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Premier Landscape Design Launches a New Landscaping Blog

As people search for stellar landscaping ideas, Premier Landscape Design launches a blog featuring year round landscaping tips for residential and commercial properties.

Property owners are always looking for ways to make their outdoor spaces more beautiful and safe. From flower gardens to outdoor lighting, Premier Landscape Design is a fact-packed new blog offering incredible ideas for all type of landscaping designs.

The Premier Landscape Design blog was launched to offer residential and commercial property owners an array of suggestion to improve their outdoor spaces. The blog offers great ways to get ideas for all types of landscaping projects. Creating an appealing outdoor environment takes more than mowing the lawn and raking leaves. The blog showcases landscaping ideas that range from basic to luxurious. “We launched the Premier Landscape Design blog to help property owners visualize the potential of their outdoor spaces,” says a spokesperson for Palughi.com.

Often people believe landscaping services are only needed during the spring and summer. The Premier Landscape Design blog explains why New Jersey property owners need landscaping services year round. In the fall, there are arrays of flowers that can be planted to keep gardens alive longer. The winter is an ideal time to plant evergreens and have scheduled snow removal. Nobody wants to be late to work or stuck in the house because they cannot get past a snow-filled walkway or driveway.

Beyond flowers and trees, effective landscaping designs also include masonry and hardscapes. Elements such as bridges and retaining walls make a major difference in any outdoor space. They can be used for both practical and aesthetic purposes. The Premier Landscape Design blog offers an array of ways to incorporate masonry and hardscapes into all types of properties.

Safety is a crucial element of a good landscape design. Outdoor lighting makes premises safer and also boosts the value of any property. Outdoor lights can also be strategically situated to highlight certain landscape designs. The Premier Landscape Design blog reviews the various reasons why outdoor lighting is an excellent investment.

About Premier Landscape Design:
Premier Landscape Design is an informative new blog offering innovative landscaping design ideas for all types of properties. There are updated suggestions to make homes and business look more beautiful all year round.

Visit http://premierlandscapedesign.wordpress.com for more information.

Contact Info
Name: Kyle Peters
Organization: Palughi Landscape Services Inc
Phone: (973) 934-0844
Email: premierlandscapedesign@hotmail.com
Address: 7 Hamburg Turnpike Butler, NJ 07405

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Need landscaping ideas? Master Gardeners helping with special program …

Warrick County Purdue Master Gardeners invite you to An Educational Program themed around Landscaping Ideas for your Home.  The event takes place at the Warrick County 4-H Fairgrounds on Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to noon.

  • “Flowering Trees and Shrubs— New Ideas and Maintenance, learn all the dos and don’ts
  • “Hardscape DIYs”—Walks, Patios, Retaining walls, etc. all add beauty and function to your garden.
  • “Native Plants” – Learn what native and low maintenance plants you can add to your landscape.

Seminar counts for 3 hours of continuing education credits for Master Gardeners.  This program is open to everyone.

For more info and to REGISTER please contact:

Amanda Mosiman—Purdue Extension

812-897-6100 / bailey1@purdue.edu

$5 ADMISSION / Person

Article source: http://warrickcounty.14news.com/news/home-garden/83043-need-landscaping-ideas-master-gardeners-helping-special-program

PLATEAU GARDENING: Battling weeds when the weather is chilly

March 18, 2013

PLATEAU GARDENING: Battling weeds when the weather is chilly 


By C. Rae Hozer



Chronicle contributor
The Crossville Chronicle


Mon Mar 18, 2013, 12:12 PM CDT

CROSSVILLE —
Last year, weather from January through May encouraged an early start on garden and home landscaping activities. Gardeners who tend to “push” the season had tomato plants in the ground so far in advance of normal, their vines had fruit soon after our county’s typical last frost date when gardeners who tend to “play it safe” were just putting their transplants out. The long season made for good harvests and abundant growth of ornamentals.Record-settingwarm weather in the first quarter of 2012 had a down-side as well—a population explosion among undesirable vegetation. Weeds grew up, spread and produced seeds just like desirable plants. 

In contrast, 2013’s chilly weather and snow at February’s end continued into the first week of March. Uncomfortable conditions kept many Plateau gardeners indoors. However, those venturing out into their yards and gardens to check will probably find cold tolerant weeds blooming now. On my property, I’ve spotted annual winter weeds such as common chickweed, mouse-ear chickweed, purple deadnettle and hairy bitter cress in bloom. There are also cold tolerant perennials like dandelions flowering. Seeds from those weeds develop after the flowers fade, unless the plants are eliminated before then. Control weeds now. Gardeners battling weeds should be aware that tactics for effectively getting rid of weeds during cold and/or rainy weather differ a bit from those recommended in warm weather. 

Weeds compete with good landscape and garden plants for space, sunlight, soil nutrients and moisture. They grow up where they aren’t wanted, spoiling the otherwise neat order of a well designed landscape. What you call a “weed” may not necessarily be a “bad” plant. It might be a fine specimen in another location but one that is unwanted at its current site. Most gardeners label particular plants weeds due to their ability to out-compete desirable plants in flower and vegetable gardens or in lawns and due to superior survival skills which makes getting rid of them difficult. Some are also known to harbor insect pests and plant diseases that can spread to nearby greenery. A major problem with weed seeds is they remain viable for a long time. Given the right conditions they sprout and grow to start weed problems all over again in the future. Those negative characteristics may prompt homeowner questions on weed identity and weed control.

I don’t use a lot of chemical controls around my property. In my small front lawn and in beds around the house, my main deterrent is good old fashioned weed pulling and/or removal with the assist of a sharp implement like a hoe. However when the threat level is high enough, herbicides may be my weed control method of choice. There are both organic and synthetic chemical weed killers available. Identifying the plants you want to target helps when selecting a herbicide. Access the University of Tennessee Extension publication, “PB956 Managing Lawn Weeds: A Guide for Tennessee Homeowners”  online by typing https://utextension.tennessee.edu/washington/Documents/PB956.pdf into your Internet browser or ask for it at your local UT Extension office. The environment surrounding unwanted plants is another factor in choosing a control method. An example-A recurring spring clean up task at my place is removing weeds/unwanted vegetation growing among rocks in walkways around gardens near the house. Heat exposure eliminates those weeds relatively easily. One application option is dousing the weeds with hot water poured from a kettle. See photo. Flame from a propane weed torch will also do the trick. Either way, the weeds die leaving no toxic chemical residue behind.

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Plateau Gardening is written by Master Gardeners for gardeners in Tennessee’s Upper Cumberland Region.  Contact UT Extension Cumberland County at P.O. Box 483, Crossville, TN 38557 (931-484-6743) for answers to horticulture questions, free publications and how to become a Master Gardener. Send email comments or yard and garden inquiries to Master Gardener Rae, MGardenerRae@frontiernet.net. 







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Watch Consumers Dig Into Bigger Outdoor Projects

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While spring is typically the busiest time of year for gardening and landscaping projects, experts are predicting a particularly
abundant sales crop, powered by recovering real-estate sales.

Outdoor living spaces will be on the top of many lists, according to a trend forecast from the American Society of
Landscape Architects, as will designs focused on sustainability and low-maintenance. These outdoor living spaces, defined as kitchens and entertainment areas, earned a 94.5% rating, making them just
as popular as gardens or landscaped spaces. And people want these rooms filled with such amenities as fire pits and fireplaces, grills, seating and dining areas and lighting.

“Business definitely seems to be picking up,” Ted Cleary, a member of the association and owner of Studio Cleary Landscape Architecture
in Charlotte, N.C., tells Marketing Daily, “even over and above the typical spring bump. Over the last few years, we were seeing more customers back out of projects because of financial
concerns. There seems to be more equilibrium now.”

Water elements are also making a bit of a comeback, not just as features in landscapes, but also in terms of spas and pools.
And in keeping with the local food movement, the survey also reports more people are asking for food and vegetable gardens, including orchards and vineyards.

Cleary also thinks the
recent real-estate slump has reset people’s relationship with their homes. “There’s definitely a lot more thought going into projects, and less of this frantic, ‘Let’s fix this
place up and move on.’ I’m hearing more people say, ‘We could be in this house for a while. Let’s make the yard more suitable for what we want long-term.’”

A stronger real-estate market drives gardening and landscaping sales at such stores as Home Depot and Lowe’s. In the latest analysis from CoreLogic, January’s home sale price
index rose 9.7% from the prior year, the biggest increase since 2006, and the 11th consecutive month of gains.

Last month, Home Depot reported a quarterly gain of 7% in
same-store sales, and expects sales for the year ahead to climb 3%. At rival Lowe’s, same-store sales rose 1.9%, and it predicts a gain of 3.5% in the coming year.

Article source: http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/196007/watch-consumers-dig-into-bigger-outdoor-projects.html

Watering Garden Landscapes During Severe Drought

Yesterday, I was grocery shopping and ran into my neighbor who was in near panic over a recent letter received about ongoing water restrictions from our water company. Visiting with him, combined with seeing the first blossoms of spring trees and bulbs, reminded me it is important to keep perspective about sensible water conservation when you live in an arid climate with periods of drought.

With water restriction announcements, daily media news about drought severity in southwestern States (Colorado is one), and challenging water memories from last year’s garden season fresh in everyone’s mind, I decided it would be useful to offer sensible, scientific fact-based appropriate watering guidelines for garden landscapes.

To begin it is important to realize water restrictions do not mean you throw your hands up and resign yourself to not having a beautiful, useful garden landscape. Indeed, not caring appropriately for the landscape will be unwise for several reasons. The fact is that attractive, well-cared for landscapes increase real estate property values for homeowners by 15 percent or more and can return 150 percent of your investment in that landscape.

Businesses that take maintain attractive landscapes have higher retail traffic, reduced incidences of crime, and higher occupancy rates. If you have property for sale you can reasonably expect sales to be as much as 6 weeks faster and resale value 15 percent greater with nice landscaping. These are facts, not opinions. Cities and towns have a vested economic interest in encouraging their residents and business owners to take care of their landscapes and to support urban forests of large trees, and shrubs. Doing so means more stable and responsible property owners. It means sustainable revenue flow from those same property owners, as well as tourist generated revenue. These reasons alone are worth better understanding of water conservation.

With absolute knowledge that water is limited in arid climates under all conditions, but especially in times of drought, and with anticipation of higher water bills due to water restriction rates to encourage water users to be conservative, what are good watering practices that will allow you to maintain a beautiful garden landscape and still cut down considerably on the amounts of water you use to keep that landscape looking good.

Start by choosing wisely how often and how much to water your garden landscape. It is far too common that landscapes are watered a great deal more than they require. I keep a calendar record of my watering, noting the date areas have been watered and for how long. I usually water each area for 30-45 minutes. In this way all of our landscape gets respectful watering without overdoing it. Established landscapes can thrive on less frequent watering than newly planted landscapes, so adjust appropriately.

Existing trees and shrubs can grow beautifully if they are watered every two weeks. These same woody plants in your landscape are priceless in what they offer, because they not only add beauty to your landscape, they offer cooling benefits during the heat of summer months, cutting down on cooling electric bills because less air conditioning will be needed. They help to maintain good air quality, prevent soil erosion, and support soil moisture by lessening evaporation caused by full sun exposure and hot winds. In addition they act as habitat for wildlife like songbirds, provide screening for privacy, sound, dust and light pollution. We need to keep our woody plants strong and healthy.

When planting lawns, choose more water conserving turf options to bluegrass, which is not a water conserving type of grass. Local garden centers offer any number of appropriate turf choices that will use less water. No matter what type of lawn you have, even bluegrass lawns, can survive very nicely with once a week watering.

Choose perennials and herbs, of which there are literally thousands of good choices, that are appropriate for our soil and climate in southern Colorado. Beautiful long blooming choices like agastaches, catmint, lavenders and coneflowers in many colors, plus ornamental grasses, succulents and cacti, are just the tip of the iceberg in what you can use to design gardens that are gorgeous growing beautifully with a once every 5-7 day watering routine.

Annual flowers, vegetables and small fruits require more frequent watering, but they will provide you with great beauty and abundant harvest on a 3-4 day watering schedule. You do not have to compromise your food garden during times of water restrictions if you plan and care for it wisely. My food garden gets watered every 5-7 days until vegetables and fruits starts to set and mature. At that point I begin watering the food garden every 4 days unless temperatures are over 100 degrees, in which case the food garden gets watered every 3 days.

Container gardening is another viable option, especially for those with limited water resources and funds. Those with limited incomes (Chris and I fall into this group), those with wells or cisterns, and those with limited growing areas can still garden in containers for beauty in their landscape or an abundant food garden. Containers must be watered every day or two, especially on hot or windy days, so they require a commitment from the gardener to be mindful of this need. They will be hand-watered with a hose or watering can (a very conserving way to water). I recycle the rinse water from my dishes and washing machine a way I can water my containers, of which I grow many, and save water, save money at the same time.

When you are getting perennial, annual and food plants newly established in your garden it is best to hand water them using a hose with a shutoff valve on the watering wand or watering can, because they will require watering every two to three days until they get rooted in well and can hold up to a regular watering schedule. This settling in period takes about two weeks for most plants in these categories. Trees and shrubs need to be watered about every five

days the first growing season to establish themselves well and thrive.

Choose watering tools with equal wisdom. Use hoses that are in good repair with a shut-off valve on the end of the hose connecting to a watering wand, soaker hose, or sprinkler so that no water is wasted while moving the hose from place to place. Use only low spray sprinklers if you must use a sprinkler. Whenever possible, use soaker hoses or drip irrigation, which work in many situations with mindful planning. They are not difficult to install if you plan, and the garden centers, hardware stores and landscape/garden people are great helping with this planning.

If you have an automatic sprinkler system be certain it is programmed well so no water is wasted from overlap watering, too frequent watering, watering during rain events, etc. That is not smart water conservation and it is expensive on your water bill! Check your sprinklers, whether they are automatic or hose-connected, that they are not watering unintended areas like driveways. If you are concerned about knowing how often to your landscape, buy a moisture meter available at the garden center. Moisture meters are extremely easy to use and will cost between $20 to $30. They are worth every penny because they take the guess work out of watering practices. Consider it a worthwhile investment! Finally, never water on windy days or during the heat of the day between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., as this is a huge recipe for wasting water to evaporation.

Lastly, remember outdoor watering is only a part of the water you use in your household, and annually it is quite often the smaller portion of water used compared to indoor water use. Be conservative indoors too, fixing leaky plumbing, washing only full loads of clothes, consider that 90 percent of us are perfectly respectable showering every other day instead of daily. Hand washing dishes uses much less water than automatic dish washers. Limit use of the bathtub to special occasions, using the shower with a low flow shower head instead. If possible, replace toilets with low flush toilets. Toilets are huge water users with each flush.

All these things help with good water conservation and reduce costs.

Tammi Hartung is the author of “Homegrown Herbs and Growing 101 Herbs That Heal”

Article source: http://www.canoncitydailyrecord.com/ci_22819936/watering-garden-landscapes-during-severe-drought

New President for Garden Conservancy

By Carol Stocker
Garrison, NY: Jenny Young du Pont will become President and Chief Executive Officer of the Garden Conservancy on April 8, Benjamin F. Lenhardt, Jr., Chairman of the Board, announced today.

Mr. Lenhardt added, “We enthusiastically welcome Jenny to the Garden Conservancy. The Board of Directors has great confidence in her ability to move the organization forward as we implement the pillars of our ambitious new strategic plan: save, share, educate, and advocate. She brings proven talents, varied skills, and an impressive resume as the executive director of Miracle House of New York, an attorney in the U.S. and London, and a leader on philanthropic and nonprofit boards.”

Ms. du Pont said, “I’m delighted about this opportunity to work with the Garden Conservancy and to build on its twenty-three years of accomplishments. It’s an exciting time for the organization to expand its garden preservation and education programs, including Open Days. I look forward to working with the Garden Conservancy’s board, staff, Fellows, members, and volunteers, as well as with organizations and gardens in communities across the country.”

Since 2010, Ms. du Pont has been a legal and strategic consultant advising clients on business development, marketing, legal issues, and investor relations. Her clients have included various media, technology, and financial firms.

From 2007 to 2009, she served as Executive Director of Miracle House of New York, Inc., a nonprofit social services agency in New York City. Previously, she was an in-house attorney for Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation in Boston, MA, and practiced law at Covington Burling and Sidley Austin in Washington, D.C. and London, England.

Ms. du Pont also has an extensive record of philanthropic work. A former Trustee of Phillips Exeter Academy, she has also served as a Director and Overseer for the Conservation Law Foundation in Boston, and an Overseer for Hancock Shaker Village in Hancock, MA. She is currently president of the Exeter Association of Greater New York, a class officer and fundraiser for her class at Princeton, and a Director and Secretary of the American Friends of the British Museum. She earned a joint JD/MSFS degree, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center and the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, an AB in History cum laude from Princeton University, and graduated with high honors from Phillips Exeter Academy.

She lives with her husband and their four children in Tarrytown, New York.

About the Garden Conservancy
Since its founding in 1989 by renowned plantsman Frank Cabot, the Garden Conservancy has done more than any other national institution to save and preserve America’s exceptional gardens for the education and enjoyment of the public. Five of the gardens with which the Garden Conservancy is working are National Historic Landmarks and seventeen are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1995, the Garden Conservancy launched a national garden-visiting program, Open Days, through which more than 300 private gardens now open their gates to thousands of visitors every year. The Conservancy also presents lectures and symposia in a number of regional centers to provide its members, horticulturists, landscape professionals, and the public a source of contemporary ideas relevant to gardening, design, and preservation.

Major support for the Conservancy comes from its more than 4,000 members, including more than 300 patrons in the Conservancy’s Society of Fellows. In 2010, the Conservancy successfully completed a $15 million Campaign to Save America’s Exceptional Gardens, establishing an endowment fund to provide permanent support for the organization’s mission.

In April 2012, the Garden Conservancy received the prestigious Historic Preservation Medal from the Garden Club of America “in recognition of outstanding work in the field of preservation and/or restoration of historic gardens or buildings of national importance.” In 2009, the Conservancy received the Organizational Excellence Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Article source: http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/house/blog/gardening/2013/03/new_president_for_garden_conse.html