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DYR Contractor Landscaping Tips and Ideas

   Apr 22

Project Landscape: Gazebo

Having a landscape in your home is a very fun sight to watch. But wouldn’t it be much better to look at your landscape from the center of your home? Placing a landscape at the heart of your home always adds a sense of style and warmth to your home. Surely your family and friends would love to hang out in there!

Gazebos are the best place to accommodate people in a beautiful landscape you have created. It serves a double-purpose, to have a place to hang out chill out in and at the same time, to let people have a good look at your masterpiece. Having a gazebo will bring out more fun in your scenery and a place for enjoyment for your family and guests.

To make it simpler, gazebos are outdoor structures with open sides and just a roofing complex to protect from elements like rain and the sun’s heat. Aside from providing shelter, its purpose is also to serve as a place for entertainment. It is one of the best things to be installed in your home.

Most gazebos are commonly circular or round, square or hexagonal in shape. Other gazebos have more features like having seats or benches all around the edges and even tables at the center. If you want to have this feature in your garden, you must first know how to prepare and install this structure.

Gazebo installation requires the following essential things to have it installed correctly and safely in your wonderful piece of art – your landscape. Here are a few tips and tricks to install a gazebo in your landscape like a pro.

Have Enough Space

Before you install your gazebo, you should take note of the space where you are going to place it. A gazebo is a structure that consumes space so make sure to allocate enough space for the gazebo to fit in.

Site Selection

Selecting the site for your gazebo is also essential. It should be a place where you will not be able to destroy the beauty of your garden. Your purpose is to have a place that you can stay, watch the beauty of your landscape and beautify your home at the same time – not to make your landscape look like a disaster.

Landscape Design Blueprints

The next step after you have finished with the ground preparation is to make a layout of your landscape. You can draw the dimensions of your gazebo on the ground or on your grass using spray paint – more preferably white to make it easier to see. The paint will then fade away. If you want your layout to be more precise, you can actually use blueprints for your landscape. This landscaper in Houston, Texas creates landscape design blueprints for all their work.

Ground Work – Literally

After making a layout of the dimensions of your gazebo, you will have to do some excavation to make the area flat or leveled. If your land area is a slope or hill, make the other side of your excavated soil a little deeper than the other side to make balance and level it.

Post Holes

The structure of the gazebo is just post with a roof, so better make your posts more fixated to be able to ensure safety and durability of your structure. The way to do this is easy; just excavate a hole deep enough for your posts and fill it up with stone, rocks and gravel. You can also make use of cement to secure it if you want to.

Install

If your posts are ready and when your gazebo has been delivered, you can have it installed firmly on top of the beams of your post.

Add Elements

Landscape the surrounding of your gazebo to make it more attractive and beautiful. This will also make it like a part of the whole scene.


   Dec 20

Add Drama to Your Backyard with Climbing Vines

Landscaping is a great way to enhance the look of your place while challenging your skills to think of fresh ideas. Oftentimes, gardeners will opt for solid rock formation or concrete to landscape their garden or backyard. But if you want to add both drama and practicality, choose climbing vines. They are easy to plant and only need trellis to fashionably climb towards the top.

When choosing a climbing vine for your garden, you need to choose a variety that works well in your area. If you are maintaining a theme garden then climbing vines are ideal as well since they are available in wide array of variations. You can choose from flowery, soft, thick and green vines. Also don’t forget to make use of trellis or landscape fence as this complements the vines.

Benefits of Planting Landscape Vines

These twisting and turning vines have lots of advantages on your garden. It is a creative plant used to landscape a specific part of your home.

  • Prevents Soil Erosion – vines are living screens as they use tendrils to link with nearby plants so they are sturdier than an average plant. These vines can grow horizontally or vertically covering a large area of the area.

  • Easy to Plant – if gardening is a hobby, then this plant is for you. Vines are easy to plant compared to any other plant in your garden.

  • Easy Maintenance – vines need little time for maintenance to grow healthy. As long as they have trellis to climb on, they just grow on their own.

  • Grows on Limited Space – these climbing plants are ideal on small gardens as they can grow vertically. So with them, you can create a lovely landscape without the need of a bigger place.

vines on trellisLandscape Fence with your Vine

Aside from trellis, a landscape fence works beautifully with vines. It helps in the curvature of the climbing plants. This fence is custom-made, artistic, unique and fits in whatever garden scenario.

  • Privacy Fence – tall privacy fence adds texture and enhance backyard landscape. Usually thick vines climb on them so it can work its purpose, to separate parts of the garden – keeping privacy.

  • Wrought iron fence – railings made of wrought iron are great for opening up a space between two partitioned spaces while still providing a soft screen. Plant some flowery ivy to add color on the entire look.

  • Standard Wood Fence – woods are commonly used as fence because they serve their purpose in screening some area while you can easily be creative with woods.

  • Arbor on Gardens – if you like to experience a princess-like feeling when entering your garden, arbor trellis is the best option. Flowering vines can grow on them easily, just be careful in treating them while they are growing. Also, trees and shrubs will look good with this kind of arbor so you can plant them beside it.

These vines keep on growing everyday so as much as possible, give time to cut and trim them if necessary. This will allow you to decorate the vine in whatever design you want it to follow and this way the plants will stay in specific areas. Plus, these vines can crawl on your fences – after all, they’re fast growing climbers. Don’t forget to add these vines on your next landscape project for a better garden view.

photo credits: Faith Unlimitedhortulus


   Dec 20

Add Drama to Your Backyard with Climbing Vines

Landscaping is a great way to enhance the look of your place while challenging your skills to think of fresh ideas. Oftentimes, gardeners will opt for solid rock formation or concrete to landscape their garden or backyard. But if you want to add both drama and practicality, choose climbing vines. They are easy to plant and only need trellis to fashionably climb towards the top.

When choosing a climbing vine for your garden, you need to choose a variety that works well in your area. If you are maintaining a theme garden then climbing vines are ideal as well since they are available in wide array of variations. You can choose from flowery, soft, thick and green vines. Also don’t forget to make use of trellis or landscape fence as this complements the vines.

Benefits of Planting Landscape Vines

These twisting and turning vines have lots of advantages on your garden. It is a creative plant used to landscape a specific part of your home.

  • Prevents Soil Erosion – vines are living screens as they use tendrils to link with nearby plants so they are sturdier than an average plant. These vines can grow horizontally or vertically covering a large area of the area.

  • Easy to Plant – if gardening is a hobby, then this plant is for you. Vines are easy to plant compared to any other plant in your garden.

  • Easy Maintenance – vines need little time for maintenance to grow healthy. As long as they have trellis to climb on, they just grow on their own.

  • Grows on Limited Space – these climbing plants are ideal on small gardens as they can grow vertically. So with them, you can create a lovely landscape without the need of a bigger place.

vines on trellisLandscape Fence with your Vine

Aside from trellis, a landscape fence works beautifully with vines. It helps in the curvature of the climbing plants. This fence is custom-made, artistic, unique and fits in whatever garden scenario.

  • Privacy Fence – tall privacy fence adds texture and enhance backyard landscape. Usually thick vines climb on them so it can work its purpose, to separate parts of the garden – keeping privacy.

  • Wrought iron fence – railings made of wrought iron are great for opening up a space between two partitioned spaces while still providing a soft screen. Plant some flowery ivy to add color on the entire look.

  • Standard Wood Fence – woods are commonly used as fence because they serve their purpose in screening some area while you can easily be creative with woods.

  • Arbor on Gardens – if you like to experience a princess-like feeling when entering your garden, arbor trellis is the best option. Flowering vines can grow on them easily, just be careful in treating them while they are growing. Also, trees and shrubs will look good with this kind of arbor so you can plant them beside it.

These vines keep on growing everyday so as much as possible, give time to cut and trim them if necessary. This will allow you to decorate the vine in whatever design you want it to follow and this way the plants will stay in specific areas. Plus, these vines can crawl on your fences – after all, they’re fast growing climbers. Don’t forget to add these vines on your next landscape project for a better garden view.

photo credits: Faith Unlimitedhortulus


   Dec 18

Putting a Personal Stamp on Your Garden

Your garden reveals who you are.  It was once quoted that “a garden is a reflection of one’s soul”.

Seeing somebody’s backyard can give us a glimpse of its owner’s personality or being.

Is he conscientious? Does she prefer practicality over beauty?  Do children live in the house?

Still, there are ways to brand your garden and make it shout “This is Mine!”  In fact, it can holler “This is Me!” if you want to.

The following are some measures you can take to personalize your own backyard.

Customize the Color

Of Your Blooms

True. A garden exhibits multiple colors and shades making it attractive and beautiful.  However, one way of “putting your personal stamp” on your garden is to stick to your one or two favorite hues of blooms.

Yes, you have other requirements in choosing what plants to grow and flowers to sow in your garden.  The size of your garden, the type of soil you have, the seasons in your location, etc. But then again, making your favorite colors a prerequisite in identifying what blooms to grow can advertise to the people who see your garden, a facet of you that they can’t know immediately under common circumstances.

Stick to one or two favorite colors unless you love rainbow and would like to see color all over your backyard, all over your house, all over your office – you get what I mean.  Or you could base it on your individual or family theme for the year.  The predictable theme of “love”, for example, can make you plant reds and pinks or whites, to bloom at the season or year you want them to.

Love sailing?  Why not try navy blues and whites.  Candy land?  Stick to vivid oranges, yellows and violets.

Everything is up to you.  Play around with ideas.  Bring out your personality, or that of your family, through the colors of plants you sow.

Of Your Garden Furniture

You can’t limit customizing the color of your garden with the plants you choose.  Show who you really are through the color of your lawn lounges, garden chairs and tables, garden arches or pathways, or even through the pots and containers of your plants.

Do you love to travel by land?  Why not paint the furniture different shades of brown and yellow and red.

Sea lover? Try blues, grreens and violets.

Please remember not to overdo it, though.  Stick to one or two interests.  We don’t want you or those who see your garden, to be overwhelmed with too much information about you. *Wink*

Label Them

There are countless garden ornaments and accessories you can use to tell others that it is YOUR garden. Signboards, rock blocks, banners – you name it.  The easiest way to personalize your garden is to put your name on it.

That’s it.  This is ________’s Garden – for all your visitors and for passers-by to see.

However, there are other ways of customizing your garden without telling everyone your family’s name.  You can display a favorite quote on your garden’s signboard.  Or some mantra your family lives by on a garden flag.

You can display a title of your favorite book, or even the kind of music that grooves you.

Like hip-hop.  People seeing the word hip-hop on one of your garden posts would wonder, “What’s with hip-hop?”  You can tell them matter-of-factly “Oh, that?  It’s what I’m listening to these days”.

Again, don’t fill your backyard with signboards everywhere, advertising your current craze.  Make one or two visible.  And quirkily about you.

If you want to be more creative, you can also design your label with an arbor structure (there’s a lot of design you can choose from), this will add a fantasy-feel to your garden.

Mark something in your garden.  Show that the garden belongs to you.

Shape It Up or Carve Them In

This is for those with shrubs and trees.  And manpower.  And time.

Got shrubs?  Trim them to your favorite shape.  The more intricate it is, the more head-turning it will most probably be.

If you search for garden images in the internet, you might chance by a photo I saw.  The shrubs were shaped into a boy and a girl riding a bicycle.  Remarkable, huh?

You got trees? Carve your favorite or memorable dates on them.  You can also engrave the places you’ve been to.

Make use of your trees.  They aren’t there just to bear fruits, give you shade or rustle their leaves for you so you could sleep better at night.  Make them a testament of who you are and what you’ve been through.

The stone blocks leading to your garden or edging your plants can also be carved with tidbits of trivial information about you.  Of course, you wouldn’t etch your credit card number there for all to see, would you?

Countless are the ways of shaping and carving things in your garden to identify it as yours. Doing these would announce to your whole town that “Somebody owns this garden and this somebody has a life”.

There’s the Whiff

Sometimes, a certain aroma brings back memories and faces to us.  You can use this detail to put your signature in your garden.  People who visit your backyard may remember it, and remember you, through the odor that your garden imparts.

Use scented plants or herbs that give off a smell that you like.  Gardens usually have a distinct odor of their own. Yet, you can still personalize your garden by growing flora that radiates your favorite fragrance.

Be sure nobody in the house is allergic to the smell of such plants, though.

It doesn’t matter if other people like the odor of your garden.  Keep in mind that we are talking about CUSTOMIZING your garden.  Making it speak about you.

Create a memory using the aroma of your plants.  And let this aroma speak of what and who you are.

Lastly, it’s About the Feeling.  Your Feeling.

Do you feel that your garden is you?  Do you also miss your garden?  Can you linger there to reminisce moments in your life, dream about the future or just enjoy what you have now?

Nobody can say that a garden is distinctly yours and that it distinctly reflect your uniqueness if you yourself don’t feel “at home” with it, if you can’t help saying “Hello, Stranger” to your garden when you enter I or if when you see your garden, you feel that there’s nothing about you in there.

Customizing your garden doesn’t need to be laborious or costly.  Throwing a piece of you here and there every once in a while, can already make a garden inimitably you.

Truth be told, there are only two keys needed to turn your garden into your autograph. These are your creativity and your openness to share to others who you really are.


   Nov 20

Green and Strong: How to Plant Trees Properly?

Trees have functional and aesthetic purposes in our garden. If treated properly, it can last longer for hundreds of years depending on the specie of the tree.

Trees have numerous uses which is why many gardeners love to have them in their backyards. However, one must know how to plant a tree properly to ensure it has healthy and long life.

The Right Season

One should know when the right time is to plant a tree. Climate is such an important factor in order to decide if it’s the correct season to dig the hole for your tree.

New trees need to grow fully in order to survive the harsh conditions. So the best time would be in moderate temperature when it is not too cold or too hot and there is enough rain. So fall or spring would be the best season to plant your tree to be ready for summer or winter.

The Right Measurement

When digging the hole for the tree, it is essential that it is not too deep or too narrow. A too wide hole is not a good idea at all.

If the whole is too deep, then your plants won’t have sufficient oxygen to survive. If it is too narrow, the roots do not have the enough room to grow and expand. The measurement of the whole is essential for the nourishment and development of the tree.

The general rule of digging the hole is that the hole should be 3 times the width of the roots’ balls. If the tree does not have root’s balls but have the bare roots, then you should dig a hole three times the width of the roots. This will give the roots plenty of room to expand.

Loose the Soil

It is essential to prepare the roots of your tree. If the roots are wrapped with some kind of material or if it’s in a container, then you should loose the soil around the tree’s roots before planting.

Give it time to breathe and then remove the wrapping material. Carefully place your trees in the hole and make sure you won’t damage the roots.

Cover the Tree

After your have properly placed the tree in the hole, it is essential that you put back the soil to cover it up. Avoid pressing the soil down to avoid limiting the air and water.

A mound should be at the base to cover the roots. The important thing is you make the soil loose for the tree’s survival.

Put Fertilizer and Water

Water is a basic necessity of plants especially if they are newly planted. Make sure to give your plants enough water. Then put some fertilizer and sprinkle it around the soil so the distribution of the nutrients is equal among the roots of the trees.

Once you planted your tree, it can grow on its own as long as you keep the soil healthy. However, if you want to make it last longer for the future generations to see, then it is important that you give your attention and care.

Make sure to protect it from pests and diseases and also avoid using pesticides and chemicals. Plant your trees properly to enjoy its wonderful features.


   Oct 20

Enjoy Gardening Activities with Kids

Gardening is fun and interesting. However, this experience will be livelier and more fascinating with kids around. Gardening project is a good way to bond with your kids while sharing tips and creative ideas together. If you are a garden enthusiast, introducing your hobby and passion to your kids will allow them to understand the magic of gardening.

In choosing garden activities for kids, choose only those that are appropriate for their age. Also check if they have allergies or sickness that might hinder them from enjoying the activity. It’s also important to make sure they are willing to get dirty to make them feel comfortable in doing gardening work.

Playhouse in the Garden

You don’t have to build a real playhouse in the garden for them to enjoy. But youngsters will have fun being surrounded by beautiful sunflowers above them, tall and lovely. Flowering playhouse is easy to do, you can mount poles and tie them with strings. Plant the seeds near the poles and gradually train the plants to twist around them. Your kid will no doubt help you harvest the seeds and plant them if they see their dramatic and beautiful flowering playhouse.

Flower Dress Up

Little girls love to dress up and wear accessories. They will have fun weeding grasses on your garden beds if you know how to pacify them. While they are busy loosening the soil or watering the plants, in return make them bracelets or necklaces out of blossoms.

Eat Your Garden Design

Kids love familiarity and visually attractive things. You can incorporate both by creating an activity that will get their attention. Perfect example will be a pizza garden, both of you can plant tomatoes, basils, garlic and other herbs present in pizzas. This way, your child will be encouraged to plant so you can bake homemade pizza when all your pizza plants grow. There’s a lot of garden designs for kids that you can find online, so make sure to choose the best that your kids will surely love.

Rainbow Garden

Find different flower seeds with rainbow colors. Help them to plant these seeds in a rainbow shape. Tell them that when these plants bloom, you will have your own version of rainbow in the garden.

These activities will help the kids appreciate gardening. The following are the things that you might consider before the project starts:

  • Give them their own tools and garden space.
  • Let them do their own tasks; you are there just to support.
  • Allow them to have control over their plants. Choose ideas and garden activities that are possible for kids to do and enjoy.
  • Always combine seeds, flowering and full-grown plants in your garden activity. Seeds will just bore them, and waiting for seeds to pop out is entirely tiring for these kiddos.

Gardening is never stressful if you have little ones with you. Gardening as a bonding activity with kids has a lot of advantages so better introduce this to your kids while they are young. Start to challenge yourself and start the activities mentioned above right away. Who knows your youngster can be your gardening partner in the years to come.


   Oct 20

Enjoy Gardening Activities with Kids

Gardening is fun and interesting. However, this experience will be livelier and more fascinating with kids around. Gardening project is a good way to bond with your kids while sharing tips and creative ideas together. If you are a garden enthusiast, introducing your hobby and passion to your kids will allow them to understand the magic of gardening.

In choosing garden activities for kids, choose only those that are appropriate for their age. Also check if they have allergies or sickness that might hinder them from enjoying the activity. It’s also important to make sure they are willing to get dirty to make them feel comfortable in doing gardening work.

Playhouse in the Garden

You don’t have to build a real playhouse in the garden for them to enjoy. But youngsters will have fun being surrounded by beautiful sunflowers above them, tall and lovely. Flowering playhouse is easy to do, you can mount poles and tie them with strings. Plant the seeds near the poles and gradually train the plants to twist around them. Your kid will no doubt help you harvest the seeds and plant them if they see their dramatic and beautiful flowering playhouse.

Flower Dress Up

Little girls love to dress up and wear accessories. They will have fun weeding grasses on your garden beds if you know how to pacify them. While they are busy loosening the soil or watering the plants, in return make them bracelets or necklaces out of blossoms.

Eat Your Garden Design

Kids love familiarity and visually attractive things. You can incorporate both by creating an activity that will get their attention. Perfect example will be a pizza garden, both of you can plant tomatoes, basils, garlic and other herbs present in pizzas. This way, your child will be encouraged to plant so you can bake homemade pizza when all your pizza plants grow. There’s a lot of garden designs for kids that you can find online, so make sure to choose the best that your kids will surely love.

Rainbow Garden

Find different flower seeds with rainbow colors. Help them to plant these seeds in a rainbow shape. Tell them that when these plants bloom, you will have your own version of rainbow in the garden.

These activities will help the kids appreciate gardening. The following are the things that you might consider before the project starts:

  • Give them their own tools and garden space.
  • Let them do their own tasks; you are there just to support.
  • Allow them to have control over their plants. Choose ideas and garden activities that are possible for kids to do and enjoy.
  • Always combine seeds, flowering and full-grown plants in your garden activity. Seeds will just bore them, and waiting for seeds to pop out is entirely tiring for these kiddos.

Gardening is never stressful if you have little ones with you. Gardening as a bonding activity with kids has a lot of advantages so better introduce this to your kids while they are young. Start to challenge yourself and start the activities mentioned above right away. Who knows your youngster can be your gardening partner in the years to come.


   Sep 20

Defy Boredom: Tips for an Attractive Driveway

Upon entering once abode, first thing that will get your attention is the driveway leading to the main entrance. It is very important that you also give attention to this area in making your place standout even from the outside. Design, structure, texture and colors will undoubtedly improve your curb appeal.

A pleasing driveway can give extra value to your property. This can also add beauty to your lawn and garden. There are limitless ways to enhance your driveway and if you are planning to embark in this new project try to consider these tips:

Thorough Plan

Just like any home project, proper planning is the key to successfully achieve the right design you want. This will ensure that you purchase the proper materials and choose the perfect design for the area. Planning saves time, energy and money.

Create a Scene

It is always a challenge on how to incorporate your driveway look without overpowering the beauty of the lawn and garden. More often than not, this is the usual issue for homeowners if the lawn or garden adjoins the driveway. Also, consider as well the sunlight, soil Ph and wind direction in your area.

  • Planting the Appropriate Plants – mostly homeowners will simply put their plants along both sides of the driveway. Yes, that can make a difference but choosing low, small and colorful plants is the trick. This way, you still get the chance of enhancing the curb while giving way for your garden to shine.
  • Mass Planting – this design needs to plant one species of massive low shrubs alongside your driveway. This gives a mysterious effect, enticing your visitors to know where it leads. The level of simplicity makes the design more neat and clean. This establishes a rhythm of uniformity which gives balance to your lawn and garden.

Wide Driveway Makeover

If your driveway is too large that it is taking up a big part of the lawn, it can sometimes be an issue. The solution for a scenario like this is to create an illusion that it becomes smaller than its actual size.

  • The Check board – instead of concreting the entire area, alternate it with drought tolerant grasses. So your output should look like a check board -concrete and grass alternately. Choose low maintenance and tough ground covers so it won’t eat up your time growing them.

The Gentle Steep

If your area is uneven, meaning the other end is inclined, this makes the project a bit challenging. Sometimes it is hard to incorporate some ideas on an irregular pavement.

  • The Steps – walking in a sloping area is uncomfortable, so creating wide series of steps is a good idea. Place these steps on the side with planters accordingly so this will give colors and texture to the area.
  • The Leaning Beds – build raised beds following the slope but ensure that it is well boarded so it won’t erode during rainy days.  Covering the entire bed with blooming flowers won’t only create a lovely scene, it will also help avoiding soil erosion during heavy rainfalls.

The Long Driveway

A straight driveway is an issue that needs to be dealt with, it can be boring and unattractive most especially if your house is not yet in sight. To resolve an issue like this, it is important to distract the driver with the scene, planting uniform shrubs or trees alongside can ease the boredom. Plants in regular spacing give it distinction and beauty.

Bring it up

Sunken driveway is similar to a slope, so making a good design is a challenge. To change the look, create elevated beds with strong walls around it. This will make the driver take his time enjoying the view.

Do not feel helpless about the look of your driveway – there are lots of landscaping ideas that you can do with it that might even surprise you.


   Aug 20

Prepare Your Landscape for the Cool Breeze of Fall and Winter

When fall is almost on your garden and you feel the winter breeze, then it is time to work on your garden as the season changes. You need to solve the drainage problems, prepare your garden beds and clean up your garden so it can survive the winter and bloom as spring arrives.

Improving your Drainage System

Having a good drainage system is really important, especially during fall and winter seasons. You need to seek the help of a professional landscape designer to be able to find the best solution on the right drainage system for you. This is to properly install your drainage system to keep the water away so it won’t damage your garden.

A landscape designer can also help you incorporate other wonderful features in your garden to make the drainage a beautiful part of your garden. Building a dry creek surrounded with stones can enhance your overall landscape while being an efficient drainage. Terracing is another solution to your drainage problems and your beds are great to look at with this type of arrangement. Plants are also easy to maintain in terracing.

You can also improve your patio by installing colored, textured and designed surfaces in order to make the place more appealing for your family and friends to gather. Right placement of shrubs and tress around you garden can prevent erosion in your garden. They are beautiful and functional at the same time and require only little maintenance.

Landscaping Tips

Fall is the best growing season for your crops so this is the time to have your landscape designed or redesigned. Here are several good plant options for fall landscaping:

  • Euryops pectinatus – This shrub produces beautiful yellow flowers that will bloom straight for 12 months even at winter. You should place it in a sunny and warm spot and needs 3-4 feet of space to grow fully. When everything is in dormant, this plant beautifies your winter garden.
  • Scaevola (Mauve Clusters or Blue Fan Flower) – This is your perfect ground cover. It has lush leaves with small purple flowers that bloom from January to November. It comes in shrubs and trees as well. The evergreen has red berries that are perfect as Christmas decoration.
  • Cercis occidentalis (Western Redbud) – This is a small tree that changes in appearance as the season changes. During spring, it has magenta flowers and when spring arrives, it has blue-green flowers that brighten your garden. At fall, it turns to red or yellow and has bare branches during winter. These branches are arranged beautifully, so you can put some lights on it to enhance or beautify the landscape even more.
  • Camellia – This another good choice as flowering plants for winter. It comes in different sizes and colors but you need to provide it with some shade during the hot season.

Another feature that you can incorporate in your landscape is a fire pit. You and your family will surely enjoy your outdoor space while spending quality time, relaxing and bonding. This is a great way to bond and the fire pit will add a comfy ambience that will make everyone feel relaxed and at peace.

You can hire a professional to do all the work for you or you can do it yourself. It is inexpensive and you will feel satisfied once you see the result of your hard work.

You can truly have a beautiful garden even if it is covered by bright-colored leaves or thick snow. Follow the easy steps above to achieve a lovely fall and winter landscape like no other for your home.


   Jul 11

Winter Tip 104: Prepare your Trees and Shrubs for the Cold

Winter is the season that gardeners take a rest from all their yard duties. But before the ground freezes, it is important that you prepare your garden for the cold days.

This is very essential especially for newly planted shrubs and trees. Not only your flowering beds need your attention as winter draws near, your shrubs and trees too.

Water them

Watering your plants is essential before the ground freezes. This will keep the moisture in the soil as the temperature decreases. If you have shrubs such as boxwood and rhododendron, make sure to water them also because they give off too much vapor during the cold months.

Once the ground gets frozen, your plants will have hard time taking water and nutrients from the soil. This results to dehydration and can cause yellowing in stems and leaves of your plants.

Wrap or Not?

Burlap wrap is ideal for your plants during winter but there are few exceptions. Strong and established trees and shrubs do not need wrapping. They can survive the winter since they have sturdy root system.

However, fragile plants such as dwarf Alberta spruce and new-planted trees and shrubs are sensitive to the cold. As their roots have not developed to mature stage, there is a possibility they will notsurvive.

So make sure to cover them with burlap. Also keep in mind do not use plastic as it will damage the plants once the sun is up.

Here are some other winter tips for your trees and shrubs:

  • In order to retain the moisture, you must cover the root area of your plants with about 3-inch layer of mulch. This will help the plants still get nutrients from the soil even if the ground freezes.
  • In order to protect your young trees from gnawers such as mice or rabbit, make sure to put plastic tree guards around the trunk way above the snow line. Then as the spring arrives, make sure to remove it to avoid moisture being trapped in the bark attracting insects.
  • Protect your plants from salt spray by covering them up with double layer of burlap. To prevent this from happening, avoid placing your trees or shrubs beside the road so it won’t get salted during the winter. Another option is you can plant junipers as they are salt-resistant plants.
  • Broadleaf plants such as pieris, laurel and rhododendron should be protected from the drying effects of the wind and sun.  You should spray it with anti-desiccant spray that coats the leaves.
  • Use string or mesh to protect upright plants such as cedars and junipers from breakage. The low temperature and ice have damaging effect to these plants so make sure to use strings in order to hold them in place.

Following these tips, your trees and shrubs can be protected from the ice, low temperature and cold breeze of winter months. This will ensure you of flowering shrubs and healthy trees in the spring. Trees and shrubs are beautiful assets to your garden, so make sure to include them in your what-do-to-do list in gardening in late autumn.


   Jul 11

Winter Tip 104: Prepare your Trees and Shrubs for the Cold

Winter is the season that gardeners take a rest from all their yard duties. But before the ground freezes, it is important that you prepare your garden for the cold days.

This is very essential especially for newly planted shrubs and trees. Not only your flowering beds need your attention as winter draws near, your shrubs and trees too.

Water them

Watering your plants is essential before the ground freezes. This will keep the moisture in the soil as the temperature decreases. If you have shrubs such as boxwood and rhododendron, make sure to water them also because they give off too much vapor during the cold months.

Once the ground gets frozen, your plants will have hard time taking water and nutrients from the soil. This results to dehydration and can cause yellowing in stems and leaves of your plants.

Wrap or Not?

Burlap wrap is ideal for your plants during winter but there are few exceptions. Strong and established trees and shrubs do not need wrapping. They can survive the winter since they have sturdy root system.

However, fragile plants such as dwarf Alberta spruce and new-planted trees and shrubs are sensitive to the cold. As their roots have not developed to mature stage, there is a possibility they will notsurvive.

So make sure to cover them with burlap. Also keep in mind do not use plastic as it will damage the plants once the sun is up.

Here are some other winter tips for your trees and shrubs:

  • In order to retain the moisture, you must cover the root area of your plants with about 3-inch layer of mulch. This will help the plants still get nutrients from the soil even if the ground freezes.
  • In order to protect your young trees from gnawers such as mice or rabbit, make sure to put plastic tree guards around the trunk way above the snow line. Then as the spring arrives, make sure to remove it to avoid moisture being trapped in the bark attracting insects.
  • Protect your plants from salt spray by covering them up with double layer of burlap. To prevent this from happening, avoid placing your trees or shrubs beside the road so it won’t get salted during the winter. Another option is you can plant junipers as they are salt-resistant plants.
  • Broadleaf plants such as pieris, laurel and rhododendron should be protected from the drying effects of the wind and sun.  You should spray it with anti-desiccant spray that coats the leaves.
  • Use string or mesh to protect upright plants such as cedars and junipers from breakage. The low temperature and ice have damaging effect to these plants so make sure to use strings in order to hold them in place.

Following these tips, your trees and shrubs can be protected from the ice, low temperature and cold breeze of winter months. This will ensure you of flowering shrubs and healthy trees in the spring. Trees and shrubs are beautiful assets to your garden, so make sure to include them in your what-do-to-do list in gardening in late autumn.