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Mahoney Associates: Protect Your Investment

Originally Posted: September 28, 2010

Don Mahoney, owner of Mahoney & Associates. (Mahoney)

Southampton - The main goal at Mahoney Associates is to ensure that the client's investment is protected and cared for in a professional manner. The management teams are always available to respond to an email or phone call to ensure that all questions are answered in a timely fashion.

The maintenance department team consists of members with degrees in Landscape Development, Turf Management, Pesticide Applications, Organic Applications as well as New York State Certified Nursery Professionals. Furthermore, Mahoney Associates team members are properly licensed and insured to perform these services by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Suffolk County Department of Consumer Affairs as well as the Town of Southampton Licensing.

Mahoney Associates believes in keeping up continuing education that educates the management team on the newest developments in the horticultural field. Some of these developments include more eco-friendly fertilizers, disease and insect resistant plants and the introduction of more native grass species. By incorporating these new technologies into our clients landscape, both our clients property and our environment will benefit.

Don Mahoney, owner of Mahoney Associates, answered a few questions posed by a Hamptons.com reader:

What can be done to repair lawns that have suffered from this year's heat?

Don Mahoney: This is best done at the end of August through early October using a slice seeder to incorporate new seed into your existing lawn.

When is the right time to trim ornamental grasses?

DM: February and March are the best times to cut your ornamental grasses. Use clippers or shears to cut back the stalks to a height of six to 12 inches from the ground, this will encourage the vegetation to become thicker for the upcoming season.

What is the proper method to plant trees?

DM: When planting a tree you want to prepare a hole that the tree will be placed in that is two times the size of the root ball. Remove all twine, rope, wire and burlap from the root ball. When placing your tree make sure that the trunk flare is visible at the top of the root ball and that the top of the root ball is about one to two inches above grade. Backfill with existing soil if it is a sandy loam and firm mixture at 12 inch intervals. Thoroughly settle with water. Once completed add two inches of mulch but do not let the mulch come in contact with the trunk.

Should I fertilize my existing trees now or next spring?

DM: Fertilization of trees should be done in the spring and the fall. Spring applications should be done before new growth begins. However in Suffolk County it is illegal to apply any fertilizer after November 1 or before April

What is the correct way to plant bulbs?

DM: Bulbs are one of the easiest things to grow as a new gardener. They just need to planted and watered. They come in a large variety of types and colors to beautify any property. The general rule of thumb for planting spring bulbs is two to three times the depth of the height of the bulb. Always plant your bulbs with the roots down.

Mahoney Associates is located in Southampton at 631-287-7666. For more information go to www.mahoneyassociates.net.

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