2015 Landscaping Trends

Landscape Trend #1: Edible Gardens

Separating flowers from vegetables in your garden is so yesterday. The latest trend is blended gardens that incorporate edibles and ornamentals together. These double duty gardens offer a bountiful harvest of fruit, vegetables and herbs while providing   intriguing, energized beds.

Tuck tomato plants in with your roses. Plant a drift of “Bright Lights” chard — as pretty as any blooming perennial.

Mix asparagus or some raspberry bushes into your cutting garden. And chili peppers? They’re hotter than ever. Before they end up in your salsa recipe, they’re pretty little ornaments to spice up your garden.

 

Landscape Trend #2:  Birds, Butterflies And Bees — Oh My!

More and more gardeners are installing plants that attract butterflies, birds and bees, especially since news has spread of the dwindling bee population.

Plant wild basil to invite butterflies — it’s one of their favorite nectar plants. Violets are many butterflies’ top choice for a host plant — plants they lay eggs on that will feed the caterpillars when they hatch.

Yarrow and hyssop will attract native bees.

Don’t forget water. Try a bird bath or a mini pond in a basin. Birds prefer shallow water, so keep the depth to three inches or less.

 

Landscape Trend #3: The Soothing Sound Of Water

Water features are more popular than ever, from fountains to waterfalls to serene ponds.

The sound of water is soothing after a hectic day. Besides the relaxing benefits of your new water feature it will also drown out the sounds in your neighborhood and provide you a sense of privacy.

There’s a water feature for every landscape and every budget.

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Spring is finally here!

Well it seems like winter finally is over. Whew! I am so ready for spring. I saw my first tulip poking out of the ground the other day. Past years have had full blooming tulips and daffodils by this time. Now all we need is a nice long rain to get the frost out of the ground and wake everything up. Get outside and enjoy the weather, you never know how long it is going to last. If you need any help around the yard or are just looking for some ideas, get in touch with us.
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Winter Tree Trimming

Tree Trimming in WinterWinter tree trimming is coming to a close. Normally the time for pruning oaks ends mid March. This year is a little different. I think we will easily have until the 10th of April. If you are cutting down a tree and removing it completely, normally it’s ok to do this anytime of the year. However oaks are very susceptible to the Oak Wilt virus and I would highly recommend not doing this unless there is some type of a dangerous situation. The roots of Oaks are intertwined and the fresh cuts from removal in the warm seasons can allow the insect to infest your Oaks that remain. Use caution.

As always if you have any questions or would like a free estimate, just give us a call. The calendar says Spring is here, but the meteorologist says otherwise. I’m seriously tired of waiting. Let’s get back to work! Pray for Spring.

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