Millican Nurseries Inc. 25th anniversary celebration co-sponsored by the New
Hampshire Landscape Association.
On Saturday July 9th the staff of Carroll County Landscape, Inc. participated in
Millican Nurseries' 25th anniversary celebration. Members of CCL attending the
educational sessions and tours included Dave Alessandroni, Mike Nicolay, Jan
Bicknell, Sue Burkhardt, Justin Dacey, Tyrrell Nickerson, Vikki Tinkham and
Shand Haughey. The all day event included David Rousseau, Director of the
Division of Pesticide Control who spoke at the first morning session on new
regulations for commercial applications. Piera Siegart followed with an update
on some of the invasive insect pests to be on the lookout for. Tours of the
nursery and growing fields took place throughout the day as well as tractor and
equipment demonstrations by Chappell Tractor. Following a delicious barbecue
lunch, were educational talks by representatives from Moon Nurseries, Maryland
on Grower and Landscape Distribution and Dwight Hughes of Hughes Nursery and
Landscape, Cedar Rapids, Iowa speaking on landscape strategies for maximum time
efficiency. The final talk of the day was by Ed Gregan of Carlton Plants, Dayton
Ohio. Ed spoke on the subject of 'Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Plants'.
Our thanks go out to Millicans for their hospitality. Millicans is a wholesale
nursery that has been supplying Carroll County Landscape with plants for 24
years. They have over 200 acres that they utilize for sales and growing and a
staff of 42. Millican has become known for its exceptional staff and incredible
selection of plants.
Carroll County Landscape,
Inc. - Compost Topdressing of Turf
Starting in late summer/early fall Carroll County Landscape
will be topdressing many of the lawns we care for with
screened compost. This along with aeration prior to
topdressing is the single most helpful thing that can be
done to manage the health of the soil that is the foundation
of every lawn maintenance program. The purchase of a Finn
bark and compost blower last fall has given us the ability
to do this efficiently and at a reasonable cost.
Topdressing with compost benefits the lawn because it is
rich in organic matter and nutrients that build a living
soil. Microbial life in the soil is the key to a healthy
turf system. Compost is the best source of organic matter
and beneficial micro-organisms. Among the benefits are
increased organic matter, more carbon for microbes,
increased nutrient availability to the grass plant,
increased microbial activity, improved soil structure, water
infiltration, aeration and water holding capacity.
Topdressing results in a more stable soil pH and a
continuous release of nutrients as microbes break down the
organic forms of nitrogen into inorganic nitrogen that the
grass can utilize.
For many years we have used compost in all of our landscape
plantings. We hope to expand our use of compost into our
lawn maintenance programs and believe that property owners
will be favorably impressed by the results.
Photo: Impressive Rosebay Rhododendrons
Carroll County Landscape, Inc.