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Drink More Coffee!

By |2017-02-28T09:28:24+00:00February 28th, 2017|Categories: Blogs, Herbs & Spices, Nutrition Articles|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Guest blogger William Habblett

Harmony Landscape and Design, llc

Did you know coffee is good for us? Well, I don’t know about it being ingested; I’m a horticulturist, not a health practitioner, so I will leave that discussion up to you and your health care practitioner. When it comes to the garden and plant beds, coffee grounds can be you and your plant’s new best friend. Not to mention, that it is a great way to recycle coffee grounds if you are not set up for composting in your landscape.

A few years ago, I started listening to people using coffee grounds around their blueberries and other acid loving plants, and they were touting how great their plants were doing. Well, the scientific data doesn’t necessarily support the acidic action to the soil profile. It would most likely only be in the immediate area of the grounds themselves. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some great benefits to laying out the coffee grounds.

Coffee grounds themselves are comprised of nitrogen rich proteins, lipids, fatty acids, and cellulose that are great for your plants and the soil environment that they are added to. Over time, beneficial fungi and bacteria break down the different compounds for plant availability and improve microorganism soil life. It also increases the availability of soil bound nutrients such as phosphorous, zinc and iron –alleviating a common problem in our alkaline soils.

It has also been […]

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A New Look At the Intermountain Home Landscape Green Spaces: Part 1

By |2018-05-25T12:35:38+00:00May 31st, 2011|Categories: Blogs, The Seasons|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The article below is part one of a series graciously contributed by one of our clients. Watch next month for part 2!

A New Look At the Intermountain Home Landscape Green Spaces

By William Habblett, CNP, CPD
Landscape Industry Certified Manager
CWI Horticulture Instructor

Acres upon acres of Kentucky bluegrass (KBG), dusted with some perennial rye cover the landscapes of residential and commercial areas. These fields of green give back a feeling of serenity that stems from the open view that we can see for miles and the actual calming, “negative space” in the landscape where your eyes can rest. All that it asks for is just a few things: weekly mowing, edge trimming and removal from the flower and shrub beds for 36 weeks, at least 36” of moisture through the growing season, 5 pounds of Nitrogen per 1,000 sq ft per year, weed controls and at least aeration once per year. So you ask, what’s the problem with this for the simple visual serenity that has driven us for the last 150 years?

Most people average at least an hour per week mowing and maintaining their lawn. While this can be considered some great physical activity, most of us use motorized equipment that for every hours used, releases more pollutants than ten cars driven for an hour. Moisture? We average eleven inches of moisture per year in snow and rainfall in the Treasure Valley, where KBG requires at least 36” moisture to maintain summer green but will do best with 56” of moisture. But how much water does that equal? You need to apply 22,450 to 34,900 gallons of water per 25’ x 40’ section of turf per year.

Now in fairness, it is also the most drought […]