How to Take Care of Your Trees All Year Long
Evergreen trees and shrubs are a staple in the Northeastern region, where they thrive in every season and continue offering bright green displays when most trees lose their leaves. While they are a hardy plant that thrives in the colder climates, they can be still be damaged due to damage and neglect.
DiSabatino Landscaping collected a few tips to keep your evergreens looking healthy all year round:
Consider Sun Exposure
Evergreen trees and shrubs prefer full exposure in the summer and more shade in the cooler months. You can offer both conditions by planting evergreens on the northern side of your property. Make sure the soil is well graded with drainage. Evergreens also prefer acidic soil.
Protect Your Plants
Winter winds and snow can cause havoc to your trees and shrubs. Before it turns too cold, have them staked and covered with burlap to provide added protection from high winds. Covering them before snow arrives will also offer extra support to the branches, helping prevent breakage.
Consider Anti-Desiccant Sprays
Done properly, anti-desiccant sprays provide a protective layer on the leaves that reduce transpiration of moisture. It also helps to minimize the effects of pollutants from deicers that encourage desiccation. Fertilizers such as Mycorrhizae, which contain helpful fungus, can help plants thrive.
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Resist the urge to remove snow. Although heavy snow fall and ice can weigh branches down to a point of almost snapping, they will gradually recover as temperatures warm up. It is more likely to cause damage, including breaking off needles and recent growth, if not done correctly.
Prune in early spring before buds begin to form. Evergreen shrubs tend to push new growth when they are pruned too late, leaving tender shoots exposed to drying winter winds. This will cause browning in the spring. You can prune the brown out, however, you would be pruning the season’s new growth.
Top Tips for Preserving Your Investment
You’ve finally gotten your yard to where you need it to be. The plants are flourishing, the flowers are blooming and your fledgling trees are finally tall enough for privacy. Now comes the hard part: keeping it that way.
DiSabatino‘s Premier Property Program was created in response to repeated requests from current clients looking for help with upkeep. Our design consultants help protect the beauty and value of your investment with services such as spring and fall clean up visits at the beginning and end of each season and temporary watering schedules for clients on vacation.
In addition, a professional landscape firm will be able to spot any issues with your lawn and treat it accordingly. A misdiagnosed disease or insect infestation won’t resolve the problem and can even end up affecting the plants and trees you spent so much time and money on. Professional landscapers recognize lawn and shrub issues that are native to the area and know the most effective ways to treat them.
Another benefit of using a property maintenance program? You won’t need to purchase expensive equipment that takes us garage space to treat your property on a seasonal basis.
Caring for your property is a year-round job. Let DiSabatino Landscaping’s Premier Property experts take care of it for you.
Time spent on a front porch or patio is always enjoyable, but time spent in a sunroom may be even nicer. Why? Because they can be used year-round, regardless of the weather.
A sunroom retreat offers protection from the elements, pesky bugs and glaring sun. It’s one of the nicest ways to enjoy your coffee in the morning or unwind with a cocktail in the evening. And it can also exponentially increase the value of your home.
Your sunroom can be used in a number of ways:
The most popular way to use your new sunroom is a place to host guests. From a large dining table to conversation chair seating, sunrooms add extra space that open to the outdoors. Extend your entertaining with a sunroom that helps bridge the gap between your home and backyard.
Working from home? As more than 35% of active job holders work remotely, extra space has become a priority. A sunroom allows you to have the privacy of your own home office while affording the best views of your home. Most sunrooms also offer sound proofing, so you don’t have to worry about your family or pets being overheard on business calls.
If you have young kids, you know that toys end up everywhere. A sunroom is a great spot to corral games and playthings. And since it’s one of the sunniest areas of your house, kids will naturally gravitate to playing in a bright space when the weather isn’t ideal for being outside.
Take advantage of the light coming through sunroom windows to get the perfect amount of sun for your plants. Even on cloudy days, a sunroom will be one the brightest spots in your home. Get the garden you’ve always wanted and the climate you’ve always needed by taking advantage of your all-season sunroom.
Do you enjoy reading, writing, crafting or knitting? A sunroom offers you an area to indulge your hobbies without being disturbed by other members of your home. It can also give you an extra landing area for storing supplies. Enjoy your hobbies uninterrupted in your own space.
Outdoor porches and screened-in decks were often used for extra sleeping areas in the summer, especially in the South. When you have guests visiting, you can use your sunroom as an extra bedroom. Pull-out couches or settees are great ways to host visiting family members for long weekends or holidays.
These are just a few options for utilizing your sunroom. Get started with DiSabatino Landscaping today to begin enjoying your space all year round!
In today’s world of home design, natural stone is one of the most popular and versatile building materials available. Its strength, beauty and classic appeal makes it a clear choice for an array of projects, from curving pathways to outdoor rooms.
Increase the beauty and utility of your home with natural stone. There are a number of ways to incorporate stone into your landscape:
Outdoor rooms have enjoyed a big surge in popularity. Their ability to extend entertaining and outdoor living has increasingly made them more appealing to homeowners. These rooms may include kitchens, bars, outdoor seating or entertaining areas. Whether you are looking for sleek and contemporary or warm and rustic, natural stone can be adapted for any outdoor room.
Decorative Walkways & Steps
It’s often the smallest touches that make the biggest impact. Natural stone steps and walkways are an ideal addition to any landscape. Their inherent durability makes them well-suited for well-traveled areas.
Natural stone pavers can be placed along curved paths just as easily as they can on straight walkways. They come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and colors. Stone’s overall style and adaptability gives designers the ability to create breathtaking designs.
Fire & Water Features
Stone is a natural choice for two of the most popular landscaping elements available: Fire and water features. Stone is an elegant and essential material for custom pool decks, spas and decorative fountains. Its durability and functionality gives it an advantage over concrete or artificial pavers.
For fall’s cooler evenings, stone can also be employed in fireplaces and fire pits. Its ability to sustain both hot and cold elements allows it to work well with every feature of your landscape.
Natural stone’s range of colors and sizes gives allows to be used as an accent or central building material. It can also be used in conjunction with materials such as brick, pavers and wood, blending seamlessly with each style. The options are truly endless.
Esposito Masonry has been creating custom stone projects for decades. Led by third-generation stonemason Vinny Esposito, they offer strength, beauty and longevity to elevate your home.
As the long summer days begin to dwindle and families head back from vacation, it’s time to give your property a fall refresh. There’s no better time to work on your yard, as the soil is easier to move and heavy spring rains aren’t flooding newly planted root systems.
If you have some extra time on your hands now that the kids are back in school, we have a few suggestions to upgrade your property:
Think Past Mums
While mums are one of fall’s prettiest and most popular plants, there are plenty of other options to try. Consider cool-season vegetables and greens such as cabbage, rainbow chard and ornamental grasses. The deep greens and purples of these plants pair well with fall’s trademark colors. Pansies, violas and black-eyed Susans can also add splashes of seasonal color.
Fire Pits and Fireplaces
Outdoor fires are one of the most iconic aspects of fall. Adding a fire pit or fireplace with comfortable seating extends outdoor entertaining all season long. They can be adapted to fit any size; and are one of the best ways to enjoy your backyard.
Composting is one of the most green and cost-effective ways to recycle your grass and leaf clippings. As the trees begin to shed, consider composting them instead of dumping them. You can also mow your lawn on a higher blade setting to simply cut the leaves up, helping protect the root systems.
Natural mulch needs to be replaced yearly, but rubber mulch can last for up to ten years. It’s a different look and may not be for every homeowner, but the maintenance is easier. Rubber mulch also costs more than natural, but since it lasts longer it can save you money over time.
Spring and summer are the biggest seasons for plant and shrub growth. Make sure you evaluate your home and trim back overgrown plants. Oakleaf and mophead hydrangeas are old wood varieties that should be cut back so they bloom again.
Need professional advice on what fall trends best work for your backyard, contact the landscaping experts at DiSabatino Landscaping.