Joe Russ, co-owner of Sundown Gardens, offers a few suggestions for updating and managing your landscape this season.
Meet with an experienced designer to plan and budget. Want a landscaping update this season? Think through your ideas and then share them with a professional. It doesn’t matter if ideas are general or specific. Dream a bit. Experienced designers can organize and prioritize ideas into realistic and aesthetic plans. An experienced designer can be a big help to get your ideas on paper, organize various elements and create a one-of-a-kind plan that is more importantly functional and affordable.
Partner with experts to implement your project. Although landscaping isn’t rocket science, installing larger material (trees for example), completing larger bedding areas and creating hardscape elements can be overwhelming. Before implementing any landscaping project on your own, consider whether to hire out installation or do it yourself. I’ve heard clients talk about lost weekends, lost time with family or lost days of vacation to get the job done. Is it worth it? Maybe so, maybe not. It depends on your skill level and available time. Consider the options before you start. We have some clients who complete smaller phases of work on their own, while our crews take on larger elements and phases of the project.
Give that landscape TLC. It doesn’t matter if you’re installing new landscaping or managing existing plantings, low maintenance does not mean no maintenance required. Your home’s exterior needs as much upkeep as its interior. Spring clean-up, edging and mulching beds translates to curb appeal. A five-step lawn application program each season keeps your property green and healthy. Properly pruning in the appropriate season protects your landscaping investment and can extend the life and beauty of your property. Don’t have a lot of time to water in the heat of summer? Consider a well-designed, site specific irrigation system. Be proactive–no matter the property size; it will most likely save you time, money and effort in the long term
It’s spring!! And that means homeowners are preparing and up keeping their properties with new seed, new plantings and more. Sundown Gardens experts have guidelines to help you grow beautiful trees, shrubs, landscapes and lawns. Download them now. Feel free to stop by the garden center with questions or call us for information.
Watering and Care Guidelines for Plantings
Watering and Care Guidelines for Seed/Sod
We’re busy getting ready for our annual open house coming up this Saturday. It’s a great way to kick off the gardening season. We’ll fire up our barbeque in Sundown’s outdoor kitchen and have free food to eat while you shop. Talk with our landscaping experts about ideas for your landscaping this season. Pets are welcome. We’ll have great specials all day Saturday, too.
- Herbs – buy 3 at $3.50/ea – get one free
- Perennials – buy 3 at $6.95/ea — get one free
- Compost – free 40# Bag, while supplies last
- Radius Tools – 50% off
- Liriope — Just $9 – a $15.00 value
- Ornamental Container Trees – 20% off
- Rooting & Blooming fertilizer— 1- 8oz container free with purchase of any annual plant
- Roses – $5 Off
- Ornamental Grasses – 20% off
- $5 Off Hanging Basket Coupon good for the month of May
- Execu-Turf grass seed — 20% off
April is a great time to plant new trees and shrubs. Be sure to protect these investments with proper fertilizing treatments and watering.
- During installation a slow release, starter fertilizer, such as Fertilome Start-n-Grow, should be mixed with the back-fill soil in order to promote root growth.
- Water slowly and thoroughly with a solution of Fertilome Root Stimulator.
- For plants that prefer an acidic soil, use Hi-Yield Soil Sulfur mixed with the back-filled soil at the time of planting.
Water the new plants every 3 to 7 days and at times every other day, depending on weather conditions and the type/size of the plant. Over watering and under watering are two of the top reasons that cause plant material to decline.
- Pull back the mulch around the root ball (base) of the plant.
- By hand—be sure to NOT disturb the plant’s root system—gently dig 2”-3” down into the soil in the root ball.
- Feel the soil in the root ball of the plant… is it hard and dry or cool and moist?
- If the soil in the root ball feels hard or dry, it most likely needs water.
The key to watering plant materials is to provide the plant with a slow, deep soaking water. The best way to do this is to lay the end of a garden hose (spray nozzle removed) near the base/root ball of the plant and let the water slowly trickle out. This means the water goes directly to the root ball.
Need to rejuvenate your lawn? April is the time to reseed. Here are a few tips from our experts before you start. This Sundown Gardens You Tube video featuring our own expert Nelson Scharadin provides great information about quality grass seed products.
- If you have already applied a pre-emergent herbicide, or a lawn service company has started a five —application program for you, wait until the fall to put down grass seed.
- Till the bare soil before you seed.
- Keep grass seed you must keep it constantly moist until it germinates.
- Broadcast the seed per the rate chart on the bag either by hand or with a spreader.
- Germination depends on the type of seed you use: Kentucky bluegrass 21 to 28 days, ryegrass 10 to14 days and fescue just 7 days.
- Gently rake the seed into the soil, so it isn’t sitting on top.
- Topsoil or event topsoil compost mix raked over the areas helps germination.
- Applying straw helps to keep moisture in and protects the seed from direct sun and less erosion.
- When the new grass becomes 4 inches in height, it’s time for the first mowing (mow high at 3 and 1/2 inches).
- Reapplying another round of starter fertilizer after mowing also is helpful.
As your thinking about what you can and should do to your lawn, landscape and garden this year, call us. We’re here to help whether you’re a DIYer or looking for Private GardenerTM services where we manage and maintain your yard.
Coffee drinking gardeners rejoice!
Coffee grounds are an excellent soil amendment for our local soils. Coffee grounds provide generous amounts phosphorous, potassium, magnesium and copper, and release nitrogen into the soil as they degrade. Plus, they are slightly acidic! That’s a real benefit for our plants in our slightly alkaline soils. They work best when tilled into the top 4-6 inches of your soil. Read the full scientific details of the laboratory conducted test!