Pyramidal Arborvitae (zone 3-8) Thuja occidentalis 'Pyramidalis' Pyramidal Arborvitae is perfect as a privacy barrier as it is a fast grower that can grow 12-25' tall and 3-6' wide. This evergreen does not require trimming to maintain its shape. Plant in full to partial sun with deep, regular watering. Fun fact: The name Arborvitae (tree of life) was given to this tree because of its high vitamin C content. it was used by Native Americans and early European settlers to treat
This quite a unique project we worked on. We had a client that wanted to have a walking labyrinth in the backyard with a raised flowerbed surrounding it. Because this hardscape project used a few tons of moss rock for the raised flowerbed and as well as the construction of the labyrinth, we were able to perform this project during the fall! We used a red bark mulch for the flowerbed and our client wanted to do her own planting the following spring. It's always interesting and
Q: Why do I need a year-round contract for maintenance? I feel like there is no need for service in the winter. A: This is an understandable question! When we look at our yards in the winter, there doesn’t seem like there is much need for yard work. However, there is plenty of work to be done. During spring, summer, and fall we focus on making sure your yard and plants look at their best. Many factors go into how much stuff we can get done during these busy months. Extra rain
Virginia Creeper - Parthenocissus Quinquefoilia This aggressive vine can be used for ground cover or climbing! Virginia Creeper is a fast grower that should be planted in partial to full sun and in well-drained soil. Thrives in zones 4-9 with deep regular watering until established. It produces beautiful red fall foliage, followed by small bluish berries that attract birds during winter months. Be mindful that this vine can cause damage to stucco and can climb 50 feet or more
Sometimes, a makeover is needed for safety reasons and this week hits the mark! Our client's current makeshift steps in the backyard were not only unstable and unsafe but were also atrocious. We constructed from scratch a set of new steps using railroad ties that were MUCH more secure and safe. The worry of someone taking a spill or losing their footing was definitely decreased. Happy Tuesday!
Q: Why haven't my ornamental grasses been cut back yet? A: In the winter, your yard can look bare with most of the plants cut back. We try to leave ornamental grasses such as the Karl Forester, Switch grass, and Pampas grass as long as we can for winter interest. Once they get knocked over from the snow and start to look messy, we cut them back. If you would like them cut earlier than this, let us know and we would be happy to cut them!
Rio Grande Cottonwood (hardy to zone 3) Populus wislizeni Rio Grande Cottonwood is a fast growing shade tree that is known for its beautiful yellow fall foliage. When planted in full sun with plenty of water, it can handle a variety of soils. Flowers in early spring. Be mindful of spacing as Rio Grande Cottonwood can reach 80' tall and 30' wide and will quickly outgrow small yards.
This week's Transformation Tuesday comes from the same home as last week! The backyard was just as overrun with weeds, bushes, and plants as the front yard from last week. We put on our gloves, pulled out our machinery, and put in some good labor to use to get the backyard back to square one. Now, our clients have a clean, blank slate to work with for future landscaping projects. Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone!
Q: Are there any tips for fall/winter watering? A: Watering in the fall and winter can be a lot different than watering in summer. The top layer of dirt can be frozen from the night before. This can cause the water to run off more than usual and not get absorbed by the soil. The best way to ensure the water gets absorbed is to make sure each plant has a posa. A posa is a mound of dirt that makes a bowl around the plant to minimize runoff. We also recommend that you disconnect
Boston Ivy (4-10) - Parthenocissus tricuspidata Unlike English Ivy, Boston Ivy is deciduous, meaning it loses its leaves annually. Great when used as a groundcover or to climb fences or houses, this vine is prized for its dark red-purple fall foliage. Boston Ivy should be planted in partial to full sun and in well-drained soil. Thrives with deep regular watering until established. Be mindful that this vine can cause damage to stucco and can climb up to 45'!