How Green is Your GardenWise

GardenWise on “Green” Garden Projects  

When a gardener asks,  “How can I make my garden ‘green’?”  The journey has  begun.  A thoughtful understanding that an outside space can have a positive impact on the environment is the first step to a green garden makeover.   An exciting weekend project that will bring immediate and amazing results is to reduce your lawn area by at least half. 

Substituting lawn areas with ground covers will provide beautiful colors and textures to your garden spaces.  Ground covers  retain moisture in the soil,  help prevent erosion, and  require significantly less water than grass, which will make your garden space eco-friendly.   Creeping thymes and Creeping Jenny are good choices for sunny spots, and  for shadier areas,  tiny creeping mints such as Mentha requienii will work well.  Some nice low-water  choices include Trailing Yellow Dalea and Trailing lantana. 

By adding some stone elements and pourous pavers into your plan, your garden space will come alive with wonderful garden paths that will add new dimensions to your garden spaces.  

The Snow’s a Big Mean &#*!

GardenWise on Winter Garden Repairs

As the snows piles high, frigid weather  wraps  stealthily around us, and your gardens must  sleep  through  the bombardment of winter. But our work is never done.  As more snow  storms approach many areas, here’s a short list of what you can do right  now  to  repair  snow  damaged gardens and  prepare your  garden  for the  post-winter months:

• After wet snow or high wind, check for broken branches and cut them off to prevent the further tearing  of  bark. And remember to sharpen your tools before using!  Sharp tools make  cutting  easier  and they are less apt to tear at the at the bark when cuts are made. 

• If possible, drain any garden puddles that stand more than a few hours. Do not walk on garden soil when soggy, and  avoid walking on water-saturated lawns. 

• Check mulch for disturbance by squirrels & birds, and repair as needed.

 Make notes of possible garden improvements, additions, or even deletions as you walk around the garden.  Contemplate what you will need for these improvements and make a schedule for the spring.

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Gardening in the Months of Spring

March Gardening Tips

As the warmer weather approaches and we find outselves leaving the house without a wool cap and gloves, here are some March gardening tips for Mid-Atlantic gardeners.  Even on this rainy day you can start making plans for your March garden work, incuding bulb planting.  Pictured are Narcissus bulbs I’m preparing to plant.

 * Once the soil warms and dries plant summer bulbs

 * Hardy annuals can go out even if we’re expect another frost 
 
 * Plant shrubs when the ground warms — it’s a good time to transplant trees and shrubs that are currently in your landscape
 
 
 * Apply fertilizer to woody plants even though they are still dormant
 * Prune roses before the buds break

 * Prune broken branches from trees and shrubs

 
 

 

Home & Design Magazine Article ‘A Modern Landscape’

Home & Design Magazine Article ‘A Modern Landscape’

When J. Mark White of GardenWise was called in to restore the garden of a 1920s Colonial Revival, he was already familiar with the property, having previously landscaped the front and back yards. After fire struck the Cleveland Park home, the owners turned to the landscape architect for a redo.