First, let’s define what exactly is a shrub. It is a multi-stem woody plant which is no taller than 15 feet. Yes, there’s some overlap with what is considered a small tree and a shrub. Furthermore, a shrub doesn’t suddenly become a tree when it is 16 feet tall. We use terms like ground cover, shrub, and tree as classifications that help us describe how to treat a plant and when to perform maintenance. For instance, when it comes to pruning shrubs we generally do it in the Late Winter or the Early Spring, before the buds open. We are now in the window of time to consider our shrubs general attractiveness and flowering performance from last year and take steps to improve them for this year. Since we often plant shrubs for ornamental purposes, there are times when they need some extra help beyond a simple trim to look their best. Here are two drastic measures to get your unsightly shrubs into shape.
Every February we think of roses. Of course there’s Valentine’s Day, but it is also the time of year to prune your roses to get them ready for their grand shows in Spring and Summer. According to the Virginia Cooperative Extension's pruning calendar, roses are best pruned in February or March.
Do you drink coffee? Is that even a real question? I know that here at Visionscapes, we ALL drink coffee. I know you’re thinking, what does coffee have to do with landscaping? Why are we talking about it? Well, coffee grounds can help your plant beds and gardens significantly! People talk about compost and compost piles, which are awesome. Let’s be real though, who wants a smelly pile of garbage sitting behind your house or in a container? The great thing about coffee grounds is that they don’t need to sit and rot, you can add them directly to your soil.
Late winter in Southern Virginia is a great time to start getting the landscape ready for Spring. Take advantage of some of the warmer days and get a bit of annual yard maintenance done. Even if you hire a professional for pruning services, it’s a good idea to know what jobs will need doing. Here are 10 outdoor chores that are great to work on in February.
The style of your home and landscape is a reflection of your personality and one size certainly does not fit all. Think about what appeals to you. Neat and orderly, sprawling and whimsical, or maybe ultra-modern? It’s important to consider the type of home and climate you have, but in the end, you want it to be a space you love to look at, be in, and share with others. There are a ton of different landscape styles out there, but here are 6 of our personal favorites. Get inspired this year and create your own 2016 style!
During the Spring and Summer, our landscapes can look dazzling and full of color. The Winter, though….not so much. However, that doesn’t have to be the case, especially in our milder Southern Virginia climate. The usual standby plants for year round interest in the South are Crape Myrtle, Southern Magnolia, and Winter blooming shrubs such as Camellia. Though they do perform well, they tend to be overused. Another tactic is to use year round plants like evergreen trees and shrubs, but you don’t have to limit your choices to the same old stuff.
When you begin to landscape your yard, or plant a garden, you usually would stick to plants that are appropriate for your Hardiness Zones. Here in Southern Virginia, we generally range from zone 7a – 8a according to the United States Department of Agriculture. However smart landscapers know you can “push” this threshold by taking advantage of microclimates around your home.
Making a big impact in the curb appeal of your home doesn’t necessarily mean an intensive yard makeover. Sometimes it’s the little things that make a huge improvement. Beyond just the basic tasks of pulling weeds, a coat of paint and general clean up, here are 5 small ideas for instant curb appeal!
When you think of terracing, you typically imagine a steep slope that has been landscaped with multiple, stacked retaining walls, to give a “step-like" design. This terracing allows for level areas that can be used for gardening, outdoor rooms, or just plain visual beauty. It’s also an excellent way to control erosion of a hillside.
If you’re fortunate enough to have a yard that includes a steep slope or hillside you can create some unique, albeit challenging, landscape designs. A flat yard can be easier to maintain, but sloped terrain can have distinctive character and charm.