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Frequently Asked Landscape Questions

Frequently Asked Landscape Questions

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Question: When is the best time to plant my summer annuals?

Answer: Many nurseries are starting to get shipments in of our beloved summer annuals. However if you are going to play it safe and not have to worry about a late season frost it is best to wait until Mother’s Day. If you do decide go get them now you will just have to cover the annuals with a sheet when there is a chance of frost. There is nothing worse than spending all that money on a flat of annuals and the following week there is a frost and you forgot to cover them. Oops. Another thing to keep in mind when planting annuals is to know how much sunlight they will get, then match that to the plant. Annuals do require more water than many perennials so be prepared to water them every day to 3 days, depending on the amount of rainfall, location and radiant temperature from surrounding objects.

Question: I want to ensure I have a great flower display on my Hydrangeas next year. When is the best time to prune my hydrangea for this to occur?

Answer: There really is not ever a need to prune Hydrangeas. With some of the newer varieties they can bloom on old wood and new wood. The only way to ensure new blooms appear the following season is to wait until the Hydrangea leafs out in the spring and then carefully cut the twigs that don’t have any new growth or leaves on them.

Question: My spring flowering bulbs have finished blooming, can I cut them down now or do I have to wait?

Answer: It is best to wait until the leaves have wilted and turned yellow. The bulb is the food storage for the rest of the year. If the leaves are cut too early then the bulb will not be able to store enough food for it to flower the following year.

Question: Can I cut back the flower stalks after my daylilies have finished blooming?

Answer: Yes, it will actually encourage some varieties of daylily to re-bloom, because the plant is not putting effort into creating fruit.


Question: For the last couple months I have noticed white moldy spots appearing on my Blanket Flower and other plants. Any suggestions?

Answer: What you are noticing is Powdery Mildew. There are commercially available products like Bayer 3-in-1 Insect, Disease & Mite Control. This product will take care of the most common landscape problems. Follow the instructions on the label or call us to schedule a treatment. Another option is to go organic and mix 1 gallon of water with 1 tablespoon of Baking Soda and 1/2 teaspoon of dish soap. This works best as a preventative. However once your plant is infected with Powdery Mildew chemical alternatives are your best option.

Question: Is it too late to plant my vegetable garden?

Answer: No it is not too late to plant your vegetable garden, however it is best to plant or buy already started plants from the nursery unless the plant is a warm season crop and you do not mind waiting a little bit longer for your crop to be able to harvest.


Question: I have a deer problem, will they continue to eat my plants throughout the winter? If so what can I do to prevent further damage?

Answer: There are a few different options that you have. You could try an all natural method like eggs, water and chili peppers mixed and put in a spray bottle, a fence but that can be costly, a store bought repellant, like Deer Away or deer repellant stakes. Also you could plant less appetizing plants like boxwood, iris and foxglove around the plants that are getting eaten the most. Sprays will need to the replenished frequently, approximately every 2-3 weeks or more if we get heavy rains. Deer are a year round problem so finding a repellant that works for the deer problem that you have is essential to the survival of your landscape. Try this website for some homemade recipes: Deer and to learn about more ideas of prevention and control of deer populations on your property.


Question: Are there any tips or tricks that landscapers use when shoveling, that a homeowner would benefit from?

Answer: The best piece of advice that we can give you is to know your limits. It is easier and less stressful on the body to push fresh snow than to let it accumulate and become heavy. Shoveling snow can be an exercise in itself but is not for the unfit and can cause a heart attack if you over exude yourself. Shoveling snow slowly and allowing your body to adjust to the work and motion is much better than shoveling quickly causing you to perspire and cramp up. Be aware of your surroundings and wear slip-resistant shoes as to not fall on the ice if there is any. Before making any trip outside to shovel, salt or plow make sure you are dressed for the situation; warm clothes, coat, hat, scarf and gloves. After shoveling it is also important to stretch your muscles so they can warm up and not because you pain the next morning.


Question: I am worried that my Ash tree is going to be affected by the Emerald Ash borer, do you have any suggestions on treatment or alternates that I could plant?

Answer: There are insecticides that do treat for the Emerald Ash Borer; however researchers have had limited success due to the fact that the insecticide seems to prevent in one area but does not in another. The best option that we can give you at this point is to continue to monitor the Ash tree and be prepared to remove it when the time comes. As far as alternatives to suggest, it will all depend on what you like about the Ash; is it the fall color, form, function, size? Decide what you liked about the Ash tree and we would be happy to make a great alternative to match that feature that you like from the Ash tree. Please call us at 740-964-2770 if you think that your Ash tree is exerting any signs of stress or demise and we will be happy to come out and meet with you to discuss the best next step.

Question:Can I bring any parts of my outdoor landscape indoors?

Answer: Of course you can. If you have flowers, colorful twigs, berries, seed pods or even evergreen needles. You can cut the portions that you like from each plant that has your interest. To make the cutting, simply cut at a node on the stems. Cut right before the node like illustrated in the picture to the top right. Although you may not want the entire portion that you are cutting it is best for the rest of the plants survival to cut just before the nodes. Then you can either put them in some soil or water so the cut plant portion won’t dry out too much. Moisture is the best thing for cut plants. The stem soaks up the water and some nutrients allowing it to survive. You can grow plants in your landscape that are grown for cut flowers like Roses, Daisies, Iris, Gladiolus’ and Lavender. There are endless possibilities to what can be brought in and admired from the inside of your home. Your spouse sends you a dozen roses from the local florist just because, would it not be just as nice if they were able to go out to the landscape and get you those 6 beautiful roses that are just about to open.