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Charlie helps the Atlantic crew prep the soil.

Permaculture Style Vegetable Garden

November 5th 2017 - Food Forest, Grow Your Own Food, Organic Gardening, Permaculture, Vegetable Garden

This season we turned a quarter acre of unused lawn into a permaculture style garden.  A layout was created using a key-hole design style.  This key-hole style maximizes the planting area while providing easy access to vegetables and creating different rooms within the garden.  The existing lawn was stripped and lots of compost was amended to the soil.  The compost provides nutrients to the plants, helps hold moisture and creates a much stronger soil composition.  Plants were planted over the course of a few weeks.  Many of the vegetables were grown from seeds and started indoors.  Fruit trees were added to create shelter for plants that like a little shade.  Most of the plants we chose were perennial species, which minimizes the future spring planting work.  Some of the perennial plants we included were Apple, Pear, Persimmon, Cherry, Fig, Plum, Blueberry, Raspberry, Grape, Rosemary, Horseradish, Strawberry, Hops, Thyme, Sage and more.  We also planted plenty of common annual vegetables, including Tomato, Pepper, Sunflower, Onion, Beet, Carrot, Basil, Parsley and many others.  Other plants were included to provide shelter, wind blocks, bird and beneficial insect attractants, and aesthetic value.  A deer fence was installed using cedar posts we gathered from our job sites.  The cedar was also used to create a grape arbor and the gates.   

Winter Moth on Norway Maple Leaf

Caterpillar Damage Alert

April 26th 2016 - Alert, Arboriculture, Caterpillar, Gypsy Moth, News, Plant Health Care, Tree Pests, Winter Moth

As your  shade trees begin to leaf out, be on the look out for caterpillars. They have the ability of being a major nuisance to your property, as well permanently damaging your beloved shade trees. The trees to keep an eye on our the Maples, Cherries, fruit trees and blueberry bushes. The Winter Moth emerge in late November and mate and the females lay eggs primarily on the trunk and large branches of trees. The eggs are very hard to identify, they are very small orange specs which can be seen in the bark. If identified there is a treatment for the eggs. A horticultural oil can be sprayed on the trees in late winter, but temperatures need to be above 45 degrees for dormant oil to be effective.  Fruit trees and berry shrubs should be sprayed early with oil to prevent damage to flower buds.  If flower buds are damaged, the fruit crop will be lost.If damage is identified as tree is leafing out, it is crucial to treat promptly.  Starting in late April the tiny green caterpillars may appear, they will burrow into the bud scales. This is when injury to your tree will occur. Your leaves will be riddled with holes and even look defoliated as the season progresses. If you identify any of these symptoms it is important to spray immediately.  Bacilus thuringiensis, commonly known as B.T, it is ingested by the caterpillar. It works best on the younger states of caterpillars, so spray promptly!Once B.T is ingested the caterpillars will stop feeding immediately.Caterpillars will also excrete black sticky substance that will make a mess of your walkways, house and cars, And ruin the trees which add great value to your property. It is important to identify the pest, so it can be treated before it is too late!After damage is present, watering becomes very important to help sustain new growth thats likely to emerge.  Caterpillars will fall from leaves later into the spring season.  Spraying at this time becomes a wasted effort.  Call Atlantic for a free tree evaluation.Get more info here:http://www.easternriconservation.org/2016-03-28-Presentation.pdfhttp://web.uri.edu/ipm/2015/05/may-19-2015-winter-moth-update-southern-new-england/

Best of Newport County Award

April 26th 2016 - Awards, News

Atlantic is proud to be presented the Best of Newport County Award.  Each year, Newport Life Magazine recognizes local organizations and businesses that have been voted the BEST by its readers.  We are happy to see our list of clients expanding on Aquidneck Island.  Thanks to everyone who voted for us.

Natural Lawn Care

Natural Lawn Care

April 14th 2016 - Lawn Care, News, Services

There are a few key factors to developing a pesticide free, natural lawn and landscape.´╗┐DesignWe look at your whole yard and current use of the lawn to come up with low maintenance, natural solutions. Sometimes the best approach is to consider lawn alternatives in those hard to grow locations. Sunny areas can host wonderful meadows while shady spots make great woodlands. To create a healthy pesticide free lawn we recommend a generous amount of good topsoil. SoilOur topsoil is mixed with compost to increase it's water holding capacity, nutrient and microbe counts. A strong lawn requires a minimum of 6 inches of topsoil, the more the better. We fertilize our lawns spring and fall with an organic lawn fertilizer which also helps feed the soil. Unlike synthetic fertilizers, the organic approach lasts much longer, requiring fewer applications. Organic fertilizers improve soil quality adding a wide range of nutrients. They have lower dosages of nitrogen with less risk of burning your lawn. Soil tests are available for understanding a soils PH and nutrient deficiencies.MaintenanceWe aerate and slice seed many of our properties to improve the thickness of the lawn. Watering is essential for new seedlings to establish. (we provide a watering service for new lawn and plant installations) Proper mowing practices, cutting at a higher height, helps choke out many weeds. A thick healthy lawn is the best defense against weeds. For other lawn pests like grubs, we recommend monitoring on an annual basis and treating the lawn when necessary. Adding a tree to your yard can create shade and eliminate sun loving crab-grass.Call us today for a free lawn and landscape consultation.

The mowing season is almost over and the cold weather is definitely upon us but its still great to see some sharp lines!

Welcome to the new Atlantic website!

October 7th 2015 - News

It's been 3 years since we last updated the look of our website and there have been some big changes. Our portfolio now showcases the wide variety of services that we provide and is a great way to get inspiration for an upcoming project, just click the relevant tag or use our smart search. Our goal is to keep the website up-to-date with all the latest news, career opportunities and offers direct from the office and look out for exciting new customer features coming this winter.