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plant health care its almost time to tend to those spring perennials chevy chase mdIt’s almost springtime in Maryland and Virginia. So, now is the time to think about planning those perennials. This is especially the case if you are hoping to have your property awash with color in time for late summer and early fall. Of course it is also the time to take plant health care into account because the perennials that were planted in late summer and early fall of last year should be about ready to make their first appearances.

For instance, in March, there are various plants that should start to bloom or show signs of activity in parts of Virginia and Maryland. The long list includes, but doesn’t end with merrybells, azaleas, spreading Jacob’s ladder, wild geraniums and Virginia bluebells. Some of them, like spreading Jacob’s ladder and Virginia bluebells, should be divided early on to keep them healthy. Others may need to be staked for support purposes.

The soil surrounding springtime bloomers may need to be amended as well. After all, some perennials love acidic soil and others do not. Azaleas are good examples of spring flowers that require a certain type of soil to remain healthy. They tend to prefer pH levels that are 6.0 or less. Understandably, a commercial or residential list of spring plant health care tasks should include much more than dividing activities and soil amendments.

In the spring, it is important to check perennials for early signs of disease, insects and winter damage. Depending on what is found it may be necessary to repair splits, remove damaged leaves and apply repellents. If Mother Nature decides to act fickle, mulching the areas around perennials and using other soil insulators may be necessary too. To learn more about spring plant care, please contact us at the Chapel Valley Landscape Company. We can take care of all the spring landscaping work that needs to be done to your Maryland or Virginia properties right away.

35c2b303-2302-4d4a-d243-198422ba1fd4As a homeowner, you know how important your landscaping is. This is because your landscaping provides curb appeal, making your home beautiful, attractive, and welcoming. However, knowing all the rules about plant health care can be difficult, time consuming, and just a hassle. If you have trouble with your landscaping, you may consider planting these plants that are considered "indestructible":

  • Black-Eyed Susan: The black-eyed susan flowers are typically a beautiful yellow color, adding beauty to your yard. Also, these flowers require little care or feeding since they take everything that they can from the soil in which they are rooted. 
  • Coneflower: The coneflower is great at controlling erosion in the soil that it surrounds. This means that with coneflower, you don't have to worry too much about re-soiling your yard. This is because the roots of the coneflower weave together to hold the soil in place. 
  • The Day Lily: The day lily is a beautiful flower that can withstand a number of different conditions, making it the perfect year round flower. The flower can withstand drought, floods, and even your neglect, which means your time can be saved from having to take care of your landscaping. These flowers are usually best to use in flower beds that are exposed to a great deal of sunlight where nothing else can survive.
  • Sedum: Sedum is great because it is a succulent, which means that it doesn't need any watering except from the rain. The plant becomes tall in the spring because of its thick roots, but it still remains beautiful all year long.

Overall, these plants are considered indestructible for a reason; that being that they don't need much time and care since they take care of themselves for the most part. If you need extra help caring for the landscaping of your home, please contact us. We specialize in helping with the maintenance and care of our customer's landscape. 

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Around the holidays, it is not uncommon for many home and business owners to ask us about including poinsettias in their properties’ landscaping. And knowing how beautiful the festive plants are, we don’t blame customers for asking about them. However, most are quite surprised when they learn how much work is involved in keeping the plants healthy year round. So this week, we wanted to touch upon some plant health care basics:

Even though poinsettias are widely associated with snowy Christmas scenes, they are actually not cut out for cold weather. Classified as tropical plants, they typically need to be in environments that maintain air temperatures within the 55 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit range. Otherwise, they could perish rather suddenly.

Maintaining a certain air temperature range is not all there is to it. Poinsettias also have very specific needs when it comes to everything from natural sunlight, fertilizer and water to repotting, pruning and flowering. For example, allowing the plant to receive too much sunlight could prevent it from blooming and may burn up its leaves. That said, it is sometimes difficult to get the plant to produce beautiful flowers in time for the start of the winter holiday season.

In addition, by their very nature, poinsettias are prone to developing a variety of diseases that could spread out to other plants. The rather long list includes, but doesn’t cease with bract spot, gray mold, powdery mildew, scab, crown gall and bacterial stem or leaf rot. So in essence, failure to properly maintain a few poinsettias could feasibly cut a swath of devastation through a property’s other flower beds and require aggressive chemical treatments to reverse the situation.

To learn more about keeping poinsettias and other seasonal plants healthy, please contact us. We specialize in residential and commercial landscaping, irrigation, water management and more.

 

1975dcd2-48f8-4ad0-9763-b223b206697aSpring has come and gone, the flowers are all blooming and the grass is green. We are now approaching the hotter summer months were there is fun in the sun, BBQ parties, and swimming. You might enjoy the warmer weather, but to your plants this can be a stressful time. Here are some suggestions to help with your plants health care during these hot months.

  • Check your sprinklers - If you have an automatic sprinkler system, check that it is functionally properly. Having a professional take a look at it is a good idea. 
  • Provide some shade - Having some big shade trees in your yard not only gives you a place to get out of the heat, but also your plants. 
  • Deadhead and trim - Help keep your plants happy by removing old spend blooms and dead branches. This will allow for good airflow around and through the plant.
  • Keep the pest away - Your plants will already be stressed from the heat, they don't need pest stressing them more. Look closely at your plants weekly so that you can catch little intruders early. 
  • Small plants are more vulnerable - Smaller and newly planted plants are more vulnerable to the heat and are at greater risk of stress. Take special care with these to keep them from being burned.
  • Mulch - Having a good mulch around the base of your plants will help keep the soil cooler and retain more moisture.  


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