Wiesner Bros. Continues Work Internationally.
This January Hans Wiesner, ASLA our staff landscape architect had the opportunity to travel to Cartagena Colombia. He is part of a team from Christ Church NYC a Methodist Church in Manhattan that is working with the Methodist Church in Columbia on a variety of community outreach projects. Hans was brought in to help with the planning, design and construct of an athletic field and Green Space for the local community. This was his second trip to Cartagena and he is collaborating with a local team of professionals to see the plan come to life.
Although a tropical climate, the planning, design and construction phases are similar to any region of the world. The landscaping and plant selection are dictated by what works locally and accomplishes what the design intends. The plant material is similar to plants that would grow in parts of Florida and Puerto Rico. It is a rewarding challenge for all involved.
The people in Flora De Campo region of Cartagena have been relocated from various parts of Colombia due to the recent mudslides and rebel fighting. The demographic is a mixture of single mothers, senior citizens, many children and families. The people are so grateful for our help and are eagerly waiting the opportunity to use the park. The physical, social and psychological benefits of trees and plants will go a long way in bringing healing and comfort to this community.
WIESNER BROTHERS GOES INTERNATIONAL
This week the pastoral staff of Christ Church New York City (United Methodist Church) called upon Hans Wiesner to offer his professional expertise in developing a “green zone” adjacent to a church located on the outskirts of Cartagena, Colombia. The plan calls for an undeveloped space to be repurposed into a park and athletic field.
Many of the area’s residents have been relocated there due to Colombian Civil war and numerous mud slides.
Upright evergreens can take a beating over the course of a winter such as the one we're experiencing this year. There are some things you can do to minimize the long term damage. Proper preparation is best thing to do in situations such as this, but it's too late for that now, so let's concentrate on what can be done now.
First you should gently brush off the snow, by hand or with a broom if extra reach is needed, from what would be the upper braches. Then gently clear the snow away from lower braches. Doing this should provide you with some immediate results and in some minor cases may be all that is required. In most cases additional steps will be required.
In addition to the previous steps you may need to tie up some branches. If the branches needing to be tied are smaller in size we suggest using garden tape. This item allows you to tie up and return the piece to a more natural form without the danger of "girdling" the branches. Girdling, to any degree is not good and should be avoided at all costs. Girdling is even more of a concern when dealing with larger branches. If larger branches do require tying we suggest using Arbor Tie and not using a heavy gauge rope or metal wire of any kind.
In more severe cases, you may find you need to tie the entire piece and possibly use one or more stakes to pull the piece back to its upright position.
If your upright evergreens look anything like the ones pictured above, at least now you know all may not be lost, take some pictures and stop in today for some specific advice on your situation.
To care for your Wiesner Bros. Fraser Fir Christmas Tree:
- Make a fresh cut straight across the base of the tree. Cut off approximately 1/4" to 1/2" before placing tree in the stand.
- Use a stand that will hold a half gallon of water or more
- Maximize the life and beauty of your tree by adding Tree Life (Christmas tree preserve)
- Check the water level twice daily, keep the stand full
- Make sure you place your tree away from heat sources, heating vents, radiators, fireplaces, and sunny windows
- Check the lights for broken bulbs and cords for frayed wiring
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One of the seldom known facts about the sweet potato vine is that when the plant gets large enough it will produce a flower. The flower is very similar to that of a petunia with a very bright purple color. For a plant that is grown for its foliage and trailing growth habit the flower is a pleasant surprise for the late summer. This plant is easy to grow and can grow about six feet a year. Ideal for hanging over walls or can be planted in planters to cover the pot. It is a little late to get started on one this year but it is never to early to start thinking about next years garden.