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Meet Jeremy, Ben’s Right Hand Man!

Jeremy

As talented as Ben is, he can’t be everywhere at once. So here at Algiere’s we have a second in command for out in the field, Jeremy Bourbeau.

Part of the reason Ben is so talented and capable is because of Jeremy’s solid work ethic and initiative, which helps Algiere’s Landscaping keep up its professional image. For example, Jeremy is efficient and organized enough to expect what Ben will need next and has it ready and waiting for Ben, whether it’s cleaning up in time to wrap up the day or anticipating what tool to hand off.  Jeremy is constantly learning from Ben, and it has become a common joke between the two of them, “It’s amazing what you can fix with WD-40, baling wire and duct tape.”

Jeremy has worked part-time at UPS with Ben for over 7 years and part-time in a variety of jobs including landscaping. When not helping Ben with Algiere’s Landscaping, he can be found at Jett Fabrication wrenching on race cars or at the Waterford Speed Bowl driving.  This year, Jeremy is stepping up to the barber’s chair to shave off his beard to help with our annual fundraising event for UCFS.

So, when you see us out and about this spring, please give Jeremy a warm welcome as he too is an ambassador of Algiere’s Landscaping.

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.

 

Happy New Year!

Champagne Mumm

Happy New Year from Algiere’s!  (Photo credit: e_calamar)

 

 

 

 

 

As 2012 comes to a close, we here at Algeire’s Landscaping would like to thank all of our loyal customers, suppliers, friends and family for making this past year our most successful to date. With the addition of a photographer, writer, robot and baby, we’ve grown to become a name to be trusted in our community, both for the quality of our landscaping services as well as our charitable contributions through such events as Ben’s Beard Shave and the ARK auction.

 

Looking forward to 2013, we’d like to remind everyone that while there’s snow on the ground, Ben is available for handyman services as well as consultations for spring planting. Give Michelle a call in the office today, and let’s keep the lawns and patios of eastern Connecticut green and flourishing!

 

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!”

 

Fall Clean Up Time Is Here!

Leaf litter (including maple and oak) on a pon...

Leaf litter can suffocate your lawn, time to clean it up!(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Apples are ripening, the neighborhood kids are charting out paths to the houses with the best loot, and the leaves are piling up on your lawn. No doubt about it, autumn is here, and with it your appointment with Algiere’s for a fall clean up!

It’s important to get those leaves up and off your grass. The shading caused by leaf litter can potentially damage and even kill your turf grass. Those leaves can do a lot more good in your compost heap, stuffed in your favorite flannel shirt to make a spooky scarecrow, or glued to some poster board as a school project with the kiddos.

And fall clean up isn’t just about raking leaves. A slow release fertilizer will give your plants the extra nutrients to make it through the long winter. Getting rid of weeds and other invasive plants now will slow them down when they try to make a comeback in the spring. Trimming back your bushes, relining your planting beds, and getting those spring bulbs planted now will mean a lot less hassle when the snow begins to melt.

Let Algiere’s  help you with your fall clean up. We offer the convenience of offsite disposal of your leaf litter to save you time and money. Call us up for an appointment today, so you can get back to all those Halloween parties and apple picking trips waiting for you this October and November.

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.

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!