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25 Apr 2018

Spring Fest Saturday, May 5th

Join us for the annual Spring Fest to celebrate the gardening season.
We’ll have $10 deals all day like selected $10 shrubs, trees, gift shop specials and more. Pottery and outdoor furniture will be 20% off for the day.

For the younger set, we’ll have a gardening project, face painting and a chance to visit with Teton Valley’s cutest baby farm animals. Face painting and animals are available from 11-2.

Great prizes will be raffled off throughout the event and we’ll have free gifts for our first 50 paying customers. This is one event you will not want to miss!

09 Apr 2018

Dogscaping: planning a dog-friendly landscape

We mountain people love our dogs and outdoor spaces. Dogscaping is intended as a way to be mindful of our dog’s needs while keeping our landscaped outdoor areas comfortable and beautiful for humans too. If you are planning your landscape from scratch, lucky you! Here is your chance to incorporate some dog-friendly ideas from the outset. If you already an established landscape, these tips can help keep that landscape beautiful and comfortable for your pets and you.

Dog-Friendly Zones:
Comfort Zones: Planting trees and shrubs for shade throughout your landscape will provide a cool spot to rest throughout the day. A patch of lawn or the cushion of durable ground cover plants make comfy places to relax. Bare dirt, stone walkways or a sunny deck provide opportunities to keep warm and soak up the sun.

Water Zone: At a minimum, provide a fresh supply of water for your dog outdoors. Water-loving breeds adore kiddie pools or natural water features for drinking and cooling off in hot weather. If you really want to spoil your dog, splurge on a commercially made pet fountain to provide cool fresh water at any time.

Potty Zone: Dogs will typically choose a spot to relieve themselves routinely. If you are introducing a new dog to your landscape or if you are planning a landscape from scratch, pick an area for your dog to go potty. It could be as simple as a weedy patch or as elaborate as a special gravel area with some upright ‘marking’ rocks. With some training and encouragement, dogs will return to their potty spot. Be sure to make this spot accessible in the wintertime too. An extra potty path through deeper snow will help your dog stay on track.

Pet Friendly Yard Care Products:
Choosing less toxic methods for pest or weed control is the best practice. There are plenty of effective, natural products on the market. Even if they are labeled natural or organic, it’s still important to keep your pets out of the product and only use products as directed on the label. Some dogs find organic fertilizers like bone meal or blood meal very attractive will eat or lick it off your plants. Be watchful and consider using liquid fertilizers that are absorbed more quickly.

Lawns and Groundcovers:
When cared for properly, turf grasses can withstand the traffic of playful dogs. Dogs love the cool and comfort of a lawn as much as humans do. What lawns do not love is the high concentration of nitrogen in dog urine. If your dog is continues to urinate repeatedly in the same spot, consider removing the turf altogether and replacing it with a gravel potty spot.
To correct urine kill spots, rake out the dead grass, fluff up the soil a bit, sprinkle with lime and reseed. Continue to water the patch consistently until the grass germinates. Commercially made dog spot treatment products are also an easy and effective way to fix dead spots.
Once established, many perennials can withstand the occasional run-though. Avoid planting anything with feathery, ferny foliage as these can quickly get trampled. Use fencing to keep dogs out of newly planted areas, highly valued flower beds or veggie gardens. Use traffic resistant ground covers like wooley thyme, creeping thyme, Irish moss, creeping jenny, snow in summer and lamb’s ears.

Keep them safe:
Toxic Plants: Most dogs will avoid toxic plants because they are usually unpalatable. It’s wise for their humans to be aware of which plants can cause trouble:
– Rhubarb
– Foxglove
– Iris
– Begonia
– Dahlia
– Monkshood
– Daffodils
– Tulips

Compost: If you compost at home, be sure to enclose it securely to protect your dog from eating it. The bacteria from decomposing food waste can cause an upset stomach or diarrhea.

Fun Ideas:
Ready to take dogscaping to the next level? Try one or more of these ideas:
Doggie pool or fountain: Installing a water feature with Fido in mind will keep him or her cool on hot days. If that’s not in your budget, a simple sprinkler set on low can be entertaining for some breeds.
Sensory log: Drill holes in an old log and fill with various essential oils or treats.
Designated dig spot: A sand box with buried toys or treats is a great way to occupy dogs who love digging.
Doggie ice lick: Simply fill a bigger yogurt or ice cream container with water and mix in some treats or toys. Perfect for hot days.

01 Nov 2017

Last-Chance Late Fall Tasks

It’s not too late to sneak in a couple of late fall tasks. Take advantage of any nicer November days to cross a few jobs off this list and prepare your landscape for winter and spring.
• Plant bulbs: As long as the ground is still workable, fall bulbs can still be planted. All fall bulbs are now 50% off.
• Spread wildflower and grass seed: Late fall is ideal for seeding. Seeds lay dormant and germinate next spring as the soil temperatures rise.
• Mow, fertilize and protect your lawn: A shorter final cut will reduce the amount of raking next spring. Spread fall fertilizer (such as Scott’s™) and a granular rodent repellant like Molemax™ if voles are a problem in your area.
• Hang and fill bird feeders: We carry a variety of birdfeeders and seed to attract a range of wild birds. Feeders placed near trees and shrubs will encourage more visiting birds since they like the protection of nearby branches.
– Cover tree trunks with tree guards to protect from voles and other gnawing critters. This is especially important for fruit trees.

04 Oct 2017

It’s October, Now What?

Leaves are dropping, the air is crisp, growing season is over and this is the month to prepare your landscape for winter and the next growing season. Taking the time to for some final chores really pays off.
October is Time to:

1) Plant bulbs: Wake up your garden next spring with colorful daffodils, hyacinths, crocus and tulips. Plant bulbs any time in October and enjoy pops of color for years to come.

2) Water: A cold dry fall can be deadly for many ornamental plants. Well-hydrated roots increase a plant’s chance of survival before our seasonal blanket of snow covers the ground. Water trees, shrubs and flower beds every week or two (depending on the weather) until the snow stays on the ground. Fall watering is especially important for evergreens as they continually loose moisture through their needles.

3) Spray evergreens with Wilt Pruf™: Wilt Pruf™ is an anti-desiccant that gets sprayed on evergreens late fall to protect from winter burn. Winter burn happens to newly planted evergreens that don’t have deep roots to draw moisture from. Evergreens continually transpire (give off water vapor) through their needles, even in winter. If a tree is unable to replenish the water in its needles, winter burn damage will result. Wilt Pruf™ coats needles with a clear film that slows transpiration resulting in less winter burn.

4) Spread wildflower and grass seed: Fall is the best time for seeding. Many wildflowers require a period of freezing temperatures to germinate. Wildflower and grass seed will lay dormant until spring.

5) Replenish veggie beds: Fall is a great time to ‘feed’ the soil in your veggie garden. After harvesting and cleaning up plant debris, spread a 2-4 inch layer of compost (we like Happy Frog or Black Gold) over top and work it into the top 6 inches or so with a spade or digging fork. Rake smooth and your beds will be ready to rock next season!
Note: Do this when the soil is dry to avoid a clumpy, muddy mess and to keep the soil from becoming compact.

6) Protect from critters: Protect trees and shrubs from browsing deer and moose by spraying with Plantskydd™ repellent and fencing with DeerBlock™. Plastic trunk protectors will keep chewing animals like voles from damaging the trunks of your trees. Broadcast a granular repellent like Repellex™ or Molemax™ over your lawn to reduce the tunneling of voles. Although these measures don’t guarantee a damage-free landscape, they can reduce the extent of winter damage.

7) Fertilize your lawn: A late application of fall lawn fertilizer will give your lawn a boost next spring with a quick green-up and faster new growth. Fall fertilizer has the addition of potassium for strong root development and overall health.

Need some help? From spraying to fencing, our maintenance department can do it for you!
Click here to get a quote https://mdlandscapinginc.com/get-a-quote/

20 Sep 2017

Protecting your Landscape from Big Game Damage

Protecting your Landscape from Big Game Damage

Throughout our region we are fortunate enough to encounter all kinds of wildlife. They inhabited this area first and we over took their migration paths and feeding grounds. As majestic as they are, moose, elk, deer and even buffalo can wreak havoc on newly planted and established landscapes. Big game animals tend to be in our neighborhoods in the fall, winter and spring. As the snow melts, they return to higher elevations for the summer months.
There are a few strategies to deter wildlife from our landscapes. Use these strategies alone or in combination to protect your valuable landscape from big game damage.

Use Wildlife-Resistant Plants:
No plant is ‘wildlife-proof’. If animals are starving, they will eat anything available. However, some plants tend to be less palatable to wildlife. If your home is in an area frequented by wildlife, avoid disappointment by choosing these plants:
• Spruce
• Buffaloberry
• Cotoneaster
• Juniper
• Lilac
• Potentilla
• Serviceberry
• Spirea
• Viburnum
• Hawthorne

Apples, crabapples, birch, willow, roses and dogwood are best avoided as these are preferred by wildlife.
For a complete list, click here: http://dev.mdlandscapinginc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/GardeningAroundDeer.pdf

Repellents:
Commercially made repellants such as Plantskydd™ are effective when applied as directed. Apply repellants at intervals throughout season for best results.

Scare Tactics:
Wildlife don’t like unfamiliar sounds, lights or movement. Lights on motion sensors or a well-trained barking dog can be helpful.

Predator Urine:
This is a natural way of keeping wildlife out of your yard. A few drops in placed in strategic areas around your property can keep game out for 1-3 weeks. Animals eventually get used to the scent and other tactics need to be used at this point. Available from predatorpee.com.

Wildlife Fencing:
A physical barrier has proved time and time again to be the most reliable way to keep big game away from your plants. Fence off individual trees, groups of trees or entire properties.

Dealing with wildlife can be tricky.  On one hand you want to protect the investment of your landscape while being as respectful to nature as possible. Being flexible and ready to use multiple strategies is often the best approach to dealing with wildlife on your property.

01 Sep 2017

5 Reasons to Plant Trees this Fall

 

Did that spring planting project go unfinished? Have you been away most of the summer? Was it too hot to plant? Whatever your reason, September is here and it’s a perfect time to plant trees and shrubs. Here’s why:

1)      Less Stress:

Cooler temperatures mean less evaporation and trees don’t have to work as hard draw in water and nutrients.

2)      Warm Ground Temperatures:

Even as the air temperatures drop, the ground is still warm. The warm earth allows for good root formation, even after the foliage drops.

3)      Ready to Grow:

Trees and shrubs planted in the fall have acclimated to local temperature, daylight and moisture conditions. Once the ground warms up again in the spring, these trees will be ready to grow. As an added bonus, spring snowmelt helps keep the root zone moist.

4)      Fall Specials:

Fall is a great time to shop. All container trees and shrubs are 20% off.

5)      One Less Spring Project:

Shorten your to-do list for next spring. You’ll be glad you took the time and energy to plant trees.

Continue to keep newly planted trees and shrubs moist until the ground is frozen in late fall. Hand watering may be necessary after your irrigation has been turned off. At least two inches of mulch should be applied over the top of the root ball to maintain even temperatures and moisture. Evergreens are especially prone to moisture loss and browning over the winter months, so be extra diligent in providing ample water until the ground is frozen.  For extra protection, spray new evergreens with an anti-desiccant like Wilt Pruf™ in October.

14 Aug 2017

What Bugs Us? Spider Mites

Spider mites are common garden pests that feed on shrubs, trees, flowers, vegetables and even houseplants. These miniscule pests cause damage by bruising the plant’s tissues as they feed leading to mottled, brown foliage. Spider mites are difficult to see to the naked eye, but their presence can be detected by webbing on a plant and brown, mottled or dirty-looking foliage. To confirm the presence of spider mites, try holding a sheet of plain white paper below suspect plants.  Tap or flick the foliage above the paper. Using a magnifying glass or the naked eye, watch for any tiny specs that move. These are mites.  Outbreaks occur under hot, dry conditions and can seriously injure or kill a plant.  There are a few ways to control spider mites:

  • Hosing: A strong jet of water can destroy webbing and knock down spider mites populations.
  • Beneficial Insects: Ladybugs, sold commercially, can be released underneath mite-infested plants to feed on mites.
  • Neem Oil and Pyrethrins:  These are typically combined in a multipurpose spray such as Safer™ brand 3 in 1 Garden Spray. Always follow the directions on the label.
  • Horticultural Oil: This is possibly the best control available for the home gardener. The oil suffocates the eggs and the adults. Always follow the directions on the label.
  • Avoiding strong insecticides containing imidacloprid that kill mite’s natural enemies will help avoid mite infestations by keeping the beneficial insect population higher.

Maintaining healthy plants will also help avoid mite infestations. Plants stressed by drought, crowding or lack of nutrients are prone to insect problems.

28 Jul 2017

The Best Trees and Shrubs for Screening

Screening is an important part of landscaping. We all love our mountain views, but the view your neighbor’s RV? Not so much. Screening eases the eyesores and adds beauty, privacy and interest to your property.

Before planting anything, be aware of how tall and wide a particular plant will grow. Proper placement and spacing will allow for healthy growth and spare the headache of crowded plants down the road.  Take the time to visualize what you would like to screen. Look at the site from different vantages: from inside your home, from your deck or from your driveway.   You may want a straight hedge or a combination of a few plants in differing heights.

These hardy trees and shrubs will help block out the unsightly views:

 

  • Colorado Spruce: These big, beautiful conifers are our best seller season after season. Dense branching covered with bluish-green needles offer year round screening. Mature height is 60 feet mature width is 20 feet.
  • Peking or Hedge Cotoneaster: This durable deciduous shrub has dense branching, helpful for screening even after the leaves have dropped. Rounded shape up to 6 feet tall and wide with glossy deep green foliage. Cotoneaster is a great choice for a hedge and takes well to trimming. Red fall color.
  • Siberian Peashrub: A great choice for a tall, drought tolerant shrub. Dense branching helps screen in winter. Pretty yellow flowers bloom late spring. Grows up to 15 feet tall and 10 feet wide.
  • Mugho Pine: This is the best low growing evergreen in our region. Ball-shaped shrub with long needles up to 6 feet tall and wide.
  • Canada Red Chokecherry: In its shrub form, this regional staple will grow up to 15 feet tall and 10 feet wide. Though the branching is not as dense for screening in winter, the deep purple foliage makes a nice contrast combined with other plants and will screen well until fall.
  • Alpine Currant: This is one of best choices for a lower growing screen. Dark green foliage and dense branching grow up to 5 feet tall and wide.
  • Dogwood: These hardy shrubs grow up to 8 feet tall and wide. These natives have the added bonus of vibrant red stems for lovely winter contrast.
  • Swedish Aspen: These gorgeous aspen grow up to 40 feet tall and 10 feet wide. Their narrow profile make these ideal for closer spacing to offer a tall screening effect. Vibrant orange-red fall color make these a standout.
21 Jul 2017

Deep Root Tree Fertilization: What is it?

 

Just like lawns and flowers, trees thrive when fertilized. Fertilizing helps maintain healthy growth, important for disease and pest resistance plus resilience in a challenging environment.

Deep-root fertilizing is the process of using an injector (a pogo stick-like device) to deliver liquid fertilizer directly underground into the root zone.  This allows the tree to uptake nutrients quickly for an immediate boost. Skilled tree care technicians follow a recipe in preparing fertilizer for deep root application. In addition to balanced tree fertilizer, mycorrhizae (beneficial fungi) are injected for optimal root growth.  Deep-root fertilizing is done either in the spring, fall or both if a tree is showing signs of poor health.

Noticeable improvements in tree growth and overall health are expected after just a few years of treatment.   Whether you have deciduous or evergreen trees, this service will help protect your landscape investment.  Contact us for pricing or to schedule a consultation. info@mdalndscapinginc.com

 

07 Jul 2017

Great Greys in the Garden

 

The color grey may seem like a dull color to use in your garden, but it makes a wonderful backdrop for other vibrant colors and ties together a variety of colors for an eye-pleasing, unified flower display. Many grey leaved plants are also drought tolerant because they reflect more of the sun’s drying rays. Consider one or more of these grey-leafed perennials next time you’re in search of something new to add to your garden:

Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’ (Brunnera macrophylla)

The big heart-shaped leaves on this plant make a lovely foil for bright spring bulbs. Small, brilliant blue flowers bloom late spring. Snip off the spent flower stalk after it’s done blooming to keep it looking its best. Grows up to 12 inches in shade to partial shade.

Artemesia ‘silver mound’ (artemesia schmidtiana ‘nana’)

Fine silver foliage grows into soft, fluffy mounds 12 inches tall. The beautiful texture and silvery color compliments vibrant or pastel colors. Drought tolerant once established.

Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia)

Not a desert kind of sage, but a woody, robust perennial growing to 4 feet topped with plumes of purple flowers late summer.  Drought tolerant once established.

Lamb’s Ear (Stachys Byzantina)

This plant sports incredibly soft, fuzzy foliage that grows vigorously in any sunny spot. Makes a great ground cover with spikes of light pink flowers that attract hummingbirds and bees. Drought tolerant once established.

Moonshine Yarrow (Achillea millefolium ‘moonshine’)

 

Vibrant lemon yellow flower clusters top the ferny, silver foliage on this durable plant. The flower stems can grow up to 30 inches, making these a good choice for cut flowers. Attracts butterflies and is drought tolerant once established.

Wooly Thyme (Thymus pseudolanuginosus)

 

Perfect in walkways or rock gardens, fragrant wooly thyme can be walked on and is the best choice for planting between flagstone pavers. Petite lavender flowers bloom mid-summer. Plant in well-drained soil. Drought tolerant once established.

Blue Oat Grass (Helictotrichon):

 

Spiky, blue-grey foliage is topped with long, arching stems of seed heads. Blue Oat Grass contrasts nicely with blue or purple flowers and plants with burgundy foliage. Grows into a rounded spiky clump 2-4 feet tall and 18-24 inches wide.