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A landscape design is always customized to the space you have with the features you desire. Think back to when you were a kid. What was one thing a family member or friend’s family had in their backyard or around their property that made you think, “That will be in my home one day.” Maybe you saw a landscape feature on a TV show or in a movie that you instantly fell in love with. Now look at your yard. Do you have it? Read More

3 Ways Hardscaping Can Enhance Your Outdoor Living Space

When you think about adding new features to your outdoor living space, you might be focused solely on generic landscape changes. Whether this means adding new flowers or getting someone to perform tree maintenance, these changes are typical and standard. So, to change things up, consider adding or updating hardscaping features to enhance your property. Not sure what hardscaping is? Hardscaping is the non-living part of your landscape and trust us, it is just as important as the living component of your yard. Here are some ways hardscaping features can completely transform and enhance your outdoor space. Read More

Preparing Your Garden

One of the first steps in preparing a new vegetable garden is to check the soil PH- a simple kit can be purchased online or at a local retail store. Learning the PH level- if you garden soil is more alkaline or acidic will aid in you sorting out what additives may be necessary for a thriving garden.

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Picking the Best Tree for Fall Foliage

If you’re looking for a tree with great fall foliage colors- you are in luck! Maryland is a great place to grow beautiful trees!

A grove of various species of treeMaryland is a good state for nine of the 10 most colorful fall trees, according to the Arbor Day Foundation. Each species has different characteristics. Bald cypress is unique because it looks like a pyramidal evergreen when green. Sugar maples are famous for their colors, but really only happy in colder Western Maryland. Sourwood (Oxydendron) and sassafras are smaller trees. Tupelo, red maple and sweet gum all display a range of hues, including brilliant reds. Sweetgum reportedly lasts the longest. All of the top 10 are U.S. natives except Japanese maple, only some of which display good fall color. Be sure to consider shrubs with great fall color and berries that last into winter, such as winterberry, blueberry or spicebush.

Why Do Leaves Change Colors?

If you are lucky, you live in one of those parts of the world where Nature has one last fling before settling down into winter’s sleep. In those lucky places, as days shorten and temperatures become crisp, the quiet green palette of summer foliage is transformed into the vivid autumn palette of reds, oranges, golds, and browns before the leaves fall off the trees. On special years, the colors are truly breathtaking. Read More

Why You Should Hire a Professional for Your Leaf Removal

Consider hiring a lawn care company for leaf removal if you have trouble raking leaves in your large yard or do not have the time.

A grove of various species of treeAutumn can be a nice change of pace after a long, hot summer. In many areas of the country, the benefits include cooler, more comfortable weather, apple picking, football and, of course, the leaves changing colors from greens to beautiful reds, oranges and yellows. Read More

Do You Need to Lime Your Soil?

Like most things in nature, the soil supporting your lawn (technically called turfgrass) must be in balance. In this case, the balance is a measure of pH or acidity. If your soil is too low on the pH scale, adding lime can help restore the balance and promote a healthier lawn. A quick understanding of the basics of pH, how to test your soil and when and how to apply lime are all you need to get started. Read More