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Urban Landscaping

When landscaping in an urban environment there are more than a few stresses you have to deal with. Including compacted soils, this offers less oxygen, water and nutrients. As well as native soil, this has low fertility.

Buried trash effects the PH levels in the soil. Salt run off is toxic for plant roots.  As you can see, most urban stresses are related to soils.

When doing your own urban landscaping you need to consider not just installation, but maintenance. But don’t worry, it’s not all bad news for city landscaping. There are a variety of opportunities that are unique to urban landscaping including big open spaces, free from utilities, large mature trees and acidic soils.

One top for urban landscaping is use compost and topsoil. Give your plants a fighting chance. For something unique consider planting okra, which is part of the hibiscus family and does well in most soils.

You can find everything you need at Landscape Supply of Utah.

Picking the Correct Plants for your Landscaping

Evergreens planted around the edges of the yard give yard round privacy and create a beautiful backdrop.

Pay attention to the plants habits. Plants grow in different shapes and sizes combining habits makes your hard look more appealing.

Repeating plant shapes helps build the theme of your yard. Vary colors as much as you want.

Adding ground cover reduces weeds and creates a blanket of color. This makes landscapes look more interesting.

Including a structure like a pergola or retaining wall compliments the gardens style. A Greek carding includes more than just plants.

Choosing plants that look great in various section is the key to have a beautiful yard year round.

Fall Landscaping- How to prepare

To protect your curb appeal there are a few fall chores that need to be done before the ground freezes.

Fall is an important time for mulching almost more important than spring mulching. The mulch helps protect the roots from front as well as provide moisture retention during wint.er

2 to 3 inches around your trees and shrubs is recommended. Us only high quality mulch, the cheaper and free mulch is full of weed seeds, disease spores and a combination of woods. You could do more harm than good with mulch like that.

Fall isn’t for pruning. Pruning encourages growth. This is the time for plants to go dormant. But fall is the time to clean up the yard. Remove dead annuals, dead head blooms, grasses and perennials.

Wrap your delicate shrubs, so the harsh winter weather doesn’t damage them.

Remember, early fall before the ground freezes is the perfect time to plant new tree and shrubs.

Fall Landscaping DIY Checklist

Fall is the time to prep your landscaping for the growing season. Above ground growing slows, but this is prime time to develop strong roots.

  • Aerate the lawn- this helps nutrients reach the roots
    • LSU Tip- On small lawns a garden fork can do the job
  • Plant New Shrubs- this gives the plant a head start on establishing roots
  • Trim dead branches- dead branches become a danger in the snow and wind
  • Cut Back Perennials- Take out annuals
    • Be Sure to get rid of the snails and slugs that eat the annuals
  • Trim the foliage to the ground to stimulate the roots for next season
  • Mulch Plants- Do this after a light front, but before the ground freezes. This keeps plants warm and controls water runoff and erosion.

 

To get strong roots use products  provided by Landscape Supply of Utah.

Callistemon “Scarlet torch’

This drought tolerant variety has the largest bright red flowers and is irresistible to hummingbirds. It blooms from late spring through summer. This easy care shrub has gray-green foliage and makes a fantatic hedge or pruned as a small tree. This is perfect for smaller landscapes.

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How to use Bark Mulch

Mulch has many benefits and adds a lot to your landscape, but if you’re not careful, mulch can also hurt your landscape.

Be sure not to pile the mulch too far up a tree. The standard is no more than 3-5 inches thick. The mound of mulch keeps the bark of the tree moist which promotes insect and disease. Ideally mulch is applied evenly around the base of the tree. It should be flat and pulled several inches away from the base of the tree.

Mulch is a great way to suppress weeds and help retain moisture. But putting too thick of mulch can be a hot bed for insect and rodents that nibble on the tree bark.

Course mulch doesn’t pack closely together and can get windblown seeds in it. It’s less effective at suppressing weed and you smaller plants looked dwarfed next to the course mulch.

Mulch is very useful and adds a lot ascetically to your landscape. If it’s used correctly.

How to Properly Water Your Plants

Just as too much water is bed for us, the same is true for our plants.

There is no hard and fast rule when its comes to watering plants. There are a lot of variable, type of plant, soil, weather, time of year.

Watering slowly is the most effective, watering too quickly or too much all at once leaves the roots at the core of the plant dry. The key is to ensure the water gets to the roots.

Check the soil with our finger, focus on the root zone, it’s the roots that need the water, not the leaves. Be sure to water only when needed. Too little water is as damaging as too much water.

Using mulch helps reduce run off and slows evaporation. By keeping the ground temperature down, you reduce the amount of water needed for the plants.

We have educated landscape designers that can help answer your plant watering needs.

Benefits of a Landcape Design

Create a place where you want to live, work, play and strive. Trained and educated landscape designers work to enhance and compliment your space that is not only beautiful but provides real benefits.

Cheung Landscape Design

We can create a space where you want to spend more time. Using our expertise we will select plants that meet your wants and needs, as well as contribute to the overall environmental quality of your home. Stabilizing soils, mitigating noise, Etc.

A well designed landscape can cut your energy costs dramatically. You also add value to your home by

 

providing a great and enticing landscape.

We listen to your desires and design for you. Specific to your concept to help you create the yard you have always wanted. A professional landscape design helps tie the property together and present you home and style to the world.

Whether you plan to install yourself or want help, a landscape design is a great place to start. Let us get your dream yard underway!

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Simple Fall Landscaping Tips

Yards have four distinct seasons. Of these, fall is a time when yards wind down and prepare for winter, but it doesn’t mean yards can’t offer abundant bursts of beauty year-round. Fall features stunning shades of oranges, gold, yellows and reds. Autumn is also when leaves turn brilliant tings of gold, crimson and orange. Additionally, gardens are abundant with vegetables and fruit trees are heavily bearing loads of apples, peaches, pears and plums. There are several ways homeowners can prepare for fall’s beautiful season. Tips include:

  • Trees – When planting trees, homeowners should consider what they would look like in the fall and winter. The following trees turn stunning shades of gold in the fall: ash, birch, beech, ginko, butternut, honey locust, hickory, sugar maple, linden, pecan, tulip trees, poplar and walnut. Red shades include hawthorne, dogwood, red maple, sophora, scarlet oak, sweet gum and sourwood. Orange shades include Ohio buckthorn, yellowwood and paperback maple. Consider adding shrubs that offer colorful berries, which include hawthorn, dogwood, holly, Russian olive, flowering crab, golden rain tree, sourwood and mountain ash.
  • Perennial Flowers – Perennial flowers return annually. Flowers that look stunning in the autumn months include turtlehead, aster, Joe Pye weed, chrysanthemum, helenium, sedum and helianthus. Utah Landscaping Supplies’ specialists offer expertise in helping homeowners select plants that thrive in their specific growing areas and climates.
  • Color Boost – Bursts of autumn asters, chrysanthemums and pansies look especially good in container gardens.
  • Vegetation – Homeowners should never underestimate the dual purpose of vegetables. Many vegetables offer a stunning array of autumn colors, including kales and cabbages.
  • Landscape – Adding touches of fall gourds and pumpkins not only gives gardens an instant color-boost, but they also look attractive as entryway décor. Corn stalks can be harvested for a more playful touch, looking especially charming near mailboxes and front doors.
  • Spring Bulbs – Fall is when avid gardeners begin to order their springtime bulbs. Many bulbs, such as tulips, daffodils, spring crocuses, etc., require October planting schedules. A great way to incorporate multi-season blooms is to plant bulbs in the same hole as chrysanthemums. In the spring, when chrysanthemums are dormant the bulbs will bloom and in the fall when bulbs are dormant, chrysanthemums will take their place.

Utah Landscaping Supplies offers a wide selection of do-it-yourself landscaping supplies for avid Utah gardeners. They offer landscaping rocks in Utah, Salt Lake City bark, Salt Lake City sand, Utah compost, Utah landscape gravel, water features Utah and many more Utah landscaping supplies.

Top Gardening Trends

Summer is in full swing and there are a number of gardening trends that homeowners are incorporating into their Salt Lake City landscaping. These trends include:

  • Fragrance – Instead of focusing on flowers that do not have a scent, consider creating landscape themes that are abundant and rich with beautiful scents, including jasmines, lavender and roses.
  • Variegation – While blooms are seasonal, evergreen variegated foliage will help keep a yard looking stunning long into fall and winter. Consider opting for variegated leaves that add powerful punches of green hues.
  • Bulbs – Bulbs require planting in the fall, but many places will soon be accepting orders later this month. Bulbs are among the first blooms in the spring, adding a welcoming touch of color to any yard.
  • Edibles – More homeowners are turning to landscaping that offers dual benefits. Consider adding touches of perennial herbs, such as thyme, lavender, oregano, chives and even Bright Lights Swiss chard or kale. Not only are these plants edible, they offer brilliant shades of spectacular colors.
  • Old Fashioned Styles – Many people are embracing the return of yesteryear, opting for nostalgic plants such as hydrangeas, Russian sage, lavender, impatiens, moonflower and celosia.
  • Animals – Consider planting plants and flowers that attract bees, butterflies and birds. Not only do these insects and animals offer pops of attractive color, but also they offer numerous benefits for plants and for the environment.
  • Permeable Pavers – The latest pavers allow water to percolate through the surface, which in turn reduces unwanted runoff. These pavers are extremely attractive and functional, elevating any yard to an upscale design.
  • Eat – Consider opting for bushes that are also edible, such as the thornless raspberry or thornless blackberry. Many berry shrubs and bushes come in dwarf sizes, which makes them ideal for any size of yard or even for patio gardening.
  • Hanging Baskets – This year is about embracing large, overflowing blooms. Consider placing hanging baskets on a stake for added dimension to gardens or simply hang them from a deck or patio.
  • Chickens and Gardening – More people are embracing having a homestead, which includes a natural approach to living. Whether it’s growing their own gardens, raising their own chickens or simply choosing green-friendly native plants, this concept is rapidly growing in the hearts of American towns everywhere.

Landscape Supply of Utah features Utah shrubs, Utah landscaping and even Salt Lake City snow removal. They have a wide assortment of bark mulch, topsoil, sand, decorative gravel, cobblestone, boulders, flagstone, feature elements and even a nursery. Their expert design team is available to help assist homeowners with a unique, functional design that meets their everyday needs.