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What To Do In The Landscape In Early Spring

Any perennials that have winter damage should be cut back to get rid of those browned leaves. This Epimedium ground cover (one of the best weed-smothering ground covers for shade) is an example. Using hedge trimmers makes the job go quickly.

Thank goodness the temperatures are starting to rise on Cape Cod because there is so much to be done in the yard and garden. Here is a pictorial to-do list for the first week of April:

1. Rake leaves where they have gathered and cut old perennials that have remained in the garden all winter […]

Watering 101

Green Team member Alan Budney knows that container plants need more than a "lick and a promise." A dry container might need two soakings in order to saturate the root ball. He also knows that sometimes it's necessary to stick that watering-wand under the leaves so that he's sure that the water is drenching the soil, not the foliage.

Last week we had our employee training day at HCG, which gathers everyone together to jump-start the growing season. One of the things on the list every year to to bring all of our Green Team members up to speed on some of the issues that concern our customers. On the agenda this year, was […]

On This Day In History

On this day in 2013 my pink hellebores were in full bloom. They are today too, although last Friday's storm has temporarily covered them. These Hellebores are Helleborus niger, aka the Christmas Rose. This particular plant comes into bloom in late February every year, while some other H. niger start flowering in December.

I have to say that digital photography is wonderful. We can see our photos immediately and don’t have to wait for slides or prints to be processed. We can shoot many more photos than we need and delete those that aren’t good without cost. And we can easily scroll back through our photo libraries to […]

Hydrangea Report – March 6th

Some plants still have buds that look green but they also have a bit of blackness that wasn't there before last weekend. Only time will tell if the germ of the flower is still alive here.

On Cape Cod we don’t care so much about about “Wind Chill temperatures” – we want reports on “Hydrangea Kill temperatures.” Knowing that our beloved Hydrangea macrophylla form their flower buds the previous summer, we all want those buds to make it through the winter so that our shrubs will come into bloom in the […]