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Awesome Landscaping Starts with an Awesome Design!

Awesome Landscaping Starts with an Awesome Design!

An awesome landscape design does not come easily. There are many things that must be considered and many principles that must be followed. It's not enough to just combine the plants and elements that you think will look good together. Professionals see a blank landscape as a potential work of art, therefore there are some guides that must be followed before you can call it a masterpiece. The basic principles that must be followed in a landscape design are balance, color, unity, textures, and scale and proportion. Here is a more in-depth explanation for each design principle. Balance can be either symmetrical or asymmetrical. You want your landscape design to have a sense of order and not just have things haphazardly placed beside each other. This can be achieved by following the principle of balance. There are two ways to go about this, symmetrical and asymmetrical. Symmetrical balance is a classic concept which is more formal. It simply means that...
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How to Achieve a Low Maintenance Landscape

How to Achieve a Low Maintenance Landscape

When you have a busy schedule, it can be such a task to have to maintain your lawn. But worry not, because we have two tips to help you achieve a low-maintenance lawn. The first is to use native plants found in Pennsylvania, and the second is to use ground covers like mulch and rock. Both offer so many benefits that allow property owners to have a beautiful lawn that will surely up the value of their homes without having to spend too much time on lawn care and maintenance. Read on to learn how to make landscaping made easy. Using native plants will reduce the need for fertilization. One of the best decisions property owners can make is to use native plants for their lawns. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, native plants by definition are those that have been in a certain environment even before European colonization. What makes them low-maintenance? Because they have already adapted to the area, native plants...
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Client's Most Requested Perennials, Trees, & Shrubs

Client's Most Requested Perennials, Trees, & Shrubs

Perennials, trees, and shrubs are natural eye-catchers and give show-stopping pops of color to your landscape. That is why our clients love them so much! Here in the state of Pennsylvania, there are certain types of vegetation that our clients just can't get enough of. Below are examples of the most popular perennials, trees, and shrubs that we plant frequently in the Washington area. Popular Perennials in Pennsylvania Perennials offer benefits to homeowners like the fact that they require less maintenance than annuals do. Instead of digging them up when they die and replanting them each year, perennials grow back and all you have to do is prune them to make sure that there is room for them to continue to grow. Below are the 2 most common perennials that we plant in our area. Daylilies Daylilies are so popular because not only are they beautifully vibrant with a mix of reds, oranges, and yellows, but they also grow fast and thrive for a long time. However,...
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Pruning in Winter? Cut Back These Trees & Shrubs

Pruning in Winter? Cut Back These Trees & Shrubs

Winter pruning is done on various trees and shrubs to ensure that dead, damaged, and diseased branches are removed, which encourages correct plant shape and overall development. Most people think trimming or pruning is done only during the spring or fall, but that's not always the case. For example, in McMurray, Pennsylvania, and nearby areas, it's best to trim these plants in late winter while they're dormant. Read about some of these common trees and shrubs that will benefit from winter pruning! Apple trees In Pennsylvania, apple trees are dormant in winter, and late winter is the ideal time to trim and prune before the growing season starts in earnest. For fruit trees, pruning is essential not only for the health of the tree but also to produce better quality fruits. Too much dense growth means less sunlight for lower branches, and less sunlight means a weaker tree. Pruning an apple tree will also inevitably mean less fruit—but that’s ...
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5 Plants for Early Spring Blooms

5 Plants for Early Spring Blooms

Winter is the best time to plan for your new softscape design. Not only does the planning help clear away some of the winter blues, but it also gives you enough time so that you get to enjoy your flowers as soon as possible! Early-blooming flowers don't need the late spring or summer weather to bloom. Planting these in the earlier months like February or March will give you a colorful garden before all the snow even melts! Below are 5 gorgeous plants that are perfect for early spring blooming: 1) Jacob's Ladder The Jacob’s ladder plant gets its name from the ladder-like shape of its leaves. These early spring bloomers are small and bell-shaped and they provide a bright pop of color that will get you excited for the warmer weather ahead. Most varieties of Jacob’s ladder are in the purple and lavender color family, but you may be able to find some that are pink, yellow, or white. This is a perennial plant, meaning that it...
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