Unity’s April 2021 Newsletter

Unity Landscape Design/Build
Happy Spring from all of us at Unity! This is an exciting time of the year bustling with activity. The Unity Landscape Design/Build team is busy performing many Spring maintenance projects and garden cleanups for the season.
These maintenance projects include weeding and removing leaves and debris from planting beds, cutting back grasses and perennials, fertilizing trees and shrubs with a slow-release fertilizer, and adding a new layer of fresh mulch to name just a few items. These “spring cleaning” tasks are important as they give the landscape some much-needed TLC and prepare for the growing season ahead.
We have other exciting projects on the schedule as well, including a living shoreline project, and several restoration projects for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
Our sales and design team – Michael Jensen (President, Sales and Design), Lucas Lees (Marine Biologist, Environmental Sales and Design) and Robin Hanway (Licensed Landscape Architect) would be happy to review your plans for any upcoming projects.
Dustin Johnson is heading the irrigation and low voltage lighting services division for Unity. Dustin has an extensive background installing, maintaining, and servicing low voltage lighting and irrigation systems of all makes and manufactures in both residential and commercial applications. With his broad experience, Dustin has been able to identify the highest quality systems that will perform well into the future.
Please contact the Unity office at 410-556-6010 to set up an appointment or share this with your friends who might be interested.

Sandy Appel and Chris Sade
Unity Landscape Design/Build
Unity Church Hill Nursery
With our Open House on Saturday, March 20th, it has felt like Spring has officially arrived. We can feel the excitement in the air as everyone is eager to get back outside and start projects in their yards and gardens.
This Spring we’ve noticed a growing interest in establishing rain gardens at home, and so I thought I’d share a few resources. If you haven't already heard of a rain garden, it is a depression that collects storm water runoff, holds it temporarily while allowing it to slowly infiltrate into the ground, and is typically planted with native plants. As ShoreRivers states on their website, “Rain gardens are considered the “Holy Grail” of River-Friendly Yards practices because they utilize all three tenets of effectively handling water on your property; slow it, sink it, spread it.” ShoreRivers lists two links on its resource page on how to site and size your rain garden. UMD Extension has published “Rain Gardens Across Maryland” (link to a pdf) which is an excellent resource and includes a recommended native plant list in the appendix. Another good resource is the “Rain Gardens” section of the “Homeowner Guide for a More Bay- Friendly Property”(link to pdf). They have sample rain garden plans with plant lists. One thing I hadn't realized is that you don't necessarily want to locate the rain garden in the lowest spot of your yard where drainage may be poor because you do need the water to infiltrate and drain away. They are not meant to be a wetland or pond. We do carry many of the native plants recommended for use in a rain garden, so please stop in or send us an email if you are looking for help choosing plants for your rain garden.

Fothergilla gardenii in bloomWe are excited to be able to offer our own Unity-grown landscape plugs, perennials, ferns, vines, shrubs, and trees this year. Some shrubs that stand out right now are the Aronia arbutifolia 'Brilliantissima' red chokeberry which is just about to bloom, the Fothergilla gardenia which is just breaking into bloom (see photo to left), Viburnum cassinoides ‘Lil’ Ditty’, and the Itea ‘Little Henry.’ For a list of what we currently have available, please visit our website.

We brought some of our shrubs and perennials to our first day back at the Chestertown Farmers’ Market last Saturday (March 27th). It is great to be back, and we plan to return each week with our sustainably grown produce, veggie and herb starts, and Unity grown native plants. Look for us at the corner of High and Cross Streets next to Memorial Row. Sarah, our produce farmer, will send out a notice each week by email listing what we currently have available. This is the earliest we’ve ever started attending the Chestertown Market and so we still have fairly limited offerings, but that will soon change. This week we plan to have a limited amount of arugula and mesclun plus spinach, lettuce, carrots, and cilantro with herb plants including sweet basil (which I would keep inside for another month), dill, marjoram, curly parsley, flat-leaf parsley, sage, German winter thyme, creeping thyme and vegetable 6-packs of bok choy, broccoli, green cabbage, red cabbage, curly kale, lacinato kale, lettuce, and swiss chard. We’ll continue bringing a selection of the native plants we are growing to the market each week to highlight what is looking good.
Now is a great time to plant trees, perennials, shrubs, and cool-weather veggies, fruits and herbs. We have heirloom seeds from Seed Savers’ Exchange, strawberry crowns, horseradish roots, blueberries, figs, apple, cherry, plum, and pear trees with peach trees coming soon. We have been busy these last couple of weeks restocking the nursery with a wide selection of perennials, shrubs and trees. I just came in from helping to unload a trailer of beautiful B&B (balled and burlapped) trees of Magnolia grandiflora ‘Bracken’s Brown’, Cornus florida ‘Cherokee Princess’ dogwood, Cornus ‘Stellar Pink’ dogwood, Ilex x ‘Emily Bruner’ holly, and Cryptomeria ‘Radicans’, and there are many more trees still on their way.
We look forward to seeing you out at Unity Church Hill Nursery or now at the Chestertown Farmers' Market!
Happy Spring!
Theresa Mycek, Plant Production Manager
Unity Church Hill Nursery

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