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Plant of The Week-Dogwood

Posted by Andrea Monico on Mon, Jul 25, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

This week, the Plant of the Week is Dogwood! 


Ideal Growing Zone: 5 to 9

Plant Description: 15 to 30 feet tall, spreads 15 to 30 feet, blooms from April to May, showy flowers

Growing Conditions: Grows best in full sun to part, tolerates shade, deer, clay soil, black walnut, some maintenance is required 

Uses: Popular as a specimen or small grouping on residential property around homes, near patios or in lawns. Also effective in woodland, bird or native plant gardens.

Plant Care: Bright red fruits are bitter and inedible to humans (some authors say poisonous) but are loved by birds. Fruits mature in late summer to early fall and may persist until late in the year.

Pests and Disease: Flowering dogwood, when stressed, is susceptible to a rather large number of disease problems, the most serious of which is dogwood anthracnose. Although this anthracnose is not yet a serious problem in Missouri, it has caused considerable devastation in parts of the eastern U.S. Plants are also susceptible to powdery mildew, leaf spot, canker, root rot and leaf and twig blight. Stressed trees also become vulnerable to borers. Leaf miner and scale are less serious potential insect pests.

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According to the USDA plant hardiness zone map, Omaha is considered to be in plants zone 4b-5b.

 
 

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Plant of The Week-Dianthus

Posted by Andrea Monico on Mon, Jul 18, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

 This week, the Plant of the Week is Dianthus!


Ideal Growing Zone: 3 to 8 

Plant Description: 0.25 to 0.50 feet tall, spreads 0.50 to 1.00 feet, blooms from May to June

Growing Conditions: Grows best with full sun exposure, tolerates deer, low maintenance is required

Uses: Provides masses of color and good contrast for the rock garden or small border front. Good edging plant. Dense mats may be grown together to form an interesting ground cover. May also be grown on difficult sites such as stone walls.

Plant Care: Remove spent flowers to promote continued bloom. Avoid planting in areas with poor drainage where crowns will remain wet in winter.

Pests and Disease: No serious insect or disease problems. Crown rot may occur in wet, poorly-drained conditions.

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According to the USDA plant hardiness zone map, Omaha is considered to be in plants zone 4b-5b.

 
 

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Plant of The Week-Karl Foerster Reed Grass

Posted by Andrea Monico on Mon, Jul 11, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

This week the Plant of the Week is Karl Foerster Reed Grass!


Ideal Growing Zone: 5 to 9

Plant Description: 3 to 5 feet tall, spreads1.5 to 2.5 feet, blooms from May to February, pinkish-purple flowers

Growing Conditions: Grows best in full sun, tolerates erosion, wet soil, black walnut, and air pollution, low maintenance is required 

Uses: Mass, group or specimen. Excellent vertical accent for borders and for narrow spaces in the landscape. Also effective in moist low spots or on pond/stream banks.

Plant Care: Easily grown in average, medium to wet soils in full sun. Blooms well in light shade, and actually appreciates some part afternoon shade in hot summer climates such as the St. Louis area, but generally tends to produce fewer flowers and develop floppier foliage as the amount of shade increases. Prefers rich, consistently moist soils that do not dry out. Reportedly does well in heavy clay soils, unlike many other kinds of ornamental grasses. Cut clumps to the ground in late winter just before the new spring shoots appear.

Pests and Disease: No serious insect or disease problems. Watch for rust, particularly after prolonged rainy periods.

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According to the USDA plant hardiness zone map, Omaha is considered to be in plants zone 4b-5b.

 
 

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Plant of The Week-Crabapple Tree

Posted by Andrea Monico on Mon, Jul 04, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

 This week, the Plant of the Week is the Crabapple Tree!

Ideal Growing Zone: 4 to 8

Plant Description: 15.00 to 20.00 feet tall, spreads 15.00 to 20.00 feet, blooms April to May, flower is deep pinkish red, white, red, or pink

Growing Conditions: Grows best in full sun, tolerates air pollution , low maintenance required

Uses: Excellent as a small, flowering lawn tree or street tree. Effective as a specimen or in groups.

Plant Care: Best grown in loamy, medium moisture, well-drained, acidic soil in full sun. Adapts to a wide range of soils. Prune May to early June (i.e., after flowering but before flower buds form for the following year).

Pests and Disease: Reportedly has high disease resistance. Potential insect pests include tent caterpillars, aphids, Japanese beetles, borers, spider mites and scale.

If you want to know more about this plant, have a plant you want to be featured next week, or have any questions in general, please contact us!
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According to the USDA plant hardiness zone map, Omaha is considered to be in plants zone 4b-5b.

 
 

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Plant of The Week-Ninebark

Posted by Andrea Monico on Mon, Jun 27, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

 This week, the Plant of the Week is Ninebark!


Ideal Growing Zone: 3 to 7 

Plant Description: 4.00 to 8.00 feet tall, spreads 4.00 to 8.00 feet, blooms from May to June, flowers are pinkish-white 

Growing Conditions: Grows best in full sun to part shade, tolerates drought, erosion, clay soil, dry soil, and shallow-rocky soil, some maintenance is required 

Uses: Specimen or mass. Shrub borders, hedge, screen or for erosion control on banks. A vigorous shrub that seems to be able to grow well in harsh conditions.

Plant Care: Easily grown in average, slightly acidic, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Tolerates a wide range of soil conditions. Prune as needed immediately after bloom and no later than mid-August. Plants may be cut close to the ground in winter to rejuvenate. Plants often struggle in the hot and humid summer climates of the deep South in USDA Zones 8-9.

Pests and Disease: No serious insect or disease problems.

If you want to know more about this plant, have a plant you want to be featured next week, or have any questions in general, please contact us!
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According to the USDA plant hardiness zone map, Omaha is considered to be in plants zone 4b-5b.

 
 

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Plant of The Week-Purple Cone Flower

Posted by Andrea Monico on Mon, Jun 20, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

 
This week, the Plant of the Week is the Purple Cone Flower.



Ideal Growing Zone: 3 to 8

Plant Description: 2.00 to 5.00 feet tall, spans  1.50 to 2.00 feet, blooms from June to August

Growing Conditions: needs full sun to part shade, deer, drought, clay soil, dry soil, and shallow-rocky soil, low maintenance 

Uses: Excellent, long-blooming flower for massing in the border, meadow, native plant garden, naturalized area, wildflower garden or part shade area of woodland garden.

Plant Care: Divide clumps when they become overcrowded (about every 4 years). Plants usually re-bloom without deadheading, however prompt removal of spent flowers improves general appearance.

Pests and Disease: Japanese beetle and leaf spot are occasional problems.

If you want to know more about this plant, have a plant you want to be featured next week, or have any questions in general, please contact us!

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According to the USDA plant hardiness zone map, Omaha is considered to be in plants zones 4b-5b.

 
 

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Plant of The Week-Shenandoah Switch Grass

Posted by Andrea Monico on Mon, Jun 13, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

This week, the Plant of the Week is Shenandoah Switch Grass!


Ideal Growing Zone: 5 to 9

Plant Description: 3 to 4 feet tall, spreads 3 to 4 feet, blooms from July to February, reddish-pink flowers

Growing Conditions: Grows best in full sun to part shade, tolerates drought, erosion, dry soil, wet soil, black walnut, and air pollution, low maintenance is required 

Uses: Best massed or in groups. Perennial borders, meadows, wild gardens or naturalized areas.

Plant Care: Easily grown in average, medium to wet soils in full sun to part shade. Tolerates wide range of soils, including dry ones, but prefers moist, sandy or clay soils. Will grow in part shade, but begins to lose its columnar form in too much shade, growing more openly and possibly falling over. Cut back clumps to the ground in late winter to early spring.


Pests and Disease: No serious insect or disease problems.

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According to the USDA plant hardiness zone map, Omaha is considered to be in plants zone 4b-5b.

 
 

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Landscape - Is time on your side?

Posted by Andrea Monico on Thu, Mar 31, 2016 @ 07:00 AM

Oh, how the days are packed!  You are possibly a parent, a grandparent, a cook, a chauffer, an employee, an employer, a coach, a volunteer and an all-around, master-mind scheduler.  The thought of it all is just exhausting!  Do you really have time to be a landscape designer, general contractor and crew too? 

See how CM’s was able to work with Mike and Paula’s hectic schedule to install a project that can be a gathering place to create memories with family and friends for years to come. 

 



Fossum_1Visit www.cmscustomlawn.com to see how CM's has worked with other homeowners to build their outdoor living spaces.

At CM’s, it’s our job to create the best project for you without placing a burden on your time.  CM’s can create a design for you to review at your own pace, help with selections, pull permits, serve as the general contractor and reduce the amount of time you need to spend on the project.




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Plant of The Week-Goldenrod

Posted by Lacey Martinez on Mon, Mar 28, 2016 @ 09:22 AM

Nebraska became a state nearly 150 year ago on March 1, 1867.  We'd like to kick off our Plant of the Week blog by featuring the state flower, the Goldenrod.  

goldenrod goldenrod

Ideal Growing Zone: anywhere from 4-9

Plant Description: 3-5 feet tall, spans 2-6 feet, produces a yellow bloom from July to August

Growing Conditions: needs full sun exposure, can tolerate deer, drought, clay soil, and dry soil, low maintance, good drought tolerance

Uses:  rain gardens, border fronts or foundations. Also can be used as an edger.

Plant Care:  Cut back flowers after initial bloom to encourage a second fall bloom.


Pests and Disease: No serious insect or disease problems. Rust may occur. Watch for powdery mildew and leaf spot.

If you want to know more about this plant, have a plant you want to be featured next week, or have general questions about trees, shrubs or plants, please contact us!

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According to the USDA plant hardiness zone map, Omaha is considered to be in plant zones 4b-5b.

 
 
 

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Plant of The Week-Daylily

Posted by Lacey Martinez on Fri, Mar 25, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

 This week we are featuring the Daylily as the Plant of the Week.

Daylily daylily


Ideal Growing Zone: 3 to 10

Plant Description: 0.75 to 1.00 feet tall, spreads 0.75 to 1.00 feet, blooms from May to August

Growing Conditions: Grows best in full sun to part shade, tolerates rabbit and erosion.  Low maintenance required.

Uses: Provides color and contrast to the perennial border when grown in clumps or when massed over larger areas. Also appropriate for the rock garden. The fountain-like leaves provide elegant foliage, color and texture for your landscape when the flowers are not in bloom. Daylilies can crowd out weeds and form a rich looking ground cover.

Plant Care: Daylilies do well in a wide range of well-drained soils, but prefer a deep, fertile balanced soil. Deadhead spent flowers daily for neatness and remove scapes(the flower stalk) when flowers have completed bloom. Daylilies should be divided to maintain vigor when the clumps become overcrowded.

Pests and Disease: No serious problems. Daylilies are extremely adaptable perennials. They are easy to grow, quick to multiply and virtually pest-free.

If you want to know more about this plant, have a plant you want to be featured next week, or have any questions in general, please contact us or check out other blog posts!

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According to the USDA plant hardiness zone map, Omaha is considered to be in plants zone 4b-5b.

 
 

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