In our October 10 newsletter, we discuss our favorite plants to add punches of color to the fall landscape. Read it at this link. October 10, 2011 E-Newsletter
Many of our new clients ask us how the design process works. Here it is in five easy steps. Step # 1 Initial On-Site Consultation The first step is an information gathering stage. The designer meets you at your home to discuss your visions, desires and functional use of the space. While at your home,
There are some good reasons for considering an organic approach to the care of your lawn. Reduced pesticide use is always a goal in choosing tactics to manage plant health, including lawns. This can be critical in yards that drain to lakes, rivers or ponds. Families with young children and pets might find an organic lawn care program
Few ornamental trees offer the variety of tree shapes, sizes, flower colors and ornamental fruit as flowering crabapples. Crab apples are the most popular of the spring-flowering trees here in Mid-Michigan where cold winters and heavy, clay soil prevents other spring bloomers from performing well. Best known for their spectacular spring color, crab apple trees
When driving down US 1-27 just north of East Lansing, you can’t miss the stately old oak tree dominating the landscape of the new building recently constructed for GreenStone Farm Credit Service. Smith Tree and Landscape was hired to protect and preserve this tree before construction even started. The tree’s root system was barricaded off
We get many calls from customers asking to de-thatch or roll their lumpy lawns. Both of these activities are discouraged by leading turf experts. De-thatching has been replaced by core aeration– this operation punctures the soil and brings up soil cores that over time provide a natural breakdown of thatch. Rolling of lawns is also
Mowing too short. For a healthy, green lawn; mow high, by keeping your mowing height at 3 to 3.25 inches. Mowing too short encourages weeds and crabgrass and drastically reduces the quality of your turf. This is especially true during the heat of summer, when longer grass keeps soil temperatures cooler, and preserves soil moisture.
There are many reasons we recommend tree pruning At Smith Tree and Landscape, certified arborists conduct all of our tree inspections. When our experts recommend tree trimming, it is usually for one of the following reasons: Sanitation: To maintain healthy trees, it is important to remove dead and diseased wood. This reduces potential disease activity