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Shrub Protection
American Nurseryman Magazine – covering commercial horticulture since 1904
Issue - December 1, 2007 – “New Products”

Beaver Landscaping Inc., Clarence, NY, has introduced The Shrub Coat product line for defense against winter conditions and pests.

With many convenient sizes, The Shrub Coat easily fits over shrubs, bushes, and trees up to 9 feet tall. The product line also includes The Shrub Cover, which is designed for lower plants or shrubbery in locations that are not at risk for damage due to heavy ice and snow.

The main difference between these two products is The Shrub Cover does not have the interior poles that give The Shrub Coat its teepee-like structure. The protective coverings are made of a durable, environmentally friendly, ultraviolet-treated fabric that allows plants to “breathe” without creating a dangerous greenhouse effect.

Both can be installed in just minutes, the easily stored away in the spring.
Call (888) 747-8226:www.shrubcoat.com


New Technology from a Local Nurseryman - Shrub Coat

Nurserylines Magazine

It’s that time of year, when “Old Man Winter” will soon be knocking on the door. So it’s time to protect your expensive shrubs from his cold winter wind and snow as well as the rabbits, deer and other varmints who may take aim at your plants.

Now there is a great new way to do that, thanks to a new protection system called SHRUB COAT.

After four years of development by a professional Western New York nurseryman, SHRUB COAT is now available here and around the country where it promises to protect shrubs from wind and snow, road salt and animals that might otherwise make a salad of expensive greenery.

Made of UV-treated, knitted hade cloth, the SHRUB COAT is re-usable for seven years, easy to install and attractive to look at. It comes in different sizes for little shrubs up to nine foot trees.

SHRUB COAT is the creation of a professional nursery man and landscaper, Steve Bakowski, owner of Beaver Landscaping in Clarence, NY.  This is a terrific new product and a vast improvement over the old burlap wrapping approach to shrub protection. 


Shrub Coat in Production Locally

Upstate Gardeners Journal

Beaver Landscaping, Clarence based producers of the Shrub Coat, announce that they have contracted with Depew’s Southeast Works, a company employing and training handicapped individuals in the community with job skills.

Southeast Works will assemble and package the locally-manufactured product, a “better than burlap”, reusable, alternative for protecting shrubs from the winter ravages of wind, snow, ice, salt and animals.

Shrub Coat, the invention of owner Steve Bakowski, is made of green, breathable fabric on a pyramidal frame, and comes in various sizes to conveniently protect shrubs and bushes up to nine feet tall. This design helps dormant plants emerge green and healthy in the spring. And, as Steve’s wife and business partner points out, it is easy to incorporate into your holiday decorating scheme- just add lights.

For more information on The Shrub Coat, call 716-759-7044 or visit shrubcoat.com


Fixing the Damage

By Sally Cunningham, Garden Consultant, Lockwood’s Greenhouses
Buffalo News – Home & Garden

I am looking out at four feet of snow on the ground in East Aurora, now wind-sculpted into swaths of 6 foot drifts and more walkable (mere 2-foot) depths. The plow has surrounded the driveway with 8-foot banks and just the lid of the mailbox peeks out of a tall white wall.

It’s picturesque; its winter. But what’s happening to the perennials and tree roots under there? How will the shrubs fare, now bent to the ground with the weight of snow?  And what about the broken trees our October storm left behind, that have gone untended? What will happen, and what can we do?

I’ll share my observations and suggestions- but be assured; this is all a work in progress. It has been an extraordinary season, with a lot of challenges for homeowners and landscapers. Sometimes the answers aren’t simple and we’ll all (including the plants) need time and patience. Many of us have shrubs right under the drip line or eaves of the house. Contemporary landscape wisdom tells us to avoid doing that- plant them farther out instead- but for now, there they are.

As snow slides off the roof or an ice dame breaks up, or icicles crash down it lands right on them and smashes them.( I have an ancient, 6-foot barberry out front that is 95% bent down to the ground). Other shrubs are pounded by the snow flying from the snow blowers or dumped on by the plow. And this winter some shrubs right out in the open have heavy, dense snow bending and sometimes cracking the branches.

With a little foresight some people put tee-pees or tents over the most vulnerable plants, using snow fence, pallets (skids), or boards. I am feeling fortunate that I protected two precious dwarf conifers with the new Shrub CoatsTM   , excellent fabric tents that get special plants through the winter in spite of deer, wind and cold temps.( it was invented by a local nurseryman- good product).


Someone You Should Know – Resident is inventor, business owner

By Andrea Kimbriel
The Clarence Bee – Your Community Newspaper

Steve Bakowski recently received a U.S. patent for his invention, The Shrub Coat. It provides reusable winter protection from the elements and deer for trees and shrubs.

“Every time I went through a trade magazine, I would go through thinking “there must be something out there”’ he said. However, he decided to invent something himself after he realized there wasn’t anything like the shrub coat on the market. He also came up with a Shrub cover and “Stake-It-Easy”, a staking kit for small trees, shrubs and inflatable decorations.

The Clarence resident has been in the nursery business for more than 20 years. “I worked in the industry for 10 years as a laborer and then in 1986, I decided that I really like working outside. I really liked working with plants” he said. He enrolled at Alfred State College and received a degree in ornamental horticulture. After graduation, he knew he wanted to work for himself and started his own business.

Now a certified nursery and landscape profession, he owns Beaver Landscaping Inc., at 5640 Davison Road, Clarence, which he said offers high-end installation and maintenance. In addition to tree and shrub work, he can create such features as pond less waterfalls, patios and fire pits. Bakowski said he enjoys enhancing the beauty of someone’s property and seeing his work five years later, as it matures with proper maintenance.

“I don’t want to sound corny but I bring someone’s dream to reality for their homes” he said. He also assisted the community with making tree donations to the campus of Kids Escaping Drugs, in West Seneca. He also helped spearhead Arbor Day at the Olmstead Parks Conservancy, where volunteers did a million dollars of work in one day in the Olmstead parks.

Bakowski was recently awarded the Man of the Year Award from the Western New York State Nursery and Landscape Association. He said he has run the Plantasia flower show for the organization for several years but was surprised to get the award. It recognized his contributions to nursery industry and his facility for “getting things done.”

Bakowski’s Shrub Coats are manufacture in WNY and assembled by handicapped adults in Depew working with Southeast Works. More information can be found at shrubcoat.com. 


Protect your garden with The Shrub Coat
Clarence Bee Publications
October 2006

Fall is definitely the time of the year when Western New Yorkers are looking for tips on protecting their gardens and expensive landscaping from the ravages of winter.

Consumers put in so much time, work and money over the summer, it’s a shame to see it all wasted with the first big storm. Come spring, they shouldn’t have to feel like they have to start over.

Steve Bakowski, owner of Beaver Landscaping Inc., is happy to offer professional advice based on his more than 28 years of experience helping customers preserve,  protect and maintain their gardens and shrubs.

Bakowski’s latest invention, The Shrub Coat, is a four year response to his customer’s constant question of “isn’t there a better way than burlap?”.

This unique product can easily and cost effectively protects bushes and shrubs from wind, ice, salt and animals. It is more attractive to look at than burlap, and it can be easily incorporated into any holiday decorating scheme.

For more information call 716-759-7044 or visit shrubcoat.com


Beaver Landscaping Shrub Coats & Covers

Pro Magazine

 

The Beaver Landscaping Shrub Coat product line is a means of defense against winter ravages. With four convenient sizes, the Shrub Coat easily fits over shrubs, bushes and even trees up to 9 feet tall. The Shrub Cover is ideal for lower plants or shrubbery in locations that are not at risk for damage due to heavy ice and snow.

Shrub Coats and Shrub Covers are made of a durable, environmentally friendly, UV-treated fabric that allows plants to breathe without creating a dangerous greenhouse effect. Both can be simply installed in just minutes and stored easily in the spring.  For more information visit shrubcoat.com


Nice Lawns Take Time and Work
By Garden Expert Sally Cunningham
Buffalo News – Sally is a garden writer, lecturer and consultant.

Many of you wrote to me after I asked for column topics that interest you, and I thank you. I can’t say however, that your collective voice pointed me in new directions. You are an eclectic bunch- from sophisticated gardeners to under confident beginners. Most you seem to have yards and not much time to attend to them. Here are some questions you mailed it:

Question: I have seen some neighbors wrap their bushes in plastic to protect from deer and wind and I think I remember that’s really wrong. Is it?

Answer: You’re right; it’s wrong. Plastic will cook the plants with any sunshine and encourage fungal growth, too. Wrap shrubs in burlap or use a snow fence, pallets, or Shrub Coats


The Chores to Remember in November
By Garden Expert Sally Cunningham
Buffalo New – Sally is a garden writer and former Cornell Extension educator.

At risk of harassment charges, I am here to remind you that it’s not time to watch football, read by the fire or go holiday shopping- until your yard work is done. Here is your (and my) “To Do” list for November:

Protect vulnerable shrubs for winter. That means block from wind, moderate the temperatures, protect from deer, and cover in case of falling snow ice from overhead. Use burlap, snow fence, wooden tee-pees or the new Shrub Coat. Needy candidates might be Japanese evergreens or hydrangeas- anything at risk especially the recently planted. 


Top Plants & Garden Tools of the Decade
By Garden Expert Sally Cunningham
Buffalo News – Sally is a garden writer, lecturer and consultant.

Lists, lists, lists. We’ve all been hearing them- best movies, television, books, best and worst outfits and he Top 10 everything for 2009 or for the whole decade. So I started thinking Why not gardening “bests”? What do I really think are the best plants and best products for gardeners in the last years? I have heard they work so well from some of you. Others I simply love. Here are some of my “best picks” in the categories of  Products & Tools.

Best landscape protection: The Shrub Coat line, especially the new custom shrub and hedge protectors.


Making Coats to Cover the Shrubs
By Elizabeth Carey
Buffalo Business First Newspaper & buffalo.bizjournals.com

Steve Bakowski came up with a solution to the problem of severe winter weather damaging bushes and plants - The Shrub Coat.  Steve Bakowski is hoping to decorate homes for the holidays while protecting valuable landscaping.

Bakowski and his wife, Joyce, owners of Beaver Landscaping in Clarence, have spent decades watching winter weather and wildlife destroy shrubs and other plants.

Now they’re come up with a solution - the Shrub Coat. The coats are made of UV-treated shade cloth and easily fit over landscaping like a cone, supported by steel pipes and stakes.

The Shrub Coat comes in four sizes for shrubs and trees up to 9 feet high. Bakowski says the coats will withstand heavy snowfall even the kind that came in mid-Octobers, thanks to the design, which took four years to perfect.

They range in price and are expected to last seven to 10 winters.

Bakowski has a degree in horticulture and is a certified nurseryman in NY. However, the process of creating the Shrub Coast gave the Bakowskis a renewed education on getting a product to market. “To find a manufacturer and materials, packaging, shipping, advertising. There are so many pieces to it we never dreamed of” Joyce said. “But we hope it will be a household name someday”.

The Bakowskis have been marketing their product at trade shows where they have gotten a positive response from home and business owners in the Northeast and south who are concerned about overnight frost.

They’ve shipped orders to Maine, New Hampshire and to the U.S Fish and Wildlife Department.  The Shrub Coat is manufactured in WNY. It was Joyce who discovered that the Shrub Coat can double as a holiday decoration by simply stringing lights along the green material to create little Christmas trees. “ It’s fun to drive by in the winter and see them decorated and to know they look nice too” she said. 


From John C. Minus Fruit Farms

Sodus, NY

Dear Steve,

     I found your product advertised last year in Garden Gate. I ordered several of them for my favorite shrubs. This is the first product that gave my shrubs the protection I was loathing for, much much better than burlap.

The quality of your product I feel that it will last for several years. I was very pleased with the special order sizes you offered this year.  I will be ordering more of your product in the future.

Thank you, Steve, for bringing a quality product to the market place.

Sincerely,
Phoebe


Giving Shrub Coat A Try
Gardening While Intoxicated
Sunday December 16, 2007
By Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth is an avid gardener, magazine editor, freelance writer, sometime art curator, and a member of the Garden Walk Buffalo committee.  She also posts on Garden Rant and Spree Blog.  Licata gardens in Buffalo, which can vary from “hardiness regions”  5 to 6a (in sheltered positions).

Though I usually don’t discuss particular garden products here, I’m making an exception of Shrub Coat for 2 reasons:It’s the brainchild of a Western New York horticulturalist.

If it works, other zone 5 (and under) gardeners should know about it, because it might spare us some seasonal anxiety over our hydrangea macrophyllas, rhododendrons, and other marginally hardy shrubs.

Up until now, I’ve been protecting the 2 macrophyllas (both are pink and bloom on old wood) by heaping bags of leaves around them in late fall, in order to block some of the more bitter winds. It’s worked almost every season, as far as I can tell. But it’s also a bit of a pain, as the piles fall over and the leaves get soggy. Sometime over the summer the Shrub Coat people dropped off some samples and I installed 2 of them yesterday. I probably ought to have done it sooner.

If you could count on a deep snow cover for the whole winter, that would do the job, but you can’t count on that. Nonetheless, I resisted the urge to cover the rhododendrons in the front, because I’m less inclined to spoil them. If they can’t tough it out and thrive, then I’d love to replace them with something native. 

So, there you have it—Shrub Coat. They come in teepee types, with poles, and simple covers, without poles; you pound them in with plastic stakes, also provided. The sizes range up to 9-feet-high. The fabric is some kind of tough mesh that does seem like it would work better than burlap. We’ll see.


COPYRIGHT 2007 PR Newswire Association LLC
BUFFALO, N.Y., Sept. 20 /PRNewswire/ 

The Shrub Coat was invented to protect the shrubs, plants and trees from snow, ice, wind, deer and rabbits. With four convenient sizes, The Shrub Coat easily fits over shrubs, bushes and trees up to nine feet tall.

The inventor, Steve Bakowski, a professional nurseryman and landscaper with over 28 years of experience, was often asked by his customers "Isn't there a better way to protect bushes and shrubs than the ugly, ineffective burlap-wrap method?" There wasn't, so Steve invented one himself. See http://www.shrubcoat.com/

"Customers wanted a reusable form of winter plant protection without chemical sprays or solutions that need reapplication," says Bakowski. "Burlap was never a great solution. But until I invented The Shrub Coat, there wasn't much choice."

Burlap can rip and tear in the wind and hangs there in shreds, not providing protection, and detracting from the home's beauty. It has to be changed almost every year so it's more costly in the long run. Bakowski wanted the Shrub Coat and Shrub Cover to provide protection, look attractive and last a long time, so there would be one less tedious fall chore to do.

After four years of development he began marketing The Shrub Coat to Western New York nurseries, homeowners, gardeners, and landscapers and it took off. Bakowski recently added The Shrub Cover to the product line for lower plants or shrubbery. (Steve Bakowski can be reached directly at (716) 759-7044 or (888) SHRUB-COAT.) Shrub Coat Products can be seen and ordered directly on line at http://www.shrubcoat.com/.

Shrub Coats and Shrub Covers are made of a durable, environmentally- friendly, UV treated fabric that allows plants to "breathe" without creating a dangerous "greenhouse effect." They emerge green and healthy in the spring.

The main difference is that Shrub Covers do not have the interior poles that give the Shrub Coat its "teepee" like structure.

Both can be simply installed in just minutes, then store easily away in the spring. They can also be decorated with lights for a festive holiday look.

For gardening information and tips and to see the complete Shrub Coat line of products visit http://www.shrubcoat.com/.

Web site: http://www.shrubcoat.com/


Shrubs get cold too
Staff and wire reports
Published in the Athens Banner-Herald on 10/16/2007

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Shrub Coat was invented to protect the shrubs, plants and trees from snow, ice, wind, deer and rabbits. With four convenient sizes, The Shrub Coat easily fits over shrubs, bushes and trees up to 9 feet tall.

The inventor, Steve Bakowski, a professional nurseryman and landscaper with more than 28 years of experience, was often asked by his customers "Isn't there a better way to protect bushes and shrubs than the ugly, ineffective burlap-wrap method?"

There wasn't, so Steve invented one himself. See www.shrubcoat.com

"Customers wanted a reusable form of winter plant protection without chemical sprays or solutions that need reapplication," says Bakowski. "Burlap was never a great solution. But until I invented The Shrub Coat, there wasn't much choice."

Burlap can rip and tear in the wind and hangs there in shreds, not providing protection, and detracting from the home's beauty. It has to be changed almost every year so it's more costly in the long run. Bakowski wanted the Shrub Coat and Shrub Cover to provide protection, look attractive and last a long time, so there would be one less tedious fall chore to do.

Shrub Coats and Shrub Covers are made of a durable, environmentally- friendly, UV treated fabric that allows plants to "breathe" without creating a dangerous "greenhouse effect."

The main difference is that Shrub Covers do not have the interior poles that give the Shrub Coat its "teepee" like structure.

Both can be simply installed in just minutes, then store easily away in the spring. They can also be decorated with holiday lights.

 

 


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