September 2018 Newsletter
Spotlight on Siberian squill
We are coming into peak bulb planting season and if you are looking to add some blue to your garden (and who isn’t), one of the best ways is to add some Siberian squill or Scilla siberica.  This little guy, is a trooper as it is not bothered by deer or rodents. The Siberian Squill self-seeds so it can naturalize and fill in an area. Its short stature, less than 6 inches, makes it ideal for rock gardens. It fills in nicely between tulips, looks great around spring flowering, deciduous trees and shrubs and even does well under evergreens. It also makes a great splash of early color along the edge of the wood line.
Each bulb produces a rosette of dark green foliage from which emerges multiple stems each with one to three flowers. They are very fragrant and make a good cut flower despite their diminutive size. It is recommended to plant them in drifts of up to 100 bulbs to help them establish in a new area. Bees and other pollinators are attracted to them so they are a good source of early spring nectar for our winter weary and hungry honey bees. So if you would like to chase away the winter blues with the spring blues of Siberian squill, give us a call.
Picture Above: Scilla Siberica (Siberia Squill)
Coming soon to a lawn near you!
The trees will soon be clothed in the brilliant colors of fall and once that show is over, a lot of those leaves will end up on your lawn and in your planting beds. Not only can they be unsightly, those downed leaves can be hazardous for the health of your lawn. Left in place and covered in snow, they can smother a lawn or make it susceptible to winter fungal diseases. These fallen leaves can also harbor small rodents like mice and voles who can damage the roots and lower trunks of small trees and shrubs resulting in reduced vigor or even death of the plant material. 
Picture Above: Vole Damage
They are not the only pests that appreciate leaves being left lying around. Left undisturbed, the areas under leaves will remain cool and damp. It is conditions like that that ticks need to complete various phases of their life cycles. Our cleanup crews will remove the leaves from your shrubs and beds as well as your lawn. If your property has woodlands around it, the leaves can be blown into them, leaving a buffer zone between the lawn and the woods in order to reduce the area usable as tick habitat. If that is not an option, the leaves will be removed from the property and disposed of offsite.
ND Landscape, Inc. | (978) 352-5400 | www.ndlandscape.com | customerservice@ndlandscape.com
Our Client Services would be happy to discuss your landscaping requests and needs, reachable Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.
AMBER LACHAPPELLE
CLIENT SERVICE MANAGER OF ND LANDSCAPE
(978) 352 - 5400 | customerservice@ndlandscape.com
SHAUNNA GUY-LEIGHTON
CLIENT SERVICE MANAGER OF GRASSMASTER PLUS
(978) 769-3595 | shaunna@grassmasterplus.com