It’s that time of year again; time for your garden to lie under the covers with its eyes shut tight. While the snows piles high and frigid weather wraps stealthily around us, your garden must sleep through the bombardment of December, January and February.
But our work is never done! Here’s a short list of what you can do right now to prepare your garden for the post-winter months:
• Make mental 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.
• After wet snow or high wind, check for broken branches and cut them off to prevent further tearing of bark.
• 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. Repair as needed.
See more winter landscape images in the GardenWise Portifolio
I received my Plant Cam as a Christmas gift, can’t wait to set it up!
Mark is a feature story in both Landscape Hardscape Design Build and Turf magazines, and talks 2010 garden trends with reporter Marcia Duffy.
Including environmentally friendly stone and hardscape options.
GardenWise, Inc. has been moving forward with “green” trends for several years, and Mark was pleased to share some easy to follow tips and ideas for home- owners across the U.S. who plan to go green with their next landscape/garden project.
All pictures featured in the story are of Mark’s landscape design work in Bethesda, Maryland; Alexandria, Virginia; and in Arlington, Virginia; and were photographed by Lydia Cutter.
Start 2010 with GardenWise, Inc. on HGTV’s signature program, Curb Appeal, on January 3 at 8AM. Watch as Mark’s exclusive for HGTV landscape, hardscape, stonework, lighting, and iron work designs transform this outdated Washington, D.C. home. Be sure to keep an eye out for the beautiful iron work Mark designed that sets this home apart from all others in this Capitol Hill neighborhood. GardenWise owns the rights to all of the design work in this episode, so feel free to ask Mark about his work from this or other episodes he appears in on HGTV.
It’s important for garden lovers to prepare their flowers, trees, shrubs, and other plants for winter. To prepare for spring and summer blooming season next year, do some of the heavy lifting now!
Many plants can be vulnerable to our chilly and snowy winter season, so take the necessary steps to protect them to ensure a healthy spring and summer blooming season next year. It’s important to carefully look at the various trees, shrubs, bushes, flowers and other plants that make up your landscape to determine the care they will need.
The feeding, fertilization, watering and care of each plant will vary, so it’s important to give each plant what it needs now to prepare for winter. Some plants will need to be pruned to create even borders in the snow, while others will need a healthy dose of fertilization to survive the winter.
Proper fall preparation can lessen the work necessary in the spring, and will cut down on the cost considerably. It can also make your garden a year-round source of inspiration.
A Design Team Transforms a Georgetown Rowhouse
By Catherine Applefeld Olson | Photography by Erik Johnson
Home & Design features Landscape Architect J. Mark White of GardenWise, Inc. who transformed the previously ignored Georgetwon space into a Zen garden, another bridge to Morris’s fascination with the East and an extension of the home’s interior. She enjoys meals at a table under a bamboo-topped pergola, which canopies a mother-of-pearl lantern, while an oversized ceramic vase turned into a gurgling fountain encourages visitors to just sit and relax. White also combined plants typical of the traditional English garden – such as the climbing rose on the arbor – with elements of the Japanese style garden, including the pergola made of stone and cedar and topped with bamboo.
HOME & DESIGN Story Link http://bit.ly/jp3Lx
D.C. Garden Design & GardenWise, Inc.
WJLA’s NEWSCHANNEL8 featured J. Mark White of GardenWise, Inc. as a lead guest on their signature program, Let’s Talk Live, to discuss Washington, D.C., Garden Design, and great tips for getting gardens ready for different seasons. Mark gave easy to follow tips on how to make the most of your outside spaces with program hosts Doug McKelway and Natasha Barrett. Mark also shared some “behind the scene” secrets with Natasha from his episodes of HGTV’s “Curb Appeal” that were filmed on location in Washington DC.