Marching into a new growing season!

Winter's harsh winds can easily undo a fall cleanup. As the snow recedes you may find your lawn covered in leaves, twigs, pine cones, or other plant debris that wasn't there before the snow began falling. Those leaves may have diseases in them that could readily infect the newly emerging leaves of your shrubs and ornamental trees. Leaves left on the lawn can smother the newly growing grass and result in thin grass or even bare areas.
Spring is a great time to divide most perennials. This is an ideal way to keep your beds from becoming overgrown and crowded and the divisions are great to share with friends and family. Removing dead and damaged wood from shrubs and ornamental trees can and should be done in the spring, hard pruning on trees like Maples should wait until the summer.

Fresh bed lines and fresh mulch can get your beds in showcase shape. Neat bed lines help keep any weeds that do get into the beds from creeping into the lawn and makes lawn lawn maintenance easier.
Spring is also the time to get pre-emergent weed control down on your lawn to help reduce the amount of crabgrass and certain broad leaved weeds in your lawn as the season progresses. Being on a regular lawn care program can help keep your lawn green and keep weeds at bay. If you don't already have a lawn care service, consider our sister company, GrassMaster Plus for all your lawn fertilization and plant health care needs.
March can be on of the snowiest months. While the snow ban be heavy, of it doesn't last long. They can contribute a great deal to our frustration with winter and it's seeming unending bland landscape. In this last installment of boosting the winter interest of your property, we will look at colorful evergreens to plant in your landscape.

One of the best known colorful evergreens is probably the Colorado Blue Spruce. This popular tree comes in many different forms from the traditional tree form that can reach heights of 60 feet with a width of up to 20 feet. There are also numerous dwarf horticultural varieties available in the retail market. Be aware here that dwarf is a relative term and it relates to the mature height of the standard tree. One of the more popular dwarf variety is the Fat Albert. This form can reach a mature height of about 40 feet and can be wider than 20 feet, so give it room to spread out. That ends up giving this tree a squat pyramidal shape that stands out in the landscape. Hoopsi is another dwarf variety and many consider this to have the best blue of any blue spruce varieties. It quickly reaches 30 feet in height and over extended time may slowly reach 50 feet. It tends to be more narrow than the standard blue spruce.
Blue Spruce also comes in glove forms under names such as Montgomery and Globosa. These little gems only get three to six feet wide and tall and can fill a bland little niche in your landscape. Care must be taken to prune out any leaders that grow straight up or the globe shape will be lost.

One of the best colors to compliment your blue spruce are the many shades of yellow. There are forms of golden Arborvitae and Chamaecyparis that give not only color but texture variation as well as they have finer, thread-like foliage that contrasts nicely with the heavy needles of the blue spruce. Both of these also come in upright and more globe forms so they can offer contrast in shape as well. These can also be used alone in the landscape and fill most of the same positions as the blue spruce would.
If you are interested in meeting with one of our designers to discuss the start of your winter interest garden. Please feel free to contact our customer service representative to set this up.
ND Landscape, Inc.
2 Martel Way, Georgetown MA 01833
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