Monday, 3 July 2017

Deadheading Season

For the most flowers and tidiest garden, deadhead daily. Some gardeners take a few minutes each time to deadhead those plants that need it, make it part of their weekly routine.

Daily deadheading is something you can do if you don't have a gardener.
Keep the watering, give an occasional hosing down to your trees, shrubs, and perennials to eliminate dust and pests.
New planting will need to be well watered.






Your perennials will get leggy or scraggly, well it’s time to consider cutting them back for up to a third or a bit more. They will look neater and fresher to grow or bloom.
It’s time to fertilize any of your acid loving plants and maybe those with iron deficiency. Yellow and dark green leaves are just some signs of iron deficiency.






Some acid plants include: azaleas, gardenias blueberries, and camellias.
And don’t forget that constant water on those plants flushes out nutrients.





Harvesting Vegetals

Keep up with the harvest from that vegetable garden, and make sure you pick small and often. Remove rotting and  diseased produce from garden.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

The importance of lawn care and landscaping to our immediate environment and community...


The importance of lawn care and landscaping to our immediate environment and community cannot be over emphasized. Your lawn is one arm of your home that requires a regular grooming schedule in order to receive the attention it needs, to create a beautiful ambience or scenery for your home and surrounds.
Caring for your lawn adequately will not only enhance its appearance, it can also contribute to your environment and can increase the value of your property.
Lawn care could easily compete for the number one spot of most dreaded and annoying domestic chore in any household. Who wants to mow the lawn? A responsibility nobody readily jumps at. Because with it comes the laborious task of reeling out the lawn mower, re threading the trimmers, mowing the grass trimming the ridges, cleaning, disposal and so much more. Most homeowners do not have the luxury of time, will or technical know-how to landscape or care for their lawn.



The services of professional landscapers with over 20 years of industry experience are what every busy home owner living in the bay area needs.
Since your lawn is your first and last point of contact for your friends and family who visit your home, it is essential it must be kept in top notch shape at all times. Come rain, come shine!
There are innumerable benefits of leaving your lawn care and landscaping project to professionals like Landscape Pros. Some of the benefits include:

Time and financial savings; time they say is money we can save you both with our affordable price estimates, that will be tailored made to your peculiar desires.
We are a one-stop shop for all your lawn care and landscaping needs.
Technical know-how, we pride ourselves on being able to address any type of lawn care/landscaping issues that are could arise throughout the year.
Consistent maintenance; do you have a busy schedule, business or family trips/holiday commitments? No problem whatsoever, your lawn will still receive the best care it could get in the San Jose area when you are away.
The truth is;
We are experts in transforming your average lawn space into your own personal paradise. We utilize the amount of space you have, big or small to create colorful and esthetically pleasing landscapes. Taking into full consideration the drought periods California residents frequently face.  
We are specialists in designing and installing drought resistant gardens through the innovative incorporation of water smart systems. Water efficient landscapes are our forte!
Some of the unique services we provide our clients include but are not limited to the following;
2.     Landscape design, installation and maintenance in the bay area
3.     Garden design, planning and maintenance
4.     Irrigation, lighting and property maintenance.
We are not only experienced in designs, but we have knowledge on the types of plants, shrubs and flowers suitable for the dry California climate and also best compliments your landscaping ideas, we will guide you from the inception of your project till its completion.
Are you a new home owner or maybe you want to remodel your property and need the services of competent landscapers in the bay area? Your timing is beyond perfect.

Change the perspective by adding an eco-friendly landscape design to your home and business today.

Monday, 15 August 2016

Water efficient LANDSCAPES In California


The largest use of all urban water is watering landscapes. When a landscape or irrigation system is poorly designed or poorly maintained, or the landscape consist of plants not suited to the dry and often hot California climate, water demand increases as a result of extensive evaporation, leaks, and runoff.

The truth is;


Water consumption can be greatly reduced with careful planning, good plant selection, efficient irrigation systems, and good eater maintenance practices. Since California experiences frequent and sometimes prolonged droughts together with and  increasing demand, there is a great need for us to use water efficiently. But this doesn't mean we have to give up our gardens.

The solution is;


We can water more efficiently and still have colorful, esthetically pleasing landscapes including some turf areas for recreation. This article is intended to help you create a landscape that is not only water efficient, but attractive, colorful and low maintenance. The designs illustrated here will give you a clear idea on how you can save water and money, by switching over to a water smart garden. The principles of water efficient gardening apply to front and back yards as well. 








Visit LandscapeProsInfo.com to get more ideas, you can also request a free estimate on your next draught resistant garden incorporating water smart elements. 


Thursday, 23 June 2016

Grow Herbs, Eat Healthy

Won’t you say ‘yes’ to home-grown herbs, plucked fresh from your garden, to flavor up the dishes you make? Herbs are easy to grow and care for; you can even plant them in containers and pretty up your kitchen window. Just a spoonful and their health benefits are ultimate!

Basil

It is an extremely aromatic herb you can easily grow in your home garden, using seeds.

Planting tips

Basil is low maintenance and you need to water only every alternate day. If you plan to set it in a pot, early spring is best to sow the seeds. Keep the pot near a window that gets good sunlight, and transplant to garden in early summer. If grown outdoors, sow directly in your garden in late spring.

Basil loves well-drained soil and lots of sunlight. Let the soil be damp in hot weather.

Dill

It is a self-seeding plant and its leaves have a sweet taste.

Planting tips

It is easy to grow dill from seeds from late spring to early summer. It requires full sunlight and grows well in dry soil. Water it only once a week and cover with mulch. Keep it hydrated in hot weather.

Chives

Chives are a member of the onion family, sporting pretty purple flowers.

Planting tips

Chives prefer full sun, and moist, rich and well-drained soil. If you choose nursery-grown plants, set them in your yard in early spring, 9–12 inches apart. It needs regular watering through the growing season for a good harvest. It could reach up to 18 inches in height, but does not eat up space. Do not leave the flowers, as it would scatter seeds all over and overwhelm your garden space.

Fennel

Fennel has a unique aroma with a sweetish taste.

Planting tips

Growing fennel by seed is an easier option. Sow seeds about an inch deep, spaced at least 10–12 inches just when the last spring frost begins to appear. Soak seeds for a day or two before sowing for healthy germination. All it requires is well-drained and enriched soil. It grows well in full sunlight or partial shade. Water regularly and use mulch to keep the soil moist.

If planting in containers, set fennel in slightly larger holders, as it develops roots extensively.

Mint

Mint is just right to start off an herb garden. It is recommended to grow mint in a pot as it could choke up the plants around with its invasive runner roots.

Planting tips

Seedlings bought from a garden supply store are the best bet. You should plant mint on a raised bed in partial shade. It needs loose, fertile soil to grow healthy. Water frequently as it dries out fast.

Parsley

It is a delicious herb. Flat leaf parsley is more flavorful and best for cooking, and the curled variety is used as a garnish.

Planting tips

Parsley is ideally grown from late spring until winter. It is another easy-to-grow herb that requires less sunlight and well-hydrated soil to thrive well. Watch it grow slowly; it takes a bit more time than other herbs.

Gardener’s tips

Pinch off herbs regularly. You should water in moderation. Most herbs grow well with a monthly feed of fertilizer.

Chives, thyme, mint and fennel are perennials.

Dill and basil are annuals. They flower for only one season, so they need to be replanted.

Majority of the herbs do well in good sunlight, while some may need just a little sunlight or full shade. Make sure you read the instructions on the seed packet before planting.