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Spring Bulbs Are Just around the Corner Part. 2

03/04/2014 by Plant Specialists
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If you have not read last weeks post on soil preparation you may want to before delving into this week's topic, planting.Planting: In light, sandy soils, bulbs may be planted by the dibble method: Make a small hole in the soil with a short, pointed stick; place the bulb in the soil; and after pressing the bulb down into the soil as far as possible, cover it with soil. In soils that are rather heavy, it is much better to use a trowel or bulb planter (tube with handle) to dig the hole for each...

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Spring Bulbs Are Just around the Corner

02/25/2014 by Plant Specialists
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Spring is finally within sight and ready to bring in tow the beautiful bursts of color supplied by spring bulbs! If your property is dull and in need of a spring refresh call the experts at Plant Specialists! Our next three blog posts will detail best practices for growing spectacular bulbs, beginning this week with proper soil preparation. Mid September through October is the best time to buy and plant these bulbs. Snowdrops and winter aconite are the first to show up in the spring,...

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Could we lose the Monarch Migration in our lifetime?

02/20/2014 by Plant Specialists

Monarchs need your help NOW! This year AGAIN marks the lowest number of over wintering Monarchs in the Mexican mountains in the last 20 years...and we have only known about their over wintering sites for a little more than 20 years!. There are 97% fewer than at their recorded height and 50% less than there were last year. This is a back to back 50% decline in their overwintering numbers. Researchers are worried we may lose a large part of their migration this year if immediate action is not...

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What to do with excess snow on your roof top!

02/18/2014 by Plant Specialists

While most commercial and residential roofs are designed to handle loads in excess of what currently exists on rooftops, the current snowpack and potential for additional precipitation does increase the risk of collapses or other structural damage to properties.  While there have been few issues reported in New York, there have been several reports of roof collapses across the Commonwealth. Large, flat roofs are at greatest risk, especially those that are not properly draining.  Property...

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Tips for plant material for your roof top Garden

02/10/2014 by Plant Specialists

Trees: Choose smaller trees and little-leaf varieties, such as River Birches, Japanese maples,  crabapples, weeping cherries or Lilac’s for that explosion of scent in Spring. Trees and other tall plants need to be planted well in pots so that they are anchored to the ground in heavy winds – the last thing you want to be doing is constantly picking up your trees – or worse still your neighbor picking up your trees ! Evergreens: Pines, junipers, and dwarf conifers of all kinds do well in...

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