The Mid-Summer Garden

Posted by & filed under Benefits of Nature, Deadheading, Gardens, Grounds Maintenance, Mid-summer gardens, Pruning, Uncategorized

My flower gardens are at their peak. They’ve had plenty of spring rain to push lush growth and now the warmth of consistent sunny days is producing bloom after bloom. My hibiscus blossoms are as big as dinner plates, my bright red pentas are the delight of the local hummingbirds and butterflies are flocking to …

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Let It Snow

Posted by & filed under Commercial Landscaping, Grounds Maintenance, Snow & Ice Removal, Uncategorized

Originally published 12/12/2017   It’s supposed to snow here again over the long 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 …

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Why Just Landscape When You Can Rainscape?

Posted by & filed under Grounds Maintenance, landscape management, Landscaping, Native Plants, Rain Garden Plants, Rain Gardens, Rainscaping, Uncategorized, Water Management

It has been pouring here, off and on, for the last week. We seem to have a river running down the middle of the street and matching tributaries by each curb. I’m sure that the sewer system is struggling to keep up with the onslaught. Having seen the applicator trucks throughout the neighborhood the last …

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Digging into Dirt: Part 4, Nurturing the Soil

Posted by & filed under Fertilizer, Grounds Maintenance, Improving Soil, landscape management, Microbes, Microorganisms, Soil, Soil Health, Uncategorized

In 1937, after witnessing the havoc and economic desperation that the Dust Bowl had wreaked on our nation, Franklin D Roosevelt sent a letter to all of the governors of the United States, asking them to oversee the adoption of legislation that would create soil conservation districts. In his letter, Roosevelt wrote, “The nation that …

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Sustainable Landscapes — A Sense of Place and A Sense of Peace

Posted by & filed under Commercial Landscaping, Gardens, Grounds Maintenance, landscape management, Landscaping, Native Plants, Sustainable Landscaping, Uncategorized

Growing up in the middle of a large Midwestern city, my connection with nature was little more than a few minutes in our highly manicured yard, an occasional visit to a city park or a stroll through our botanical garden for the Christmas display. My family simply did not see the need to spend much time …

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The Case for Sustainable Landscaping

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At a recent presentation to a group of homes association property managers, my colleagues were asked why they were suggesting that changes be made in the landscapes resulting in sustainable landscaping for their properties. The potential clients questioned their logic, seeing the suggested changes as a path to planned obsolescence for Embassy; it seemed like …

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Goals for Gardeners

Posted by & filed under Commercial Landscaping, Grounds Maintenance, landscape management, Landscaping, Site analysis, Site management, Uncategorized, Urban Landscaping

The first week of January always brings out an almost obsessive need to clean and organize my surroundings in preparation for the new year ahead. I usually attack the closets first and then move into the basement and garage storage in a frenzied attempt to achieve organizational nirvana. It drives my poor husband crazy because …

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A Dry Fall Threatens the Landscape

Posted by & filed under Conifers, Evergreens, Grounds Maintenance, Shrubs & Trees, Trees, Uncategorized, Water Management

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 …

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Let It Snow

Posted by & filed under Commercial Landscaping, Grounds Maintenance, Landscaping, Snow & Ice Removal, Uncategorized

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 …

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Landscape Improvement Award

Posted by & filed under Grounds Maintenance, Landscaping, Shrubs & Trees

We are very honored to receive an award from MAGICouncil.  Embassy won the award for Landscape Improvement – Commercial Design/Build.  Our team performed a great job at East Hills Mall, installing plants, perennials, trees and seasonal color. MAGICouncil was formed in 1987 to help lawn and landscape professionals provide education for ourselves and the general …

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