Landscaping Newsletter and Garden Tips
March, 2016   Volume 136

A Personal Message

Spring is rounding the corner and I couldn't be happier.  We had such a great winter break.  Winter vacations are one of the perks of being a landscaper...

But now we're back at work and I like settling into a routine again.  Spring is an exciting time for us. 

People are enthusiastic about their planting projects.  And, everyone wants to erase all traces of winter from their yards.  So, that's our cue.  Time for us to get busy!

Here's what I consider the first sign of Spring! 
I love small crocus flowers.

We're a small, local business.  We're a landscaping company, offering all of the traditional services such as weeding, mulching, trimming and more.  We also have  some specialized programs too such as organic lawn care and tick and deer repellent services.

This is my foreman Bill, on my old German-built forklift.  He's unloading pallet after pallet of my custom blended fertilizer.

There's a full list of our services as you scroll down our newsletter.  Hope you'll consider using my company for your landscaping projects this year!

March Garden Tips

*  Set out herbs, such as rosemary, chives, and thyme.  However, leave tender basil until it gets warmer.

Just look at this beautiful thyme and sage.

Lavender is growing in pretty pots here.

Complete the Spring Yard Clean Up

  1. Prune dead and damaged branches back to live stems and clip off wayward shoots to an intersecting branch.  Summer-flowering shrubs should be pruned before the plant buds. Wait to prune spring-flowering plants until after blooms fade.
  2. Trim overgrown evergreens back, starting from the bottom of the tree trunk to eliminate dead branches and encourage an appealing tree shape.
  3. Cut back flowering perennials to a height of 4-5 inches and ornamental grasses to 2-3 inches, which encourages new growth.
  4. Thin crowded beds by digging up perennial bulbs.  Instead of throwing them away, divide the extra bulbs, leaving at least three stems per clump and transplant them in other areas of the yard.
  5. If rose bushes are winter-damaged, cut back to 1 inch below the blackened area. Remove older woody canes on climbing rose bushes, fastening younger canes gently in place with jute twine or Velcro fasteners.
  6. Rake out fallen leaves, dead foliage and annuals, as well as spent mulch to prepare  for a new layer once your planting is finished.
  7. Spread an appropriate fertilizer for existing plantings on the soil's surface so that April showers can carry it to the roots.
  8. Inspect any drip irrigation lines and repair if necessary.
  9. Give beds a clean edge with a shovel or a weed eater.
  10. Remove damaged grass turf to prepare for spring seeding.  It's also a good time to test the soil's pH and add an appropriate fertilizer, if needed.
And finally, feed the compost pile!  Dump all debris, cuttings, foliage and last season's mulch into your compost pile, and you're done...at least until it's time for spring planting!

List of Services 

We thought it might be helpful if I provided you with a list of our programs and services.  I hope you'll consider using my company for your landscaping needs soon. 

Natural/Organic Lawn Program: 
We use only natural/organic fertilizers and top quality grass seed.  Our program is 80% non-toxic and includes disease, weed and pest deterrents.  Please contact us for a free lawn evaluation.
Monthly Property Maintenance: 
Weeding is available as needed or on a regular monthly schedule.  There is no minimum charge for the monthly program and no contract is required.
Natural/Organic Deer Repellent Program:
The deer repellent program is applied on a periodic basis throughout the year.  There is absolutely no possibility of harm to the deer because only natural/organic, non-toxic products are used.
Tick Repellent Service: 
Our integrated approach to tick control begins with a barrier tick repellent service.  We may also suggest brush removal, Damminix tube placement and deer repellent spray as part of a total package of tick management. 
We apply a wide variety of locally available mulches for top dressing and plant protection purposes.  Also, we have access to pine straw mulch for a truly unique look. 
Weeding crews are available on an as needed basis or you may choose a regular monthly schedule.  There are no minimum charges for the monthly maintenance program. 
We create and maintain edges for landscaped beds and driveways.  We offer both temporary and permanent edging solutions that help define landscape beds from your lawn.   
Care of Landscape Ornamentals: 
A complete maintenance program of trimming and shaping your ornamentals is available as needed or as part of our regular monthly program.  Please contact us about the fertilization needs of your valuable shrubs and ornamentals. 
Soil Amendments: 
We use a variety of composted products to amend the topsoil in your landscaped gardens and beds.  You may want to consider mushroom-based, pelletized compost which adds organic matter to your plant material and is odor-free.
Plant Health Care:  
We use a compost tea blend to prevent plant diseases.  Our best selling point here is that our clients call us back year after year to schedule their sprays.  It really works!
Installation of Flower & Landscaped Beds: 
Whether you work with a landscape architect or design the project yourself, we are available to provide the labor and materials necessary to complete your job. 
Landscape Design: 
Our landscape designer has worked on some of the most beautiful properties on the Eastern Shore.  He loves to use indigenous plant material.  As an extra added benefit, you'll actually have the designer on staff at the time of installation.
 Woods Restoration: 
We can turn your woods into a park-like setting.  Programs to remove poison ivy and other unwanted vegetation from your woods are available. 
Leaf Removal:  
Complete leaf removal service is available for your entire property.  However, our large leaf vacuum can also assist you in removing piles of leaf debris you have prepared. 
Please contact us if you need a service that is not listed above.  We specialize in providing unique outdoor services that will meet your individual needs.  We are willing to perform the entire job or assist you with any portion of your project.  Call us or visit our website at dellsadler@dellsadler.com.      

Just a Note...

Because it's Spring, this newsletter is full of information about the specialized programs  we offer at this time of year. However, please keep in mind that we are a full service landscaping company too.

We offer a full selection from landscape design to plant installation. Lawn mowing, weeding, mulching and more. Ask us about a monthly service or just a one time clean-up.
If you don't see the service you need, just give us a call.  We're specialists in working out the details of unique landscaping services.

We're available to complete the entire job or to assist the do-it-yourself homeowner who may just need a strong back or help hauling debris.

Please consider us if you need assistance with your next outdoor project. We're easy to reach at 410.770.5882 or at dellsadler@dellsadler.com.

Dell J Sadler III, Inc | 955 South Talbot Street | St. Michaels | MD | 21663