During the winter, we often fantasize about a lush green, beautifully trimmed yard on a lovely summer day. But, as the heat and dryness of mid-summer arrives, we are faced with the challenge of maintaining an overly stressed lawn that is suddenly being damaged by foot traffic, weeds, and insects.
What should we do when the temperatures go up, and there’s not a cloud in the sky? Continue reading
Few things in life are as sensually pleasing as a beautiful flowering tree at the height of its glory. For those whose trees bloom in the springtime, nothing signals the end of winter and the beginning of the growing season like flowering trees and shrubs. Continue reading
It is a fact that socially responsible companies get more business. Whether they operate on a global scale or a local scale, companies that give back to their communities tend to grow faster and remain stable longer than the competition. If you run a landscape business, you are in a unique position to give back to your community. Chances are good that you want to invest in your community because you care about your neighbors and the place in which you live, but that doesn’t mean there can’t be secondary financial gain for your business. Here is why it is good for your bottom line when you invest in your local community. Continue reading
Unfortunately, like all of nature’s bounty, our tree friends will die. Sometimes, for whatever reason, homeowners leave these gentle giants standing years after the last leaves have fallen. Possibly, this is because they are accustomed to the tree’s presence in a unique space in their landscape and do not wish to experience the effect of its departure. At times, a large tree may serve as a privacy barrier, even without foliage.
In any case, keeping a dead and rotting tree around can have some serious adverse effects. Continue reading
Trees can make a positive difference in your home and surroundings. As time passes, trees mature and spread shade and a cooling canopy over your property. Besides offering the benefits of energy reducing cooling in the summer, mature trees provide a comforting, natural element to your yard. Continue reading
Trees can be more complicated than the rest of the plant world. They grow to greater heights and require more water and nutrients than smaller shrubs, bushes, and plants. And, to be healthy, their root systems must grow to greater depths to create long-term stability.
Young trees may seem to do well with lawn irrigation and rainfall. However, a supplemental drip system for trees is needed to encourage long-term root growth and depth. Continue reading
For many home and business owners, winter landscape design might seem like a contradiction. But once the lawnmowers and shovels are out of sight and the leaves fully raked, professional landscape designers have more time to re-imagine all that an outdoor space can be.
Winter is an ideal time to work with a professional to set the stage for a stunning presentation for the upcoming year. Continue reading
Gardening and Landscaping Tips: Winter Time Considerations
Even though temperatures have fallen below freezing and snow may be on the way, gardening and landscaping planning does not need to go into hibernation.
Although your colorful plants are now sleeping and color has faded, the winter season is a great time to re-plan your landscape to provide year-round enjoyment. You may not be planting anything during this season, but a closer view of those bare plants and limbs can spark ideas for the coming season. Some possibilities include adding new stone and other hardscape features that will add definition to your landscape. A new wall, perhaps some statuary or strategically placed boulders, can dress up a winter landscape. As plants and vines wind their way through these features, your garden will eventually take on a sophisticated and elegant aspect. Continue reading
For landscapers and professional gardeners, the hardy perennials that survive harsh winters are a blessing. These sturdy characters mean less work in the spring and create the starting point for the new year’s plantings. For property owners, some perennials provide continuing life and even color when not covered by a mountain of snow. They are also the first to “wake up” when the weather abates. Continue reading
How professional gardeners prepare in the fall and early winter makes a substantial difference in the results of the following spring. Hearty, mature plants may require very little preparation; while newer, more tender, and still developing plants do need special attention to successfully survive harsh winter weather in the Northern United States and Canada. Continue reading