Feature Landscape Makeover

This feature landscape job shows a complete transformation of a yard. The landscape surrounding the home was filled with overgrown and unattractive vegetation. To make over the yard, all old vegetation was removed and new landscape beds were installed. A beautiful bluestone pathway leading to the front entrance was laid, as well as a similar bluestone patio in the backyard and a bluestone pathway on the side of the home.   After the pool was installed, a waterfall and cabana were put in to complement the pool area and help create the perfect backyard hangout.   The homeowners were very pleased with the results and love their backyard!  ...

Tips For Planting During the Summer Months

Having been in the landscape business for over three decades we have learned a thing or two about planting. We have to do plantings when it is convenient for us and our clients and not necessarily when the plants prefer it. We have many tricks that we apply for success, which has allowed us to stay in business for so long. It is a myth that you can only plant in the spring and/or the fall. Bare root plants are the exception and should only be planted when they are dormant in the spring or fall. Container grown plants and balled and burlapped (B+B) plants are ready to go into the ground at the point of purchase. Here are a few tips for success on planting in the summer: Plant when it is cooler (i.e. late evening or early morning) If it has been dry, wet the hole before planting to pre-moisten the soil which will help it to soak up more water later. If you are going to fertilize with organics they can be applied into the hole prior to planting, but add a layer of soil over the top of it. (Do not allow the fertilizer to come into direct contact with the roots). Water, Water, Water! Keep the roots moist by putting your hose on ¼ to ½ trickle for 10 to 20 minutes for a large tree (less for smaller plants) to get water all the way down deep into the bottom of the roots. Do this 3 or 4 times a week depending on the weather. Mulch the roots at least 3 inches thick...

Gardening in the Shade

We all seem to have those trouble spots in our gardens that have more shade than sun so we are left wondering what to plant in those areas. Well for shade gardens there are actually multiple plants that can be added to add color and shape to create a splendid garden bed. By laying out a mixture of perennials, shrubs, ferns, and even some grass that do well in shade, creating a garden in darker area will become an easier task. Perennials            Large selections of perennials are available for shade gardens. Some of the most common are Astilbe, Hosta, Bleeding hearts, Heuchera, Bigroot geranium, Ajuga, Lady’s Mantle, Columbine, Rue, and Primrose. Some other types of shade perennials are Lungwort, Dead Nettle, Helleborus, and Anemone along with many others. All of these perennials do well in shade and flower during the year with bright displays of color. A mix of the different perennials in a shade garden will provide various color and blooms throughout the warm season. Shrubs            Our top choices for shrubs that grow in shade are Azaleas, Rhododendrons, Barberry, Viburnum, and Witch hazel.  Azaleas and Rhododendrons prefer a filtered sunlight doing well in a medium shade area, and both give a beautiful show of colorful flowers. Barberry is another good choice growing 3-4’ tall staying a burgundy color year round and is deer resistant. Viburnum shrubs have a nice bloom and can tolerate quite a bit of shade. They range in height from 2’ to 6’. Witch hazel is tree like shrub that blooms in the fall with a yellow spidery flower. It can tolerate lots of shade...

Jay F. Jones Mobiles

Peaceful…Tranquil…Hypnotic… Combining the beauty of copper with the inspiration of Alexander Calder, JF Jones strives to create dynamic and aesthetically pleasing sculpture. His mobiles are solid copper and suitable for indoors or out and with only a hint of a breeze the mobile takes flight- Bouncing light around a room. Check out our selection of JF Jones mobiles in the KV garden center! Dogwood, Gingko, Maple, Oak & Calder Inspired multi-colored mobiles are on display. These mobiles are absolutely stunning and make a wonderful home or garden accent. Check out this video featuring JF Jones’ mobiles and admire how they float...
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