Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Clover Lawn as a healthier option

I read a great article by Horticulture magazine about overseeding your lawn with clover.  Clover is a nitrogen fixer, meaning it adds nitrogen to the soil and helps things grow and green up.  A clover lawn stays green longer than regular grass and beneficial insects likes bees love it. 

Clover used to be part of lawns until people started to use chemical herbicides.  Clover is not a weed and should be considered a healthy part of your lawn. Click here to read the full article.

Here is another article posted by regarding using clover as a lawn. 

Clover lawn by Touchstone Property Services

Friday, March 25, 2011

It's that time of year for . . . patience

I was out on Monday doing a little yard clean up for a client and I do believe it was the first of more very nice, not too cold Spring days.

The crocus and snowdrops are up, the daffodils and hyacinth are beginning to poke their heads through the soil, and the hellebores are coming along as well.  I must say that I think Spring is here.

I do love Spring, all the promise of a new season, warmer weather, going outside without putting on layers of clothing and getting to play in the garden again.

But before we get too excited . . . . . wait.

We will get more freezing weather and storms and our planting season doesn't officially begin until Memorial Day weekend.  Most of us (me included) have gotten excited and planted things too early that got bit by a freeze and was lost.

What you can do is clean up.  Prune out any broken or damaged tree limbs. Trim down those ornamental grasses and perennials from last year.  Rake up your pine needles and add a hefty dose of compost to all your planting beds. Plan how you want your yard and/or garden to be like this year if you haven't already.

Soon you can also plant trees, shrubs and hardy perennials since the soil is no longer frozen.  When planting, build up a water well to hold the water in around them.  And, remember to water them regularly by hose until your irrigation system is turned on.

Speaking of irrigation, I highly recommend Miller Irrigation if you don't already have a company you are happy with.  I know Scott Miller and his family and they are knowledgeable good hard workers.  You can get a hold of them at 541-388-0190 to help you get your system turned on and tuned up.

Happy Spring!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Affordable Glazed Containers

I wait for this ever year and now it has happened once again.  Grocery Outlet has an awesome collection of very, very, very well priced good looking glazed pots for sale.

These kinds of pots will make great fountains, water gardens and add excitement to your landscape.

These green pots sell for $19.99 - wow!  Elsewhere they would be $60 or more.
What a nice color green!  Nasturtiums would look great trailing out of these pots.

Grocery Outlet in Bend is located on the corner of 3rd and Wilson.  While there, check and see what flavors of Ben and Jerry's they have....

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Great Follow-Up

During the heat wave back in January (though it happens every year, this year was a doozy) I got to help a client increase their curb appeal for a house they were putting on the market.  I got in on the property the day after he called me, got it all weeded, trimmed, blown and bark mulched and it made a fantastic difference as to how prospective buyers will now view the property.

Since I didn't know how long the house might be on the market, I follow-up with an email as to how to maintain the impeccable look of the landscape and some things to do once spring arrives.

This is something I always do, follow up with a client and so this was no different for me.  The client though was very appreciative of the feed back and had this to say:

"I must say I've never seen this type of follow up from pretty much anyone! That is very helpful."

Exceeding expectations and giving people excellent service (plus a fantastic looking landscape) is just all in a day's work for me because I am invested in each project and am passionate about what I do.