Fall Inventory

Have you scheduled your fall furnace check?  Is the outside water source shut off, and the hose drained and stored?  Are you waiting for that last leaf to fall so you can officially put away all of your garden tools?  Here’s something you may not have thought about – have you taken notes about your yard/landscape?

hand-mulchaNow is the perfect time to make plans for next year.  Take a moment to write down how many yards of mulch you used this year. Did you order enough or too much?   Make a list of some of the plantings you’d like to include in your landscape in the spring; consider making a diagram, too.  After you get through a long, hard Cleveland winter, your recollections of summer and your yard may have escaped your memory!

If you haven’t visited any of your local garden centers, make a point to check them out.  Most of them are having clearance sales on nursery stock. There are some great deals on perennials right now.  You can always purchase larger sizes and split them when you plant.

Additionally, it’s important to apply a fall fertilizer/winter guard if you haven’t already.  Using this helps to build strong, deep grass roots for a healthier lawn come spring.  The extra nutrients help to repair damage from the summer heat, drought, and/or activity.  Most of the fertilizers are kid- and pet-friendly when applied as directed, so be sure to carefully read and follow the instructions.

Three Z is your source for delivering the quality materials you need, while providing the service you expect.   Visit our website, http://three-z.com/ to check out our wide assortment of soils and amendments, mulches, sands, aggregates, limestone, and washed gravels.

Fall Plantings

It’s officially fall.  Gone are the humid, hot days of summer.  But that doesn’t mean you have to stow away all of your gardening gear just yet.  In fact, the cooler temperatures and rain showers make the fall season an ideal time to plant new trees, shrubs and perennials.

hand-mulchaIf possible, go with smaller-sized, balled and burlapped trees and/or container grown plants.  Some species do not adapt well to fall plantings because they’re unable to establish strong root systems.  Many garden centers are offering bargains this time of year.  But buyer beware.  Before you opt to purchase a tree at 75% off, be sure to ask one of the garden specialists if that particular species is susceptible to winter damage.

In this region, try and have your fall plantings in the ground by mid-October.  Any new plantings should be mulched with a solid 2-4 inches of a natural mulch.  This will help prevent soil temperature fluctuations, which may damage the new tree.  Available for delivery from Three Z Supply, sweet peet, shredded bark or custom-z are all great for new plantings.  Remember to water thoroughly; approximately one inch per week, until the ground freezes.   You may also want to consider wrapping the trunks of thin-barked trees in later November to prevent frost damage.  (Remove in March.)

Looking for some more specific information on how to plant a balled and burlapped tree?  Take a look at the Arbor Day Foundation website — https://www.arborday.org/trees/planting/balled-burlapped.cfm.

Three Z is your source for delivering the quality materials you need, while providing the service you expect.   Visit our website, http://three-z.com/ to check out our wide assortment of soils and amendments, mulches, sands, aggregates, limestone, and washed gravels.

Support Your Local Farmers Markets

‘Tis the season…local vegetable gardens are bursting with flavor!  While summer is rapidly coming to an end, many of the Farmers Markets in our area are in full swing, offering a variety of fresh, healthy produce.  Three Z encourages you to consider shopping local, for a number of reasons, which we’d like to share.  (Source: http://www.localfarmmarkets.org/home.html#states)

farmersaShopping locally means you will:
•    save gas, which means saving money, and create less pollution in your drive;
•    pollute less, as the food does not need to be transported from a distance;
•    eat fresher food, with higher vitamin levels,  as less time passes from harvesting to purchasing;
•    eat tastier food; again, as less time passes from harvesting to purchasing; and
•    eat healthier food: since it does not need to be shipped, and it will be purchased sooner, less (or no) fungicides are needed.

So hopefully you’re giving thought to supporting a Farmers Market, but you’re not quite sure where to find one near you.  For starters, you can Google “local farmers markets” and you’ll probably come up with a few hits.  Or you can start with http://northeastohiofamilyfun.com/farmers-markets-in-northeast-ohio/.  This site offers a comprehensive list of markets in the Northeast Ohio region, along with other fun and exciting things to do with your family.  If there are several within driving distance of your home, consider taking the kids to visit a few on a sunny Saturday morning.

Three Z is your source for delivering the quality materials you need, while providing the service you expect.   Visit our website, http://three-z.com/ to check out our wide assortment of soils and amendments, mulches, sands, aggregates, limestone, and washed gravels.

Summer Fixes

hand-stoneaAs the spring rains fell, you may have noticed pot-hole-like mud puddles in your yard.  Then the summer heat dries everything up so those holes may not seem quite as noticeable; unless you’re mowing the lawn!  Now’s the time to repair the low spots.  Contact Three Z to discuss which soil blend option is best suited for your yard.  Adding soil now will establish a new grade and prevent puddles in the future.

If you have a stone driveway, you may also be dealing with potholes there, too.  Potholes need to be repaired when the drive is dry and the surface is solid (and before your tires fall victim to them).  Call our office to discuss the best product for your situation.

Our delivery area covers the Northeast Ohio area.  This includes: Cuyahoga; eastern Lorain; northern Medina and Summit; northwest Portage; northwest Lake; and western Geauga counties. Visit the delivery area page on our website.  If your delivery charge comes up with $0.00, call the office for delivery information: 216-524-4544.

If you have any questions, please call our team of experts at Three Z.  Visit our website, http://three-z.com/ to check out our wide assortment of soils and amendments, mulches, sands, aggregates, limestone, and washed gravels.  We deliver the quality materials you need and provide the service you expect.

New Plantings

You’ve spent lots of money and put hours of sweat equity in your yard…and it’s only June.  The month of May was a sidewalkatime to bring your yard back to life – mulching, trimming, planting, and watering.  It’s lookin’ really good…you now have the landscaped yard your neighbors are envious of.  But a note of caution – don’t get complacent!  There’s still work to be done to ensure your plants survive the summer heat and the upcoming winter season!

Experts at Three Z recommend at least three (3) or four (4) inches of mulch in your beds and around your plants.  If you’ve already mulched and your mulch is sparse or thin, you may want to consider adding more around new plantings.  However, take care NOT to pile mulch as it nears the crown or main stalk of any plant or tree trunk. This, along with heat and extra watering may cause some plant stems to rot.  Having a three or four inch layer around your plants will help maintain moisture and will protect your plants during the hot July and August heat.

When watering your new plants, here are some helpful tips.  Focus on the root zone, not the leaves; and water deeply and thoroughly so the water actually finds its way to the roots.  Water only when it’s needed – so watch the weather closely.  As far as time of day, consider watering in the morning.  If you happen to get water on the leaves, this allows time for them to dry out, hopefully avoiding the chance for plant diseases to gain a foothold.  And back to the mulch – a thicker layer reduces surface runoff and slows evaporation from the soil, helping to retain moisture.  A regimented watering routine is crucial so that newly planted trees and shrubs are well established when winter comes.

If you have any questions, please call our team of experts at Three Z.  Visit our website, http://three-z.com/ to check out our wide assortment of soils and amendments, mulches, sands, aggregates, limestone, and washed gravels.  We deliver the quality materials you need and provide the service you expect.

Spring into Action

spring-action2aBuds on the trees…birds chirping…winter coats finally stashed away.  Time to spring into action and get serious about working in the yard!   Three-Z is your go-to source for the quality materials you need to get the job done!

Sit down, make a list, and set a budget — decide what you’d like to accomplish in your yard this year.  There are a number of seasonal maintenance activities to consider which include, mulching the beds; adding new flowerbeds; and reseeding dead patches in the lawn.  (For an additional list of “Smart Spring Yard Cleanup” options, visit this link.  http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20352366,00.html)

Whatever it may be, if your project requires soil, mulch, stone or compost, the earlier you place your order, the better. With Three-Z, you can always reschedule if the weather isn’t cooperating or your plans change.  Why put it off?  Wouldn’t you prefer to enjoy your newly revitalized yard all summer?  Three-Z has a large fleet and can respond quickly to deliver your materials to you, often the same day.  Call 216-524-4544 to place your order.  (Our delivery area covers the Northeast Ohio area. This includes: Cuyahoga County with Eastern Lorain, Northern Medina & Summit, Northwest Portage, Northwest Lake, and Western Geauga.)

Remember, in the landscaping world, the month of May is comparative to the dinner rush at a popular restaurant.  Everyone is trying to get in at the same time and without a reservation, so you may have to wait for an open table.  Same goes when it comes to the landscaping spring rush (especially Memorial Day weekend), the longer you wait to order, the longer you may wait for delivery.  Planning ahead will allow you to spend more time enjoying your yard!

Visit our website, http://three-z.com/ to check out our wide assortment of soils and amendments, mulches, sands, aggregates, limestone, and washed gravels.  We deliver the quality materials you need and provide the service you expect.