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Thanksgiving newsletter

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

It’s been a while since we’ve done a newsletter.  We have had a lot of changes this year which caused some distractions. Also, frankly, Constant Contact provides statistics to us about how many newsletters are opened and that has been disappointing.  That said, communication is important and we want to keep those lines open.

Recent, early, intense cold struck when trees and plants had not fully hardened off.  We may be seeing more winter damaged plants this winter.

It is still early.  The season is not done and we will continue to complete projects as conditions permit.

Feel free to contact us at any time, especially if you have landscape needs you need us to be aware of.

Thursday, November 20th, 2014



Thanksgiving message from the trees…

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

When I think of all the wonders of God’s magnificent creation, I am especially awed by the giant sequoia tree.  Read more here>>>

Proper summer watering of trees

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Summer has an intriguing way of luring in longer days, sunnier skies, and vibrant landscapes. For many, summer is a calming retreat after enduring what felt like an endless winter. Naturally, with heat waves we feel inclined to water our trees regularly, but it’s easy to get carried away and over-water.  Read more here>>>

Lightning is natural fertilizer

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014



Beneficial rain…for some

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Yesterday, CVG had record rainfall of 2.21 inches with over 6 inches for June.  That’s a lot of rain.  However, look at the distribution.

Ohio: Current 1-Day Observed Precipitation Valid at 6/24/2014 1200 UTC - Created 6/25/14 0:16 UTC

This map is a little vague but it will suffice to say that it was a very thin strip and many missed out.  As of this morning I had 1.13 inches at Cheviot 0.9 SSE while Goshen reported 0.68 at midnight and Amelia reported no rain. It is very important to always remember that what matters is what fell in YOUR yard!


Ladybugs and other good guys (and gals!)

Monday, May 26th, 2014


Ladybugs are good guys. Despite their nice name, they are predatory meat eaters and hence they feed on bugs which may harm your gardens. Ladybugs and other beneficial insects are why we prefer low and targeted pesticide use. We want to keep the good guys alive, including the pollinators!!!
“Ladybugs all dressed in red
Strolling through the flowerbed
If I were tiny just like you
I’d creep among the flowers too!”

Maria Fleming — with Mylene Arpon.


Your children and nature…

Monday, May 26th, 2014

What are the ingredients in your perfect day? A long, hot bath? A walk in the woods? A   drive down country roads with the windows down and the music up?

I find that the things that make my heart sing haven’t changed much since I was a child.   Read more>>>


Growing Degree Days (GDD)

Monday, May 5th, 2014

GDD is a measure of the daily maximum and minimum temperature and directly relates to growth and development of plants and insects.  The GDD of any zip code location in Ohio is estimated using the GDD of ten OARDC weather stations and available on the


Black Knot on Prunus

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Numerous landscapers and arborists are noting this year that PLUM BLACK KNOT can be quite a serious disease problem, with reports of high incidence on Canadian red chokecherry (Prunus virginiana ‘Schubert’).