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Create a Standout Vegetable Garden This Season

Vegetable Garden PhotoIt’s time to get back outside and tend to the garden! As the weather heats up, the window to plant a diverse array of fruits, vegetables, and gorgeous foliage is here. This season, take a different approach to the neat, traditional rows of veggies that people plant every year and make your vegetable garden stand out! We’ve got a few tips to help get you thinking about how to achieve a great-looking garden this year:

Read up on plant placement

Some plants thrive in the proximity of certain other kinds, while others simply grow as expected. This is due to the amount of watering and nutrients required for each specific plant breed. For example, tomatoes do well when placed next to peppers and carrots, while zucchini works best alongside corn and beans. Flowers are a prime piece of this equation too, providing splashes of color and playing supporting roles for other plants, so consider adding some well-placed blooms to your crop setup.

Depending on what you choose to showcase, do research on how much space your ideas will need. It can be best to step away from traditional rows for this — instead, think about planting in bunches. That way, the uniform nature of a traditional garden will take a backseat to a more casual layout that can be beneficial the health of the plants.

Choose unique fruits and vegetables

Step outside the box with your options. Not only will your garden boast an enviable color scheme, but the variety will provide nutritional benefits when they ripen for picking; the garden’s results will bring a healthy mix of culinary delights to the table. Consider the terrain in your yard, as well as the weather, and go wild with new plants! The variations in color, size, and height of the plants will make your garden the envy of the neighborhood, as well as on a plate when it’s time to enjoy the fruits (or, in this case, veggies) of your labor.

Decorate!

Get colorful! While your diverse array of vegetation is growing, put some vibrant markers in the ground to differentiate the different plants. Flowers can line the outside of the garden, as well as take up spots within it, and accent pieces will complete the look and can be changed with the seasons. Place a bench next to garden beds to relax on and take a look at your work, or install a birdbath so welcome animals can enjoy it as well. As long as the integrity of the garden itself isn’t compromised by the additions, there are many opportunities to get creative here.

Let Blue Tree help

We’ll help you cultivate the garden of your dreams! From the foundation to the dinner table, Blue Tree Landscaping can assist in creating everything you need to plant successful crops this year. Contact our team to get started today!

Does your landscaping company do site visits?

If you’re reading this, it’s likely that you have a yard — or some other outdoor space — in need of landscaping work. You’re unsure who to call because, well, nothing looks worse than bad landscaping work.

The question then arises: Will a landscaping company do a site visit before signing a contract?

The short answer is “yes.” But note that there are a few other steps to take before arranging a site visit with a landscaping company. Keep reading to learn about those steps and what you need to know before signing a contract to make your landscaping beautiful.

Initial Contact

Well, a relationship has to start somewhere, doesn’t it? The first thing to do is call your local landscaping company. From there, you’ll get an idea of their expertise, prices, and general attitude. Everyone has worked with someone they haven’t liked, so best to see if this company will be a good fit from the start. Additionally, the company will be able to get an idea of what kind of work you’re looking for, and will also be able to take notes on your unique situation to make sure everyone is on the same page.

Meet Your Account Manager 

After first contact, your dream landscaping project will be passed on to an account manager. From there, you will discuss the project and reaffirm that your expectations of the project are in line with their notes from the initial conversation. As we all know, things change and it is always better to err on the side of caution. After everything is finalized, you two will arrange for a site visit.

Site Visit

Okay — we’ve made it to the site visit. But that doesn’t mean the project ends there. Similar to the initial contact and meeting your account manager, the site visit will again reaffirm that the company knows what you’re looking for in regards to landscaping work. They’ll take measurements, note specifications, and develop a project proposal for you both to go over.

Scheduling 

Now you’ve met the company, done a site visit, and seen the proposal. Now is the big moment to decide if you want to sign the contract. By this point, having completed an exciting — albeit rigorous — verification process, you should be happy with the plan. A good landscaping company will make sure you feel comfortable, well-informed, and prepared for the project ahead.

Don’t Hesitate to Call0

Whether you’ve got a massive landscaping project, or one that can be finished in a few days, don’t hesitate to give your local landscaping company a call! A good landscaping company will work with you at every step leading up to the project to make sure you’re getting what you need — before you sign off.

Accent Your Yard with Different Plants

Decorating a yard is one of the most personal, fun aspects of putting together a beautiful space. With a warm season in the works, accessorizing might mean more than just a few well-placed tchotchkes. Give your yard what it needs by placing plants and natural accouterments in your outdoor space! There are several options for placing greenery in a yard, all of which can be customized into a unique layout for any aesthetic. Here are a few options worth visiting a greenhouse for:

Trees

This is one to plan for early. It can be rewarding to buy saplings early and let them flourish over years of time, but growth will happen very gradually. Make sure the ground has ample room for widening root systems, and know what the cycles of weather will bring for individual breeds. Choose from fir trees and smaller accent trees to fruit trees that will bring a personal harvest every year. Patience is key for tree growth, so enjoy watching the progress!

Shrubs

If there is a large amount of sidewalk space or a fence that needs sprucing up, choosing bushes or shrubs to line that space will provide more than just decoration. Small children or dogs will have some buffers from a more unforgiving surface, and outside critters will have a more difficult time infiltrating the property. Pruning can be a fun aspect to shrubbery, especially with the potential of forming different shapes into free-standing structures.

Flowers

Always a popular choice, accenting the yard with seasonal flowers will brighten any space. Flowers will pollinate, helping any garden plants to grow to full potential, and the whole yard will benefit from the natural care. If space allows, flower beds in windows or underneath them is a classic setup that with proper care and maintenance will result in beautiful bouquets along the outside walls of your home.

Grass

A well-groomed lawn has a subtle contribution to the overall picture. Whether one chooses natural grass, sod, or artificial turf surface, a lawn will help determine the health and potential of plants placed in it. A sufficient irrigation system and a little upkeep will keep your grass, and thus your plants, healthy.

Blue Tree

For more landscaping and installation ideas, contact Blue Tree! Our team of experts will advise and assist in this year’s round of planting, from choosing special breeds to crafting blueprints to making your space both lovely and functional. We have been serving creative homeowners since 1983, and cannot wait to work with you to build the yard of your dreams!

Upgrade Your Pool for Summer Entertaining

The summer solstice, which marks both the first day of summer and the longest day of the year, is coming up on June 21st. Around this time, schools are out, people are taking vacations, and many folks are hoping to enjoy a nice dip in the pool! If your pool’s amenities are outdated or need fixing up, there are a few ways to do this in time for more festivities.

Clean the Grout

If the pool’s surrounding surface has tiles, the dirt buildup in the cracks can be unsightly. Scraping it out works, but this can be a huge hassle. A power washer will get rid of dirt and buildup, without having to replace any cement or artificial stone that surrounds your pool area. The power washer can be used for the rest of your surfaces as well, such as wood patios, resilient fences, and walls that need cleaning.

Inspect the Pool

Most pools have plaster or Pebble Tec surfaces coating the interior. With winter weather and the wear-and-tear of extended use over the years, these surfaces might be starting to show deterioration. You many want to refinish any surfaces that are chipped or stained before they are put to use. Often, a harsher surface begins to peek out from under the smooth plaster, and fixing this is a safety and liability issue that you should try to take care of early.

Perform Some Touch-Ups

After a harsh winter, the landscaping around your pool might need replenishing. Plant fresh flowers and vegetation to give a lively vibe to any space, and paint over any faded decorations or surfaces that could use a new coat. Check out couch and chair cushions as well: sunlight can cause fading of colors and patterns, and it might be time to replace anything that looks lighter or loses its texture.

Decorate

One of the easiest and most attainable means for improvement, decorating your pool area is a personal and fun process. It can be as simple as changing out plants or color schemes, or can encompass projects that are larger in scale. Consider swapping out decorative tile work, large furniture, and lounge pieces to stay current with styles and give your whole backyard the makeover it deserves.

Contact Blue Tree

Let the experts join you in your renovations! Blue Tree Landscaping is proud to offer hardscaping and decorative services for backyards of any size. Call today for a quote or advice on getting started. Summer won’t last forever, but with a few tweaks, any backyard can be revamped for months and years to come.

How to Use Contrasting Colors in your Landscape

Blue Tree Landscaping TipsHow to Use Contrasting Colors in Your Landscape

When brainstorming landscaping ideas for your yard, it’s important that your yard is both functional and aesthetically appealing. You want your yard to be functional in that you can enjoy activities like grilling and swimming, but you also want your yard to be enjoyable and inviting. Thus, if you really want to make your yard’s landscaping “pop,” consider using elements of color theory in your landscaping.

What Are Contrasting Colors?

Contrasting colors, or complimentary colors, are the colors that are opposite of each other on the color wheel. Each pair includes one primary color and one secondary color. The three main pairs are as follows: green and red, violet and yellow, and orange and blue. The various colors, and their effects on people, have been studied extensively. Blue and green are considered “cool,” relaxing colors, whereas red and yellow are “warm,” passionate colors. Violet, however, can be a “cool” color or a “warm” color, depending on how it’s used.

How to Use Contrasting Colors in Landscaping

Contrasting colors, when paired together, offer a natural focal point for your yard. If you want to use contrasting colors as a focal point, consider pairing violet and yellow flowers together, perhaps near an outdoor living space, front walkway, or garden. Color theory experts consider contrasting color combinations to be most effective if used in unequal proportions. Therefore, don’t feel like you have to split your yard equally between violet flowers and yellow flowers. Try, for example, an abundance of violet flowers with some yellow flowers mixed in. You can use this method for non-contrasting colors as well, too.

While pairing red and green plants together might bring back memories of Christmas decorations, it won’t come off as a seasonal design unless you’re using seasonal plants like pine trees and poinsettias. Think of red roses, tulips, or carnations paired with a green lawn or green foliage — they will draw attention to your yard in a more subtle way than a combination of blue and orange or violet and yellow.

Further, consider using contrasting colors when decorating your yard. If you want to add an outdoor living area during your landscaping project, try using contrasting furniture or accessories with your plants. For example, you could place a violet chair (or a violet pillow on a neutral-colored chair) next to yellow tulips.

It’s Time to Get Started

If you’re ready to get started on your landscaping project, contact Blue Tree Landscaping. They’ll handle all of your landscaping needs, in addition to hardscaping, lawn care, and routine maintenance.

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.

Unique Patio Design Ideas

045Unique Patio Design Ideas

If you are considering installing a new patio, you might be surprised to learn that you can have more than a basic rectangular concrete slab. From a variety of textures and shapes to design accents, read on for timely tips to perk up any lackluster patio.

Think Beyond the Concrete

If you are in need of a new patio, it’s time for an update. Follow the latest trends by installing a patio that is curved or crafted with different hardscape materials. Brick, wood chips, flagstone, and even gravel are all integrated into appealing designs.

Sweet Little Nook

Your patio should be more than just a place you sometimes use to entertain. It can become a valuable and much-loved part of your outdoor space — if you give it the attention it deserves. Use your best landscaping know-how to create a garden oasis. Add in potted plants, a water feature, and comfortable seating.

Match Your Style

If your home is elegant and grand, you should have a patio to match. If you have a theme in your landscape, that theme should carry over into your patio. Add in the hardscape elements you are using elsewhere in your yard to complement the space. Use the same types of plants that you’ve used in flower beds around the patio. Get creative with it: install hanging baskets or potted plants.

Bring the Inside Out

Part of any successful landscape design includes sunny and shady spots. Consider adding in an umbrella or pergola. Add accessories that look great with a bit of weathering and fabrics that resist color fading due to the sun. Treat your patio like any other room in your home. Make it personal with whimsical touches like fun candle holders that can withstand the elements and even mirrors for walls that are exterior yet protected. Add an outdoor clock or wall art — anything goes as long as it’s weather-friendly and fits the style of the rest of your yard.

Light it Up

Lighting is an essential, yet overlooked, part of your unique patio design plan. The right lighting can help boost your landscape’s appeal while extending the use of your patio. Brighten it up. Day or night, you can enjoy your patio for longer when you use proper lighting.

Patio with Pizzazz

For a seamless patio design, leave it to the professionals. Call Blue Tree Landscaping, the one-stop-shop for everything landscaping (including pools), for a patio that reflects your style, your budget, and your life.

Creative Ways to Add Shade to Your Garden This Summer

005Effective garden landscaping takes comfort into consideration, providing easy access to both sunny and shady spots. Is your landscape lacking? Read on for creative ways to add shade to your garden this summer.

How to Add Shade to Your Garden This Summer

Shady Plantings

Add a bit of shade and a touch of class to your landscape with trees and evergreens. You don’t need to cover the entire yard, just go with species that will filter sunlight wherever you desire. Stick with shorter trees to provide an easy break from the heat without dominating your yard. Double-check the height and spread of a tree before you plant it. Additionally, plant trees far enough away from driveways, sidewalks, and other concrete areas to avoid interference from roots. Flowering trees add beauty to your yard while fruit trees offer a sweet snack.

Strategic Plants
For anyone on a budget, a bit of shade can still be achieved on the cheap. Look for large potted plants to define your garden and provide the shade you need. Potted plants are easy to rearrange in formations that help beat the heat. Use a large table umbrella to cover any gaps.

Hedge It

Need shade somewhere particular? A hedge can help you get there, fast. Find a hedge that matches your needs. See if it will grow tall enough and if it can withstand the range of temperatures between summer and winter. More than just a shady feature, a hedge can provide a handy windbreak that can not only shield anyone on the patio, but can also protect fragile, new plants. Best of all, hedges enhance a landscape — even in the dead of winter.

Pergolas and Other Structures

Sophisticated and attractive, a pergola incorporates shade and a touch of drama. Enjoy the light-filtering benefits of a structure like a pergola, gazebo, or arbor, and upgrade your curb appeal. For tighter spaces, a partial pergola is the perfect match for a barren corner. To add an extra boost, consider the addition of hanging flower baskets or putting in flowering vines for a more romantic look.

Your landscape needs to fit a variety of needs. By adding in shade to otherwise too sunny areas, you can ensure that your yard functions as a gathering space all summer long.

To make sure your landscape is up to the task, consider turning to a professional. Blue Tree Landscaping is the one-stop-shop for everything from planning to design to maintenance — and even pools. Contact Blue Tree Landscaping today to incorporate shade into your garden.

 

 

4 Tips for Keeping Your Lawn Healthy This Summer

IMG_4425Summer is for running through sprinklers, playing endless games of tag, and catching fireflies. But, all of that wear and tear can be hard on a lawn. So, what can you do to keep it looking, and feeling, its best all season long? Follow these steps for green, lush grass that’s comfortable underfoot, and ready for whatever the summer season throws your way.

Healthy Summer Lawns

Know the Lawn

What sort of lawn do you have? Is your grass a “cool season” grass, like Fescue or Bluegrass, or “warm season” grass, like Zoysia or Bermuda? Cool season grasses prefer temperatures in the 60s, while “warm season” grasses grow best in the 70s. But, in Montgomery County, summer can hit hard. When temperatures fall outside these ranges, grass may brown, dry out, or even lie dormant. Watering it won’t bring it back! You’ll have to be patient, and wait for the cooler temperatures of the fall to arrive. Next year, prevent this dormant state by watering your lawn often, and deeply, to foster roots that can handle any drought.

Water the Lawn

You know your lawn needs watering, but you may not realize that the best time to water your grass is in the morning, when you can help prevent fungal growth, and evaporation. Healthy summer lawns need an inch of water a week, and even more when higher temperatures kick in.

Mow the Lawn

If your lawn hasn’t gotten a good rain lately, set the lawnmower blade up a few notches. Shoot for 3” or 4” high blades to help prevent new weeds from forming. Ensure that your mower blades are kept sharp to avoid damaging the grass. It will help keep your grass from drying out too quickly, while also protecting the roots. A good rule of thumb is to cut no more than 1/3 of a blade of grass each time you mow.

Aerate the Lawn

Give your lawn’s roots the oxygen they need by aerating your lawn this summer. To properly aerate your lawn, simply remove small plugs of soil. Doing so will give your grass’s roots more room to grow. Once you finish aerating your lawn, you can also apply weed killer to the open holes.

Improve Your Lawn Savvy

Knowing how to mow, water, and fertilize your lawn goes a long way toward helping your yard stay healthy during the summer months. Keep your lawn in the best possible shape all season long by turning to the landscaping professionals.

Blue Tree Landscaping is a one-stop-shop for everything lawn (and even pool!). Call Blue Tree Landscaping today, and get your yard in tip-top shape!

Home Landscaping Ideas Kids Will Love

sumlandkidsloveWhen it comes to landscaping, we often focus on things like curb appeal, and forget to consider one important element: the kids. If there are children in your home, you’ll need to keep them in mind when designing your home landscape. With these great tips, you won’t need to sacrifice style for inclusivity:

Home Landscaping Ideas Kids Love

Chalkboard Fun

Chalk isn’t just for sidewalks. Add an element of eye-catching art with a chalkboard addition to your fencing. You are no longer locked into basic black either. From red to blue, there’s an array of chalkboard paint colors available to complement any landscape style. Simply paint a piece of backer board, and add it to your fence. Then, let the chalk drawing fun begin.

Swings

Kids need a place to relax. Swings can provide both a restful spot, and a fun addition to your yard. Purchase a hammock swing, a hanging bowl chair, or even an old-fashioned tire swing. As your kids get older, what may have started out as a children’s plaything will quickly turn into a favorite spot to read, or spend time with friends.

A Day at the Beach

When you can’t make it to the beach, you can still get that sun-kissed feeling at home. Consider integrating a spacious sandbox in your landscape design. Top it with an awning so the kids can build, and play while staying protected from the sun’s rays. Just remember to cover it with a tarp when it’s not in use.

Tree house Fun

A tree house is what you make of it. Whether it’s in an actual tree, or works as a playhouse on the ground, kids can’t resist the appeal of a secret space that’s all their own. Use hardscaping materials that are already found in your backyard landscape to tie it into your overall design.

Musical Fence

Turn that barren spot of fencing into a toddler’s dream come true. Add colorful xylophones. Dig out your battered cake pans or bowls, and add in the pots you no longer need. Then leave wooden spoons or other metal utensils so the kids can drum away on these hanging objects. It’s music to the ears of any creative noisemaker.

Landscaping for the Kids

Don’t forget your children’s needs when working on your landscaping projects. Consult the experts so you can get your yard in tip-top shape for the season, and beyond.

Blue Tree Landscaping is the one-stop shop for everything lawn. From design to maintenance and planning, including pool installation and repair, you can trust in Blue Tree.