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Maintenance Tips For Your Spring Landscape

Posted by Amy O'Hare

Apr 3, 2014 7:00:00 AM

With temperatures skimming 50 all week I think it's safe to say that winter is behind us. It's time to focus on spring! This is the perfect time to plan your spring landscape so you can enjoy your yard through spring, summer, and fall.

Essential Steps For Your Spring Landscape:

Early Spring (April – Early May)

1.       Inspect trees and shrubs for damaged or hazardous branches

2.       Fertilize trees and shrubs to promote growth and improve vigor

3.       Begin fungicide treatments to Dogwoods, Crabapples, and Hawthornes

4.       Dethatch and core aerate lawn to allow water, soil, and nutrient flow.

5.       Slice seed thin areas in lawn

6.       Fertilize lawn and apply crabgrass control

7.       Apply Horticultural Oil to Hemlocks to control Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

 

Mid-to-Late Spring (Late April – Mid May)

1.       Treat Austrian and Red Pines for Diplodia Tip Blight fungus disease

2.       Mulch trees and shrubs to retain soil moisture

3.       Treat Birches for leafminer

4.       Treat plants for Winter Moth and Canker Worms

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Topics: landscape maintenance, landscape tips, landscape care, Spring Landscape Care, Spring

Preparing for Spring Landscaping

Posted by Carpenter Costin

Mar 3, 2014 10:37:00 AM

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It doens't feel like Spring is around the corner but in reality now is a great time to start planning your Spring landscape. To begin, think about how you want to use your yard this year and consider areas for kids or pets, entertaining or outdoor living. If you're not sure, our landscape architects have great ideas and will help you envision your yard as a perfect place to play and relax. 

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Here are some ideas for Spring Landscaping:

  1. Bring warmth and fun to your backyard with a stone fire pit.
  2. Redefine the entrance to your home with a new walkway.
  3. Add a beautiful flowering tree for an interesting focal point.
  4. Introduce seasonal color to your property by adding flowers that bloom all season.
  5. Add outdoor living space with a new patio.
  6. Remove or transplant overgrown shrubs that detract from curb appeal.
  7. Install a stone wall to delineate a seating area.

Carpenter Costin’s landscape architects will work with you to explore the possibilities of your property and turn your dreams into reality.  Call now for a no obligation consultation on spring landscaping, 877/308-8733.  

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Topics: tree planting, hardscape design, Carpenter Costin, Landscape Design, Landscape Construction, landscape tips, Spring Landscape Care, Spring

Are Your Plants Out of Control?

Posted by Carpenter Costin

Jul 30, 2013 11:54:00 AM

Back in the 1950’s and 1960’s it was customary for home builders to overplant house lots with evergreens.  Now those Rhododendrons or Arborvitaes may be towering over, smothering or just plain hiding your home.

One option is to cut all those evergreen plants down and start over with smaller plants.  Another idea is to cut back and prune those out-of-control shrubs so they fit into the desired space. Yearly pruning will keep your plants from overgrowing their spots and covering your home.

How to Tame Out-of-Control Plants

  • Prune annually to keep plants contained to their site
  • Prune after blooming for the best crop of flowers next spring
  • Cut back new, ‘leggy’ growth for a neater appearance
  • Prune to separate and define plants
  • Thin overgrown shrubs and ornamental trees to improve light and air circulation
  • Don’t attempt this if you are not sure what you are doing, it is easy to damage your plants

You’ll be amazed the difference a little pruning can do to make your property look fantastic.

Need some help? Contact us and we’ll send an arborist out to meet with you for a free consultation.

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Topics: shrub care, shrub pruning, landscape tips

Create a Destination - At Home!

Posted by Carpenter Costin

Jun 26, 2013 11:54:00 AM

describe the imageThe fragrant hint of summer roses, the sound of the wind in the trees and the beauty of brightly colored flowers all reward our senses in the garden.  After a long day of traffic jams, deadlines, difficult economic news and endless demands, a stroll through your garden can soothe the soul. In fact, researchers have found that exposure to nature can actually reduce your blood pressure, give you a sense of peace, and lift your mood.  

Turn your yard into a place to relax by making it a destination.  You can create an inviting outdoor living space by adding outdoor ‘rooms.’  Here are some ideas:

  • Design a tropical, comfortable and calming oasis. Imagine sipping an ice cold drink and relaxing with friends in the sun!
  • Add a pizza oven for unmatched entertaining.
  • Create a special place just for the kids and bring them out into the fresh air to play. 
  • A special, secluded ‘room’ in a quiet spot can be used for reading or meditation.
  • An outdoor fireplace can be used throughout the year.


For a complimentary consultation about how to create a destination in your yard call us at 877/308-8733 or

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Topics: hardscape design, Carpenter Costin, Landscape Design, landscape tips, outdoor living

Prune Now For Spring Flowers

Posted by Carpenter Costin

May 19, 2013 7:42:00 PM

Flowering plants require summer pruning

Craig pruning 2011 resized 600Ask an arborist when the best time to prune your trees and shrubs and he’ll tell you ‘when the saw is sharp.’  For most plants this is true but others have a specific pruning schedule.

Flowering shrubs such as Rhododendron, Lilac, Azalea and ornamental trees such as Dogwood, Crabapple and Hawthorn has completed their flowering for this year and will soon develop buds for next year’s blossoms.  These plants should be pruned now for the best crop of flowers next spring.  If you wait until fall when buds have already set, you will be removing next season’s flowers.

Now is also the perfect time to prune your hedges back into shape.  ‘Leggy’ growth will appear at this time of year on Hemlocks, Yews, Privet, Juniper, and Arborvitae.  Bring them back into shape by hand pruning the long spindly branches.  Reduction of plant height will help maintain strong stems and help protect them from snow damage.  It’s also a good time to prune out deadwood and broken branches for healthy, attractive plants. 

Don’t procrastinate. Give us a call to arrange a property review with one of our arborists and keep your plants blooming beautifully. 877.308.8733

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Topics: tree care, shrub care, tree pruning, tree trimming, landscape tips

Is Your Tree a Hazardous Tree

Posted by Carpenter Costin

Mar 19, 2013 3:18:00 PM

Trees add so much beauty to our properties and benefits to the environment.   They also require attention and care to keep them healthy and in a safe condition.  If you know what to look for, your trees may have some telltale signs that indicate a potential hazard.  

How to find out if your tree is a Hazardous Tree:

  • Are there large holes in the trunk
  • Have branches fallen from tree
  • Are branches close to a structure or interfering with wires
  • Are there splits or cracks in trunk or branches
  • Are there dead or broken, hanging branches in tree
  • Are there mushrooms at the base of tree
  • Has construction or digging been performed near base of tree

 

If you notice any of these potentially dangerous conditions, please have your trees inspected and evaluated by a professional arborist.  They are best qualified to advise you on how to keep  your trees in tip top shape and keep them from becoming a hazardous tree.

For more information or to arrange a complimentary arborist inspection of your trees, give us a call at (877) 308-8733.  Please note that we offer a 10% discount on tree work during the winter months.

                                      

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Topics: tree care, Tree Removal, storm clean up, tree pruning, tree trimming, Tre Care, Carpenter Costin, Winter Tree Service, Tree Cabling, storm damage, landscape maintenance, landscape tips, landscape care

Spring Landscaping Ideas

Posted by Carpenter Costin

Mar 12, 2013 10:49:00 AM

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After a long, cold, snowy winter, it’s time to get outside, take a deep breath and start planning how you are going to use your yard this year. As we all seek outlets for stress reduction and restoration, let our landscape architects help you transform your property into an attractive, welcoming and serene place to play and relax. 

Here are some ideas for Spring Landscaping:

  1. Bring the warmth and fun of a campfire to your backyard with a stone fire pit.
  2. Define the entrance to your home with a new walkway.
  3. Add a beautiful flowering tree for an interesting focal point.
  4. Introduce seasonal color to your property by adding flowers that bloom all season
  5. Add outdoor living space with a new patio.
  6. Remove or transplant overgrown shrubs that may be hiding your home.
  7. Install a fence or stone wall to delineate a property line.

 Carpenter Costin’s landscape architects will work with you to explore the possibilities of your property and turn your dreams into reality.  Call now for a no obligation consultation on spring landscaping, 877/308-8733.  Visit our website at www.carpentercostin.net to view our landscape portfolio.

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Topics: tree planting, hardscape design, Carpenter Costin, Landscape Design, Landscape Construction, landscape tips

Support Your Trees With Tree Cabling

Posted by Carpenter Costin

Feb 25, 2013 10:23:00 AM

 

By: James R. Allen IIII        Arborist cabling tree

Many trees in our managed landscapes are valued for their unique growing habit, such as an open spreading canopy, or a narrow upright branching in small spaces.  Although aesthetically pleasing, these growth habits can have inherent problems that require support systems to keep them, safe and structurally sound.

One of the most common methods used to sure up these problems is tree cabling.  This involves the installation of a steel cable in the upper two-thirds of a tree’s canopy to help support an out-stretched limb, or a leader hanging precariously over a house. The cable transfers the load from itself to an adjacent limb, therefore not taking on the full weight, and reducing the risk of breaking away.

There are basically three main reasons to add tree cabling to your landscape trees.  The first is to prevent splitting of a healthy tree or limb.  The second is to restore a damaged tree due to previous breakage, and the third is to mitigate possible hazards in a public area. 

The first step in tree cabling is to identify the hazard potential of the tree and its risk to nearby people or structures.  This is identified by tree characteristics such as included bark, or defective unions, large multi-stemmed trees, such as Silver Maple and River Birch, or top heavy limbs on a specimen tree.  Next it should be identified if the tree is a candidate for cabling. Is the tree too far gone? Is there enough solid wood to attach a cable?  These are questions that a certified arborist can assist in answering.

Although this is a common practice used in the landscape, there are risks involved. 

For one, tree cabling will cause a small wound in the tree where the lag bolt is installed, but    in most cases the tree will heal around.  Secondly there is not guarantee against limb, or tree failure with cabling, this is simply a best management practice reduce the risk of failure.   Also, be prepared to have the cables inspected yearly to ensure that they are intact or possibly replaced as the tree ages and increases in size.

These are considered acceptable risks when valuable specimen trees are involved, and tree cabling is a better alternative to complete tree removal.

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Topics: tree care, tree pruning, tree trimming, Tre Care, Carpenter Costin, Winter Tree Service, Tree Cabling, landscape tips, landscape care

Fall Landscape and Tree Care Checklist

Posted by Carpenter Costin

Sep 28, 2012 11:08:00 AM

Fall tactics for ensuring your landscape and trees are in the best shape possible.

Caring for your trees, shrubs, and landscape in the fall will help ensure that it is in optimal condition come next spring. Investing in landscape care services between September and December will not only prepare your trees and shrubs for the winter, but it will also make sure that your landscape as a whole is better prepared to shine next spring.

The following checklist will give you an idea of what actions should be taken, and when they should be completed for the best results. Clicking on the link will bring you to an article with more specific information about each task.

This checklist will undoubtedly improve the health and appeal of your landscape this fall. For more information, or for a free consultation with a Carpenter Costin professional, click the button below.

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Feel free to save and print the checklist below for your own copy.

Fall Tree and Landscape Care Checklist

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Topics: Fall Landscape Care, landscape tips

Best Time for Lawn Seeding

Posted by Carpenter Costin

Aug 22, 2012 3:13:00 PM

Late summer is the best time for planting seed and improving your lawn’s thickness.

In New England, late summer is a welcomed time - and not just because the kids are heading back to school. During the latter part of August and into September, the climate begins to change in the North East. Although day time temperatures can still be unbearably hot at this time, late summer usually brings cooler night time temperatures along with shorter days (andbare lawn spots photoperiods). The combination of cooler temperatures and shorter days creates optimal grass growing weather.

Many homeowners feel that spring time is the right time for lawn care, and we can’t blame them as it is a common misconception; however, if you focus planting and seeding efforts in the fall, you’ll be rewarded with improved results.

Grass seed excels in the late summer and early fall because it has less competition than it does in the spring. In warmer periods like spring and early summer, crab grass thrives and actually out-competes turf for space in your lawn. Long days and hot temperatures present problems for turf growth; however, crab grass will have no problem in these conditions. As temperatures cool and the photoperiod shrinks, crab grass cannot survive and eventually dies off. This creates a competition free growing period for turf. As temperatures become too cold at night, you will see crab grass beginning to turn purple and die – this signals the start of prime turf growing conditions.

Every year there is a three to four week window that presents optimal turf growing conditions and it usually falls between the last week of August and the last week of September. This period of time is ideal for lawn renovation, and gives turf seed the best chance of thriving.

Lawn Renovation Pros and Cons: Seeding vs. Sodding

If you have any bare spots in your lawn, we recommend raking them out and spreading some seed in the late summer and early fall. When the conditions are right, the seed will “pop” in just a few days. It will also be beneficial to over-seed your entire lawn at this time, which will help create a thicker turf.

Late summer can be a great time for DIY lawn care, but for complete lawn renovation, we recommend consulting with a professional.

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late summer lawn care

If your lawn looks like this, late summer lawn care can help revitalize it and create thicker turf.

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Topics: landscape tips, Lawn Care