Tips to Avoid Frost Damage to Your Landscape

Our landscape management services take us to a lot of commercial properties around our area and we always get the same question from our clients when it starts to get colder, “How do I protect my plantings at home?”. whether it is a late fall chill or early spring freeze, a little frost can be deadly to many plants. Tender seedlings, newly planted flowers, shrubs and trees and even established plants in areas that are not used to cold are at risk when the temperatures dip. Fortunately, there are easy steps you can take when a cold front approaches to be sure your plants stay toasty warm.

Advantages of Mulching

Mulch installation is one of the best things you can do for your garden. This consist of placing a protective barrier (mulch) around your plants and over your bare soil. This protective barrier can be made up of a variety of decomposing organic materials, including bark or wood chips (from various tree species) and pine needles on some southern states or non-decomposing, non-organic materials such as black plastic, landscaping fabric, recycled tires, pebbles, and river rock.

Is a Spring Clean-Up for Your Property Really Necessary Every Spring?

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…

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BCLS Landscape Services is ICPI Certified

BCLS Landscape Services is now ICPI certified! TEAM members Carlos Salinas and Jimmy Dinsmore joined with our partner SIte-One, to attend an ICPI class in November, earning their certifications This means we can give our clients that extra layer of know how about how to take care of their new patios, walkways, driveways etc. Just another way TEAM BCLS is making sure we are Richmond’s best Landscape and Hardscape company.

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Crape Myrtles: How to Prune, not Murder…

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.

Autumn Pruning and Planting Tips - BCLS Landscape Services of Central Virginia

Its fall so its time for planting and pruning

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.