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Blooms throughout the Year

January

Camellia Japonica

Loquat Tree

Citrus ready for harvest

February

Loropetalum

Azaleas starting

March

Indian Hawthorne

Japanese Magnolia

Citrus blooming

Blue Daze Starts

April

Amaryllis

African Iris

Firecracker Fern

Plumbago

Ligustrum

Viburnum

May

Agapanthus

Day Lily

Hydrangea

Caladiums popping up

Crape Myrtle starts

June

Liriope

July

Red fountain grass

August

September

October

Muhly grass

November

Camellia Sasanqua

December

Cassia

Why Landscaping Should be one of your New Year’s Resolutions

Research has continuously proven that gardening has a positive effect on our mental health and overall wellbeing.

  1. It’s Easy. You don’t need to have a green thumb, a huge yard, or a plethora of plants to feel the effects of gardening. A few pots on your patio, plants in your window, or a small bed will do the trick. Try using low maintenance plants like Succulents, Pothos, Sanseveria, or ZZ Plant to get started.
  2. Release Anger & Frustration. Give your pillow a break from the beating and grab a shovel, machete, or clippers. There’s nothing like hacking away at that overgrown shrub or breaking the ground to plant something new. Ten minutes in and you are sure to feel better!
  3. Exercise. Those twenty minutes you just spent trimming or digging helped your body release feel good hormones which are great for both mental and physical health. Dopamine and Serotonin- the feel good hormones are realeased, and Cortisol – a hormone associated with stress is lowered with physical activity. Say adios to the gym membership!
  4. Relax. Working in the yard can be tiring, which leads to better sleep at night. It also helps calm those thoughts about your bills, work, drama, etc. Not to mention you can sit back and just enjoy being outside in the area that you have created and tend to. Studies show that nature doesn’t only assist in improving your state of mind, but improves blood pressure and heart rate.
  5. Create a space you love. Personalize your home with your favorite color flowers, add some fragrant plants to enjoy, plant herbs and vegetables that you can enjoy in your meals, add privacy shrubs to enclose your space and have privacy. There are no right and wrong answers when it comes to gardening – and if you have questions on what plants will do well – we can help!
  6. Increase the value of your home. Adding plants, trees, and palms can help increase your curb appeal and house worth!

How to care for Poinsettias

Poinsettias are typically grown during the Christmas season, but can last well beyond that time if taken care of properly! Although red is the most common, they range in color from pink, white, variegated to multi-colored!  Follow these tips to help your plants thrive.

Lighting

Place in a well-lit area. They do wonderfully in an east-facing room so they can get the warm glow of morning light and afternoon shade. Make sure they are not touching the window directly. If you notice leaves beginning to drop, it might need more light.

Water

Water your plant whenever the soil is dry. Make sure it is kept moist but not wet. Make sure your plant is in a pot that drains and that it is not sitting in water.

Environment

Make sure you keep your plant in an area that maintains a temperature of 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly mist your plant daily to mimic its natural tropical habitat for best results.

 

Hacking Hydrangeas

New wood is this season’s growth. Next spring, this growth will be considered “old wood,” and this is where some plants form their blooms. It is important to prune at the right time for specific varieties as to not disturb the blooming cycle.

Limelight hydrangeas bloom on new growth only and should be trimmed to 1/3 of their original size when they have gone into true dormancy in the winter. Throughout the season if there are dead branches or stems those can be pruned out close to the base. 

Endless Summer hydrangeas bloom on new growth and old growth. What this means is that customers should avoid pruning heavily during the winter because they are potentially cutting off next seasons blooms. If they leave the old growth, trimming out dead or spindly branches, they can expect double the blooms next season. 

Nikko Blue hydrangeas bloom on old growth only. This means if they are cut back in late summer, early fall, the buds for next seasons blooms will likely be cut off. These hydrangeas should only be pruned sparingly, for shaping purposes and to remove spindly/dead/dying stems. 

Oakleaf hydrangeas bloom on old wood also. Again, the shrub can be shaped in early summer shortly after flowering, but next seasons blooms are already set on the plant by late summer. Pruning in the fall will remove next seasons blooms. 

Does Landscaping increase Home Value?

YES! “A well-landscaped home has a significant price advantage over a home with no landscaping. This advantage ranges from 5.5 percent to 12.7 percent depending on the type of landscaping and the home’s original value. That translates into an extra $16,500 to $38,100 in value on a $300,000 home.” If you are thinking of selling your home, get the most you can for by adding curb appeal. Your yard is how a potential buyer forms their first impression.. a nicely maintained yard will lead them to believe it is a well cared for home as well.

Not only does landscaping add value immediately, it increases over time unlike other interior designs & décor. This is because interior trends move in an out rather quickly, whereas a nicely planned and maintained landscape will look better as it matures and fills in.

If you don’t wish to invest in a whole landscape design, opt for a yet still effective plan that may include adding annuals or seasonal shrubs for some color, mulch, edging, and fertilizing the lawn. Adding some nice planters near the front door can also be a worthwhile tactic.

Am I local?

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32218, 32226, 32208, 32209, 32211, 32225, 32277, 32034, 32097, 32204, 32206,

32216, 32207, 32202, 32257, 32256, 32223, 32258, 32246, 32217