Spruce Up Your Yard with Seasonal Flowers and Plants

Bright colors can enhance the beauty of your yard and what better way to bring color than with flowers and plants? Blues, reds, yellows and purples can make a color splash across your yard when the right flowers and plants are in place. If you want your yard to be bright and colorful all year round, consider adding seasonal plants to your landscape design.

Spring

Each region is different for planting, but one flower embodies spring in most areas of the country: tulips. One of the first flowers to bloom, tulips are a gorgeous way to begin the spring. These bulb flowers need to be planted in the fall to begin unfolding in late March through May, depending on where you live. Daffodils, pansies, lilies and irises are other popular spring flowers.

Summer

There are so many flowers that can last all summer long. Roses are some of the most popular, with many varieties and colors to choose. Daisies, marigolds and many others can thrive in the hot summer months with the right care.

Fall

In the fall you need flowers that can withstand colder nights. Some options include chrysanthemums, Iberis autumn beauty, heliopsis, sumac and ornamental kale.

Winter

While most colder climates cannot offer winter flowers, there are other plants that can add color to your yard. Consider bushes, shrubs and trees with bright berries or leaves. Holly, Japanese maples and cotoneaster are some of the many options to brighten the cold winter months.

Want to create a gorgeous yard with brightly-colored seasonal plants? Contact your local landscaper to discuss which flowers and plants grow best in your region and begin planning your new landscape design.

Posted on behalf of:
Lane Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 609-4510

Seasonal Landscaping Services to Make Your Life Easier

If you enjoy caring for your yard on your own, you may think that you have no need for a landscaper. If mowing the yard or clipping your hedges helps you relax, why would you hire a landscaper to do it for you? Even if you do not need routine lawn care services, there are times when a landscaper can make your life easier. Here are some seasonal landscaping services that can be handled by many local landscapers.

Yard Clean Up

It may be enjoyable to prune your rose bushes or edge your lawn, but yard clean up after a storm can be a chore. Not only do you need to rake and pick up the mess, it needs to be hauled away. Your local landscaper can do this task for you, leaving your yard pristine and ready for routine maintenance.

Mulch Delivery and Spreading

Save time and strain on your back by hiring a landscaper to deliver and spread your mulch this spring. They can bring bark, wood or pine straw mulch and apply a new layer to the needed areas in your yard.

Aerating, Seeding and Fertilizing

When your yard needs TLC to keep it lush and healthy, hire a landscaper that has the equipment and expertise to handle seasonal grass care. Aerating, seeding, soil testing and fertilizing can be handled by your professional lawn expert for the best results.

Many landscapers are more than happy to do seasonal yard services, even if you do not use them for your lawn maintenance. Call your local landscaper the next time you need yard work done requires special equipment or expertise to make your life easier.

Posted on behalf of:
Pannone’s Lawn Pros & Landscaping
Cumming, GA 30041
(678) 294-0351

Add Color to Your Winter Landscaping

Most landscaping efforts are focused on the spring and summer growing season. While this is a necessity in some regions of the country where winter brings snow, ice and cold temperatures, those who live in milder regions can have a beautiful winter landscape. There are winter flowering trees and shrubs that can add beautiful color to your landscaping through the winter months. Here are a few options:

  • Winter Jasmine. Add beautiful yellow flowers with the winter jasmine that tends to bend and arch for a flowing effect. This is a great shrub to plant on a slope or higher ground to highlight its bending nature.
  • Winter honeysuckle. While the small cream-colored flowers may not be bright, the fragrance of the winter honeysuckle makes up for its mild-colored flowers which can bloom as early as December in some regions.
  • Adding evergreens to your landscaping keeps a background of color all throughout the winter. Plus, evergreens do not need to be just green – they come in a variety of colors like blue, yellow, purple and many shades of green.
  • Wintersweet. Another shrub that offers both flowers and scent is the wintersweet, with a spicy, tropical aroma and yellow flowers for color during the winter.
  • Fruits and berries. Many trees and shrubs also have winter fruit or berries that are bright and colorful. Try adding holly, aronia, beautyberry or the flowering dogwood for color in your winter landscaping.

To find out what trees and shrubs can add color to your landscaping in your area, contact your local landscaper. They can suggest the best options for your region and advise you on their care.

Posted on behalf of:
Tommy Gun Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA 30040
770-884-7277

Are You Ready To Do Some Fall Planting?

Spring isn’t the only season for seasonal planting. In fact, many plants and trees root even better if they are planted in the fall. In mild areas like the southeast, fall can be the ideal time to plant several varieties of trees and bushes. So before you put away your gardening tools, consider adding some of these fall-specific plants to your landscaping design before winter arrives.

Bare-rooted Plants

Many plants, trees and shrubs can be purchased with bare roots, making fall the best time to plant. Roses, fruit trees and some perennials like daylilies are often sold with bare roots. By planting in the fall, they are able to establish their roots through the dormant season. Soak the roots in water for 24 hours, then plant in moist soil.

Balled-and-Burlapped Trees

The balled-and-burlapped method of transplanting trees is often used by nurseries. The trees are dug up during the summer, then have their roots burlapped until they can be replanted. It’s best to plant these trees in the dormant season, usually between October and March. The digging up process can cause stress on the trees, so planting them in the fall gives them time to recover before spring.

Container Planting

Although you can usually plant from containers any time of year, many of these types of plants do well when transplanted in the fall. Often, trees or shrubs bought in containers need extra moisture to flourish, so the cool, moist autumn ground creates ideal growing conditions.

Trees and shrubs are two of the most popular items to plant in the fall. Talk to your landscaping professional about what trees, bushes and shrubs would enhance your yard and grow well in your soil. Your landscaper can help you get these plants in the ground before winter, to be ready to start their first growing season next spring.

Posted on behalf of Brad Pannone, Pannone’s Lawn Pros & Landscaping

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Refresh Your Landscaping With Seasonal Color

Every now and then we get bored with our home decor and if it hasn’t been updated for a while, it may be due for a touch up. The same can be said for our yards and landscaping.

The landscaping is an important part of our property that adds value and beauty and enhances outdoor enjoyment and entertainment.  There is no reason that your landscaping shouldn’t be periodically updated just like the interior décor in your home. Giving your landscaping a fresh new look doesn’t have to be a major undertaking either.  In in many cases all it takes to freshen up a front or back yard and give it a new lease on life is the addition of some seasonal color with beautiful flowers, plants, and shrubs.

Flowers and plants come in all different shapes, sizes and colors and the ones that you decide to use in your own yard should mainly come down to personal preference. However there are some other factors that should be considered such as the climate where you live and how much time you are willing to give to maintenance and caring for your flowers.

The color of your flowers will affect the overall look of the exterior of your property so some consideration should be taken over which ones to go for. If you are not sure what is going to work best in your home you want to take some advice from a landscaper, who will know exactly how to create the look you are after.

Spring Time Means Flowers

Spring may still be a few weeks away, but it is not too early to begin thinking about your lawn and garden. Most importantly, you want to start planning on including some spring flowers to add color and beauty to your landscaping scene. Hues of blue, red, orange, pink and yellow can really brighten up a dull garden.

Winter can be harsh on your lawn and garden. Even your greenery can suffer and lose its color after so many snow storms and days of below freezing temperatures. But spring provides an excellent opportunity to inject some much needed life back into it. Azaleas, hyacinth, irises, lilacs, marigolds and petunias are popular species of spring flowers that come in a wide array of colors and sizes.

When planning out your garden and how you want your flowers to look, be sure to spread the colors around. Remember, a well-maintained lawn with seasonal colorful flowers provides curb appeal to your house. This is especially important if spring means putting your house up for sale. Nothing helps to sell a house better than seeing a well-groomed garden boasting with color from spring flowers.

But with so many flowers to choose from, you may be overwhelmed and not know which ones to choose. There are no rules when it comes to flower selection. Of course, you do not want to drown your garden in flowers. Place them along your walkway, include them in your flower boxes along the front windows or create a nice spot at the end of your driveway where you can showcase a colorful selection of sweet peas. Let seasonal flowers bring beauty and brilliancy to your lawn and garden.

Add a Touch of Color to the Yard with Seasonal Flowers

Spring is right around the corner, and that means that now is the time to start thinking about what types of flowers you might want to have growing in your yard. When you are choosing your seasonal flowers, you can pick a color that’s going to look great with your home as well as any other décor that you have in the yard, or you can pick something outrageous and fun.

Spring is the perfect time for flowers, and you are going to find quite a few different seasonal varieties that are right up your alley. If you don’t know very much about flowers, and if your green thumb is a bit more brown and wilted than green, you should talk to a professional landscaper for some help. Most landscapers and lawn care specialists will have some ideas of what you might want to choose. After all, they are the professionals and they see all types of different flowers in their line of work!

Something else that you might want to do when you are choosing your flowers is head to the web to get an idea of what the colors are going to look like, or you could even visit a nursery to see them in person and get a better idea of how the colors are going to work on your property. Seeing the flowers can often spur some ideas that you can pass along to your landscapers.

Imagine how nice it’s going to be to sit out in your garden on a warm spring morning, where you can listen to the birds and enjoy the beauty of your flowers. They are a great way to add a bit of zest to your landscaping, and flowers will improve the look of any home. Start thinking about the flowers that you want to add today!

Fall Landscaping

Fall is here and with it comes a change in the seasonal color patterns.  One of the fun times of fall is the harvest season and (for children) Halloween.  Harvest colors are common color themes to consider adding to your seasonal landscaping to add a ‘new’ look to your home that is current and creative.

Pumpkins and mums are popular seasonal colors this time of year.  Easy to place strategically throughout your front yard and porch, the bright oranges, yellows, and dark purples add a touch of autumn to your home with little work.  If you are going to carve the pumpkin, remember that once carved, the pumpkin will begin to rot and will only last for about three to five days, depending on the local temperature.

A better alternative is to paint a pumpkin face with acrylic paints.  Children enjoy helping with this project, and it can be a fun way to have an inexpensive family project one Saturday afternoon.

Other fall tips for your yard include placing scarecrows or other Halloween decorations.  Bales of hay can be great ‘background’ pieces for a few pieces of lawn color and decoration, and are easy to remove when the season is over.

Updating your yard through the seasons adds value to your home by increasing the ‘curb’ appeal.  These updates can be inexpensive and fun to do, while still adding value to your home.  For a complete renovation of your yard, consider contacting a local professional landscaper to help develop a design and pattern that works well with your home and neighborhood.