Winter dieback on roses

Published on March 20th, 2018

The past winter has taken its toll on hybrid roses.  Many varieties have significant dieback of canes.  Some varieties have less.  Patience is a virtue this Spring.  We recommend a good balanced slow release fertilizer application this Spring when buds begin to push.  With a good intermittent  amount of rainfall this Spring many roses will recover.  If growth is not noticed by mid April then sadly we must say goodbye to that rose bush.

Tanger Arboretum @ Lancaster History Campus

Published on February 12th, 2018

The Tanger Arboretum will be offering a nature series in 2018 led by Lancaster county parks naturalist Lisa Sanchez.  Details will be available in a short time.  Come out to the arboretum to bask in the glory of trees and nature.  Learn a thing or two also!

Winter Leaf Burn

Published on February 12th, 2018

Due to the extreme cold weather in late December and January many evergreens are showing signs of leaf burn.  Plants affected are Nellie Stevens hollies, laurels, yews, boxwood, etc.  In most instances as Spring arrives the plants will shed off the damaged leaves.   By mid Spring the plants will have recovered and will look healthy and vibrant again. An application of an organic or slow release fertilizer in Spring will help.

Proper Lawn Maintenance

Published on February 24th, 2015

Tips for the Average Homeowner to Maintain a Healthy Lawn:
Mow grass at a minimum height of 3 inches. Longer grass retains more water and allows it to develop longer roots. This will make the grass stronger and more tolerant, allowing it to outcompete those pesky weeds.
– Sharpen your mower blade once a year, touching it up periodically throughout the mowing season. This is a simple way to prevent damage to grass blades.
– Leave mulched grass clippings on the lawn to add nutrients (especially Nitrogen!) back into the soil.
– Core Aeration and a Lime application should be done at least every three years.