45 Years and Counting

Filed under: Uncategorized — eric @ 10:51 am
Feb 28, 2013

Normally, in the landscape business, ( and probably most others as well), one year tends to roll right into the next. And we don’t usually stop to take stock of milestones. But 2013 marks my 45th year in this business. What started out with my father being tired of mowing the lawn (“Eric, come here, I want to teach you something”…) turned out to be a career that has kept me in good shape, both physically and financially.

And the best part of it is, I still enjoy what I do! True, we all have ‘those’ days, but for the most part, I get up every morning, ready to get to it. It’s part of a work ethic that was instilled in me by my parents, children of the Great Depression, who knew the value of a dollar. And it’s something that I expect from my employees as well.

By being a client of Eden Landscaping Company,  folks who use our services are reaping the benefit of experience. There is certainly something to be said about having a company tough it out over a long-term economy’s ups and downs, and we are still here, while others are just a memory. Experience tells us what we need to do, how to do it, and how to best serve those who rely upon us.

A recent client survey we did showed just that. We asked existing clients why they used us, and the response we got from 90% of them was either ‘reliable’ or ‘dependable’, as well as being pleased with our work.  And that goes back to experience. Through experience, we know what our clients want, need, and expect. Our experience tells us how to do our tasks, and in the most productive, efficient, and cost-effective manner. This allows us to offer our services at prices that are competitive and affordable, while allowing us to remain in business in a tough economic time.

Are you ready for the Eden experience? Put our knowledge and abilities to work for you. And become another of our satisfied clients.

Spring 2013 Is On The Way

Filed under: Uncategorized — eric @ 6:14 pm
Feb 16, 2013

It won’t be long until Spring arrives! Flowers and leaves will appear, mulch will be applied, the nurseries will bring in new plants. Are you ready?

We’re already getting ready for Spring, which doesn’t arrive until March 20. Equipment is being readied, mulch has been ordered, and our clients are already calling to get on our list. What? You’re not already on a project list? Well, what are you waiting for?

Some of our clients are getting what I like to call ‘pre-Spring fever’. Like me, they can’t wait until we can open the windows, and let some nice Spring air in, and go out and play in the dirt! And these are the people whose work will get done first, because they’re first on the list. So, I ask again, what are you waiting for?

Once the season breaks, we will get busy quickly. Each year, we end up with a 4 week backlog, beacuse there is only so much time in the day. But the backlog doesn’t affect those clients who call EARLY! Because by the time the backlog happens, their work has already been done!

So, think about what you might like to have done for 2013. Perhaps a new landscape design, or a garden renovation? Foundation plantings looking a bit old and outdated? Rip ’em out, and start over! A bit of fresh mulch? No problem! Call us NOW, and get your work scheduled, or call for a consultation. We love to talk about landscapi

What is Wrong with My Pine Trees?

Filed under: Uncategorized — eric @ 6:08 pm
Oct 27, 2012

Hello Readers! Well, it’s Fall, and we are getting the usual calls concerning pines, and other evergreen trees, that are suddenly turning brown. The culprit is… it’s Fall! We see this every year, but most people don’t realize it. ‘Evergreen’ is a misnomer. While these trees stay green all year long, they DO shed their leaves, or needles.

What we are seeing now is last season’s needles drying and dropping off, leaving this year’s growth on the branches. This is where the pine straw on the ground comes from every year. You’ll notice that most of this browning is going on in the interior portions of the tree, as most evergreens grow from the inside out.

Not to worry, folks, just Nature doing it’s thing.

Summer Update 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — eric @ 7:33 pm
Aug 23, 2012

We’ve had lots to post this month, and here’s one more…. We’ve received numerous calls from clients recently, asking  why there is SO much crabgrass this year. I must admit that, despite the best efforts of both ourselves and our competition, crabgrass is definitely running rampant this season.

But you may ask, “Why is this happening? I paid you good money to put a treatment down this Spring to prevent this, and yet, there it is! What is the reason?” The answer is surprisingly simple, and demonstrates that, despite our best intentions, Mother Nature still does what she wants.

Crabgrass treatments work by forming a chemical barrier in the top inch of the soil. Once watered in, this barrier sets up, and if a seed grows, and puts out its first root, the chemical in the soil burns the root, and prevents it from becoming established. Easy enough.

But, here’s what happened this year. We had a drought. And most people don’t water their lawns enough, if at all. And during the extreme heat, something interesting happened… the ground cracked! And it broke the chemical barrier, and gave dormant seeds new places to sprout. So when the rains finally started again, CRABGRASS NIRVANA! The only lawns that are not seeing a crabgrass problem are the really lush lawns, or those with irrigation systems.

So bottom line, we are going to have to live with the problem for the rest of the season, and start over again in the Spring. The alternative, and it is costly, is to try to kill off the crabgrass now, and seed this fall, and hope that next season’s treatment will not be broken by yet another drought.

Hope that answered everyone’s questions. Got others? Please feel free to drop me a note.

 

Wouldn’t You Like A Pond For Your Backyard?

Filed under: Uncategorized — eric @ 8:16 pm
Aug 16, 2012

There’s just nothing like the sound of a waterfall when you come out your back door. Or watching your fish glide through the water. Or the way they greet you when you come pond-side to feed them. If this interests you, you might want a pond.

Check out this short video:http://youtu.be/H3Rdaq1qpQc

 You decide. But until you have your own, looking at someone else’s pond is the best you can hope for. Stop hoping, and start planning. Give us a call.

It’s August: Tips For Getting Thru The Next Month

Filed under: Uncategorized — eric @ 2:43 pm
Aug 4, 2012

The weather in the Philadelphia region has been very uncomfortable, by local standards. While this area has not suffered the same fate as many other drought-stricken regions of the country, it has nonetheless been difficult for our lawns and plants. We’ve at least been fortunate enough to get some much needed rain, albeit in the form of localized downpours.

So what can you do to get your landscape through the next month? In a word, water. It is rare that what nature supplies is adequate when it comes to newly planted trees and shrubs.  And unless your lawn is getting a minimum of 1 inch of water per week by rainfall, it needs your assistance. For example, a newly planted tree, still in the burlaped root ball, will require upwards of 20 gallons of water PER DAY to keep it alive, since it has not put out enough new roots into the surrounding soil to support itself.

So basically, I cannot stress enough the importance of continuing to water your trees, shrubs, and lawn. Even a well established plant can be stressed by the combination of extreme heat and lack of water. Until we get out of this cycle of 90 degree + days, water your landscape! We still have no water restrictions, so do your plants a great service, and give them sprinkle, at least once a week.

Early Summer Scorcher – What To Do For Your Lawn

Filed under: Uncategorized — eric @ 2:08 pm
Jul 7, 2012

Today is day #10 for the heat wave gripping the East Coast. It was 100 degrees here before noon, and our lawns all look like it, since rain has also been scant lately. While most lawns are not dead, but rather, dormant, it is not too late for you to reverse any possible damage already done during this heat. Fortunately, it is forecast to break this Monday, but the summer has just begun. Follow these tips to help your lawn survive this summer.

  1. Water deeply and slowly, rather than shallow and quickly. Your lawn requires a minimum of 1 inch of water per week. Most sprinklers will usually give you that in one hour. We advise that you pick one section per day, and water for an hour, thoroughly soaking that area. Move to a different section the next day. Shallow or infrequent watering will bring roots to the surface looking for water, where they will burn if you are not consistent with your watering.
  2. Hills require more water. A slope will usually burn first , as the water underground will flow downhill. Give these areas extra attention, and additional water.
  3. Raise the height of your mower. As a rule, we adjust our mowing heights a bit higher during periods of excess heat, and during the hottest days of the summer. The additional grass canopy will shield the root zone from the sun, and prevent excessive evaporation. As a rule, you should never cut your lawn below 3 inches, unless you are mowing a putting green. Unless you live on a golf course, this is not recommended.
  4. If you fertilize, use a slow release fertilizer in the heat of the summer to prevent burning. Self-explanatory.
  5. Most types of turf will begin to go dormant as a means of self-preservation once temps stay above 85. Brown does not necessarily mean dead. Any maintained stand of grass will remain green if watered frequently.

If you give your lawn proper care, it will remain healthy and green. If not, well, to quote an old oil filter commercial, ” You can pay me now, or you can pay me later”. Trust me, your water bill is far cheaper than the cost of lawn renovations in September.

Eden’s Do & Don’t List – Mostly Don’ts

Filed under: Uncategorized — eric @ 6:03 pm
Jun 12, 2012

Hello folks! It’s raining here once again, so if I can’t work, I’ll try to keep you all informed. There are plenty of dos and donts I can come up with…

  • DO make sure your lawn is watered AT LEAST once a week. Your lawn requires a minimum of 1 inch of water per week.
  • DO make sure to READ THE LABEL on any pesticide you use, BEFORE using it. This includes weed killer and bug spray.
  • DO consider putting down a pre-emergent weed control prior to installing your mulch. It will make future weeding that much less.

 

  • DON’T pile your mulch up around trees, so that it looks like a volcano! This is EXTREMELY bad for the tree. You should see a natural flair at the top of the roots, and the tree should not look like a lollipop stick stuck into the ground.
  • DON’T pile soil on top of the roots of a tree. A tree breathes through its roots as well as the leaves, and you will smother the roots. They are at the level where they are in the soil for a reason.
  • DON’T spray Roundup on your lawn to kill broadleaf weeds. You will kill whatever you spray, including the grass. Unless you’re a big fan of dead spots on the lawn, READ THE LABEL FIRST!
  • DON’T just buy a fertilizer or broadleaf weed control because of the name, or because it’s on sale. If you buy something with too much nitrogen in the mix, you will end up needing to cut your lawn 2 or 3 times a week! Know what those large numbers on the label mean! If you don’t know, ASK! There are some really good products out there that will give you a green lawn without causing 6 inches of growth in 3 days! (We’d be happy to answer questions!)
  • DON’T blow your lawn clippings in the street, and leave them! First, it looks bad. How wold you like it if your neighbor did that to you? And yes, we’ve all seen how ugly it gets. But those clippings get washed down the street into the storm drains, and those clippings contain add to water pollution, especially those from fertilized lawns. Blow your clippings back onto the lawn where they will decompose naturally.
  • DON’T put landscape fabric or even worse, plastic, under your mulch to prevent weeds. The mulch will naturally decompose and become soil, and you end up with soil on top of the weed fabric, and eventually, you get weeds again. Use Preen and Roundup to control any weeds. Only use fabric under stone!

Okay, that’s enough for now. If you should have any questions regarding anything mentioned here, or any other landscape topic, we will gladly answer them.

Emerald Ash Borer Detected In Bucks County

Filed under: Uncategorized — eric @ 3:56 pm
Mar 14, 2012

This is an invasive insect that has been troubling parts of the country, and has worked its way here from Michigan over the last few years. It is expected to DECIMATE native ash populations. Our clients need to learn what trees are on their property, and do preventive treatments to their ash trees if they do not want to lose them, and spend what could amount to thousands of dollars in tree removal costs. This is an insect that WILL kill your ash trees if not pre-treated.

Learn more here on a note from the Penn State County agent…. http://extension.psu.edu/greenindustry/news/2012/emerald-ash-borer-detected-in-bucks-county

An additional article was published in the phillyBurbs.com from the Bucks County Courier Times. It is an interesting read. Click here: http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/local/courier_times_news/emerald-ash-borers-found-in-warrington/article_69840efd-1bdd-550f-9f14-0410c38f06b1.html

 

 

March Long-Range Forecast

Filed under: Uncategorized — eric @ 5:52 pm
Mar 1, 2012
This is courtesy of a recent news broadcast on our local Ch. 3:
 March forecast for the Philly region. You snow lovers are out of luck. Looks like above average temps for the first 2 weeks, with only a SLIGHT chance of snow, 2 inches or less, during week 3. Then normal temps for the remainder. Of course, things don’t always work out on long range forecasts. But Spring is just around the corner, on March 20!
ALSO:  We’re back to work as of Monday, March 5, 2012! Get your work orders in NOW!
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