Lawns 101

Your home probably already has a lawn in place. Therefore, we start this chapter by explaining how to maximize the beauty of your existing lawn. The finest lawns, such as golf course greens and Turner Field, are grown on specially prepared dirt, and graded to eliminate drainage problems, rapid runoffs, and steep slopes. A good…

An Introduction To Landscape Design

The world is changing rapidly as we move through the 21st Century. So are the possibilities of a great and entertaining landscape at your home. We all live 52 weeks a year. It is now possible to turn your backyard into a vacation destination where you can relax and entertain guests year round.

Annuals

Seasonal color beds provide vibrant color to your landscape on a year round basis. An annual is defined as any plant that completes its natural life cycle, from germinated seed through growth, flower, seed production, and death, in a single growing season.

Trees 101

Trees can serve as the most important part of your landscape. Beyond their beauty, trees provide shade, windbreaks, shelter, and food for wildlife. Trees also help to frame your house. During the 1960′s and 70′s, it was common landscape practice to plant a tree in the front yard, blocking the view of the home from the street. In the 21st century, the average new home has become more expensive and architecturally much more attractive. Today’s landscaping should compliment today’s stylish homes, not hide them.

Irrigation 101

Watering your lawn and plants is the most important part of a successful landscape maintenance program. Consistent watering during the summer months is the key to a green lawn and healthy plants. It doesn’t make sense to invest money in plants, flowers, and grass, and not take care of them. The following guidelines provide a…

Shrubs 101

A key element of a good landscape design is the proper setting of shrubs in the landscape. Each plant has its own requirements for the amount of sun, soil type, drainage, and cold winter wind exposure. Each shrub should be planted with its mature height and size in mind, not what it looks like in its pot at the nursery. The successful landscape first starts with an excellent plan. It is also cost effective to do it correctly the first time.

Perennial Flowers

Perennials

Perennials are easy to grow flowers that die back each winter and then return the following spring. They provide a lot of color without a lot of maintenance. Since they disappear in the winter, you may not want to use them in areas where year round color is important, such as at the entryway to your home. P