Having a large lot in a suburban or rural neighborhood can be challenging to tackle when you first move in. Instead of trying to landscape the entire place in one fell swoop, divide and conquer by creating more intimate spaces where you can rest and relax. That way, you won’t spread yourself too thin and you can attack new sections the following year. In this garden, the homeowners opted for a small sunken sitting area with fire pit right off their back steps. They created a low wall of stacked stone and a clipped boxwood hedge and then “carpeted” the area with low-maintenance pea gravel. An additional “garden room” could be added the following year.
Did you know that Hydrangea is the #1 genus searched online? The popularity of hydrangeas continues to skyrocket as hardier, showier varieties are developed every year. Their versatility in sun to shade and bold blooms make them must-have shrubs for every garden. To make your buying decision easier, let’s narrow down the diverse selection to hydrangeas.
1. ‘Limelight’ H. paniculata
Multiple award winning panicle hydrangea with creamy white flowers that age to green, then pink. Blooms without fail every year.
2. Little Lime® H. paniculata
A dwarf form of ‘Limelight’ with soft green flowers that turn deep pink in fall.
3. Incrediball® H. arborescens
Improvement over ‘Annabelle’ with massive white flower heads and stronger stems that hold up even after a heavy rain.
4. Quick Fire® H. paniculata
The earliest bloomer, flowering in early summer with white flowers that quickly take on rose tones.
5. Bobo® H. paniculata
Incredibly floriferous, showy hydrangea with large, white flowers on strong, shorter stems.
6. Pinky Winky® H. paniculata
A customer favorite; exceptionally large, two-toned white and pink flower panicles top this tall hydrangea.
7. Invincibelle® Spirit H. arborescens
8. Little Quick Fire® H. paniculata
9. Tuff Stuff™ H. serrata
An excellent choice for northern growers; improved bud and stem hardiness results in reliable bloom and rebloom every year with pink lacecap flowers.
10. LET’S DANCE® Rhythmic Blue™ H. macrophylla
Intensely color saturated blooms shift easily from blue to pink; rebloomer with sturdy stems and good wilt-resistance.
Now that the summer is getting away from us, your lawn is under attack from the hot summer sun, insects, and of course foot traffic from entertaining guests and kids playing. While the summer may be ending in a few months, your lawn still has many more months of looking beautiful. Whether you have a sprawling estate with extensive landscaping or you live in an urban neighborhood with more shrubbery than lawn, there are always lawn care tips that can help your outdoor home. Keep your curb appeal looking great and your lawn looking beautiful with these 10 tips to keep it looking fresh through the late summer season.
1. Assess your lawn type and geographic location:
Determine what type of lawn you have before you start reading up on what type of lawncare to perform. In many countries like the United States you can look at the Plant Zone for your state and municipality. This will help you determine what is the growing season for your lawn as well as shrubbery and landscaping. It will also show you information for watering, soil, and lighting requirements for your geographic location.
2. Look to your own lawn and landscaping for signs of distress:
Once you have determined your plant zone it is now time to look at the climate of your own lawn. Late summer usually means hotter sunrays for longer portions of the day. Monitor your grass to see if certain spots are lacking water or are getting attacked by seasonal bugs or even disease. Consider hiring a lawncare service in your area if you’re unfamiliar with local distress conditions your landscaping can endure. Shade trees, overhangs off of your home, and shade from your home could help plants that are in distress from the sun, while those that are not shielded should be hearty plants.
3. Don’t have a lawn? But prefer landscaping – here’s some tips:
For many homes, especially those in the suburbs or areas that have more hardscape than sprawling lawns – shrubbery and flowers are a great option to still soften your outdoor home with texture. Look to your local nurseries for plants that thrive in direct sun or in semi-shaded areas to plant closer to your home. Look for shrubbery that can withstand the climate year-around, not just the summer heat. This will ensure your plants will remain throughout the year. Flowering shrubbery is a great alternative to grass lawns, as they provide a different “show” of color through the entire year.
4. Get your soil tested if you’re concerned:
If you are noticing your lawn isn’t growing or behaving like your neighbors it could mean many factors. A lawn care service can perform a soil test or conduct other methods to improve your lawn. Your immediate soil around your home could be lacking the right nutrients, PH levels and other natural balances, required for healthy grass root development. Your soil could need aerating, cultivation on a periodic basis or loosening. This helps bring air into your soil and can help lawns that are need of increased growth stimulation and healthy nutrients.
5. Solve next season’s issues now, in the late summer
While you may not realize it your lawn goes through cycles and all of the work you do now, may not show its outcome until next season, if not next year. Therefore, prepare your later summer lawn in preparation for the seasons to come. Many late summer pests such as chinch bugs, mole crickets, and ants are common in very hot climates. Every homeowner has their own way of treating pests: chemicals, natural solutions and other remedies are common. Whichever you choose, take control at the first signs of problems. Brown spots, thinning grass and chewed blades of grass are signs of pests that can ruin your lawn for next season.
6. Choosing the right fertilizer for late summer lawns
Your late summer lawn needs different fertilizer than the fall or winter lawns. Depending on if you have are trying to build turf or you are in need of a fertilizer that will solve a particular problem will be dependent on your location, condition of your grass and other local factors. Visit your local nursery or home improvement store and take pictures of your lawn’s problem spots and they can help you find the right fertilizer for your outdoor home. A generic ‘weed and feed’ variety may be right for your neighbors, but you could need pest control – so seek advice before buying and spreading your fertilizer.
7. Rustic appeal for your landscaped outdoor home
For many homeowners who have a naturally landscaped theme around their home, a lawn may not be of concern. Wild flowers and shrubbery should still be trimmed and kept tidy to preserve a well-manicured look in your outdoor home. Determine if your outdoor home will have mulch and gravel beds closer to your home and wild flowers and shrubbery further away from your home. This will help you maintain the intent of your outdoor home, without having to run out and trim your plants constantly.
8. Ensure you are mowing your lawn correctly
While you may not think that mowing your lawn can have any effect on the growth of your grass or its health, think again. Mowing your lawn with a dull blade lawnmower can shred the tops of grass and leave it looking bad and unkept. Grass that is cut to low can result in too much sun reaching your lawns roots and cause it to burn. Similarly to a human with short hair not wearing a hat during direct sunrays – the same is true when cutting or “scalping” your grass too short. Ensure your lawnmower is set on the correct height setting for your lawn.
9. Excessive dead grass can result in unhealthy grass
If your lawn has dead grass that has accumulated in thickness, it could need dethatching or raking to remove the accumulated dead grass or “hay”. This will allow air and sunlight to reach down into your healthy grass to promote healthy growth stimulation. Consult a lawn service professional if you are unsure of how much thatch to remove. In the colder winter months, thatch can help protect the roots – so ensure you examine what stage your grass is in during the late summer season.
10. Your hands are often the best tools for your lawn
If you are experiencing occasional weeds around your late summer lawn, bend down and pull them by hand. Pulling up weeds from the root will remove the entire plant as opposed to mowing over them and just clipping off the heads. Your lawn will look much better if you walk through it several times a week and pull stray weeds, instead of solely relying on fertilizer and other chemical-based products.
Your lawn can look gorgeous this season – use these helpful tips for your late summer outdoor landscaping.
Article compliments of Freshhome
From ensuring that their needs are met to helping narrow down a landscaping design plan, there are many reasons why homeowners turn to landscaping companies for professional advice when planning and designing their landscaping.
Why Hiring a Landscaping Company is the Best Decision You Can Make
While many prefer to take the “do it yourself” approach around their home, hiring a professional landscaping company when designing and installing landscaping elements can offer a number of advantages to trying to tackle the project on your own. Below are just some of the reasons why working with a landscaping company may be the best decision for you.
- A Landscaping Job Can Make You Feel Overwhelmed: There are so many things to consider when you decide to redo your landscape that it can be nerve wracking. From what type of shrubs to get for the St. Louis climate to knowing where things will grow best, landscaping companies are experts when it comes to these problems and can help you make the best plan.
- Recognize and Address Problems: When you are just beginning a landscaping project, it can be difficult to know where to start. You might feel that your yard needs something, but qualifying that “something” can be easier said than done. Landscaping companies have professional designers and landscapers that can examine your yard with a fresh perspective, identify problem areas, and provide real solutions to that “something” your yard needs to be perfect.
- Overcome The Paralysis of Variety: There are a wide variety of materials (both living and non living) that you can choose from when to designing or redesigning your yard. There are many combinations of shapes, sizes, and colors that it can create a paralysis on a person that is not a professional designer. Fortunately, landscaping companies have a staff of designers that will bring everything under a unified focal point of design. They will be able to pull everything together according to your specifications and help you establish a clear plan to translate your ideas into reality.
- Select the Best Plants: Buying a shrub or plant can seem easy enough at first. However, when you start considering factors like choosing the correct plant based on aspects such as: flowering patterns, colors, size, water and lighting needs, and maintenance requirements the task becomes much more difficult. With the help of landscaping companies, you can plan various plants accordingly and can create a garden that will be colorful throughout the year. Professional landscaping companies are familiar with a variety of species of plants that grow well in the Utah climate, and will be easy to keep and maintain.
- Setting & Keeping within Budget: Landscaping companies can prepare an accurate estimate of the complete cost of your landscaping project before even beginning the installation. This is something that most people that are partial to the “do it yourself” approach do not take into account. Do It yourselfers my think they are saving money, but it can be difficult to come up with an accurate budget and estimates if you are not familiar with this type of project.
ACG Sprinklers… Lawn Sprinklers & Landscapes: A Leader Among Landscaping Companies in Utah
If you are looking for a landscaping company in the Utah area that you can trust to take your landscaping ideas and make them a reality,
One of the first things our designers take into consideration when meeting with a new client is to identify any strong existing features on the property. These features could consist of the homes architecture, interior design, a wooded back yard, or being next to a pond or lake. All of these existing features, coupled with the homeowner’s personal style and need for a functional outdoor space, is the basis behind a comprehensive design.There are many ways to make a connection between the home and landscape. Some homes have a strong architectural style, while others are more universal. A good designer will find elements within the home to pull inspiration from. For example, using colors or shapes from the brick or stone façade of a home and repeating them within the design of the patio ties the two together. Sometimes our designers will opt for the same materials, as well.
Using structural elements like a pergola can also create an easy transition from indoors to outdoors. This is another area we can incorporate details within the pergola that are found on the interior or exterior of a home. Homes that have strong character, such as colonial style homes, will naturally lend itself to plants and materials that were used during that time period like clay pavers and upright evergreens. Plants can also be used to repeat shapes. For example repeating a pyramidal roofline by using a strategically placed pyramid shaped tree helps the home and surrounding landscape look like one cohesive piece.
In addition to a home’s features it’s just as important to identify the naturally existing landscape on a property. This could range from a heavily wooded lot to a wide-open prairie. Our designers are considerate in choosing a landscape style that blends in with the surrounding area. Repetition of native plant material is good way to create cohesiveness throughout a property. At the same time, you lessen the amount of maintenance required to care for that plant because it naturally thrives in that environment.
In some cases the architecture of a home may contradict with the naturally existing landscape. This allows for a unique design and a fun challenge for our designers. The Pine to Prairie design team thrives on being creative, original and inventive. The goal is to achieve unity and rhythm on a property so it creates a sense of calm, relaxation and purpose.