Ornamental Grasses Need Haircut

June 21, 2009

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The best time to trim ornamental grasses and liriope ground cover is early spring before the new growth starts. If you wait to long to cut, the new growth is mixed in with the previous year’s grass — making the cut a much more time-consuming job. Don’t be shy about cutting grasses and liriope. Grab the grass in sections and cut down to a few inches fom the ground using pruners or a tree saw.

Green Roof – No Mower Needed

June 21, 2009

More and more American city planners, architects and homeowners are incorporating the benefits of green roof design in urban revitalization, new home and public building construction.

In addition to the benefit of healthier communities and workplaces, using plants as roofing materials:

• Reduce strain on storm water systems
• Provide biodiversity
• Support cost-efficient infrastructure and infill development

Not to mention the obvious — green roof gardens improve the view for those who have access to the roof.  And all those in surrounding buildings who can gaze on green from their windows. Viva la difference!

To learn more about the benefits of green roofs and how they are constructed, visit www.buildinglogics.com

Have a Seat, Flip a Burger

June 21, 2009

An indoor-outdoor connection between your house and garden is always pleasing.  A landscape designer can prepare plans for decks, patios and walkways.

As you try to visualize the space needed, a minimum patio or deck size is about 5 feet by 6 feet and allows two people to relax at a small table.

For multi-purpose decks and patios, allow about 64 square feet per person and the square footage can be broken up into several pieces to be used by all.  Also, consider what type and size of outdoor furniture will be placed the deck or patio area.

Gates and paths should be a minimum of 3 feet in width. Smaller gardens or service paths can be narrower. Tips on perspective, a deck constructed with wide boards makes an area appear smaller.  And a deck built with narrow thin boards makes the space appear larger.

Some Like it Wet, Some Like it Hot

June 21, 2009

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If you live in the Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. area – and want a tree to screen a view, provide interest or add to existing landscaping, here are some choices for wet and hot areas.

Check with your local nursery for specific cultivars regarding height, spread, seasonal interest and planting requirements.

Here are some tree suggestions for the metro Washington, DC area.

Trees with a Tolerance for Wet Areas
River Birch
Red Maples
American Hornbeam
Sweet Bay Magnolia
Green Ashes

Trees with a Tolerance for Heat and Drought
London Plane

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