Lilium lancifolium (Tiger Lily)

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Lilium lancifolium, commonly known as the Tiger Lily, is a wonderful orange lily found in many parts of the United States. The perennial grows anywhere from 2 to 6 feet tall, with a green stalk lined with leaves and capped off by an orange bloom accentuated by small black spots. Tiger Lilies grow incredibly easy, especially thriving well in moist soil. Fertilizers are rarely needed for the Tiger Lily. Many parts of the plant are also edible.

To have the Tiger Lily planted in your yard ready for the spring season, we can help! Give us a call at (585) 381-9000 or request an estimate today!

Tips and Tricks: Lawn Installation

Tips and Tricks: Lawn installation

Planning on fixing up your lawn, or need to plant a new one altogether? Now’s the time! Although the cold weather might trick you, the fall is the best season of the year to plant grasses that thrive in Western New York and the Finger Lakes. Here are some of our tips and tricks for planting your new lawn in the fall!

Timing

The fall is by far the best time to get a new lawn started on your property. By planting your lawn in the fall, you give yourself several distinct advantages. The combination of warm soil from the summer and the moderate daytime temperatures and cool evenings of the early fall are perfect for the cool-season grasses most popular in the Northeast. For the best results, it is best to establish your lawn in the late summer to early fall.

Planting

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There are a few different techniques for how to plant your lawn. There is no absolute right way to plant your lawn, as the conditions and layout of each individual lawn have an impact on what the best choice is. While it may be daunting to discern what the best option is, we at Ted Collins can help! We will create a comprehensive seeding plan to give you the lawn you deserve. To request an estimate today, give us a call (585) 381-9000 or visit our website.

Taking Care of Your New Lawn

Once you’ve planted your lawn, make sure to take care of it so it is established before the arrival of the winter. It is best to make sure that the top inch of soil should be consistently moist to encourage growth. It is best to let it grow to mowing height when you should cut it with a fresh sharp blade. After mowing, it is best to do a few deep waterings a week to encourage root growth. It would also be a good idea to fertilize your lawn, as it will help the grass grow better and have the energy it needs to get through its first winter.

Hydrangea petiolaris (Climbing Hydrangea)

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Hydrangea petiolaris, more commonly known as the Climbing Hydrangea, is a species of Hydrangea native to Japan, Korea, and Russian Far East. The hydrangea is a climbing vine, climbing as high as 50 feet high. As they are native to woodlands, the hydrangea does best in moist soil in partial shade. During the spring and summer, the vines burst into flowers ranging in color from white to blue to pink. The Climbing Hydrangea especially looks wonderfully climbing up a house exterior wall (just make sure your wall is stable).

To have the Climbing Hydrangea included in your landscape installation for the spring, give us a call today at (585) 381-9000 or request an estimate online today!

Campanula punctata 'Cherry Bells' (Cherry Bells Spotted Bellflower)

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credit: gardenia.net

Campanula punctata 'Cherry Bells', commonly known as Cherry Bells Spotted Bellflower, is an extremely popular herbaceous perennial famed for its unique flowers. The Cherry Bells Bellflower grows up to two feet high and spreads up to two and a half feet wide, but many times spreads more vigorously when clustered together. The Bellflower requires full to partial sunlight and  neutral, moist, well drained soil.

The Cherry Bells Spotted Bellflower is best known for its downward hanging bell shaped deep red blooms. The Bellflower is a great addition to any backyard garden, as it is easy to grow and provides a unique flair to your space. The Bellflower is also great for any gardener looking to attract hummingbirds and other pollinators. The flowers are also wonderfully suited for cuttings.

To have the Cherry Bells Spotted Bellflower included in your landscape installation today, give us a call at (585) 381-9000 or visit us at tedcollinst-l.com.

Dicentra spectabilis (Bleeding Heart)

Dicentra spectabilis, more commonly known as Bleeding Heart, is an old fashioned perennial adored for its unique showy hanging flowers. Growing 3 feet tall and wide, the Bleeding Heart does best in partial to full shade and in moist, well-drained soil.

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credit: gardeningknowhow.com

The Bleeding Heart is well known for being one of the most unique plants in the American garden. Once it blooms in the spring, Its downward hanging flowers are a wonderful sight to admire. The Bleeding Heart comes in a range of colors, from red, to white, to purple. In addition to its beauty, the plant is deer and rabbit resistant and flower consistently every year. Try planting Bleeding Heart with hostas and ferns in a woodland setting or in a shade garden!

To have the Bleeding Heart included in your landscape installation today, request an estimate from us today! Give us a call at (585) 381-9000 or visit tedcollinst-l.com.

Poison Ivy Alert: July 2019

Summer is a beautiful time to spend time outside with your friends and family, enjoying everything that your yard and the outdoors have to offer. However, there are certain plants and pests that can derail your plans for enjoying nature in a hurry. One of these is Poison Ivy. Poison Ivy can be a huge threat to your loved ones and pets, having the capability to give them rashes and much worse. However, it can be dealt with in a responsible way to keep it under control and your family safe.

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Toxicodendron radicans, commonly known as Poison Ivy, is a plant native to New York and much of the Eastern United States. Besides its harmful effects, Poison Ivy can be a particular nuisance because of how difficult it is to spot. Many other plants share similar leaf structures and general appearance, sometimes making it hard to tell them apart. Poison Ivy leaves always have three leaflets, with the central one being the largest with a distinct stem. The two lower leaflets are smaller, often asymmetrical, and attach directly to the leaf stem. Leaves are usually somewhat glossy especially in sun, but not always. Leaves also may have smooth margins or a few large teeth (edge looks notched) and may appear a bit reddish.

The danger of poison ivy comes from the oils that are found on its leaves. This oil, scientifically known as urushoil, inflames the skin and causes blisters and rashes on bare skin. Because these symptoms are spread via oil, it is extremely easy to unintentionally spread the Poison Ivy rash to other areas of your body. In addition, something as light as a summer breeze can pick the oil up and deposit it on your skin. This makes Poison Ivy a potent threat to your family’s well-being.

While Poison Ivy may seem scary, the good news is it is easy to take care of! Poison Ivy can easily and naturally be eliminated from your yard! For more information, click here. Stay careful around the plant even after its dead though! The harmful oils generated by the plant can stick around on the leaves even after is dead.

Viburnum x burkwoodii (Burkwood Viburnum)

Viburnum x burkwoodii, commonly known as Burkwood Viburnum, is a multi-stemmed shrub that ranges from semi to full evergreen. The Burkwood Viburnum grows from 8 to 10 feet tall and has a 6 to 7 foot spread. The Viburnum requires full sunlight to part shade and an average amount of water. Burkwood Viburnum does well in a range of different soils.

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credit: statebystategardening.com

Burkwood Viburnum is prized for its activity throughout the year. In the spring, the shrub explodes into a shower of clusters of white flowers, giving way to red berries that ripen throughout the summer. Burkwood Viburnum is also known for its drought resistance and ability to attract wildlife from backyard birds to butterflies. The Burkwood Viburnum can be used for a range of uses in your yard or garden: as a hedge, screen, or even in a bed or border. Try using the Burkwood Viburnum with Magnolias, Spireas, and Weigelas to create the perfect cottage style garden!

To have the Burkwood Viburnum included in your landscape installation today, request an estimate from us today! Give us a call at (585) 381-9000 or visit tedcollinst-l.com.

How to Protect Your Lawn From Heatwaves

One of the biggest challenges to keeping a lush, healthy lawn is the dreaded summer heat wave. A prolonged heat wave is not only a concern to the health of your family but also your lawn. While it may seem daunting, with the right techniques your lawn will remain lush and green no matter the weather. Here are a few tips to keep your lawn healthy through a heat wave!

Don’t Cut Your Grass Too Short

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One of the best ways to combat a heat wave is keeping your grass cut high. This technique benefits your garden in several ways. First, by keeping your grass cut high, your grass will develop stronger roots. This will keep your plants stronger and will help them deal with harsh conditions easier. In addition, keeping your lawn longer will help it retain moisture and keep cooler during hot summer months.

Water With Care

When the weather turns hot, many people further damage their lawns by watering them incorrectly. Many people will water their lawns lightly and frequently throughout the entire day and even during the night. However, it is best to water your lawn in the mornings between 6 AM and 10 AM each day. This will allow your lawn to soak up as much water as possible and prevent water waste. Make sure that your lawn is completely dry before you water

Consult a Professional

If these tips do not work, call one of our professionals for an estimate today at (585) 381-9000 or request a free estimate at tedcollinst-l.com.

Monarda didyma 'Raspberry Wine' (Raspberry Wine Bee Balm)

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Monarda didyma 'Raspberry Wine', more commonly known as Raspberry Wine Bee Balm, is a perennial herbaceous flower native to North America. The tubular blooms sit on long green stalks that grow around 30 inches tall. The Raspberry Wine Bee Balm enjoys moist and fertile soil, doing best in environments with full exposure to the sun. The flower is a staple of the American garden, revered especially for its ability to attract hummingbirds and other pollinators. The Raspberry Wine Bee Balm also is resistant to deer, long blooming, and is great for cuttings. Try the Bee Balm grouped together with other native perrenials!

To have the Raspberry Wine Bee Balm included in your landscape installation, request an estimate today! Gie us a call at (585) 381-900 or request an estimate at tedcollinst-l.com.

Composting: The Secret to a Beautiful Garden

Are plants in your garden having a difficult time, and aren’t thriving like you hope they would? The cause of many problems for plants is in the soil. Depending on the composition of your soil, it may be making it more difficult for your plants to grow well. Not all hope is lost though! There is a way for you to alter the composition of your soil and make it easier for your plants to grow and thrive. Adding compost, or organic material, to your soil can have a dramatic effect on your plant’s health, and better yet, you can do it all yourself! Here are a few tips and tricks that will help both veterans and novices get the best results.

Choosing a Compost Bin

While you can pile your compost, it is much more effective and safe to compost in a bin. There are many shapes, sizes, and variations of bins that you can purchase on the market, all with their strengths and weaknesses. We recommend a closed bin that can rotate on an axis. By rotating your compost, you will ensure that all materials intermix and decompose evenly. However, you don’t need anything fancy to start composting! To see how to make your own DIY compost bin for under $10, click here.

You Can Compost More than You Think

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Most composters know that you can compost most food, you can compost a lot more than scraps of food. Composting green matter, such as lawn clippings, leaves, and other plant materials is extremely beneficial. It is best to maintain a 1 to 1 ratio of brown to green matter, alternating layers of the two to ensure best results. Just make sure that none of the plant matter has been sprayed with chemicals!

Maintain the Right Moisture

One of the ways to ensure your compost’s success is by maintaining the right amount of moisture. To make sure your materials decompose at a good rate, you must strike a balance of how moist the compost pile is. If your compost is too dry, it will not be able to support the worms and bacteria that break down material. If it is too wet, some of the most industrious bacteria will not be able to do their jobs. Make sure to water your compost moderately to ensure the best results.

With these tips, you are sure to produce fantastic compost to better your garden! For more information on composting, check out the Cornell Cooperative Extension website.