Monthly Archives: January 2014

5 Reasons to Purchase Your Plants from a Local Nursery

5 Reasons to Purchase Your Plants from a Local Nursery

Whether you are revamping your current, dilapidated landscaping or starting from scratch, selecting the perfect plants is essential to creating a healthy, vibrant landscape. Visiting a local nursery, as opposed to one of the big-name retailers, has its advantages. We’re biased, of course – but here are a few factors to consider when purchasing your plants, including source, availability, service and quality. Continue reading 5 Reasons to Purchase Your Plants from a Local Nursery

Can an irrigation system make your yard more efficient?

Lush, green lawns and well-planned, vibrant landscaping is a beautiful sight to see. But your lawn and landscaping do more than make your home look aesthetically pleasing. For one, your grass, shrubs and trees can remove dust, smoke and other pollutants from the air. They also provide you with privacy and increase your property value. A beautifully landscaped yard is truly worth taking care of – but sometimes, that’s easier said than done.

Even the most diligent gardener will occasionally have trouble watering her plants at the most beneficial time day in and day out. There’s an easy and surprisingly eco-friendly solution: a professionally installed irrigation system. The innovative systems available today can save you both time and money. Continue reading Can an irrigation system make your yard more efficient?

How to Better Utilize Your Patio this Year

According to the Harvard Health Letter, spending time outdoors is proven to be good for one’s overall physical and emotional health. (And if Harvard says it, you’d better believe it!) So along with all those resolutions for the new year you’ve likely already forgot about, try adding this one: spend more time using your outdoor living space.

A few clever additions to your existing space will make your outdoor patio a cozy place that begs your family to use it – and  will encourage both friends and family to have more interest in ‘settling in’ outdoors. Continue reading How to Better Utilize Your Patio this Year

How to Spot the Healthiest Plants for Your Landscaping Project

The landscaping around your home makes an enormous difference in its curb appeal. In fact, according to the 2013 National Association of Realtors survey, 71 percent of homebuyers consider landscaping important. Whether you are selling your home or planning to stay, a beautifully landscaped home is always inviting. You can replace dead and dying foliage, but if you do not know what to look for in healthy nursery plants, you could end up back where you started. The tips below will help you determine which plants are your best choices at the nursery.

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Next Year, Winterize Your Water Features to Enjoy Them in the Spring

Raking leaves: done. The last fall mowing: completed. Vulnerable plants: covered. You probably congratulated yourself a few months ago when you figured you’d done everything in your power to secure your landscaping for the coming cold season. And then you remembered – maybe a week later, maybe not until the first significant snowfall – that you hadn’t touched your water features.  Properly preparing water features for winter will save you money and time in the following spring. We’ll focus on your smaller water features for this post – because for your larger features, a simple DIY just won’t do the trick. (If you have some large water features, call the pros at Timberline, of course!) In this post, we’ll cover smaller, open ponds and pond-free features without fish – features that use less than 200 gallons of water. Continue reading Next Year, Winterize Your Water Features to Enjoy Them in the Spring

Choosing Locally Grown Plants: Better for Your Garden, Greener for the Earth

Whether you’re excitedly planning a sprawling garden at your new home or are ready to revamp your current landscaping design, choosing the right plants for your area is essential. And while it’s tempting to cover your acreage in exotic plants from around the world, it turns out that locally grown plants are by far the best choice for your garden and the earth. While you might not be able to recreate a dense jungle in your own backyard, you can enjoy a yard that will flourish year after year. Continue reading Choosing Locally Grown Plants: Better for Your Garden, Greener for the Earth