As summer ends, watering should not. Continue watering your trees, shrubs and plantings until the ground freezes. One of the biggest factors causing winter decline is the lack of water and the plants drying out. If you allow the plants to soak up the water all the way to the winter months, they have a much better chance of remaining healthy throughout the winter months. Spraying your evergreens for winter burn will create a waxy coating on the leaves and needles to help seal in the … [Read more...]
Benefits of Irrigatian Systems coincide with new Irrigation Management Services at Epling.
The installation of an irrigation system in your landscape has many benefits which include saving time, money and water. The awareness in the importance of conserving water has grown as effects of the drought have become commonplace. In addition, irrigation systems will help promote growth of healthy turf and reduce the weed population. Saving time is important to almost everyone. Hand watering with a hose can take away valuable time in both the morning and evening hours. Irrigation systems … [Read more...]
Think Spring, but plan in the fall: Designing a year-long color rotation begins in the fall.
Rotating Annuals provides color rotation which is a great way to spruce up bare spots and problem areas. Annuals can also accentuate a simple pot or window box and have a tendency to create a nice back drop. In most of Virginia one can change annuals three to four times a year. In our area we have many different options to choose from depending on what time of year it is. The first color rotation of the year would be the spring. During this part of the year one would want to … [Read more...]
Container Gardening: Something for Everyone
Every household is unique with unique gardening needs. Individuals that live in townhomes or apartments may have different needs than those that live in single family homes in the town or in the country. For a variety of reasons, container gardening might be an advantage. Container gardens come in a variety of forms such as hanging baskets, patio pots, window boxes, herb and vegetable container gardens, succulents, or vertical gardens. Before determining which container garden is best for your … [Read more...]
Watering Guidelines: First Year Plantings
Proper watering is critical to your plant’s health. Epling is committed to everlasting and vigorous landscapes. Our goal is to educate and practice the best home care and watering techniques. Regular watering will help maximize flowering and proper growth. However, NO watering schedule is a substitute for observing the daily conditions of your landscape. Frequent shallow watering leads to shallow root systems that are not drought tolerant. Open-ended hose: An open-ended hose should be … [Read more...]
January 2014 Newsletter
Fireplaces and Firepits: A Dramatic Focal Point for Any Backyard
Do you want to enjoy your backyard every season? Would you also like to add a stylish focal point, and extend your outdoor living space? This can all be accomplished with the addition of a fireplace or firepit. There’s nothing quite like the cozy glow of an outdoor fire. Most people find them an irresistible gathering place to warm up on a chilly night and perhaps even roast a marshmallow or two. Fireplaces and firepits are becoming more common features of outdoor living spaces. While … [Read more...]
Fall Fertilization: A Jump Start to Spring Growth
Don’t fall behind, jump start! Fall fertilization benefits extend throughout the year by strengthening your plant and lawn roots. Giving them a strong base in the fall to thrive in the spring is as important as planting the initial seed. Early in September, the grass is recovering from a long, hot summer and maybe coming out of a drought-induced dormancy. While a September dose of fertilizer is important, an application at the end of October or early November is essential. The final lawn … [Read more...]