Seasonal Letter

April 8, 2022

Spring Greetings!

It is a foggy daybreak at our garden center and I can hear turkeys cackling and mourning doves cooing in in the ancient Oak Grove nearby. White Crowned Sparrows, which have stopped here on their way to Canada, shyly peep “Old Tom Peabody, Peabody, Peabody” as they poke around in the damp underbrush.  Spring is arriving fitfully and slowly, but in days, golden daffodils will dazzle us and wild plum and serviceberry trees will bloom in fleecy masses along the roadsides.

April is the best month for significant shearing of boxwoods, spireas, burning bushes, and other hedge and flowering shrubs.  It’s also an excellent time for selective pruning to rejuvenate flowering and fruiting trees.  Let us know if we can help with your pruning needs or with other seasonal tasks, such as fertilization, turf renewal, garden cleanup, and planting. We have a backlog for hardscape projects such as stone walls, patios, walks, fences, and similar projects until the fall, but we will be happy to prepare a design or estimate in advance.

The challenges of operating in a high-inflation and post-pandemic environment continue.  The most difficult challenge has been dealing with the mismatch between the overwhelming number of requests for our services in a business environment where it is extremely difficult to find staff for landscape work in particular.  Please secure your spot in our very tight schedule early this year. If you would like to continue with our mowing service, please let us know as soon as possible. The attached work order lists the new price. Our mowing rates and labor rates are up by about 6%.

At the end of this month, we will open our second garden center, McKissick Farms, at our beautiful farm at 1104 Auburn Road in North Lansing, formerly known as Bakers Acres.  This 80-acre farm has apple orchards, gardens, greenhouses, ponds, meadows, and forests. It is only a 10 minute drive north from our garden center.  Our greenhouses there are filling with annual, perennial, and herb plants

Please return the enclosed Spring Service Request or simply call or email us with your needs. 

We use our records from previous springs to instruct our crews.  We appreciate your business over the years!


David Fernandez

Cell: (607) 327-0243