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Spring Ephemerals

As a gardener, the first signs of plants returning after a long winter is very anticipated! Perennials that come back year after year are the staples of a diverse garden. But often, they are not filled out or blooming until late May or even late fall.  The day length, warm soils, and the heat of summer are usually…

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Maine State Tree

All the 50 states of the U.S. and some U.S. territories have a ‘State Tree’. Maine’s state tree is the white pine, Strobus pinus.  All of the trees, except in Hawaii, are native to the state in which they are designated. The majestic white pine typically grows tall and straight. It does not have the…

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“New England Grows” Conference

People often ask “what do you do for work during the winter?” While we still have projects coming in to design and estimate, it is much quieter! It gives us time to review the previous year, make plans for improvements, and stay current with the landscape industry. This week our staff will be attending New…

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Winter Landscape

January can be a pretty bleak month once all the holiday decorations are put away. Planting for winter interest in the landscape not only brings color, but often birds.  One of the best shrubs to achieve this duel purpose is Ilex verticillata, better known as Winterberry. Winterberry is native to northern New England mostly growing…

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“Yardscaping”

We are all aware of the term Landscaping, but what about “Yardscaping”? Check out this initiative created by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. http://www.maine.gov/dacf/php/pesticides/yardscaping/index.htm

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Phenology

As you watch the rivers swell with the melting snow of winter and you feel the temperatures  warm with the onset of spring, know that many plants and animals are paying close attention to these factors as well. The science behind these correlations determines the timing of many events in the environment.   Phenology is the study…

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