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March 26,2017

Spring Greetings!

High in our hilltop forest of sugar maple, basswood, and American beech, the “vernal pools” are brimming with snowmelt.  In an ancient forest, one that has never been farmland, the natural undulations of the earth allow for these pools, which create essential habitat for spring peepers, newts, and salamanders.  These pools are an early harbinger of spring.  This year there is no sign yet of the dazzling trillium, bloodroot, toothwort, mayapple, black cohosh, hepatica, and other ephemeral woodland flowers that will carpet the woodland floor for two brief months.  By May, when they fade, the vernal pools will have dried up as well.  Then this quiet forest will be ringing with the clear bell-like call of the wood thrush as the pale beech and maple leaves grow into a diaphanous canopy.

But here, back in our town garden, it is time for “dormant pruning.”  I am shearing my European hornbeams into pillars and hedges to form the background for the wilder perennials in the foreground.  Dormant pruning is best for those woody plants, such as burning bushes or crabapple trees that respond well if pruned before the new growth emerges at the end of April. Some shrubs, such as lilac or rhododendron, are exceptions. They carry relatively few flower buds over the winter and it’s all too easy to prune them off in error.  These shrubs can be pruned after they bloom.  We can scout your garden for problems. Wherever possible, we will recommend chemical-free practices that will not harm pollinators as the best solution.   For example, by shearing boxwoods in early spring, you will reduce the numbers of over-wintering larvae of the boxwood leaf-miner and may not need to use pesticides.

Might this be the year for a garden renovation?  In the past year our design team has created secret courtyard gardens, native tree groves, sunken stone gardens, brick-paver terraces and curvilinear walkways, low-voltage lighting to bring the garden alive at night, pools and fountains, drainage systems, outdoor rooms for family entertainment, and more.  Or consider pulling out ranks of tired yews or junipers and replacing them with compact modern shrubs to revitalize the face of your house. I invite you to call for one of our estimators or designers or to visit our website: cayugalandscape.com.

You may enjoy visiting our garden center for inspiration and garden advice.  Our friendly, knowledgeable staff are now featuring “bare-root woody plants,” which are plants grown in the Willamette Valley and shipped to us in March without heavy soil around the roots.  With this economical horticultural technique the cost of shipping is reduced and the root systems are much larger.   The cost is lower and success is high, but you must plant them by the end of April.

We also supply landscape material from our sustainably managed Enfield Farm Forest.  Inaddition to seasoned firewood, we have examples of riven maple picket fencing, cleft oak gates, woven hazel and willow hurdles, black locust posts and rails, sinuous log benches, and other items crafted in the long tradition of greenwoods workers.

Please return the Spring Service Request or just call or email.  We appreciate your  feedback, so please let us know how we can improve our service for you.  We appreciate your past business and hope that we may continue to provide efficient, professional landscape services for your home.

Sincerely,

David Fernandez

President

Cell:  327-0243, E-mail: dfernandez@cayugalandscape.com

 

For more information, please call or email me or our other Estimator/Designers

Chris Gruber, Landscape Designer and Estimator (Cornell MLA, CNLP*).  Cell:  882-3544, E-mail: cgruber@cayugalandscape.com

Pat Dutt, Estimator, Permaculturalist, & Project Administrator (U. Houston, MS Geology, CNLP*) 257-3000, E-mail:  pdutt@cayugalandscape.com

Heather Lambert, Landscape Designer and Estimator (Cornell Masters of Landscape Architecture) 257-3000, E-mail: hlambert@cayugalandscape.com

Douglass Bennett, Hardscape Manager (CNLP*).  Cell:  327-1064, E-mail: dbennett@cayugalandscape.com

Bill Thomas, DEC Certified Pesticide Applicator.  Cell:  280-7052, E-mail: bthomas@cayugalandscape.com

Or for garden and plant protection questions, you may also call our garden center staff:

Gerry Towne, Garden Center Manager and (CNLP*) (SUNY Forestry, BS, CNLP*): 257-3000, E-mail: gtowne@cayugalandscape.com

Pat Wilson, Horticulturalist, (CNLP*), (SUNY Finger Lakes College, Horticulture):  257-3000, E-mail: pwilson@cayugalandscape.com

Or for our office staff:

Kathleen Bates, Office Manager:  257-3000, E-mail: kbates@cayugalandscape.com

*CNLP, acronym for Certified Nursery Landscape Professional through the New York Nursery Landscape Association, awarded based on extensive examination of horticultural practice and plant identification based on winter twig characteristics.

Spring 2017 Checklist

Request for Service                                     Date:                                                   

 Name ____________________________­­­_________

 Address: __________________________________

Job Address if Different_____________________

First Phone #: ­­­­­­­­­_____­­­­­­­­________________________­­­

 Second Phone #:____________________________­­­

 E-mail: ________________________­­­______

 …………………………………………………………………………………………………………….…

LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE:Checklist and Notes:

  • Spring Cleanup                                                                              _____
  • Storm damage pickup, downed limbs, brush                          _____
  • Shrub or small tree pruning                                                        _____
  • Clip back ornamental grasses & perennials                                _____
  • Fertilizing trees, shrubs & bulbs                                                    _____
  • Edging & mulching plant-beds (single or doubleground bark)    _____
  • Removal and storage of deer protection & trunk guards             _____
  • Top-dress gravel driveway or walkways                                          _____
  • Pond and filter cleanout                                                                      _____

LAWN WORK:

  • Lawn mowing service:  $________                                           _____
  • Lawn fertilization or aeration                                                         _____
  • Lawn repair, reseeding, or topdressing                                        _____
  • New lawns: rock-hounding, hydroseeding, sodding                  _____
  • Low-Mow Meadow Installation  ­­                                                    _____

GARDEN DESIGN AND PLANTING:

  • New garden project (describe please)                                         _____
  • Shade and flowering trees, conifers, shrubs                               _____
  • Perennial gardens or annual color beds                                      _____
  • Restoration with native plants                                                      _____

CONSTRUCTION:

  • Flagstone or brick-paver walks, steps and terraces                    _____
  • Stone, quarry block, or timber retaining walls                             _____
    • Wood fences, arbors, trellises, or decks                        _____
  • Garden lighting, water features                                                   ­­­­­    _____
  • Drainage Improvements                                                                   _____

DELIVERIES:

  • Bark mulch in bulk (single or doubleground)                                _____
  • Screened topsoil or compost                                                               _____
  • Cornell planting soil blend (sand, topsoil, compost)                      _____
  • Gravel, crushed stone, sand, and boulders                                       _____

New Garden Project?  Special Request?  Please describe here:

 

 

March 26, 2016

Spring Greetings!

While cutting willow wands from the coppiced thickets at our West Hill farm in today’s strong sun, I am bathed by layers of sound.  I hear the insistent and plaintive paired notes, “pere! pere!”, of the tiny gray crested bird, the Tufted Titmouse, and the abrupt “kuk, kuk, kuk” of a red-crested Pileated Woodpecker high in the nearby hickory, and underlying it all is the faint frenzied chorus of the Spring Peepers, tiny Chorus Frogs, croaking in the low marsh of sedges and rushes.  The Phoebe, wagging its tail on the low branch, and the Song Sparrow, cheerfully singing its heart out in the gray dogwood hedgerow, have only just returned this week.

And each warm day brings new blooms too, some almost invisible at first.  The silvery Quaking Aspen groves are in full flower, and the profuse pendulous catkins look luminous when backlit by the sun.  The blossoms of our native red maple softly illuminate patches of hillside with their subtle red tints.  All over Ithaca, the golden-blooming Cornelian Cherries, which are actually hardy Asian dogwood trees, not cherry trees, have just fully opened this weekend. The mad rush of Spring is upon us and it’s time to enjoy our gardens once again.

Our clients often ask:  “what is the ideal time to prune ornamental trees and shrubs and to clip back ornamental grasses and perennials?”  Except for those woody plants such as lilac,

rhododendron, or dogwood, that carry their flower buds through the winter, the best time to prune is now in April, before all the new growth emerges.  While pruning, our trained staff will scout your garden for problems and suggest the best controls. Wherever possible, we will recommend organic practices to control pests, practices that will not harm bees and other pollinators.   For example, by shearing boxwoods in early spring, you will reduce the numbers of over-wintering larvae of the boxwood leaf-miner and may not need to use pesticides.

In addition to maintaining your home landscape, we can design all types of garden, transformations and improvements for you: vividly colorful perennial gardens, pollinator gardens, rain gardens, wildflower meadows, native plantings, stone walls, brick-paver walks and terraces, garden lighting, pools and fountains, drainage features, entry courts, outdoor rooms, and more.  I invite you to call for one of our estimators or designers or to visit our website: cayugalandscape.com.

You may enjoy visiting our garden center for inspiration and for garden advice… and meet our friendly, knowledgeable staff.  Currently we are featuring “bare root woody plants,” which are plants grown in the Willamette Valley and shipped to us in March without a pot or rootball.  With this economical horticultural technique the cost of shipping is reduced and the root systems are much larger.   The cost is lower, success is high, but you must plant them in by the end of April.

We also supply landscape material from our sustainably managed Enfield Farm Forest.  In addition to seasoned firewood, we have examples of riven maple picket fencing, cleft oak gates, woven hazel and willow hurdles, black locust posts and rails, sinuous log benches, and other items crafted in the long tradition of greenwoods workers.

Please return the enclosed Spring Service Request or just call or email.  We appreciate your feedback about the service we have provided to you in the past.  Let us know how we can improve our service for you.  We appreciate your past business and hope that we may continue to provide efficient, professional landscape services for your home.

Sincerely,

David Fernandez

President

Cell:  327-0243,  E-mail: dfernandez@cayugalandscape.com

For more information, please call or email me or our other Estimator/Designers

Chris Gruber, Landscape Designer and Estimator (Cornell MLA, CNLP*)

NEW Cell:  882-3544,     E-mail: cgruber@cayugalandscape.com

Pat Dutt, Estimator, Permaculturalist, & Project Administrator (U. Houston, MS Geology, CNLP*) 257-3000, E-mail:  pdutt@cayugalandscape.com

Douglass Bennett, Hardscape Manager (CNLP*)

Cell:  327-1064  E-mail: dbennett@cayugalandscape.com

Bill Thomas, DEC Certified Pesticide Applicator

Cell:  280-7052 E-mail: bthomas@cayugalandscape.com

Or for garden and plant protection questions, you may also call our garden center staff:

Gerry Towne, Garden Center Manager and (CNLP*) (SUNY Forestry, BS, CNLP*)

257-3000, E-mail: gtowne@cayugalandscape.com

Pat Wilson, Horticulturalist, (CNLP*), (SUNY Finger Lakes College, Horticulture)

257-3000, pwilson@cayugalandscape.com

Or for our office staff:

Jackie Palumbo, Office Manager

257-3000, Email: jpalumbo@cayugalandscape.com

*CNLP, acronym for Certified Nursery Landscape Professional… through the New York Nursery Landscape Association. Awarded based on extensive examination of horticultural practice and plant identification based on winter twig characteristics.

October 23, 2015

Greetings,        

Here in the hedgerow, above the long green field, the Sugar Maple glows gold with a sudden flash of sun.  But a shadow soon falls from the dark scudding clouds that are blowing along with the west wind.  Streams of black crows are blowing along too, toward their winter roosts, I presume.  The moods of autumn are fleeting.  This is a time of unveiling too.  Here are the gleaming purple leaves of the Gray Dogwood, hidden all year by overhanging Honeysuckle, and here is the scarlet Virginia Creeper, now apparent in the very tops of the giant Black Locusts, and here a late-blooming Aster which seems to glow amidst the browning Goldenrod.  In our gardens, it is time to take stock, to rake and to blow, and to tidy up before winter is upon us.

After the long winter we will all crave color in our gardens.  Wouldn’t swaths of bright yellow daffodils, sheets of purple crocus, and masses of vivid pink tulips give us pleasure?  This is the time to plant these deer-resistant, easy-to-grow, and affordable Dutch flower bulbs.  November is also our peak month for fall tree planting.  There is still time to find a niche for a flowering tree, such as a Japanese Double Pink Weeping Cherry, a Celestial Dogwood, or a Purple Prince Crabapple.  Our garden center has an extensive display of these and more.

Leaves are falling fast, so please return the enclosed Fall Checklist, or call us and we’ll fill out the checklist with you over the phone. If you use the checklist, please add your preferred phone number, email address, and any special instructions. Also, please let us know your preference for leaf disposal: on-site compost piles, curbside pickup, or Cayuga Landscape haul-away.  We look forward to leaving you with a tidy and well-protected landscape, safe from animal marauders and winter weather.  Thank you for your business!

Sincerely,

David Fernandez, President

Cell:  327-0243,  dfernandez@cayugalandscape.com

Estimator/Designers

Chris Gruber, Landscape Designer and Estimator, MLA Landscape Architecture, Cornell, CNLP, NEW Cell:  609-882-3544, cgruber@cayugalandscape.com

Liz Prugh, Landscape Designer and Estimator, MLA Landscape Architecture, Cornell, CNLP, lprugh@cayugalandscape.com

Pat Dutt, Estimator and Project Administrator, BA Colgate, MS U. Houston, Geosciences, Special Interest in Permaculture and Edible Landscapes, CNLP,   pdutt@cayugalandscape.com

Doug Bennett, Project Manager, CNLP, dbennett@cayugalandscape.com

Garden Center Staff

Gerry Towne, Garden Center Manager, Forest Tree Specialist, BS Syracuse School of Forestry, CNLP

E-mail: gtowne@cayugalandscape.com

Pat Wilson, Horticulturalist, pwilson@cayugalandscape.com, CNLP

Office Staff

Jackie Palumbo, Office Manager, 257-3000, jpalumbo@cayugalandscape.com

Courtney Waterman, Office Assistant 257-3000 cwaterman@caayugalandscape.com

March 28, 2015

Spring Greetings!

I spied a patch of shining gold on the sunny slope above the melting drift; it was Winter Aconite, madly blooming in the cold afternoon sun.  In a flash, long-forgotten memories of spring crowded in my mind… the warm pungent odor of earth and compost, the spicy scent of early Bodnant Viburnums in bloom, the dazzling sight of a diaphanous cloud of pink enveloping our Hally Jolivette Cherry trees, and the feeling of being in a greening woodland listening to lyrical thrush song, high aloft.   Proust had his madeleines, but I prefer my Winter Aconites.  These tiny golden-flowered bulbs, along with Snowdrops, are the first spring plants to bloom and they presage a flood of flowers to follow: sheets of yellow daffodils, ranks of red tulips, and clusters of blue hyacinths.  They will be a joy after this astonishingly long, frigid, tough winter!

April is the ideal time to prune ornamental trees and shrubs and to clip back ornamental grasses and perennials.  This year, in particular, we will look for signs of girdling by rodents or browsing by deer.  Early intervention can often save valuable plants.  While pruning, our trained staff will scout your garden for pests, such as insect larvae or disease pathogens, and suggest the best controls.  Wherever possible, we will recommend organic practices to control pests, practices that will not harm bees and other pollinators.

Christian Gruber, Liz Prugh, and I can design all types of garden transformations and improvements: vividly colorful perennial gardens, pollinator gardens, rain gardens, wildflower meadows, native plantings, stone walls, brick-paver walks and terraces, garden lighting, pools and fountains, drainage features, entry courts, outdoor rooms, and more.  I invite you to visit our website:  cayugalandscape.com.

Please visit our garden center for more inspiration and for garden advice… and meet our friendly, knowledgeable staff, led by Gerry Towne, Garden Center Manager. As a “Specialist Nursery” in deer-resistant plants we will have an especially broad selection of Hellebores, Boxwood, Spirea, Mint family plants, and others.  We also have an excellent selection of trees such as Heritage River Birch, Autumn Blaze Maple, Japanese Tree Lilac, Red Oak, and many others that we grow ourselves here in Tompkins County.

We also supply landscape material from our sustainably managed Enfield Farm Forest.  In addition to seasoned firewood, we have examples of riven maple picket fencing, cleft oak gates, woven hazel hurdles, black locust posts and rails, sinuous log benches, and other items crafted in the long tradition of greenwoods workers.

Click  here for the Spring Checklist. We appreciate your feedback about the service we have provided to you in the past.  Let us know how we can improve our service for you.  We appreciate your past business and hope that we may continue to provide efficient, professional landscape services for your home.

Sincerely,

David Fernandez

President

Cell:  327-0243, E-mail: dfernandez@cayugalandscape.com

For more information, please call or email me or our other Estimator/Designers

 

Chris Gruber, Landscape Designer and Estimator (Cornell MLA, CNLP*)

NEW Cell:  882-3544, E-mail: cgruber@cayugalandscape.com

 Liz Prugh, Landscape Designer and Estimator (Cornell MLA, CNLP*)

Phone:  257-3000, Email: lprugh@cayugalandscape.com

Pat Dutt, Estimator, Permaculturalist, & Project Administrator (U. Houston, MS Geology, CNLP*)

257-3000, E-mail: pdutt@cayugalandscape.com

Douglass Bennett, Hardscape Manager (CNLP*)

Cell:  327-1064, E-mail: dbennett@cayugalandscape.com

Bill Thomas, DEC Certified Pesticide Applicator

Cell:  280-0986, E-mail: bthomas@cayugalandscape.com

 Or for garden and plant protection questions, you may also call our garden center staff:

Gerry Towne, Garden Center Manager and (SUNY Forestry, BS, CNLP*)

257-3000, E-mail: gtowne@cayugalandscape.com

Pat Wilson, Horticulturalist, (SUNY Finger Lakes College, Horticulture, CNLP*)

257-3000, pwilson@cayugalandscape.com

Or for our office staff:

Jackie Palumbo, Office Manager

257-3000, Email: jpalumbo@cayugalandscape.com

*CNLP, acronym for Certified Nursery Landscape Professional, awarded by the New York Nursery Landscape Association for those passing an extensive examination of horticultural practice and plant identification based on winter twig characteristics.

October 23, 2014

Greetings,        

On this autumn day of dazzling sun, the golden leaves from the massive Tulip Poplar trees outside my window are swirling down against vivid blue skies.  The foliage of the Full Moon Japanese Maples is backlit and intensely crimson. The brilliantly red leaves of the Autumn Blaze Maples have mostly fallen and lie in windrows on the green lawn, blowing about.   All these are reminders that I have been remiss in sending out our Fall Checklist.

This is still an ideal time to plant for spring color.  Look at your garden with a sharp eye and imagine some new swaths of yellow daffodils, crowds of crocus, and congregations of regal purple Alliums.  These are deer resistant, easy to grow, and affordable.  Or perhaps there’s a corner for a flowering tree, such as Snow Fountain weeping cherry, Stellar Pink Dogwood, or a Minnesota Redbud.  Our garden center has an extensive display of these and more.

Leaves are falling fast, so please return the Fall Checklist, or call us and we’ll fill out the checklist with you over the phone. If you use the checklist, please add your preferred phone number, email address, and any special instructions. Also, please let us know your preference for leaf disposal: on-site compost piles, curbside pickup, or Cayuga Landscape haul-away.  We look forward to leaving you with a tidy and well-protected landscape, safe from animal marauders and winter weather.  Thank you for your business!

Sincerely,

David Fernandez, President

Cell:  327-0243, E-mail: dfernandez@cayugalandscape.com

Estimator/Designers

Chris Gruber, Landscape Designer and Estimator, MLA Landscape Architecture, Cornell

Cell:  609-276-3392, E-mail: cgruber@cayugalandscape.com

Liz Prugh, Landscape Designer and Estimator, MLA Landscape Architecture, Cornell

E-mail: lprugh@cayugalandscape.com

Pat Dutt, Estimator and Project Administrator, BA Colgate, MS U. Houston, Geosciences, Special Interest in Permaculture and Edible Landscapes, E-mail:  pdutt@cayugalandscape.com

Doug Bennett, Project Manager, dbennett@cayugalandscape.com

 Garden Center Staff

Gerry Towne, Garden Center Manager, Forest Tree Specialist, BS Syracuse School of Forestry, E-mail: gtowne@cayugalandscape.com

Pat Wilson, Horticulturalist, pwilson@cayugalandscape.com

Deb Lampman, Horticulturalist and Master Gardener

Office Staff

Jackie Palumbo, Office Manager

257-3000, E-mail: jpalumbo@cayugalandscape.com

Melissa Elliot, Project Administrator, MLA in Landscape Architecture, University of Virginia

Spring Greetings!                                                                                  March 24, 2014

Last week, on the first full day of spring, I was pruning trees at our Bundy Road farm when I heard what sounded like the faint sound of barking dogs… high aloft over our fields.

Looking up at the mosaic of scudding clouds and blue sky, I could see the ghostly shapes of Snow Geese, white with black wing tips, forming huge flocks heading north.  Several thousand passed over during the afternoon.  Our nursery was still encrusted with snow, except for the bare south-facing slopes where dozens of robins pecked earnestly at the thawing stubble.  Bluebirds churred softly from the hedgerow hawthorns and a few solitary snowdrops sunned themselves by my little dacha.  These were strong signs of spring.  Soon we will be seeing banks of golden daffodil bells nodding against green grass, clouds of cherry and service-berry blooming madly, and sprouts of all types pushing up through the warming earth.   Despite appearances, the long tough winter is over!

April is the ideal time for dormant pruning of ornamental trees and shrubs and clipping back of ornamental grasses and perennials.  While pruning, our trained staff will scout your garden for pests, such as insect larvae or disease pathogens.   Our staff is trained to identify pests so that we can notify you and take action before any pest becomes a serious problem.

Wherever possible, we will recommend organic practices to control pests… practices that will not harm bees and other pollinators.  We will also look for signs of winter damage or animal browsing.  Early intervention can often save a valuable plant.

Christian Gruber, Liz Prugh and I can design all types of garden transformations and improvements: vividly colorful perennial gardens, fruit tree orchards, wildflower meadows, native plantings, rain gardens, stone walls, brick terraces, Uni-lock installations, garden lighting, pools and fountains, drainage features, entry courts, outdoor rooms, and more.  Feel free to peruse the website.

Please visit our garden center for more inspiration and for garden advice… and meet our friendly, knowledgeable staff:  Melissa Cox, Garden Center Manager; Kerry Dillon, Assistant Garden Center Manager; and Gerry Towne, Horticulturalist.   As a “Specialist Nursery” in deer-resistant plants, we have an especially broad selection of Hellebores, Boxwood, Spirea, Mint family plants and others.  We also have an excellent selection of trees such as Heritage River Birch, Autumn Blaze Maple, and Shumards Red Oak, which we grow ourselves here in Tompkins County.

We also supply landscape material from our sustainably managed Enfield Farm Forest.  In addition to seasoned firewood, we have examples of riven maple picket fencing, riven oak gates, woven hazel hurdles, black locust posts and rails, sinuous log benches, and other items crafted in the long tradition of greenwoods workers.

Please return the enclosed Spring Service Request or just call or e-mail.  We continue to focus on lean management, despite increases in employee health insurance, fuel, and other costs. We appreciate your past business and hope that we may continue to provide efficient, professional landscape services for your home.

We also appreciate any feedback or suggestions about the service we have provided to you in the past.  Thank you for your business over the past years.  We look forward to meeting your landscape needs this spring and in the future.

Sincerely,

David Fernandez

President

Cell:  327-0243, E-mail: dfernandez@cayugalandscape.com

For more information, please call or e-mail me or our other Estimator/Designers:

 Chris Gruber, Landscape Designer and Estimator (Cornell MLA, CNLP*)

Cell:  609-276-3392, E-mail: cgruber@cayugalandscape.com

 Liz Prugh, Landscape Designer and Estimator (Cornell MLA, CNLP*)

Phone:  257-3000, E-mail:  lprugh@cayugalandscape.com

Douglass Bennett, Hardscape Manager (CNLP*)

Cell:  327-1064, E-mail: dbennett@cayugalandscape.com

 Or for garden and plant protection questions, you may also call our garden center staff:

Gerry Towne, Garden Center Manager, Horticulturist and Staff Forester, (SUNY Forestry, BS, CNLP*)

257-3000, E-mail: gtowne@cayugalandscape.com

Pat Wilson, Senior Horticulturist, (FLCC, AAS Horticulture), (Kew Gardens, London UK Internship)

Phone: 607-257-3000   Email: pwilson@cayugalandscape.com

Or for our office staff:

Jackie Palumbo, Office Manager

257-3000, E-mail: jpalumbo@cayugalandscape.com

Pat Dutt, Estimator, Permaculturist, & Project Administrator (U. Houston, MS Geology, CNLP*)

257-3000, E-mail:  pdutt@cayugalandscape.com

*CNLP, acronym for Certified Nursery Landscape Professional… through the New York Nursery Landscape Association. Awarded based on extensive examination of horticultural practice and plant identification based on winter twig characteristics.

March 29, 2013

Spring Greetings!

We have yet to see banks of jaunty daffodils, clouds of magnolia blossoms, or the pendulous greening twigs of weeping willows, which by this same date last year had illuminated Ithaca’s gardens.  But with early bloom came the threat of frosts and flower bud damage.  So the wan sun and chill air of this March are in one sense a comfort and will not stop the tide of spring.  Drifts of tiny bulbs, such as white snowdrops and saffron winter aconite, are already in flower.  The perfect pink and ivory blooms of Hellebore hover over their tattered leaves.  And on south-facing slopes, the very first golden blossoms of Cornelian Cherry have emerged.

April is the ideal time for dormant pruning of ornamental trees and shrubs and the time to clip back ornamental grasses and perennials.  While pruning, our trained staff will scout your garden for pests, such as insect larvae or disease pathogens.   Boxwoods, for example, may be infested with the larvae of boxwood leaf miner, which devour leaves from the inside out.  Shearing boxwood early in the season eliminates many of them… but in some cases chemical controls are needed. Hemlock wooly adelgid is another serious pest to check for in April.  It is primarily a problem on the west shore of Cayuga Lake.  Our staff is trained to identify pests so that we can notify you and take action before any pest becomes a serious problem.

Christian Gruber and I can help you design all types of garden transformations and improvements: vividly colorful perennial gardens, fruit tree orchards, wildflower meadows, native plantings, rain gardens, stone walls, brick terraces, Unilock installations, garden lighting, pools and fountains, drainage features, entry courts, outdoor rooms, and more.  I invite you to visit our website:  cayugalandscape.com.

Please visit our garden center for more inspiration and for garden advice… and meet our friendly, knowledgeable, new managers:  Melissa Cox, Garden Center Manager, and Kerry Dillon, Assistant Garden Center Manager. This year, in addition to a broad array of ornamental plants, such as native shade trees grown at our 25-acre Bundy Road Farm, we will have a new host of “Permaculture plants” for edible landscaping.  We are becoming a “Specialist Nursery” in deer-resistant plants, and so will have an especially broad selection of Hellebore, Boxwood, Spirea, Mint family plants and the like.

We also supply sustainable forest landscape material from our Enfield Farm Forest.  In addition to seasoned firewood, we have examples of riven maple picket fencing, riven oak gates, woven hazel hurdles, black locust posts and rails, sinuous log benches, and other items crafted in the tradition of British “bodgers” or greenwoodsmen.

Please return the enclosed Spring Service Request or just call or email.  We continue to focus on lean management, despite steep increases in fuel, employee health insurance and other costs.  We appreciate your past business and hope that we may continue to provide efficient, professional landscape services for your home.

We also appreciate any feedback or suggestions about the service we have provided to you in the past.  Thank you for your business over the past years.  We look forward to meeting your landscape needs in the future.

Sincerely,

David Fernandez

President

Cell:  327-0243,  E-mail: dfernandez@cayugalandscape.com

For more information, please call or email me or our other Estimator/Designers

Chris Gruber, Landscape Designer and Estimator (Cornell MLA, CNLP*)

Cell:  609-276-3392,     Email: cgruber@cayugalandscape.com

Liz Prugh, Landscape Designer and Estimator (Cornell MLA, CNLP*)

Phone: 607-257-3000     Email: lprugh@cayugalandscape.com

 Douglass Bennett, Hardscape Manager (CNLP*)

Cell:  327-1064  E-mail: dbennett@cayugalandscape.com

Bill Thomas, DEC Certified Pesticide Applicator

Cell:  280-7052 E-mail: bthomas@cayugalandscape.com

 Or, for garden and plant protection questions, you may also call our garden center staff:

 Gerry Towne, Garden Center Manager, Staff Forester, (SUNY Forestry, BS, CNLP*)

Phone: 607-257-3000, E-mail: gtowne@cayugalandscape.com

Pat Wilson, Senior Horticulturist, (FLCC, AAS Horticulture), (Kew Gardens, London UK Internship)

Phone: 607-257-3000   Email: pwilson@cayugalandscape.com

*CNLP, acronym for Certified Nursery Landscape Professional through the New York Nursery Landscape Association. Awarded based on extensive examination of horticultural practice and plant identification.

 Or for our office staff:

Jackie Palumbo, Office Manager

257-3000, Email: jpalumbo@cayugalandscape.com

Pat Dutt, Estimator & Project Administrator (BA Colgate, Univ. Houston, MS Geology)

257-3000, E-mail:  pdutt@cayugalandscape.com

October 12, 2012

Greetings,       

The wonderful French word éclaircie refers to those clear shafts of light seen against dark clouds. The wild change of weather today, with cold rains, scattered hail showers interspersed with dazzling sun, brings that word to mind.  These éclaircies illuminate a tapestry of brilliant color with hickories in gold, white ash in rich purple, and red maples and sugar maples in scarlet and orange.  In several weeks, when these species have shed their leaves, then oaks, pears, willows, and birch, all of which have delayed dormancies, will dazzle us in turn.

The long dry summer reduced the incidence of leaf fungal disease and was followed by a mild moist early fall.  This combination is perfect for excellent fall color.

October is the ideal time to plant for spring color.  Look at your garden with a sharp eye and imagine some new swaths of yellow daffodils, crowds of crocus, and groups of regal purple Alliums.  These are deer resistant, easy to grow, and affordable.  Or perhaps there’s a corner for a flowering tree, such as ‘Snow Fountain’ weeping cherry, ‘Constellation’ dogwood, or a Minnesota strain of redbud.  Our garden center has an extensive display of these and more.

Tonight’s hard frost may augur a much colder winter than we had last year.  Now is the time to plan ahead, so please return the enclosed Fall Checklist of Services.  Be sure to write in your name, address, and preferred phone number or email address.  We would also appreciate your preference for leaf disposal:  on-site piles, curbside pickup, or Cayuga Landscape haul-away.  We look forward to leaving you with a tidy, snug, and well-protected landscape, safe from animal marauders and winter weather.  Thank you for your business!

Sincerely,

David Fernandez, President

Cell:  327-0243, E-mail: dfernandez@cayugalandscape.com

Estimator/Designers

Chris Gruber, Landscape Designer and Estimator, MLA Landscape Architecture, Cornell

Cell:  609-276-3392, E-mail: cgruber@cayugalandscape.com

Liz Prugh, Landscape Designer and Estimator, (Cornell MLA, CNLP*)

Phone: 607-257-3000   Email: lprugh@cayugalandscape.com

Garden Center Staff

Gerry Towne, Garden Center Manager, Staff Forestry, (SUNY Forestry, BS, CNLP*)

Phone: 607-257-3000   Email: gtowne@cayugalandscape.com

Pat Wilson, Senior Horticulturist, (FLCC, AAS Horticulture), (Kew Gardens, London UK Internship)

Phone: 607-257-3000   Email: pwilson@cayugalandscape.com

Courtney Waterman, Hard-goods Purchaser

Phone: 607-257-3000   Email: cwaterman@cayugalandscape.com

Barb Nobles, 35 years of horticultural industry; experience with cut flowers, florist, produce- fruit & vegetable, and water gardening!

Isaac Mandl, Knowledge of landscapes, hardscapes, and vegetable gardening. Experience with landscape lighting.

Deb Lampman, Horticultural eccentric, knowledge with perennials, neet shrubs, exotic plants (unusual and rare), gardening for 53 years, former owner of Bedlam Gardens.

Office Staff

Jackie Palumbo, Office Manager

257-3000, E-mail: jpalumbo@cayugalandscape.com

Pat Dutt, Estimator and Project Administrator

257-3000, E-mail:  pdutt@cayugalandscape.com

March 29, 2012

Spring Greetings!  I am relieved to find that Monday morning’s bitter cold left our flowering cherries, pears, serviceberries and other plants unscathed.   The fragile and fleshy petals of magnolias succumbed,but only after we first delighted in a few days of luminous pink and white bloom.  The return of cooler, more seasonal weather will slow the emergence of the most frost- sensitive species’ leaves and blossoms, saving them from damage.  This is a stunning, although startlingly sudden, spring.  Our landscapes seem transformed into the “green and pleasant land” of one of William Blake’s poems, where “the meadows laugh with lively green and the grasshopper laughs at the merry scene.”   Meadows and lawns have greened up weeks early.   Clouds of dainty white shadblow and bird cherry blossoms are blooming in March, almost a month sooner than in recent years. Hellebore, or Christmas rose, and early spring bulbs such as snowdrops, golden winter aconite, and blue squills have been flowering all month.

Even though we have had an easy winter and our green lawns and bright yellow forsythia are cheerful, a closer look reveals, for most of us, gardens and yards that are rather bedraggled.  For example, bright yellow daffodils look far better if not paired with old dead perennial foliage.  April is the best time to cut back the ornamental grasses, prune ornamental shrubs and trees, fertilize, and mulch plant beds.  Deer and rabbit protection can generally be removed once lawns are growing enough to be browsed.

Scouting the garden for pests is particularly important after a mild winter, when many insect larvae or disease pathogens survive in greater numbers.   Boxwoods, for example, may be infested with the larvae of boxwood leaf miner, which devour leaves from the inside out.  Shearing boxwood early in the season destroys many of them… but in some cases chemical controls could be needed. Our staff are trained to identify pests so that we can notify you and take action before any pest becomes a serious problem.

You can find the largest selection of balled and burlapped native and ornamental trees in upstate New York at our North Triphammer Road Garden Center.  We grow most ourselves, here in Tompkins County at our 25-acre Bundy Road Farm, where our stock includes excellent Heritage River Birch, Autumn Blaze Maples, Swamp White Oak, and Japanese Tree Lilac and more. Visit our garden center for more inspiration and for garden advice.  Our garden designers can help you with all kinds of garden transformations and additions: vividly colorful perennial gardens, home orchards, wildflower meadows, stone and brick terraces and walls, Unilock installations, garden lighting, rain gardens, pools, drainage, and more.  We also now supply sustainable forest landscape material from our Enfield Farm Forest.  In addition to firewood, we have examples of riven maple picket fencing, woven hazel hurdles, black locust posts and rails, and other items crafted in the tradition of British “bodgers.”

So another season begins… Please return the enclosed Spring Service Request or just call or email.  We continue to focus on lean management, despite steep increases in gasoline, employee health insurance and other costs.  We appreciate your past business and hope that we may continue to provide efficient, professional landscape services for your home.

Sincerely,

David Fernandez

President

Cell:  327-0243

E-mail: dfernandez@cayugalandscape.com

For more information, please call or email me or our other Estimator/Designers

Chris Gruber, MLA,  Landscape Designer and Estimator, Cell:  609-276-3392     cgruber@cayugalandscape.com

Liz Prugh, MLA, Landscape Designer and Estimator, Phone: 607-257-3000 Email: lprugh@cayugalandscape.com

Douglass Bennett, Hardscape Manager, Cell:  327-1064  dbennett@cayugalandscape.com

Bill Thomas, Maintenance Manager, Cell:  280-7052  bthomas@cayugalandscape.com

Or, for garden and plant protection questions, you may also call our garden center staff:

Gerry Towne, Garden Center Manager, 607-257-3000, Email: gtowne@cayugalandscape.com

Pat Wilson, Senior Horticulturalist, 607-257-3000, Email: pwilson@cayugalandscape.com

Or for our office staff:

Jackie Palumbo, Office Manager, 257-3000, Email: jpalumbo@cayugalandscape.com

Pat Dutt, Estimator and Project Administrator, 257-3000, Email:  pdutt@cayugalandscape.com

Spring 2011 Letter

In the old grey sugar maple in the hedgerow by my window, a redwing blackbird is burbling and chortling in this morning’s sun.  One “could not but be gay, in such a jocund company,” to quote Wordsworth’s “Daffodils.”  Our own golden daffodils are yet to appear“fluttering and dancing in the breeze,” but that day is close.  The sheets of snow and ice have dissolved into a wild tumult of floodwaters and left the land exposed to sun for the first time in months. Tiny emerald spears of grass are emerging in our lawns and meadows, greening the landscape.  Our earliest Dutch bulbs are poised to bloom: the white bells of snowdrops, the golden saucers of winter aconite and the royal purple of dwarf reticulata iris.   Within days, the willows along the inlet will green up and the hills will be washed with the pale red of maple flowers, the surest harbingers of spring.The long winter has left our gardens tattered, beaten down and in need of sprucing up. Greening grass and emerging bulbs will soon cheer the scene… especially if coupled with good horticultural care.  It’s time to cut back the ornamental grasses, prune ornamental shrubs and trees, fertilize, and mulch plant beds.  By mid-April, deer and rabbit protection can be removed.

Spring is an excellent time to plant new trees and our Garden Center and Bundy Road Farm are filled with native trees:  oaks, maples, catalpa, birch, redbud, shadblow, locust, and many others. Visit our garden center for more inspiration and for knowledgeable garden advice.  Our garden designers can help you with all kinds of garden transformations: vividly colorful perennial gardens, home orchards, wildflower meadows, stone and brick terraces and walls,  garden lighting, rain gardens, pools and more.

This year Dave Mastroberti will be retiring after 27 years of dedicated service to Cayuga Landscape.  I am grateful for Dave’s incredible contributions in building our business and feel fortunate that we will remain good friends.  Dave will be helping coordinate regular spring care at the properties he was most familiar with, allowing for a smooth transition.

So another season begins… Please return the enclosed Spring Service Request, or just call or email.  As a result of our focus on lean management we have kept our rate increase to 2% per year, despite steep increases in gasoline, employee health insurance and other costs.  We appreciate your past business and hope that we may continue to provide efficient, professional landscape services for your home.

Sincerely,

David Fernandez, President Cayuga Landscape Company