Spring Plants

Here in Gwinnett county the winter months have passed and spring time has come. We have prepared our flower bed’s and laid our pre-emergent’s. Next on the list is to start planting! Many plants put on quiet a colorful show during this time of the year and filling  your garden with them is very enjoyable. Knowing what plants to get and where to put them is very important. A few plants that’s  may work for your yard are:

Vinca Rosea
catharantus roseus

Vinca is a very beautiful annual that comes in a variety of colors. They come in shades of pink and purple and white with different colored  centers. They bloom from spring though fall and do best in full sun. The are drought tolerant, which is great for the summer time heat  here in Suwanee.  The need very little fertilizer to  bloom properly. They can get up 18 inches tall and 18 inches wide. The work well in flower beds and in containers.

 

Azaleas

Azaleas come in many different varieties, sizes, and colors. They bloom in spring and grow best in a slightly acidic fertilizer.  These plants are shade loving with newer cultivars that are sun tolerant. Most varieties are evergreen  and do well as hedges and in containers.

 

Purple Cone Flower
Echinacea purpurea

 

Purple cone flower amongst all of the cone flowers are very beautiful when their blooming. The flower stems can get over 18 inches  tall and the foliage gets around 12 inches around. It is a perennial in georgia and blooms from late spring through fall.  Their blooms attract butterflies and their seeds attract finches. The make great accent plants and do well in containers.

 

These as well as many other plants are a great to have in your lawn and garden during the spring. Here at brightwater landscaping would love to help make that happen for you.  From designing the dream lawn to installing that plants to make it happen. We supply the knowledge and ability to tackle any of your landscaping needs call today for a free estimate.

Pruning Blooming shrubs

Pruning can be done by anyone, but without the proper knowledge it can be very detrimental  to your plants. Improper pruning can make your plants misshaped, not bloom, and more prone to insects and diseases. Knowing the right time and technique is very important. Over the years working in Gwinnett county I have seen many people harm there plants by pruning without the proper knowledge.

 

There are many reasons to prune your shrubs. Some plants are pruned to maintain a manicured look. Some are pruned because they have over grown the area they are in. Corrective pruning can be done to damaged plant material. Proper pruning can also activate vigorous growth making you plant fuller and more healthy. These things may all be needed by your plant however need to be done properly.

 

 

Timing is the most important part when it comes to blooming. A general rule is if the plant blooms before May prune them after they bloom. If the plant blooms after May prune it in the early spring right before vegetative growth begins. The reason for this is, plants like azaleas that bloom in spring set there buds in the fall so they should be pruned after they bloom. Plants like crape myrtles bloom after may so they set their buds in spring there for should be pruned before the vegetative  growth begins in spring.

 

 

The technique  you use is also very important. Regular shearing can make your plants dense and have less inner growth. While thinning can make the plant fuller and better looking . When thinning you should always cut the branch back to a bud. This will encourage new growth. Cutting back to a stump  can make the wound harder to heal and more prone the diseases  and insect damage. When cutting back at the bud cut at an angle. Doing this will help the wound stay moist and heal faster.

 

 

Pruning is something that should be done with knowledge and care. Here at bright water landscaping we know how important your lawn and garden is to you and we will be more then pleased to provide you with the proper knowledge and care it deserves. Serving the metro Atlanta area for over 20 years call today for a free estimate on any of your landscaping needs.

 

 

 

Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are one of the most attractive plants that come up in the spring. They come in many varieties that have many different shapes, sizes, and colors. Most varieties grow well in the shade, however there are certain ones that grow best In full sun. Here in Gwinnett we have some really beautiful hydrangeas. When the spring time comes you can really see how well they light up the landscapes around town. Some varieties that might do well in your lawn are:

 

Vanilla Strawberry

These hydrangeas  really are amazing. They do well in the middle of  large landscapes, in containers, and make great borders . In mid summer enormous creamy white panicle blooms start growing off of red stems. These blooms change from a bright pink into a dark red. This change of colors really puts on a vibrant show that is sure to impress. This is something you surely do not want to miss out on!

 

Nikko blue

The Nikko blue hydrangeas  are on of the most common varieties in the hydrangea family. They have large round deep blue blooms that come out in late spring.  Their foliage is a large oval shape that commonly comes to a point . The blooms may be a light blue or even a pink if the soil is alkaline. To have the deep blue blooms an acidic soil level between 5.2-5.5 is ideal. Use lime to make the soil more alkaline(light blue or pink) and use garden sulphur  to make the soil level more acidic (deep blue). To find out the ph level a soil test is needed. These hydrangeas like to be in partial shade with wet feet.

 

These and many other hydrangeas are just what anyone needs to brighten up a dreary garden. Hear at bright water landscaping we would love to come brighten up yours. Serving the metro Atlanta area Call today for a free estimate.

Plant Selection For your lawn

There are many different variables when choosing  the plants for your  lawn and garden.  Of course  sun is one of the main deciding factors but there are many other things to consider when  choosing  these plants.  Here in Gwinnett we have a large variety of options when choosing plants. The question is which ones fit your wants and needs.

 

The amount of sunlight a plant gets is one of the most important factors in plant selection. The first step is finding out where your full sun and shade areas are. You can start by figuring out where the sun rises and sets around your house. If needed you can get a compass and know that the sun rises in the east. However knowing this information is only half the battle. Pay attention to where other trees and homes may be blocking the sun.

 

Once you  have figured out where your  sun and shade areas are, it will be time to think about the function which you would like your plants to provide. There are many different types of functions that plants can provide such as adding shade to a hot lawn or attracting birds .For example if your needed function of a plant was to provide privacy between you and a neighbor , you  would want to choose a tall growing evergreen like the emerald green arborvitae. If wanting a shade tree you would plant something like  a red maple. Some plant functions are to just be beautiful or to bring a fragrance to a walk way.  Make your lawn your own by choosing plants and hardscapes that customize to your needs. Something you can be proud to show off and love to enjoy.

 

The next deciding factor is going to be the amount of maintenance you will be providing. Most shrubs require some type of pruning to keep a manicured look, however there are shrubs that require less work then others. For example if you like the look of a Loropetalum but do not want it to get very large and really don’t want to maintain it all that much. By getting the dwarf variety Purple Pixie , you will still need to maintain the width getting 9 feet wide if needed.The height  only getting  1 to 2 feet tall is easily maintained, making a great ground cover.  Another example would be a dwarf box wood only growing about 2 inches a year will hardly ever need to be trimmed unless trying to maintain a very small size or specific shape. One of my favorite shrubs which requires almost no maintenance Is dwarf Nandina. With varieties growing from 12 inches to 2 feet requiring very little to no  maintenance, this colorful plant is great choice for any landscape.

 

 

Figuring some of these things out can be a pain and the worry if your doing it right can make the whole experience unwanted. That’s where we come in! Here at Bright Water Landscaping we provide the knowledge and the ability to  design your lawn and even install the plants ourselves. We will not only make your lawn beautiful, but we will provide  it with purpose and functionality.  Providing services throughout the Atlanta area, CALL TODAY FOR A FREE ESTIAMTE!

 

Gardening in February

Christmas has come and past. The Camellia’s and Helleborus are still  blooming. It is still pretty cold here in Gwinnett but spring will be here soon. There are many things  to do in and around the garden during this time of year. Preparing for the spring can make a huge difference in the quality of your plants. Here are some things you can do to prepare.

Start putting down you first application of pre emergent. Some may say it is to early but this will insure none of the grassy weeds germinate. Apply another application in late march. If you are planning to re-seed fescue do not put down any pre-emergent. While stopping the germination of weeds it will also do the same for grass seed. If laying fescue seed  wait for the average temperature to be between 60-75 degrees Fahrenheit.

Prune shrubs such as crape myrtles and roses. Throughout the year, old and diseased branches can be removed at any time but now is the time to prune the entire plant. A good rule of thumb that I use when pruning my trees and shrubs, is to not take anymore then a third of the plant off at once. This will insure that the plant will not go in to shock. There are plants such as ligustrum that can handle harsh pruning but to be safe I stick with that rule, unless otherwise advised.

Fertilize  pansies and other winter annuals. Use a fertilizer  with a high phosphorus level to promote blooming. Pansies can bloom all the way through spring and even into summer if cared for properly.

It is also a good time to prepare annual and vegetables beds. Use soil conditioner  to break down clay soils and promote root growth. Also using planting mixes with high organic matter are  beneficial to your plants by helping conserve water through the hot months and providing natural nutrients. Get  a soil test kit to find out if your soil needs lime or sulfur to balance the ph level.

Here at bright water landscaping, covering the metro Atlanta area. We can handle all of these task and more. We want you to have the most successful  garden possible and we can make that happen! Call today for a free estimate! (770) 237-9300

Hardscaping

Hardscaping by definition is a term that refers to the hard elements, or man made parts of a landscape.  This can be things like walkways, lawn statues, or  patios.

 

Here in Gwinnett county I see many hardscapes complementing  peoples landscapes and it really does seem to be the element that ties it all together. Adding these elements to your landscape  may be just what you need to bring  yours together to.  There are so many options when using hardscapes that can really manipulate the atmosphere that you’re looking for. You can choose from many different theme options that will complement the desired look and feel of your landscape. When you start to do your plan for you hardscapes options, keep in mind the importance of the textures you use and the impact they make on the look and feel of your plan. Textures can make or break a design. Not enough texture can be boring and lifeless and too much can make you feel uneasy and cramped. For example if  you were redoing your front  steps in stacked stone, you would want to make sure that color and texture of the stone will go well with the that of your house. Simple things such as these can sometimes be overlooked if not paid attention to and can be very detrimental to the over all out come of your project.

 

Before choosing the hardscapes your planning to put in your yard. Consider the purpose of each feature and how it complements your current style of home.  Many areas in your landscape can require many different  features depending on their purpose. For instance you have a nice sized back yard, but it only consist of a concrete slab and some turf. By removing the concrete slab and adding a patio you can separate the area for entertaining and the area for  the lawn. If you have the space to do so, you can extend the patio area opening up more room to add other features and to entertain. Adding things such as grills, planters, or patio furniture  can also help set the look and feel you are going for.

Not all hardscape plans have to be big or expensive. Adding things such as a trellis or a bench in a small garden can really complement the area well. Putting a small pond in the front yard, can make the entrance of a home feel welcoming and natural.  Areas that you would like to make walk ways can be done inexpensively with mulch or stone.  Doing any small project in your yard can really transform the area if done right.

As you can see there are many options when it come to adding hardscapes to your home. The first step is making the decision to have the outdoor space of your dreams.  The second step is finding the right people to do the work. Here at bright water landscaping  we look forward to making that dream come true. Providing services around the metro Atlanta area for all your landscaping needs. Call today for a free estimate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to bring color into your lawn during the winter

Here in Gwinnett county the winter months can really make your lawn and garden unappealing. With all the leaves, spring annuals, and perennials gone, there is almost no color to be seen. After seeing the beautiful show of colors in fall, the winter months can seem kind of dreary. Fortunately all is not lost. There are many annuals, perennials and evergreens that can brighten up your lawn and garden.

Hellaborus are a beautiful flowering perennial that really save the winter here in Georgia. Having a wide variety of colorful blooms from December into February can really put some life back into your garden.  Hellaborus is shade loving plant requiring partial to full shade and likes to stay pretty moist.  It does keep its leaves year round, however, the real show is in the winter.

 

Camellias are also great plants to have in your  landscape for winter color. They can also be used as great evergreen shrubs throughout the year. In fall the sansanqua camellias will start blooming with a wide variety of colors and bloom past February. The japonica camellias will start  blooming between late fall and early winter.  Varieties of the species japonica can bloom all the way into spring . These blooms with be sure to brighten up any dreary winter landscape.

Another way to add color to your garden during the winter, is annuals. Plants like pansy, violas, and cabbage can really brighten up areas the winter has dulled out. Just by adding a flat around the mailbox or a line of contrasting colors down a walk way, can really brighten things up. You can also mix annuals and evergreens to make beautiful container gardens. For example putting an autumn fern surrounded by violas with ivy trailing in between is a  great way to add color to your deck or empty containers.

 

 

These are just a few of the many things you can do to add color in your garden during the winter. If you’re tired of seeing nothing but bloomless plants and twigs give us a call! Here at Brightwater Landscaping we would love nothing more then to make your lawn and garden just as enjoyable in the cooler months as it is in spring and summer. Serving the metro Atlanta area. Call today for a FREE QUOTE!( 770) 237-9300

 

Benefits Of Having an Underground irrigation System

Throughout the past 20 years I have struggled with countless dehydration issues in my lawn and garden. Having the high temperatures that we have in Gwinnett really puts a lot of stress on plants. Even established trees, shrubs, and turf can struggle with dehydration. However the , annuals, turf,  and new plantings are where  the trouble comes first.  Having an efficient and reliable underground irrigation system is the easiest way to prevent that from happening. It is also  one of the most beneficial tools in keeping your landscape looking healthy and fresh!

To have a beautiful lawn and garden your plants must have sufficient hydration. Water is essential for  plant’s to uptake nutrients from the soil. If  you are like me and to you your  lawn is  more then just plants but an investment. Protecting that investment with a underground irrigation system can save you from losing plants from drought and keep you lawn full and green.

Lugging around hoses and sprinkler heads can be a pain and remembering to put them out is such a hassle. If you forget one day in august, your plants may not make it. Having the convenience of an underground irrigation system will relieve you of that stress. You select the days and times for them to turn on and that’s it, no more worry! The flowers stay upright and the  grass stays green. Its much easier to enjoy my yard when I don’t have to worry about watering .

To keep you lawn looking nice you still have to fertilize, cut the grass, and apply weed killers, but having an underground irrigation system cuts out the biggest hassle of all, keeping everything watered! Here at Bright Water Landscaping  we not only know how to make you lawn and garden beautiful , we know how to keep it that way!  Our services include anything from basic landscaping services  starting at $39.99 to irrigation installation to keep our work watered and looking fresh!

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Planting in the fall

Everyone has heard it before but do you know why fall is a better time than spring to plant trees, shrubs, and perennials. There are many things that contribute to making planting in the fall beneficial. When a plant is planted in fall, it may see the cold temperatures where the vegetative growth is, but not underground where the roots are. Over most of the state, underground root growth goes right on until the soil temperature drops below 40 degrees.  (about 50% of  the country never gets that low, and even in the colder areas, the roots have several months to grow before the soil temperature drops to that degree.)

The difference between planting in the spring and the fall is simple. If you are planting a tree or a shrub in the spring, it must acclimate to its new home and immediately start growing. While it is already taking nutrients to grow the roots. At the same time, it is producing leaves, flowers, and then having to go through the stress of the Georgia heat. When planting the same tree or shrub in fall it will go  dormant above ground once the outside temperature is to cold and the roots will continue to grow for several months. In doing this, it will give the plant time to become comfortable and strong. When spring comes around, your plants will be established and ready to push out healthy vegetative growth and many beautiful blooms.

 

Now you know why people keep saying it and it’s true. Fall is definitely the better time to plant trees, shrubs, and perennials. It is one of the most gratifying experience’s to watch spring roll in with beautiful blooms and seeing the trees fill out and then to watching the fall colors cover everything. It really is something you must experience for yourself. Covering the metro Atlanta area, call Brightwater today for a free estimate on the landscape of your dreams!