Fall Lawn Care Revival- no singing needed

Drought, drought, drought and a lot of humidity

Fall lawn care revival is desperately needed. Ugh, it has been a very humid, sticky and dry (sounds like an oxymoron) August. Our lawns have become straw and any teenie-weenie bit of rain we do get just bounces off like a superball on the driveway. The only green that exist in the barren waste land you once took pride in are weeds.  (ie. crabgrass, purslane, knotweed and so so many more.) So now what? Is there any salvation ahead?

Fall has become the #1 season for seeding and over seeding your lawns. Now that the air temperatures are cooler and the soil temperatures are still warm, it is the perfect time to seed or reseed your lawns. Grass seed optimally needs a soil temperature of about 60-65 degrees. Here on the cape that doesn’t usually happen until late May, therefor the fall is best. We also, usually get better rains so you won’t feel chained to the hoses and sprinklers.

Fall lawn care also includes testing your soil pH.  It is very important this time of year. If you need to add lime to the lawn, now is the time to do it so it is available to the grass roots in the spring. Our soil is typically acidic because all of our native pines, maples and oaks. You can also use these next two months to get rid of those pesky weeds that are still lingering in the lawn, aerate, patch up the dead spots in the lawn and lay down a winter fertilizer to get your lawn ready for the dormant months of winter.
So here it is and if you have any questions or need further explanation call us or come in for a consult. We prefer to call them visits 🙂

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Thirsty Thursday August Cocktail Recipes

August Thirsty Thursday Cocktail Recipes

A little bit of this, a little bit of that and a whole lot of cucumber this month!  But isn’t that always the way?  Here are the following drink/cocktail recipes we will be serving up at Scenic Roots on August 18th. Remember the Garden Center will be open from 5:30-7:00 pm to sample cocktails inspired and made right from your gardens and for you to shop at will 😉 This is a FREE event!

Cucumber/Melon Sangria

Image courtesy of Alanna Taylor Tobin | The Bojon Gourmet

Ingredients
•1 (750 ml) bottle dry white wine
•3/4 cup gin
•2 tablespoons superfine sugar
•1/2 honeydew melon, cubed
•1/2 seedless cucumber, sliced
•1/2 cup packed fresh mint leaves
•1 cup sparkling water or club soda

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Thirsty Thursday July Drink Recipes

Here are the following drink/cocktail recipes we will be serving up at Scenic Roots on July 28th, 2016 for Thirsty Thursdays. Remember the Garden Center will be open from 5:30-7:00 pm to sample cocktails inspired and made right from your gardens and for you to shop at will 😉 This is a FREE event!

Watermelon Margarita

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Ingredients:
• Ripe seedless watermelon, cut into 1″ cubes (about 3-4 cups)
• 2 limes, juiced
• 4 ounces good quality white tequila
• 2 ounces orange flavored liqueur (Cointreau or Grand Marnier)
• Ice (2-3 cups)
• lime, for glass rimming and garnish (optional)
• course sea salt
• simple syrup (optional)

Instructions:
Rub lime around rim of glasses and dip in sea salt.
Fill half a blender with the cubed watermelon. Add about 2 cups ice. Add the tequila, liqueur, and lime juice. Blend until watermelon is pureed & the ice is crushed.
Fill salt rimmed glasses with ice, pour the margarita over and garnish with lime (if desired). If your watermelon is not particularly sweet you can add some simple syrup, or superfine sugar to the blender.

The Herbarium

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Ingredients:
• 1.5 oz Hendricks’ Gin
• .5 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liquer
• 3-4 chucks of cucumber
• 2-3 sprigs basil
• ¼ lemon
• Club Soda
• Basil leaf for garnish
Instructions:
Squeeze lemon into cocktail shaker and combine all ingredients except the club soda. Muddle cucumber and basil, then add ice, shake, and strain into a tall, skinny Collins glass filled with ice. Top with club soda and add garnish.
Lavender Lemonade

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Ingredients:
• One big handful of fresh lavender. Can be stems, leaves and flowers.
• 4 lemons
• Frozen concentrate of lemonade or limeade
• Ice

Instructions:
Place lavender and cut slices of lemons into bottom of big serving pitcher and pile half a bag of ice onto top of lavender. This crushes the lavender and releases the oil. Let melt over night. Add lemonade concentrate the next morning and mix with water per instructions on can. Add water to taste. Serve over ice.

Naked Hydrangeas?

Hydrangeas without blossoms are not uncommon- yet again this year

We are still having discussions with our regular customers, second homeowners and visitors about why the blossoms on the hydrangeas are so  scarce.  It is nothing we as gardeners have done.  We are slaves to Mother Nature.  Do you remember how warm March was?  Do you remember loving the unseasonably warm conditions?  Do you remember how cold and frigid April became?

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March pushed the growth of many plants, then the frigid cold weather in April along with a hard frost caused major damage to landscape plants. Those that suffered the most were rhody’s, azaleas, magnolias, apples, peaches and of course hydrangeas.

There is nothing you can do.  As long as your plants are healthy and green, do not worry.   All we can do is hope for a better spring next year.   We need our seasons to be what our seasons are suppose to be.