Creating Privacy and Interest in a very limited area

Coming off the parking lot, the lower apartments at 600 River Road needed something special.

Jacrist designed and installed these evergreen hedging beds with a special ‘inside view looking outward’ that created a low maintenance sidewalk side with daylilies and hosta and more interesting, garden-like area on the inside, with rhododendron, azaleas, heuchera, hosta, bergenia and different sized rocks and pebbles.

Why not see what Jacrist can do for you?

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Creating an Inviting Destination Site to Relax

Working at 600 River Road in Tonawanda, NY has been such a pleasure, from taking what was to what could be.

Here is a compilation Before/after shot of the waterfront area. What’s really cool is that as you come around the building from the parking lot, you really do get the ‘Wow’ factor as you enter this incredible area, overlooking the beautiful Niagara River.

How lucky are the residents here?

Spring Arrives in Buffalo!

Well, it’s getting there

Yes, just looking at the calendar and hearing the phone begin to ring, one can tell my fellow Buffalonians are itching for spring to appear. Why not take this time to give us a call if you have a project you are thinking of for 2017?

Come See Spring Now

Coming March 23-26, Western NY’s premier landscape gardening show, Plantasia, will be held at the Erie Co. Fairgrounds in Hamburg. On Friday at 2- 3 pm. I will be offering a free seminar on ‘How To Landscape Your Home’. Why not come and pick up some tips I have learned over my 38 years of landscaping? And what better reason to get out from this white landscape to see the blissful colors of spring?

Here’s a link for reduced ticket prices before you come down.

Getting Ready Now

Here at Jacrist, we are already receiving shipments of supplies and materials, to get ready for our season. When these boxes appear, it’s even better than Groundhog Day as an indicator that life will soon get crazy around here.

Pleasantly, our winter hasn’t been so bad and yet many of us are fretting over what might come as a last reminder that winter is not yet over for us. Although we did experience a lack of snow cover, we didn’t have the bone chilling below zero temperatures of previous recent winters. With that said, I don’t expect our fruit tree flowering to be much affected in our area, meaning we should have a good crop this year of peaches, apples and pears and our flowering shrubs and early spring perennials and bulbs should present us a good floral display.

Services Offered This Season
Spring Cleanups

As many of our long term clients know, previous clients have priority in scheduling and completion of work. We limit the number of Spring Cleanups so we are completed by the second week of May.

We offer a limited number of cleanup slots for new clients, so if you are new to Jacrist, please contact me ASAP to get those coveted slots in our schedule. Know when you hire Jacrist, you get me with my crew, completing work properly, under my active supervision, using organic controls and fertilizers and removing all debris so your place looks great when our trucks pull away.

Award winning Design/Installations~

I have been honored to receive notable landscape awards from the NYS Nursery & Landscape Association and our regional organization, PlantWNY, for work we have completed for both my residential and commercial clients. I am humbled by this recognition of my peers and I am thankful for the opportunities and freedom my clients allow me in completing our work.

The bulk of our work after Spring Cleanups are new landscape plantings, patios, terraces, natural stone walls & water features. We service both commercial and residential properties. Many of my clients use a multi-year installation program to efficiently and economically create the landscaping appeal for their homes and businesses; yet all depend on me to complete my design on time, using the right plant in the right place, so their property will look wonderful when we’re done and well appointed in time.

If you are a new build or renovation project, I especially recommend you contact us early so we can work together to plan a cohesive site landscaping and hardscaping plan to include all the sidewalks, patios, pools & landscaping, etc. before any site improvements take place. This way, you won’t have to think,“Oh, I wish I had known about that before we spent the money to…” when I come up with ideas of how to best present and use your outside property. It also allows me to efficiently schedule site work in a timely and efficient manner.

My affordable design fee is used as a credit towards work completed in the season I am contracted.

February Garden Ideas

Virtual Gardening

February is the best month to fantasize about what not yet is but soon could be true. I coin it my ‘virtual reality’ month. Why not look outside your window and take a picture; or, shoot a shot as you drive onto your property? Then, print it and with a sheet of tracing paper or an online program, sketch what it could be like. You know, we can even help out!

Prep Work Begins

Here at Jacrist, I’ve been busy ordering our numerous perennials and ornamental grasses. This year I will have over 50 varieties to use with my plant palette to use on your property or development. All personally selected and properly zoned to do well in Buffalo and as always, guaranteed to grow and prosper where we plant them. Have you contacted us yet for your project?

Scheduling Jobs is Starting

Presently we are booking jobs for late May-early June. I know~ crazy, huh? Please add us to your ITB list if you are planning a commercial property. Please know this year we will be limiting our waiting list to maintain our distinctive quality and attention to detail our clients depend on. Don’t be disappointed – Contact me so we can get you on our job board now.

What Services Are Available This Season?
  • SPRING CLEANUPS with proper pruning and bed preparation (limited slots available)
  • RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL COMPLETE LANDSCAPE DESIGN & INSTALLATION includes preinstallation consultations, bid prep and after care
  • INDOOR LANDSCAPING (limited number of clients design and maintenance programs available)
  • MID SEASON BED MAINTENANCE (limited slots available)
  • FALL CLEANUPS (limited slots available)

All of our Trees, Shrubs and Perennials are guaranteed to be alive and growing!

January Gardening Tips

Ruminating on Things January

January is a great time to dawdle~ Flip through seed catalogs, go online and read other gardener’s blogs, get lost on Pinterest!

Temperatures seem cold but we are actually not having a bad winter so far; temperatures are hovering in the high 20’s but there isn’t any snow cover.
Hopefully you have cut up the branches of your Christmas tree to scatter over your perennial to help keep them insulated from the temperature fluctuations we are experiencing.

Some towns grind up the trees and allow you to take it home for free. Consider doing so on acid loving plants like spruce, heather, rhododendrons, azaleas and blueberries.

On a sunny cold day, use a pair of binoculars to see if your flex-seal gutters are dripping. You will see little icicles or water dripping at seams or corners of your gutters. If so, come late spring when the gutter is dry, you can spray a rubber membrane to stop the leak.

I can’t wait to get to use my plant palette this coming season!

Have You Tried Forcing Blossoms?

Many flowering shrubs and fruit trees can offer signs of spring just by witch-hazel putting them into a pail of water. This technique called forcing, can give you a free, floral display. If you clip pussy willows, just take them out of the water as the catkins open to preserve them.

If you have any daffodil, crocus or tulip bulbs, and they have been stored where it is cold, you can force them also.

Have fun and try it at least once in your life~

Jacrist Gardening Design Head Start

It’s hard to believe but I’ve been busy completing designs for the 2017 Season already. If you have purchased or own a commercial or residential property and are thinking of making some landscaping or hardscaping changes, please contact me ASAP, especially if you are looking for a May/June installation.

I also invite you to Jacrist’s Facebook page to read posted articles and view pictures of completed projects from last season.

Speaking of which~

In addition to receiving two New York State Nursery & Landscape Association Beautification Awards in 2016 for our Five Hundred Seneca project, we also garnered a landscaping award from PlantWNY, our regional landscape association, for a large residential project we completed last August.