Question of the Week: Rose Bush Looks
Q: My rose bush looks messy with dry leaves that haven't fallen off yet. Is it ok to pull the leaves off for a cleaner look? A: By pulling off the leaves before they are ready to come off, the plant becomes susceptible to injury and disease. The leaves can be cut near the cane to help the bush look better if a cleaner look is a must.
Plant of the Week: Winter Aconites
Winter Aconites Eranthis hyemalis Zone 3-7 One of the earliest flowering bulbs available. Bright yellow flowers shine against the dark green backdrop. Plant in full sun for best growth, but will tolerate partial sun. Prefers well drained soils. Space 4" apart and 2-3" deep. Can reach up to 6" of height. Little to no maintenance and will eventually start self seeding and naturalizing in the area. *All parts of this plant are toxic to humans and animals.
Question of the Week: Driveways
Q: What is a good size of gravel to use for a driveway? A: Although most gravel sizes will work, we have found that small gravel (3/8") tends to shift a lot and needs more raking than medium size gravel. Large gravel (above 1.5") can lead to a less smooth drive. We have found that 3/4" or 7/8" tend to be good options and help reduce the need for raking. But remember, gravel driveways do require touch ups every so often.
Plant of the Week: Tulip
Botanical Tulip Tulipa tarda Zone 3-10 This tulip is an amazing variety. Also known as wild tulips, the bright colors are sure to kick away the last trace of winter blues that may be hanging around. Plant in full sun, during late fall, early winter. When planting, use Yum-Yum® and amend soil; place bulbs 4" deep and space 3" apart. Blooms in early spring. Can reach 6" tall and 3" wide.
Transformation Tuesday: Barren Front Yard into a Vibrant Oasis
This particular front yard was barren, providing us with ample opportunity to implement something unique. The client desired a sleek yet vibrant yard, so with that in mind, we presented a design, which was subsequently approved. We then began the transformation by digging a trench for the dry river bed. This helped redirect water from the canal away from the courtyard. Next, we cut and laid a flagstone pathway from the entrance gate to the front door. After the flagstone was
Transformation Tuesday: Creation of a Low-Maintenance Yard
Our client had a blank canvas for their backyard and wanted a clean, low-maintenance landscape. We came up with a design and, after it was approved, the team got to work! The first step was to build a mossrock wall to prevent erosion. As you can see in the photo, there was a lot of rock that needed to be cut, fit, and installed. Next, the team trenched for dry river beds to divert water away from the home. After that, they installed a coyote fence with a gate for access to th