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October 2014
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Whats In My Mulch
Project of the Month
Cornus offcinalis
Fall is For Planting

Whats Growing in my Mulch? 

Fungus Thrives in Wood Mulch   

 

Bird's Nest Fungi 
After a nice rain storm we often find little funky things appearing in the wood mulch used throughout the landscape. The decomposition of this type of mulch is what attracts such fungi (check out our blog to learn more.) Using other mulching options such as pine needle mulch can reduce fungus in the garden.

Pine needle mulch has many other benefits too. It does not cake or mat down eliminating the issue of compaction that prevents air, moisture and nutrients from reaching the soil. Pine needles also take a longer time to break down due to its high resin content.

Male fern growing in pine needles. 
 Pine needles are a natural organic mulch that benefits the garden by maintaining soil moisture, inhibiting weeds, and moderating soil temperatures. The pine needle mulch that Cedar Run Landscapes distributes comes from the long leaf pine, Pinus palustrus. The needles are hand baled in Georgia and contain roughly 4 cubic feet of needles. Please contact us if you are interested in using pine needles in your garden.

Project of the Month

Utilizing Slope to Dramatic Effect

 

This summer project was an exciting one for me and our crew. Our customers moved into a new home and wanted to freshen up their overgrown back landscape. We included many native plantings that will provide seasonal interest as well as a dramatic water feature that creates a wonderful ambiance.
Backyard slope was overgrown with evergreens

Plant selection  provides all around seasonal interest

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Looking from the back door the landscape is uninteresting and crowded 

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Now the customer can enjoy cascading waterfalls from there back patio  

If you would like a to freshen up your landscape or add a water feature please e-mail us or call 215-653-0707.

Cornus officinalis 'Kintoki'

Japanese Cornel Dogwood

 

Average Height: 15-30 ft.

Average Spread: 20-40 ft.

Hardiness Zone: 5-8

 

One of Pennsylvania Horticulture Societies 2012 Golden Medal Plant Award winners, Cornus officinalis 'Kintoki' provides year round interest. Abundant yellow blossoms emerge in March, two weeks prior to its cousin Crornus mas, and continue blooming into April. Enjoying full sun to partial shade, this deciduous tree has dark green foliage that turns a reddish purple in the fall. In September large cherry-like editable berries form. Attractive exfoliating gray, brown and orange bark develops as the tree ages.

  

  Fall is for Planting

Improve Your Landscape This Fall

 

There is still time this season to install new plants including spring bulbs and winter pansies along with lawn renovations. With cool evenings, plentiful rain and warm soil, newly planted plants will be happy to have their feet in the ground.

   


Planting Bulbs and Pansies

Hardy winter pansies can make a great addition to your garden. As the weather begins to cool down, the performance of summer annual flowers starts to fade. Pansies brighten up spots that would otherwise be bare. Add spring bulbs and you will have a beautiful garden next spring.  

    

 


Lawn Renovation                                    
Improve the health of your lawn this fall by dethatching, core aerating, fertilizing, and over seeding to help improve the condition of your lawn. Check out our blog post about renovations.   

 

If you would like to brighten up your landscape with seasonal interest be it pansy's, bulbs or a whole new landscape, Cedar Run Landscape can help. Please contact us if you would like to improve your landscape.

We hope you enjoyed this month's newsletter. E-mail us with any suggestions for our future newsletters.


Sincerely,

 

Kaitlyn Dibble

 

Designer