Raising the standards for Landscaping & Maintenance in Northwest Arkansas

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Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Blog |

i think we can all agree that last winter scarred us a little.  between the days forced indoors….some with multiple days in a row of kids home from school….to all the muddy/snowy dog paws we had to clean, to the mad rushes for bread and milk (gotta get the bread and milk), it’s safe to say spring couldn’t have come soon enough. rumor has it we’re headed into another one. we at roots are ready…we want you to...

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antiques

Posted by on Nov 3, 2014 in Blog |

one thing i have always loved is antique gardening tools.    the craftsmanship, the hand feel and the fact that they are virtually indestructible is fascinating to me.  kinda geeky, i know. check out this incredible set of french pruning tools from the late 1500’s, courtesy of the new york metropolitan museum of art: with mother of pearl enhancements and fruit and foliage engravings, the tools themselves are a work of...

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Posted by on Oct 30, 2014 in Blog |

we are, 99% of the time, talking about all things above ground.  when to plant, what to plant, how to maintain, etc. this is that 1% where we are not. at a large commercial project we completed this past week, we ran into a first…yellow jackets.  according to wikipedia, yellow jackets are wasps and are important predators of pest insects.  according to me, they are evil, sideways flying, creepy little airborne needles with wings....

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Bioswales

Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in Blog |

more and more, commercial landscapes are including bioswales.  bioswales are built to very thoroughly maximize water flow to sift out pollutants from surface run-off.  and while useful, very pleasing to the eye. think of all the oil left on parking lots.  where does all that oil go in a large rainstorm?  sewers…yuck.  but bioswales are designed to hold that run-off water in the swale longer so that the vegetation and compost used in the...

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Why Fall?

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in Blog |

one question we are often asked is ‘why wait until fall to plant’.  valid question. summer is full of sunshine, warmth and the occasional rain shower…seems like obvious planting conditions, right? not so much. trees and shrubs absolutely have to {have to} be able to establish their root systems in order to survive.  trees and shrubs also go through transplant shock.  waiting for milder temperatures lessens {not eliminates} the...

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