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Fall into a cleaner, healthier yard this autumn!

The time has come once again for fall cleanups! Last year due to an early snowfall we couldn’t get to all the fall clean ups scheduled. They’re predicting an even worse winter this year, so give us a call to make sure your yard gets the care it needs to weather the season!!!

 

What goes in to a fall clean up? While it’s important to removed leaf fall to maintain a proper ph in your soil, it’s more than just leaves! Now is the time to plant spring bulbs, remove dead limbs and trim branches that might fall and cause damage to your property in an especially heavy winter storm. Last year we received almost 40 inches of snow from Storm Nemo alone, so it’s important to show your yard some preventive care before the season hits. We offer a range of services, including mulch installation, leaf removal, as well as bulb planting and limb trimming. Give us a call and set up an appointment for a free estimate for services unique to your own needs.

We at Algiere’s love our customers, and we love our fellow local businesses. With that in mind, we’re offering a special coupon for 25 dollars off 3 hours of service, but you can only pick up these special coupons at the Norwichtown People’s Bank location. Come on down, get a deal on your fall cleanup needs!

Water Management

 

In the summer time, when we can have days and days of extreme heat, it’s very important to maintain water supplies for your lawn and garden. What can you do when water supplies are low or the rain is refusing to fall? There are lots of DIY projects you can do to keep your landscaping happy and healthy.

Water Barrel

Rain barrels are an easy fix, you can find rain barrel kits at Lowes or Home Depot or make them on your own using plans on Youtube or the DIY network. Plan for the summer all year long, using fifty five barrels to store plenty of water for the dry months, just make sure to include drainage holes near the top for overflow.

Another great way to control your water needs is to use container gardening. Planting in containers will limit the amount of water you need. Containers don’t need to be expensive either, you can get creative and use discarded building supplies, like gutters, which are very popular right now.

Gutter Garden

Summer time is vacation time, but don’t feel like you have to stay at home to water the plants. Fill 2 liter soda bottles or wine bottles with water and revert them into the ground nearby where you need water most. Your plants will soak up what they need leaving you to enjoy your free time and the gorgeous weather!

Wine bottle Water

Don’t have time to do it yourself? Give us a call at Algiere’s! We’ll put a plan together for you and help you keep up a routine of water management all year long.

 

For directions on how to build the heavy duty rain barrel above, check out this website:

http://rethinksurvival.com/how-to-create-a-heavy-duty-275-gallon-rain-barrel/

For a how to guide to build a self watering veggie table, click here:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Self-Watering-Veggie-Table/?ALLSTEPS

Composting, Good for You, Good for the Earth

English: Composting

English: Composting (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

365/66 California Compost

365/66 California Compost (Photo credit: mjmonty)

 

 

 

So, Earth Day has come and gone. Over a month later, you’ve helped clean up the shore line, pulled invasive species at the local park, and attended a fundraiser for fracking awareness.

 

You’re feeling pretty good about things, and then you get home. The garbage is piled high, and you’ve got newspapers and scraps of old computer paper just lying around the office. You wonder, how can I clean up my mess, and help make Earth Day every day at the same time?

 

The answer, my friend, is composting.

 

Many people think compost is hard, but the key is to maintain a good mix of the green, (like grass), with the brown, (ashes, coffee grounds, etc.) Grass will provide the nitrogen, and the brown items will provide the carbon. A little of each, well mixed, will break down more quickly and provide the best blend of nutrients for your soil.

 

Anything that has been living is good to add to a compost pile, but avoid pet droppings or meat scraps, as these will attract unwanted pests. The great thing about this rule is, this includes paper products! Just be sure to shred any newspapers or junk mail up really well before you add them.

 

See? You get to clean up your house, AND provide a nutrient rich soil for your vegetables and flowers. Everyone wins!

 

Need help getting started? Not sure what to plant after you lay your compost, or how? Give Algiere’s a call, we are here to help with all of your spring gardening and landscaping needs!

 

Cold Crops, What to Plant When Spring is Late

Potatoes come to Europe.

Potatoes can be planted, even in the cold!

 

 

 

 

 

For springs like these, people come to us moaning about the short growing season. What can they do? What should they plant when a spring is this slow in showing up?

 

Let us introduce you to some great cold crops you can plant, even when the temperature is close to freezing. Think root vegetables, like onions and potatoes, though you should only use seed potatoes to get your plants started. Some leafy vegetables as well, like lettuce and arugula, can be planted in temperatures as low as 40 degrees.

 

Want to get started but fear the temperatures dropping even further, or a possible late season snow? No problem, cover your plants, making tents out of empty milk jugs, cut to accommodate your seedlings’ size. You can also attempt to raise the temperature of your soil using plastic covers.

 

Whatever the weather, you can enjoy gardening, and Algiere’s is available to you year round for all of your gardening and landscaping needs!

 

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!”

 

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!