Important notice: Your landscape may be in need of additional water this fall! As you are all aware we have just logged a series of record breaking high temperature days. On top of the prolonged extreme heat, we are in the middle of a severe drought. With new autumn flower rotations being installed and mature trees and shrubs under stress we want to make you aware of the need to keep irrigation systems going as late as possible this fall and to hand water plants regularly through October and into November. The fall flowers do not have time to root into surrounding soil making them susceptible to drying out in a day or two without water. Even if your flower beds are irrigated they will still require hand watering approximately every other day to ensure that all plants get watered directly at the root zone under plant.
Also, it is common that pop up heads are blocked by tall Chrysanthemums causing incomplete water coverage. Because of these issues, please have staff check daily and hand water flower beds accordingly. If you need assistance with watering or want to have some areas deep root watered please contact your account representative for pricing.
In the past few years, we have seen a rapid decline in the number of trees on properties due to the Emerald Ash Borer. Because of a monoculture of trees, an insect or disease can spread fast and decimate our landscapes as well as budgets. As Ash trees became infected and were removed, there has been an increase in the demand of trees, which has put a strain on availabilities and caused prices to rise dramatically. The one positive lesson that has been learned from the Emerald Ash Borer is not to have a monoculture of trees. It is strongly suggested that while replacements of Ash trees are being selected that several different species of trees be installed. By doing this, you are creating a diverse plant palette that will not be completely eradicated when the next insect or disease comes to town. Below are a few replacement suggestions that we would like for you to consider.
Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor) is a native shade tree that thrives in poorly drained wet soil and is salt tolerant. At maturity it can reach 50’ tall and have a spread of 40’. In the fall it has an orange, gold, yellow fall color.
Yellow Sweet Buckeye (Aesculus octandra) is a native shade tree. At maturity it can reach 70’ tall and have a spread of 30-40’. It has strong wood and exceptional ornamental features. Ornamental features include 6” yellow spring blossoms and yellow-orange fall color.
Espresso Kentucky Coffeetree (Gymnocladus diocia ‘Espresso’) is a native shade tree and an exciting variety of the Kentucky Coffeetree. It is drought and pollution tolerant which makes it a great choice for parkway and parking lot islands. At maturity it can reach 60-75’ tall and have a spread of 40-50’. It has an interesting bark that has a coarse texture for winter interest and has a yellow fall color.
Fall Fiesta Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum ‘Bailsta’) is a shade tree that has several noteworthy characteristics. At maturity it can reach 50-70’ tall and have a spread of 50’. Compared to the species plant it has a rapid growth rate and a symmetrical rounded habit. It has a good resistance to summer heat, wind and drought as well as leaf tatter and leaf scorch. It has excellent winter hardiness and has a beautiful yellow, orange, red fall color.
In years past, Impatiens were considered the epitome of a summer flower for shady locations. They featured long bloom time, ease of growing, and a punch of color. However, in the past few years they have also featured Downy Mildew, a disease that affects impatiens by causing leaves to turn yellow and the plant to die. Without any effective treatments and a spreading problem, the recommendation was to stop planting impatiens altogether.
In response, nurseries began breeding new plant material. They focused on new and improved varieties of Begonia, Sunpatiens, and Coleus, among other shade tolerant plants. Though this gave us options, what was missing most was the fantastic color selection that the impatiens had given us. That problem has been solved by the introduction of the Bounce Impatiens.
Bounce Impatiens are available in colors including: violet, lavender, lilac, cherry, and white. Their color options, however, are just one of the benefits of having this plant on the market. Bounce impatiens boast their large, bright, self-cleaning flowers on sturdy branches reaching a height of 20-30” at maturity. These easy to grow plants will “Bounce” back quickly after a dry spell or few missed waterings. Through the hottest days of summer, Bounce Impatiens will deliver the dramatic floral impact we love to see in a shade garden.