Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Imagine having your favorite color combination come to life with annual flower beds created for your properties by Crabapple LandscapExperts. Now is the time to plant annual color beds to enjoy ALL season long!
Annual flower beds provide brilliant eye-catching color that adds curb appeal to a property, draws attention to a focal point or directs the flow of foot traffic. Crabapple LandscapExperts know how to select, plant and maintain resident-pleasing annual color beds.Crabapple LandscapExperts choose specially selected heat- and drought- tolerant flower cultivars that thrive in carefully prepared flower beds.
+ Quality soil preparation with good drainage may include raised beds or berms that provide a quality growing medium that produces great root systems and supports colorful blooming annuals to their maximum potential.
+The widest choice of annuals is possible with a sunny exposure (eight+ hours of sun daily)
+Sunny Color Borders can be designed with the color palette of your choice. For good design, Crabapple experts know how tall the plants get, whether they are upright or trailing, and what color choices are available so we can determine how your plantings will harmonize, time of bloom, scale, form, texture and foliage. We do the work and the property manager gets the compliments.
+Crabapple LandscapExperts carefully inspect young plants to make sure they are healthy, with large root systems and excellent budding. We trade exclusively with vendors that provide high quality plant material.
+The LandscapExperts know the flowering habits of every type of plant, including requirements for sun exposure, moisture, spacing and removal of dead flowers and can guide you to a terrific selection.
+For summertime maintenance throughout the season, rely on Crabapple LandscapExperts for best practices of fertilization including bloom boosters, accurate irrigation, meticulous weeding and proactive scouting to eliminate the possibility of pests.
Call your Crabapple LandscapExperts Rep to discuss the installation of a color bed on your property.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Prevents soil compaction
Crabapple LandscapExperts can prepare rich, amended soil tailored to the type of plants that will grow on the berm. After the initial construction, berms require less maintenance than conventional garden beds.
Crabapple LandscapExperts' Guidelines for Berms
Consider drainage in the area surrounding the proposed berm, which may redirect runoff to other areas after heavy rains
Berms are generally 18-24 inches high and typically 4 to 5 times as long as they are high
Shape mimics the natural flow or curves of the landscape
Curved berms look more natural
Slope gradually trails or spreads out onto the lawn
Berms may be created with more than one peak or ridge; off-center peaks are best –near one end rather than symmetrically in the middle
Varying height, slope and length make berms look more natural and informal
Edging can be added to stop the soil from eroding into the lawn
Microclimates on the berm: south and west facing berms are warmer; north and east facing berms are cooler
Water drains most quickly from top of berm, therefore Crabapple LandscapExperts use drought-tolerant plants at ridge; moisture-loving plants at the base of the berm
Taller plants down the backside of the berm, shorter ones at the top
Trees and shrubs may be planted on the berm
Overall mulch layer slows erosion and insulates soil temperatures
Photo credits, thanks to: Nature By Design, PCMG-Texas, Prime.PETA
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Whether you’re an apartment dweller with a balcony or a homeowner with a deck, it’s the time of year to begin thinking about planting a container garden to enjoy all summer.
If you enjoy flowers, you might be thinking sun or shade annuals, now available in riotous abundance at the local garden centers. If you like fresh veggies, maybe try some of the dwarf-growing tomatoes or cukes with full sized fruit and plant them in a large tub. If you are a good cook, a container filled with growing herbs is an attractive and useful addition to any outdoor living area.
The larger the container, the easier it is to care for. Plants growing in a larger volume of potting will stay moist and cool longer, contributing to better plant health. Choose a container that suits your architecture and taste, but be sure it is at least 14 inches in diameter and has a drainage hole at the bottom.
What type of potting soil should you choose?
Pick the one with a slow release fertilizer already added to the mix; some last for six months, which will be perfect to last through the summer. Other potting soils have “water grabber” additives that reduce the need for watering up to 75%. A non-toxic polymer plumps up when first watered and slowly releases the moisture to the plants. And some soil-less potting mixes have both.
If in doubt, ask Crabapple LandscapExperts for info on how to set up container gardens, or for a few tips on what plants to choose.
Tomato container photo courtesy ContainerVegetableGarden.org