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  1. Linwood Nellie Joyce Reply

    Your newsletters are wonderfully informative, look forward to receiving them.
    Thanks much!

  2. Azora Irby-Muntasir Reply

    This information wS most helpful for a beginner Gardner, like me.

  3. Karen Royer Reply

    Thank you recommending the use native plants – something that every homeowner can do. Creating a new garden where there was previously turf grass is a win for the Bay and all of the birds and pollinators that live in the watershed. Non-native plants have little to no benefit while native plants support all kinds of life!

  4. Amy Saunders Reply

    Wow, that’s great! Thanks for letting us know that expert landscape designers would always try their best to get all the relevant tasks done within the designated budget. My next door neighbor has been thinking of beautifying his backyard by planting a few short shrubs. I think it might be smart for him to hire professionals to help make sure everything gets planted and grows correctly.

  5. Shammy Peterson Reply

    The best part of your blog for me is when you said that landscaping could raise the value of your property and improve its curb appeal. My husband and I will take note of this because we are planning to sell our house later this year, and we want to easily find a potential buyer. Maybe, it will be best for us to hire a landscape designer within the week.

  6. Glenn Nollan Reply

    Hi, I find reading this article a joy. It is extremely helpful and interesting and very much looking forward to reading more of your work.

  7. Rose A Gulledge Reply

    Hello. Great article! Do you offer rain barrel workshops (sessions that offer information while making a rain barrel)? I think it would be super popular and would be a great way to get out the need for more rain barrels in Bowie and surrounding towns. Hope you consider this suggestion.

    • Sarah Smith Reply

      hello! we do not have any rain barrel workshops planned yet but it’s a great idea!

  8. Dean Willey Reply

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    • Sarah Smith Reply

      Hi Dean! Yes, we do have delivery options to your area! I’ve sent your information to customer service so they can reach out to you.

  9. Lori Abdin Reply

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  10. Rose Langford Reply

    Very thankful for these resources, they seem like they will really help with what I need to get done. Thank you very much for the post!

  11. Henry Killingsworth Reply

    It was really helpful when you mentioned that it is a good idea to remove weeds that are growing near your trees. I would imagine that there are landscaping companies that have plant sprays that can prevent weeds from growing. If the weeds aren’t growing, you won’t have to worry about pulling them out.

    • Sarah Smith Reply

      True! But, we would caution anyone to select weed killing sprays very carefully if at all: those chemicals could harm the young tree if not applied correctly. Mulch or landscaping fabric are great ways to prevent weeds without chemical sprays.

  12. Mats Wolff Reply

    Its amazing when you said that landscaping is one of the few investments that is guaranteed to raise the property value of your home. My wife and I recently bought a new house and we want to hire a landscaping service who can help us design our outdoor space. We would need to speak to a professional who can help us design our backyard beautifully. Thanks for the article!

  13. Dorothy Snyder Reply

    Thank you for the info on snow and it’s benefit’s, it was very helpful.

  14. Conrad O'Connor Reply

    Thank you for pointing out that hiring a professional landscape designer can improve the curb appeal of your prpop[erty. I want my new home to look beautiful, so I’m considering hiring a landscape designer soon. I’m going to look for a good provider of landscape design services in my area that I can hire.

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    • Sarah Smith Reply

      Hi Helen! I have forwarded your request to customer service and they will get everything straightened out. Thank you!

  16. Claire Masters Reply

    I didn’t know that mulching can reduce overall weed growth in a yard. I’ve been thinking of planting some herbs in my garden but I don’t know if I would have the time to maintain it. I hope I can find a mulching service soon to help me with this despite my busy schedule.

  17. Steves Lawns Reply

    Great Content! You have explained everything very nicely, thanks for sharing this blog, i think so this will help in searching a good landscape designer.

  18. Michaela Hemsley Reply

    Thanks for detailing the benefits of professional landscape design. I like that you said that it can help improve your curb appeal. I would like that for my home, so I will have to find professionals to help me with my landscape design.

  19. Ventura Tree Services Reply

    Great information — thanks for sharing it. You can really tell when a home has been professionally landscaped according to a landscape designers plan. It makes sense and flows from one element to another.

  20. Claire Masters Reply

    Thanks for informing me that mulching can help reduce the number of weeds on your property. My uncle asked me to manage the woodlands within his estate while he is away on a vacation. I don’t know much about it so I think it might be best if I just hire a professional who can help me with timber management.

  21. Felicia McCollough Reply

    The information that is given about the
    mulch is very helpful. I never considered
    the nutrition from it being useful to the
    soil. I did know about the protection it
    gives during the various seasons. I love
    gardening and these tips are very helpful.
    I enjoy coming to Patuxent for my plants
    and flowers. The staff is always very helpful. I appreciate the helpful information given in this article.

  22. Monica D Fulton Reply

    I would like to order a physical gift care as a Christmas present and have the care mailed to me

  23. Taylor Hansen Reply

    Thanks for mentioning how a landscape designer can help choose plants that will look the best and thrive in your yard. I want to find a landscape designer that can help me determine which plants can survive where we live since I want to build out my garden this year. I’ll have to get in contact with a professional about helping me build out my yard in the coming month.

  24. Josh Reply

    Very good information, I thought I was an expert on Landscape design, but I got some further tips in this article. Thanks.!!

  25. Rev LizAnn Brain Reply

    Your Bowie location is too far away. Are there any participating nurseries close to Westminster? We have 7 acres and are slowly planting trees as we remove rotting, sick and downed trees on the 4 acres that is wooded.

    Would certainly like to participate in your program.

    • Brit Boone Reply

      Hi Liz, this program is actually run through the City of Bowie. Maybe you could check with the City of Westminster.

      There is a rebate run with the state of MD that we participate in. Follow this link to see if any garden enters near you participate.

      Hope this helps!

  26. Skylar Williams Reply

    Thank you for your tip to remember to consider the specific codes and fire laws when you’re building a fire pit. My brother is working on building a patio and I want to help by getting him a fire pit table. I’ll be sure to double-check that getting one of those is allowed in his area.

  27. Scott Adams Reply

    You mentioned that landscaping is guaranteed to raise the value of your property. I have been looking for ways to make my home more appealing. It would be nice to have a professional come landscape because then my yard would feel more exciting.

  28. Becca Holton Reply

    Honestly, I wasn’t planning on hiring a landscaper. However, after you talked about how a professional will know what plants are best for you property, I change my mind. It sounds like it’s worth the effort to search for a good landscape designer.

  29. Kiara Woodsland Reply

    The best part of your article for me is when you talked about how landscaping can give you a guarantee of a higher property value of your home. My mother is looking to sell her house by the end of the year. It’s important for her to prepare her house so she can sell it fast at a good rate. At the moment she’s looking for some tips on how she can raise the resale value of her house, so I will make sure to share your blog with her. Thanks!

  30. Bobby Saint Reply

    Good thing you mentioned spraying your wooden furniture with a simple spraying solution or recommended detergent soap will do wonders for them. I’ve been planning to clean my wooden chairs and tables on my patio, but have no idea which type of cleaner to use. I like that you mentioned an all-natural cleaner is perfect for cleaning this type of furniture. I will definitely take heed of your advice when I do my regular household cleaning this coming weekend. Thanks.

  31. Sharon Wilson Smith Reply

    Thanks for the post. It’s good to know that these indoor plants have their benefits.I liked that you mentioned that Palm trees are good at removing indoor air pollutants. I’ve been thinking of placing indoor office plants placed in my office and your blog is a good reference.

  32. Kate Hansen Reply

    That’s some great info on caring for outdoor furniture. I had no idea that you could throw those outdoor cushions in the washer. With my girls toddling around cushions tend to get sticky. Next time I clean them I’ll make sure to just throw them in the washer.

  33. Lillian Schaeffer Reply

    I found it interesting when you mentioned that plants are one of the last things to consider when it comes to landscaping. My husband and I just moved into a new house, and we want to make some changes to the yard, but I was mostly thinking in terms of what plants go where. Maybe it would be best to leave the design to a professional so they consider things in the right order of importance.

  34. Joseph Shaw Reply

    Sanseveria is the best. These plants tolerate neglect and poor light. But, give them half a chance and they are performers. I put mine out on the patio for summer and they love it–a little morning sun and warm temps. In winter they go dormant and decorate my living room window.

  35. Annika Larson Reply

    Recently, my husband and I moved into a new home. We are thinking of redoing the landscape, but we want to make sure that the design is unique and functional for our family. As you mentioned, by hiring a landscape designer, they will be able to increase the value of your home and curb appeal. Thanks for sharing!

  36. Taylor Hicken Reply

    It’s interesting to know that landscaping can raise the value of a property. My husband and I have been thinking about improving some of our yard work, we’re just not sure when we’ll be able to. I’ll have to get in contact with a professional about helping us out within the next few weeks.

  37. Braden Bills Reply

    I want to make sure that I get my landscape designed properly. It seems like hiring a professional can be really beneficial! It would be a lot of help to have someone who can help me plan everything out.

  38. Braden Bills Reply

    I would love to have a nice wildflower garden. It’s nice to know that it’s not to hard to manage! I’ll make sure that I get plenty of wildflower seeds to use.

  39. Kyle Winters Reply

    The article brings up some very good suggestions about plant selection for your landscaping project. After all, not every plant can survive in any given environment that they find themselves in. Before you buy any plants for the project you want to talk to your landscaping contractor about whether or not the plant in question can even survive in your local area.

  40. Rich Reply

    These are great tips! Don’t forget to maintain your concrete patio and check for cracks in the spring too!

  41. Jade Brunet Reply

    It is good to know that a homeowner typically only things of plants when planning landscaping. Working with someone who can address light conditions and wind direction would be very helpful. Before hiring, it would be good to ensure the professional is familiar with the plants that grow best in your climate.

  42. Jen Pack Reply

    My husband and I are in the process of building our dream home, and the next step is to design the landscaping. We have been trying to decide the different materials we want to use, so I appreciate this information about mulch. I like how you point out that mulch helps increase soil nutrition as it decomposes, which provides better drainage and better use of the nutrients within the mulch itself. Something that is very important to my husband and I is getting the most out of everything we spend our money on, and it sounds like mulch really is a material that would help us accomplish that in our yard. Thanks again for the information!

  43. Braden Bills Reply

    I wish I had known that different furniture was better for outdoor use than others. This year I’ll make sure that I get some that are made of plastic and wood! That way I won’t have to worry about water damage or anything like that.

  44. Rockford Johnson Reply

    I learned a lot about professional landscape design services by reading this article. It was cool to learn that landscape services can help to improve the curb appeal of a home. I can imagine how helpful these services can be when it comes to making your home more attractive to buyers when selling a home.

  45. Jalu Sakti Reply

    I’m so glad you talked about the things that homeowner’s don’t consider when planning out landscape design, like how their yard drains water. I never thought of that, but I’m sure it’s a really important part to take into consideration when you are modifying the look of your yard. We are looking to hire a landscaper to help make our yard look nice, and I guess utilizing a professional’s services is more important than I thought it was! We’ll have to hire a really good contractor who can help us out.

  46. gwendolyn lyons Reply

    I live in Suitland Md. and I want to plant a golden rain tree. Is this a good area for such and do you sell them? Please let me know if I can purchase a rain tree from your nursey and when is the best time to plant it. thanks

  47. Rockford Johnson Reply

    It was cool to learn about the benefits of professional landscape design by reading this article. I like how you explained that professional landscaping services can help to improve the curb appeal of your home. I can imagine how helpful landscape professionals can be since they are highly trained and have the right supplies for a landscaping project.

  48. Rockford Johnson Reply

    Great post! I learned a lot about the benefits of seasonal clean up for my yard by reading this article. I really like how you explained that “Trimming back shrubs helps maintain a tidy appearance throughout the season and often helps flowering shrubs bloom more profusely.” My parents have their lawn maintenanced regularly by professionals and they have said that it has helped them to keep a good, clean, professional look.