Landscape Tips

Beautiful Landscapes with Proper Care

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Landscaping Tips for Your Home and Business

How to Protect Your Plants and Plumbing from Frost and Freezes
  • Cover flowers, annuals, tropicals and new plants with old blankets.
  • Put your potted plants in your garage, if possible.
  • Cover your faucets with a styrofoam cone (can be purchased at Home Depot or Lowe’s)
Do not use plastic to cover your plants.

How to Provide Proper Nutrition for Landscaping

Plants in residential yards are often placed in non-prime topsoil, and subjected to overexposure and polluted air, making them susceptible to diseases. Therefore, a city-based landscape needs defenses against these stresses. The following are necessary to provide an healthy environment for vigorous growth:

 

  1. Proper air & water for the root zone. Drip zone irrigation typically provides the best solution since it is not restricted in watering according to local city water restriction schedules.
  2. Proper fertilization. There are fertilizers and nutrients available specifically for all plants in your landscape:
  • Annuals need to be fertilized once every two weeks, using a water soluble formula with slow release.
  • Perennials need at least two and usually three applications of fertilizer per year.
  • Shrubs and ornamental trees need fertilizing two times a year.
  • Shade trees need fertilizing at least one time a year. More mature trees and shrubs may not need fertilizing as often.

Pruning Tips for Landscaping

It is known that more plants are killed or ruined from improper pruning than by pests. Pruning involves removing plant parts to improve the health, landscape effect, or value for the plant. It is NOT just a random cutting to shape a plant. Pruning involves managing your landscape for any of these effective reasons:

Reasons to Prune Plants
  • To improve the quality of flowers, fruit, foliage or stems
  • To maintain better health supplying more energy to viable parts
  • To remove or reduce plant parts that are dead or non-productive
  • To restrict growth based on design or space
  • To train the plant based on design or space
It is necessary to first determine the objective(s) for each plant or landscape that will be used in your landscape. Once these objectives are established, they can then be used to create a strategy for effective pruning that will yield the results desired.

Proper Sun Conditions for Plants

Light is necessary for plant and foliage growth, as well as for flowering, Yet the amount of sun a plant needs will affect its development and growth. All plants need varying amounts of sun for their healthiest state.

  • Low-Light / Full Shade to Part Sun

    These plants require mostly shade with just a small amount of direct sunlight. They need low amounts of sun to grow. They should not be planted in direct sun—especially afternoon sun. Small amounts of early morning sun will not harm them. The afternoon needs to be full shade.

  • Moderate-Light / Full Sun to Part Shade

    These plants can withstand 4-6 hours of direct sun. Yet, they should not be exposed to direct, intense sun in the afternoon. These plants due well in some sun, especially morning exposure. But, they need equally or more times of shade to rest from such full morning sun exposure. Although, as the name implies, full sun to part shade plants need more sun than shade.

  • High-Light / Full Sun...Full Sun

    One may think that such plants need sun all day long. But, this is not the case. They do need at several hours of direct sunlight. However, caution must be taken as this is not always the case unless the plants are heat and drought tolerant. If such plants are not considered heat and drought tolerant, plant them only in an area where they receive 6 - 8 hours of morning and early afternoon sun. Otherwise, if the plants are rated as heat and drought tolerant, they should perform well in full sun.

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