Support Your Local Monarchs

Writtey by Elisa on Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 at 4:20 pm. Posted in Butterfly garden, garden, garden landscaping, Native Maryland Garden, organic garden, Theme Landscaping

Monarch

Monarch Butterflies have begun to return to our gardens again this year. Monarchs require Milkweed for their caterpillars.  As a matter of fact, Monarch caterpillars can only feed on Milkweeds and nothing else. The adult Butterflies, however, need nectar all summer long.

According to National Geographic, Fewer monarch butterflies are crossing North America to winter in Mexico, and the biggest culprit seems to be the disappearance of milkweed in the United States. The trend is particularly troubling because monarchs have long been considered both an indicator of our ecological health and a representative of pollinator populations.

When planting for Monarchs, mix Milkweed with lots of flowering nectar plants (as well as grasses) that will bloom from early in the summer (when Monarchs first arrive) through the fall.

This will have several advantages including the following:

  • Provide nectar for the Monarchs, along with many butterflies and pollinators, when the Milkweed are not flowering. Each species of Milkweed only flowers for about a month.  The adult Monarchs need nectar from the time they arrive until they leave.
  • Create a sustainable ecosystem in your home garden.
  • Support not only the struggling Monarch, but many species of Butterflies, Beetles, Moths, Birds, Snakes, Turtles, and Mammals…etc.
  • Create a beautiful butterfly garden for your enjoyment.

 

What kind of Milkweed should you plant? Plant Milkweeds native to your area and adapted to your soil and sun conditions. Monarchs can use ALL of them. There are about 75 species of Milkweed found in North America. There are a lot to choose from. You can find out what species are native to your area at the Biota of North America Program (http://bonap.net/NAPA/TaxonMaps/Genus/County/Asclepias ).

Maryland Milkweed

 

Email KW Landscaping for more information and to inquire about integrating monarch attracting milkweed into your summer garden.

 

Perfecting your Seasonal Summer Planters

Writtey by Elisa on Friday, June 5th, 2015 at 1:28 pm. Posted in Container Gardens, flower garden, garden landscaping, organic garden, professional planters, Summer Garden, Summer Planters

Summer Planter Arrangement June is the perfect time to fill your planters with beautiful arrangements to brighten your home all summer long. Garden and home stores are overflowing with plants and pots in every shape, color and size imaginable so it can be hard to decide what design you want. Here are a few tips to consider when planning your planters:

1)    Consider all colors and textures – A well balanced arrangement doesn’t rely solely on one or two colors but incorporates accent colors in both the flower and the foliage. You should also consider texture, combining sharp shiny reeds with soft furry leaves can create eye-catching drama and balance. Try combining an arrangement of Pennisetum rubrum (red fountain grass), Ipomea (sweet potato vine), Calibrachoa (million bells), Begonia Dragonwing and Ageratum for a variety of colors, textures and growth habits. Summer Planter

2)    Balance foliage and flowers – the foliage to flower ratio is critical. The positioning of foliage to frame and also create movement will dramatically increase the aesthetic success of your planter.

3)    Shade or sun – Consider where you plan to place your planter. If your planter will have the bright shade of the morning sun, this will open up more options than deep shade spaces. Study the area in which you want to plant, then purchase your plants accordingly. If you love planting container gardens but don’t know where to start send KW Landscaping an email and they can provide beautiful arrangements for your summer planters.

Maryland Summer Planter

Bring your Garden to Life as Summer Approaches

Writtey by Elisa on Thursday, April 30th, 2015 at 2:18 pm. Posted in flower garden, garden, garden landscaping, Landscape Maintenance, Landscape Management, organic garden, Summer Garden

Flowers always make a home seem more welcoming. Adorn your entrance with assorted annuals to keep color year long. Petunias, Salvia, Geraniums, Ageratums, Begonia are all great additions to consider in addition to others. If you have a small space between your house and the street, try putting a low fence in front. It gives the illusion that your house is farther from the street than it really is, and it also makes for a great space for planting flowers and vines.

Enjoy your garden from Spring to Fall. A great thing about gardening in Maryland is that we get treated get a long season to enjoy colorful annual flowers. Consider adding these annuals/bulbs/tropicals to your garden and containers;

Spring: tulips, daffodils, crocus, primrose
Summer: lantana, new guninea impatiens, zinnia, coleus, hibiscus, verbena, canna lily
Fall: pansy, violas, aster (perennial), mum

KW Landscaping specializes in making your gardens bloom with color and variety all season long. Consider adding the following enhancing services to your home or business.

ENHANCING SERVICES

SUMMER & FALL COLOR PLANTINGS: Our service includes removal and disposal of prior season’s annuals and the installation of new annuals. The summer planting is in May and the fall planting is in September.

COLOR PLANTING FEEDINGS: Our service includes FIVE feedings for you summer and fall color. This Organic feeding will encourage larger plants with more colorful blooms. Service is provided April, June, July, August & October.

BULB INSTALLATION: Our service includes the planting of our custom bulb collection in the fall for a spring bloom display.

To add Color services to your landscape management program please email info@kwlandscaping.com for more information and a quote.

Bed Management for your Home or Business Landscape

Writtey by Elisa on Thursday, February 26th, 2015 at 5:13 pm. Posted in garden, garden landscaping, landscape bed management, Landscape Maintenance, Landscape Management, organic garden

KW Landscaping is currently in the process of renewing all of our landscape management agreements for our clients. The services vary depending on the individual client’s desires and needs however, bed management is an important service to consider adding to your annual agreement.

KW Landscaping’s Bed Management service includes weeding & cleaning of all beds and pruning of shrubs, perennials, and ground covers for a manicured look all season long. During our SPRING CLEAN-UP in mid to late March, the ornamental grasses, liriope, butterfly bushes are cut back to allow for this seasons growth. Roses will also be pruned to remove any dead growth that occurred from this cold winter. During the growing season (April-October), the crews will visit the property every two weeks (for some properties weekly), to continue to keep the weeds pulled and plants properly pruned at the right time. The spent rose blooms will be deadheaded as well to promote repeat blooming, this is most commonly needed with the ever popular Knockout Rose. After all the leaf cleanup is complete, the crew returns for FINAL CLEAN-UP and cuts back the perennials to give your property a manicured look for the winter. Service runs March through the end of the season.

This service is essential to enjoy your landscape and not to be a servant to it each weekend. Let our crews keep your landscape well groomed all the time by hiring KW Landscaping to provide our Bed Management service. Please email KW Landscaping for more information or to schedule a time for a free estimate.

landscaping and bed management

Festive Winter Garden Containers

Writtey by Elisa on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 at 5:34 pm. Posted in Christmas Decorating, Container Gardens, garden, garden landscaping, Landscape Maintenance, Landscape Management, organic garden, organic winter containters, professional planters, Winter gardening, Winter Landscaping

Its’ official, your summer planters are goners this year. But why not adorn your containers with a beautiful winter arrangement to enjoy now through the spring? KW Landscaping is currently creating beautiful custom winter garden containers and would love to provide a custom winter arrangement for your home. Here are some ideas for inspiration or create a completely original look, either way, it’s a great idea keep your garden containers festive this winter season. Please email KW Landscaping for more information.

winter garden container
Spikes and Berries: Cardinal dogwood spikes tower about a Fraser fir and winter berry holly pairing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Spikes and Berries: Cardinal dogwood spikes tower about a Fraser fir and winter berry holly pairing.

winter window box planter
Simple Beauty: Containers don’t need to be complicated to be beautiful. White pine branches spilling out of a window box are simple yet elegant with a fresh coat of snow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

winter container ideas

winter garden urns
Warm, Earthy Colors: Earthy colors brighten these urns and what’s inside them. This arrangement uses common materials, such as yellowtwig dogwood, red winterberries and the greens of Norway pines, incense cedars and boxwoods, plus unexpected touches: Southern magnolia leaves and kuwa pods (available at crafts supply stores). Try groupings for impact. If one container is good, two or more are better. Urns flanking a door or sidewalk entry add a formal note. On the lawn, patio or porch, group containers with similar shapes or colors in different sizes for a bigger impression. Keep materials similar, but don’t worry about matching exactly. Add white lights to give long winter nights some sparkle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

winter garden containers

Christmas landscaping decoration
Add Lights: One easy idea for creating a holiday container is to take an already-potted tree and wrap it in lights. Giving it a skirt of evergreen boughs adds extra festive flair.

 

 

 

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Winter Holiday garden containers
Illuminate your Holiday: Try adding winter garden containers to enhance your outdoor holiday decorations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

references: www.midwestliving.com www.bhg.com

Fall Perennial Transplanting and Dividing

Writtey by Elisa on Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 1:54 pm. Posted in fall landscaping service, fall transplanting, garden landscaping, Landscape Maintenance, Landscape Management, perennial dividing, perennial transplanting

Fall is the perfect time of year for sprucing up your perennial garden by dividing and transplanting.  The heat of summer has passed, the chances of rain have returned and there is still plenty of time for plants to recover from being moved before the ground freezes. The rule of thumb for deciding which perennials to transplant or divide is based on bloom time.  Late summer and fall bloomers are suited for moving in the spring while spring and early summer flowering perennials can be transplanted in fall. Many perennials perform their best as younger or recently rejuvenated plants, so a good rule of thumb is to divide perennials every few years to keep them at their healthiest.

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There are signs that can tell you it’s time to divide your perennials. When all the growth appears on the outer edges, its time to divide. When it doesn’t bloom as well as it used to and or the blooms are smaller than usual, its time to divide. These indicators are symptoms of overcrowded roots. Transplanting can also be a good solution when you have the desire to change the look of your garden or if you’ve discovered that the perennial needs a different growing environment. An additional reason for dividing perennials is to increase the number of plants that you have in your garden or to share your perennials with family and friends. Whether transplanting or dividing you should give the plants about 6 weeks before the first hard freeze occurs in your garden so they can be settled in to their new home and ready for winter. One important task that KW Landscaping always does when it transplants and divides is backfill with fresh aged compost to insure a happy plant in its new home.

KW Landscaping knows their plants. Allow us to help you reorganize and restore your garden this fall. Please email us with any questions and to schedule a consultation.

transplanting perennials

Travertine in your Landscaping: A Maryland Home Travertine Landscaping Project

Writtey by Elisa on Friday, August 8th, 2014 at 8:55 pm. Posted in garden landscaping, Landscape construction, Landscape Maintenance, Landscape Management, organic garden, travertine fire pit construction, Travertine Patios

As many of you know, KW Landscaping loves to work with Travertine and also loves to help their customer’s achieve their dream outdoor living spaces. This is why we want to show you the big picture. From a dream to reality, here is a real Maryland Home Landscaping travertine project that walks us through the process, day by day. Email KW Landscaping with questions regarding your dream outdoor landscape.

 

Here you will see the landscaping plan that the client approved prior to any work being done on their property.

Landscape design plan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once the client has approved the design then we can get to work.

Day One: Draw out the design for the Travertine Patio with sitting wall and fire pit.

landscaping project day 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2: Pour the concrete footing for the sitting wall and fire pit.

pouring concrete for landscape construction

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day Three: Laying the foundation for the Travertine is all about layers to ensure quality. Block work to support the sitting wall and firepit. Filter cloth, stabilizing grid (this is a plastic honeycomb grid for extra stability), recycled concrete to fill the grid and create a firm surface. Then, a thin layer of sand to set the travertine in.

travertine patio and firepit construction

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day Four: The true beauty starts to show. The travertine is laid down and the natural stone veneer will be placed on the fire pit and sitting wall. The inside of the fire pit will be finished with a special fired brick and heat proof mortar to withstand the heat from the fire.

travertine patio and firepit construction

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day Five: Natural stone veneer is being installed over the cinder block then a bullnose travertine cap to finish the fire pit and sitting wall. Compost and Espoma bio tone will be tilled into the beds today giving the plants a cozy place to root. Plants were also delivered this day.

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Day six: The Compost is in the beds and the planting starts today. This project is almost complete.

patio landscaping day 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day Seven: Everything is almost done. Now we plant, mulch, sod and clean up.

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Here is a video that takes you through the complete final project:

 

 

Landscaping with Travertine: What is Travertine?

Writtey by Elisa on Thursday, July 10th, 2014 at 3:36 pm. Posted in garden landscaping, Landscape construction, Landscape Maintenance, Landscape Management, outdoor patio stairs, retaining walls, Travertine Patios, travertine walkways

Travertine is a wonderful stone to consider using for your outdoor stone projects. Travertine is a natural stone such as Marble, Granite, Onyx, Limestone, Slate etc. The key difference between Travertine and other natural stones lies in the formation of the rock, the hardness of the stone and the appearance. Travertine is formed in hot springs and/or limestone caves. Travertine is not the same as Marble or Limestone which falls in the metamorphic rock category. Key characteristics of Travertine stone are the holes within the stone which are caused by carbon dioxide evasion.KW Landscaping recommends using Travertine for the following outdoor projects:

  •  Pool Decks
  • Pool Steps
  • Driveways
  • Patios
  • Walk-ways
  • Outdoor Fireplaces
  • House Walls
  • Outside Stairs

For more Travertine information please check out: http://www.what-is-travertine.com or email KW Landscaping to learn how you may use Travertine in your next Maryland Landscaping project.

Travertine Landscaping

Organic landscaping effects more than the environment, it can also affect your life!

Writtey by Elisa on Sunday, June 22nd, 2014 at 7:01 pm. Posted in garden landscaping, insects and landscaping, Landscape Maintenance, Landscape Management, organic garden, Theme Landscaping

As many of you know, KW Landscaping only uses natural and organic products when servicing a client’s landscape. For many years, we have strongly endorsed not using chemicals on your property. Recently, we had the pleasure of landscaping a client’s home who happened to also be a doctor. The doctor was very concerned about what products we would be using on his property and we reassured him that we only used organic treatments. Even still, the doctor wanted more information about our organic products and began to tell me why he was so concerned. It turns out that years ago, the doctor had hired an experienced technician to spray a weed growing in his cattle farm in the 1970’s. He noticed how the man who was spraying downward as he traversed the field had ended up engulfed in the fumes from the weed spray. After the spraying, the doctor noted that the field rats, moles and mice that had populated the area were not to be seen again for 25 years. He also said that the man who had performed the weed spraying died two years later of lymphoma. The doctor then told me about another instance when he had witnessed a neighbor using a VERY common brand name weed killer to kill milk weed in his yard. He noticed this neighbor practicing this behavior for about 10 years.  This neighbor later died of metastatic kidney cancer.

According to a 2013 Huffington post article, Roundup, An Herbicide, Could Be Linked To Parkinson’s, Cancer And Other Health Issues. This article reinforces the observations that had lead my client to realize the dangers of using chemicals when landscaping. More information on this study can be found here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/25/roundup-herbicide-health-issues-disease_n_3156575.html

These stories reinforced the conviction that had lead me to choose to be an organic landscaping company. I hope it helps you to use caution when deciding what treatments to use in your lawn and garden. It is imperative that we be aware of the chemicals in our lives and the harmful effects they can have both on our environment and on our lives. Please take this into consideration before using harmful pesticides and weed killers. Even the chemicals sold at your local hardware store can be very dangerous. Please email KW Landscaping if you would like their help in creating a safe solution to your pest or weed issue.

organic weedkiller

 

 

Perfecting Your Summer Planters

Writtey by Elisa on Thursday, June 12th, 2014 at 7:53 pm. Posted in garden landscaping, how to arrange planters, Landscape Maintenance, Landscape Management, organic garden, professional planters, Summer Garden, Theme Landscaping

June is the perfect time to fill your planters with beautiful arrangements to brighten your home all summer long. Garden and home stores are overflowing with plants and pots in every shape, color and size imaginable so it can be hard to decide what design you want. Here are a few tips to consider when planning your planters:

1)    Consider all colors and textures – A well balanced arrangement doesn’t rely solely on one or two colors but incorporates accent colors in both the flower and the foliage. You should also consider texture, combining sharp shiny reeds with soft furry leaves can create eye-catching drama and balance. Try combining an arrangement of Pennisetum rubrum (red fountain grass), Ipomea (sweet potato vine), Calibrachoa (million bells), Begonia Dragonwing and Ageratum for a variety of colors, textures and growth habits.

Maryland summer planter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2)    Balance foliage and flowers – the foliage to flower ratio is critical. The positioning of foliage to frame and also create movement will dramatically increase the aesthetic success of your planter.

3)    Shade or sun – Consider where you plan to place your planter. If your planter will have the bright shade of the morning sun, this will open up more options than deep shade spaces. Study the area in which you want to plant, then purchase your plants accordingly.

If you love planting container gardens but don’t know where to start send KW Landscaping an email and they can provide beautiful arrangements for your summer planters.

Maryland home summer planter

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