CopperTree Designs

22 Jun 2015

Selecting the Right Outdoor Furniture by Laurie McWilliams

Selecting the Right Outdoor Furniture by Laurie McWilliams

Cast Aluminum is literally liquid aluminum poured into a mold to give the furniture the weight of wrought iron with the ease of care of aluminum.  No rust!  Wrought Aluminum provides a lightweight frame because it is a hollow tube that is bent or cut and formed to create the piece of furniture. It is easy to care for, will not rust and is easy to move around due to being lightweight. Ipé is my favorite tropical hardwood.  It is only farmed out of Bolivia.

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16 Jun 2015

Convert Clay to Healthy Topsoil by Mark McWilliams

Clay, clay, and more clay...almost every home in the Springfield area has to combat tough clay conditions with their turf.  It seems the contractors take all the good topsoil away or the over-dig of the house is all clay and spread out over the yard to get rid of it. 

Sod seems to do fairly well on clay, as long as it has been tilled just a couple of inches down.  You might ask why not take the tilling of the sod a bit deeper?  Basically it is just going to settle and be unstable for a couple months.  As you walk on it, mow it, or even water it, the soil moves all over the place, leaving behind ground that sits at a very poor grade. 
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30 May 2015

Your Roses vs the Rose Sawfly by Mark McWilliams

Your Roses vs the Rose Sawfly by Mark McWilliams
No matter how much care and attention you pay to the plants in your landscape- one thing is for sure, if you have roses, you will see damaged leaves in the late spring. Every rose I examine this time of year has damage from the larvae of the Rose Sawfly. I call these small worms Rose Slugs. If you look at the underside of the leaf itself, you have a good chance of seeing this small slug, but you must look very closely. In Central Illinois, these small slugs emerge from the lain eggs of the Sawfly. They feed off the rose leaves in their early stages of growth. I have seen the negative effects for about two weeks now. The damage is gradual and slow, but will make the bush look rough, if not controlled.
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18 May 2015

Spring Turf Care – Lessons Learned by Mark McWilliams

Spring Turf Care – Lessons Learned by Mark McWilliams
The past couple of weeks have really taught me a thing or two about turf care and the benefits of using BioFlora®. Before this last rain we received, we went through a period of about three weeks with a dry spell. I noticed that most lawns were starting to get a little pale in color, which I think could be attributable to two separate factors.  First we have to take into account the high moisture level, as it caused lawns to start going into a little stress. This could be seen in yards with irrigation as opposed to those without.  Secondly, most yards were starting to run out of basic fertilizer nutrients.  If we look at when most companies and home owners start applying fertilizer to turf, it was about six weeks ago and lawns were just running out of energy and starting to turn pale in color.
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16 Aug 2014

Better Living Through Organics by Laurie McWilliams

I have spent my life in the dirt. Initially playing, rolling spending as much time as possible in it, then through agriculture and horticulture. Throughout my experiences with the soil I have always been interested in sustainable organic solutions. Sustainable agriculture is quite literally, farming through the understanding of the relationship and inter-workings of the soil and its naturally occurring organisms. 
Author: Laurie
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