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    Low Maintenance Plants

    by Administrator 13. May 2013 13:30

    Top 5 Plants that Require Little Maintenance and are Hard to Kill

    Gardeners are faced with many challenges to keep plants and flowers sprouting and healthy – droughts, floods, animals, insects and frost can all get in the way. While a dying plant can sometimes not be avoided, there are a few plants that seem to last through almost anything – and they’re beautiful, too!

    1.      Cosmos. These flowers are big & beautiful, and last pretty much year-round. They can even grow up to six feet tall. Cosmos is an annual flower.

    2.      Daylily. Daylilies are classic flowers that can live through drought, flooding, and fluctuation in temperature. They're also very easy to grow and seed. These flowers can do well in the sun or partial shade.

    3.      Lavender. This flower is very drought-resistant, and is said to help with restlessness. Lavender is known for its fragrant scent and stunning purple color.

    4.      Moss Rose. Not only is this flower easy to grow and care for, but it’s also drought-resistant. Moss Rose comes in a large variety of vibrant colors and is an annual, meaning it’ll bloom from summer through fall.

    5.      Hosta. Hosta is easy to grow in the shade and is inexpensive. Although they aren’t drought-resistant, they are hard to kill. Be careful to not over-water them. Hosta is an elegant, low maintenance flower.

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    Good Mulch Features

    by Administrator 17. April 2013 11:39

    Introduction to Mulch

    The main purpose of mulch is to provide an environment that will insulate plants and retain moisture around the roots, which in turn promotes healthy growth. Mulch can also fight weeds by suppressing them and help maintain a constant and even temperature for soil. It even adds plant nutrition and reduces erosion. Mulch must be replaced at least once a year.

    What to Look for in Mulch

    Ideally, mulch will be:

           ·         Cost efficient, especially when dealing with larger quantities

           ·         Easy to spread

           ·         Simple to remove

           ·         Moisture retentive 

           ·         Stationary

           ·         Nutritious

           ·         Free of noxious chemicals, insects, and diseases

    Good mulch also creates the ideal environment described earlier; one where plants can not only survive, but can thrive.

    Mulch Tips

          1.       There are reasons why you wouldn’t want to add plastic tarp to your mulch and plant environment. The reason being, the tarp will add even more heat to the garden in the warm spring and summer days – possibly to a level that would be fatal for plant life.

          2.       If extra insulation is need, it’s important to know that certain materials insulate more effectively than others.  Organic materials such as straw, pine needles, and wood chips are all effective for insulating and creating blankets in the winter. It’s also important to note that these materials could slow soil warming if left on when the warmer days come, which is why you should change your mulch at least once a year.

          3.       Plastic blocks entry of water into the soil, but it also blocks the evaporation of water from the soil.

          4.       Synthetic (also called mineral) mulches don’t give any organic benefits to soil, but organic mulch can contribute weed seeds and diseases; therefore, it’s important to pay attention to the contents in both synthetic and organic mulches.

    Our Mulch

    Bzak Landscaping is one of the largest suppliers of mulch, and we carry several different types. Our mulch is available for both pick-up and delivery.  Check out our mulch page for more information.

    Also check out our “when and how to mulch” FAQ article for more information on related topics.

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    Nursery Selection

    by Administrator 11. April 2013 14:33

    Some questions you should ask when selecting a nursery are as follows:

    • What is the overall value for the price?
    • Does the nursery carry a variety of non-standard plant material?  
    • Is the plant quality consistent as the weeks go by?
    • Are the plants pruned properly?
    • Is the root ball properly dug and tied?
    • Does the plant display appropriate vigor?
    • Does the plant meet ANA standards?
    • Are trees grown regionally or are they shipped from outside our region (i.e. the south?)
    • How knowledgeable/professional is the sales staff?
    • What is product availability in the summer and fall? Does it look “fresh” or “tired”?
    • Is new product available throughout fall and into winter or are you forced to take what’s left over?  

    About Bzak: Other Products and Services we Offer

    • Full service (all-season) site maintenance; including turf mowing and maintenance, bed and plant maintenance, spring and fall cleanup, spring and fall annual installation and maintenance
    • Custom landscape design & installation
    • Hardscape design & installation – patio walkways, driveways and patios, outdoor kitchens, outdoor fireplaces, and more
    • Retention wall design and installation
    • Water feature design and installation, including waterfalls, ponds, rock bubblers, and more
    • Irrigation (sprinkler) system design and installation
    • Bulk products, including mulches, gravel and aggregates, soil and blends, compost, rock
    • Bagged products, including mulches, soil and amendments, salt & calcium chloride
    • Snow removal

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    When To Prune

    by Administrator 6. October 2012 10:56

     

    When to Prune

    Plants, shrubs and trees can benefit greatly from pruning and regular maintenance, but only if done correctly. Some greenery, for example, shouldn’t be pruned before the 30-day growth period, and others should only be pruned while in their dormant growth period. Knowing when to prune is key. If done incorrectly, new buds can be pruned away with the old, and you can stunt growth periods. If done correctly, on the other hand, you can improve growth; think of it like maintenance to a car, for example.

    Three common pruning misconceptions are as follows:

     1. Pruning will not contain a plant that’s in a space too large for it. If the space is too large or small for the plant, it needs re-potted or set, not pruned.
     2. Pruning does not slow or stunt plant growth. In fact, it accelerates growth and density.
     3. Pruning does not alter the overall form of a plant. For example, if a plant naturally grows in a column formation, you can’t prune it to grow otherwise.

    Knowing the common pruning mistakes helps gardeners avoid damaging plants when pruning.

    Some common pruning mistakes are as follows:

           1. Topping trees and shrubs is a major mistake; it will result in a witches’ broom effect. This effect means many small twigs and branches are growing in the same area. Cutting all branches back to their original height also causes this.
     2. Pruning causes buds to break. If pruning is done late in the growing season, the new shoots do not have adequate time to harden off for winter and dieback is likely.
     3. Painting plants or dressing pruning cuts is unnecessary and may actually cause harm. Ultraviolet rays in sunlight are nature's disinfectant. The paint or dressing may seal disease organisms in and protect the organisms from the UV rays.
     4. Pruning flush against the trunk destroys the tissue in the branch collar or ridge. This is the tissue that grows over the wound, sealing it naturally.

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    The Bzak Difference

    by Administrator 28. August 2012 12:52

    Why Choose Bzak?

     

    Plant Quality

    Our long-term experience has taught us that plant quality must be second only to our relationships with our customers. We will not sacrifice quality for price or production and we believe we owe our success to this principle.

     

    Relationships

    We are proud of our relationships with our suppliers and customers. We believe these relationships must be based upon mutual respect and honesty. This is the foundation to everything else we do.

     

    Availability

    Because of our experience and relationships with so many growers, we are able to provide high quality plants from sources not necessarily available to other nurseries. We are not "bound" to any growers due to corporate mandate. 

        

    Service

    Considering the many alternatives available to you, we realize we must be proactive rather than reactive. We provide a "whatever it takes" attitude. We maintain flexibility, and that flexability allows us to fulfill that commitment.

     

    Flexibility

    Our independent structure and resources allow us to react more quickly to the changing needs of our customers.         

     

    Reputation

    Our reputation for locating and providing top-quality plant material is well-known and unchallenged within our industry. We invite you to speak with our current and past customers. With impressive reviews and ratings on the Better Business Bureau and Angie’s List websites, you can choose Bzak Landscaping and Garden Center with confidence.

     

    Logistics

    We have our own fleet of vehicles with the capability to deliver plant material to you of any size and number.

     

    Supply Chain: "From the Grower to You"

    It is important for you, the customer, to understand this vital background step.  

     

    Regional Buying Practices

    Except for "west coast" items, we buy primarily from the tri-state region. We only select growers who have proven to bring the best quality plants at the most affordable price. We won't award our business "across the board" to any one grower. Rather, we select a grower based upon how well he grows each individual plant and we reject any plant material delivered to us which we deem to be sub-standard.

     

    Our Cultural Care Practices

    While at our nursery, all plant materials are monitored regularly. Since almost all of our ball and burlap plant material is heeled-in, we believe it endures much less stress than in above-ground storage. The plant must be kept in optimum health while in our care. We will re-burlap any plant which requires it prior to loading.

     

    Experience

    There simply is no substitute

    Our buyers/nursery managers have spent their entire careers in various facets of the nursery business. With combined work experience of nearly fifty years, working towards a complete transformation of nursery operations, our managers have accomplished improvements in personnel, plant materials, pricing, cultural care, buying practices, and operating systems.

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