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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!”

 

May 13, 2012 Happy Mother’s Day!

Deutsch: Blüten eines weißen Flieders (Syringa...

Lilacs make a pleasant addition to a memorial garden. 

With Mother’s Day this weekend and Father’s Day coming up in June, many people whose loved ones have passed away wonder what they can do to celebrate their lives in a special way. Algiere’s Landscaping has the solution. Why not give us a call and allow us to help you design and plant a memorial garden?

 

The beauty of a memorial garden is that it can be designed to bloom around you loved one’s special day each year. There are no set rules, you can include plants and other effects that remind you of your parent, spouse, or child. You could for example include flowers that were their favorite color, use stones or shells or other items that remind you of a special trip. Did your mother use a certain perfume, did the linens in your house growing up smell of lilac or lavender? Include a lilac bush or a plot of lavender. Was your father’s spaghetti sauce the talk of the neighborhood? Why not include some tomato plants, using old sauce pots as planters?

 

The possibilities are as endless as your imagination and memories. Ben can help you make your ideas a reality, by using his expertise to arrange plants and elements such as a bench or fountain while keeping proportions and seasons in mind. That way, you’ll have a memorial that will last year after year with proper maintenance.