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 and less time on weeding and watering.
We use ornamental and native plants. Native plants attract wildlife, restore habitat and native plants are beautiful. We avoid invasive species.
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.
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
Hydrangea macrophylla, Endless summer
There are about 100 species of hydrangeas in shrubs, trees and climbers. Hydrangeas provide a wonderful splash of color in the garden throughout the summer and into the fall. Hydrangea flowers come in many colors and shapes. There are the conical flowers, rounded flowers (mopheads) and flat topped flowers (lacecap). The color of the flower of hydrangea macrophylla changes with the acidity of the soil. If the soil is acidic the flowers tend to be a blue shade and if the soil is alkaline it will be pink. Hydrangeas prefer moist well drained soil in sun or part shade depending on the variety.
The Garden in July
Water plants in containers daily in the morning or evening in hot weather. Water newly planted in ground plants regularly. Lightly watering plants causes surface roots to develop and in turn causes the plant to be vulnerable to drought. Watering deeply builds a deeper root system and in turn the plant becomes more drought tolerant. Mulching plants increases the water holding capacity of the soil.
Lift congested irises after flowering, divide and discard old rhizomes, trim leaves to 6 inches and replant leaving the rhizomes half buried and the leaves upright. Firm in well and water. Remove spent flowers from annuals and perennials to promote extended blooming period. Once delphiniums are finished blooming, cut the plant to ground level and feed to ensure a second blooming in fall. Dead head roses.
Check for pests and disease and take steps as needed. Check the underside of leaves for colonies of white flies and aphids. Removal now prevents infestations later.
Continue weeding regularly and ensure that the weeds don’t go to seed or you will have more weeds to contend with. Weeds are easier to remove after a rainfall. Turn the compost regularly and keep it moist.
Don’t harvest rhubarb after the 15th of July as the leaves and stalks become toxic due to a build-up of oxalic acid. Following the summer crop of raspberries cut back brown stems that have finished fruiting to the ground. Harvest berry crops. Remove unwanted strawberry runners and remove plants that have cropped for 3 years. Harvest vegetables and water and feed regularly. Continue sowing lettuce, kale, peas leeks, bush beans, green onions and winter vegetables.
Prune hedges lightly to keep them neat. Prune deciduous shrubs such as weigela, mock orange and deutzia after flowering.
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