Making Your Landscape Beautiful

Have you been thinking about ways to bring some personality to your landscape? There are simple ways to spruce up your garden area by planting colorful trees and shrubs, but if you are looking to really go the distance in improving the overall aesthetic and financial value of your landscape, consider adding a hexagonal gazebo! Gazebos are becoming increasingly popular with homeowners looking to add an outdoor living space that is not only visually pleasing, but functional as well. Imagine having a place to retreat to after a hard day’s work or on the weekends where you can escape the rat race and soak up the fragrant aromas of surrounding flowers, the tranquil sounds of birds chirping or perhaps a nearby fountain, and take in the vibrant colors that make up your landscape. In addition to having this place to enjoy as your own personal retreat, a hexagonal gazebo would also make a great place to entertain friends and family without being stuck indoors. Can you picture it? If you still are not convinced this might be the right choice for you, keep reading! We are convinced you will think twice about your landscape design and will want to add this great structure to your property! The great thing about hexagonal gazebos is that they are simple. Gazebos themselves are quite traditional, but they also add flair to your landscape. Each garden needs that addition of style and sophistication, and hexagonal gazebos are just the structure to help you achieve that! In addition to having a unique garden space, you will also increase the financial value of your property if you ever decide to sell. A beautiful gazebo might just be what a potential homeowner wants in order to invest in a new home. In the meantime, you get to enjoy a paradise in your very own backyard. While hexagonal gazebos are in fact hexagonal, they do not have to be a one-size-fits-all style. In fact, landscaping specialists can help you design a gazebo that will complement your garden and meet all your expectations. You can make the structure your own with the addition of benches, railings, and perhaps even a skylight so you can stargaze in the comfort of your own landscape. If you want a gazebo you can enjoy even on a rainy day, there is also the option of a canopy top, roofing shingles, or an ornamental cupola. The roofing shingles, if implemented, can be the same shingles used on your home’s roof so you can have matching structures. Another way to accentuate the gazebo and your overall landscape is by adding a lighting system inside and outside the gazebo. Another way to make your gazebo distinguished is by adding seasonal plants to bring even more color and texture to your landscape. Can you imagine enjoying your morning coffee surrounded by bursts of color and the tranquil sounds of your very own Garden of Eden? If you have a beautiful garden, do not waste it by just enjoying it from afar. A hexagonal gazebo is the perfect structure to really enjoy the sights and sounds of your garden. Call your local landscaping specialist today so you will not miss another cool summer night enjoying the the tranquility of your beautiful landscape.

October 7, 2017

Landscaping 101

When you decide to decorate your landscape with trees and shrubs, there are upsides and downsides. The upside is that your property will have color and texture, and will actually have increased value. The downside is that in order to maintain the visual aesthetics and value, those trees and shrubs have to be meticulously attended to on a regular basis. The problem with that is that many homeowners are not confident about their pruning abilities, nor should they be unless they have extensive experience with this particular task. Improper pruning can have serious consequences for the plant, which is why we highly recommend leaving the job to your landscape professionals. However, there are some tips we can offer those of you who just have some minor pruning to complete. With the right tools and the right techniques, you can help keep your ornamentals in perfect health and shape, and in turn, keep your landscape looking spectacular all season long. Okay, yes, pruning CAN be intimidating if you are not educated on the proper techniques. But just as with everything else, practice makes perfect. You may want to start small – perhaps practice your pruning technique on a small indoor tree or even a more resilient outdoor shrub. The idea is to start learning on a plant that will not suffer greatly if you prune too much, which can easily happen. A properly pruned plant is a healthy plant, so you want to learn as much as you can about the art form. But why prune at all? Of course there is the aesthetic appeal. You want your trees and shrubs to look nice and complement your landscape and overall property. However, pruning has several beneficial effects on the plant itself. When you prune your plant, the flow of water and nutrients throughout the plant’s vascular system is greatly improved. It also permits thriving areas of the plant to get the lion’s share of water and food while those areas of the plant that are not performing very well are removed, no longer taking away from the healthy parts of the plant. It is difficult to describe specific techniques because each plant is unique and the approach is also unique. But what we can recommend is that you employ the best tools for the task. Landscaping experts stress the importance of not utilizing cheap tools. While they may be more expensive, high quality pruning shears, loppers, saws, and hand pruners are an asset and should be considered an investment in the overall well-being of your landscape. Tools that are sturdier are going to stay sharp longer, and will also deliver a more precise and healthy cut. Higher quality tools will also last longer, so the higher price you pay may seem a lot initially, but you will not have to keep replacing the tools. Now that you have high quality tools, make sure to keep them sharp. The sharper a pruning tool, the less work your own hands will have to do when trying to cut through thicker branches. A sharpened tool will also deliver a healthier cut. While pruning is advantageous to a plant, it is still a small trauma from which the tree or shrub must heal. If you think about a cut on our own skin, one that is “clean” will heal better than if the cut were caused by something jagged and rusty. There would be an increased risk of infection and it would probably cause an unattractive scar. The same thinking goes for any ornamental. The cleaner the cut, the faster the plant will heal, and the less likely there will be any scarring. Last but not least, keep your pruning tools clean. As with any tool, you want to make sure it is free from debris and gunk. However, it is also important to sanitize the blades before beginning to prune a different plant. Again, using ourselves as an example, if a surgeon is going to operate on a different patient, he will not use the same tools because they can spread disease and bacteria. The same theory applies with pruning tools because each plant has its own distinct make up of bacteria. In addition, if the plant has a disease you are not aware of, you can spread that disease to another ornamental by using sheers that have not been properly cleansed. Landscape technicians recommend wiping the blades with rubbing alcohol to eliminate any bacteria. You will also want to make sure the tools are adequately cleansed before putting them away after your pruning is finished.

September 7, 2017

Blog - Landscaping

Planting trees and bushes and installing flower beds on your landscape is all fun and games until you catch sight of a dreaded sight – a slimy snail or slug. In most gardens, this icky insect is ubiquitous. Your first instinct may be to run inside and get your salt shaker to bring a hard death to this particular insect, but before you do, let us learn about this insect, whether or not it is a threat to your landscape, and how to go about eliminating it if it is a threat. First, what is the difference between a snail and a slug? A snail is easily identifiable by its protective shell, and to the layman, that is about all the difference between the two. Both snails and slugs are mollusks and have antennae and eyes, as well as a stretchable body which leaves behind a slimy trail. This slime is a vital part of a snail or slug’s existence, since they need to remain moist in order to live. This substance also aids in their ability to transport themselves. So, are they a threat to your garden beds? The short answer is – YES! These insects can wreak havoc on your landscape, especially if you have fruit plants or trees, including tomatoes, strawberries, peach trees, etc. However, even if you do not have these specific types of plants in your landscape, you may still experience snails or slugs sliming their way up a garden fence or wall located near your plants, especially when the weather becomes cooler in temperature. One reason slugs and snails can become a huge problem is because they multiply quickly. These insects are hermaphrodites, which means they can reproduce all on their own. A snail or slug can lay close to 500 eggs in just one season (and by the way, these insects have a life expectancy of about four years, so you definitely want to nip this problem in the bud!) However, if you have your landscape treated prior to or during the warmer months, you can easily combat this prospective snail or slug infestation. So how do you get rid of these mollusks? Well, there is the old salt trick. However, landscaping experts actually discourage this method of elimination because while the snail or slug will surely shrivel up and die, the chemical makeup of the soil in your landscape will also be altered, which can create even more problems. One solution to eliminating these bugs without employing chemicals is beer. Apparently just like humans, they find the smell of beer appealing. They will slime their way into the hopped up mixture and drown. However, the best route is prevention. There are a couple of ways to go here. First, you can switch out those plants that lure snails and slugs in the first place and replace them with plants that are not has alluring to snails or slugs. If you are committed to keeping fruit plants in your garden, you can look into setting baits and traps previous to the warm climate season. If you are not sure where to find these garden-eating culprits, check inside your or perhaps a backyard shed. These insects hibernate during cooler temperatures and will often seek refuge inside your home, preferably in a dark, damp area such as a basement. Some of these traps actually employ electricity which is an advantage if you are opposed to using chemicals to stop any infestations. There are also pesticides that can be employed. However, sometimes pesticides do not always do the trick and use of them can also harm insects that are beneficial to your landscape, or can also harm family pets or even children who might wander into the garden. If you are not sure which route is best for your landscape, call your local landscaping expert and receive professional advice you can count on!

August 8, 2017