Spring Gardening Tips

March: Best time to do heavy pruning of trees and shrubs.

Late March: Time to plant pansies. Also good time for first lawn fertilization of the season.

Early April: Time to prune roses.

April: Ideal time to divide and move perennials, and to remulch beds.

Mother’s Day: Generally, last date for killing frost. Time to begin planting summer flowers and to turn on irrigation system.

June 1st: Safe to put cold-sensitive tropical plants outside. Introduce them only gradually to full sun.

Late June: Time to remove pansies and other cool-weather annuals and replace with summer flowers.

Spring Bulbs: Save or Remove?

Spring-flowering bulbs are loosely categorized into two groups in our climate: those that come back reliably every year, and those that don’t.

Daffodils, Narcissus, and most hardy woodland bulbs usually return year after year, as long as their leaves are allowed to turn brown after flowering before being cleaned up.

Tulips and Hyacinths, however, don’t stay green long enough to consistently produce flowers for the following season. Two or three seasons of brilliance is all you can expect, so it’s a good idea to remove them, bulb and all, right after the second year of flowering, while you can still find them. You can then plant new ones in the fall.

Spring and Summer Gardening Tips

Spring/Summer GARDENING TIPS

March: Time to prune roses and deciduous shrubs before they fully leaf out. Mulch beds if not already done in fall. Cut some dormant Forsythia branches and bring them inside for some early color.

April: Ideal time to divide and move perennials and to plant pansies and Osteospermum

Mid-April through May: Time to re-seed a thin lawn.

Mother’s Day: Generally, last date for killing frost. Time to begin planting summer flowers. Turn irrigation system on for regular watering.

June 1st: Safe to put cold-sensitive tropical plants and Caladiums outside. Introduce those that have been in your house gradually to full sun so the leaves don’t sunburn.

Late June: Time to remove pansies and other cool-weather annuals and replace with summer flowers.

Early to mid July: Give your flower pots their first tune-up — trim back long, trailing foliage, dead-head Geraniums. Add more slow-release fertilizer and then give everything a good, thorough drenching with liquid fertilizer. Repeat one month later. Time to give shrubs and trees their first summer pruning.

Mulching – Be Careful What You Cover

Mulching—Be Careful What You Cover

Annuals can be severely injured when fresh mulch is applied too soon

The benefits of mulching are well-known. Applying mulch in late fall (mid November through December) or early spring (March) will help your plant beds immensely. However, mulching newly-planted annuals can prove fatal.

In a nutshell, please don’t mulch your annuals. Extreme injury can occur when annuals have been mulched soon after planting. Fresh mulch can be extremely toxic to young plants. It can build up toxic gases (the sour smell you might notice) and trap moisture against the stems, leading to stem rot; steal fertilizer from the soil, and even burn the plants (fresh mulch can be hot to the touch when first used).

Your best defense against weeds is to keep your flowers growing rapidly when they are young.

Do a little additional hand watering daily in the driest spots so their tiny roots don’t dry out. Remember, annuals are basically tropical weeds, and they already have a head start on other weeds in the bed. Maintain that head start by keeping them growing!

Schlick Design Group Wins Gold Medal from LINLA

Schlick Design Group Wins Top Award

St. Paraskevi Church ProjectAt their 2007 Landscape Awards Program, the  Long Island Nursery and Landscape Association awarded Schlick Design Group a Gold Medal for Best Landscape Project for a Public Place for our creative integration of pathways, gardens and entryways at the St. Paravskevi Church project in Greenlawn. The entire Schlick Design Team contributed to this success.

 

 

SCHLICK Design Group Takes Two Gold Awards by LINLA

At their 2007 Landscape Awards Program, the Long Island Nursery and Landscape Association, LINLA,  awarded SCHLICK Design Group the ‘Gold Award’ in the Active Use category for the best outdoor home entertainment area, and the ‘Gold Award’ in the Commercial category for the St. Paraskevi Church project in Greenlawn. The entire Schlick Design Team contributed to this success.

Schlick Design Group Gold Award Winning Project

Gold Award winning project awarded to Schlick Design Group by LINLA

2007 Residential Design Awarded by LINLA to Schlick Design Group

2007 Residential Design Awarded by LINLA to Schlick Design Group

Schlick Design Group Celebrates 50 Years in Business 1957-2007

Our 50th Year! 1957-2007

We’ve come a long way since 1957 when Ron Schlick, recently graduated from the Farmingdale Ag school (now Farmingdale State) founded Schlick Landscaping. Since then, the Schlick Design team has garnered over 60 national, state and Long Island awards for innovation and excellence in landscape design. Our core business has changed over the years as well, from the installation of simple patios and plantings typical of the ’60’s, to what it is today—the design and development of everything outside the four walls of the home. Today, our team of professionals is as likely to attend village permit meetings, coordinate pool and pool house installations, or oversee the layout and grading for a driveway or masonry terrace, as we are to plant trees and shrubs

In 1986, Gary Blum joined Ron as a full partner. Gary, who was literally raised in the industry, gained extensive experience working for two major firms before joining Ron. Gary holds degrees in Ornamental Horticulture, Environmental Science and Landscape Architecture.

Ron’s son Peter Schlick came on board as a permanent member in 1990, eventually assuming Ron’s full partnership. Peter, who also was raised in the industry, has a Master’s degree in Horticulture, and extensive hands-on experience in both landscape construction and residential construction management. Schlick Landscaping became Schlick Design Group in 2001, a change in name which more fully reflects the core of our business today—the design and construction of innovative and functional outdoor living spaces—truly ‘Landscapes for Living.’

Schlick Design Group Voted ‘ Best Landscape Designer on Long Island’ by News 12

Schlick Design Group Is Tops in State

At their 2006 Landscape Awards Program, the New York State Landscape Association recognized Schlick Design Group with the Best in State Excellence in Landscaping Award for unique use of water, patios, decks and plants. The entire Schlick Design Team contributed to this success.

Philip J. DeRoma – In Memoriam – April 20, 2006

IN MEMORIAM

It is with deep sadness that Schlick Design Group announces the passing of our long-time employee, Philip J. DeRoma, on April 20, 2006, following a short illness. He was 71.

Phil was an integral part of the Schlick team for over 40 years. Many of you may remember him as the friendly foreman who took great pride in his work. Although Phil retired in 2003, he passed his legacy of quality workmanship on to his co-workers. We will sorely miss him.