So, you just made the biggest purchase of your life. You’ve moved into a new home, you have unpacked and your new home is starting to have the comforts of ‘Home’. You know have some time to somewhat relax. Stepping outside to survey your new property, you get that feeling of uneasy again. So many ideas, but where to start?
The front of your house is the first thing people see driving by or visiting. How do you create an appealing front landscape that reflects your style and personality? The basic principles for creating curb appeal are order, unity, and balance.
First, let’s think about creating order.
With spring in the air in Central VA, your green thumb might be ready to start working in the dirt. But it may not be a good idea to start digging without a plan. Just because flowers and vegetable plants are available at nurseries doesn’t mean you can plant them all at any time. In addition, some plants require certain preparations so they can thrive when it comes time to put them in the soil.
It’s that time of the year again in Central Virginia when some days we think it’s spring time when the calendar actually reminds us its really still winter. Regardless of the ebb and flow of our local temperatures, spring will be here before you know it and that means your landscaper is probably on your property already working.
Nothing says spring like the sound of leaf blowers humming on your property, especially after a few warm sunny days…
Crape Myrtle Trees are summer bloomers, and only have blooms on their new growth. Once they break dormancy this new growth will rapidly emerge. It’s good to remove a few of the older branches to make way for the new growth. Also, it’s good to lightly prune Crape Myrtle trees in the late winter or early spring in order to keep them neatly shaped. However, most crape myrtles naturally grow into beautiful forms.
On any residential home landscape improvements can make a tremendous difference in the look, usefulness and value of your home. Planning your landscaping needs usually involves either a simple sketch, a partial site drawing, or sometimes what is known as a master plan. To understand the different type of design services available let me explain a little about each one.
You may think spring is the best time to plant and update your Central Virginia landscape. However, with the lower temperatures during the fall, fall time is actually perfect for planting an array of trees, shrubs and groundcovers and even pruning some trees and shrubs. In the fall, cooler weather will put less stress on the plants during installation, thus allowing them to better acclimate to the new surroundings.
As our landscapes begin the summer wind down and as the days grow colder and the nights get longer, autumn and fall is one of the best times of the year to plant new things and to work in the garden.
Since I have the audacity to call this blog “great Landscapes” and to offer advice for creating such places, I think I’d better start out by defining what I mean by great. From my perspective, a great landscape possesses these three basic qualities:
The biggest problem with recognizing plants are suffering from overwatering is the confusion brought on by the symptoms they display. The trouble is that when plants are stressed in this way they normally show identical symptoms to those that have been stressed through under-watering,