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December 2017

Happy Holidays

We here at Embassy Landscape Group would like to thank all of our readers for joining us in our mission to improve and to protect our natural environment for generations to come. We wish you peace and joy this holiday season and look forward to once again connecting with you in the New Year.   …

A Dry Fall Threatens the Landscape

Kansas City and the surrounding areas are currently experiencing what the state climatologist is calling “abnormally dry conditions.” Entering into the month of December, the area has consistently seen warmer than usual temperatures combined with rainfall amounts averaging 4.5 inches below normal. These near-drought conditions can cause stress to turf, trees and broadleaf evergreens. In …

Winter Actvities with Kids

A dinner conversation we recently had wandered into the land of “Do you remember when the kids were little, we…?”  As we laughed and talked about the past, I realized that most of our reminiscing centered on things we had done outdoors as a family. I wondered if those experiences were a big part of our …

Give Citrus for Christmas

Growing up, my siblings and I could always count on the fact that there would be an orange nestled in the bottom of each of our Christmas stockings. As a child, I ate it.  As a teenager, I’m sure that I rolled my eyes at it and as an adult, I put one in each …

Let It Snow

It’s supposed to snow this weekend. The forecaster assured us that this area wouldn’t have any accumulation this time, just flurries, but in my mind it marks the true beginning of winter.  And winter to me means frigid temperatures, snow storms and shoveling snow, none of which I particularly love. Not only that, but researching …

It's Time For A"Long Winter's Nap"-- For Your Yard

With the temperatures staying so warm this fall — 70 degrees on December 2nd here — I’ve postponed some of my usual end of season yard tasks.With the weather so consistently warm,  I was afraid that I would do more harm than good by following my usual routine. To be on the safe side, I’ve checked …

30 Great Gifts for Gardeners

A few close friends and I were having coffee the other morning when the conversation drifted off to holiday gift-giving and how difficult it can sometimes be to find that exactly “right” gift for the “right” person. We started reminiscing about some of the gifts we have received through the years, usually from our husbands. …

Anchor of the Landscape -- Evergreens

Have you ever seen the hilarious Abbott and Costello sketch Who’s on First?”   Over the Thanksgiving weekend I happened to overhear (Ok, I was eavesdropping; it was too funny to miss) a conversation that immediately reminded me of the sketch. A relatively harassed sounding salesperson was trying to explain to a very confused woman the …