October 28, 2010

Fall Color for New Jersey Gardens

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red october maple leavesThis Fall, the trees have been spectacular in New Jersey.  Driving through Hunterdon County back roads we’ve seen a kaleidoscope of colors and you can have these brilliant colors right in your back yard.  Live Oak Landscape Designers would be delighted to give your yard that fall palate for you to  enjoy for many years.  We love unusual plants – there are so many to choose from.  For instance, October Glory Red Maple, European Beech or Paperbark Maple.  Deciduous shrubs could include Yellow Twig Dogwood, Purple Leaf Sandcherry, Magic Carpet Spirea…..we have tons of ideas for you!

purple leaf sandcherryEuropean-Beech_1locust leaves

October 27, 2010

Morris Museum, Morristown, New Jersey

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Morris Museum Live Oak Landscape Contractors  donated plantings to the Morris Museum for their exhibit “Icons of Costume: Hollywood’s Golden Era and Beyond.”  There were more than 50 costumes and objects from celebrated fashion designers, from the 1940′s through the 1990′s.

Film lovers and ‘fashionistas’ will delight in seeing this exhibition, featuring fashions and accessories worn by luminous film stars such as Elizabeth Taylor, Errol Flynn, Audrey Hepburn, James Dean, Warren Beatty, Barbara Stanwyck, Gene Kelly, Loretta Young, Arnold Schwarzenegger and many others

crew moving treeThe crew from Live Oak created a stunning display of grasses, bamboo and two 10′ tropical plants in contemporary black containers, along with several large mums for splashes of color; all of which complemented the modern wing of the museum.

October 21, 2010

Fall Leaf Clean-up for New Jersey Gardens

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fall leaf cleanup2After the second week of November through December, we will perform a complete fall clean-up.  During this visit, Live Oak Landscape Maintenance will again remove leaves from the grass and hard surfaces as well as remove leaves from all planting beds and tree rings, gardens, patios and decks, sidewalks and driveways.  We will provide touch-up planting bed and tree ring edging.  Additionally, all plants which require spot pruning will be addressed as well as perennial cutbacks.

Because some leaves in the area continue to fall or blow from adjacent properties well past the Holiday Season, we will provide one additional clean-up in January.

October 18, 2010

Lawn Aeration

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lawn aeration 3Aeration improves soil drainage and encourages worms, microfauna and microflora which require oxygen .Lawn aeration constitutes two things, controlling lawn thatch and reducing soil compaction. Lawn thatch is a layer of dead organic tissue that deprives the lawn of much-needed oxygen. Soil compaction makes it difficult for grass to root and it disturbs natural rainwater irrigation.

It is purported that scientific evidence exists that aeration makes measurable difference in the long-term health or quality of a lawn. Live Oak Landscape Maintenance will be happy to discuss this important part of lawn maintenance.  Please call Amanda at 732-752-8030 to speak to our specialists.

October 14, 2010

Solitude House, High Bridge, New Jersey

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Susan Haake, garden designer with Live Oak Landscape Contractors and Master Garden is in the process of designing a Colonial Kitchen Garden at the historical Solitude House in High Bridge, New Jersey. Solitude House was built in 1725 and in 1772, William Penn, Governor of Pennsylvania and Benjamin Chew, Chief Justice, were “imprisoned” by the American Patriots.  Mike Gronsky, President of the Union Forge Heritage  Association talks about this historical site. Please visit their site at www. solitudehousemuseum@hotmail.com

October 11, 2010

Sprinkler & Irrigation Winterization

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frosted pumpkin 2April Showers Sprinkler Company is now taking appointments to service your sprinkler and irrigation systems for winterization. In the fall, the systems will be shut off at the main valve, blown-out and purged.  All clocks will be set to the off position.  This is a critical procedure since New Jersey’s frost date is typically October 16th.  Days are getting shorter, nights are getting colder and frost will be on the pumpkin before you know it!  Please call Renee at 732-752-8030 ext 113 for an appointment.

October 9, 2010

Premium Leaf Clean-up and Landscape Maintenance

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fall leavesFor those who want that immaculate look each time we care for your yard during leaf season (third week of October through the second week of November) Live Oak Landscape Maintenance, offers our Premium Leaf Clean-up service.  This service is in addition to our regular weekly clean-up through the second week of November.  As well as cleaning the hard surfaces and grass areas, our crew will spend the extra time necessary to remove leaves which have accumulated in beds and shrubs.

October 8, 2010

Pruning Hydrangeas, Part II

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Hydrangea_Annabelle_bigThe Hydrangea Annabelle, ‘Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’, is a wonderful hydrangea that produces white flowers up to 12 inches across. Annabelle blooms every year even after severe pruning or intensely cold winters. The huge, white blooms appear in profusion every year without fail in early to late summer. It is perhaps the most popular old-fashioned shrub grown in American gardens today. The flower size increases as the season continues, so that the final flush is an extraordinary show! Use Annabelle in borders, hedges, foundation, or accent plantings.

Annabelle hydrangeas do not require extensive pruning, and in fact, the branches may support the large blooms better if they are not pruned back every year. This gives the stems a chance to grow a little thicker making them better able to support the blooms. If you want massive blooms, then prune them back to within a few inches of the ground in the fall.

Live Oak Landscape Maintenance will be happy to plant this beautiful plant for you and help care for it.

October 4, 2010

Deer Resistant Plants at Westfield Street Fair

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Alan Milstein from  Live Oak Landscape Contractors Maintenance and Scott Sokerka from April Showers Sprinkler Company spent the day  at the Street Fair in Westfield, New Jersey, discussing deer resistant plants.  Like all street fairs, it was a lot of fun but Live Oak Landscape Contractors created a beautiful mini-landscape in the heart of downtown Westfield!