Lawn and Landscaping Tips
Do you or someone you know start up their sprinkler system in the spring, set it to water every other day, and then leave it until it is time to winterize in the fall? 3% of the world’s water is fresh water and of that 3%, 60% is used for agriculture and watering landscapes. Contact us to find out how you can have a lush green lawn while conserving precious water resources and reducing your water bill at the same time.
Add a Rain Garden to Your Landscape
A rain garden is a depression designed to capture, temporarily hold, and then soak up storm water runoff from your roof or other impervious areas around your home. In addition to adding beauty and attracting wildlife, rain gardens can also help protect water quality. Storm water runoff is one of the main sources of water pollution nationwide.
Hummingbirds are Attracted to Red
Plant shrubs such as Weigela, Lilac, Azalea, Rhododendron and Honeysuckle in your garden and then hang a fuchsia plant near a window to draw them in. Fill a feeder with 1 part sugar and 4 parts water and nothing else.
Extend the Patio Season
Provide an area adjacent to your patio space for a fireplace, fire pit or fire burner. Adding a source of heat will allow you to comfortably enjoy your outdoor living space during the cool days and nights in spring and fall.
Arbors and Pergolas
Arbors and pergolas always create a destination and can spark interest even in a small garden. They can be inviting and offer an attractive shade area, but most important they provide support for an endlessly interesting variety of plants.
Proper Lawn Care
Proper lawn care is the best defense against weeds, disease and insects. Established lawns need about 1 inch of water per week from rain or irrigation. Fertilize 3-4 times per year. Set your mowing height high and cut no more than 1/3 of the total height.
Increase Sustainability Through Native Plantings
Replace high maintenance lawn space with native plantings. Native plants are hardy and don’t require constant mowing. They also require less fertilizer, less water and less weeding if planted in an appropriate location. Sustainable landscapes are a great way to increase biodiversity and improve water quality.