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Using Compost In The Fall

By |2019-09-16T20:48:41-04:00September 11th, 2019|

Just like the squirrels are preparing for winter by storing nuts, so should we be feeding the soil for spring.  Fall is a great time to condition your soil in multiple ways with compost.  Compost can be simply spread like mulch in a one inch layer on top of your beds for a slow release of organic nutrient.  To boost poor soil conditions lightly dig up the surface and add two to three inches of compost. To revitalize a well maintained vegetable garden soil only requires half an inch of compost worked in to the top of the bed [...]

Greenview Can Make Your Lawn The Envy Of Your Neighbors

By |2019-09-16T20:50:10-04:00September 11th, 2019|

As the weather turns to Autumn with cooler nights and shorter days, conditions turn favorable for plant growth and recovery.  We need to be ready to take advantage of these changing conditions to complete important lawn and garden chores.  Late summer and early fall offer a fleeting window of opportunity during which our efforts will reap maximum benefit. New England cool season lawns have two distinct seasons during which they look their best,  when environmental factors naturally promote vigorous growth and establishment.  One is the April through mid June period, and the second begins right about now. Early September [...]

Fall’s Fabulous Fruit

By |2019-09-11T12:13:41-04:00September 11th, 2019|

Some of the plants in my gardens are looking a bit weary now as they approach their dormancy and the growing season draws to a close. But I’m encouraged by some of the seasonal features that are showing up as the days grow shorter and autumn is upon us. The fruit and berries on some of my trees and shrubs actually add as much color as springtime flowers do, and many attract birds. I appreciate that they’re longer lasting than flowers--some berries will continue making my landscape attractive for many weeks yet. Beautyberry (Callicarpa) is showing its clusters of petite [...]

The Jimmy Fund

By |2019-09-06T12:35:17-04:00September 5th, 2019|

Weston Nurseries is proud to support The Jimmy Fund in their fundraising efforts again this year. We will have different fundraising events and activities that will support our Jimmy Fund walk team called “Such Devotion”. Last year we raised over $29,000 dollars and we hope to raise even more this year. By far, the biggest event is the Blooms, Brews and BBQ event this Saturday, September 7 from 11am to 7pm. Last year this event raised more than $7,500 toward our walk team. The walkers then raised another $22,000 for a grand total of $29,500. The Jimmy Fund is [...]

Picture this!

By |2019-09-05T10:49:34-04:00September 5th, 2019|

Taking photographs these days is so much easier than it was only a decade ago—simply point your phone and press the button. And if it doesn’t look right, simply do it again and discard the first one. There’s really no excuse for not capturing visual records of your garden. Back when I began gardening, I’m recalling how complex it was to take pictures of gardens, landscape views and individual plants. Not only did we need to carry a camera and load film into it, we tended to budget our picture-taking for the most important items, not wanting to “waste [...]

Fall Lawn Care 101

By |2019-08-29T09:28:24-04:00August 29th, 2019|

Starting a Lawn by Seed Preparation and Installation Measure off the area and figure the square footage (length x width). OPTIONAL STEP: Kill weeds and grass with a nonselective herbicide (Kleen-Up); however seeding will have to be delayed approximately 7 to 10 days after application of such products. Be sure you are not using a total vegetative killer. Rototill the area and remove all debris – stone, roots, and weeds – which could possibly interfere with the development of the grass seed. Also get a pH test of the soil. Rough grade – rake and remove any debris while [...]

Spectacular Red Maple – Acer rubrum

By |2019-08-28T16:28:03-04:00August 28th, 2019|

For many New Englanders, autumn is a favorite season—and that’s no wonder, considering the spectacular spectacle offered by our region’s legendary fall color. Red (or Swamp) Maple (Acer rubrum) is native from Texas and Florida, northward to Canada’s Hudson Bay, westward to Minnesota; it’s the State Tree of Rhode Island. It grows naturally in swampy areas, on dry hillsides, in both heavy and sandy soils­­—a truly adaptable tree, always the first of our native maples to color-up each year to usher-in the fall season. Red Maple (Acer rubrum) Few trees can compare with the multi-season appeal and [...]

Butterfly Bush—Buddleia

By |2019-08-21T20:40:11-04:00August 21st, 2019|

In late-summer gardens the Buddleias are one of the most commonly seen plants in this region—and for good reason. Few summer-flowing shrubs are so pest free and versatile in the garden, offering attractive features for such an extended season. The colors, scent and nectar of the numerous species and cultivars are superb for attracting butterflies, hummingbirds, bees and other pollinators. Buddleia choices available in garden centers today number in the hundreds. Flower colors of various cultivars range from white to pink and purple tones, and many feature a sweet, honey-like fragrance. Most produce their bloom spikes on new growth, [...]

Fast-Growing Crops

By |2019-08-21T20:33:00-04:00August 21st, 2019|

The patience and attention that a vegetable garden requires is often a lot to keep up with over the summer. And at this point of the summer, the New England weather won’t give us much more time to plant and tend to our vegetable crops. With this short amount of time left to get the most out of our warm soil and summer showers, some seeds will produce fresh, delicious vegetables and greens until the very end of the season! Arugula Arugula, kale, lettuce, and spinach will grow right to the edge of fall. These greens are such versatile and [...]

Controlling Poison Ivy

By |2019-08-14T08:40:10-04:00August 14th, 2019|

It seems to me that poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) has become a much bigger problem in my garden over the last several years, and this year it seems especially robust. Scientists confirm that higher levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere tend to enhance the growth of many weedy plants, including poison ivy. Mature vines produce seeds that are readily distributed by birds, and uncontrolled seedlings grow rapidly, even in deep shade, re-rooting along their stems. Poison ivy is native and grows in several forms: a vine trailing along the ground which re-roots along the stem; a shrub-like plant [...]

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