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gardenworks101
Feb 18, 2021
In Garden & Pond Forum
Dedicating my life to professional gardening, I was given my first educational opportunity in high school at Virginia Beach Vo-Tech. Finishing at the top of my class I obtained my first job in the profession as an estate gardener for an oceanfront property. After my first summer gardening and surfing on the North End of Virginia Beach I was hooked. Spending a couple semesters in the Landscape Architecture program at West Virginia University I ached to be back in the soil and working with plants. Moving to the Horticulture program at Tidewater Community College I found my place and graduated with an Associate in Applied Science in Horticulture. Fifteen years were spent dedicating time to incorporating healthy and responsible landscape gardening practices to my local communities before leaving my hometown of Virginia Beach and relocating to the gardening capitol of Virginia , Charlottesville home of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. This has given me the opportunity over the past 20 years to not only learn from places like Montpelier and Monticello but expand my hands on experience at estates such as Enniscorthy, Eagle Hill, Albemarle House, University Of Virginia, Staunton Hill, Tudor Grove, Fox Ridge and Glenn Echo among others large and small. Being a member of the Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association for most of my career, I have had the privilege of being a Virginia Certified Horticulturist for 20 of those years. Owning and operating Gardenworks Landscape Services here in Charlottesville, Virginia since 2021 has been a blessing. I truly enjoy continuing to learn and share my knowledge with others. PLEASE introduce yourself here and join the discussions or start one of your own !!!
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gardenworks101
Feb 18, 2021
In Garden & Pond Forum
I get this question a lot, just after it snows. Truth is I don't do a whole lot but there are some things you can do. And it all starts with before the snow. Do you have plants that have been damaged from heavy snow falls in the past ? Well have your snow outfit and outdoor broom handy. Make sure those plants are noted in advance. Keep the snow from accumulating by lightly knocking it off with your broom. This can also be accomplished with a leaf blower; and if that is the case, make sure it's in good running condition in advance. I highly discourage trying to remove snow after it has set. This will typically cause more harm than good through breakage. This is a whole separate topic from cold protection for cold sensitive plants. Snow does have the ability to insulate your garden plants and soil. English Boxwood can be a plant of concern for us in zone 7b. Where do you garden and what are some of the practices if any you implement in your garden before or during a heavy snow ?
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