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Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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46061 Van Dyke Ave. 
Utica, MI 48317
(586) 731-7240
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Weingartz At-Home Maintenance

At Home Maintenance

We know you’re getting ready for spring and we’re here to help. Normal wear and tear results in lower machine efficiency so regular maintenance is a must. Whether you are a commercial landscaper or a residential user, basic lawn mower maintenance is essential.

Weingartz At-Home Maintenance service assures optimal working conditions and a long life span for your equipment. With the at-home maintenance service, we send our factory-certified technicians to your home with maintenance trucks fully equipped with tools such as air compressors, air filters, blade sharpeners, maintenance kits, etc. to service your machine, conveniently eliminating bringing your machine in and being without it for any amount of time.

Our maintenance trucks are also equipped with overhead cranes, which allow our technicians to lift your machine, look underneath, and perform the proper maintenance on the spot. (You must be home to take advantage of the at-home maintenance unless you prepaid for the service).

Our technicians are always prepared to service your equipment. Call to schedule your service today or schedule service online and we’ll make sure your machine stays in good shape all year long. (Your machine must start and cut in order to receive maintenance).

The At-Home Maintenance service is available at the following locations: Ann Arbor, Clarkston, Farmington Hills, Utica

At-Home Maintenance Includes:

  • Replace oil filter and change engine oil
  • Replace spark plug(s) and fuel filter
  • Replace (or clean) air filter
  • Flush fuel system (if necessary)
  • Sharpen (or replace) mower blades* and clean under deck
  • Test ignition system, charging system, and battery
  • Clean battery terminals and cooling system
  • Check and adjust RPM’s
  • Check and adjust clutch (if necessary)
  • Check and adjust brakes/emergency brake system
  • Check and adjust tire pressure (as needed)
  • Lubricate all pivot points and cables
  • Inspect all belts, pulleys and overall operation of unit
  • Inspect and test all safety features

*Cost of blades additional if requiring replacement

Planned maintenance can save your machine from hours of downtime caused by a breakdown. Your satisfaction is guaranteed so don’t hesitate to give us a call.

 

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Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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46061 Van Dyke Ave. 
Utica, MI 48317
(586) 731-7240
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Winter Weather

Winter Weather

Why Winter Weather Temperature Changes Between Cold and Warm

Many Michiganders, and some non-Michiganders, know that Michigan winter weather fluctuates a lot. Within the last few weeks we experienced a mix of temperatures in the 30’s and high 50’s. This week, and within the next few weeks, we are expected to see cold temps and snow.

Since we won’t see spring for a couple of weeks, many of us wonder why we’ve experienced weirdly warm weather within the last few weeks.

Before you dismiss this winter weather as being out of whack, be aware that the fluctuation in temperatures is entirely normal.  It’s rare to sustain a spell of either very cold or warm weather over an entire winter season.  In fact, it would be unusual if we didn’t see a drastic change in the weather during the winter season at all.

The warm weather that we’ve seen this winter is a result of the jet stream. Think of the jet stream as a “river of air” in the uppermost levels of the atmosphere that move weather systems around.  The jet stream dictates temperature based on their orientation, location, and strength.

During January’s bitter temps, a large ridge of high pressure from the West Coast pushed the jet stream far to the north, which caused air to come down from northern Canada.  Eventually, that zone of high pressure broke so instead of constant cold weather, the Eastern U.S. is receiving occasional blasts of cold temps that last a day or two.  This is where our cold air comes from.

We’ve recently experienced spurts of warm weather because a new ridge of high pressure has developed, this time over the East Coast, allowing unusually mild to warm air to flow from the Deep South. The air that is flowing from the north is what’s causing warm temperatures in places that normally feel like the arctic.

What will March bring?

March is here and it brought snow with it. Many of us Michiganders aren’t surprised but we’re still ready for spring to arrive. Beware of March though. It has a reputation of being very fickle when it comes to winter weather. It’s a possibility that we will get dumped with a few more heavy snowfalls and see warmer temperatures this month so don’t be surprised if you have to break out your snow blowers one week and then store then away the next.

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Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

Weingartz
6585 Dixie Hwy.
Clarkston, MI 48346
(248) 620-5258
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Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day is a popular observance in many parts of the United States. Though it’s not an official holiday in the US, February 2 is a day many of us never forget.

History

The first Groundhog Day, February 2, 1887, was celebrated at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. As you know, the tradition is, if a groundhog sees its shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather, and if the groundhog does not see its shadow we’ll see an early spring.

Groundhog Day stems from the ancient Christian tradition of Candlemas Day, where clergy blessed and distributed candles needed for winter. These candles represented how long winter would last. Germans kept this concept but selected the hedgehog as a means of predicting the weather. Once German settlers came to America, they settled in Pennsylvania and continued the tradition, but switched from hedgehogs to groundhogs.

Clymer Freas, a newspaper editor who belonged to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, named Phil, the Punxsutawney groundhog, the only true weather-forecasting groundhog.

How accurate is Punxsutawney Phil?

According to StormFax.com, Phil has been accurate only 39 percent of the time since the first Groundhog Day in 1887. The groundhog has no predictive skill, but he’s gotten a little more accurate in recent years – with an accuracy of about 46 percent since 1988.

Fun Facts

It is said that Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog, was named after King Phillip. He was called Br’er Groundhog before being named Phil.

In 1993, the movie Groundhog Day, starring comedian Bill Murray, made Phil and Groundhog Day famous worldwide. The movie gave new meaning to the term “Groundhog Day” as something that repeats itself over and over.

Today, tens of thousands of people meet on Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney every February 2 to see Phil’s prediction. The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club hosts a three day celebration which includes entertainment and activities. The Groundhog Day celebration held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania draws crowds as large as 40,000 each year.

Past Predictions

2017 – Phil saw his shadow – six more weeks of winter

2016 – No shadow – spring is near

2015 – Phil saw his shadow

2014 – Phil saw his shadow

2013 – No shadow

2012 – Phil saw his shadow

2011 – No shadow

2010 – Phil saw his shadow

Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow this year?

Last year Phil saw his shadow, meaning six more weeks of winter. If Phil sees his shadow this year, we have all the equipment you need to battle winter’s tough weather conditions. Email us, call us at 855-669-7278 or stop by one of our stores for expert advice and to purchase your equipment.

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5436 Jackson Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
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Snow Mold

Snow Mold and Frozen Lawn Damage

When thinking of winter, people rarely consider how winter’s weather conditions affect their lawn. Winter brings snow and freezing temperatures, which contributes to snow mold and frozen lawn damage. The winter season can have adverse affects on your lawn, but this damage can be undone. Read more to learn how to keep your lawn green and healthy.

Snow Mold Damage

One of the most common winter lawn diseases is snow mold. In areas where snow can cover your lawn for weeks at a time, grass can develop snow mold damage, which you’ll usually see after the snow melts. Snow mold leaves you with an unpleasant bleached-looking lawn.

The two most common snow mold diseases are gray snow mold and pink snow mold. Both are a type of fungus but are caused by two different fungal pathogens. Typhula incarnata causes gray snow mold and Microdochium nivale causes pink snow mold.

Gray snow mold shows up as white crusted areas of grass in which the grass is dead, matted together, and bleached. The bleached areas of your lawn can range from some inches to a few feet. Gray snow mold typically appears in areas with the greatest snow accumulation, such as along driveways where snow drifts tend to build up.

Pink snow mold is caused by a fungus that thrives in cool, moist areas. Your lawn can develop pink snow mold even without snow cover. This disease receives its name from the buildup of pink fungal spores on the leaves of infected grass plants, resulting in pink snow mold on patches of matted grass.

Tips To Avoid Snow Mold

There are a few preventative measures that you can take to help avoid both types of snow mold.

  • Long grass is more susceptible to snow mold so mow your lawn until it stops growing. Remove leaves from your lawn in the fall and keep your lawn free of thatch. When we receive snowfall, those leaves can turn into a dense layer that restricts airflow and mats the grass. Additionally, keeping your lawn free of thatch helps ensure proper airflow, which prevents snow mold.
  • If your lawn is suffering from snow mold in the spring, you need to dry out the affected areas because snow mold can spread when your lawn is cold and damp.
  • Lightly rake damaged grass to reduce matting and increase airflow. Allow air and sunlight to reach the damaged areas of your lawn to heat up soil temperatures and dry out the grass.
  • If your lawn has severe damage in the spring, apply a light fertilizer to promote new growth.

Frozen Lawn Damage

Snow isn’t the only thing harming your lawn during the winter; freezing temperatures and ice also contribute to lawn damage. The deterioration of your lawn comes from the destruction of your grass blades when they are frozen.

You have no control over winter’s unpredictable weather conditions, so to help avoid frozen lawn damage stay off of your grass as much as possible. Typically when you walk across your lawn, the grass blades are elastic and bend underfoot but remain undamaged.

During the winter, when heavy objects press down on the blades, expanded water molecules cut through the grass and cause significant cellular damage. So each time you walk across the lawn, you’re stepping on frozen grass blades, breaking them and damaging the lawn.

Your lawn will eventually recover from frozen lawn damage, but for now stay off the grass until temperatures rise.

Snow and ice buildup on your walkways and driveway can also be frustrating during the winter. Snow blowers are built to efficiently remove snow allowing you to take care of business with little effort. These machines range from small single stage models to large three stage models that can remove snow, ice, and slush in seconds. Spreaders may also come in handy during the winter. They’re built to spread snow and ice melt, removing ice from walkways.

Email or call us at 855-669-7278 or stop by one of our stores for expert advice and to purchase your snow and ice removal equipment.

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Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

Weingartz
46061 Van Dyke Ave.
Utica, MI 48317
(586) 731-7240
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Snow and Ice Melt – Should I Use Rock Salt or Professional Melt?

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Winter is in full swing with snow and ice accumulating on driveways and sidewalks. Snow blowers are great for snow removal, but sometimes you need a little extra help to rid your home of ice.

Deciding which chemicals to use to melt the ice on your driveway and sidewalk is an important decision. Many people simply buy the least expensive product on the market thinking that there is no difference. This could not be farther from the truth. In fact, the type of chemical that you use can have a devastating impact on your lawn, plants, and concrete.

There is a significant difference between traditional rock salt and a professional-grade snow and ice melt.

Rock salt is the mineral form of sodium chloride and essentially lowers the freezing point of water to melt snow and ice away. Small amounts of the salt partially melt the ice, forming a solution of salt and water. That solution moves under the ice to break the bond between the ice and pavement.

Ice melt is typically composed of calcium, magnesium, potassium, chloride, or a combination of these. Ice melt lowers the freezing point of water to melt snow and ice at much lower temperatures than rock salt. In general, rock salt will only melt snow or ice at 12 degrees Fahrenheit, while professional-grade melts have a much lower melting point of -12 degrees Fahrenheit.

 When it comes to de-icers, the benefits of professional-grade ice melt greatly outweigh ordinary rock salt.

Additional benefits of professional snow and ice melt include:

  1. Will not freeze
  2. Safer on your plants and lawn
  3. Is less corrosive than rock salt, making it safer for your driveway, sidewalk, porch, and yard
  4. Less corrosion also means you don’t need to worry when accidentally tracking residual ice melt indoors – it won’t leave oily residue on carpets
  5. Pet-friendly options – you can choose a 100% organic, all natural, salt free ice melt

When shopping, look for a professional snow and ice melt that is a 4-way blend of calcium, magnesium, potassium, and chloride. It is also best to select a snow and ice melt where the pellets have been coated with a liquid magnesium chloride. This increases the melting power and ease of pouring.

Don’t be sticker shocked; professional snow and ice melt is a little more expensive than traditional rock salt. Yet, it works significantly better, lasts twice as long, and will not have a damaging effect on your lawn, plants, cement, and carpets.

Now that you have the right chemicals to melt away snow and ice, you need the right equipment to get the job done. Spreaders are built to spread snow and ice melt, and other pelletized material. Some spreaders are large and can be attached to the back of trucks to spread large quantities of material in less time. Many are weather-resistant, holding up against harsh, winter elements. Other spreaders come in small, walk behind models but provide professional-quality performance to spread snow and ice melt.

Give us a call at 855-669-7278 or stop by one of our stores for expert advice and to purchase your snow and ice removal equipment.

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Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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11875 Northland Dr.
Cedar Springs, MI 49319
(616) 696-2913
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Have you ever found yourself wondering why the neighbors’ lawn is more green or well-kept though little maintenance appears to be done? It’s possible that your neighbor does not do much yard work, and this is likely a result of your neighbor having a different grass type than you.

The type of grass and the environmental conditions in which grass grows has an impact on the amount of maintenance that needs to be done.

Different types of grasses require different levels of care, for example:

Partially shaded grass – If your lawn is growing in partial shade, or four to six hours of partial shade, your grass grows slower and requires less water and fertilizer. Keep in mind that grass does require sunlight to stay healthy so consequently, your partially shaded grass may never fill in and become the envy of the neighborhood.

Turf-type tall fescue, fine fescue grasses – These types of grasses require less fertilizer than bluegrass and perennial ryegrass lawns.

Kentucky bluegrass – Lawns with Kentucky bluegrass require two to four pounds of nitrogen fertilizer yearly to maintain a beautiful appearance. To achieve this, apply two to five applications of nitrogen to the grass each year.

Here are turf-grasses that require less maintenance:

Lower maintenance lawns in Michigan have a higher percentage of fine fescues or turf-type tall fescues and need one-third to half the nitrogen that a bluegrass lawn needs.

Fine fescue – Fine fescues are a group of grasses with various needs. Creeping red fescue mixed with Kentucky bluegrass provides good turf for lawns with sunny and shaded areas. Shade-tolerant fine fescues require less fertilizer and water, and fine fescues do not grow well under wet soil conditions.

Hard and sheep fescue – Fine fescue grasses that require lower maintenance practices are hard and sheep fescue. These are stiff, bluish-green grasses that grow in clumps. This fescue is usually mixed with Kentucky bluegrass that fills in between. Hard and sheep fescue grow slow, require less fertilizer, and grow well in dry conditions.

Turf-type tall fescue – Turf-type tall fescue grasses are able to survive heat stress and grub damage. This grass requires less fertilizer and one to three applications of nitrogen. Turf-type tall fescue turf can be thick and healthy with lower maintenance practices, but it won’t have the carpet-like look of Kentucky bluegrass.

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To promote the health of a low maintenance lawn, give these gardening practices a try:

Watering - Lawns require about one inch of water each week, but split into multiple applications. This amount of water includes natural rainfall. Grass won’t flourish if it does not receive water from rain or irrigation.

Mulching - After mowing, collect the grass clippings to use as mulch. These clippings are great for your lawn and provide about one-third of the nitrogen needed by the lawn. Grass clippings should occasionally be returned directly to your lawn because they act as a natural fertilizer.

Mowing height - Mow the grass at three to three and a half inches tall to reduce the possibility of weed seeds developing, and to lessen the amount of water lost to evaporation. Mowing the grass at this height also helps build a larger root mass which is more tolerant to drought.

 

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Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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Cedar Springs, MI 49319
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The Asian Lady Beetle Is On Her Way

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In the last few years, have you noticed an increase in Ladybugs lined up on your windowsill in October, or a few on a warm winter day?

The multicolored beetle is often called a Ladybug or the Halloween Beetle, because of the yellow-orange color and significant population in mid to late October. It is unlike our native species and there is some controversy as to how the Asian Lady Beetle has made her way to the United States. It seems to have been through a number of accidental and planned releases.

The Asian Lady Beetle was first officially reported in Michigan in 1994. Now, it is a significant and well established part of Michigan’s eco-system and for many a seasonal annoyance. Native lady bugs head for high elevations in the fall to seek shelter for their winter hibernation. Yet, this newer imported species likes to spend their winters lower and our homes are the perfect hibernation spot!

They congregate in large numbers in mid to late fall to find a group hibernation spot. As winter draws closer, they cluster on the side of homes and other buildings looking for any small crack or crevice they can call home. Once they have found their resting spot, they hibernate until the first warm days of late winter and early spring.

Fortunately, lady beetles are not dangerous to your home. They do not chew, bore holes, eat carpet, or lay eggs in the home. They are simply looking for a resting spot for the winter. Yet, if they are disturbed they may try to defend themselves by emitting a yellow-orange fluid. This fluid has an odor and can permanently stain walls, carpeting, etc., so avoid swatting or crushing the beetle.

The best way to control the Asian Lady Beetle is prevention. Eliminate any points of entry on the interior and exterior of your home. Most importantly is the interior of your home. Caulk places where pipes, conduits, and wires come through the wall. After all, you probably wouldn’t mind the Asian Lady Beetle hibernating under your siding, if none of them entered your living area. While they may be a nuisance, Asian Lady Beetles are helpful predators that seek out aphids, scale insects, spider mites, and many other pests that injure plants in our garden, landscaping, and agricultural crops.

They are particularly good predators against soft bodied pests. Thus, they have been credited for significantly decreasing the use of pesticides used by homeowners and farmers. So add a quick home inspection to your October maintenance list and the Asian Lady Beetle will safely hibernate outside your home.

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Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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39050 Grand River Ave.
Farmington Hills, MI 48335
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Leaves: “I Didn’t Fall, I was Pushed!”

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The days are getting shorter, the leaves are bursting with colors, and many of us are preparing our lawn and garden for the winter slumber. As gusts of wind swirl about our landscape, a multitude of colorful leaves fall to the ground. Contrary to most people’s belief, the wind has little to do with leaves “falling” off the tree. The tree actually cuts and pushes leaves off the tree!

We just began preparing for the cold months ahead, while our trees started this preparation at the beginning of spring. During spring growth, a separation layer called the abscission is formed at the base of each leaf and branch.

During the summer, this layer helps send water to the leaves and food back to the tree. All summer excess food is made and stored as starch until it is needed for the winter months. The shorter and cooler days of autumn trigger a hormone that sends a chemical message to every leaf; stop food production, it’s time to go.

Once this message is received, the abscission cells begin to swell where the leaf and stem meet. Within a few days or weeks, a bumpy line is developed that reduces the flow of water and food between the leaf and stem, leaving glucose and waste products trapped in the leaf.

Without fresh water to renew the leaves, chlorophyll begins to disappear. Little by little leaves are actually pushed away or off the branch!

Once those leaves hit the ground, you’ll want to remove them before snow hits the ground. When it comes to leaf cleanup, there are a few options: rake the leaves, save the leaves for mulch, or use a leaf blower.

So how do we get those beautiful colors?

Think back to your grade school science class when we learned about photosynthesis. In short, plants take in sunlight, carbon dioxide, and water. Plants produce glucose as food for energy and growing.

A chemical called chlorophyll helps make photosynthesis happen and gives plants their green color. When the chlorophyll disappears from the leaves, the bright green slowly fades away.

Now is when we begin to see the beautiful yellow and orange colors that have been in the leaves all summer, hiding under the green chlorophyll. The bright reds and purples we see in leaves are from the glucose that is trapped in the leaves. After photosynthesis stops, the glucose is turned to red. The deep brown colors are made from waste that is left in the leaves.

The combinations of all these colors give us the amazing autumn view. As we all know, Michigan is one of the best places in the world to see the burst of autumn colors.

Generally, the brightest autumn colors are seen when we have a dry late summer and bright sunny autumn days.

You can track the fall colors by going to www.michigan.org.

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Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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The Art of Topiary

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Topiary; the term may sound unfamiliar, but we know you’ve seen the art around. Those hedges and shrubs that have been trimmed into amazing sculptures of everything from shapes to animals to people are topiaries.

Topiary is defined as the horticultural practice of clipping shrubs or trees into shapes and is one type of living sculpture that has gained and lost popularity through the ages.

History

People have been clipping trees and shrubs into whimsical shapes since 23-79 A.D. Topiary was popular in Ancient Rome, but after the fall of Rome, topiary lost popularity for several hundred years. It returned in medieval times as a way of training fruit plants, and then again during the Italian Renaissance. In the 15th century, the Dutch became intrigued with creating topiary that resembled animals while the French preferred creating topiary into geometric shapes. In the 18th century, topiary lost popularity again, and Victorians brought it back, adding in new plants and other details.

Topiary spread to North America around 1690, and as houseplants became popular in the 1950s and 60s, topiary became indoor art.

Fun Facts

In 1962, “American portable-style Topiary” was introduced to Disneyland. Walt Disney helped bring this topiary into being through recreating his cartoon characters in landscape shrubbery. This style of topiary is based on a steel wire frame that is either stuffed with sphagnum moss and then planted, or placed around shrubbery for the sculpture to grow into topiary as the shrubbery fills in the frame. This style has led to numerous imaginative topiary displays which have been recreated worldwide.

Artificial topiary has also gained popularity throughout the years. Much like artificial Christmas trees, artificial topiary resembles the style of living versions and is used to add color and freshness to indoor and outdoor spaces.  Additionally, topiary can take years to grow so artificial topiary has become an excellent choice because they remain realistic and timeless.

Topiary Today

For centuries, topiary has been used to spruce up space, delivering a bolder, fresher look. Topiary is still a favorable way to bring charm and elegance to space, so much so that there are a variety of gardens, parks, and cemeteries that have been recognized for their amazing topiary.

In addition to enhancing your home’s curb appeal, topiary plays a role in maintaining a healthy environment. Surrounding your home with plants helps maintain the balance of gases in the air while limiting climate-warming carbons. Photosynthesis turns carbon into carbohydrates which are essential to our food supply and the ability to fight various diseases.

Want to make your own topiary?

Why not? With the variety of large and extravagant topiary, making your own may seem intimidating, but it is doable. It will take time and research to decide what shape you will create, what plant you will grow, and what tools you’ll need. Familiarize yourself with this outdoor power equipment: hedge trimmers and chainsaws to shape and maintain your hedges, pruning shears for smaller plants, pole pruners and multi-tools for tall, hard-to-reach areas, and leaf blowers for quick cleanup. Don’t attempt to make topiary on a whim, because you could end up with something less than satisfactory.

Once your topiary is created, don’t forget to care for it. It will still need to be maintained and trimmed regularly. Also, just like any other plant your topiary needs water and sunlight to thrive.

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Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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Clarkston, MI 49319
(616) 696-2913
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