeowners is vital to our nations fresh water supply. Trends on water conservation have evolved into a marketable service for manufacture’s and contractors. Contractors should have the ability to properly address the signs of overwatering in a typical system. They can check for an operational rain sensor, poor irrigation design, water efficient heads and nozzle usage.

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Master Plan Design

Master plan design is all about the BIG PICTURE.

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When embarking on any design project, it is important to map out your long-term goals. The designers at Winterberry can create a master plan for your property while taking into account your budget, property limitations and advantages, and future maintenance costs to ensure a well-thought, well-built, and cost-effective plan.

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