Water Features and Fountains Will Rock Your GardenWise

Water Fountains Make an Impact

It’s the second day of spring, and I’m thinking about water features!  There’s nothing more inspiring than a well designed water feature blended into the natural environment to transform  your   garden  into  a  destination.  Let’s  revisit an informative  LOWE’s story by Jake Fowler  from  last  year on water feature – water fountain trends that continue with full force into 2011.    

   

Leaf Removal Prevents Home and Garden Damage

Here a Leaf, There a Leaf 

Don’t be a procrastinator!  As we journey further into Fall, it’s important to get the leaves off the ground quickly and to mow your lawn until the first frost.  This will keep the grass strong and healthy.  If leaves aren’t removed and remain on your lawn as they fell, they’ll  deprive your lawn of important sunlight and rain that will help it stay healthy through the winter months. Also, if leaves are left on the ground, it will lead to mold and pest problems (mice, rats, etc.) because the water will get trapped in the lawn.

And be sure to remove leaves from your deck — leaves that accumulate on decks can lead to algae, mildew and mold, which will cause the wood to rot.  

And keep in mind, 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.   

Mark White is GardenWise!

Congratulations to Our Own J. Mark White!

The Hill Rag has named  Mark a  top  landscape architect on Capitol Hill  for “setting the standard for  good  landscape  architecture and design     on Capitol Hill” in their   “Homes  &  Gardens” special isssue.  You can read the story here.

Mark’s been thinking of  landscape architecture for  as  long  as  he  can remember!   He built retaining walls for Boy Scout projects;  created master garden plans while in middle school; and in high school he landscaped his Mom and Dad’s home in the Court House area of Northern Virginia.  Mark  earned his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) from Virginia Tech, and started GardenWise in 1994.   

In this blog post are pictures of both Capitol Hill gardens featured in The Hill Rag; one is a quiet and relaxing rooftop getaway, while the second is a street level garden space; both have water features and numerous intimate seating areas.  For those who enjoy before and after pictures, here’s a before and after of the street level gardens space — a nice transformation. 

Gardenwise on Leaf Removal

Leaves, Leaves, Everywhere!

It’s really important to remove the leaves from your lawn — if they’re left there they’ll  deprive your lawn of important sunlight and rain that’s going to help it through the winter months. Also, if leaves are left on the ground, they could lead to mold problems and even pest problems (yes! mice, etc.) because the water will get trapped in the lawn.

Don’t be a procrastinator!  It’s important to get the leaves off the ground quickly and to 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. 

Getting Ready for 2011          in 2010, DC Style!

A new GardenWise project in DC, pictured left, includes a new front entrance that is under construction. Improvements include new stone entry walk, and a front porch with surrounding seat wall.  An array of new plantings will include evergreens for year round interest, and  a variety of perennials and ground covers that will provide texture and variety for seasonal interest.