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Becker’s Farm Garden Center
420 Columbia Turnpike, Rensselaer (across from Columbia Plaza)
477.4163

Becker’s Farm Garden Center, located in the town of East Greenbush, is a fifth-generation family-owned and operated business devoted to growing high quality plant material that will grab the attention of every neighbor on the block. From bedding plants to vegetables, Becker’s Farm Garden Center is your source for a wide range of plant material and supplies carrying the newest, most exciting varieties, and old favorites alike.

Becker’s Farm provides an assortment of plants for every part of your landscape.  A variety of annual flowers, herbs and vegetables are being transplanted daily.  In mid-April, a large selection of quality trees and shrubs will be arriving.  Late April, the perennials will be ready for you to choose from hundreds of varieties that will provide years of beauty.  In early May an assortment of beautiful Weeks® and Star® roses will be here.

Becker’s Farm is a certified retailer of Proven Winner® plants. This series of plants are specifically bred for cooler environments like upstate New York.  Varieties like Bacopa, Callibrochoa, Osteospermum, Scaveola, and Supertunia are all popular favorites among beginning and master gardeners.  And if gardening has not been for you in the past, Becker’s Farm offers already-made container arrangements that are ready to place and sure to impress.  Hanging baskets are also a popular choice if you’re looking for a quick fix.  Varieties like Ivy Geranium, Fuchsia, and Wave® Petunia are just part of the selection of plants that include something for every part of the house.

To put the finishing touches on your new landscape, make sure to check out Becker’s Farm for a variety of mulches.  Mulch not only improves the look of a newly planted landscape, but also adds length to the life of your plants.  Becker’s Farm offers bulk mulch and topsoil for pick-up or delivery, including the new Walnut Brown, and the best-selling Premium Composted Dark Brown mulch.   We also carry compost in bulk form.  If you’re just touching a spot up, these and more products are also offered in bagged form.  

Becker’s Farm Garden Center, located directly across from Columbia Plaza in East Greenbush, has the best selection of high-quality plants in the area where price and quality come together.  We are open 7 days a week from spring through the holiday season. For directions or more information, call 477.4163 or email info@beckersfarm.com.

BKLA Studio
3 Stevens Street, Danbury, CT
917.750.4886; www.bklastudio.com

BKLA Studio offers a full range of landscape architectural services to clients throughout New York State and Connecticut. Influenced by nature, we use native species, ecologies and cultures to create resilient, well-performing and inspirational landscapes. We shape the environment allowing people to connect to each other and to the world around them.

Our landscape architects have worked on projects ranging from under half an acre to hundreds of acres. We offer the finest expertise in designing various types of gardens and landscape elements like swimming pools, tennis courts, outdoor kitchens, terraces, pergolas and other site amenities. We are involved in projects from conception to completion. Our services include: site analysis, master planning, garden and landscape design, final construction plans and specifications, cost estimating, and project management. We can assist our clients in obtaining necessary municipal permitting for their landscape projects. We collaborate closely with other professionals to ensure the project is completed in a timely and cost-effective manner. We are certified in erosion and sediment control design and in stormwater management. Our experienced landscape architects can provide assessment, restoration and mitigation design for wetlands, streams and waterfront properties. As LEED Accredited Professionals, we have expertise in creating designs that save energy, use fewer resources, reduce pollution and contribute to healthier environments.

BKLA Studio strives to provide imaginative designs that turn clients’ dreams into reality. Our attention to every detail and commitment to excellence ensures that each client will receive unparalleled customer service. For more information about our firm please visit www.bklastudio.com. We will be happy to help you with your future projects – please call 917.750.4886 or email genna@bklastudio.com.

Davey Tree
141 Wade Road, Latham
785.9417; www.davey.com

With the right care, your trees and shrubs will grow in beauty and value for years. Without it, they’re left vulnerable to significant damage from any number of harmful pests.

The potential for problems can be reduced by keeping your trees and shrubs as healthy as possible. Proper watering, fertilization and selective pruning will vastly improve the strength and vitality of your trees and shrubs, helping them stand up to insects and disease.

Watering – We often forget that trees and shrubs need regular watering. This is especially true for younger plants or during hot, dry spells. Each of the trees and shrubs in your landscape will benefit from a long, slow watering once per week during periods of hot, dry weather.

Fertilization – In forest settings, trees and shrubs fertilize themselves with decomposing leaves and other organic materials. In our landscapes, however, they need help. With deep-root applications of Davey’s Arbor Green PRO slow-release fertilizer, we can add nutrients back into your soil for stronger, better-flowering, more resilient trees and shrubs.
Pruning – Shaping trees and shrubs not only makes them look better, but keeps them healthy as they grow. Also, removing dead, diseased or insect-infested branches whenever they appear can improve tree and shrub health and prevent future problems.

Of course, if insects or disease do become a problem in your landscape, you can count on Davey for prompt identification and recommendations on the most appropriate steps for management. Feel free to give us a call with any questions or for an evaluation.

Decker’s Landscape & Aquatics
1632 Main Street, Rt. 5s Pattersonville
New 2nd location: 1157 New Loudon Road, Rt. 9, Latham
887.5552; www.ThePondPeople.net

Container Water Gardens – Dive in and get wet
A tub garden is easy to build and is a great addition to a deck or sun porch. Just about any container that holds water can be made into a tub garden. A small container of only a gallon or two may be suitable for one plant or a larger container of 10 gallons or more can sustain a few goldfish and help keep water clear.

Begin by selecting a container that you like. A container only a few inches deep will work for some plants. If you want fish or water lilies in your tub garden, look for a container at least 12”  inches deep.  Look around in your shed, attic or basement – almost any container that will hold water will work. 

Be sure to place the container where you will see it often. Water is heavy and you most likely will not be moving the tub garden around once the water is added.  Select an area with at least four or five hours of direct sun if you want to grow a water lily or other flowering plant.  Shallow water plants can be elevated on bricks.  Water lilies and other deep-water aquatics should be in a pot on the bottom of the container. Container water gardens are simple yet make a stunning display, so dive in and get your feet wet.

Farrell Brothers, Inc.
6 Simmons Lane, Albany
462.5454

Perhaps it does not feel like it yet, but the hot and muggy weather will be here before you know it and if your central air condition happens to be a box fan…well it might be time to call us. We know that there are many ways to rehab your home and improve your quality of life, but a Central Air System is a terrific way to invest and improve your home’s value.

Central Air can cut down on your overall electricity costs, it lowers humidity and it is much quieter than fans and window conditioners. Central air also improves the indoor air quality! If you have a family member suffering from COPD or asthma, you will be improving their quality of life along with the indoor air. Call us for a free estimate and we can put you on the road to summer relief.

Tip for spring…be sure to check out your sump pump. Spring flowers bloom from lots of rain and you want to be ready for it. If you have a battery backup sump pump, also check or charge the battery. Keeping your basement free of springtime flooding will make this special time of year more enjoyable. Happy spring!

Ghent Wood Products
1262 Route 66, Ghent
828.5684; www.ghentwoodproducts.com

Spring has sprung at Ghent Wood Products where we have a plethora of products are available  for your garden and yard.

Let’s begin with mulch and wood chips for those beautiful flower beds. The Ghent Wood Products’ mulch and wood chips are made from pure soft wood bark that is trimmed from the log before it is sawn and is all natural. They have re-ground bark or wood chips, red hemlock and pine bark mulch. When it comes to wood chips, they’re ideal for backyards and for playgrounds. They will help you load your truck or trailer in their yard Monday through Saturday. But if you need more than 80 yards, they’d be happy to deliver it for you. (If you’re not sure how much mulch your pickup truck will hold, multiply the bed length in feet with the width and multiply that with the height, then divide by 27 cubic feet – which will give you your vehicle’s yard capacity).

Ghent Wood Products also has numerous wood products, such as siding for your home, garage and outdoor shed. Their finished woods include siding, paneling and flooring, and they also boast kiln dried lumber, exotic lumbers, rough cut pine and hemlock – which are perfect for fencing!

For further details and a full list of their products and services, you can visit them online at www.ghentwoodproducts.com. Happy spring!

Hewitt’s Garden Centers, Inc.
Various locations; www.hewitts.com

Hewitt’s Garden Centers, Inc. is a local company that specializes in providing lawn and garden-related products, service and information that are unrivaled. With 50 years in the business and eight stores located in the 518 area code, we are the fifth largest independent retail garden center in the country….and here’s why:

  •  The area’s largest selection of hardy shrubs and trees all covered by our exclusive lifetime nursery guarantee.  If any hardy shrub or tree fails to grow and thrive, we’ll replace it free.
  • Hewitt’s Country Estate lawn food and grass seed blends will make your lawn the envy of the neighborhood.
  • The area’s largest selection of perennial and annual flowers for sun, shade and everything in between.  Vegetable plants?  We’ve got you covered there, too.
  • An extensive selection of fruit trees, blueberries, raspberries and lots more.  If an edible landscape is what you hunger for, Hewitt’s is the place for you.
  • Naturally, we have all the plant food, mulch, soil and garden accessories to make your yard, porch and patio the perfect place to unwind after a busy day.
  • Most important, we have an experienced staff ready to assist you with whatever project you have in mind and with eight locations throughout the region, there’s sure to be a Hewitt’s near you.

Visit www.hewitts.com to get answers to your gardening questions and sign up for weekly emails with money saving coupons and seasonal tips.

Hudson River Tractor
HudsonRiverTractorCompany.com
1.877.556.4384
Locations in Chatham, Schagticoke, Clifton Park, Fultonville, Goshen

In October of 2005 Davis Tractor & Turf, Inc. of Chatham and K.C. Canary – Fultonville, Inc. partnered to form The Hudson River Tractor Company, LLC. With over 75 years combined experience in the industry, their vision was to grow to help meet the needs of an ever-expanding market in the Mohawk and Hudson Valleys. That vision soon became not only to meet those needs, but to become the leader in agricultural, commercial and consumer equipment products and services in this region.

Hudson River Tractor is a full-line John Deere Agricultural and Commercial & Consumer Turf dealer with five locations including Schaghticoke, Clifton Park and Goshen, as well as the founding stores in Chatham and Fultonville. HRT is also a dealer for Stihl Handheld Equipment and recently added Honda Power Equipment, including their line of walk-behind mowers and generators, at each of their locations.

John Deere agricultural equipment that can be found at Hudson River Tractor includes utility and row crop tractors, combines and forage harvesters, as well as hay, planting and tillage equipment. John Deere Turf and Worksite equipment includes commercial mowers, skid steers, mini-excavators, utility vehicles, compact tractors and a wide array of riding lawn equipment and attachments. HRT also carries agricultural products from H&S, Krone, Oxbow and Hardi.

HRT provides aftermarket support with genuine John Deere and OEM parts, as well as factory-trained technicians and mobile service. Hudson River Tractor, one company comprised of people strong in their backgrounds and expertise providing complete solutions for your needs

Landscape, Inc…
Loudonville
489.2341; www.landscapeincorporated.com

Landscape, Inc… specializes in the design and installation of concrete paver patios, walkways and retaining walls. Having served the Capital Region since 1988, we have the knowledge and experience to make your outdoor living areas as useful and enjoyable as possible.

Landscape, Inc… can make over your dated landscape by creating and installing new patios, walkways, retaining walls, pillars, fire pits, built-in grills and outdoor kitchens. When we are finished, allow us to soften and beautify your improvement by adding plant beds with just the right shrubs, trees, flowers and grass.

Landscape, Inc… is I.C.P.I. (Interlocking Concrete Paver Institute) certified and N.C.M.A. (National Concrete Masonry Association) certified, as well as being the area’s recommended Techo-Pro contractor by Techo-Bloc, Inc.

Landscape Inc… is dedicated in providing the guarantee of your satisfaction in our design, work and products.
Don’t trust your outdoor living area to just anyone. Call the Landscape, Inc… professionals for your free estimate and enjoy a lasting creation in your yard for years to come.

L. Browe Asphalt Services, Inc.
19 Budd Lane, East Greenbush
479.1400; www.broweasphalt.com

Boost your home’s curb appeal with a freshly paved driveway 
L. Browe Asphalt Services, Inc. has been in operation since 1960, and has served thousands of residential and commercial customers in the greater Hudson Valley and beyond.  We install driveways, parking lots, tennis courts and private roads.  Our installations are built to last, with correct elevations and subtle detailing to ease the job into the land.  Transitions are smooth with good, level flow and slight changes in elevation to provide proper water drainage.  The end product is a true, level, aesthetically-pleasing job with artistic curves and superior function that completes and enhances the entire property setting.  We enjoy incorporating various design elements as well, such as planting beds, brick pavers and ornamental stone applications.
Our methods have been perfected through many years of experience, and our commitment to maintain high quality equipment saves our customers time and money by eliminating costly delays and mistakes.  We’re pleased to say our dedicated work crew takes a great deal of pride in the appearance and quality of each and every project.  Our customers thoroughly enjoy watching the paving process, and continually comment on the high level of skill, professionalism and courtesy shown by all team members.  We are fully insured and provide certificates of insurance for liability and worker’s compensation coverage.

Choosing the right paving contractor is key, as the end product can vary widely due to variances in design, equipment and most importantly, experience.  We stand behind our work with a warranty you can count on.   You can be assured that you will be pleased with the results!  For more information about our services and to request a free estimate visit us online at www.broweasphalt.com or call 479.1400.

NHance
874.0654

The mere thought of remodeling a kitchen can be very stressful.  Balancing the list of needs and wants while staying on budget can be very difficult. NHance provides a great way to maximize your kitchen remodel budget.  By utilizing and enhancing the greatest asset of your kitchen – the cabinets – we can leverage your remodeling budget to offer remodeling options like re-facing or replacing your wood cabinets. The NHance process is quick, convenient and affordable.

We offer three primary ways to enhance your existing cabinetry while saving you money you can put toward new appliances, countertops or backsplashes. If you like your cabinets, but they look dull, have worn-out spots, or are just tired looking, then they can benefit from our convenient and affordable classic cabinet renewal. However, if you like your kitchen layout and door style, but don’t like the color of your cabinets, then your kitchen could get a whole new look for less than re-facing or replacing your cabinets with either our cabinet color shift or color change.
While a classic cabinet renewal is a great option for someone who loves their existing cabinets, color shift basically deepens the existing wood tone of your cabinets by using lightly tinted translucent cabinet finishes. A full color change involves much more and offers a dramatic change with NO Dust, No Mess, No Odor.

NHance is a locally owned and operated business in the Capital Region. Call NHance today at 874.0654 for a free estimate to renew your kitchen.

Redbud Development Inc.
2 Commerce Park Drive, Wilton
691.0428

The birds and the bees!

It’s a touchy subject that not many people like to talk about…but we should all be encouraging the birds and the bees to come live in our yards!  Creating a landscape scheme that includes native varieties of conifers, hardwoods, shrubs and flowers will not only increase the beauty of your property, but save you money and help the environment, too. 

Proper location of conifers and hardwood trees provide shelter for birds and can help to lower your heating bills in the winter and your cooling costs in the summer. Providing them with a food source by planting an assortment of fruit trees and shrubs with berries will attract more birds to your yard.  Birds are very important to the dispersal of plants by transporting seed and the pollination of nectar producing plants.  They also consume many of the insects that we consider pests, like mosquitoes, beetles and moths.

Bees are vital to our ecological systems. While most known for producing honey and wax, their more crucial role is in the pollination of over 80% of all flowers, as well as the production of seeds, nuts, berries and fruits. Bumblebees typically nest in the ground, but may also choose your patio or deck for their home.  Honeybees typically nest in trees, but will sometimes prefer your attic or chimney. Be mindful to not disturb their nest; they are not naturally aggressive and will only sting to protect their nest – and only females can sting.  The benefits to our environment will far outweigh the danger they may pose.
 

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