Landscapes & Plantings

Landscape for a Cause

Join us for a night filled with friends, fun, and lots of fundraising as we step up to support Dr. Alfredo Quionones and his team in their fight against brain cancer.  This is going to be a great event and we’d love to see you there! Enjoy a great dinner at Ruth’s Chris and have fun bidding to raise money for BRAIN CANCER RESEARCH! What could be better! Urban Gardens will have a BIG surprise in the live auction… don’t miss it!vday_poster_8-5x11 (1)

It’s Hot- Water your plants!

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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.

A Beautiful Landscape can add 20% to Home Value

Landscaping and Real EstateWhen it comes to real estate, first impressions play a big role. Did you know it takes the average homebuyer just 30 seconds to form an opinion about a home? This means that curb appeal means everything. Okay, not everything. The interior of your home still matters, but a potential homebuyer won’t even set foot inside your home if the exterior is not up to their standards. So, what is the best way to improve your home’s curb appeal?

Landscaping & Real Estate: A Beautiful Landscape can add 20% to Home Value

That’s right, not only will professional landscaping help you sell your home, but improving the curb appeal of your home could increase its value by as much as 15-20%. That’s what we like to call a win-win. This is why the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recommends you invest 10% of your home’s value in landscaping. The return on investment (ROI) makes it well worth it.

Hiring a Professional Landscaper

World renowned home improvement specialist Bob Vila recommends hiring a licensed and certified professional, like Urban Gardens. We are a unique, multidisciplinary landscape design/build firm and retail nursery serving the greater Baltimore area. We also hold several certifications and affiliations, including:

  1. Maryland Home Improvement Contractor #51725
  2. Certified Professional Horticulturalists
  3. MD Certified Pesticide Applicators
  4. NCMA, CSRWI Certified Installers
  5. ICPI Level 1 Certified Installers
  6. MDE Green Card Certified for Erosion Control
  7. PLANET members

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.

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

Winter Landscaping Tips

Winter Landscaping TipsIt’s starting to get colder outside and winter is just around the corner. One thing that most people neglect during the winter is their landscaping. Just because it is cold outside and snow is coming does not mean your landscaping doesn’t still need some TLC throughout the wintertime. Check out some maintenance tips from Urban Garden to keep all of that hard work preserved and ready for next spring!

Lawn – To liven your lawn back up at the end of winter, lightly spread some nitrogen fertilizer. All of those cold winter freezes can leave your grass brown and lack luster. Speaking of freezes, make sure to stay off of your grass as much as possible when it’s frozen. You should also make sure that any defrosting agent for your pavement that may eventually touch the grass is not salt based. Try something like sand instead.

Trees and Shrubs – If rain or snow is lacking in the late fall/early winter months, make sure you give your evergreens enough water to keep them ever green. Wrap any trees that may receive rodent damage to make sure that they make it through the winter. When the cold weather starts to ease a little bit, prune trees down. There is no better time to prune that at the end of winter.

Garden – Go through your bulbs and get rid of the ones that are soft or rotten and make sure that your plot is ready for spring. Get a head start on ordering seeds for the spring and planning your garden in your head so you’ll be ready to plant when the season begins.

Another great idea for winter is to start planning out what kind of landscaping you’re interested in for the spring. There is no bad time to start discussing ideas with Urban Gardens and getting a head start on your spring/summer landscaping!

If you’re interested in learning more about Landscaping Tips for Winter, please contact Urban Gardens in Baltimore by calling (410) 833-4930 or visiting our website.

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

DIY Landscaping vs. Professional Landscape Design

Professional Landscape DesignDo-it-yourselfers are leading a revolution. After all, you can learn how to do anything on the Internet, from cooking to mechanics to carpentry and so much more. There are articles you can read, videos you can watch, and detailed instructions on how to do just about anything. So why wouldn’t you opt to go the DIY route over hiring a professional? It’s cheaper and more rewarding, right? Well, not always. This is especially not true when talking about landscaping.

DIY Landscaping vs. Professional Landscape Design

Reading all of the how-to books in the world cannot make up for experience, knowledge, and an artistic flair. These are all qualities that professional landscapers possess. As we have said before, landscaping is so much more than simply placing plants, flowers, trees and shrubs throughout a yard. Proper landscaping takes knowledge, a good creative eye, and, most importantly, proper planning. This last part is where many DIYers come up short – planning.

Benefits of Professional Landscape Design

  1. Planning: When it comes to your landscape, you want the final product to look like one yard, not a collection of disjointed projects. This is why planning is so important. You need to have a plan before planting the very first flower. While many DIYers focus on only one aspect of their landscape at a time, a professional landscape designer will help you look at the bigger picture and make sure every aspect of your landscape flows together.
  2. Knowledge: A professional landscaper knows which plants go best together and which plants thrive in your climate. Do you?
  3. Execution: Not only does a professional landscaper know how to design a landscape, not only do they know what plants work well together, but they also know how to execute a landscape.
  4. And More!

Professional Landscape Design from Urban Gardens

Landscape design establishes a framework to guide development and begins with a collaboration of ideas and concepts. The landscape designers at Urban Gardens will discuss your project with you in order to determine how best to achieve your vision and determine your project budget, scope and other details.

If you’re interested in learning more about Professional Landscape Design, please contact Urban Gardens in Baltimore by calling (410) 833-4930 or visiting our website.

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

The Benefits of Professional Landscape Maintenance

Professional Landscape Maintenance

Getting professional landscaping is a no-brainer for some people. Having a professional do your landscaping is easier than doing it yourself. There is also a better chance that your space will look good if you have someone who knows what they’re doing complete your yard or patio. However, once a space is landscaped, most people don’t consider contacting their landscaping company to help with routine maintenance. Chances are that if you haven’t had years of training and landscaping experience, you’re not going to know exactly how to take care of all the different types of plants that are now in your yard. Check out some benefits of professional landscaping maintenance.

Maintaining the landscape – People are pretty busy these days. There isn’t always time for watering, pruning, and fertilizing. A landscaper can do all of these things when they need to be done, and can also make sure that all of your landscaping needs are up to snuff and taken care of. A landscaping maintenance company can be especially helpful in finding and eradicating pests from your yard.

Increase your property value – When landscaping work goes unmaintained, it detracts from the overall appearance and value of your home. You may not be worried about resale value right now, but it is better advised to maintain the landscaping you’ve already had done, rather than needing to start all over again right before selling your home. This could be incredibly costly in both time and money. A professional landscaping maintenance company can help you keep the resale value of your house what it should be.

Keeping the integrity of the landscape – By hiring a professional, you are ensuring that the landscaping is maintained well. It is just as possible to over water, over fertilize, and over aerate as it is to under do all of these things. A professional landscaper will know exactly what needs to be done and how much to do without hurting the integrity of your landscape.

Don’t leave your landscaping maintenance up to chance. Hire a landscaper to come out and maintain all of the hard work and effort that has already been put into making your space nice and livable.

If you’re interested in learning more about The Benefits of Professional Landscaping Maintenance, please contact Urban Gardens in Baltimore by calling (410) 833-4930 or visiting our website. We work throughout the greater Baltimore metropolitan area: Baltimore County, Carroll County, and Baltimore City. We service clients in a 25 mile radius from our nursery facility at 4405 Butler Road in Reisterstown, Maryland 21136.