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Employee Spotlight: Ryan Grady

Ryan Grady has been working as a Sales & Design Consultant for DiSabatino Landscaping since June of 2022. A native of West Chester, he joined the team after returning to the area he grew up in.

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Ryan attended Unionville High School in Chadds Ford before graduating from Virginia Tech with a degree in Agribusiness Management. While in school, he began interning at Outside Unlimited. He took a full-time position as a landscaper there after graduating college.

After working at Outside Unlimited, he began working as a foreman for Rupert Landscaping before deciding to move south to Miami, Florida, where he explored real estate development opportunities.

Ryan joined DiSabatino Landscaping after moving back to his hometown. “I’m enjoying working with everyone at DiSabatino and I look forward to establishing roots here,” he says. “It’s been a great experience getting to know the DiSabatino family and clientele.”

Chris has a sister and parents who live in West Chester. He enjoys spending time outdoors, working out and watching sports, especially his favorite team, the Virginia Tech Hokies.

Tips for Restoring Walkways and Walls

Flagstone walkways, patios and steps often withstand the elements longer than wood or composite PVC, but they still require care and maintenance. Over the years, repeated freezing and thawing in the Northeast can cause mortar to crack. These hairline cracks are easy to fix, but when they are left unattended for long periods of time, they can cause issues down the road.

If you have moved into a new home with crumbling stonework, left your stone repairs alone or inherited a problem from a previous owner, it may be time for a professional restoration.

Before you begin, there are a few things to consider that will make the project run more smoothly:

Evaluate Your Home

This is the ideal time to reassess the rest of your property. Do the walkways need to be widened? Would you like a bigger front porch? To increase curb appeal, consider changing your driveway from asphalt to stone. Or you might add a retaining wall. Consider working with a designer to see all the possibilities for your home.

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Do the Research

Obtain estimates from professional stone masonry firms with solid reputations. Stonework is an artisan’s profession that requires years of experience. Make sure the firm you choose has a portfolio of prior work and an experienced stonemason on their team. It will save you from costly repairs and headaches down the road. 

Consider New Developments

Landscape design has recently experienced several new innovations and advancements in the field. These processes can streamline installation and new materials can decrease costs in certain areas. For example, stamped concrete is a relatively new, less expensive option that can be customized for any area of your backyard.

Explore Different Styles

Stone comes in a wide variety of colors, shapes and sizes. While slate flagstone is one of the most popular options; travertine, quartzite and limestone are also frequently used. You could also consider different cuts of flagstone, such as thin, patio grade or tumbled. Stone can also be accentuated with other materials, including brick walls, PVC posts or granite tops. And the colors to choose from are endless.

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Prep Your Yard

Remove any old plants you won’t be keeping during the renovation work. Put away yard tools, old piles and other debris that will get in the way of workers. If the yard has enough room, consider a designated area for all materials to be dropped while work is being done. Also prepare your family for the timeline for work to be finished, factoring in delays due to weather.

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Keeping Your landscaping Healthy While on Vacation

Top Tips to Keep Your Plants Healthy When You’re Away

August is one of the busiest months for travel, which means many of us will be leaving our homes for extended periods of time. The last full month of summer is also one of the hottest, with direct sunlight beating down on your new flower garden all day long.

If you’re worried about how to keep your flowers and shrubs alive when you’re gone, there are a few tricks from the landscaping experts at DiSabatino Landscaping on optimal plant survival:

Water Rope Wicking

Take a bucket and cut a piece of clothesline that’s long enough to reach from the bottom of the bucket to the bottom of your plant’s pot. Fill the bucket with water. Making sure the clothesline touches the bottom of the bucket, run the rope to the base of the plant near the roots. The rope will slowly water the plant, keeping a consistent moisture level for more than a week.

Globe Watering System

Similar to the painted glass globes, you can make a DIY version with a plastic bottle that’s simple and inexpensive. Clean and dry a plastic water bottle. The size depends on the plant – use a plastic water bottle for small to medium plants, and a liter bottle for larger plants. Drill a few drainage holes in the bottom. Fill the bottle with water, turn it over and plunge it into the first few inches of soil. The water will slowly leak out as you’re away.

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Give Your Plants a Bath

If your plants have good drainage, simply fill your bathtub with a few inches of water and lay a towel down to prevent scratching. Rest your plants in there for up to a week. If you only have a few plants, you can also use the kitchen sink.

Enlist Help

Is there a teenager in your neighborhood? A recently retired friend? Ask them to come by and water the plants every other day. You can pay them or reward them with a gift card. It’s also a nice gesture to move all the plants together so they can water them more easily. 

All of these tips will help keep your plants and flowers healthy when you get back from your vacation. And don’t forget about your pets too!  

How to Prep Your Home for a Remodeling Project

Top Tips to Make the Process Smoother

Before beginning a large home renovation and remodeling project, there are a few things you can do to streamline the project for your family and the people working on your home.  

DiSabatino’s landscape and design professionals put together the following tips to prep your property:

Clear Out Your Yard

You don’t need to move anything bulky or heavy, but putting away unnecessary clutter such as children’s toys, bikes or unnecessary items will help the installation crew get started quicker. If you know there are some things in your backyard that you won’t use after the project is completed, now is the time to sell or donate them.

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Evaluate Any Safety Issues

Children and pets are less likely to realize the dangers of home renovations. For instance, if an existing deck is being demo’d, there may be a large drop off from your sliding door. Install gates, make sure doors are deadbolted, and place safety cones to keep visitors, young children and furry companions safe from construction areas.

Assign a Work Staging Area

Landscaping and construction materials can be heavy, large and cumbersome. Designate a drop off and storage area ahead of delivery to ensure the project materials aren’t blocking the driveway or entrances. You also want to ensure the area is dry, so puddles don’t form around the piles of stone, brick or wood.

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Establish a Timeline

Are you planning on using your new patio or outdoor living space for an upcoming event? Make sure your landscape design firm is aware of any drop-dead dates before the project begins. There’s nothing worse than rescheduling a big event because the project took longer than expected.

Anticipate Delays

In line with the previous point, prepare for reasonable delays. Landscaping firms can’t control the weather, and some points of the project may need to be delayed to ensure the quality of work is maintained. Make sure you build in a week or so in any project timeline.

Following the tips above will help move your next remodeling or renovation project along, so you can begin enjoying your new outdoor space as soon as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions About Hardscaping

How to Choose the Right Materials for Your Next Project

Before beginning an outdoor remodeling project, it helps to know which materials are most frequently recommended by landscape professionals. Many homeowners can become overwhelmed by the magnitude of choices, styles and colors.

While each project is unique and based on personal taste, there are some materials that we recommend over others. Here are a few of our favorites at DiSabatino:

What’s the best stone to use to surround custom pools?

River Jack stone is a great choice on pool projects. The stone helps with water runoff and drainage, keeping the poolside dry. This roundish stone comes in earth tones of gray, brown, blue and red. They vary in size from 1 to 3 inches.

River Jack is also a great resource for waterscapes and stepping stone walkways. You see them often at beach properties.

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What’s the best stone to use when building a patio?

Flagstone patios are highly durable, readily available and easy to work with. Because it’s so popular with landscape designers, it’s found at nearly every store selling stone and comes in a large variety of colors. Its textured ridges mean it’s not slippery when wet and keeps water from pooling. You can also lay it directly over dirt.

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What’s the best stone to use for walls?

The majority of home landscape designers prefer to use sandstone, limestone or fieldstone when building retaining walls. A well-built natural stone wall will stand the test of time and continue looking beautiful for decades to come. In our area of the Brandywine Valley, limestone was frequently used by early settlers, whose homes are still standing today.

The Ultimate Guide to Prepping Your Yard for Summer

Most homeowners know to get your yard ready for spring after a long winter, or the need to winterize your property before temperatures drop. But did you know that your backyard deserves attention before heading into the hot days of summer as well?

To get your home ready for friends and family, here are a few tips:

1.Tackle Plants and Shrubs

It’s always a good decision to prune shrubs, divide overgrown plants and prune bushes. Many overgrown plants can be dug up and divided in half before replanting. A good landscaping firm will be able to assess plantings and cut out any dead plantings, as well as assessing the roots and health of trees after a rainy spring season.

2. Fertilize Your Lawn

Aeration is key in the hot summer months. June and July are the perfect times to apply fertilizer. Be careful not to overdo it, as this can contribute to excessive growth without benefitting the lawn’s root system. Cut your lawn to no more than a third of its height each pass through. Although timing may not always be ideal, waiting for your grass to dry out before cutting is the best way to mow your lawn, as it reduces large clumps of moist clippings.

3. Assess and Repair Water Features

If you have a pool, spa or water fountain, have a certified professional inspect it to ensure it is sealed properly and there is no apparent damage. You don’t want an undiagnosed leak to wreak havoc to your property or cause a major water bill. A quick inspection can save you time, money and hassle down the road.

4. Clean Your Patio and Stonework

Long Northeastern winters can cause staining, water marks and debris to form on your outdoor decking and patio. A quick powerwash will make a major difference in the way your home looks. Cleaning your patio may also reveal if you need to address any loss of mortar between stones or chipped areas.

5. Add Some Lighting

Update your backyard lighting to make your home a showpiece. Landscape lighting can bring a summery feel to your backyard, while adding a layer of safety by illuminating a path or walkway. A well-lit yard helps extend entertaining with guests for hours to come.

6. Start Planning for Next Year

It’s never too late to begin planning a project for next year! Summer is the ideal time to consider your entertaining needs, create a wish list, meet with a landscape design team and begin developing a plan for next year. Start now and you’ll be enjoying the backyard of your dreams for seasons to come.

Five Tips You Should Know About Spring Fertilization

What You Need to Know About Spring Fertilization

Spring Fertilization is Best Applied After the Last Frost

When considering spring fertilization, many take a “more is better” approach. However, the way you apply spring fertilizer could make or break the difference in your plant growth come summer. Make sure you are following these guidelines for safe, effective fertilization.

1) Apply a Little Later in Spring

Fertilizing once in spring, twice during the growing season is a solid rule. However, don’t jump the gun and fertilize too early in the spring. Fertilizing too early runs the risk of unexpected snow or a late freeze, which can harm new growth in plants. It is best to wait until after the last frost for application.

2) Follow Application Instructions

Follow the suggested application instructions and avoid overdoing it. Too much fertilizer can result in excessive nitrogen. Start with the recommended amount and apply more in the summer if necessary. Over a few seasons, you should get a feel for the right amount of fertilizer that leads to healthy plant growth.

3) Consider a Five-Step Fertilizer Plan

Some experts recommend fertilizing every six to eight weeks after your first feeding. If you keep your first feeding a little later in spring, you will be fertilizing through October and into November. That is just fine for this area. To be honest, fall  fertilizing is more important than the spring.

4) Time Your Fertilization with Forecasted Moderate Rain

Watering about ¼ inch along with fertilizer will provide optimum benefits. Timing fertilization to coincide with a moderate rain will make it easier and avoid using precious resources. Be sure not fertilize before a predicted heavy storm as much of the fertilizer will wash away before it has the chance to work.

5) Weed Killer Treatments May Have Fertilizers Added

Early herbicides aimed at controlling weed growth often contain fertilizer as well, to combat the herbicide’s negative effects on your garden. Be aware of what you are applying so that you do not over fertilize.

One important tip is to avoid over-fertilizing too early. If you do, your garden will not stay beautiful through the growing season. Seeking help from a lawn care professional will provide accurate answers to plant fertilizing questions in your area. For information about garden maintenance and fertilization services, contact DiSabatino Landscaping today.


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Make This The Year You Create a Custom Outdoor Living Area for Your Home

Make 2021 the year you create a custom outdoor living area you are proud of and that will give you pleasure for many years to come! Now is a good time to start planning for improvements to outdoor living space and outdoor kitchen areas. Cooking outdoors has become all the rage and is a great way to entertain, stay safe and in the thick of things when entertaining.

A host or hostess without an outdoor kitchen misses much of the party when it moves to the patio or outdoor sitting area. If they are stuck inside cooking and plating up food, they really can be part of the conversation.

Save time, stay safe and make entertaining outdoors easy by having a full-service outdoor kitchen and living area installed this year. That way everyone can join in the party! Outdoor kitchen designs have so many options available and have a great ROI on the value of your home. Here are a few to consider.

7 Great Ways to Add Value to Your Outdoor Kitchen

  1. Pavilion: Keep your dining area comfortable and dry with a pavilion
  2. Pergola: Add ambience, shade and privacy with a vine-covered pergola
  3. Pool: Custom in ground pools and hot tubs are refreshing touches that keep dinner guests hanging out for desert!
  4. Ambient Lighting: Special features such as path lights, string lighting or post lights add to every outdoor evening occasion without attracting pesky insects
  5. Water Features: Ponds, waterfalls and other water features, such as a fountain is great way to add character to your landscaping
  6. Alone Space: Create peaceful location away from the crowd to allow for relaxation or meditation
  7. Bedroom Deck: A deck off the master bedroom – connect with nature any time of day
  8. Outdoor Space: Utilize the front, side and back of house to add a custom made deck with gazebo, gorgeous pergola, pavilion or sun room

DiSabatino Landscaping creates beautiful custom-designed outdoor kitchens for residents in Delaware and the surrounding area. If you would like to find out what we can create for you, please get in touch

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5 Ways to Liven Up Your Landscape & Hardscape Designs

5 Ways to Liven Up Your Landscape & Hardscape Designs

As our landscapes in Delaware and the Tristate area begin to sprout fresh leaves and blooms, moods cannot help but be positively affected. Liven up your landscape this spring. Something about the vibrant greens, yellows and accent colors that are so aesthetically pleasing that homeowners everywhere work fervently each year to make their landscapes competitive.

If you are looking for ways to accentuate your patio, pool or some other hardscape design in your landscaping, look at some of the following suggestions that will add color, texture and liven up your outdoor living space.

 

1) Perennials That Add Color Each Year:

Perennials are the gift that keeps on giving, season after season. Unlike annuals that need planted each year, perennials come back bigger and better each year. While some perennials are easier to care for than others, they definitely require less effort from year to year:

10 New Perennials to Perk Up Your Garden

 

2) Native Drought Tolerant Plantings:

Planting heat and drought-tolerant native plants, such as American hazelnut, Ornamental Grasses, Salvia, Lavender or Black-eyed Susan is a great low-maintenance way to enhance your landscaping. Native plants need less tending as they literally thrive in the natural soil composites and climate in which they were born to live:

List of Native Heat and Drought Tolerant Plants

3) Mosquito Repellent Plants:

Those long summer evenings are an enticement to hang outside into the wee hours of the night. There is nothing like watching the endless blinking of lightening bugs and the chirp of crickets. However, the mosquito’s sting can inhibit many from enjoying the warm summer air. That is why we suggest planting some of these mosquito repellent plants:

Mosquito Repellent Plants: 25 Plants That Repel Mosquitoes Naturally

4) Sun Loving Plants:

Sun and summer go together, so why wouldn’t you want to enhance your landscaping with sun-loving plants? Check out these plants that have efficient root systems and leaves designed to retain moisture that will shine vibrantly in your garden all summer long:

10 Sun-Loving Plants That Thrive in Summer

5) Dwarf Shrubs:

For many patio borders or boxed gardens, shrubs tend to crowd out the seasons best color producers. Planting dwarf shrubs is a very viable option that will offer a low maintenance way to give your garden color year round:

10 Great Low-Maintenance, Dwarf Shrubs


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17 Outdoor Living Spaces that Will Make You Feel Like a Lucky Irishman

In honor of Saint Patrick’s Day, we thought sharing some of our best outdoor living spaces and decking solutions might inspire you to get you ready for spring.

At DiSabatino Landscaping, we can help design the perfect outdoor living space. Unsure of how all your wants are going to fit in your backyard? Our team of innovative designers can meet any challenge!

We have been creating beautiful outdoor living areas for some of the Delaware Valley’s most discerning homeowners. Get in touch with us today to get started on creating an outdoor masterpiece in your own backyard.

Staycations will be your family traditions, as no one is going to want to leave your backyard!

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5 Ways to Fix Landscape Drainage Problems

5 Ways to Fix Landscape Drainage Problems

Got Drainage Problems?

Is your yard experiencing drainage problems?

Grading around your home to prevent water build up at the foundation is one big step towards fixing drainage issues.

Water heading towards your foundation is a big issue

5 Ways to Fix Drainage Problems:

  1. Downspout Extension: Add these to guide water collected by gutters away from the foundation so that water does not end up in the basement. Redirect across property to avoid pooling.
  2. Drainage Boxes or Grates: Redirect water to a surface drain such as a simple 12” X 12” square or 6” round grate.
  3. Drainage Swales: Create pitched areas lined with stone or grass guiding water off you property or to an area well away from the foundation. Drainage swales prevent standing water that can lead to mosquitos and other issues.
  4. French Drain: Install a perforated drainage pip in a gravel  lined trough to keep your lawn from experiencing consistent flooding.
  5. Rain Barrels: Install water barrel or storage well to capture runoff and use to irrigate at a later date.

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Whether you just built your home or your home has been in the family for generations; we have seen it all! All of our designers are equipped with state of the art leveling devices so we can find the correct solution for your home’s specific situation.

DiSabatino Landscaping will always try to assess your personal property and find the best solution to fix your drainage problems



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7 Ways to Add Value to Your Outdoor Kitchen

With spring arriving early this year, now is the time to plan improvements for your outdoor living space and outdoor kitchen areas. Cooking outdoors is a great way to entertain and stay in the thick of things.

If there is no outdoor cooking space when the party moves outdoors, the hostess misses a good portion of the excitement as they are stuck inside cooking. Not to mention the many trips back and forth.

Save time, make entertaining outdoors easy and join in the party by having a full-service outdoor kitchen. There are many options available when planning an outdoor kitchen living area . Here are a few to consider.

7 Great Ways to Add Value to Your Outdoor Kitchen

  1. Pavilion: Keep your dining area comfortable and dry with a pavilion
  2. Pergola: Add ambience, shade and privacy with a vine-covered pergola
  3. Pool: Custom in ground pools and hot tubs are refreshing touches that keep dinner guests hanging out for desert!
  4. Ambient Lighting: Special features such as path lights, string lighting or post lights add to every outdoor evening occasion without attracting pesky insects
  5. Water Features: Ponds, waterfalls and other water features, such as a fountain is great way to add character to your landscaping
  6. Alone Space: Create peaceful location away from the crowd to allow for relaxation or meditation
  7. Bedroom Deck: A deck off the master bedroom – connect with nature any time of day
  8. Outdoor Space: Utilize the front, side and back of house to add a custom made deck with gazebo, gorgeous pergola, pavilion or sun room

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Preparing Your Patio for Spring

Punxsutawney Phil has predicted an early spring, which means it is time to get busy preparing your patio for spring. Don’t miss enjoying the first warm days by dining al fresco because you are late to the party!

CHECK OUT THREE WAYS TO PREPARE YOUR PATIO PATIO FOR SPRING:

1 ) Check patio for any signs of damage from ice: Winter is rough on your hardscaping. When water seeps into cracks or crevices and freezes, it can cause cracks or worse! Early spring is the time to assess any damage done from freeze/thaw cycle.

Not only do cracks or chipped areas on concrete unsightly, they could get worse if not repaired. The solution to repairing these surfaces vary. Check out this Quickrete® Guide on Repairing Concrete.

2) Remove algae or mildew: The process of ridding a patio of mildew and algae will depend on the severity of the stains. Start with a stiff broom to sweep off as much debris as possible. While using a power washer is less caustic, it often does not work on stubborn stains.

Using bleach or vinegar is effective, but it could damage the lawn and landscaping. Baking soda is more natural and gentler solution – try mixing ½ cup baking soda to one gallon of water and 1/8 cup of liquid dish detergent first. Spray it on the patio surface, let it sit for 30 minutes, then scrub and rinse.

If your patio is in the shade a good part of the day, consider pruning or removing some trees to allow more sunlight to reach your patio.

3) Apply a sealant: Your patio should be sealed every 3-5 years, at minimum. Sealants prolong the life of your patio.

Sealers provide a tough, water-resistant finish that is protects your patio from exposure to water, common acids, alkalies, petroleum, solvents, oils, greases, and salts. Call a professional hardscape specialist to have sealer applied.



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Winterizing your pond begins in the fall, as water temperature is a big factor in determining when is the right time to begin the winterization process for ponds and other water features.

Tips to Winterize Ponds

DiSabatino Landscaping of Delaware helps homeowners to properly take care of their hardscaping and landscaping investment. That is why we suggest that you complete the following steps to prepare ponds and other water features for the winter months ahead.

How to Winterize Living Ponds & Other Water Features:

  • Debris Control: Clean out all debris, leaves and silt from the bottom of your pond. The cleaner you can get the pond before freezing weather comes, the healthier your pond will be throughout the winter. Ponds need to be covered with netting in the fall. This netting should be well above the surface so leaves can be easily cleaned. Use a fine-weave aquarium net to sift out excess sludge and debris.
  • Water Change: A water change can be done anytime, but it is much more comfortable if it’s done before the water reaches 60◦ Remember to use dechlorinator if your water contains chlorine.
  • De-Icer: Use a de-icer to keep a section of your pond open to allow oxygenation and gas exchange. This does not warm the overall water temperature of your pond. A de-icer simply allows toxic gasses to be released and oxygen to enter the pond.
  • Pump Care: When temperatures drop below 40°F, the main pump should be removed and filters thoroughly cleaned. Do not leave the pump running on the bottom of the pond. It will lower the temperature of the entire pond by disrupting the natural thermal layers of the pond water as well as adding extreme stress on pond fish.
  • Plant Care: Trim and remove any dying plant material as it appears to avoid debris build-up. In this area, bring inside all tropical plants and set all hardy water lilies to the bottom, if the pond is deep enough to keep them from freezing to the bottom.
  • Fish Care: Depending on the water temperature will determine what food you feed you fish. Cooler temperatures make it harder for fish to digest food properly. Though it is important for fish to bulk up during the winter months, it is imperative that they not be overfed. As this is a complicated topic, here are more intricate instructions on fish care.

If you would like help with your landscaping needs, please get in touch

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How to Maintain Your Outdoor Hardscaping

Generally, wet laid surfaces are low maintenance. Here a few things you can do to keep your hardscaping looking its best.

At least once a year you should scrub down surfaces with a mild bleach cleanser. We don’t recommend power washing because it can cause permanent damage that can void your warranty.

Any moss, mold, mildew, or algae stains can be removed with a solution like Wet & Forget. Never use metal shovels or tools to remove snow and ice.

If you’re using a snow blower, make sure you use rubber blades. Never use de-icers of any kind. They can cause permanent damage from pinning to cracking.

Quality hardscaping and masonry will include an endurable sealer, but staining caulker or from rusting metal and flower pots, grease from grill, food and drink or oil and gas.

Keep gutters, downspouts and drains clear because water can cause settlement and erosion, voiding your warranty.

As you can see, hardscaping and masonry don’t require a lot of maintenance, just a little bit of effort keeps it looking good for a long time.

If you would like help with your landscaping needs, please get in touch



10 Autumn Landscape Maintenance Tips

Landscape Maintenance Tips to Perform Before Winter

Timing is everything in the landscaping business. Particular chores or lawn maintenance need done during certain times of the year for best results.

Things, such as properly timed applications will have your landscape reaping the benefits. Doing these maintenance tasks at the wrong time could be a waste of energy or worse. It could actually harm your landscape.

Since very few of us have that a green thumb, we thought sharing some helpful tips for fall maintenance might be in order. Preform these chores to have a vibrant landscape year round. Doing right thing at the right time will keep your lawn and garden looking its best. Continue reading

The Best Summer Blooming Shrubs to Add Color to Your Landscaping

The Best Summer Blooming Shrubs

Blooming Shrubs This Summer

Looking for the best shrubs for your garden this summer? Check out these great summer shrubs to add some life to your garden!

Low Maintenance

There are many types of shrubs out there that produce flowers or attract birds and butterflies to your yard, but some of them are so high maintenance that many people tend to avoid them. Shrubs are the least of most summer concerns because it’s one more thing to look after and remember to take care of.

These shrubs are low maintenance and still attractive to the eye and birds and butterflies:

  • Bluebeard Shrub
  • Butterfly Bush
  • Carolina Allspice
  • Hydrangeas
  • Oleander
  • Potentilla
  • Rock Rose
  • Rose of Sharon
  • Shrub Rose
  • Smoke Bush
  • Spirea
  • Summersweet

These shrubs all have a low-maintenance care regimen for their summer blooming, creating an easy, yet beautiful, addition to your landscaping for the summer months. Visitors and passersby can enjoy the beautiful colors of these amazing shrubs and you can be happy with the lack of effort it takes to have them.

Flowering Summer Shrubs

Size

Some shrubs are larger than others and can take more room from your yard. While they are beautiful, they can take away from other plants and flowers you may want to keep. It’s important to know what size a plant or shrub will be before you decide to add it to your garden.

These plants will grow to be no more than 3 feet max and will still look amazing in your garden:

  • “Becky” Shasta Daisy
  • Black-eyed Susan
  • Blue Mist Shrubs
  • Coreopsis
  • Daylilies
  • Late-blooming Astilbes
  • “May Night” Garden Sage
  • Pinks
  • Sedums
  • St. John’s Wart
  • Yarrows

With no more than 3 feet of growth, these plants and shrubs could be your choice. Or perhaps you’d like something slightly larger, but nothing to take over your garden. Try these, as they grow no more than 6 feet:

  • Bee Balms
  • “Bonica” Rose
  • Foxgloves
  • “Knockout” Rose
  • “Martha’s Vineyard” Rose
  • Michaelmas Daisies
  • Oriental Lilies
  • Purple Coneflower
  • Russian Sage
  • Summer Phloxes

If you are still seeking to go larger, these plants and shrubs can get up to a maximum of 10 feet:

  • Butterfly Bushes
  • Hollyhocks
  • Hydrangeas
  • Rose of Sharons

There are so many others out there that could provide the color and style your garden seeks. Be sure you know what you want before you purchase.

Conclusion

If you don’t know what will fit your garden best, do some research. Find plants and shrubs that grow to just the right size and have just the right colors. Most places for research will even tell you if, and what kind of, birds or butterflies are attracted to each plant. This could provide some extra color and fun to your garden.


Tree and Shrub Care Specialist DiSabatino Landscaping is Delaware’s #1 Hardscape and Landscape Specialist. We can help advise you what is best way to maintain your landscaping!  Give us a call today! 302-764-0408

Accentuate Your Landscaping With These Standout Plantings

Seasonal Accent Planting Ideas We Love

Accentuate Your Landscaping With These Standout Plantings

The first steps in any landscape design involve establishing foundation plantings to allow your home to blend seamlessly with the surrounding landscape. Then come the transitional plantings to bring your landscaping forward and provide a welcoming facade. If your landscaping is well-established, you may be wondering what comes next.

In most cases, the answer is accent plantings. Once you have a lush and beautiful foundation, use accent plants to create a focal point in your landscaping. There are many reasons you may want to create a focal point, and just as many strategies for using accent plants to achieve it.

Accentuate Your Landscaping With These Standout Plantings

We like these accent planting ideas for landscapes at any level of maturity:

  • Accent with color. Accent plants should contrast with surrounding plants to draw attention. Consider planting small bursts of color along a border, or in clusters within a larger area of greenery to provide interest.
  • Accent with shape or texture. Another form of contrast is the shape of your plantings, or their texture; you can add contrast by planting naturally interesting shapes or pruning foliage into shapes designed to draw attention. Planting a more prominent cluster of bushes among lower-lying foliage can provide a focal point for a larger expanse of garden area. Or, use taller accents to draw the eye through the landscaped area.
  • Accent seasonally. Choose accent plants that will bloom at a different time of year than your background plants to provide interest against the background foliage. Or, choose plants that leaf early in the year or retain foliage later in the year to continue to provide interest after other plants have receded.
  • Use accent plants to focus on architectural features. You can use color, height, interesting textures, or some combination of the three to draw focus to an entryway, stairway, or water feature. Accent plants used for architectural features should contrast with surrounding plants as well as the color and texture of the feature itself.
  • Use potted accent plants. A great way to accentuate areas not normally conducive to plant growth, such as a set of stone steps or a home entrance on a patio or deck, is to place potted accent plantings on either side. You can also place potted plants with seasonal blooms along walkways, clustered near benches or water features, or to provide height to a dramatic front entrance.

No matter which features you wish to draw attention to, choose accent plants that provide visual interest by contrasting with your existing landscaping. Staggering clusters of seasonally appropriate plantings can continue to accentuate your landscaping year-round.

Questions regarding varieties that contrast best with your existing landscape? Contact us today.


Tree and Shrub Care Specialist DiSabatino Landscaping is Delaware’s #1 Hardscape and Landscape Specialist. We can help advise you what is best way to maintain your landscaping!  Give us a call today! 302-764-0408

Five Tips You Should Know About Spring Fertilization

Five Tips To Help Your Garden Grow!

Many clients consider spring fertilization with a ‘more is better’ mentality. However, the best way to apply spring fertilizer needs to be thought out properly to ensure a great and healthy landscape all season long. Make sure you follow these gardening guidelines for a healthy landscape this season!

1) Early Spring Fertilizer Application:

Always make sure you are fertilizing your garden after we are free and clear of freezing temperatures. It is recommended to start thinking about fertilizer applications in mid/late April to avoid possible freezing temperatures on new growth.

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2) Take Application Instructions Seriously

Here the ‘more is better’ mentality can do more harm than good. It is always advised to follow the instructions on your garden fertilizers very carefully. If you apply too little you can receive poor results and waste your investment in the fertilizer application. Conversely if you apply too much you run the risk of burning the fine root hairs on the ends of the root ball and can cause serious damage to the plant. Please always follow the instructions on the label; or give DiSabatino Landscaping a call so we may tailor fit a proper treatment plan for your home.

3) Consider a Five-Step Fertilizer Treatment Plan

We here at DiSabatino recommend the following treatment/fertilizer plan to ensure the best overall health of your home’s landscape.
Early Spring – Deep Root fertilizers to get the nutrients directly to the root ball.
Late Spring – Time release formula to get your landscape through the summer months.

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Early Summer – Plant inspection is KEY. Check your plants for insects, fungus, or damaged limbs at this time so they can be treated accordingly.
Mid/Late Summer – One final application of the time release formula and one additional insect or disease inspection.
Winterization – Treat ALL evergreens with an anti-desiccant and give all ornamental trees and shrubs; under 15’; approx. 10 gallons of water to reduce the risk of high water loss during harsh winters.

4) DO NOT Fertilize if the Plant is Thirsty!

It is very important to make sure the soil moist prior to any fertilization. Similar to over fertilizing; if the soil is very dry the root hairs on the main root ball are very weak and will burn when fertilizer is applied when the soil and root ball are dry. If the soil is too hard to get a small shovel into it easily please do quick thorough drench of the plants you intend to fertilize then come back the following day to apply the fertilizer.

5) Beware Combination Weed and Fertilizer Treatments

We here at DiSabatino Landscaping highly recommended AGAINST fertilizing with any combination treatments that contain both a fertilizer and a weed preventative. These combo products are very expensive and cause more harm than help in your landscape.

If you wish to combat the weeds while ensuring your gardens growth; always use products that are specifically attuned to your particular needs. A time release formula like Preen or Barricade is great to combat weeds during the growing season and can be applied easily. Whereas Miracle Grow or Shultz’s; landscape specific; fertilizers should only be used to enhance your landscape plantings.

For information about garden maintenance and fertilization services, contact DiSabatino Landscaping today.


Tree and Shrub Care Specialist DiSabatino Landscaping is Delaware’s #1 Hardscape and Landscape Specialist. We can help build an outdoor living area that will have you enjoying the great outdoors in style!  Give us a call today! 302-764-0408

Seven Tips for Integrating Bulbs Into Your Landscaping

Seven Tips for Integrating Bulbs Into Your Landscaping

Here’s How You Can Integrate Bulbs Into Your Landscaping

Nothing says spring quite like bulbs. Varieties like tulips, daffodils, and lilies are perhaps the quintessential marker that winter is over at last. There’s a great variety of bulbs beyond these three well-known classics, and knowing how to integrate them into your landscaping can keep your property looking beautiful all growing season long.

Work Bulbs Into Existing Landscaping

Likely, you have existing landscaping you’d like to improve. Bulbs can be a great way to add some extra color and interest to the landscaping you already have. Here are a few ways to incorporate bulbs into your current design:

  1. Use clusters of color – plant bulbs in irregular clusters of 12 or more for the larger bulbs and as many as 50 or more with the smaller, less showy bulbs. Use pops of one color near shorter shrubs or larger clusters of two or three colors in more open areas between plantings.
  2. Plant a border – use a border of low-growing bulbs like hyacinths to form a border around existing planting areas. Be sure not to plant straight lines of bulbs in ordered rows, which can look too formal for many gardens.
  3. Plant with companions – plant bulbs with companion perennials of a similar size. After the blooms die off, the perennials will help disguise the remaining foliage.
  4. Use bulbs to brighten tree plantings – early spring bulbs like crocus, early daffodils, and grape hyacinths do well under deciduous trees since they bloom before the tree’s full foliage develops. However, do not plant bulbs beneath evergreen trees – these produce too much year-round shade.

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Bulbs Can Be Beautiful Alone

Sometimes, unfilled spaces seem to be begging for a bulb garden. Luckily, the sheer variety of bulbs ensures a space full of bulbs will never get boring.

  1. Arrange bulbs purposefully – plant shorter varieties near the front, with taller ones near the back. Keep in mind which bulbs will bloom when, so you don’t have entire sections of your bulb garden bare as one time.
  2. Mass plantings – address mass plantings of one type of bulb and large groups of multiple bulbs similarly. Plant in natural-looking clusters to get a uniform texture. Also, consider mixing leaf types – mix variegated leaves with plain for a natural, creative look.
  3. Try container gardens – use containers of bulbs to extend your landscaping onto your deck or patio. Plant containers in the fall, winter them in a garage and then bring them out in the spring for an early pop of color.

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Contact us for more information about bulbs that will perform best with your existing landscaping.


Tree and Shrub Care Specialist DiSabatino Landscaping is Delaware’s #1 Hardscape and Landscape Specialist. We can help build an outdoor living area that will have you enjoying the great outdoors in style!  Give us a call today! 302-764-0408

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