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  • Newly installed plants need extra care and watering attention after being planted. If plants are allowed to wilt due to drying out, irreparable damage may occur to plant tissue.  Plants require extra care and attention during drought periods.  Even plants which may have been planted for several years may require extra watering during drought periods due to competition from surrounding trees and more mature plantings or because the root system hasn’t developed fully enough to support the plant. Check the soil before you water because over-watering can be just as detrimental as under-watering. Dig a small hole into the soil to at least 3 or 4 inches and feel the soil. If the soil feels moist to your touch then you don’t need to water. If there is visible water or water quickly seeps into the hole, defer watering for a few days. Although we think of watering during the late spring through the summer, fall watering is crucial to winter survival of newly planted plants. Therefore, continue monitoring watering until freezing temperatures occur regularly.  For large trees and shrubs turn on the hose to a slow trickle and let the water slowly soak into the soil around each plant.   Alternatively, a soaker type hose can be snaked through the plant bed. As a general rule of thumb, plants that grow in our climate like to have a minimum of 1 inch of water per week, preferably in several doses versus a big downpour. Minimum watering requirements:
    •  Deciduous trees, 2-3.5” caliper – 20 gallons per plant
    • Evergreen trees, 6-10’ height – 15 gallons per plant
    •  Shrubs, 18-24” height or spread – 2.5 gallons per plant
    • Ground cover, 2.25” peat pot – 50 gallons per 100 sq. ft.
    • Perennials, Grasses, Vines, 1 gallon size – 2 gallons per plant
    • Sodded areas must be kept moist during the first three months after completion to  maintain adequate soil moisture to a depth of a minimum of 6 inches. Sod may not recover if allowed to dry out before it has fully rooted. Don’t mow sod for the first two to three weeks after installation.

    Water Right for the Weather:

    • Cool, dry weather: water every 2-5 days, being sure to check soil moisture before watering.
    • Cool, wet weather: water every 7-14 days. Plant roots can rot if they’re sitting in water for long periods of time, causing decline and death of the plant.
    • Hot, dry weather: moisture should be checked daily. Frequent, daily watering, especially of smaller plants, may be required.
    • Rainy weather:   Check the soil a few days after a rain and water only if needed. Summer rain from a short cloudburst may run off quickly and not adequately soak the soil. Even a good rain in the summer might not be adequate if we’ve had a long period of drought.
    • Maturity of planting: In years two and three after planting, plants should still be watered to insure an average of 1 inch of rainfall or irrigation per week.  During a    prolonged drought, shallow rooted plants like azaleas, as well as plants planted in a wooded environment, will require some supplemental watering even after they are  well established due to tree root competition.

How Did Your Patio Pavers Weather the Winter?

Courtesy of E.P. Henry Corporation Blog:

It’s time to get your patio ready for the new season. But wait, before you roll out the rug, take the cushions out of storage, and re-hang the lanterns, a good patio cleaning may be needed as well.  Here are some tips to help you set the stage and get ready to enjoy your outdoor living space.

  • Pavers: While good looking and long lasting, do require some upkeep. Mold and other organic stains can detract from their beauty and harsh winter weather can dull their appearance. The good news is, there are patio cleaning products and services that can get them back to looking brand new in as little as one day.  Seal ‘n Lock, an environmentally safe cleaning and sealing process, restores your patio, walkway and driveway pavers without using toxic chemicals. This pet and plant friendly system dries in hours and allows you to use your patio the very next day.


  • Edging: Whether you’re a do-it-yourselfer or you hire a pro, your patio, walkway and driveway will look neater and cleaner after being edged.  Additionally, edging protects large plant roots from lawnmower blades and helps keep weeds from encroaching into the crevices of your pavers.
  • Uninvited guests: Use a broom, hose or leaf blower around light fixtures, windows and doors to eliminate cobwebs and critters that will surely be found in covered furniture, umbrellas, grills and other outdoor items that were stored for the winter.
  • Cushions: Always check the manufacture’s tag for instructions first, but here’s a simple and effective way to freshen your cushions:


Do a Greens Check: In addition to your patio cleaning, make sure you check the lawn as well. Although it may not be in need of a mowing just patio cleaningyet, a good feed and weed along with checking for divots left by forgoing animals will get your backyard ready for the summer foot traffic.

Just think, if you get the whole family involved, you could be enjoying your morning cup of coffee on your sparkling clean patio by the weekend.

Comparing bids between landscape contactors

So you want a new patio or walkway, and you’re doing your research to pick 3 contractors to talk to. After all, it is the smart and responsible way to go about having a project built. All that is great, but do you know how to look for the differences between the bids, installation methods and the services that each one will give you? What information is going to help you make the right choice? This can be very intimidating for anyone, but especially for someone not in the consruction field, familiar with building terms and methods.

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Are you comparing apples to apples?

At first glance, those apples – or bids – all look great, but are they the same? Probably not. How do you know that the landscape contractors you’re talking to are giving you pricing for the same thing?

Here are a few things to watch for:

  • First off, is everyone bidding on the same design? The only way to guarantee that everyone is bidding on the same project is for you to provide each one with the same drawing. Since that is not always possible, and usually quite unlikely, you at least need to know what each contractor has in mind to build. Have each one give you (or at least show you) the design sketch they’re working off of. Not every contractor gives out drawings with their proposals, and that’s OK. They may have a fee for you to keep the drawing, but they should have a drawing they’re working off of. You should be able to see it and know what they have in mind.
  • Are you only interested in the lowest price? If this is the case, you can stop reading right now, because the rest of this article isn’t important. Or is it? There is a saying in the business world that people are looking for 3 things: best price, best quality or best service. It is also a proven fact that you can only have 2 of the 3 at a time. Which 2 are you going to choose?
  • The installation process or building method is the next thing to compare. This can actually be broken down into a couple of categories: how they are going to build your project, what equipment they will use and what materials they will build with. They should have some standard building practices and construction details for how they build each type of project.   For example, are they digging out the patio by hand or do they have machinery they use for better efficiency? How deep are they going to dig? What kind of base material are they going to use? There is no need to be shy when asking questions about any of this. They should be able to explain it all in a way that you can understand – even if you’re not in the construction industry.
  • How long has each company been in business? Do they have the experience, manpower and skill needed to handle your project in a timely fashion? Are they professionally trained? Do they have a reputation for doing good work? These are all very good questions, and may be a little more difficult to find the answers to. Ask to see some of their work and for a list of past customers so that you can talk to some of them.
  • Do they stand behind their work? The paver and wall installation industry recommends that each contractor guarantee their work for at least 1 year. Watch out for the ones that have what we call a “Taillight Warranty”… one that lasts only as long as you can see their taillights as they drive away from your finished project.
  • Finally, can you communicate with them? This may seem like simple stuff, but don’t take it for granted. This question is multifaceted. First, can you physically call or email them and have them get back to you with answers to your questions in good time? And second, on a more personal note, do you understand each other? Basically, do they get it? Or are they after their own agenda? And do you understand the explanations they give you?

These are just some of the general topics to watch for. Each one has more detail that can be looked into and compared. Most likely each company is going to have their own way of doing things and they will not be or operate the same as the next one.

Your job is to sort through all of this, and come to a decision that you are comfortable with and can live with.

Inventory March 2014

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St. Johns Wart, Hypericum Varigated

Ladys Mantle Shade Perennials

Verdis Japanese Maple

Nandina Domestica, Dwarf

Conifer Topiaries

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Winter Landscape Maintenance

Landscape Maintenance PlanA few weeks ago, in our blog “Landscape Maintenance Tips to get your Lawn ready for Winter,” the landscaping experts at Urban Gardens outlined the benefits of fall landscape maintenance. A beautiful yard will not stay that way for long without regular maintenance, ranging from basic pruning to mulching and so much more. Unfortunately, many homeowners do not have the time to adequately maintain their landscape. People are pretty busy these days. There isn’t always time for watering, pruning, mulching, and fertilizing. So what do these homeowners do?


Winter Landscape Maintenance Plan from Urban Gardens


The ability to properly maintain a crisp, clean, landscape is a trademark of Urban Gardens residential landscaping maintenance programs. Our expert team will design a landscape maintenance plan that will keep your property looking its best all year long. Our landscape maintenance agreement secures a spot on our schedule at least bi-annually to keep your gardens beautiful and problem free.


Landscape maintenance services include:


  1. Seasonal landscape & garden clean-up
  2. Seasonal color displays (Annuals and Perennials)
  3. Tree, shrub & perennial pruning and fertilization Weed control programs
  4. Plant bed edging, mulching & weeding
  5. Outdoor Lighting service
  6. Pond and water feature service
  7. Deer control management
  8. Landscape & masonry restoration


If you’re interested in learning more about Winter Landscape Maintenance Plan, please contact Urban Gardens in Baltimore by calling (410) 833-4930 or visiting our website. You can also follow us onFacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle+Houzz, and Pinterest.


Urban Gardens – a unique, multidisciplinary landscape design/build firm and retail nursery serving the greater Baltimore area!

The Benefits of Fire Pits

Benefits of Fire Pits“Winter is coming.” You don’t have to be a Game of Thrones fan to know that much to be true. Fall is in full swing and the weather is quickly dropping. We have even seen a few snow flurries recently. Because of this, people everywhere are covering their patio furniture and heading indoors, neglecting their landscape until the weather warms. But why? Who said you can’t reap the benefits of your beautiful backyard throughout fall and winter?

The Benefits of Fire Pits: The Perfect Winter Addition to any Landscape

If you love the great outdoors, a fire pit could be the perfect addition to your backyard. Benefits include:

  1. Entertainment: Do you like hosting parties? Is your home the local hangout spot for friends and family? If so, you NEED a fire pit. It is the perfect way to extend your parties well into the night, providing both light and warmth.
  2. Roast those Marshmallows: Nothing beats gathering around an open fire and roasting some marshmallows. But it doesn’t stop there. Add a grill to your fire pit and you can cook just about anything over the open flame.
  3. Focal Point: A fire pit could be the focal point your landscape so desperately needs.
  4. Home Value: A professionally built fire pit can add to your home value, while also making your home easier to sell. That’s what we like to call a win-win.

Professional Hardscaping from Urban Gardens

From retaining walls, to patios and, of course, fire pits, Urban Gardens can execute every aspect of masonry and stonework in your landscape. We use only the finest materials, and work with the best crafted products proven in the outdoor industry.

If you’re interested in learning more about Landscaping & Real Estate, please contact Urban Gardens in Baltimore by calling (410) 833-4930 or visiting our website. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Houzz, and Pinterest.

Urban Gardens – a unique, multidisciplinary landscape design/build firm and retail nursery serving the greater Baltimore area!