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Please check back often to learn great gardening and landscape tips and the latest Winterberry news. Remember, Winterberry is your one source solution for all of your landscape needs.

  1. Is Irrigation Right for Your Property?

    Maintaining your scrubs, plants, and turf in your yard can be expensive. An irrigation system can be thought of as an insurance policy for your landscape. Irrigation is an essential piece of your landscape and saves you countless hours of manual watering. In very rare occasions people’s properties hold the proper amount of water.

    Even if your property is always wet due to a high water table or run off from elevated areas you can always install drainage, and then irrigate the property. A lawn or planting bed that never drains will cause the grass coverage to be thin, some shrubs and plants will actually drown, and the ever presence of water promotes disease and fungus in turf.

    More often than not the land becomes dry, even in temperatures that we find the most comfortable. When talking about grass the best time to water is in the early morning hours of 3-6am. Not many people find themselves wanting to wake up at this time to turn on the hose and move the sprinkler every 30 minutes. Having an automatic irrigation system frees you up to get that well deserved rest or to take a vacation, even though you just had the lawn fertilized, seeded, or had plants installed.

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  2. Spring Cleanup at Winterberry

    A week ago I was 24 hours into snow removal of an 18-inch snow storm that accumulated quickly accompanied by thunder and lightning which was really amazing to see.  Today it’s 65 degrees, my long sleeves are rolled up past my elbows, and the view outside my desk window looks directly into our back greenhouses where our Winterberry Grown Pansies are starting to push through their potted soil.  It must be time to think Spring and more specifically, spring cleanup.

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  3. Design and Build Your Backyard Sanctuary and More

    It’s already starting to feel like spring in Connecticut! Which means that its time to start planning for summer projects, designs, and stonework at Winterberry.

    There are so many services that we offer to turn your yard into a sanctuary, or brighten up the front walkway in your yard. We have a team of designers ready to help you personally make the best plan possible for your space.

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  4. Holiday Winter Roasted Vegetables

    With the holidays only a few days away, we wanted to share a holiday seasonal recipe with you! These roasted root veggies look so good, and they are are great side dish to add to your table. 

    We hope you try this recipe out!

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  5. Extending Your Veggie Gardening Season

    If any of you attended one or more of our Veggie Gardening 101 sessions this season, you’ll remember that one of the subjects we spoke at length about was extending your vegetable gardening season. There are two ways of course to do that. One is to start planting earlier with cold-tolerant crops such as: spinach, lettuce, peas, cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts, just to name a few of the many veggie you can plant.

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  6. How to Beat the Drought this Winter

    Half of Connecticut is in an extreme drought this winter. The National Drought Monitor website shows that 44.5 percent of CT state falls into the extreme drought category, 24.8 percent considered in “severe drought,” and 30.7 percent in “moderate” drought.

    The Hartford Courant stated, “Late last month, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy requested that all Connecticut residents and businesses voluntarily restrict water use and state officials issued their first-ever “drought watch” for counties in the western and central portions of Connecticut.”

     

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    John Woike / Hartford Courant A panorama view of Wassel Reservoir in Southington is way below it’s normal levels as many cities and counties in the state of Connecticut are facing severe drought conditions as reservoirs and wells are drained of their natural resource, water. This reservoir feeds New Britain who announced today that city officials are preparing to buy water from the Metropolitan District Commission.

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  7. Thanksgiving Dishes from the Garden

    With the Holiday’s coming up, we wanted to share some recipes with you from Cooking Light! Its a great time to use up any of your root veggies from your garden!

    The recipes are a great twist on classic holiday dishes, and on the healthier side as well.

    We hope you try them out!

    Pan Roasted Veggies

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    Ingredients

    • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
    • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, divided
    • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 pound peeled cubed butternut squash (about 3 cups)
    • 1 pound parsnips, peeled and cut into 1-in. pieces (about 2 1/4 cups)
    • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
    • 8 ounces small Yukon Gold potatoes, halved
    • Cooking spray

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  8. Welcome Fall Gardening!

    Mums, hay bales, cornstalks, and pumpkins are starting to pop up in neighborhoods everywhere.  Most people have put their vegetable gardens to bed by now.  So when we recommend adding cabbage or peppers in fall plantings, it raises some eyebrows. Using plants that are traditionally grown as edibles to accent the landscape can be a difficult concept for many. But it’s important to note that using cabbage, kale, or even ornamental peppers can bring visual interest, little maintenance, and long lasting color into your fall annual garden or container.

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  9. Colors of Fall

    With summer winding down and fall just around the corner, it is time to start thinking about adding fall colors into your landscape. Fall annuals are really what fall is about, but there are other ways to get long-lasting fall interest in your yard using trees, shrubs and perennials.

    Here at Winterberry we have a variety of ways to add color. Trees are a great way to add a big splash of fall color to your landscape. A few of my favorites include Maples, Sweetgum and River Birch. The foliage of Maples range from yellow to orange and even red, depending on the type of Maple tree you select. Sweetgums have yellow-purple-red foliage, also depending on the variety. River Birches offer a yellow foliage with an interesting bark in the fall.
    In the shrub yard, we selected a new Weigela called Wings of Fire which grows to four feet tall and wide. This shrub is great for borders and the foliage gets a distinct red color once cool autumn temperatures arrive. Brandywine and Winterthur, just two of the many types Viburnum we carry, produce red and blue berries and are paired with a dark maroon-red foliage. These Viburnum are stunning alone or even planted as a border. A favorite fall shrub or tree of mine would be Hydrangea paniculata varieties; Limelight and Little Lime are a great choice for fall color. Lime green blooms age into varying shades of pink and persist throughout the season and even into the frost.
  10. Cannas, The Versatile Tropical

    Looking for a unique plant to add to your container gardens this year? One of our favorites here at Winterberry is the Canna. Known for its dramatic foliage and brightly-colored flowers, this tropical is sure to add some pizazz to any planter or landscape!
    One of the things we especially love about Cannas is the variety of foliage colors found on the many different types of Canna. Some have deep burgundy leaves while others have bright green and even striped leaves! In addition, if the foliage alone isn’t striking enough, Canna flowers typically last for several weeks. The boldness of the red, orange or yellow flowers presents quite the dramatic appearance against the colorful foliage.

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