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Hiring a professional landscaping service allows homeowners to get the expertise they need to design a yard to compliment their home. And we’re one of the best people to do the job for you! When you employ a professional landscape gardener to design and build your garden you get real peace of mind knowing that the elements of your garden will grow and develop where they need to.

Cape Cod Landscaping understands that landscaping is one of the best and easiest ways to increase the value of your property. That’s why we always do our best and take pride in all our work. We’ll help you achieve your dream yard. Get in touch with us today!

Winter Time Landscaping

If you’re anywhere in the northern hemisphere in the US about now, then it’s not exactly what you would likely consider “landscaping time.”  It’s not by any stretch of the imagination a time to be out planting or trimming. But what IS it time for? Hardscapes!

Outdoor brick fireplace

The winter is a perfect time, at least in places without snow,   to be pushing out new additions to your landscaping in the form of hardscapes. This can be things like patios, retaining walls, new outdoor fireplaces, fencing, and the like. Provided the ground is not frozen, it’s great to be doing this work when it’s cooler for several reasons.

  1. It’s not nearly as busy for your landscapers – they are usually more excited about doing these more time-consuming projects in the off-season – and often will do this at a better price than in the peak spring/summer season.
  2. Materials can often be cheaper at this time of year – again, it’s off-season. There very possibly will be some specials at the local building materials spots to help clear out old inventory before the spring – and new materials – start coming in.
  3. Your terrain will have time to recover to some degree over the next few months before it’s time to entertain outside again. When spring hits in earnest, any cleared out areas will fill in, grass will have time to recover, things will generally have time to get that finished look.

Other great things that can be done in the colder off-season – tree removals and stump grinding. Again, a lot of this comes down to it being off-season. Your landscapers/tree people need to eat year round. While everyone will be mobbing and tying up their phone lines starting in late March and April with big ideas and big plans, right now is going to be a great time to get these things done at a great price.

Get those trees taken down. You can also have limbs cleared out. Since the trees are dormant, you won’t see a massive “recovery” growth. Many times people will trim trees and shrubs in the spring. When they do that, it spurs the growth and actually can be rather counterproductive. It will encourage new growth where there might not have been growth before. But now there will be and it may grow larger than it was BEFORE the trimming.

At an absolute minimum, what you can do is start working with your landscapers to come up with new plans for the spring. If you’re in a snow-bound area or just not quite ready to move yet, you can surely spend some quality time coming up with an awesome design and layout for your backyard.

Some great off-season things that you may NOT have thought about?

  1. ANY type of brick or stonework*
  2. Backyard grilling / barbecue area
  3. Outdoor “living room” type area
  4. Veranda area – a raised area overlooking your backyard
  5. Firepit – a serious design going beyond a bare area with a few wood pieces thrown in
  6. Fences – so many types of fencing can be put in your landscape design – wood fences are always full of character

* As long as the temperature is above freezing – 40° F to be on the safe side, you should be absolutely fine in any brickwork. If you’re laying things like patios without concrete, it’s immaterial. Concrete though can have issues when it gets too cold. Speak to your professional and they will definitely be able to tell you when it’s appropriate to lay bricks/etc with concrete.

There are truly so many things that you can do – even while it IS cold outside. Don’t waste your time because you’ll end up hating yourself later. Get thinking about the awesome lawn and landscape that is going to be YOURS in 2017!

Flower Gardening And How You Can Make Your Yard Look Lovely

So you have always thought that you had to be born with a green thumb in order to have one. However, anyone who has some knowledge about gardening can be able to have a nice looking garden. The article that follows will give you some ideas that can help get you that garden.

Before you even start planting the garden, check the soil. A soil analysis report can be acquired for a nominal fee. You can then use the results of that report to determine if the soil needs to be modified before you begin planting. It is worth having this information so that crops do not get ruined. Most Cooperative Extension offices provide this service.

Make sure to protect your hands when working in your yard. Dirt and chemicals can be very harsh on your skin. However, the solution to this problem is very easy: gardening gloves. Gloves range from cheaper cottons (that wear easily) to more durable leather (which are more expensive). Look around your local garden supply center to find a pair of gloves that you feel comfortable working with to save your hands.

Know your climate zone. This can be the difference between a thriving garden and one that never grows. Knowing your climate zone will help you choose flowers, fruits, vegetables and trees that are perfect for where you are. This way, you get a bit of a headstart when designing a garden.

Create a non-toxic treatment for black spots on roses. Combine one tablespoon of baking soda, one tablespoon of vegetable oil and one drop of liquid detergent in one gallon of water and shake. Fill a spray bottle with this mixture and when the humidity rises, spray your roses down – making sure to get both sides of the leaves.

Identify a plant that will be the most prominent object of the landscape. A solid focal point will draw peoples attention to your garden, leaving them to admire your unique design. Quite often a distinctive plant works well as a point of interest.

Be careful when applying mulch. Too much can suffocate a plant’s roots and prevent moisture from penetrating deeply into the soil. Too little will not be able to suppress weed growth, effectively. An appropriate amount is 2 to 3 inches of organic mulch. Always keep mulch away from a plant’s crown or stems.

Create living walls in your garden. A living wall can take many forms: it can be as tall or low as you want, informal or formal, a single plant or created out of multiple plants. A wall of forsythia, lilac or roses offers eye-level blossoms and fragrance. Some people like the look of a formal, clipped hedge of privet or boxwood. Many flowering shrubs can be adapted to form a hedge, such as hebe, abelia or diosma. For existing structures, such as a fence or trellis, a vine such as clematis or morning glory can cover it in a season, offering a vivid display of vertical color.

Fruit Tree

If your garden space is limited, opt for a fruit-bearing dwarf tree. City gardens tend to be rather confined, so planting dwarf fruit trees can really enhance the appearance, and quality of your garden. The fruits produced will be the same size as those from regular trees and will begin to produce in as few as three years. Always water adequately while the trees are being established, preferably getting them in the ground during the early months of the spring season. One of the greatest sources of tree information is finding and reaching out to a certified arborist. The guys at Beard’s Tree spent an entire afternoon chatting with me and helping me pick the perfect tree.

With these simple tips it is easier then you thought to have a garden that is just as nice looking as your neighbors. So quit being jealous and do something about it. Before you know it, you will have the garden that everyone desires to have.