West-Coast Inspired Backyard Featured in HouseTrends

Published on April 21, 2012

We are excited to announce that The Site Group was featured in HouseTrends for a our work on a West-Coast inspired backyard project near Clayton, Ohio. Click here to view our project detail page or click here to read the article. Interested in a free consultation - click here.

Spring Recommendations

Published on April 3, 2012

Look into using a pre-emergent herbicide such as Preen to help control weeds.  Pre-emergents will kill seeds of any plant, so they need to be applied early to control germination. Be extra careful around annuals and stay well away from kitchen or vegetable gardens!  Check the label on your favorite and reapply as directed for longer control.  We recommend applying pre-emergents under new mulch, against the soil or last years mulch.

Touch up mulch in beds as needed.  Mulch acts as weed control and holds moisture against the roots of the plant.  We suggest a 1 ½” to 2” layer on top of the soil, although you may have to only add ¼” or less to maintain that level each year.  If your mulch has not decomposed from last year, stirring it with a rake will bring up the color.  Check into mulch stains if you want to re-enrich the color but don’t need to add mulch.

Keep mulch 1-2” away from the base of trees. Current research is finding that the “flare,” where the trunk transitions into the roots, needs to be exposed to the air if possible for optimum tree health

Cut off perennials and dispose of the cuttings if it was not done in the fall.  Grasses should be cut back to 9” high April 1st or sooner.

Spring is a good time to divide and transplant perennials and grasses.  A good rule of thumb is that a plant needs dividing when the center of the plant begins to die out.  The roots at that point have become so thick that the center is not able to receive the nutrients it needs to continue growth.  Cut each plant into 3 or 4 pie shaped pieces and fill in holes or form new beds with the extras.

Pruning can be done in the spring, but it is good to wait until after the plant has bloomed and/or put on it’s new growth so you don’t lose the bloom or have to reprune…

We use and recommend Osmocote time release fertilizer for a general fertilization.  When in doubt, use a blend that contains all 3 elements (Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium) in equal numbers for equal benefit to leaves, roots and stem.

Edge all beds to control turf grass.  A square, sharp spade will work, although power edgers are effective.

Spring Planting Guide

Published on March 16, 2012

Here are some great ideas for your spring garden:

Bulbs: Great early color. Coordinate bloom times and colors for longer life. Remember that tulips lose
vibrancy each year while old standards like daffodils and hyacinth get better with age.

Creeping Phlox: Early spring bloomer. Carpets of white, lavender, pink and rose color

Forsythia: Winter or spring?  Signals the change and is always exciting

Bleeding Heart: Try the fringed variety for longer plant life and bloom

Dianthus: Pink, rose, white. Very fragrant

Dwarf Iris: Dwarf yellow, purple or blue blooms

Judd Viburnum: Deciduous shrub, wonderfully fragrant white blooms. Koreanspice and Burkwood
viburnums are also very fragrant and a bit larger.

Redbud: Often overlooked.  Pink blossoms on a tree with lots of character and informality.

Charleston-style garden project in Beavercreek

Published on August 21, 2011

The Site Group was recently featured in HouseTrends for a Charleston-style garden project in Beavercreek, Ohio. The project included paver patio around the in-ground pool, pergola, fire pit, garden and planting. Click here to read the article. Interested in a free consultation - click here.

New Carlisle Garden Landscaping

Published on April 21, 2010

The Site Group was featured in HouseTrends for our recent work on a New Carlisle Garden Landscaping Project. The project included landscape architecture and design, historic brick paver patio and walkway, and planting. Click here to read the article. Interested in a free consultation - click here.

Oakwood Pool and Patio Landscaping

Published on March 21, 2009

The Site Group was featured in the March edition of HouseTrends Magazine for our work on the Browning's Oakwood Pool and Patio Landscaping Project. Click here to read the article. Interested in a free consultation - click here.

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