Maintenance & Land Work

It’s Hot- Water your plants!

water canRead this, your plants will thank you!

 

 

 

 

  • 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 especially during the summer.  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. It is important to keep up with tree care. 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 by warming your patio for the winter.

  • 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.

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  • 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:

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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.

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.

 

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Landscape Maintenance Tips

Landscape Maintenance TipsThe temperature is dropping and it’s dropping fast. We have even started to see some snow flurries. Time is running out to get your lawn ready for winter. A few simple maintenance tasks can help make sure your lawn is healthy and ready for spring.


Landscape Maintenance Tips to get Your Lawn Ready for Winter


A beautifully landscaped home won’t stay that way for long without adequate landscape maintenance.


  1. Don’t Panic: First and foremost, don’t panic. Your lawn will naturally brown in the cold. As long as you take the following precautions, your lawn will be as green as ever come spring.
  2. Mow Your Lawn: Mow you lawn one last time before winter. This helps protect your grass. If you leave your lawn long, the grass could rot on top of itself, damaging your lawn.
  3. Trim Hedges, Trees, and Bushes: Pruning your hedges, trees and bushes, removing any decaying portions, will help ensure these plants look great come spring.
  4. Remove Debris: Just like long grass, removing leaves and other plant debris is important to the overall health of your lawn.
  5. Pre-Mulch: It is never too early to prep your spring landscape. Place about two inches of mulch in your flower beds. This will help protect your roots, helping your plants survive the harsh Maryland winter.
  6. Call Urban Gardens: From basic pruning to caring for specialty gardens, our landscape maintenance team will design a program that will keep your property looking its best all year long. We have the expertise to enhance and maintain any landscape.


Landscape Maintenance from Urban Gardens


Urban Gardens routine maintenance program ensures your property is properly cared for throughout the year. Our landscape maintenance agreement secures a spot on our schedule at least bi-annually to keep your gardens beautiful and problem free.


Our maintenance programs 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 Landscape Maintenance from Urban Gardens, please contact us by calling (410) 833-4930 or visiting our website.