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. Here are some quick tips for how to protect your hardscape this winter: 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…continue reading →
Feeding Backyard Birds in the Winter

Feeding Backyard Birds in the Winter

Don’t Forget our Feathered Friends this Winter! Do you enjoy watching the birds flitting about your yard?  I certainly do.  Folklore tells us that the robin is the harbinger of Spring.  But what about in the winter?  There is a definite nip in the air and natural food sources for the birds are becoming scarcer.  Holly berries seem to be the go-to snack for the robins in my yard. To keep the beautiful robins, cardinals, finches, jays and other backyard beauties in my yard, I feed the birds year-round.  The robins love the worms after the rains. …continue reading →
Sugar Maple, the Sweetest Tree in the Yard

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…continue reading →
Best Trees and Shrubs for Birds in the Winter

Best Trees and Shrubs for Birds in the Winter

During the colder weather here in Maryland, birds have to find their own food. Berries, seeds, and habitats in protected tree limbs are not as plentiful as they are during the warmer summer months. But, there’s an easy solution to this problem: planting trees and shrubs for birds to get sustenance from throughout the cooler weather. Let's talk about the best trees and shrubs for birds in the winter! Great examples of smaller shrubs that attract the birds in the winter are bayberry, winterberry holly and viburnum. All of these have berries that persist throughout…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! 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 F. It is safe for use on asphalt, but…continue reading →
5 Things You Didn’t Know About Poinsettias

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Poinsettias

Poinsettias are a top holiday flower pick for their beautiful array of shades and colors. They have traditionally been the winter holiday’s most popular plant, the sure and steady standby, but do you really know about the Poinsettia? We bet you don't! Here are 5 things you didn't know about Poinsettias: Poinsettias Can Be Painted To fit the most unusual of tastes, Poinsettias may be painted, just about any color, to match your holiday decor and finished off with glitter to complete the festive look. Poinsettias are not Poisonous It's important to note that Poinsettias…continue reading →
What is an Air Plant?

What is an Air Plant?

What is an Air Plant? Air plants are known for their simple look: as the name implies, they don’t need to be planted in soil. The term ‘air plants’ is the common name for Tillandsias, a type of Bromeliad. Air plants absorb moisture and nutrients through their leaves, while the the roots are used primarily to provide support for the plant. Where Can You Put an Air Plant? You can place an air plant in just about any place in your house. Typically, people place air plants, or Tillandsia, into glass terrariums or driftwood. Sometimes for aesthetics, small pebbles or glass beads are put underneath. How Do You Care for an…continue reading →
How to Winterize Your Outdoor Fountain

How to Winterize Your Outdoor Fountain

How to Winterize Your Outdoor Fountain You have added an outdoor fountain to your yard and you love the peace and tranquility it brings to your outdoor living space. You've invested in your landscape and now it's time to protect that investment so you can enjoy your outdoor fountain for many years to come. It is important to prepare your outdoor fountain for winter, especially if you live where the winter temperatures can drop below freezing. If at all possible, place your fountain under cover, preferably in your garage or even your shed.  Some…continue reading →