Scott at MetroGreenscape gives homeowners last minute cold weather tips for preparing lawns for the springtime. Mulching leaves for spring time fertilization and preventing cankerworms.
Spring and fall remain full of landscaping tasks, but there are plenty of ways to spruce up your lawn and garden as the summer ends. Check out these easy and effective end of summer landscaping tips, designed to extend the season and keep your outdoor living area healthy and comfortable.
Water What You Can
Watering your lawn and garden can be problematic, depending on local limitations. Use your rain barrel to keep containers and hanging baskets moist, and consider watering the grass weekly when rain is scarce. About 1-inch of water is all that your lawn needs to push through the dog days of summer.
Having a pool in your backyard is like having a giant magnet in your yard that draws in family and friends, which is one of the reasons many people choose to install one.
Pools Encourage Socializing
In this age of electronic gadgets, too many of us communicate online at the expense of face-to-face relationships, and far too many kids spend their after-school and weekend hours glued to their smart phones or computer screens. Some studies suggest that kids are spending on average, more than 6 hours a day using electronic devices such as TVs, mobile devices, computers, video game consoles, etc.! Remember when kids used to spend most of their free time outside using their imaginations and their bodies? A pool is a great way to invite kids outside to play. It also encourages hard-working, stressed-out adults to spend some of our own precious free time in a relaxed setting in the company of family and friends.
Good landscaping can mean the difference between an average yard, and a yard that stands out and commands attention, but in a tasteful way. It can transform a home and even increase its value, and it can provide your family a truly enjoyable place in which to spend time on nice days throughout the year.
Choosing a great landscape architect is an important part of the process of creating a yard you’ll be proud of and enjoy for many years to come. And choosing the right landscape architect will determine whether you’re happy with the results at the end of the project. Here are 6 important qualities to look for in a landscaping company:
An Easy Planting Idea with Sage & Ornamental Grasses
This desirable and long lasting summer border is fairly easy to replicate in order to be enjoyed at home. Gloriously teaming up with the vertical purple-blue spikes of Salvia farinacea (Mealy-Cup Sage) are the long arching plumes of Pennisetum setaceum (Purple Fountain Grass) which sway gracefully in the summer breeze. Both plants are drought tolerant, deer resistant, require very little care and won prestigious awards.
Highly remarkable, Salvia farinacea ‘Evolution’ is the first Salvia farinacea with violet flower spikes. Blooming continuously from late spring to frost, it is also very adaptable. Perfect in a sunny spot in an annual or perennial garden, it can be grown in patio containers or ceramic pots. The deep violet flower spikes can also be cut, dried and used as everlasting flowers for bouquets, decorations or craft projects.
Requiring very little care and providing striking color as well as graceful movement in the garden or patio, Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’ as become a real favorite among gardeners. How not to resist the spectacular rich burgundy foliage, the exceptionally long arching crimson plumes or the outstanding contrast provided with the surrounding plants and flowers? Fast grower, it typically grows in 3-5 ft tall and 2-4 ft wide rounded mounds. They are topped with soft and fluffy red-burgundy flower plumes on arching stems from mid-summer until frost. Drought tolerant and ignored by deer!
1. Did you know that you can install a root barrier on large trees and save the expense of taking it down in some cases?
Other things to know:
Always check with a Licensed Arborist before doing this.
5 Tasks for the Spring Garden
The chill in the air is back, but spring is here.
This means there is work to do outside. If you wait until the picture perfect spring weather, you might find yourself with more work than you can accomplish in the time left before plants explode with growth. It is way easier to rake a garden when the perennials aren't up, but some of you may be finding that your plants got a big boost from the 80 degree weather two weeks ago. That's OK. Remember to keep an eye out while raking and stepping around in your garden beds.
What does this mean for you?