Early Spring Flowering Trees and Shrubs for Your Yard

Early Spring Flowering Trees and Shrubs for Your Yard

After a long, dark winter, the beautiful blooms of April are a delight for our eyes. There are so many beautiful flowering trees that are magnificent this time of year. Plant these beauties now to enjoy in your yard this spring and for years to come! Best Spring Flowering Trees & Shrubs One of the first shrubs to bloom in Spring is the Forsythia; their beautiful yellow color is like a ray of sunshine as we clear away the winter gray. The vibrant branches of yellow offer some of the best and brightest…continue reading →
3 Tips for Adding Privacy to Your Yard with Trees and Shrubs

3 Tips for Adding Privacy to Your Yard with Trees and Shrubs

When we walk outside into our yard it is always nice to have a little privacy.  But not everyone likes the expense or the look of traditional fencing. Over the years, we have had countless customers looking for creative ways to add privacy to their yards with trees and shrubs. Trees and shrubs create a natural barrier that not only looks beautiful, it is also functional. Here are some of our tried and true tips for adding screens to your yard with fast growing privacy trees and shrubs: Tip #1  – Add a…continue reading →
Maximize Your Space with Container Gardening

Maximize Your Space with Container Gardening

Ready to start your garden but you’re short on space? Maybe you live in an apartment or townhouse or space is limited in your yard. Or, you just want to add an extra pop of color on the patio or porch. No worries – container gardening can be an easy and quick fix. All you need is the container, soil, fertilizer and plants. Here are the basic steps you need to take to get the container garden of your dreams: Choosing Your Container Choose plant pots and containers that add interest, color and…continue reading →
6 Reasons You Should Mulch

6 Reasons You Should Mulch

Nothing heralds the coming of Spring quite like a freshly mulched yard. But mulch isn’t just for aesthetics; it is also very beneficial to your plants and soils. Here are just 6 reasons you should mulch this Spring: Mulch helps improve soil moisture and prevents plants from drying out too quickly. Mulch helps reduce soil erosion and soil compaction. Mulch helps maintain optimal soil temperatures by creating a barrier from the heat and cold. Mulch helps increase soil nutrition as it decomposes by improving soil structure, thus providing better drainage and better use…continue reading →
Should You DIY Your Paver Patio?

Should You DIY Your Paver Patio?

You're a weekend DIY warrior and you're ready for your next project. With warm weather approaching, you're mulling over the idea of installing a new paver patio. There are a ton of articles online with instructions for getting this job done. While you certainly can do it yourself, the bigger question is, should you? Your new paver patio will enhance your outdoor living space so you can entertain family and friends and spend more time outdoors. But, putting in your own patio is NOT a weekend project. Shoveling, planning, designing, selecting pavers, hiring…continue reading →
Prepping Your Patio and Patio Furniture for Spring

Prepping Your Patio and Patio Furniture for Spring

We’ve had a mild winter so far in the Mid-Atlantic area, but the colder weather still takes its toll on your patio and patio furniture. Getting your patio in shape can seem like a chore, but it’s not as bad as you think. Here are a few ways to get it done effectively and efficiently. First, remove everything from the area including grills, patio furniture and décor. Sweep the patio surface and then scrub with an appropriate cleaner as recommended by your paver manufacturer. Read instructions carefully and follow them. Pressure wash it…continue reading →
A Professional Landscape Design Plan Can Save You Money

A Professional Landscape Design Plan Can Save You Money

There is no better time than right now to start putting the pieces together for your next landscaping project. You know you want to make some changes but what do you do first? Should you get a professional landscape design? We’ve answered your questions and outlined the steps for you in this blog post. Start Day Dreaming Think about what your ideal front yard and backyard looks like. Be sure to include not only the front and back yards, but the side yards as well. Prioritize What updates are most important to you?…continue reading →
Protect Your Hardscape this Winter

Protect Your Hardscape this Winter

Winter weather can hurt your paved surfaces if you’re not careful. Even if you can’t use your patio for a few months, you still want to protect your investment by preparing for winter weather. This can eliminate unnecessary damage and prolong the life of your pavers. Tips for Protecting Your Hardscape Pick Your Ice Melt Carefully Be sure to use calcium chloride ice melt, which will melt ice and keep you safe, while at the same time protect your pavers. It can also be used on concrete. Sand is also a good alternative to use…continue reading →
Sugar Maple, the Sweetest Tree in the Yard

Sugar Maple, the Sweetest Tree in the Yard

Maple syrup, a common and delicious condiment, is abundant this holiday season as people move inside and plan on eating lots of carbohydrates for the winter; including pancakes and waffles. But those tasty breakfast treats aren’t nearly as delicious without some sweet maple syrup to pour on top. In Maryland, sugaring is less common than in colder climates like Vermont, New Hampshire, and Canada, but the same process occurs within the tree. Regardless of location, all trees produce sugar for energy that is stored as starch in their roots during the winter. In…continue reading →
Everything You Need to Know About Ice Melt

Everything You Need to Know About Ice Melt

Winter is upon us and now is the time to start gathering your winter preparation tools, such as ice melt. Need help figuring it all out? This post will tell you everything you need to know about ice melters! What Kind of Ice Melt Do You Need? There are 2 basic classes of ice melter chemicals: sodium chloride based or calcium/ magnesium chloride based. Sodium chloride based ice melt, also known as rock salt, is the least expensive, but also the least effective at very cold temperatures. Rock salt loses its melting ability below 20…continue reading →