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Introducing our new Landscape Maintenance Service

Getting out on a hot, humid day to pull weeds or spread mulch may not be tops on your to-do list.

And then there’s the problem of knowing what to do and when to do it. What needs to be fertilized? When should I cut this back? What’s wrong with this shrub and what am I supposed to do about it?

If you’re short on time and expertise, consider asking the professionals for help. Think of the pleasure of a well-maintained landscape to you and your neighbors. Think of all the things you could be doing besides working in the yard! Our experts can make your landscape look great now AND during all seasons.

Curb appeal landscape maintenance packages start from $1500 per year. Call us for more information about a custom package based on your budget and your preferences.

AND, if you call us by July 15 for an estimate, we’ll take 20% OFF labor charges on our next visit to your landscape. Just print this blog and present it for your savings!

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ENTER TO WIN!

A FREE Garden Makeover!

This is big, blog readers! We’re announcing a contest which will begin Monday, January 24. The contest winner will receive a FREE Garden Makeover with our compliments.

To the most deserving homeowner we’re giving away great ideas on how to improve their landscape, about $1500 worth of plants, AND the landscape crew to do the work! All told, this is a $3000 garden facelift for the very lucky winner.

 

Just think! You could actually get some good ideas for that perennial bed, or create an island shade garden in the front yard, or dig out all that junk on the north side foundation. Those are just a few of the projects at my house I would LOVE Moore & Moore to handle (for free!) if only I were eligible for this contest — which sadly, I am not. But you are! Start dreaming and take a few photos!

Here’s how to enter: email a photo (or photos) or video showing a part of your landscape that could use improvement. Also email us some really good reasons why you deserve to win. Use this email address: info@mooreandmoore.com. Entries will be accepted between Monday, January 24 and February 14, 2011.

We can’t wait to see how we can help you! We’ll study the entries and announce the winner on Facebook on Monday, February 21, 2011. In fact, you can follow the contest and the Garden Makeover as it happens at our Facebook page.

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Curious Things

I love the more unusual reasons customers drop into the store. This time of year of course, my personal fave is when they feel the need to bestow treats!

But it’s the curiosities we see that are so fascinating. Sure, that includes plenty of diseased and insect-ridden plants. But sometimes folks just want to show us interesting stuff.

Last weekend a customer was in to display a collection of bur oak acorns. Having gathered quite a few, he handed them out freely and happily explained how we should propagate our little bur oaks (Quercus macrocarpa).

You may have noticed that there has been a bumper crop of acorns this year. But have you ever seen a bur oak acorn? The largest of all oak acorns, the bur oak acorn is unbelievably beautiful and nearly the size of a ping pong ball.

Educating us all, our friend explained that here in middle Tennessee, we are at the southern tip of the range for bur oak — how interesting! I happened to know that bur oak is the Iowa state tree, so I figured it might not be native in our area. However, our customer has identified a number of beautiful specimens here, especially along Hillsboro Road.

Bur oak gets big. Michael Dirr reports a specimen in Illinois over 90′ tall and estimated to be about 300 years old.

I’ll be doing my part! Into the fridge with some moist peat moss my big acorn will go. If for no other reason than to acknowledge our customer’s fine observant eye and all things curious.

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Establish Roots

No doubt about it, fall is a terrific time for planting most trees! And there’s something about getting the work done in the fall that is especially gratifying come spring.

Red Maple in fall

So, since many of you will be in the store shopping for trees this season, I thought you might be interested in some tips from the pros.

Good tree planting really gets down to 3 things:

* The size of the hole

* The quality of the soil

* A root stimulator

And, of course, plenty of water! But everybody knows that, right?

I always tell customers to dig a hole as wide as they have patience to dig — twice the width of the root ball is good. But they always seem surprised to hear that the depth of the hole should be slightly less than the depth of the root ball. We shoot for 1/2″ less — that is, if the root ball is 12″ deep, the hole will be 11-1/2″ deep. Anything we can do to help our heavy clay soils drain better is good, so feel free to plant just a little bit high.

A tree is an investment! Protect your investment by enriching the soil when you plant. Mix something good into the soil you dig out. We consider our Complete Landscape Mix (or Woodland Soil Mix, depending on the plant) the Porsche of soil amendments. But if you don’t use that, use something! Compost or even soil conditioner is better than nothing.

Maybe the best root stimulator available

Once the plant is set in the hole, fill it halfway with the soil mixture. At that point, you should consider adding a granular root stimulator. We love a root stimulator! It’s easy, it’s cheap AND helps establish a plant as soon as possible. We especially like Biotone Starter Plus (with micorrhizae built right in — a whole other blog topic!) for transplants. Water the plant in and continue filling the hole. Water thoroughly again once the hole is filled.

There are a few other useful details such as gently spreading the roots of a root-bound plant to discourage girdling. Or adding 2-3″ of mulch around your transplant, making sure to keep it several inches away from the trunk. And, if you are planting a balled and burlapped tree, be sure to peel the burlap away from the top of the root ball before planting.

For all you do-it-yourselfers, we are always happy to provide advice about tree planting. Of course, you have another option: forget about digging that hole and simply ask us to plant your purchase for you! Either way, we’ll make you an offer. Mention this blog post before October 15 and receive 20% off any regularly-priced tree in stock!

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Neat and Tidy!

Yeah, we know how hot it’s been and how NOBODY wanted to work in the yard this summer. And now, let’s face it, some of you out there have landscapes that look like this . . .

Ugh . . .

It’s Ann here to tell you – it’s OK. We understand. AND, we can help!  We’ll clean out those beds, put down fresh mulch, give those shrubs a much-needed boost with one of our “Tone” organic fertilizers (they’ll be so grateful!) and while we’re at it, we could add some pansies and violas for a burst of bright color all winter long.

How great would it be to have our in-house staff of garden maintenance experts swarm your garden and in a few hours make your refreshed landscape look like this instead?? Call for a FREE estimate. AND, to sweeten the deal, mention this blog when you call before October 4th and we’ll take 15% OFF your mulch!

Yeah!

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