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Enhance Your Landscape with Plantings this Spring

Posted by Carpenter Costin

Apr 27, 2012 3:41:00 PM

Consider adding softscape features to your landscape this spring while the weather is still conducive for successful planting.

If you’re looking to add plants to your landscape consider doing it sooner rather than later. Waiting too long to plant could actually hinder plant development, and may require a plant replacement next year. Spring and fall are really the best times to plant, so if you want to have a plant-filled landscape this summer, we recommend planting as soon as possible.

Planting in the spring is a good idea because conditions are usually great for plant growth and root development. With ample moisture and light, and warming, but still moderate temperatures, newly installed plants will thrive through April and May. Fall likely gets the nod for better planting season for trees and shrubs due to the excelled root development, but if you’re looking to enjoy your landscape throughout the summer, you need to plant in the spring!

This doesn’t mean that planting can’t be done in the summer, because with the right landscape professional and consistent watering throughout the summer, it can be done successfully. However, for optimal results, try to stick to spring and fall planting.

If you’re thinking of adding some plants to your landscape this spring please take advantage of our free consultations and meet with a Landscape Architect. Our Architects can not only recommend the best plants to install and design them perfectly into your existing landscape, but we also have the crews to install them. Click below for a free consultation.

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Add plants to your landscape this spring for great, natural appeal.

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Topics: shrub planting, landscape tips, landscape care

Save Money and Ensure Plant Health with November Plantings

Posted by Carpenter Costin

Nov 9, 2011 3:31:00 PM

Experience great results and cost savings by adding new plants in the 11th month!

Planting in the fall ensures optimal root development. Although many home owners have an urge to plant in the spring time, and are more focused on getting the snow blower running in November, it is actually better to add new plants in October, November, and even into December than it is in the spring. Much of a plant's spring time energy is spent on flower and bud production; however, during the fall months, a plant will focus all of its energy on root development. Fall planting ensures strong root development, and allows for a much better bloom come spring.

Another benefit of fall planting is that there is a actually a costs savings to be had. Local nurseries will lower their prices in an attempt to sell their inventory before winter. This allows Carpenter Costin to save even more on our already discounted prices and then pass those cost savings on to our customers.

Planting in November is both great for your landscape and great for your wallet. Plus you'll be able to enjoy your new plants early next spring. Don't wait too long though. Request your free consultation now.

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fall plantings

Take advantage of fall cost savings at our local nurseries.

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Topics: shrub planting, tree planting, Fall Landscape Care, landscape tips

Coastal New England Planting

Posted by Carpenter Costin

Sep 8, 2011 4:05:00 PM

Beware and prepare for nature's harmful effects.

It's wonderful to live on the beautiful New England coast, but the nature of coastal living can provide a harsh environment for trees, shrubs, and plants. Salt spray, high winds, sandy soil, and saltwater overwash can limit the type of plants that can be grown on coastal properties.

Salt in the air and in the soil acts as an herbicide, effectively burning and killing the leaves, twigs, and roots that it touches. This is what creates that "wind-blown" shape of trees that we often see along the coastline.

Careful landscape planning can help reduce the exposure to wind and salt spray and promote the livelihood of your coastal landscape. Planting a screen of rugged Rosa Rugosa or Bayberry can act as an outer defense to salt damage. Once the screen is established it will help shield less tolerant trees and plants. Hydrangea walls and Rose of Sharon are tolerant to these environments as well.

Soil preparation is also critical to the success of coastal plantings. Sandy soils require the addition of organic material to increase the ability of the soil to retain water and nutrients. In addition to soil preparation, we also encourage using native plants whenever possible. Native plants usually require less maintenance and are also a great means of controlling erosion.

The fall is a great time to revive a coastal landsape, or any landscape for that matter. We recommend requesting a free consultation with one of our Landscape Architects to discuss any of your planting needs.

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Left to Right: Hydrangea wall, Rose of Sharon, Rosa Rugosa

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Topics: shrub planting, Landscape Design, landscape tips, Coastal Landscape

Adding Appeal to Your Yard

Posted by Carpenter Costin

Sep 2, 2011 1:31:00 PM

Transform that ignored corner of your property with a combination of hardscape and softscape features.

We all have, or have had, an area of our property that needs some revitalization. Investing the time to revive an area that has potential is often difficult. Thankfully here at Carpenter Costin we have the best Landscape Architects and crews in the region, making landscape transformations a breeze.

Our Architects and Designers are always diving into projects of all sizes and creating beautifully crafted landscapes to meet customer's specifications.

Here is a before-shot of a recent project:

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This slope on the edge of a client's property was in need of some landscape love. Our Lead Designer, Chip Gill, devised a great combination of natural stone features and native plants to help revitalize this landscape. We think Chip did a great job, but why do you be the judge of that. Here is the after-shot of the project.

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If you have an area of your landscape that needs revitalization, regardless of the size, please don't hesitate to request a free consultation with a Landscape Architect. Our expert Landscape Architects can design a hardscape, softscape, or combination to suit your needs and wants.

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Topics: shrub planting, hardscape design, Landscape Design, Landscape Construction

Fall Tree and Lawn Care Services

Posted by Carpenter Costin

Aug 18, 2011 9:45:00 AM

Improve your landscape this fall with timely lawn and tree treatments.

Fall is a great time to improve your lawn, trees, and landscape. Warm sunny days and cool moist nights create prime conditions for root development, seed germination, and plant growth.

Our lawn care experts highly recommend certain cultural practices each fall to help create a healthy lawn through the fall and winter, which makes spring lawn care a breeze. These cultural practices include:

  • Core Aeration

  • Over Seeding

  • Top Dressing

  • Lime Application

These lawn care services increase the nutrient, water, and air flow in your soil; improve seed germination for a thick, healthy lawn; and create the desired ph level in your soil.

In addition to key lawn care practices, the fall is also a great time to plant trees and shrubs. In the spring, trees and shrubs focus most of their energy on producing visible growth, like leaves and flowers. In the fall, however, plants place all their effort on developing strong root systems. This helps ensure that trees and shrubs have a solid root system to survive the winter, and also allows them to start producing flowers and foliage immediately in the spring. Our Landscape Architects and Certified Arborists highly recommend planting trees in the fall, as opposed to spring or summer.

Fall lawn and tree care is ignored by too many people, simply because they feel the season is winding down, and their lawns and trees will soon be browning as winter nears. We can assure you that this is not the case, as investing in fall landscape services truly pays dividends year round.

Click here to request a free consultation with one of our Lawn Care experts.

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Looking to add new trees, shrubs, or plants to your landscape? Fall is the right time to do so. Click the button below for a free consultation with one of our Landscape Designers.

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Topics: tree care, shrub planting, tree planting, landscape tips, Lawn Care

Look Out For Flowering Hydrangeas

Posted by Carpenter Costin

Jul 2, 2011 8:18:00 AM

Keep an eye out for flowering hydrangeas over the next week. Our native bigleaf and smooth hydrangeas are some of my favorite flowering shrubs!

bigleaf hydrandeaAs much as I love what the Rhododendron flowering bloom means to our region (the coming of warm weather), the hydrangea bloom may actually be my favorite time of the year, horticulturally speaking. Maybe it is because I grew up with both the bigleaf (left image) and smooth (right image) hydrangeas at my childhood home. Maybe it is because of the great color these give off, especially when the blue contrasts with it's surroundings. Whatever it is, I enjoy it for sure.

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We all have our favorite plants, shrubs, or trees, and regardless of type they each need attention and care. I recommend taking a good look at all your shrubs and trees for any signs of insects or diseases. Our rollercoaster ride of weather change this year is sure to have an affect on your shrubs, just be sure you don't get caught up in it and suffer from pest infestation as a result. View our glossary if you'd like to learn more about insect & disease management, or consult with an Arborist to discuss shrub care options.

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Topics: shrub planting, shrub care, pest management