April Showers(and ND Landscape) can bring May Flowers!!

Window boxes bursting with color can make a home attractive and inviting. The go-to flower for early spring is the ever-popular pansy. It comes in many color palettes, face sizes and marking to they can match with just about any color scheme you may have. While they may be the workhorse of early spring color, they are not alone. The trademark Proven Winners plants have been developed to withstand the frosts of early spring. There are many other great options to augment window boxes, planters, and even garden beds. Million bells, trailing, self-cleaning mini-petunias & verbenas, all come in a variety of colors with several types, that have variegation's. Another trailing plant that offers color without flowers as well as a change in texture due to it's large leaves, is the sweet potato vine. It comes in various shades of chartreuse, red, purple, black and tricolor variegation.
Other spring flowers that are more upright in growth form include annual Lobelia. These are prolific flowers and the color range is from white through many shades of blue and violet with pink being a less common color. Osteospermum (Picture to the right) is another great early season flower. Its large, daisy-type flowers come in many colors including various shades of purple and yellow. Their ray-like petals contrast nicely with the round faces of the pansies, as well as the bells and balls of million bells and verbena.

This is just a sampling of what is available for spring color. If you would like to discuss a spring color enhancement for your property this year, give us a call and we will be happy to meet with you!
It's a dangerous would of there for your valuable landscape plants. There are many insects and diseases that can decimate your plants. This decimation can lead to decreases in flowering or growth, and possibly even the death of the plants over time. The pests are many and varied. Caterpillars, most of them introduced from Europe or the Orient, can defoliate even a large mature tree in a matter of days. Scale is an insect that attaches itself directly to your plant and literally sucks the life out of it. These pests typically are small and look like white powder dusting the infested plant, though some of them can be more woolly looking. There are some that are brownish in color and quite large and give the branches a bumpy appearance. There are many types of scale and many plants are susceptible to scale.

Insects are not the only pests you need to be concerned about. Diseases can also weaken and eventually kill landscape. While there have been great advances in breeding in disease resistance, older trees in established landscapes can suffer terribly from two common diseases. Apple scab and cedar apple rust can both cause the early defoliation of Crabapples and cause disfiguring of the fruits. Left untreated in the long term, the trees can be weakened and be more susceptible to insect attacks like borers. Early defoliation also limits their aesthetic role in the landscape. Timely application of fungicides can reduce the impact of these diseases.

If you suspect your plants may be under attack by these or other pests, contact us and our sister company, GrassMaster Pluss, will be more than happy to evaluate your property and give you a quote for a Plant Health Care program.
ND Landscape, Inc.
2 Martel Way, Georgetown MA 01833
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