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Mulch Madness!!!

Shredded wood used as mulch. This type of mulc...

Shredded wood used as mulch. This type of mulch is often dyed to improve its appearance in the landscape. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

Despite the snow, we’ve seen signs of spring around Algiere’s, and the sprouting of snowdrops and trilling of robins outside our windows make us think of one thing. Mulch.

 

Mulch is vital to a healthy bed, because it keeps the weeds out and can also help with water retention and keeping roots cool. Wood, shell, stone, no matter what kind of mulch you choose to use, it’s important to purchase pretreated materials. You may save money up front by getting something from the dump or shredding your own wood, but in the long run you’re more at risk for pest infestation.

 

The varieties of wood mulch available ensure you’re doing the best for your garden while still being able to put on your own unique touch. Double shredded pine, cedar, or even cocoa shell, which can offer a nice aromatic for small beds around the house. Choose a dyed mulch to maintain color longer for a more uniform look.

 

Prefer something a little harder? Think stone or seashells. Especially here in the east coast, we have plenty of both, which don’t break down as fast and can prove a much more durable option, though typically with a higher price. Stone is especially high due to the fact that it’s more labor intensive to put in, plus it doesn’t have the lovely scent of wood, so we don’t prefer it in our own gardens. However, the choice, as always is up to you. As always, here at Algiere’s whatever the customer prefers, “we can do that!”

 

Whatever your mulching needs, we at Algiere’s can help! Call or email now for best availability.

 

How to Protect Your Lawn from Severe Weather

Hurricane Sandy & Marblehead [Front Street 9]

Don’t let the next big storm undo all the hard work you put into your yard! (Photo credit: Brian Birke)

 

 

Superstorm Sandy has hit Southeastern Connecticut harder than we’ve been struck in over fifty years. While we clean up the limbs and fallen trees, rake up the debris from our yards, and pray that our spring bulbs are ok under the ground, you may be wondering, “what can I do to prepare my property from the next storm?” Well, we at Algiere’s Landscaping are glad you asked!

 

The first thing is to look around your property and put away anything that might be blown around. Not just the obvious things like the grills and the lawn chairs. Really look at your yard; do you have a dog house? Swings? Birdhouses? Put it all away, anything you can lift and carry, a 75 mph wind can pick up and put through your window.

 

Next, take a walk and take stock of your trees. Are there any dead limbs that should be removed? Any trees that appear to be in questionable health? Even if they didn’t come down this time around, it doesn’t mean that Sandy didn’t weaken it to the point that it’s a risk for next hurricane season. Pay the most attention to those trees closest to your house, garage, and any outbuildings you might have.

 

If the forecast is for a particularly cold storm, like a blizzard, you might want to consider digging your spring bulbs back up, especially the dahlias and gladiolas. Either way, protect your delicate perennials with some extra mulch before the snow and ice cover them over.

 

Don’t have the time? Think you’ll be too busy standing in line for the last gallon of milk  at Stop and Shop before the next storm? Not a problem, call Algiere’s and we’ll take care of protecting your garden from the harsh weather for you. Remember, as Benjamin Franklin once said, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!”

 

Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!

 

 

Algiere’s Landscaping is pleased to announce our latest addition!

Our biggest feat yet, parenthood!

 

Audrey Elisabeth Algiere arrived on August 12. At seven pounds, three ounces and nineteen inches long, she’s got a long way to go before she fills Daddy Ben’s shoes. But we have high hopes for this little one’s future in the business!

 

While mother and baby settle in at home, it may take a day or two to get back to you when you call. Rest assured though, you can still expect the same quality of service as you’ve come to expect from us. We’ve got even more reason to do our very best when it comes to your lawn and garden needs.

Our Business is Growing!

Man kissing his pregnant wife's belly

Welcome to the world, Baby Algiere!

 

It’s mid July, and we’ve got little sprouts ready to bloom in more places than the garden! Ben and Michelle are happy to announce that they’re expecting their first child in August.

 

While we’re all very excited here at Algiere’s Landscaping, it does mean we may have to make changes. Expect the same great quality of work we’ve always delivered, but it might take a little longer to make an appointment as Michelle’s due date draws near.

 

We’d like to thank our long time clients for their continued patronage, and are eager to share this great transition with you!

Organic Gardening 101 With Ben’s Dad, John Algiere!

English: A picture of compost soil

Compost, the key to a healthy organic garden. 

Last week we talked about Ben’s favorite fertilizer and deer deterrent, Milorganite, which is 100% organic and composed or recycled material. It made us wonder, where did Ben get his start with organic gardening? Our question led us, just in time for Father’s Day, to sit down and have a little chat with Ben’s dad, John Algiere, one of the first organic gardeners in the area.

 

When asked how Ben got his start with going green, John said that both Ben and his sister Kate started early, around 3 or 4 years of age. John’s best advice is to teach kids when they’re young, show them how to separate garbage from compost, putting the apple peels and coffee grounds in one container, the wood, paper, and metals in another. Kids can also help with pest control, hand picking the potato beetles off of plants and working to keep the soil insect free.

 

Handpicking takes a lot of work and is time consuming, but is worth the effort. For those who want an extra hand, John recommends organic insecticides; particularly anything which contains BT. He also says you can make your own insecticide using hot pepper, soap and water.

 

For larger pests, John says there’s a fallacy that composting will attract rodents to your garden. Not so, if you stay away from using meat, bread, or anything that will attracts rats or mice. To be an organic gardener, you have to be part chemist, using just the right combination of brown and green materials, air, and moisture. It takes patience and experimentation to get just the right mix for your soil.

 

 

John warns that not everything in an organic garden is going to be perfect; you won’t be able to catch every bug and prevent every blemish. But the benefit to your health and that of the environment is well worth the extra time and attention.

Build a Patio for Your Daddy-O!

Happy Father's Day

Grilling season is here! Give Pop a patio so he can sizzle in style!

 

Just in time for Father’s Day, enjoy a 15% discount on a new patio 200sq.ft. or larger when you sign a contract by June 17th.

 

Patios are a great way to create an outdoor space that ties in seamlessly with the house’s interior and expand the living space for the homeowner. Whether modern, southwestern, classic, or French Provencal, any style of architecture can be incorporated within a hardscape.

 

Depending upon the size of your yard, for example, you can include a full outdoor kitchen for parties or evenings it’s too nice to stay indoors. Including a pergola can add definition to a space and separate spots for play and rest. It also gives you a great way to hang outdoor lighting.

an example of a Baldwin pergola

A pergola is a great way to give your guests refuge from the sun while still allowing them to enjoy the light.

 

Having a small lot, or even no lot at all, doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t have outdoor living space. Using a diagonal design can trick the eye and make the most of a tiny space. For apartment dwellers, consider putting in a rooftop or balcony patio, using pots and plants such as lavender or rosemary, which are not only fragrant but also wind resistant and hardy.

 

Whatever your outdoor needs, Ben has the solution. Give Algiere’s a call and let’s give Dad a man cave in the great outdoors!

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Preston, Connecticut

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