Garden Planning What beautiful spring-like weather here in Western Loudoun this week! There's no better motivator than nice temperatures to take a look around your garden and decide what you'd like to grow. February is the perfect month to make your plan and order...
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October through December is the time to plant new trees and shrubs! Consider an Oak, Beech, Dutch Elm, Amelanchier (Serviceberry) or Maple to enrich your landscape, rebuild the canopy and improve the air quality. Trees are gorgeous to behold any time of the year....
Rain would be welcome right now. It is hard to see all the grass turning brown and plants wilting. There are specific plants that fair better in this type of climate and ways to care for your current landscape to keep it healthy. We can help you figure out what can be...
Right now, you'll see many of your flowers looking rather pale. Now is the time to deadhead in order to allow for more blooms a little later on. It also helps tidy up the look of your gardens as well as prevent too much re-seeding. Echinacea (coneflower) seeds a lot...
Sustainable landscape design can help your property look great through drought or heavy rain In a recent article in The Washington Post real estate section (May 28 2016), "Realigning Liquid Assets," Brenda Richardson writes how a few adjustments to your landscape can...
A lot of beautiful spring blossoms emerged during the latest unseasonably warm weather. A hard freeze is forecast tonight. Here are some tips from Canopy.org to help protect your trees:
Protect your trees and plants
- Cover susceptible trees and plants with burlap, sheets, tarps, etc., that extend to the ground to trap in the earth’s accumulated warmth. Use a frame or stakes to minimize contact between the cover and the foliage.
- Bring potted plants and trees to more protected locations.
Keep plants well-watered:
- Moist soil will absorb more solar radiation than dry soil, and will re-radiate heat during the night.
- If you have a large tree that needs protection, running sprinklers at the coldest time of the day (usually between 4:00AM and 6:00AM) can give it a slight edge.The strategy makes use of latent heat released when water changes from liquid to a solid. When ice crystals form on the leaf surface they draw moisture from the leaf tissue.
- The damage from this dehydration will be less severe if the plant is not already drought-stressed.
Advanced Planning for Freeze
- Remove turf/weeds from under trees’ canopies—bare soil absorbs and reflects heat best.
- Wood chip mulch prevents soil moisture loss and insulates roots.
- Plant frost-sensitive plants near sources of reflective heat (like buildings, walls, etc).