Seneca Gardens

The effort it takes to properly maintain the appearance of our exterior spaces is of great concern to us. We strive to place our best face forward to our communities. Their impression of us matters, so we relish the know how to present ourselves in the best light. Here we will try and provide information with seasonal value as well as ideas for inspiring new looks and refreshing old ones.

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The past few days have soaked the Montgomery County area. This large downfall has wrecked havoc with a recent clean up and mulching. Even though we made 4 inch edges around the beds the amount of water that fell carried the mulch out of the beds. Of course we returned as soon as the weather broke to rake up all the mulch and replaced it in the beds.

Other issues we have encountered are areas that have recently been seeded - the seed has been washed away. Or the ground becoming so soaked a tree fell over destroying a Japanese Maple. My ornamental grasses and many others through out the County have fallen under the heavy pounding. And the many calls of standing water and the request for solutions.

If you would like our help please fill out our free estimate request form or call:

301-980-9005

 
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Fall is for Pumpkins and Mums. Get those Mums in the ground now! Grab some from the nursery that are close to blooming and install them in front of any beds maybe add some pumpkins or gourds to brighten up your yard.


Ornamental Cabbage get more colorful the colder it gets and provide a visual appeal with its large exotic circular leaf structure. They are great as an edging plant or install them in a pot with pansies.



As for those pansies planting them now may very well reward you with pansies returning in the spring.

If you would like our help please fill out our free estimate request form or call:

301-980-9005

 
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Over-Seeding is broadcasting about a pound of seed per thousand square feet onto an already established lawn.

Golf courses over-seed in the Spring and Fall. You need only over-seed in the Fall to replace any grasses that have died over the year.

Nature does its own over-seeding at the end of summer when the grasses drop their seed. However your lawn is cut regularly so that the grasses do not go to seed. You must perform this renewal for your lawn or it will slowly depopulate.

Over seeding when done in conjuction with Aeration gives you the best results.

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Fertilizer Business Licenses are Required by Professionals under the law going into effect October 1, 2013. Seneca Gardens obtained its license and is in compliance with the regulations effecting everyone from farmers, municipalities, counties, commercial applicators, and home owners.

Soil Test are mandatory for the application of Phosphorus in the lawn. Retailers will need to ask for a copy of your soil test before they are allowed to sell you fertilizer with phosphorus. Lawn care companies will not be allowed to apply fertilizers with phosphorus with out a soil test.

How to take a soil sample.

Use Clean Sampling Equipment

Use a soil-sampling probe, an auger, a spade or shovel. Tools should be either stainless steel or chrome-plated. Do not use brass, bronze, or galvanized tools because they will contaminate samples with copper and/or zinc. If a shovel or a spade is used, dig a V-shaped hole to sample depth (4-6’’), then cut a thin slice as shown on the leftt. Mix soil cores for each sample in a clean, plastic bucket. If the bucket has been used to hold fertilizer or other chemicals, wash it thoroughly before using it for soil samples.

Sampling Area

Each sample should represent only one soil type or area—for example, a lawn, vegetable garden or perennially landscaped area. For each unique area, take at least six to eight samples. Place all the samples for one unique area in a plastic bucket and mix thoroughly. Use the mixture in the bucket to fill a soil sample bag about two-thirds full. Look for the fill line on the bag. If one area of your yard seems healthy and another has bare or yellow areas, sample healthy and unhealthy areas separately even if both are lawn grasses or flower gardens, etc.

We need to be responsible with our use of fertilizers both as a company and as a homeowner. By following the regulations of the State Law and the recommendations of the Maryland State University we can enjoy a healthy Chesapeake Bay.


If you would like our help please fill out our free estimate request form or call:

301-980-9005

 
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Plants grow and die. We need to watch what is going on in our landscapes and take action as needed.

We can not be afraid of change but rather embrace it realizing the potential to grow our gardens and experience them anew.

If a plant should die or become too retched that it must be pulled - Look around first at what you have. Can another plant that may have out grown its space be transplanted? Is this a good time to reduce the size of the bed? Can a large stone or a grouping fill the space?

I had a Japanese Maple loose half of its branches to a heavy snow fall. Instead of tossing it I transplanted it up against a large stone angled in such a way as to hide the scar of the missing branches. This created a small story of a tree growing up the side of a mountain.

I then populated the surroundings with other stone a Hosta pulled from another location added some Ivy to the mix a Liriope also scavenged. I added some moss to the rock and petunias as color. More plants soon joined and became players in the story.

Today the story needs to change again. The supporting players have become to big and need to be rearranged. The Hosta and the Liriope pulled out from under the maple's branches. The Ornamental Grasses need to be split as they are taking over the story. And the Holly needs some attention.

But this is part of the ever changing story of the landscape and a welcome one. As we grow in experience through living our own lives our stories change. We meet new people move to other homes begin families and nurture them towards their own discoveries and adventures.

We must at least provide a little of that care to our landscapes or they will reflect exactly how much we do.

If you would like our help please fill out our free estimate request form or call:

301-980-9005

 
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Fertilizer Business Licenses are Required by Professionals under the law going into effect October 1, 2013. Seneca Gardens obtained its license and is in compliance with the regulations effecting everyone from farmers, municipalities, counties, commercial applicators, and home owners.

The new law is designed to protect the Chesapeake Bay from excess nutrients that contribute to explosive algae growth that rob the waters of oxygen. Algae block sunlight from reaching Bay grasses, robbing the water of their oxygen production through photosynthesis. With out that oxygen, or the plants that produce it, the Aquatic Life is dying off in large numbers.

We need to be responsible with our use of fertilizers both as a company and as a homeowner. By following the regulations of the State Law and the recommendations of the Maryland State University we can enjoy a healthy Chesapeake Bay.

And someday I can take my 22 foot sailboat out onto clear Bay waters of the Upper Chesapeake with the hope of an overnight stay, after a relaxing swim and then dinner of fresh caught healthy fish.


If you would like our help please fill out our free estimate request form or call:

301-980-9005

 
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My Ornamental Grasses provide my landscape with a sense of grandeur over Winter. I use them as a barrier, screen and wind break through out most of the year.

In the winter they contrast nicely with a denuded Japanese maple and the conical shapes of evergreens. Their large volumes provide interest in an otherwise drab winter setting.

Ornamental grasses take full shape at the end of spring and only turn brown once the first freeze arrives and the grasses go dormant.

To often I see people cutting back these beauties at the end of Fall. This is a waste as the grasses maintain their form through out Winter and need very little maintenance until Spring.

Spring is when the grasses are cut back so that they can begin their new growth and provide the fabulous interest to the landscape.

Many a Winter on milder days with the wind gently blowing through the grasses their hypnotic movement and the rustling of their many leaves provide memories of warmer times on quite beaches.


If you would like our help please fill out our free estimate request form or call:

301-980-9005

 
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When it comes to Fall there are a lot of preparations that must be accomplished to maintain the health and appearance of your outdoor spaces.

First remove all the leaves from the lawn. If you leave the leaves on the grass over winter it could very well kill the grass. And Trying to remove them in the spring will be that much more difficult as they will be wet and matted down.

Next remove all the weeds from the beds as well as dead foliage from perennials. Remove any left over mulch from Spring as you will be adding about an inch of mulch for over Winter. If your beds have natural edges these need to be freshened up with a square edging spade or mechanical edger.

Next plant any Spring bulbs and Mums or Pansies. Pansies planted in fall will over Winter well and bloom again in the Spring. Finish with a thin layer of newspaper (optional) and 1" of shredded hardwood mulch.

Gather your debris and leaves and add them to your compost pile. Prune any dead or diseased branches from trees and give all your trees a good last watering. And now would be a good time to empty any rain barrels and disconnect them from downspouts for Winter. Also shallow water features should be emptied and the pumps turned off and stored for winter.


If you would like our help with a Fall Cleanup please fill out our free estimate request form or call:

301-980-9005

 
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Aeration core

September is the preferred time of relieving compaction and allowing air to enter the soil and help break up the thatch layer. By Aerating and seeding in the early Fall we provide time for the new grasses to mature. We also take advantage of cooler temperatures and the end of Summer drought.
By removing cores of earth the surrounding root system is allowed to grow outwards into looser soil. These roots will continue to grow through Winter if the ground is not frozen. September aeration penetrates the thatch layer that may have arisen during the Summer allowing water to enter deeper into the earth feeding roots and carrying organic materials to the microbes.
By giving the grass time to grow after aerating and seeding in September when Spring arrives those grasses will perk up and even provide them a good chance of being fully mature by the time Summer rolls around.

Call us at 301-980-9005 to schedule Aeration and Seeding this fall.

Or fill out our Estimate Form.

 
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Snake

When your lawn gets tall enough to hide pests, snakes will arrive.

Will mowing keep out snakes?

Yes. Snakes hate mowers. They slither away from them as fast as they can. Keeping your grass mowed leaves them little to hide in. Mowing keeps out their prey: rodents, bugs, and rabbits.
But if the snakes are are not fast enough then Sashimi!!!not Sushi is what you get. Sushi requires vinegared rice and thats not what we get here.

If you find yourself with a large portion of Snake Shashimi after mowing - You need to mow more often or -

Call us at 301-980-9005 to schedule for Mowing.

Or fill out our Estimate Form.

 

 

 
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