Growing with You
Designing Sustainable Growth for a Changing Environment
April 2016 Newsletter

2877 T C Steele Rd, Nashville, IN 47448

Pruning too much is the most common pruning mistake I see. Few trees need major pruning every year. Remove dead, diseased, broken or damaged limbs and the weakest of crossing limbs. Remove limbs that grow toward the center of the tree and limbs that are dangerous or physically interfere with buildings or activities. Remove one of the co-dominate upward shoots to leave strong growth without “V” shaped crotch as the tree is still young. Pruning cuts should be made at the point where the branch meets the trunk, just outside the branch collar. Prune needled evergreens any time of the year. Prune most deciduous trees during the dormant season, late winter is best as it reduces the risk of a late frost. It also reduces sap loss which mitigates insect attraction and slows the spread of disease.

Good Pruning Above, Bad Below

Pruning Hydrangeas

Old wood hydrangeas: Prune these after they bloom but before August. These hydrangeas produce the flowering buds in August-October for the following summers bloom. Most hydrangeas fall into this category.
Mophead, Lacecaps, Oakleaf(can keep Oakleaf blooms during winter!)
New wood hydrangeas: Prune these in the fall and winter. These hydrangeas are determined to bloom every year with buds producing on new spring growth
Paniculata such as PeeGee and ‘Limelight’, also ‘Annabelle’ and


The Daisy is the birth flower of April!

The daisy which conveys innocence, loyal love, and purity. It is also a flower given between friends to keep a secret; the daisy means “I’ll never tell.” The other April flower is the sweet pea, which signify blissful pleasure, but are also used to say good-bye. 

Starting Up Your Irrigation System
That time of year is almost here and we all are looking forward to pleasant spring weather and the sound of sprinklers. When you fire up that irrigation system, there are important maintenance issues to be aware of.
  • Check that wiring connections are secure and you are receiving power.
  • Check each valve that it opens and closes properly.
  • Check that the sprinkler heads are pointed in the right direction and are fully retracting.
  • Check for clogs, leaks, and damage to spray nozzles and valves
  • Consider a back-flow test.

Please contact us if you would like more information or would like to schedule service

Spring Trees on the Mind?

Did you have some flowering trees in your yard this year?  Do you want to be sure to have some for next year?  Here at Designscape, we offer a wide variety of large deciduous and evergreen trees, including flowering trees, right here on our tree farm.  If you are thinking about investing in your property with the addition of some healthy trees, come and visit us soon.  Take a tour of our tree fields and pick out the perfect tree for us to dig and plant for you.  Although our digging season is quickly nearing it's end until fall, we still have an excellent supply of trees already dug and being kept in our holding area for you to take advantage of all summer long.  Below are some of our most popular varieties.
Norway Spruce     Spring Grove Arborvitaes

Our most popular evergreen is the Norway Spruce.  It is a beautiful deer resistant evergreen with dark green foliage.  We also carry White Spruce and Spring Grove Arborvitae, another deer resistant beauty.  You may not be thinking of the hot summer sun yet, but evergreen trees are a great way to shield the coming summer sun and to protect against the recently vanished winter winds.   
Deciduous Trees
Deciduous Trees Flowering Trees Deciduous Trees

We carry a great selection of deciduous trees from the small flowering ornamental up to the mighty oak.  Come by and check out our assortment of Redbuds, Serviceberry, Magnolias, Crabapples, Maples, Oaks, Bald Cypress, and River Birch just to name a few.  Visit our website,, for a more complete listing of trees or come by the office and see for yourself.   

"April is a promise that May is bound to keep."  - Hal Borland

A friendly reminder to fire up that mower and trimmer and make sure it is working properly.

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Friday April 22nd Is Earth Day!
Enjoy and give back to the home we all share.
Friday April 29th Is Arbor Day!
So get out there, plant a tree, or climb one.
he world's favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May." - Edwin Way Teale  
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