News & Notes
Hewson Landscape, Inc.
August 2015
In This Issue
We need rain!!! The earth is so dry, lawns are cracking up and newly planted perennials, shrubs and trees are wilting. I played in the annual NJLICA golf outing, that was held at Black Oak Golf Course in Long Valley. Perfect weather, and great turn out of golfers. We are kicked into high gear and booked with work until the end of the season. The tablets and new software are coming together nicely. A bit of a learning curve, but everyone is really doing a great job of mastering the task. 
See you in September.
All the best,
Shelly Hewson
President, Hewson Landscape Inc.

Maximize limited space with vertical gardens


Vertical gardens give city and urban residents the opportunity to crow vegetables, herbs or ornamentals in very little space. A colorful vertical garden incorporating edibles and/or annuals can dress up an otherwise uninspiring fence line or an unattractive view. This type of gardening has been popular in Europe for decades, and this technique is now trending in the United States. Also called "living walls", or "green walls", vertical gardening takes advantage of growing plants in a wall-mounted planter system, rather than in-ground. Once you have chosen the structure for your vertical wall from the multitude of options on the market you can use these guidelines for a successful vertical garden.


However, there is a learning curve. It's not just about plopping pots into a wall system, for example, plants on the side of a building may cook if you don't adapt for conditions. You need to take into consideration the conditions where the vertical garden will be, same as if you were planting in the ground. Such as; what is the amount of sun exposure or shade, watering needs or wind exposure? While living walls thrive in warm climates, they are still feasible in cold regions. But you will need to plan for winter dieback. Even hardy perennials such as sedum and grasses go dormant in cold weather and come back, but you're always going to have empty spaces come spring. You should factor in at least 15 to 20 percent dieback, and don't be surprised if you're replanting sections of the garden periodically.


Not every plant is ideal.

This is also part of the learning curve. Over time, you will build a plant list. Hardy perennial herbs such as oregano, sage and mint can thrive. Edibles such as lettuce, strawberries and Swiss chard are options for colder climates. Tropical plants such as ferns are viable in warm climates. Succulents are a beautiful addition, but they could require additional techniques such as planting through a sturdy mesh because they don't have a deep root system to hold themselves in place.


You need irrigation.

While hand-watering with a wand is possible, it's labor-intensive and impractical for many applications. Most modular systems include drip irrigation options that can be plumbed into an existing irrigation system. Typically, you'll establish multiple zones, grouping plants that have similar water needs together.


Maintenance is crucial.

Because most vertical gardens use very little soil in their design, you need to put the nutrients in with the water. This can be accomplished many ways. As plants mature their roots system holds them in place. Until then you will need to keep a close eye or they could droop or fall out as the soil dries and contracts. Vertical gardens have to be cared for like any landscape.


Drought: Care Tips for Trees


With potentially millions of urban trees at risk, bringing awareness to everyone about this issue is the environmental friendly thing to do. Droughts can stunt the growth of your trees and endanger their stability. It is important that trees not only survive the drought but also thrive to provide shade, beauty and habitat, clean the air and water, and make cities and towns healthier and more livable for decades to come.


This summer it is vital that everyone limit outdoor water use, by letting lawns fade to gold while preserving trees and other important landscaping. Trees are a vital part of our environment, providing shade, oxygen and food so preserving their growth is essential to human life.


Tips to save lawn trees during the drought:


  1. Deeply and slowly water mature trees one to two times per month with a simple soaker hose or drip system toward the edge of the tree canopy-not at the base of the tree. Use a hose faucet timer (found at hardware stores) to prevent overwatering;
  2. Young trees need five gallons of water two to four times per week. Create a small watering basin with a berm of dirt;
  3. Shower with a bucket and use that water for your trees as long as it is free of non-biodegradable soaps or shampoos
  4. Do not over-prune trees during drought. Too much pruning combined with drought can stress your trees
  5. Mulch, mulch, mulch. Four to six inches of mulch helps retain moisture, reducing water needs and protecting your trees.
Current jobs we are working on:
More solar field mowing
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Bounce This Along


All this time you've just been putting Bounce in the dryer and it will the following!


1. The U.S. Postal service sent out a message to all letter carriers to put a sheet of Bounce in their uniform pockets to keep yellow- jackets away.

2. It repels mice, ants, mosquitos, yellow jackets, bees, tie a sheet of bounce around your belt loop or put it in your pocket while you are outside.

3. Spread sheets around foundation areas, or in trailers, or cars that are sitting to keeps mice away.

4. It takes the odor out of books and photo albums that don't get opened too often.

5. Eliminate static electricity from your television (or computer) screen.

6. Since Bounce is designed to help eliminate static cling, wipe your television screen with a used sheet of Bounce to keep dust from resettling.

7. Dissolve soap scum from shower doors. Clean with a sheet of Bounce.

8. Put Bounce sheet in vacuum cleaner.

9. Prevent thread from tangling. Run a threaded needle through a sheet of Bounce before beginning to sew.

10. Prevent musty suitcases. Place an individual sheet of Bounce inside empty luggage before storing.

11. Clean baked-on foods from a cooking pan. Put a sheet in a pan, fill with water, let sit overnight, and sponge clean. The anti-static agent apparently weakens the bond between the food and the pan..

12. Eliminate odors in wastebaskets. Place a sheet of Bounce at the bottom of the wastebasket.

13. Collect cat hair. Rubbing the area with a sheet of Bounce will magnetically attract all the loose hairs.

14. Eliminate static electricity from Venetian blinds.. Wipe the blinds with a sheet of Bounce to prevent dust from resettling.

15. Wipe up sawdust from drilling or sand papering. A used sheet of Bounce will collect sawdust like a tack cloth.

16. Eliminate odors in dirty laundry. Place an individual sheet of Bounce at the bottom of a laundry bag or hamper.

17. Deodorize shoes or sneakers. Place a sheet of Bounce in your shoes or sneakers overnight.

18. Wet a Bounce sheet, hose down your car, and wipe love bugs off easily with the wet Bounce.

19. Put a sheet of Bounce in your suitcase when traveling, it will help keep mites or any other critters out of it. While you are at it, travel with several Bounce sheets and run them up and down your bed linen before getting into bed, it will cause all the critters already in your bed to run. Put a sheet in your suitcase even after you have unpacked to protect your suitcases from bugs nesting in it.


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