June 2023 Newsletter

June 19, 2023 // By Scott Brown

Monthly Newsletter How Do I Get Rid of String Algae? It can be challenging to eliminate string algae. We recommend the following solutions: 1) Begin prevention before the algae starts to form by making sure you have enough plant material and fish in the pond. If you already have algae, first remove as much of […]

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Beware the Insects!

June 7, 2023 // By Scott Brown

Monitor the new growth of plants for insects, especially succulents. Infested plants can be hosed down to remove small insect populations. Don’t apply chemical treatments if ladybugs or other predator insects are present. Mite activity often increases in hot, dry weather. Symptoms include stippled foliage which can be removed from the plant. Refrain from applying […]

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Decide How Much Design You Want

May 19, 2023 // By Scott Brown

  Although it may be less expensive to build a concrete square patio or deck, it’s no bargain if you find the result so unappealing that you don’t use it. It may be worth it to work with a landscaper directly to create a space that you can really use.   We can help you […]

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Pruning Time is Just a Few Weeks Away!

May 8, 2023 // By Scott Brown

Prune your shrubs and bushes in late spring after they’ve already started blooming.

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Did You Know (Lawn Edition)

April 20, 2023 // By Scott Brown

Lawns trap more than 12 million tons of dust and dirt annually. (The Lawn Institute) Turfgrass, like that found in our lawns, is much cooler than asphalt or cement. It acts as an “air conditioner” for the surrounding area (lawns can be 22 degrees cooler than urban asphalt “heat islands”). Healthy turfgrass has many miles […]

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Get A Little Green This Spring

April 14, 2023 // By Scott Brown

According to a study on green exercise, spending as little as five minutes in the presence of nature can improve self-esteem and mood. Outdoor destinations with water offer even greater benefits. Green exercise is the combination of physical activity and nature. It is well known that regular exercise training itself confers various health and psychological […]

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Is Your Landscape Right For Your Lifestyle?

March 23, 2023 // By Scott Brown

Personalized landscaping can be a great way for you and your family to get the most use out of your home outdoor space. This means thinking about how you and your family use and want to use your outdoor space. Then creating a space to match your lifestyle, not the other way around!

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Full Swing into the 2022 Season

April 4, 2022 // By Scott Brown

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlKWg-GPJcw Did you know that Damascus Enterprises and Velvet Touch Rose Care are owned by the same person.   We are currently working on our spring clean ups and Pond cleanings right now.  At Velvet Touch Rose Care we are working to get all of your Roses unmounded and pruned and ready for this season.  

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Winter Pruning 101

February 24, 2021 // By Scott Brown

In general the best time to prune is late winter when plants are dormant, just before new growth begins to emerge. In the Mid-Atlantic region dormant pruning is usually done six to 10 weeks before the average last frost.

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Are Your Landscape Roses Under Attack?

August 29, 2019 // By Scott Brown

What MITE It Be? During the hot, dry days of summer your rose bushes can become host to a devastating tiny critter called the Two-spotted spider mite. When these conditions are prevalent the mite is very active feeding and reproducing on your bushes. What to look for At the start of an infestation the mite […]

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