Masterpiece Landscaping Blog

July 11, 2009

Extend the Happier Life: Learn to Landscape Your Home Grounds

Filed under: The Art of Landscaping — josh @ 1:07 pm

Landscaping  is primarily an art form.  One might not recognize the truth of this statement while touring  neighborhoods looking for creative ideas to use for  home or business grounds.  There is very little of the art of landscape design to be seen.

Landscaping as generally practiced in this part of the country, and perhaps throughout our nation, is the business of covering the ground usually with lawn and a few shrubs somewhere, and in some areas these days, by city bureaucracy commanding a tree or two or three be planted, regardless of whether the grounds beg for  them.

As a matter of fact the trend toward “comfortable” living,  whether through government planning or business salesmanship these days, is to abandon the house and its grounds in favor of huge Soviet style housing complexes with, if lucky  a view or two of the city from up above, or town houses where the worries of landscaping are limited to someone else mowing the lawn or clipping the shrubs as advertised.  In both of these “communities” beauty is abandoned.  The human experience is dramatically diminished.  The look alike and think alike thrive.

I have been around “home gardeners” for over 50 years.  Longer, if I include my mother’s devotion to decorating her home grounds.  In my experience no activity in life  drives      the human male or female to extend  ones life longer and in a healthier state mentally and physically than (succumbing to)  the art of working the home grounds.

The verb essential for this observation  regarding the extension of ones life for this  relatively happier and healthier condition to occur, is:  “to succumb”.  By definition it means, “to yield to something powerful”.  Once the home owner has “succumbed” to the art of landscaping his or her home grounds, there is no going back.  That person will live a longer life well occupied.

Living longer because of ones family, usually because of grandchildren, I admit edges a bit ahead of living longer for the sake of ones garden….barely, in many cases.

We, at Masterpiece Landscaping, Ltd, encourage all homeowners interested in living a happier life a bit longer to call us at 952 933 5777 to learn how to succumb, that is, to yield to something powerful, to participate in the art of landscaping your own home grounds.    Learn what you are doing when you create something beautiful.  Learn why your mistakes are mistakes….

Classes for groups can be arranged.         glenn h ray

July 1, 2009

Recent Rains and Diseased Plants

Filed under: Plant health — josh @ 12:34 am

Notice- the new growth is disease free.

Over the past four or five days I have noticed in my own garden dozens of perennials from a wide group of genera showing the same foliar disease symptoms; countless dark spots on leaves slightly to severely curled and in some cases the plants appear to have blackened leaves severely curled and falling from the plants almost denuding it.  Similar symptoms are also showing on my Black lace elderberry…

I don’t own a microscope or anyother instrument to guarantee accuracy of diagnosis, but I offer the following as a general rule:  If the same symptoms ravage a wide variety of plants of different genera, the disease agent is probably  bacterial, rather than fungal or viral.

A minority of my diseased plants are recently showing recovery, that is, the new foliage appears healthy, free of infection.  So from that I suspect the frequent rains we had for most days of  more than two weeks in succession, caused the bacteria to develop and spread, and it did so quickly.  With the drier conditions returning,  the suspected bacteria no longer can thrive without a reliable continuing presence of moisture.  I shall have to wait to know if some of the plants more severely diseased ( Angelica, Ligularia, Sambucus, Geranium) will recover.

Fungi generally infect plants within a genus or family and are unable to cause such havoc to such a wide variety of  unrelated deciduous broadleaf plants.