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Mycorrhizal Fungi, Do I need them?

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Most people do not understand how profoundly important it is to use Mycorrhizal Fungi when planting trees, shrubs, and lawns. If I ask most people what the main function of roots are they will answer..... to anchor the tree or plant in the ground and to take up water and nutrients. Well, only one of those answers is correct....to anchor the tree or plant in the ground.  The next main function of a root is to act as an attachment site for Mycorrhizal Fungi.  Mycorrhizae should be the primary way which trees and shrubs should take up water and nutrients. The fact that roots can take up water and nutrients is a secondary function which nature put in place in case roots where to loose there mycorrhizal association. Roots are not very efficient at taking up water and nutrients compared to Micorrhizae. They are thousands of times more efficient at taking up water and nutrients than roots. What you do when you inoculate roots.......... you are increasing the surface absorption area several hundred to several thousands times. This is how natural systems work....think of old growth forests no body ever watered or fertilized those trees yet they are extremely large, vigorous, and mostly disease free. How did they grow so health without any input from man? It is the Mycorrhzal association in the soil which gets the majority of the water and nutrients to these trees and shrubs and also fight off pathogens in natural systems like these. the next questions most folks have is, If they are suppose to occur naturalyl in soil all over the planet shouldn't the already be in the soil? The answer is no! Once you disturb, compact, or let soils go fallow you kill all of the mycorrhizae as well as the beneficial bacteria in the soil. they do not fall from the sky or blow in the wind or exsist in compost, so once they are gone they are gone.  They could only be introduced by another plant which has never been disturbed, is fairly old and is close enough to get spores over to the new plants. This may take multiple decades to accomplish and only if there is nothing in there way like streets, sidewalks, and buildings. So that being said all trees, plants, and grass should be inoculated with Mycorrhizal Fungi. You will find that plants will establish faster and are able to overcome times of drought as well as disease. For more information on this subject please go to our distributors website on these amazing fungi. http://hortpros.com

 

 

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Ball Field Rehab

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

This little league field in Burlington VT got a professional rehab this year. The material which was in this field was so compacted and hard that I would compare it to concrete. We removed 12" of existing material and replaced it with 9" of compacted washed sand and 3" of compacted professional Infield mix special made for us at NESS outside of Boston.

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Mechanical Paver Layer

Monday, November 17, 2014

Landshapes invested in a Mechanical Paver Layer. This piece of equipment, (engineered and manufactured in Germany) makes laying large expanses of Pavers a breeze. Whether they are Permeable Pavers or Traditional Pavers this machine sets 100's of square feet of pavers an hour. If you need large expanses of Permeable Pavers or Traditional Pavers laid give us a call for a detailed estimate.  These Permeable Pavers are going down at the Hilton Garden Inn, In Down Town Burlington VT. We are currently booking Spring 2015 Landscape Projects. We book up quickly so give us a call today to have us look at your project!

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Outdoor Kitchen And Bar

Friday, May 2, 2014

Our stone masons have done it again! This beautiful Vermont outdoor kitchen and bar was just completed. It has a lynx grill insert, the bar and counter tops are custom made cosmic black granite, and the stone work was done with Adirondack granite. Our outdoor kitchens are built to withstand our harsh Vermont winters.  Get a jump on Landshapes designing your outdoor kitchen masterpiece. Our outdoor kitchens are not only appealing to the eye, It can add value to your property. We are booking outdoor kitchen installations as we speak!  Don't miss out on one of our landscape designers designing the outdoor kitchen of your dreams.

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Landshapes New 10,000 SF Holding Nursery

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Our new 10,000 SF holding nursery will ensure that our customers trees, shrubs, and perennials are well cared for before the are delivered to job sites. The new holding nursery is fully equipped with with a new automated irrigation system, as well as a properly engineered run off system that moves the run off into a holding pond. We take every precaution to to ensure that our customers are receiving the highest quality nursery stock. 

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An Interview With Jonathan Leduc / Vermont Homes

Monday, March 24, 2014
Check out the latest Interview with our Operations Manager Jonathan Leduc on the Vermont Homes website.  Jon talks about landscape irrigation, intergrating hardscapes into the existing landscape, the importance of a good landscape design, as well as outdoor living spaces in your landscape. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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How to get rid of Wild Parsnip without pulling it by hand

Friday, August 16, 2013

Someone asked us how to remove this weed without pulling it by hand and so I have looked into this and have found many weed killers that could help reduce Wild Parsnip from spreading.

Note: If using any herbicides or chemicals, be careful to not have the chemicals run off to a drain or water source.

For a chemical control of Wild Parsnip, Glyphosate can be used as a herbicide and an effective weed killer. It can be used for spraying individual plants or small areas, which is effective. Glyphosate can damage and remove all other plants, so be extremely careful where you spray this herbicide. Glyphosate can also be slightly toxic to amphibians, fish and frogs. If you have plants by Wild Parsnip, cover them with polythene or cardboard boxes to protect them.

Another option is using a homemade weed killer. One option is to use vinegar because the acid in it kills the leaves, unfortunately it does not kill the roots.

If you'd like more information, check out these links for other ideas on stopping Wild Parsnip from spreading!

http://www.ironmountaindailynews.com/page/content.detail/id/517162.html

http://www.thisgardenisillegal.com/2006/05/7-deadly-homemade-weed-killers.html

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