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17 Sep 2018

Backyard Apple Crisp

This homey, comforting dessert is a great way to showcase home-grown or farmer’s market apples.

Ingredients:
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup brown sugar
¾ cup old fashioned oats
½ tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
½ cup butter, softened
8-10 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Preheat oven to 375. Combine apples and lemon juice in a large bowl. Place into a buttered oversized pie plate or baking dish of your choice.
Combine all dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Using a pastry blender or your fingers, work in the butter until mixture is uniform.
Pat the crumble mixture over the apples and bake until topping is brown and the apples are tender and bubbly, about 40 – 50 minutes.
Serve with homemade whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

10 Sep 2018

Lawn Aeration

 

Does your lawn need a quick improvement? Aeration can elevate the health and appearance of your lawn. Aeration is the process where a machine (lawn aerator) penetrates the lawn surface and pulls out small plugs of soil. Aeration is often confused with power-raking or de-thatching, but it’s different. Hollow tines are equipped on the lawn aerator which removes soil plugs and leaves them on the surface of the lawn. These plugs are normally visible for a couple of weeks before they decompose. There are no benefits of removing the soil plugs outside of aesthetics.
Most lawns are compacted over time by foot traffic, play, and maintenance equipment. Aeration allows nutrients, oxygen and water to get down into the soil. It’s harder for oxygen, nutrients, and water to penetrate compacted soils. The plugs removed by aeration loosens compacted soils, cuts through the thatch layer and creates openings for nutrients, water and air flow. These are all key components for healthy green grass. The healthier the roots are below, the better the grass will look above.
Core aeration is one of the best things you can do for your lawn to keep it lush and green. In our area, Spring and Fall are the best times to aerate.
Lawn aerators can be rented locally from Valley Lumber in Victor and Grande Rental in Driggs.
If DIY isn’t your thing, we can do it for you. Click here to get a quote: https://mdlandscapinginc.com/get-a-quote/

07 Sep 2018

5 Reasons to Plant Bulbs this Fall

1- Bulbs are Beautiful:
Vibrant colors, fragrance and eye appealing combinations make bulbs one of the most charming flowers of the spring.

2- Bulbs are Easy to Plant:
Plant them once, and you’ll be rewarded with color year after year. Simply choose a sunny spot with well-drained soil. Dig a hole two to three times the bulb’s height (for example if a bulb is two inches tall, dig a hole four to six inches deep). Sprinkle the bottom of the hole with bulb food or bone meal and place the bulb pointy side up. Cover with soil, water once and wait for spring! To plant bigger clumps of bulbs, follow the same method as above but make a wider hole and place multiple bulbs into the same hole. This ‘mass grave’ method saves a ton of time and bigger clumps of bulbs will make more of a visual impact than a scattering of single bulbs.

3- Bulbs Will Make You Happy:
Imagine a warm spring day after months of seeing mostly snow, ice and mud. You walk outside and ta-da! A pretty clump of purple crocus are blooming right next to the receeding snow. Studies have shown that flowers release the ‘happy’ brain chemicals triggering positive emotions. Plant bulbs to plant happiness!

4- Bulbs Feed the Pollinators:
Yes, bulbs are wonderful for spring color, but did you know that flowering bulbs are also a valuable food source for bees? Bulbs are one of the first available pollen sources for bees and other pollinating insects.

5- Bulbs Need to be Planted in the Fall:
All spring-blooming bulbs like daffodils, tulips and crocus need a cold period before they will bloom. This starts the biochemical process that makes them bloom. Bulbs are not like seeds where they can be viable for months without planting. Bulbs will dry out and are unlikely to bloom if they are not planted in the fall. Plant bulbs any time before the ground freezes.

Our seasonal shipment of high quality flower bulbs is here. Browse our huge selection of all of the favorites like daffodils, tulips and crocus.