Question of the Week 11/30/2019

Q: Why is the flagstone in my patio starting to flake off? A: Flagstone is almost always sandstone which is made up of layers upon layers of sediment. The flaking is called spalling, which is a natural occurrence in sandstone. Moisture gets in between the layers of sediment and begins to slowly weaken the layers. These weakened layers eventually separate due to the water freezing and thawing between during the winter. A heavy-duty rock sealant can help prevent this but will need to be reapplied every several years. Unfortunately, this is not a service we provide but can be done by any homeowner or handyman.

Plant of the Week 11/29/2019

Sand Sage - Artemisia filifolia Zone 4-8 Wispy bluish-silver foliage looks beautiful year round but especially when it is blowing in a gentle breeze. This native shrub gives off a strong, but sweet scent. Plant in full sun.Tolerates a wide variety of soils. Water regularly until established. Drought tolerant. Blooms in summer with tiny flowers that are easy to miss because of their size. Can reach 4' tall and 4' wide.

Transformation Tuesday 11/26/2019

This week, we wanted to showcase a newly constructed home with an empty backyard. Our client wanted a flagstone pathway to connect the patio, garage, and gate. He also had a rock water feature he wanted to be installed. We started by digging a hole the same size as the water basin for the water feature. Once the hole was dug and leveled out; we placed the basin, set the rock and tested the water feature to make sure everything looked perfect for the client. Next we began cutting the flagstone steps for the pathway and stacked the cut steps to the side. We trenched and ran irrigation to all the areas that would be planted. A selection of Sangria Yarrows, Variegated Iris, Karl Foresters, a low

Transformation Tuesday 11/23/2019

Q: My pots look so empty during the winter - is there anything I can put in them? A: We recommend putting a mixture of small evergreens (small pine trees), holly and English ivy. If you want a more festive look instead of a pine tree put a red twig dogwood, even though it doesn’t have leaves the bright red stems add some color to your pots. If you want to go the extra mile add some tensile or Christmas lights!

Transformation Tuesday 11/22/2019

Mock Orange - Philadelphus x virginalis Zone 4-7 Mock orange is a beautiful spring-blooming plant that will not only make your yard look amazing, but makes it will smell great too. A fast grower that can quickly reach 8 feet tall and 6 feet wide. Plant as a single specimen or a few clumped together for a great privacy screen from spring to fall. Prune in spring once the flowers are spent. When pruning shape the plant to keep it a uniformed shape or leave it alone for a natural look. Plant in full sun and water regularly.

Question of the Week 11/16/2019

Q: I have a tall butterfly bush that gives me privacy and I don’t want it cut back for the winter. Will the plant still grow ok next year? A: We usually see the best growth out of butterfly bushes when they are cut back each year to a foot or two. If you want to keep the butterfly bush tall for the winter we can cut it back in early spring. If butterfly bushes aren't cut back every year they tend to get very woody, which if you don’t mind can help provide year-round privacy.

Plant of the Week 11/15/2019

Fourwing sage - Atriplex canescens Zone 4-8 Grayish-green foliage covers heavy random branching to create an unkempt, but beautiful native plant. Flowers in summer. In fall and through winter, seedpods give this shrub its trademark "fourwing" look. The heavy branching attracts birds to nest in the shrub for protection. Plant in full sun. Can handle most soil types. Can reach 6' tall and 8' wide. Water regularly to establish. An easy-care plant that once established, needs no watering.

Transformation Tuesday 11/12/2019

This transformation Tuesday is phase one of a two phase project. The second phase will be completed in spring 2020. For the first phase of this project, our client wanted the pathway that forks off of the flagstone steps (broken flagstone) to be more defined. Ultimately, they wanted to define where the yard would be but in a way to not make it feel like it was sectioned off from the rest of the property. The first thing that needed to get done was to clear out the weeds and wild grass that was growing in the areas where the work would be done. Once the vegetation was cleared out, we began extending the moss rock flower bed. We added a large curve to the moss rock bed to accommodate the large

Question of the Week 11/09/2019

Q: Why do the leaves change colors in the fall? A: To keep it simple, the green we see on leaves is the chlorophyll (think solar panels) that convert the sun into food for the plant. Once the days begin to get shorter the plant or tree starts to prepare itself for winter. One of the steps to prepare itself is to stop producing the green chlorophyll. This begins to expose other parts of the leaf which are often yellow and orange. Chemical reactions within the leaves can also create maroon and other red hues.

Plant of the Week 11/08/2019

Witch Hazel - Hamamelis x intermedia Zone 5-8 During summer months, witch hazel may look like a normal plant but it will have you under its spell in the winter months. Cold, freezing weather actually causes this shrub to bloom from winter to early spring. Orange clusters of "spider" like flowers cover older branches heavily with newer growth having fewer flowers. Plant near pathways or patios to enjoy the smell of the flowers. A moderate grower that can reach 10-15' tall and wide. Water deeply during the first year to establish.

Transformation Tuesday 11/05/2019

We wanted to change it up a bit and show how with a little TLC and 12 months, a before and after picture of what one season can do for this particular planting project that was completed for one of our clients! Stay warm out there!

Question of the Week 11/02/2019

Q: What will happen if I leave my irrigation system on year-round? A: It is VERY important to make sure your irrigation is shut down and properly winterized to prevent very costly repairs. This includes opening and draining the valves, filter and backflow preventer, as well as turning your timer off to prevent burning out the solenoids. The components of an irrigation system are not intended to hold frozen water and will crack from the expansion.

Plant of the Week 11/01/2019

Winterfat - Krascheninnikovia lanata Zone 3-8 With foliage that resembles lavender, this shrub is just an average looking native plant…until the fall. White, fluffy seeds take over the top third of the plant and give it its characteristic look; which will last into the winter. Winterfat can reach 4' tall and attracts birds, as well as wildlife. Tolerates a wide variety of soils and is drought resistant. Plant in full sun and water regularly until established. Be careful to not overwater.

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