Get Your Hands Dirty!

Magnolias in March?

Did you hear that March is the new August? Well friends, dust off those those watering cans and don’t forget to turn your irrigation systems on!

 

Right now at Jean Brooks Landscapes, our irrigation team is busy doing the rounds turning the water on to make sure plantings are not damaged by the unseasonably warm weather. There was no snow accumulation this winter to provide moisture in the ground so the soil is VERY dry. Because of this, plants are in danger of drying out, wilting and ultimately dying. Spring roots won’t become established if there’s no moisture for them to grow into. Furthermore, plants never had their winter “dormant” period in which they gather and build energy for spring blossoms. Now that everything is starting to bloom, these plants REALLY need water. As our Irrigation Manager, Brad, mentioned, “it doesn’t need to be the summer to have drought-like conditions. You need to maintain a proper amount of moisture in the soil in order to maintain a healthy landscape.”

 

Heed his advice, folks. Water, water, water. This spring, looks like summers here to stay!

 

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The Saga of Cambridge Clay

At a recent job in Cambridge, we found ourselves stuck in sitting water. The earth at this site is predominantly clay. This is all too often the case in Cambridge where we have an unbelievable amount of clay-based soil. The clay, in and of itself, DOES have nutrients. The problem is that it doesn’t drain. Plants need oxygen to grow and the heavily saturated, clay-based soil becomes compacted and doesn’t allow for that.

This is a classic example of the unforeseen circumstances that plague any construction plan or design deadline. At this particular site, the solution involves constructing and installing an intricate network of containers, dry-wells and pipes.

 

 

 

 

 

Irrigation Infidels?

Attention vacationers! Remember to enlist a “plant-waterer” while you’re away. You will come home to very sad looking creatures if you forget. Even with this cooler weather sweeping through the East coast, it’s important to remember that plants need to be watered up until the first frost. This usually occurs in mid-October but believe it or not, the Farmer’s Almanac doesn’t predict 2011’s first frost until the first week in November this year.

If you want a garden to look this lush, irrigation is the way to go. No watering can or hose can ensure this level of lushness. Irrigation systems have come a long way and now more than ever, water management matters.

Lucky for you, we have our very own in-house irrigation team at Jean Brooks Landscapes. We bring over 20 years of experience to the installation and maintenance of irrigation systems. Whether you are installing a new system or updating an existing one, we are happy to help you every step of the way. Our crew of technicians are trained in the latest water conservation practices including: rain sensors, soil-based moisture sensors, high efficiency drip irrigation systems, rainwater harvesting systems, and advanced user-friendly controls.

Stay faithful to your garden and all that hard work you put in. As an old sage once told me, “plants can live without many things but water is NOT one of them!”