Summer Landscaping

With August just around the corner, we wanted to gather some of our favorite articles for late summer. The end of summer brings a variety of different landscaping options and things to address. We usually tend to see heatwaves during the month of August, before heading into September to transition into fall. Below are our 5 favorite late summer articles to help you through the next couple of months.

 

Late Blooming Summer Perenials
Black Eyed Susan – A Michigan native late blooming summer perennial.

Have you noticed an increase in mosquitoes this summer? If you have your not the only one. The long harsh winter, allowed for the mosquito larvae to have a longer growing period then they usually do. Ever fall mosquitoes lay their eggs, once spring comes around and creates pools and puddles the larvae grow. Thanks to this years long winter, we encountered a lot of snow melt and spring rains which kept woodland pools and flood plain areas wet and producing mosquitoes for a longer period of time. While the cooler spring delayed the mosquitoes’ emergence, it was only a short delay.

It is unclear how the mosquito problem may grow throughout the summer. Some mosquitoes continue to lay eggs all summer long, it is the amount of rain we receive this summer that will be the indicator of how much the mosquito population will continue to grow.

Some people are lucky and hardly ever get bitten by mosquitoes, while others seem to be mosquito magnets. So what entices a mosquito to bite?

  • You breath too much. The more CO2 you pump out, the stronger your allure.
  • You’re to relaxed. Stressed out people emit odors that repel mosquitoes.
  • Scent, body odor, perfume and even blood type odor markers can draw mosquitoes. (Sorry to those of you who are type O).
  • You dress in dark colors, especially blue. It is better to dress in bright colors such as khaki and white.
  • Your body temperature, mosquitoes love warmer body types. This is especially hard to avoid if you are drinking or pregnant.

Tips to stay bite free.

  • Shower frequently, skip the perfume and use a bug spray with DEET.
  • Prevent stagnant water from hanging around in your yard.
  • Stay inside and dawn and dusk, these are when mosquitoes feed the most.
  • Where loose clothing, long sleeve and pants preferred (weather permitting, you don’t want to get too hot).

The temperatures are warming up and it will soon officially be summer. Below are some of our favorite summer landscape articles to help kick of the upcoming season.

  • Drought Tolerant Annuals – A guide to heart annuals that can survive in the hottest of heatwaves.

    Summer Landscape
    Decorate your summer landscape with Michigan native flowers this season.
  • Landscape Flooding – With thunderstorms and heavy rain, the summer months can wreak havoc on landscape by causing flooding and damage to your yard and home.

With the most recent wave of storms the Metro Detroit area has seen lots of damage and flooding. Did you know that your homes landscaping could be the cause of your basement flooding? Yes, it is very true. If your landscape is graded improperly and/or you do not have any drainage installed, your landscaping could very well be the culprit of your flooded basement. Not only can improper grading and drainage cause damage to your home, but it can also cause problems to your landscaping.

The biggest cause of flooding for homeowners is the grading around their home. If the grading is not set up to properly run away from your home, all that water ends up sitting against your homes foundation. When water sits against your homes foundation it causes damage to your home and can eventually find it’s way inside leading to extensive interior damage which can be very costly to clean up.

Here are two tips to help prevent water and moisture from building up around your homes foundation. Have mulch around your home? Be sure to leave a 6 inch gap from your homes foundation. Moisture held in the mulch bed can rot siding when left sitting against it for long periods of time. It can touch brick or block but not siding. Gutters should be kept clean and downspouts should extend as far away from your home as you have the room for. If your downspouts release the water to close to your home that water will build back up against your foundation.

The best way to diagnose a grading or drainage problem is to get a little wet, and venture outside when it is raining to see where your problem areas are. If you have noticed that your homes grading and drainage are failing a landscaping project may be just what you need. Most large landscaping projects do take both grading and drainage into consideration. While these projects can be very costly, saving your homes foundation and interior to potential damage is surely more efficient then waiting until something does go wrong.

 

 

May is upon us once again and that means Spring flowers have bloomed and Summer flowers are soon to follow. Today we have gathered up all our favorite flower post, for our Flower Roundup.

  • The Benefits Of Flowers – Florist have long known, what many recent studies have scientifically proven, that flowers are a symbol of happiness. Flowers create a positive impact on peoples lives, especially in an a time where there is less time to connect with nature.
  • Gardening Color Theory –  Color theory covers a variety of definitions, concepts and design applications. When it comes to gardening and landscape design color is usually the most prominent factor in the design process and the first one considered.
  • Creating A Coloful Garden – Color is a great way to enhance the overall look and feel of your garden. When it comes to gardening and landscape design color is usually the most prominent factor in the design process and the first thing considered. Color draws people in and people know what they like when they see it.
  • Gardening Benefits Of Marigolds – Marigolds are hardy annual plants, that are available in numerous varieties. Marigolds offer a variety of health and garden benefits. The flowers of the calendula marigold have been used for centuries for their health benefits. While the more common tagetes variety does not offer as many health benefits they do offer gardening benefits.

 

Michigan Irrigation Services

WATERING ALERT

Attention Metro Detroit residents. Current weather conditions are dry and many lawns have been drying out. Earlier in the year residents were able to water less frequently due to all the rain we had received.

Over the past few weeks we have not seen much rain and we have noticed many lawns have been drying out and have become damaged. Please be sure to keep watering your lawn and plants to ensure no further damage. If you can water your lawn in the morning. Watering in the morning ensures a dry surface for the evening hours.  Night time hours are when diseases thrive and spread the most.
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70-75

75-80

80-85

85-90

Over 90

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[one_fourth]NORMAL CONDITIONS

1″

1-1 1/4″

1 1/2″

1 1/2″ – 2″

2 – 2 1/4″

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1 1/4″

1 1/2″

1 1/2 – 2″

2 – 2 1/4″

2 – 3″

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1-2

2-3

3-4

3-5

4-6

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While the above summer watering chart is a  good starting point other factors must be taken into consideration. Shaded areas, very sunny areas, and areas that receive reflected heat off patios and driveways will make a difference in how often they should be watered as well. If you have any questions please call us.

 

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Grosse Pointe Landscape Design

We can’t believe it is already August! It feels as if we we’re just welcoming in July, and here we are heading into the end of summer. August is typically a maintenance month for landscapers and gardeners, ensuring your landscape is well watered and weed free is essential. Below are a few of our favorite August landscaping tips.

  • Prune or shear your ground cover. Boxwoods, juniper, laurel and other ground cover will have little to no growth for the remainder of the year.
  • Have a tree blocking your view? Now is a good time to prune and thin, as there will be little to no growth for the remainder of the year.
  • Continue to deadhead annuals for more blooms.
  • If you have iris or daylilies growing, August is the best month to divide them. Dividing every 3-5 years is essential, when you do not divide blooming will diminish significantly.
  • Keep an eye on the edges of your lawn. Sections of lawns that border driveways and sidewalks may need more water than open areas, due to the added heat of concrete. If you notice your edges browning make appropriate adjustments to your irrigation system.
  •  Container gardens will require fertilizer this month. One handful of fertilizer is equivalent to one tablespoon. Additionally, containers may require watering twice a day this month during hot and windy conditions.
  • Looking for more colors to carry you into the fall? Plant your fall perennials towards the end of the month.
  • Shrubs require one deep watering once a week this month.