Monthly Archives: November 2016

How to Protect Your Plants from Frost Damage

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How to Protect Your Plants from Frost Damage

As the weather gets colder, you may wonder how you can protect your plants from frost. Some plants are able to survive better in colder weather than others. Still, there are many ways that you can protect your plants against the harsher weather so that they regrow in the warmer months.

Which Plants Are Affected?

Plants that are more equipped to survive freezing conditions include perennials, which are plants that live for more than two years. The plants that are most likely to be affected by frost include tropical plants, warm-season plants and vegetables, plants that bloom in the spring, houseplants, and citrus trees. Tropical plants, of course, cannot typically survive the freezing winter months. If you still have any houseplants outside or on your porch, be sure to bring them inside. In addition to that, dig up any delicate plants that are unlikely to survive the frost, pot them, and bring them indoors.

Cover Your Plants

A cover can help protect your plants from damage at below-freezing temperatures. Before nighttime, cover any vulnerable plants (and the surrounding soil) with a blanket, sheet, or tarp. Make sure to use a “breathable” fabric so that the cover does not trap moisture, and make sure to secure the cover with rocks or bricks. Remove the cover in the morning so that the plants can get sunlight and warmth. You may need to add stakes underneath to hold the cover up during bouts of rain or snow so that the plant doesn’t become damaged.

You can also buy or create individual plant covers. To do this, you’ll put stakes around the plant and then cover the plant in burlap. To further insulate the plant, you can add hay to the inside of the cover. As with a larger cover, be sure to remove individual covers in the morning so that your plant continues to get sunlight.

Protect the Roots

While the plant might appear visibly dead, the root is likely still alive. Protect the roots of your plants by adding mulch or hay. You can also add warm water to your plants at night to help protect them against colder temperatures.0

Contact Blue Tree

Ensuring that your plants survive the winter can involve a lot of work. In order to prevent time-consuming care, it might be best to landscape your yard in a way that incorporates fewer vulnerable plants. If you need advice on which plants to choose for your yard, or on how to maintain your yard during the winter months, contact Blue Tree Landscaping. Blue Tree can help with all of your landscaping, hardscaping, and lawn care needs.

What can you add to your pool during a renovation?

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The Best Features to Add to Your Pool During a Renovation

A swimming pool renovation is a great way to make your outdoor space more enjoyable and appealing to you and your guests. Whether you’re looking to improve an outdated pool design or to install an in ground pool, the following are some ideas to keep in mind when redesigning your outdoor space. A well-designed swimming pool can make your outdoor space feel like a never-ending vacation — without ever having to leave your property.

Shape and Materials

A rectangular pool — along with sleek landscaping and hardscaping — can offer a modern, minimalist look. However, sometimes a rectangular pool can seem outdated and uninviting. Change the shape of your pool to dramatically update your outdoor space. There are seemingly endless options, all of which contribute a different look and feel to your yard. An “Oasis” shape might be best for a mountain or beach retreat look, while a “Grecian” shape might work best with more traditional, formal homes. As for the material of your pool, a mosaic or stone tile design can add color to your pool and outdoor space for a refreshing, inviting look.

Add More to Your Pool

Make your pool more enjoyable and useful by adding features like new steps and ledges, a hot tub, or a tanning ledge. Change the mood of your pool for events or parties by adding LED lighting. Further, turn your pool into a true vacation retreat with waterfalls, rocks, and an elevated garden.

Improve Pool Maintenance

Luckily, in ground pools have become easier and cheaper to maintain over the years. Control and monitor the status of your pool through an automated electronic system, test out a new Chlorine-free purification system, or install a solar pool heater to reduce heating costs.

 Further Complement a Pool Renovation

A pool renovation is not complete without a landscaped backyard. In addition to a patio area, turn your yard into a true outdoor living space for entertaining family and friends with an outdoor bar or kitchen, cabana, and fire pit.

 Time to Get Started

Now that you have some ideas in mind for how to improve your outdoor space with a pool renovation, it’s time to make those ideas come to life. Blue Tree Landscaping will help you every step of the way, from the planning stage to installation, to updating and repairing your current pool, to ensuring that your pool renovation complements the landscaping of your outdoor space.

What Are the Different Uses for Retaining Walls?

What Are the Different Uses for Retaining Walls?

 A retaining wall is a structure designed to contain soil in a specific place. It is a type of hardscaping — that is, it’s a “hard,” non-living material — and is essentially a wall made of stone or brick, for example. It is often used for practical purposes, like preventing soil erosion or as a way to compliment and define the landscaping of your yard. If your yard is sloped or uneven, a retaining wall can make your yard more polished and enjoyable. The following are some of the best ways to utilize a retaining wall in your yard.

A Tool For Landscaping Sloped Yards

Retaining walls are a necessary part of landscaping a sloped or uneven yard. They help to keep any landscaped areas in place and can protect the soil in a garden from washing away during a storm. Further, a retaining wall can help prevent soil and water from leaving your property and damaging other properties or areas. Without a retaining wall, a landscaped, sloped yard is more vulnerable to harsh weather and harder to maintain.

Create Visual Appeal

A retaining wall can be an appealing design element when landscaping your yard. It can be used to distinguish between, and separate, different elevations. This might be for the purpose of separating a garden from the rest of a yard or drawing attention to an elevated outdoor patio space. You can match the material of your retaining wall to the other hardscaping elements of your yard, such as a patio or walkway, for a more cohesive look.

Prevent Soil Erosion

One of the ways you can prevent soil erosion in your yard is by building a retaining wall around any vulnerable soil. If your yard is sloped, a retaining wall can prevent the soil from being displaced by excessive wind or water.

The Right Retaining Wall for You

There are many different types of and purposes for retaining walls. It’s not as simple as building a wall. Many factors such as width, height, and ground pressure need to be considered, in addition to the purpose of the retaining wall in order to determine what type of wall to build. Luckily, Blue Tree Landscaping makes this task look easy. Whether you need one to keep a sloped yard in place or to improve your yard’s look, Blue Tree can help you determine what type of retaining wall you need and how it can compliment your yard’s landscaping. Contact Blue Tree Landscaping for all of your hardscaping, landscaping, and lawn care needs. We will help you to create your ideal outdoor space — and maintain it, too.

Everything You Should Know About Planting in the Fall

Everything You Should Know About Planting in the Fall

Early fall is a great time to add new plants to your yard or garden. You’ll want to plan out what you’re going to plant long before your area will experience an intense frost so that your plants have time to root. The fall offers a great climate for your plants to grow, in addition to a more pleasant environment for you to work in. The following are all of the items you should plant this season.

Plant Vegetables in Your Garden

There are many vegetables that should be planted during cooler weather, such as different types of lettuce, salad greens like kale or spinach, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, radishes, and cauliflower. Most of these vegetables should be planted as early in the fall as possible, or even in the late summer. So, make sure to check the seed packet before starting. Types of garlic and onion, for example, can be planted in the fall to be harvested in the spring or summer. This is also a great time to plant many types of herbs, like basil.

Plant Flowers for Spring

Now is the best time to plant flowers that will bloom in the spring. Unlike planting in the spring, when the ground is still cold from the winter, planting in the fall allows the flowers to root while the ground is still warm. Perennial flowers, like tulips, black-eyed Susans, pansies, peonies, and daffodils, are all great choices to plant now. This is also a good time to plant roses. Come springtime, you will have a beautiful array of flowers in your yard.

Plant Trees and Shrubs

It is also beneficial for trees and shrubs to take root while the ground is still warm. Trees and shrubs with fall colors — such as deep reds, oranges, and yellows — would be a great addition to your yard. Try planting a Japanese maple tree in your front yard to spruce up your landscaping. This is also a good time to plant larger trees, such as various types of maple or pine trees.

Make Your Yard Stand Out

Landscaping is a key component to making your yard stand out. Combined with hardscaping, landscaping your yard helps you to make the most of your outdoor space. Contact Blue Tree Landscaping to transform your yard into the manicured lawn you’ve been dreaming of. Whether you have an idea in mind or need help brainstorming, Blue Tree will help you every step of the way.

Everything You Need to Know About Swales

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Everything You Need to Know About Swales

If you live in an area that receives a lot of rain or heavy storms, it is a good idea to add a swale to your yard. Read further to learn about what swales are and how they can help make your yard self-sufficient — and even prevent flooding.

What Are Swales?

A swale can be naturally occurring or man-made. It is a low, trench-like stretch of land in your yard that helps excess water to be absorbed by the soil, as opposed to pooling on or flooding out of your yard. Your soil’s ability to hold a lot of water at once makes this an effective method for water management. A swale will allow the soil to slowly absorb and redistribute the excess water to where it is needed most.

Typically, swales are constructed to manage water runoff from heavy rain. During a storm, a swale can help control excessive amounts of water in order to prevent flooding. Swales are an easier, cheaper, and more efficient way to catch excess rainwater in your yard, in comparison to other man-made alternatives.

In addition to flooding prevention, swales are often designed to irrigate specific areas of your yard, such as a garden. The excess water in the soil will also attract microorganisms that will help fertilize your yard. Both of these benefits will help to make your yard self-sufficient and maintain its ideal state. But in order to get the most out of your swale, you will need to keep the area as cool and wet as possible. This can be achieved by ensuring that there are shady plants nearby and covering the area with mulch.

Where to Build a Swale

Before building a swale, you’ll need to decide the best location for it. Keep in mind that swales should not be constructed too close to a building. In addition, swales can be different sizes depending on your needs and the amount of rainfall. You’ll want to take note of the terrain, how much rainwater you typically get, where excess water tends to enter and leave your yard, and whether or not you want to use the excess water to irrigate certain areas of your yard, among other factors.

The Next Step

Contact Blue Tree Landscaping to further discuss swale location, construction, and management, in addition to all of your other lawn care needs. From landscaping to hardscaping to installing in ground pools, Blue Tree takes care of it all. They’ll design, construct, and maintain your ideal outdoor space — all year round.