Fall Care for Shrub Roses

September 15th, 2015

Sometimes we are all guilty of loving our plants too much.  We over-feed, over-water, over prune, etc.  As it pertains to zone hardy shrub roses, which is every shrub rose that we sell at Van Zeeland Nursery, less love in Fall is definitely more.  Any Fall care you give to shrub roses should be directly related to preparing the plants for winter.  Following is a list of “do’s” and “don’ts”.

1.  Most importantly, DON’T cut your shrub roses back in the Fall.  If you prune in Fall, you will just suffer plant dieback (or death) and will have to cut back more severely in the Spring.  Wait for Spring to do your pruning!  The only exception can be for extra-long canes.

2.  Stop deadheading the shrub roses to remove the spent flowers.  Deadheading will only promote the shrub rose to push out new growth, which will never have time to acclimate to hard Fall freezes.

3.  Do prune off any damaged, dead or diseased growth.

4.  Don’t fertilize your shrub roses in the Fall.  As a matter of fact, you should stop fertilizing in late Summer or early Fall so the plants can start to harden off for winter.

5.  Don’t trim off rose hips, the colorful fruits that form in the late Summer and early Fall.  These hips often turn lovely shades of red-orange, and are a signal to the shrub that it’s time to get ready for a long winter’s nap.

6.  Reduce (or stop) watering your shrub roses in the Fall.  However, don’t allow them to dry out.

7.  DO mound up wood mulch around the lower stems and crown of the shrub to a height of 6-8 inches and a diameter of 12-18 inches.  What you are trying to prevent is plant damage when the ground endures a freeze-and-thaw cycle that causes the roots to heave out of the ground and become frost-damaged.  This mound of mulch should be applied before the first hard frost and removed in early Spring.

By following the above, and getting a little help from Mother Nature, hopefully you are able to sit back next year and totally LOVE your healthy, beautiful shrub roses.

The Many Benefits of Landscaping

March 11th, 2014

Research has shown that there are many benefits to planting and landscaping.  The American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) recently detailed some of these on their website.  They include:

* Landscaping can add between 7% and 15% to a home’s value.

* Landscaping can bring a recovery value of 100 to 200% at selling time.  Kitchen remodeling brings a 75 to 125% recovery rate, bathroom remodeling a 20 to 120% recovery rate, and the addition of a swimming pool a 20 to 50% recovery rate.

* Landscaping can reduce air conditioning costs by up to 50% by shading the windows and walls of a home.

* Trees can reduce bothersome noise by up to 50% and can mask unwanted noises with pleasant sounds.

* Trees can reduce temperatures by as much as 9 degrees Fahrenheit.

* By spending 5% of the value of your home on the installation of a quality low-maintenance landscape, you could boost the resale by 15%, earning back 150% or more of your landscaping investment.

* 95% of the members of the Society of Real Estate Appraisers say landscaping adds to property value, while 99% agree landscaping increases speed of home sales.

* People heal faster in a hospital when they can see landscaping, and children focus better in school when they are around plants.

These are just a few of the many known benefits of landscaping.  So why are you waiting – - give us a call at the Nursery (920-788-1051), or better yet, stop in and allow us to help you create not only financial value but also “The Yard of Your Dreams”.  Be it one tree or a full front landscape, now is the time to start!

Recognition and Awards

April 10th, 2013

We at Van Zeeland Nursery & Landscape, Inc. realize that there is great opportunity to showcase our landscaping work if we were to vigorously pursue landscaping and design awards.  However, due to the time involved in putting together the required “portfolio’s” to do this, we have not highly prioritized this task.  In spite of this , two most recent recognitions occurred in late 2012:

 - Recognized as a “Finalist” by Post-Crescent readers in the Landscape Center category.  We actually placed 2nd.

 - Recognized as “The Best” in five significant categories in the second annual Garden Talk Awards.  These awards were presented by Mr. Robert Zimmer, Post-Crescent freelance writer of the “Garden Talk” column.  To compile these awards, Mr. Zimmer and a few of his gardening friends visited each greenhouse, garden center and specialty shop in the area a minimum of three times over the course of 2012 to view the selection and quality of the plants available.  Nobody at Van Zeeland Nursery knew or recognized these judges when they were at the Nursery.  Van Zeeland Nursery & Landscape was recognized as best (1st place) in the following categories:     Best Collectors Conifers;    Most Unusual Trees and Shrubs;     Best Trees and Shrubs;     Best Roses;     Best Sales Staff (2nd place behind Edgewood Hostas).

My Tree Is Sick . . . What Can I Do?

June 15th, 2012

We at Van Zeeland Nursery & Landscape continuously receive phone calls from homeowners who are concerned that a tree, shrub or evergreen that they own is having ‘health’ issues.  Sometimes we are able to help them over the phone; other times we need to refer them to someone that may know more about those specific plant symptoms.

To help homeowners in identifying the insect or disease that may be damaging their plant, the DNR has created a new website called DNR Forest Health.  This website is loaded with useful and easy-to-navigate links.  Simply click on the My Tree Is Sick picture at this site to find identification, diagnosis, disease and insect information.  Hopefully this information can help you get your plant on the road to recovery.

Also, the Read link on this site brings you to annual reports and regional forest health updates.  These timely regional forest health updates describe noteworthy pests present in our area at any particular time.  The annual report gives an excellent summary of insect, disease and abiotic issues facing our urban and traditional forests during the preceding year.

Be sure to bookmark this website in your Favorites!  Info:  http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/ForestHealth/.

Independent We Stand!

February 3rd, 2011

Did you know that by supporting your local independent businesses (your neighbors), you are really supporting your whole community and enabling it to become stronger and more vibrant because your money stays here.  A new business group called Independent We Stand was formed to tout just that.  Independent We Stand is a national movement that brings together independent business owners in educating their communities about the benefits of shopping at local independent retailers.  Among the key facts they point out, which are all backed by solid research, are:

*  When you spend $100 at an independent business, $68 returns to the local community.  Spend that same amount at a national chain and it drops to $43.

*  Small businesses account for 75% of all new jobs.

*  Locally owned businesses reinvest in the local economy at a 60% higher rate than chains and internet retailers.

*  Locally owned and operated businesses creat higher-paying jobs for you and your neighbors.

*  More of your tax dollars are reinvested in your community to fund local schools, hire more police officers and improve roads.

We at Van Zeeland Nursery & Landscape appreciate the business that many of you have brought us over the coarse of our 79 years in business; encourage you to continue shopping at local independent businesses like ours; and will continue to aim to provide answers for all your future plant and landscaping needs.

Tree Benefits Calculator

March 18th, 2010

If you have ever wondered what a tree is worth to you and your landscape, there is a tool now available on line that you must check out. This tool is called the National Tree Benefit Calculator and was developed by Casey Trees and Davey Tree Expert Company. This tool allows anyone to make an estimation of the benefits provided by individual streetside trees. It does not however give someone the cost to replace a specific tree because that is size and location dependent. The calculator provides an estimate, not a precise value, of the tree’s annual benefits. A pie chart gives a quick visual of the benefits and breaks them down into five main categories: stormwater, property value, energy, air quality and CO2. You can find this tool at http://www.treebenefits.com/calculator/. Check it out, and KEEP ON PLANTING!

PLANET Renews Rick Sanderfoot Certification

July 8th, 2009

PLANET, or the Professional Landcare Network, recently announced that Rick Sanderfoot, owner of Van Zeeland Nursery & Landscape since 2003, has been recertified as a CLP (Certified Landscape Professional). In PLANET’s memorandum to Mr. Sanderfoot, they state “we are pleased to provide you with an updated card that reflects your commitment to maintaining your PLANET certification through continuing education and industry service. Your certification is now current through 12/31/10.”

The PLANET Certification program is an international certification program whose objectives are:

  • To raise the standards of the profession.
  • To encourage self-assessment by offering guidelines for achievement.
  • To identify persons with acceptable knowledge of principles and practices of the profession.
  • To award recognition to those who have demonstrated a high level of competence in the profession.
  • To improve performance within the profession by encouraging participation in a continuing program of professional development.

Emerald Ash Borer Found in Wisconsin

December 11th, 2008

On August 1, 2008 Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was discovered in ash trees in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. This is the first time that this invasive species has been found in our state, and its potential impact on ash trees here could be devastating. To learn more about this borer and to stay informed of our states’ response to this pest, you should refer to the Wisconsin DNR website http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/foresthealth/emeraldashborer.html or Wisconsin’s Emerald Ash Borer Resource website http://www.emeraldashborer.wi.gov. How can you help – - BECOME INFORMED! You should review the information on EAB signs and symptoms, other pests and diseases and EAB look alikes on the two aforementioned websites. After that, if you believe you have spotted signs of this pest, please report them immediately by calling the emerald ash borer hotline at 1-800-462-2803.

As of 2008, Van Zeeland Nursery & Landscape has discontinued the inventory and selling of any/all ash trees. Although ash trees are some of the hardiest, cleanest, beautiful and fast growing trees in the Fox Valley area, we believe that it is no longer responsible to sell an ash tree to a client of ours until there is either eradication of this borer or an effective way to control its damage.

Please contact the Nursery at 920-788-1051 if you have further questions.


February 25th, 2008

Van Zeeland Nursery & Landscape, Inc. recently joined the American Conifer Society. This society is a non-profit organization with a stated purpose of “the development, conservation and propagation of conifers, with an emphasis on those that are dwarf or unusual; standardization of nomenclature; and education of the public.” Joining the society is a natural fit for Van Zeeland Nursery as we continue with our mission of providing a selection of plants unlike available elsewhere in the greater Fox Valley area. For more information about the society, check out their website at www.conifersociety.org; for more information on our plant selection at Van Zeeland Nursery, visit the Nursery in Spring of 2008 or give us a call.

Van Zeeland Nursery & Landscape, Inc. Voted Best Landscaper in 2007

November 9th, 2007

Post Crescent readers have voted Van Zeeland Nursery & Landscape, Inc. as the Fox Valley’s best landscaper in 2007.