Location, Location, Location……….

Perennial Bed_FotorBelieve it or not, we will be changing pansies for petunias very soon!  Annual color is a great accent, but the twice a year change-out can get old.  Perennials can be a great solution, but they can be higher maintenance.  Now, I know you are scratching your head, saying “But perennials are LOW maintenance!”  And you would be right.  Most commonly available perennials are tough, drought tolerant, long blooming, and don’t require a lot of fuss to thrive.  BUT in the wrong spot, perennials might require a lot of care.  How is this possible?  Well, you have to understand the qualities of perennials vs annuals. 

Annual/Perennial…What’s the DIfference

Annual plants put most of their energy into blooms.  They have to set as much seed as possible all through the season so that the species can continue.  Annual varieties are bred for more abundant and more rapid bloom cycles than they would have if left to the hand of Mother Nature, and cultivars that have larger flowers and that easily shed old blooms make a constant show of uniform color.  Perennials, on the other hand, have to live through multiple seasons.  They have to put some of the energy they “earn” from the sun into a “savings account” to get them through the winter, which means that their bloom cycles are more distinct.  Regardless of how healthy or well located the plant, there WILL be times when perennials look messy or tired.  Which brings us to maintenance.

How to Use Perennials Effectively

In general, for an area that is seen up close all the time, perennials need to be frequently groomed to keep them looking their best.  Otherwise, they are less “lush English garden” and more “weed patch”.  (By the way, those lush English gardens usually had a full time staff!)  BUT, if you need color on the far side of a wide lawn, or somewhere that will be typically seen from a moving car, you can use the “plant and forget” method.  Garden phlox and coreopsis are ideal for this type of situation.   Like real estate values, perennial maintenance requirements are about 3 things: location, location, location!

How to Effectively Transplant an Existing Shrub with the Greatest Success

Tree Installation Have you ever experienced that “Oh dear” moment when you realized that a plant has been planted in the wrong place and is now beginning to take over.  Perhaps it is a Japanese maple planted along the front walk, or a Camellia Japonica planted too close to the foundation.  The best way to avoid these mistakes is to put careful planning into selecting the proper plant for the spot in the first place, but hey hindsight is 20/20, right. So what can you do about it now?

Transplanting shrubs in the landscape

Many shrubs and small trees respond reasonably well to transplanting. How quickly you can transplant after you have made the decision depends a few factors.

1.      How important is it for your transplant to be successful?

2.      How soon do you need to transplant?

3.      What type of plant do you want to transplant?

Ideally, you want to root prune your shrub at least 6 months in advance to ensure the most successful transplant.  Root pruning reduces the overall size of your shrubs root ball. You see, the workhorses of the root system are the feeder roots found at the outer perimeter of a plants root ball. By cutting down the size of the root ball, in advance of transplanting, you allow the plant to produce new feeder roots giving your plant a better chance of survival after transplanting. So how do you prune the roots if they are underground? Since the majority of a plants root system is 6”-24” below the soil surface you can simply take a sharp spade and cut a ring around the plant that is slightly smaller than the root ball you want to transplant.  If you want to transplant a larger specimen, you may want to actually dig a trench around the plant and backfill it with fresh soil. 

Transplanting Day, Hurray!

So you have done everything right and it is now time to perform the actual transplant. The most important thing is to first dig the new hole where you will be transplanting your shrub to.  This will minimize the amount of time your root ball is exposed to the outside air.  Next carefully, dig around your plant releasing the root ball from the soil and wrap it in natural burlap to hold the root system together.  Use either twine or pins to lash the burlap tightly around the root ball. Always use a wheelbarrow or cart to move the plant from one location to the other so as to protect the root ball from cracking and breaking. Plant the root ball slightly higher than in the previous hole, back fill, mulch and water immediately.  Pay close attention to watering especially during the first growing season following transplant. 

Remember root balls can be very heavy, let the expert staff at Bloom’n Gardens Landscape assist you with any plants that may need to find a new home in your landscape.

Tree Trimming: It’s Not Just for Christmas, Anymore

When you hear the phrase “trim the tree” your mind probably recalls images of tinsel and baubles adorning a cedar or fir during the holidays. To the landscaper, however, “tree trimming” brings up an essential step in home maintenance that you may be missing. Is your home getting the proper maintenance it needs to avoid infestations, mold, costly damage, and more? Let’s take a look:

Are there tree limbs growing over the top of your home, or into the side of your home?

If so, your home is at risk for a few dangers:

  • Limbs and branches growing at the side of your home can cause damage to your home’s exterior with the pressure and constant friction of their presence.
  • Limbs over the roof could fall in a storm, causing major and costly damage to your roof and structure.
  • Resting leaves on your roof prevent shingles from drying out properly, causing unpleasant shingle rot and damage.
  • Branches over/at your home give rodents and insects a direct highway into your home, leading to squirrels and other pests in the roof and walls.
  • Aesthetically, branches growing over your home isn’t always the most pleasing sight.

What can you do to deal with trees invading your home space?

If you don’t want to cause too much damage to the tree involved and still want to protect your home, and if you want to avoid accidental damage during the tree trimming process, it’s best to call the professionals, such as the Bloom’n Gardens Crew.

trimming a tree in Georgia

Chris Troup works with Bloom’n Gardens to trim a tree.

 

Take a look outside and see if you have any trees close enough to damage if your Georgia home. See any trees that need attention? If so, give us a call to take care of them and keep your home looking great: 404-314-1474

We Handle With Care

There’s the saying, “April showers bring May flowers.”  In Atlanta, we are actually halfway through the time of the year when we see the most rain. Statistics show that north Georgia’s rainy season begins in February and continues through April. Now that the weather is beginning to consistently warm up, our lawn and garden plants will come out of dormancy and begin to rapidly grow. It takes a thoughtful lawn caregiver, like Bloom’n Gardens, to properly maintain your lawn to insure that it stays healthy and happy all year long.

Rainy days can be problematic when caring for our lawns. There’s the likelihood of frequent over saturation and added concern of possible foreign invaders such as weeds, disease and insects. Although we love the rain and definitely do not even want to mention the word DROUGHT, rain can be problematic for scheduling our grass cutting operation. Bloom’n Gardens provides professional lawn maintenance services to people and businesses that value their outdoor space. Each and every week we are on your property, we make a determination if the lawn can and should be mowed. Grass that is excessively wet or even just saturated ground beneath it can be damaged or unsightly ruts created if we try to mow it at the wrong time. Therefore, please have patience during this rainy period. Rest assured if we cannot mow, we will do everything in our power to give you the service you deserve and will use the time to catch up on other garden tasks that need to be completed. Rest assured that you are in good hands when it comes to your lawn and garden!