Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Urban Gardening

Are you interested in growing vegetables, but think it is too time consuming or that you don't have enough space? 
If so, consider square-foot gardening.

Follow these simple principles for successful backyard gardening:

1. Keep each area small. Do not give into the idea that bigger is better!

2. Build raised beds if you have physical ailments that deter gardening such as arthritis or a bad back. 

3. Till the soil and add organic material. This may take some work if the soil is compacted, but will be easier next year because the soil will not be walked on and compacted again.

4. Grow plants close together. This will cut down on weed growth.

5. Small areas are easily watered by hand. Water at the base of the plants (not over the top) to reach the roots. Apply approximately 1 inch per week if you don't have sufficient rainfall and occasionally add fertilizer to the watering can for efficient use of your time.

6. Practice crop rotation. Below is a list of plants in the same family that need to be planted in different areas each year.

Nightshade Family: tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, eggplants, okra
Brassica Family: broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, collards, kale
Cucurbits Family: cucumbers, squash
Legume Family: beans, peas

7. Use shading and covers as needed for extremes in weather conditions.

8. Plant marigolds as a natural way to keep away pests.

Enjoy your garden!
Call Buckeye Landscape for help with building raised beds, tilling and adding soil--or any other landscape needs.



Tuesday, June 18, 2013

3 Tips for Making Your Garden Gorgeous


It's June. Summer is almost here, bringing the longest day of the year. Following are 3 tips for sprucing up your gardens now that spring blooming bulbs, shrubs, and trees are done and have shed their blooms. 

1. Prune shrubs that are no longer in bloom. Many spring blooming shrubs set their blooms for next year at the end of this summer. So you don't want to wait to long to do your pruning or you will prune the buds that would bloom next spring, ruining your 2014 spring display. Shrubs that should be pruned now include viburnums, dogwoods, lilacs, and forsythias to name a few.



2. There is a tendency to over-water early in the season and under-water later in the season. Irrigation should be varied based on the amount of rainfall as well as daytime AND nighttime temperatures.This spring has provided cool nighttime temperatures even when the daytime highs have been 80 degrees or above. The rate of evaporation varies and so should the amount you water.

3. Now is still a good time to replace or transplant any plants in the garden that didn't survive the winter or need to be moved to a more appropriate spot in your garden.

As always, call Buckeye Landscape for all your landscape needs!


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Ash Trees Disappearing

Ash trees in Ohio are being destroyed by the Emerald Ash Borer at an alarming rate. Ashes are a common and important tree in Ohio forests as well as both urban and rural landscapes.

The Emerald Ash Borer is a beetle from Asia that has killed millions of ash trees in Canada, the Midwest, and Mid-Atlantic since 2002. The adult beetle itself causes little damage to the tree. However, the larvae feed under the bark, interrupting the movement of water and nutrients. Most trees die within a few years of infestation.  All Ash trees in Central Ohio are at risk for infestation and we are beginning to see many trees declining and dying.

There are treatments available, although no cure for a tree that is infested. Once treatment is started, it must be continued on an annual basis to save the tree. So, before beginning treatment, first consider the importance of each Ash tree in your landscape. Trees that are still healthy (no infestation or showing no signs of decline due to infestation) are good candidates for treatment while trees that have a significant infestation and have begun to decline may need to be removed and replaced with another specimen. 

If you have Ash trees that need to be evaluated and/or removed, Call Buckeye Landscape for professional advise

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Don't Neglect your Hardscapes!

 Spring is here, but the temperatures have lagged behind. We need temps that are a little warmer--consistently--before we seed and install any type of tender plants. In the meantime, tidy up your hardscapes, decks, and patios.

Decks--Clean thoroughly. Pressure washing is a good means of removing any kind of mold, mildew, stains, debris left over from the winter months. After cleaning, seal if necessary. Sealing helps protect your wood from the sun and rain as well as providing an attractive finish. It prevents the weathering (usually to a gray color) that occurs naturally over time. Now is a good time to inspect and repair any kind of nail pops and loose screws or fasteners. Be sure any decorative attachments are still secure.

Flagstone Walkways & Patios--Clean thoroughly. Brush any sand or gravel laying on the stones back between the stones. Add additional material to fill in any depressions if necessary. Reset any stones that have been displaced by the freeze/thaw cycle.

Concrete--Clean thoroughly and seal.

Pavers--Reset or replace any pavers in walks or driveways that have been damaged by snow shoveling or plowing.

Buckeye Landscape

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Shovel Early and Shovel Often

As we continue to have winter storms producing snow and ice, we want to remind everyone to use safe practices when removing snow and ice from driveways and sidewalks. We all know the statistics regarding the health risks of shoveling snow, from slips and falls, to back injuries, to heart attacks. So, don't wait until the storm is over to start your snow removal activities. It is easier to shovel 3 inches of snow four times, than to shovel 12 inches of snow all at once. Wear appropriate footwear to reduce risk of slipping. Wear layers of clothing to help keep you warm when you start and allow you the opportunity to shed layers as you work and start to sweat. Use proper tools, whether a shovel or a snow blower, for your property. If using a shovel, don't try to overfill the shovel--so you can get done quicker--rather, gauge your strength level and work at a comfortable pace. Be sure to switch sides when tossing the snow so you don't put all the strain and effort on one side of the body. Use your legs for strength, bend at the hips and knees, to keep pressure off your back.

Okay, that covers the basics for the snow and ice removal (physical activity). But, how do you know what product to use? How do deicing products work? Here are a few facts to consider.

Contrary to popular opinion, deicing products are not meant to completely melt snow and ice but are used to facilitate removal with a shovel, snow blower or plow. By melting through the snow to the hard surface and spreading out underneath, the product loosens the snow and ice--creates slush--that is more easily removed.

Before beginning, devise a strategy. If large quantities of snow are present, you will need more product to melt through to the hard surfaces. Therefore, it makes sense to remove as much snow as possible first, then apply deicing materials. You will use less material this way. Once you have applied deicing materials, they will help melt any additional snow or ice that accumulates. Brining your surfaces before any snow falls can also be effective (such as the highway road crews do). However, be careful what and how much you use to avoid damaging your hard surfaces.

The following products are available and most commonly used in central Ohio:

Sodium chloride (NaCl) Commonly referred to as rock salt. This is the least expensive and most often used deicing material. Sodium chloride works best between 15 - 20 degrees F. However, this product is corrosive and can damage vehicles, hard surfaces, carpet and wood floors (if tracked inside) and plant material. So, use only as much as necessary, more is not always better!

Calcium chloride (CaCl) One the most effective deicing products, calcium chloride produces heat as it melts the snow and ice and works to a temperature of -10 degrees F. Some highway departments spray liquid CaCl over rock salt to lower it's effective melting temperature. However, calcium chloride is more expensive than sodium chloride.

Combination products There are a number of product available that contain combinations of deicing salts. The label will indicate the percentage of each ingredient and, typically, the product will perform most like the dominant ingredient.

In addition, you can purchase magnesium chloride (MgCl), potassium chloride (KCl), calcium magnesium acetate (CMA), potassium acetate (KAc), urea, ammonium sulfate, and other nitrogen salts.

The last option is abrasive material such as sand, cinders, or ash. While these are very safe environmentally, they can be dirty and hard to clean up. They do not melt snow and ice, but provide extra traction to make the surfaces less slippery.

If you'd like us to remove snow and ice from your property, 
Buckeye Landscape 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Be Ready for Spring 2013!

 Okay, it's been winter for the past couple of weeks. Even though we're going to warm up (maybe to 60!), it's still winter. Not much to do in the garden, but a great time to plan for spring. Spend the next few weeks making decisions about your 2013 landscaping so you'll be able to hit the ground running in March. Need to replace plants? Research options for shade, or sun, or both, depending on your needs. Do you have plants that just didn't do well in in 2012? Find out why...too much water? too little? right amount of shade/sun? soil ph right?

 Lots of sights for this information on the internet. But, if you'd like professional looking gardens in 2013, call Buckeye Landscape and we'll take care of everything!

Buckeye Landscape 614-866-0088 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

R U Ready for Winter?


Here are a few suggestions to prepare for winter:

Mower Winterizing: Clean entire machine, sharpen blade, change oil, scrape deck, clean air filter, drain gas or add gas stabilizer (i.e. Sta-Bil)

Around the Garden: Cut perennials back, mulch roses, rake leaves and pick up debris, til the garden, winterize any water features (ponds, pools, fountains) and irrigation system. Disconnect and store hoses.

For the House: Clean the furnace filter, replenish firewood, install storm windows, be sure you have a snow shovel and a blended ice melt product for sidewalk and driveway.

The Car: Keep fuel tank at least half full, check the battery, put ice scraper, blankets, small shovel, extra clothes and blankets in vehicle in case you get stranded.

Snow Blower: Clean the air filter, add fresh gas, check and lube cables.

 Happy Holidays!
Let it Snow!