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
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
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
Choosing the Best Nursery Plants for Landscaping
With landscaping decision, no size fits all. Each project is an empty palette with an infinite number of options to create a personal space to provide harmony, peace, and beauty. Continue reading
As homeowners create their garden masterpieces, some additional ideas that bring more color and interest into the mix can add beauty and even amusement to the scene. Garden landscaping can be fun and involve every member of the family.
Providing fresh garden ideas is a great way to inspire home gardeners to do more with their outdoor space. Continue reading
Gardening and landscaping ideas that enhance the beauty and value of a property may be rewarding projects for homeowners. Sometimes these efforts are intended to create a peaceful private outdoor setting, and others increase the home’s curb appeal or cover less attractive features around the yard. Continue reading
Many western states are prone to wildfires. Unfortunately, wildfires often spread to involve rural, suburban, and even urban communities. Landscaping, however, can play a huge role in reducing the threat that wildfires pose to a structure. It may involve moving trees, shrubs and plants as well as choosing plants that are pleasing to your client and fire resistant. The Napa Communities Firewise Foundation advocates for a four-zone approach to landscaping that is designed to create a “defensible space” against wildfires. Continue reading