Annapolis Landscape Design
24 Nutwell Rd, Lothian,
MD, 20711
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23 May 2016

The Pros & Cons of the Crazy Weather

What effect does all the recent cool, wet and cloudy weather have on the landscape? How do plants react to that? In general, you would expect a slowing of growth and development. Flowers may be delayed. Size may be less than normal. The good news is that these effects will be mitigated by the abundance of rain. More good news is those plants and trees in flower have retained them much longer than normal. In the nursery our hybrid and Kousa dogwoods, as well as some viburnum, still are in bloom.

You can expect more fungal disease due to the cool and damp. We have seen cedar apple rust and cedar quince rust. Molds and mildew might also appear.

Insect development and activity is also retarded. You may have noticed the absence of gnats—a real treat. Insects that carry disease, like the ambrosia beetle, have been less actively flying and thereby not spreading disease. The same applies to lilac borers.

Seasonal affective disorder notwithstanding, be grateful for all the moisture and coolness. It will soon be hot and dry.

06 May 2016

Pollinator Paradise

Planting season is finally here! As you look at your gardens and make plans to add on or renovate, keep in mind that you can create a garden that is not only beautiful to look at, but also beneficial to pollinators and other wildlife.

These gardens don’t have to be large. Pick a sunny spot on the edge of your lawn that isn’t used or where the grass just doesn’t grow well. Dedicating even just a small portion or a few plants in each part of your landscape to bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects can make an impact.

In deciding on plants and layout for these or any garden area, keep in mind a few things:

• Mix trees, shrubs, and perennials to create a dynamic look
• Choose types of plants that bloom in different seasons to ensure something is always going on for you and the pollinators
• Mass perennials in large groups to make an impact
• Choose plants that don’t need a lot of help and can survive on their own once established

Here is an example of a small pollinator garden design for a sunny spot to get you started.

 

Garden Plan