Invasive Species of the Hudson Valley

It's Invasive Species Awareness Week! You've definitely heard the term, but maybe you don't know exactly what it means. An invasive species technically refers to anything that wasn't here back when the first European settlers arrived in the Americas in the late 15th century. While all invasive species disrupt the native environment, some pose more of a threat than others. Here's a look at some of … [Read more...]

Saucer Magnolia – Plant Profile

  Saucer Magnolia Or Magnolia x soulangeanaDescription: The Saucer Magnolia plant (or Magnolia x soulangeana) grows as a multi-stemmed large shrub or small flowering tree. The flowers bloom on the tree in early spring and then the leaves expand shortly afterward. The flowers are white flushed with purple and start to bloom around March. Saucer Magnolia blooms through the summer months … [Read more...]

Arborvitae: Why We Love Them

You’ll find Arborvitae virtually everywhere in the U.S. Also known as Cedar or Thuja, this evergreen can be spotted in hedges in front yards, store fronts, parks and more. Why is it so popular? Well, here are a few of our favorite things about Arborvitae.Sound Cancelling: Live near 87 or another busy road? Have a noisy neighbor? Arborvitae can help. Arborvitae has thick, dense foliage, so … [Read more...]

Christmas Tree Care

It's that time of year! Here is our quick guide to selecting sand caring for a real Christmas tree, so you can enjoy that amazing evergreen scent without the hassle.Pick the Right TreeThere are several types of evergreens people use as Christmas trees, so selecting one that fits your home and lifestyle is the first step. Douglas Firs and Balsam Firs are classic and have that amazing … [Read more...]

The Benefits of a Shade Tree

A shade tree is any deciduous tree that grows to at least 50’ at its mature height and provides space beneath its canopy. Here are some of the more common ones hardy for upstate New York:Maples Weeping Maples Japanese Maples Black Gums Sweet Gums Weeping Willows Clump River BirchesWhile any tree can provide benefits for your landscape, shade trees arguably give back the … [Read more...]

Putting Down Roots: Choosing A Tree

Choosing a tree is a lifelong investment and can continue to bring beauty and enjoyment generation after generation. If not chosen correctly certain species of trees can create continues headaches year after year if they are not what you originally planned. You want to make sure you pick the best tree for not only you but your property and environment.Environmental factors that can sway you … [Read more...]