Birds are chirping and flowers are blooming.
Yesterday was the first official day of Spring 2017.
So many wonderful views are to come about as seasons change and landscapes flourish!
Spring is a time of new beginnings.
You might have spring clean up on your to-do list.
Even a complete renovation might be an option now that the time is best.
A good clean up would help you accurately asses how much space you are working with.
Planning is always the right action to take before you buy and plant any kind of seeds.
It will also help in determining what grows best during this season.
Care for your yard should also increase, especially when it comes to how often you will need to mow or maintain your yard.
Above all else, always remember that you can always count on us for your landscape needs. We are only a call away.
Roses and Poinsettias are great flowers to plant for the season and will bring a life of color to your landscape when they begin to bloom.
Within the next few months plant all the herbs, vegetables, and annuals you want. As long as you can keep up with the maintenance, it is the perfect time for them to get all the nutrients they need without being overheated or dehydrated.
If you see your lawn starting to decline, it can be revived with the application of quick acting high nitrogen fertilizers and regular irrigation.
John Madison Landscape can help you with most of your landscaping needs.
The benefits of Lawn Aeration:
-Improved air exchange between soil and atmosphere.
-Enhanced soil water uptake
-Improved fertilizer uptake and use
-reduce water run off and puddling
-Stronger turf grass roots
-Reduced soil compaction
-Enhanced heat and drought stress tolerance
-Improved resiliency and cushioning
-Enhanced thatch breakdown
Some researchers will agree that it is very important for children to interact with plants and nature. The common trend found in these studies is that children are less hyperactive, more focused, more creative and more cooperative at play. So, find a few extra shovels, tell the kids it’s OK to get dirty, and they may even join you.
- Did you know that plants improve air quality?
- It is a known fact that after a stressful day at work- looking at a yard with the view of natural elements, such as trees and flowers, experienced less job pressure, were more satisfied with their jobs and reported fewer ailments and headaches that those who either had no outside view or could only see built elements from their windows.
- One hour of weeding burns 300 calories ( the same as walking or bicycling at a moderate pace), and manual push mowing of the lawn burns 500 calories per hour (the same rate as playing tennis).
#Landscape Fun Facts
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The tabebuia trees are in bloom… in Central Florida that means that spring time is coming! Here in Central Florida most landscape projects can be done almost any time of year, but spring is always a great time for planting, the plants are ready to show their best!
With spring comes color and color means annuals, so I thought I’d share some of my favorite spring annuals.
There are hundreds of varieties of begonias with flowers shades of white, pink, red, yellow, and orange with many different and interesting leaf patterns. Most of the ones you will find in local garden centers are limited to white, pink, and red. But don’t let that stop you from planting them, begonias will give you a steady show of flowers and wax varieties handle the heat of summer fairly well often looking great through the summer into fall.
Another prolific bloomer, dianthus may not last into the summer heat quite as well as others, but can be planted earlier. The variety of flowers always amazes me with different combinations of white, pink and red patterns; single and double flowers.
Plant impatiens in shady or partial shade spots for splashes of color. The New Guinea varieties do well in sunnier spots, but still appreciate a partial shade here in Central Florida.
Pentas come in white, and several shades of pink and red. They are usually fairly pest and disease free, though when stressed the are more likely to develop problems. One of the reasons I like pentas is that even though they are considered annuals, the will often survive through the summer and sometimes even through the winter.
Salvias offer something most other spring annuals don’t… the color blue! They come in red, orange and purple too. Salvias tend to like the heat and are considered drought tolerant, often wilted looking salvias just need a good drink of water and some cooler evening air to perk back up.
Again Zinnias have hundreds of colors and sizes to choose from yet are fairly drought tolerant. Use in masses of color, or mix colors and sizes for an informal look.
Ornamental Potatoes are another annual that will usually grow year round in Central Florida. While they don’t have the showy flowers of other annuals, they are great for trailing over the sides of pots, hanging baskets and retaining walls.
Happy New Year! It is a fresh new year and a good time to start with those resolutions. What are some of the ways that you will keep your New Year’s Resolutions? Most New Year’s Resolutions involve in some degree to live healthier, live more fugal, and become less stressful in a stressful world, or to be happier or more joyful about yourself and with your life. But how are you going to do all of these goals? And is there a way that you can help complete all these tasks at the same time? Why not recycle? I am not talking about separating all the plastic vs paper and put them in that extra bin for the city to pick up once a week. What I’m talking about is using that “Bang for the Buck”.
Show the world or your neighbors that you know how to use your money in smart ways. A lot of the trash or things that you throw away can be used in many more ways than what you are using them for. Some of the things that you can reuse are things like mason jars for decorations, used wine bottles for Tiki torches in your yard, that Sunday paper for weed barrier in you new planters, and if you invest in a decomposer you can use your leftover food and your yard waste for make rich nitrogen fertilizer for your plants. That in itself is saving you a lot of money. And besides, it clears your kitchen from that smell from your waste bin and invites that fresh air scent.
There are a lot of ways that you can recycle your waste, save a lot of money and even gain some property value doing it. The next step for you is to either research ways to do all of this or to give us a call to assist you in becoming more creative in your yard. We want to help you discover your environments hidden beauty.
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! It’s that time to reflect and to start thinking of your new year’s resolutions. 2015 is going to be your year and you have every tool that you need to make it a great one for you and for your loved ones.
Instead of those “short term goals”, why not start with a vision? Most people don’t realize that their “goals” are actually a vision of what they want as the outcome. Plans help your goals, and goals make your vision. What are you going to do to reach your dreams and how much effort are you willing to put into your reality-creating goals? If you can keep it reachable, and you can keep yourself accountable, you have no boundaries to your visions.
Here at John Madison Landscape, our goals are to use our skills, and expertise, in lined with your vision. Whether it is to eat more healthy with more natural organic gardens, to help reduce stress with outdoor rooms and spaces, or as simple as to make your life that much more enjoyable by creating a beautiful landscape for you to look at through your windows. Whatever it may be, we want you to discover your environments hidden beauty. Our vision is just that, “Discovering YOUR Environments Hidden Beauty”.