Archive for July 2012

Dwarf Southern Magnolia

A dwarf Southern Magnolia with smaller dark green foliage and a very compact narrow form. This delightful evergreen will provide you with a display of large white fragrant flowers in the summer. The leaves of this tree are a rusty- brown on the underside and will not take over your yard like a true Southern Magnolia which can reach 80 ft. One of the few flowering evergreens in the New York climate which we will be more then happy to add to your landscape. For any questions feel free to leave a reply below or comment on our Facebook post. 

 

Benefits of a shade tree

During the dogs days of summer a small fortune is often spent on trying to keep cool and get out of the heat. Why not save on those electricity bills and invest in a shade tree. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture the net cooling effect of a young healthy tree is equivalent to 10 room size air- conditioners operating for 20 hours a day. This can reduce energy use in a home by as much as 30% and reduce surrounding air temperatures by as much as 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Not only will it help cool your house but it will make your yard bearable when the temperature is very high. Using a deciduous tree will also allow for the sun to pass through and warm the home during the winter since it drops its leafs. Pictured above is an October glory maple which, as its name suggests, boasts a gorgeous bright red fall color. A large growing maple with very dense foliage and a very strong root system to ensure the plant will stay upright in the worst of storms. The upfront cost of a large shade tree may be expensive but it has to be viewed as an investment. The money saved for the home owner during the trees lifetime will far outweigh the initial cost of planting the tree. Come to our nursery when you decide its time to start saving on your cooling bills and we will be more than happy in aiding you in the selection of a shade tree that best fits you. We carry an extensive selection from young to mature trees to accommodate all the different landscape needs. For any questions please feel free to leave a reply below or comment on our Facebook post.

Why Cedar Mulch?

Nothing quite adds the finishing touch to a landscape like cedar mulch. The visual benefits of this product are well known but few are educated on the total package of benefits cedar mulch provides. Cedar mulch is essential in a new landscape simply because it provides a natural weed barrier and aids greatly in water retention which is priority number one for a new landscape. Now there are numerous types of mulch out on the market today such as cypress mulch and hardwood mulch but we carry as well as recommend taking the cedar mulch route. Unlike hardwood mulch which attracts insects the cedar mulch will actually repel those pesky critters from your planting bed. In terms of longevity, cedar lasts longer than other types of mulch before it completely breaks down, saving you time and money. During the long winter months cedar mulch will provide a much needed barrier to insulate the plants roots and protect them from freezing. We currently stock red, black and brown cedar mulch simply because it is the best product around. Come and get your mulch today to add numerous benefits to your planting bed. For any questions please feel free to leave a reply below or a comment on our Facebook post.

Quackgrass

Have you seen this weed in your lawn? If so you have the very common weed of quackgrass. This year numerous lawns have been ruined by this invader and if not treated properly it will grow bigger and spread. Come into our store today and we will arm you with the most effective chemical to do away with the weed and give you back control of your lawn. For any questions please feel free to leave a reply below or a comment on our Facebook post.

Summer Blooms

Every one knows about spring blooms with the standard azalea but for a true display of color one needs a variety of plants with different bloom periods to ensure the perfect yard will always a focal point with a display of flowers. Being as most trees and shrubs bloom in the spring one should make it a priority to have a summer blooming plant. Some summer bloomers consist of the crepe myrtle, stewartia (shown above) and a southern magnolia. A stewartia is a very slow growing deciduous tree that is one of the last of the season to flower. A stewartia boasts stunning bark which exfoliates in strips of orange grey and reddish brown which gives it year round interest. An infrequent tree which will surely spark a conversation in your landscape. Also known for its "stunning" reddish orange fall color as quoted by our store manager Paul. For those who envy unusual trees with numerous visual benefits this is the plant for you. Come in today to add that missing component of summer color to your landscape and we will be more then happy to aid the plant selection process. For any questions please feel free to leave a reply below or a comment on our Facebook post.

Rain Barrels

On those hot summer days what can be better for your water bill than a 50 gallon rain barrel. Easily attached to your gutter to harvest all the runoff from your roof for use at a later date. A hose can be attached or a watering can can be used to transport the water to your thirsty plants. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, with the use of rain barrels homeowners can save 1,300 gallons of water during the growing season. Tap water can contain inorganic ions and fluoride compounds which can build up and hurt plant root growth. Since rain water does not contain these compounds, it will help your plants as well as the overall environment. If you are looking for healthy  plants and to save money off that summer water bill come and get yours today. We stock a range of models to ensure for a product which is both aesthetically and financially pleasing. Questions? For a quick response contact our store manager paul at paul@wiesnerbros.com.

Specimen Plant Delivery

Looking for a unique centerpiece to your landscape and to give something for your guests to talk about, Araucaria araucana is one of the many specimen trees we have to offer. Shown above is one of our larger items being prepared for delivery. A delightful evergreen which when mature will produce a tasty seed as well as an oddball flower. In order to separate your landscape from being ordinary, come in today and check out our vast selection of large plants. Any size, we will deliver and install.

Attack of the Slugs

Due to a variety of different environmental factors the slugs this year have been overwhelming for many annual gardeners. We have gotten numerous horror stories of slug attacks and being as they use a stealth approach and attack at night the problem is commonly misdiagnosed. Shown above is an example of a victim which was once a beautiful petunia. Some common clues to pinpointing a slug attack can be a small slime trail and circular bite marks. Come into our store today and we will aid you in properly arming you for your fight against those pesky slugs. If you are not sure what is wrong, bring in a sample of your plant and our experts will be more than happy to help diagnose your problem.

Shaina Maple

Introducing our new shaina maple. A true dwarf which grows in a globe shape and can reach five feet. This plant will offer a nice red contrast to your landscape as well as little to no maintenance being as it will not need to be trimmed like most maples. A very slow grower which will not outgrow your garden.

Feelin’ Blue Cedar

A bright blue dwarf evergreen which will grow to 2-4' tall and spread to about 5' wide. Makes for a nice groundcover and fits in well on slopes or cascading off raised planterbeds and retaining walls. An irregular growth pattern allows for a year round injection of different heights, texture and color into your garden. Once established needs only occasional watering and goes nice with a contrast of possibly bright yellow or deep red plants. On these hot summer days stop "Feelin' blue" and come get your's today for numerious years of enjoyment.

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Wiesner Bros. Nursery Inc.
2402 Victory Blvd.
Staten Island, New York 10314
Phone: 718-761-5141
Fax: 718-698-6294