Landscaping FAQ’s

Q?What is the difference between perennials and annuals?
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Perennials are plants that die back to the root system in the late fall and, if cared for properly, come back in the spring.

Q?What is a fast-growing pine tree?
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American white pines grow fast… 12” to 16” per year!

Q?What is a girdling root?
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On Sugar Maples or Norway Maples, it is a root that wraps around its own root system, choking the tree.

Q?Must I water trees planted in the late fall?
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Yes. Tree plantings, even when temperatures are cool, must be watered to keep the roots from drying out.

Q?I just had sod installed. How long must I water it?
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Sod needs two weeks of daily watering. The best time to water is in the morning,

Q?What would you recommend as a planting along a walk?
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It depends on the conditions; however, lariope (also known as lilyturf ), is a versatile evergreen perennial that grows to only a foot tall and grows in shade or sun. It has grass-like leaves with grape hyacinth-like flower spikes. Easy to grow!

Q?The leaves on my newly-planted deciduous tree are yellowing and falling off. What’s the problem?
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Most likely, the cause is over watering. Green leaves with brown edges in a new planting can mean under watering.

Q?My evergreen trees looked very skimpy last winter. Is there something wrong?
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It is normal for evergreens to shed their inner needles in the fall.

Q?I’m thinking of transplanting a small tree with a trunk diameter of about 2”. How big should I dig the root ball?
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For a tree with a trunk caliper of two inches, the root ball should be two feet in diameter?

Q?Can you give me any pointers on building a stone dry wall?
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When building a dry wall one foot high as a border, excavate down four inches, add four inches of crushed stone and tamp. Use large stones for first course, creating a solid base. Second course is laid over the joints of the first course.

Q?Can I lay my own flagstone walk?
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Yes; however, it is often best to trust a professional to do the job right. Here’s the process: excavate 8 inches, tamp soil, add six inches of crushed stone and one inch concrete sand before placing 1 1/4” thick flagstones. Be sure to keep the joints narrow enough so that walking on the path is easy.

Q?What are some of the things to take into consideration when planning a landscape?
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When I create a landscape design I take into account space for the trees and shrubs to grow, correct soils for trees, grading around the house for proper drainage, sun and wind exposure and, of course, the preferences of the client.