Mother Earth Gardens and Design Inc.
"Creating and Maintaining Sustainable Gardens"
What does working with nature mean to you.
This creates a healthy landscape for people, plants, birds, pets and beneficial insects. In turn it contributes to cleaner air and waterways. It attracts pollinators.
It is cost effective as you will spend less money on fertilizers and pesticides.
You will spend less time on weeding and watering.
We use ornamental and native plants. Native plants attract wildlife and restore habitat. Native plants are beautiful.
We use the right plant and plant it in the right place. We choose the most suitable plants taking into consideration the growing conditions, plant characteristics and any special ornamental effects. We use edible shrubs, vegetables and fruit trees.
We avoid invasive species.
Mother Earth Gardens and Design Inc. creates and maintains environmentally friendly
gardens recognizing that working with nature transforms a high maintenance landscape into an
attractive labor and cost savings ecoscape.
We create beautiful planters
We create 'right plant right place' planting plans so the garden will thrive
We create garden designs
Shade gardens/Full sun
Color theme gardens
We provide spring and fall clean up
Planting/ pruning /weeding
Monthly landscape maintenance
The Garden in November
November is a great time to make changes in your garden by moving, planting and dividing plants. In our mild climate there is plenty of rain and the soil is still workable to ensure that the plants get a good start to develop healthy roots.
When the first frost arrives you will notice that the leaves have turned black on your Dahlia plants. This is the time to dig up the dahlia tubers and store them in a frost free location. Finish planting spring flowering bulbs, seed hardy annuals such as poppies and cut back chrysanthemums.
Do a final weeding and finish cleaning up and edging the garden beds. Remove debris from around roses, perennials and shrubs. Remove dead annuals. Mow lawns as needed and remove leaves from lawns and low growing evergreen shrubs. Protect tender plants. Move tender perennials and shrubs into pots and place under cover.
This is the best time to put down a layer of mulch throughout the garden, just before putting the garden to sleep for the winter. It is a good idea to mark the plants with labels to remind what you have planted and where before putting down the mulch. Different organic mulches include bark, leaves, pine needles, compost, manure, grass clippings, straw and hay. Mulch benefits the garden in many ways. It suppresses weeds and conserves moisture. Some mulches such as compost and manure build soil by lightening clay soil, bulking up sandy soil and by providing a source of nitrogen, phosphorus and trace elements to the garden. Mulches protects the garden from soil and wind erosion and extreme winter and summer temperatures.
Clean, sharpen and oil garden tools. Use a steel hand file to sharpen the edge of your spades and hoes. Draw the steel file smoothly up and down the original bevel. Do not run the file back and forth. File until the edge is smooth and any nicks are removed. When you are finished run the steel file along the back of the shovel blade edge to remove the burr that has built up. Wipe metal surfaces of tools and wooden handles with oil. Service the lawn mower. Remove gas from gas powered equipment and disconnect the spark plug for winter storage. Clean all equipment thoroughly.
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This tree is also known as the coral bark maple. It is a four season beauty. The pictures depict the vibrant leaf changes of the seasons and the dramatic red bark colour in the winter.
The coral bark maple is a small tree growing to 25 feet tall and 15 feet wide. Grow this tree in fertile slightly acidic, well drained soil. Maples do not tolerate wet feet. Plant in sun or part shade. Do not plant in deep shade as the tree will become spindly and the leaves will not colour well.