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Sunday, 12 June 2016 12:42

'Purple Smoke' - The best Baptisia

‘Land is not land alone, something that simply is itself.

Land partakes of what we breathe into it, is touched by our moods and our memories.’

(VS Naipaul, The Enigma of Arrival)

Landscape Maintenance Tips: Guide for cool season grasses -
A new seed bed must be kept moist in order for the grass seed to germinate. This means watering 2-3 times daily. IF THE SEED BED IS ALLOWED TO DRY OUT JUST ONCE YOU CAN LOSE UP TO 30% OF YOUR SEED GERMINATION. What this means is if you are watering once a day with a garden hose it is not enough. Water is the key element in the success or failure of your new lawn.
North Attleboro Landscape
  1. Water new seed bed 2-3 times a day to keep soil moist.
  2. Once grass seed has germinated DO NOT STOP WATERING. Now the seed is a young seedling with a growing leaf area to support with a very small root system to draw water with.
  3. Now that your grass seed has germinated and is about 2" tall you should increase the watering time to a minimum of 30 minutes 3-4 times per week.
Sunday, 29 May 2016 20:28

3 Tips for Keeping Your Pool Clean

pool cleaning tips

Keeping your pool clean is essential, and saves you problems down the road.

Pool season is upon us!  Your spring cleaning is over, and you’re ready to use that pool and put it to good use.  Warm weather and bright sun are bringing in the summer–taking a dip in the pool is the perfect way to cool down.  Unfortunately, with all the maintenance that comes with owning a pool, you’ll be stressed about that more than you’ll be able to enjoy your swim.  Not everyone can afford a daily pool cleaning.  So, here are some tips from Rhine Landscaping to help keep your pool clean as summer rears its head.

 

  1. Use panty hose to collect debris.

 

You read that right–covering the filter bucket with panty hose uses the fine mesh material to catch smaller debris.  Filter bucket slits are sometimes too big to catch dead bugs, leaves or other tiny particles.  You’ll be able to catch a lot more using this method.  Plus, it’s easy clean up!  Just take off the hose, clean it, and use it again and again.  You can recycle old hose this way, and it’ll save you energy.

 

  1. Use a tennis ball to soak up oils.
Thursday, 23 June 2016 11:28

Walled Orchard

With an engineering degree backing my horticulture degree there is always an element of wishing I had been there at construction while studying historic gardens across Europe for decades.
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About 4 years ago a client said she wanted a walled orchard.
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Oddly, I knew where it should go, how it should look, how big it should be, how many gates it should have, and what each gate should look like.
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The Orchard is coming into its own this year, and will be ready for showtime pics next year. I've taken pics starting with virgin pasture.
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Sideways learning. Knowing, with confidence, how to design the orchard. Century old bricks, each gate custom. Yes, the expense matches its wonder. Building a pool or walled orchard, without confidence, I would have to step away. Too much money on the line, for mistakes. More, it's building someone's dream, one they will have to live with. No margin for error.
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Pic, above, here.
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"He started to worry though that he would getstuck in a job doing something he didn't believe in, so he quit and moved toSpain with his wife and he started to write poetry." .

‘Land is not land alone, something that simply is itself.

Land partakes of what we breathe into it, is touched by our moods and our memories.’

(VS Naipaul, The Enigma of Arrival)

Tuesday, 20 October 2015 21:55

Snowblowing North Attleboro

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Thursday, 05 November 2015 19:47

Snow Plowing vs. Snow Blowing


Which is best for me?:

In this article I am List the pro's and con's of Snow Plowing and Snow Blowing. The Snow industry is challenging and I have had first hand experience from high-end shopping plaza's to residential driveways and everything in between. I have operated most equipment and had been faced with extreme circumstances on many occasions. I believe you can do the best work by aligning the right equipment for each unique application

I am going to list the pros and cons of each so you can make an eduated decision on which route is best for you.



Snow Plowing

Pro's

  • You can move through the route quickly
  • Trucks can handle a lot of snow
  • Trucks/plows are very reliable

Con's

  • Plows are limited to where to put snow
  • Heavy snow years you will need to have snow relocated
  • Blocks visability at the ends of driveways
  • Difficult to see. Period.
  • Heavy snow years require the truck to "push back" the piles to make more room.
tree thinning

In some areas prone to wind damage, thinning is essential for reducing that damage.

Tree thinning is the process of cutting branches in order to make a tree smaller.  In some areas prone to wind damage, thinning is essential for reducing that damage.  You may see this process in action when trees need to be cut away from power lines.  But how does tree thinning help you, the homeowner?  We have an ISA certified arborist who can work with you on this issue.  Rhine Landscaping will help you understand how thinning can be beneficial to your residential landscape, so you can decide if it’s right for you.  


Thinning can be done on all sizes of trees.

 

If you’re concerned that your tree is too small to be thinned, that’s okay.  Even small trees, such as citrus trees, are able to be thinned.  Mostly, this kind of change would be for the aesthetics of your landscape.  If your tree needs to be thinner, or cut into its own shape in order to fit your style, thinning may help.  Thinning done properly should never change the size of the tree in any dramatic way, so your tiny tree will stay tiny and continue looking neat.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 13:42

What’s New in the World of Landscaping?

landscape trends

In 2016, there are plenty of new trends that are shaping the way landscaping is evolving.

Landscaping is an ever-changing world or aesthetics and practicality.  Your backyard might be “in” for one season and completely outdated by that time next year.  In 2016, there are plenty of new trends that are shaping the way landscaping is evolving.  This includes everything from visuals to functionality.  Read on to find out how you can update your own landscape.


Gardening

 

As food grows more expensive in the stores, numbers are growing in terms of people who are beginning to grow their own crops.  And as technology improves, this is becoming easier.  Drip irrigation systems and strategic sprinkler systems are making it cheaper than ever to keep your own garden.  Plus, they can be integrated wonderfully into your entire landscape.

 

Pavement that gives back

 

Run-off is being recognized by 77% of landscapers as a problem that has to be addressed.  If you want to return rainwater to the ground, instead of letting dirty water run into the gutter, you can look for permeated pavement.  This allows for more water to seep into the earth–you can even take some of this water and cleverly use it to irrigate your lawn with the right irrigation system.

 

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Seattle Rockeries creates hardscapes and landscapes using stones, boulders and concrete structures.

Hardscaping creates structures that can be used on slopes and hills to prevent erosion and create water barriers or drainage.