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.
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.
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This is the perfect time to plan your outdoor oasis. A stylish landscape shows off your property to its fullest advantage, highlighting its best features while increasing curb appeal.
A landscape isn’t simply about planting trees and shrubs. Today’s innovative landscape designers create environments that incorporate stone fireplaces and fire pits, relaxing water features, stylish outdoor structures, accent lighting and a carefully selected assortment of trees and greenery.
Here are a few ways to highlight your home:
Professional hardscaping is an essential component of any landscape plan. Paved pathways, fireplaces, pergolas, decks and patios are not only functional, but timeless in their appeal. Stone has never been more popular. Our experienced masons have been creating masterpieces that last for generations, anchoring the style and appeal of elegant homes.
Last summer’s temperatures were higher than normal, and this year’s are projected to hit record-breaking days. These hot summer temps are causing more and more homeowners to opt for a refreshing backyard pool. Host a backyard graduation or milestone birthday, or simply relax in your own private retreat while cooling off from the summer sun.
Showcase your new outdoor living space with an exterior lighting package. Continue entertaining well into the evening with strategically placed LED lighting that you can control right from your phone. Landscape lighting design experts can create a lighting plan that highlights the best features of your property while offering safety for visitors along lighted pathways.
Expert landscapers know what grows best in our climate and area, maximizing growth through organic plant care and thoughtful selections of native plants. Designers create plans that allow homeowners to envision the finished project before any work has begun, reducing unnecessary costs or potential issues.
Let DiSabatino Landscaping show you how to build the backyard of your dreams. Schedule a landscape consultation today!
Begin Planning Now for a Resort Ready Backyard
Experience all the advantages of a private outdoor living space in your own backyard.
Four-season rooms, covered patios and outdoor kitchens extend entertaining while adding areas to work and play. They can be personalized with pergolas, firepits, water features and retaining walls to suit every family’s taste and personality.
Let an expert outdoor living designer show you how to create stylish spaces that will make your home the envy of the neighborhood. Here’s how:
Building a custom outdoor structure can seem daunting. “An outdoor living designer should help you gain an understanding of your project with a 3-D rendering,” says Chris DiSabatino, President of DiSabatino Landscaping. This will allow you to envision and revise the project before any work begins.
Choose a professional design firm with a superior reputation. Ensure the firm has a solid warranty for any problems down the road. “Our family name is our company,” says Chris. “Every team member in uniform represents the values of our firm.”
Tailor the Project to Your Property
Built as an extension of your home, gazebos and patios provide a peaceful retreat and alfresco office. Tech-enabled outdoor kitchens and grills, bars or built-in television systems extend parties well into the night. Put in a pool to keep everyone entertained or add outdoor lighting for ambiance. The list of options to customize your project is endless.
Even if a firm is using the highest quality products, the success of your project depends on the level of installation. Experienced professionals follow proven methods and anticipate potential problems. “Our team members guide you through every step of the process, offering exceptional customer service from beginning to end,” says Chris.
Take these steps to plan, design and create a stunning outdoor space you will enjoy for years to come. Chris says, “You’ll never regret investing in a project that enhances your home, increases your property value, and provides endless hours of enjoyment for your family.”
A fire pit or fireplace can be an instant attention grabber in any landscaping design. Imagine stepping out into your patio and having a custom made fire pit or fireplace be the focal point? Aside from being a showstopper, a fire pit or outdoor fireplace can serve many different benefits that many homeowners don’t necessarily consider when designing their patio or backyard space.
1. Ideal for Entertainment
One of the most obvious and greatest benefits to having a fire pit or outdoor fireplace is it provides an ideal spot for people to gather around and chat. Adding a warm ambiance tends to encourage guests to congregate in one area. This can equate to less work for you when it comes to entertaining guests, since rather than being indoors, everyone is outdoors.
2. Source of Warmth
Once the weather starts to change, having a source of heat in your outdoor space can be a challenge. Outdoor fireplaces and fire pits are an easy solution that not only provide instance warm on a cool evening but your guest can enjoy the outdoor space even when temperatures are really cold. This makes entertaining enjoyable even into the fall and early spring.
Creating the right cozy ambiance during the cooler months can be difficult. Adding a fire pit or outdoor fireplace can add a relaxing atmosphere while generating natural heat to help add that cozy feel for your guests. The atmosphere created by a fire pit or fireplace is relaxed and informal, and the heat generated by the flame adds to the cozy ambiance. From a romance evening to a casual gathering with friends, adding a fire pit or outdoor fireplace can add value to your home while providing the perfect ambiance to your outdoor space.
Don’t know what type of fire pit or outdoor fireplace is right for your outdoor space, ask the experts at DiSabatino Landscaping. Contact their expert team to help create that perfect custom outdoor fireplace that will enhance your outdoor space for years to come.
BEAUTIFUL FALL LANDSCAPING FOR THE BRANDYWINE VALLEY AND THE TRISTATE AREA
Our Northeast corridor location of the Brandywine Valley area offers beautiful scenery year round. At DiSabatino Landscaping, we feel that the most amazing time for viewing the brilliant foliage colors our area has to offer is in the autumn months.
Many experienced landscapers throughout our area have helped to make fall months come alive by expertly placing color-pleasing plantings to enhance properties. Planting trees that bring vivid reds, yellow and orange hues to landscaping is a great place to start beautifying your fall landscape.
If you want to take your fall landscaping to the next level. Consider adding some of the following plants that add color with their foliage and flowers that hold up to the cooler temperatures heading our way.
10 Ways to Bring Color to Your Fall Landscaping:
1) Chrysanthemums are a very popular fall flower that comes in a rainbow of colors and are perennials if planted well before the ground freezes to allow their root system to establish.
2) Pansy and viola add ground level color to your landscaping. They are annuals that can handle a couple of light frostings and have been known to reseed for early spring flowerings.
3) Helenium comes in deep fall colors of orange, red and yellow. These ‘cornflower’ look-alikes bloom late summer to fall. They attract butterflies and add height to your flower beds.
4) Coral Bells or heuchera is a colorful perennial that comes it a variety of shades from lime green to dark red and tolerates brisk fall weather.
5) American Beautyberry has a lot to offer spring, summer and fall. It attracts pollinators with its showy pink flowers in the warmer months and offers cluster of glossy purple berries that will attract wildlife to your garden.
6) Burning Bush, known for its fiery red color in the fall months, makes for an excellent border shrub. The plant gets tiny flowers in the early summer that turn to berries for wildlife. They are easy to care for which makes them an excellent low maintenance choice.
7) Crape Myrtle is a showy late summer flowering tree or shrub that fades in lovely muted colors in the fall. They crave full sun and require moderate watering.
8) Holly evergreen shrubs offer glossy vibrant foliage year round, but they come alive in the fall with their abundant offering of red berries that feed wildlife throughout the winter months. They are very drought tolerant and grow well in full sun or partial shade.
9) Fire Power Nandina is an evergreen shrub that keeps its leafy foliage year round. This shrub turns a fiery red in the fall and offers a colorful backdrop to any landscaping. Easy to grow in full sun or full shade, which makes it great choice for any location.
10) Snapdragons add a vertical interest, come in a large range of colors and bloom in a fall landscape up to the first hard freeze.
Finally, with an abundance of local farms, many landscapers take their fall landscaping efforts to the next level by adding fall crops, such as pumpkins, gourds, hay bales and dried corn to ornament their yards.
DiSabatino Landscapers have the expertise to help you create landscaping for your home that adds beauty to your home year round. Get in touch if you need help!
If you are considering creating a fall landscape in your yard, talk with one of our landscaped design specialist at DiSabatino Landscaping. We can quickly and expertly install fall plantings that will enhance your life for years to come.
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As the weather starts to warm and the outdoor living season begins, those of us at DiSabatino Landscaping are using this time to connect with our clientele to see if they have any needs we can fill for them. This growing season presents unique challenges as communities across the nation fighting the spread of COVID-19 are social distancing and working from home. Not to mention the kids home 24/7.
Thankfully, the landscape industry is considered an essential business and we are busier than ever preparing to install some impressive outdoor living spaces. Our landscape designers are adapting to the current climate by video conferencing with clients, supplying detailed 3-D renderings and virtual designs that can easily take a project from the design stage to full implementation.
With so many families finding themselves quarantined at home, there is a sudden desire to create outdoor living areas to extend their home’s square footage. If you are considering investing in a ‘staycation’ project this year, consider some of this year’s latest hardscaping and landscaping trends.
Top Landscaping Trends for 2020:
1) Fire features: Whether it is a tradition wood burning fire pit, a tabletop fire bowl or a full brick fireplace, fire features are considered a must in today’s outdoor living spaces. Not only does this add ambiance or a central focal point, it extends the use of outdoor spaces to cooler temperatures.
2) Intricate geometric hardscaping patterns: The latest interior design patterns are starting to emerge into the outdoors — even walkways can now have flair. Geometric shapes, like trapezoids, the chevron pattern (a repeating V) or hexagons now adorn patios, raised beds, benches and stairways.
3) Textured elements: Whether through pillows, textiles, rugs or even faux rug inlays, textured materials are adding big statements to outdoor living areas.
4) Outdoor living rooms: In today’s world, connecting with nature is a great stress reliever. That is why many families are moving to the outdoors to share meals, exercise and even relax after a long day. A living area covered by a pavilion, gazebo or pergola is a perfect way to make your outdoor living space livable.
5) Water features: The sound of water is relaxing. It can bring you to a meditative state. In a world full of a cacophony of sounds, a simple water feature, such as a waterfall, pond or fountain can be the de-stressor you never knew you needed!
6) Front porch living: The return to sitting on the front porch on warm summer evenings started trending last year and is expected to continue throughout this one. Homes with square footage at a minimum can maximize outdoor living space by creating a functional gathering space. Using a mixture of materials, such as hardscaped walls that double as planters, pavers to provide a pathway to the front door and plantings will add great curb appeal to any property.
7) Smart irrigation, controlled remotely via smartphone app: Smart tech is now escaping the walls of the home to make outdoor living easier to maintain. Why not? With the simple touch of a button, homeowners can control their irrigation system to provide their landscapes the right amount of water at the right time of day. This saves time, energy and water … it’s a win/win!
8) Blue accents: Whether through plantings, sculptures, textiles or water features, shades of blue are being used to accent outdoor living spaces. In gardens, blue fortune, delphinium, hydrangea, hyacinth, and globe thistle are adding rich highlights.
9) Low-water landscaping: Climate change is front and central nowadays and the idea of dumping gallons of water onto lawns each season is starting to make no sense to many homeowners. Ornamental lawns are the single most irrigated ‘crop’ in the Unites States … a crop that feeds no one. This has spurred on a search for better alternatives, such as landscapes that require minimal amount of watering.
10) Mainstream Sustainability: “Low-maintenance gardens, drought-tolerant plants and less turfgrass have become the norm in landscape design. Homeowners now assume sustainable design will be a major part of the plan — both for economic and environmental reasons.” ~ HGTV