Plant Picks
Are you looking for a great shrub with multi seasonal interest, than look no further than Clethra Alnifolia ‘Ruby Spice’. This is a great shrub that blooms dark pink in the summer and can grow up to 6’ tall. The flowers are fragrant and will attract the attention of butterflies. The leaves turn from dark green to an attractive yellow in the fall. It grows in full sun to full shade, is deer tolerant, and can tolerate wet areas. Clethra ‘Ruby Spice’ can be used in a hedgerow, or as a stand alone focal shrub. Another variety to choose would be Clethra Alnifolia 'Hummingbird' which is a dwarf that grows 3' tall, blooms white and thrives under the same conditions.

 

Growing Trends E-Newsletter

September 2013

Fall Installations
Have you been thinking about creating an outdoor living space or enhancing your curb appeal? With fall around the corner, now is a great time to plant so call Leydon Landscaping to design and schedule your fall plantings. We are also scheduling for other fall projects such as outdoor kitchens, ponds and outdoor fireplaces for those cooler nights. Visit our newly updated website at www.leydonlandscaping.com to see the various projects Leydon Landscaping have installed and services we offer

Bulb Orders
Do you have an area of groundcover or an empty spot in your planting bed that needs some extra spring color? Bulbs are the perfect answer for those areas, such as drifts of daffodils or rows of bright colorful tulips. Now is the time to start ordering your bulbs for fall installation. Leydon Landscaping can design and install your bulbs in either new or existing plantings. Call us now to place your bulb order.

Bagworm
Bagworm is a moth that builds his cocoon in its larval stage using parts of the plant material from the trees it is feeding on. It is easily overlooked because of its unique cocoon which resembles a cone, and thought to be part of the plant. Mostly found on arborvitae and red cedar trees, but can also be found on many other trees such as spruce, and pine trees. When the young larvae find a suitable host plant they start forming a cocoon. The cocoon grows and matures in mid august and hangs from branches created from silk and plant matter taken from the host. The silk is so strong that it will strangle and kill the branches it hangs on if not removed, or will kill the host if left unattended from their feeding. Only males leave their cocoon to mate with females who never leave their cocoon and can produce 500-1000 eggs. If found in winter, fall or early spring before eggs hatch , infestation can be stopped by removing cases from previous year. Cocoons are most visible in the fall when they have turned brown and can be easily seen against the evergreen foliage. If cocoons are found you should remove and discard from tree or have Leydon Landscaping Inc. spray insecticide to control infestation.