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.

 See more winter landscape images 

Landscape Architecture and Small Spaces in DC

Landscape Architecture Month

To continue celebrating Landscape Architecure month, we’re posting some  excerpts  from  an  interview  Mark  did  with  reporter  Jay  Bildstein about  Landscape Architecture trends, designing roof top spaces, and how landscpae architecture can increase a home’s value, among other topics.  

Jay: If somebody from New York City, seeing you on television, seeing your work on HGTV on “Curb Appeal,”  if they said, “Mark you’re the genius, you know, you’re the guru. I want to fly you up to New York to design my very small 300 square foot terrace outside of my two bedroom apartment in Manhattan,” could you then with your experience dealing with these more confined spaces, get up there and say this is what we’re going to do, this is how we’re going to blend the look in, as well as the view from your building.

Mark: Oh most definitely. I worked on a similar type of space in Arlington, VA, which is a mile from Washington, DC. The space has incredible views to the National Mall, the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial from the balcony. It’s a very tight linear space, but in this case it was important to have every detail count. A lot of the plantings had to be put in large planters, so it was important for the pots, or planters, to have a one of a kind look. It’s also has two very different water features which are elements that make the space so distinct and unforgettable.   It’s very important in a small space to have everything be cohesive so there aren’t too many elements going on.

Jay: So let me ask you,  by having in an expert like yourself  involved, can homeowners beautify their home, and in beautifying their home, especially in a downturn real estate market, maybe increase the value of their home for a relatively modest investment and bring up the value of their home compared to let’s say homes in their neighborhood that haven’t been professionally landscaped? 

Mark: Oh, yes.  I’ve designed numerous gardens that have been featured in real estate brochures, showing that they’re considered part of the livig space; it’s particularly important in urban or city gardens to have these little oasises that serve as an extension of the house.  An escape into a quiet and relaxing intimate garden area .  It’s been proven a minimum of 10% and as much 15% of the house’s worth could be put into landscaping and you’ll definitely see the return on your investment.

Gardenwise on Winter Garden Repairs

Gardenwise On Winter Garden Activities 

The snows piles high,  frigid weather wraps stealthily around us, and your garden must sleep through the bombard- ment of winter.  

But our work is never done.  Here’s a short list of what you can do right now to repair show  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 further tearing of bark.  And remember to sharpen your tools before using!  Sharp tools make cutting easier and they’re 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.

 See more winter landscape images  

 

 

DC’s GardenWise, Inc. on HGTV’s CURB APPEAL

 

Look out for GardenWise‘s J. Mark White on HGTV’s “Curb Appeal” tomorrow!   This latest episode was great fun to shoot as Mark’s real life clients, Matt and Chris, are always a pleasure to work with.   Mark also had the chance to bring Matt to the GardenWise Studios to see the different types of flowers and plants that thrive in the Washington, D.C.-area, which is included in the episode. 

Mark created, designed, and installed all of the landscape, hardscape, stonework, garden accents, lighting, and custon ironwork featured in this episode of Curb Appeal.  GardenWise, Inc. also owns the rights to design work.  

Here’s an inside scoop — at the 11th hour, Mark had to reach out to Arlington, VA-based architect  Dwight McNeill, AIA, for assistance when the show’s designer just couldn’t come up with an acceptable  design.  Dwight quickly met with Chris and Matt and got to work.  He went over choices for the exterior  color palette, and  delivered  the  exact  combinations Matt and Chris  hoped to find, which are used in the episode.   Dwight didn’t receive credit on the show for his work, so we’re giving him a well  deserved  shout out for saving the day. 

For more of Dwight’s work, check out Better Homes & Gardens.     Another shout out to Furnari Iron Works, who did an amazing job in  bringing life to Mark’s iron work design. 

Below is the plan Mark designed and installed & some before/after pictures.  

  

 

Start 2010 with J. Mark White and HGTV!

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.   

D.C. Garden Winter Tips

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,   portfolio-winter_r1_c1so 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.   

GardenWise, Inc. D.C. Landscape Second August Episode of HGTV’s CURB APPEAL

GardenWise’s Second August Episode of CURB APPEAL

It’s a busy month for GardenWise as Mark is featured in his second episode of CURB APPEAL this month, airing on HGTV on Saturday, August 15th at 7PM. 

In this program, Mark creates a more classic look for homeowners Matt and Chris who wanted to put their own stamp on their home with a more open and welcoming approach.  Mark replaced the dated and uninspired entrance with a bold and broad open staircase that leads directly to the front door.  By adding a small landing at the top of the first staircase, Chris and Matt were able to add a bench to create an intimate and gracious seating area.  

The staircase continues to a new front door, and a new flagstone porch and stair treads that are highlighted by a decorative wrought iron  railing.   Furnari Iron Works did an excellent job bringing life to Mark’s iron work design which adds sophistication and elegance to the home.  Mark also created a shade garden, that includes a lot of woodland planting.  Other design elements include additional hardscape features and new retaining walls, additional landscaping, flanking piers, and new decorative lighting.

This episode was great fun to shoot as Mark’s real life clients Matt and Chris are a pleasure to work with, and Mark had the chance to bring Matt to his own home to see the different types of flowers and plants that thrive in the Washington, D.C.-area.  If you look closely, you’ll see a souvenir Mark picked up from an earlier trip to Greece — a cast!   Mark injured his foot in a motorcycle accident, and this episode was shot a few weeks after his surgery.  

Here’s an inside scoop for this episode — Mark reached out to popular Washington, D.C.-area architect Dwight McNeill, AIA, who met with the homeowners to go over choices for the exterior color palette.  Dwight’s taste is unmatched,  and  he saved the day by giving Chris and Matt the exact color combinations they hoped to find, which were used in the episode.  To see more of Dwight’s work, check out this  feature  story  from  Better Homes & Gardens   http://morris-day.com/publications/SavedByGrace-BetterHomes.pdf and his web site, http://dwightmcneill.com/ 

Below is the GardenWise, Inc. plan for the Curb Appeal of it all, as well as before and after pictures.   

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