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 ).
Email KW Landscaping for more information and to inquire about integrating monarch attracting milkweed into your 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;
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.
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 [email protected] for more information and a quote.
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.
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.
Spikes and Berries: Cardinal dogwood spikes tower about a Fraser fir and winter berry holly pairing.