Transitioning from Indoor to Outdoor Living is GardenWise!
Ease of movement and flow are essential when connecting your indoor and outdoor spaces. This can easily be achieved, especially in an older home, with a few inexpensive additions. Changing a door style from solid to french, and adding a few wooden stairs, will create the connection between the two spaces. Create areas in your outdoor space for entertaining, as well quiet conversation.
Here are before and after pics of a project we designed and installed in Georgetown, featured in Home & Design, that shows how a bare space can be transformed into a zen and beautiful outdoor getaway. The transformation of the interior is amazing.
By adding an arbor and a table and chairs, you’ll create an intimate sitting area and a gathering spot for friends & family. A water feature as a focal point by using an urn in a bed of decorative stones will add a couple of visuals while lending the wonderful soothing sounds of water. Strategically placed potted plants with bursts of color and texture will soften the space while lending to an oasis quality. A garden space with plantings and trees can nicely frame and enclose a space while blocking views to a neighbors yard or an alley.
GardenWise on Winter Plant Rooms
When you bring your plants inside this year, which you should do with all containers and pots, remember that you can actually save money on fuel costs by turning down the heat in a room set aside for winterizing plants.
Plants will flourish in bright rooms with nighttime temps as low as 60 degrees. Reduce watering — do not fertilize — and group pots together to raise levels of humidity. Keep your plants away from heat registers; overheated rooms will stress plants, lower the level of humidity, and increase pest problems.
Your plants will stay safe and healthy, and you’ll save a few dollars along the way! But even if you don’t create a plant room, bring your plants inside during the winter season because they will die if you don’t bring ’em in. Plants are like old friends, and there’s nothing better than having some old friends come back to the garden each year.
Pick ’em Up!
It’s really important to remove the leaves from your lawn — if they’re left on the ground they’ll deprive your lawn of important sunlight and rain that’s going to help it through the winter months. A reader mentioned mowing them, which is a great idea. Just be sure to get them up! Also, if leaves are left on the ground, they could lead to mold problems when water gets trapped which can lead to pest problems. This happened when my neighbor neglected to take care of their basics last year. It’s not cool, so be a good neighbor and pick ’em up!
Don’t be a procrastinator! It’s important to get the leaves off the ground in a timely manner and to mow your lawn until the first frost. This will keep the grass strong and healthy. Be sure to remove leaves from your deck — leaves that accumulate on decks can lead to algae, mildew and mold, plus cause the wood to rot.
And remember, leaves do not just fall on your lawn and deck — they fall in your gutters! Clean your gutters every month. Clean gutters will save you from experiencing serious problems with water around your house whether it be landscaping erosion, water in your basement or damage to wood around your roof. But be careful on that ladder, and work in pairs to be sure you don’t have any ladder accidents.
Help Your Garden Survive Winter
As cold fronts start to roll through, don’t turn your back on your garden! Our gardens are to be used and enjoyed year round, and you can take pleasure in your landscape and its healthy plants and various bright colors during all parts of the year.
Colder weather causes the water inside the plant to freeze, which ruptures cell walls and causes the plants to die. When this happens, it’s too late to save your plant. The trick is to stop the freezing of your plants before it starts, no matter what kind of plants you have.
The most important thing you can do to give your plants the best chance of making it through a cold snap is to mulch your garden now. Mulching will allow for moisture to be held in the plant’s roots while protecting and insulating the root system from sudden changes and bursts of cold weather.
An added bonus? The mulch will decompose and add vital nutirients to the soil, feeding your plants during the winter.