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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.

04 Aug 2017

5th Annual Big Zucchini Contest

It’s almost time for our annual Big Zucchini Contest.  Bring in your homegrown zucchini for judging between 9:00 am and noon on Saturday, August 12th. Zucchini must be grown in Teton County Idaho or Wyoming. Contest is free to enter and fun for all ages.  One entry per household.

The winner gets bragging rights and a $50 MD gift card!

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

 

14 Jul 2017

What Bugs Us?

Spittlebugs!

Who spit on my plants? If you are asking this question, you have seen the evidence of the spittlebug. Spittlebugs are the nymphs of froghoppers, a tiny hopping insect.  The nymphs emerge in spring to feed on a host plant through the growing season. They secrete a foamy white substance to protect themselves while they are on the host plant. Although unsightly, these bugs do very little damage to the plants themselves. A quick blast with a strong jet of water is usually all it takes to get rid of them. A good fall clean up will help prevent next year’s infestation by removing dead plant material where eggs can overwinter.

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.

 

30 Jun 2017

Using Garlic Scapes

Garlic scapes are the flower stalks of garlic. Scapes grow in a curled fashion and have a little flower part at the tip. If you are growing garlic, remove the scapes for best bulb formation. If you are not growing garlic yourself, you may find these seasonal treasures at a local Farmer’s Markets or from a local CSA share. Garlic scapes have a texture similar to asparagus and taste like garlic, but less intense.  Take a little culinary adventure this month and try garlic scapes with any of these quick and easy preparations:

Chop the scapes into little coins and stir them into any recipe that calls for garlic like vinaigrettes, dips or stir fries.

Brush whole scapes with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and grill them whole until tender, about 5-10 minutes.

Chop a half pound of scapes into 2 inch segments. Stir fry in vegetable oil until just tender, about 5 minutes. Add a tablespoon of soy sauce and continue to cook until soy sauce is almost evaporated. Stir in 1 teaspoon of sesame oil and 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds. Stir until thoroughly coated and serve.

14 Jun 2017

Happy Father’s Day!

It’s a tree sale!

All our potted trees will be 20% off this Friday and Saturday only, June 16th and 17th.

Plant a tree for its beauty, for privacy, for shade or just because. You’ll be glad you did. Ask about our 5 year warranty.

 

08 Jun 2017

Kids in the Garden

 

It’s nothing new, but we all know that children today are beset by a number of ailments: stress, obesity, ADHD. Research has shown that kids with access to greenspace such as gardens on a daily basis have reaped many health benefits including increased attention span and deeper forms of creative play. Children who grow their own vegetables are more likely to eat them. How are parents to encourage kids to get outside and garden? Here are a few tips:

·         Give a child their very own planting space to plant and dig as they please.

·         Plant veggies kids like to eat such as carrots, sugar snap peas, strawberries and potatoes.

·         Try planting crazy veggies like purple potatoes, atomic red carrots or dragon’s tongue beans.

·         Create a theme garden. Popular themes include a pizza patch, hummingbird habitat or a fairy garden.

·         Invest in some basic pint- sized tools. Gloves, shovels and buckets are a good start.

·         Incorporate some family- friendly features into your existing garden. Birdbaths, houses and feeders, gathering areas such as a dining set or bench, play areas such as a sandbox, fort or swing set.

·         Involve your kids in harvesting. Kids love to pick peas, dig up potatoes, pull carrots and cut lettuce.

·         Pass the scissors.  Older children can cut some salad greens or some flowers to bring into the house.

·         Hand them the hose! Very small kids are delighted to fill up a watering can and water something. Bigger kids can use the hose to fill birdbaths and water the veggie patch.

·         Lead by example. Your kids are more likely to garden if you’re out there too!