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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!

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!”

 

The Emerald Ash Borer, a New Threat to Connecticut’s Trees

 

English: Agrilus planipennis, the emerald ash ...

English: Agrilus planipennis, the emerald ash borer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

It has been reported that the Emerald Ash Borer has now been spotted on the East Coast. Before 2002 this native of Russia, Korea, and Japan had never been sited in the United States. No one knows for sure how it got here, the best guess is in wood used to support cargo in ships.

 

 

 

So far, it appears the EAB only attacks ash trees in the US. They have been found in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Ontario and Quebec, and now Connecticut and other New England states.

 

 

 

You can prevent the spread by refraining from buying ash wood or trees from a supplier in another state. So far, there are confirmed cases in Naugatuck and Prospect. There are around 22 million ash trees in the state, make up 4 to 15% of trees, and are a common urban tree. Use caution, and call the Dept. of Agriculture if you spot any of these creepy critters at 1-866-322-4512.

 

 

 

While we at Algiere’s Landscaping do not commonly use ash trees in our designs, we feel an obligation to pass on important information on invasive species to our customers and fans. If you spot a beetle and think it might be an EAB but want to make sure before calling the DOA, give us a call and we’d be happy to check it out. If we see one while working in your yard, we will let you know. We cannot, however, help you treat your trees, you’ll need to call an arborist for that. You can find a reputable arborist here: http://www.kellysolutions.com/CT/

 

 

 

The Straight Poop About Milorganite

The Straight Poop About Milorganite

Canis latrans Français : Un coyote en Arizona

You want my WHAT?????????

 

When our customers complain about deer problems, instead of reaching for the coyote pee, we recommend Milorganite instead. Then they ask us what it’s made of, and we get a funny look on our faces and say, “Do you really want to know?” Most of the time, the answer is, “No.”

 

But for those of you who, after seeing the fantastic results, may just be a little curious, here’s the straight poop. Milorganite, made inMilwaukeeWisconsin, is one of the world’s largest recycling efforts. Wastewater goes through a filtration system, where clean water comes out the other end and is sent toLake Michigan. The rest is dried out, bagged, and sold at fine retailers the world over as Milorganite.

 

That’s right, folks Milorganite is people…er….waste. And the microbes that eat it.

 

The process is completely safe, the microbes and waste are heated up to between 900 and 1200 degrees so any pathogens still lurking within are killed off. And it’s completely organic so there are no harsh chemicals involved and so there’s no danger to pets, children, or the environment.

 

Ben recommends it because it’s less expensive than coyote urine, and covers a larger area. It also does double duty as a fertilizer, a claim no coyote can make.

 

If however the idea of Milorganite makes you a little squeamish, the second best alternative is Liquid Fence. It needs to be reapplied every 6-8 weeks and is more expensive, but works almost as well.

 

So if you’re trying to keep pesky deer away from your rose bushes or trying to go green with organic vegetable and flower gardens on your property this season, call Algiere’s. We have the solution you’ve been looking for.