Annapolis Landscape Design
24 Nutwell Rd, Lothian,
MD, 20711
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29 Jun 2016

How is your Lawn Reacting to the Heat?

Summer heat and dry weather have arrived.  With the change in the weather we are seeing a lot of lawns suffer from the lack of moisture if there is no irrigation system in place.  In irrigated lawns, we are also seeing turf suffer from over-watering or improperly adjusted systems.  An irrigation system that is not set up properly will over water areas and/or not apply enough water in other areas.  Too much water is often times more harmful to turf than not enough water.  If you over water, you are not only wasting water, you are welcoming diseases that will kill your turf.  This damage is expensive to repair and may require a complete renovation.

Turf and all plants for that matter, need air space in the soil to breathe (exchange gases) and if these spaces are filled with an abundance of water (from over watering)  the plants suffocate and die.  One extremely important component of any irrigation system is the rain sensor.  This sensor will shut off the system during a rain event to help prevent over-watering.

How do you tell if you have problem with your system not watering enough or not working properly?

If you see small areas of your turf in circular patterns turning brown you may have a sprinkler that is out of adjustment or clogged.  If a large area is brown and the rest of the lawn is green you may have a problem with one of your valves.  If your entire lawn is brown you may have a problem with the controller or rain sensor.

Burn spot on grass from lack of watering
Burn spot on grass from lack of watering

How do you tell if your system is watering too much?

If after your irrigation system runs you have standing water or water comes up around your feet when you walk on the turf you are putting out too much water.  Your turf may also feel soft and spongey if it is too wet.  Areas of your lawn turning yellow or thinning out could be a result of too much water.  If areas of your lawn begin to rapidly decline and die it is most likely a disease that could be caused by too much water.

Over-saturated lawn due to an excess of watering
Over-saturated lawn due to an excess of watering

Spongy, wet turf due to leak in irrigation system

Spongy, wet turf due to leak in irrigation system

It is extremely important to properly maintain your system to promote and maintain a healthy landscape.  The experts at Exterior Image are equipped with the knowledge and tools to adjust and maintain your irrigation system at its optimum level. Contact us at 410-956-1344 to have your irrigation system check scheduled today.

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09 Jun 2016

What’s a Rain Garden?

Wow! Exterior Image’s rain garden was certainly put to the test in May! Installed in 2008, our 800 square foot rain garden has grown to a mature state and is thriving in it’s environment. As the garden has matured, it continues to do it’s job time and time again. (See how it’s grown in the photos below).

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What’s a rain garden? Well, a rain garden is a sunken garden that receives water runoff from a roof, driveway, walkways and other impervious areas. Instead of having all this water sent to the bay carrying all the pollutants, salts, waste, etc., have that water retained on your property and allow it to enter the groundwater system which naturally filters out the dangerous pollutants that infiltrate our bay and tributaries.

To see various garden designs, click here.

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Exterior Image used a host of wetland edge vegetation for the job. Most of these plants are native because they generally don’t require fertilizer, and are tolerant of existing climate, soils, and water conditions. The plants will also help absorb excess moisture before returning into the soil.

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If you would like to install a rain garden to help in the preservation of the Chesapeake Bay, and our environment, give us a call at 410-956-1344 to schedule a consultation and design. We will then price your job for a professional installation that will not fail in its task of preserving our natural resources.

Some plants we use in rain gardens:

Rain Garden Plant Selection

Perennials: Aster novae-angliae- New England Aster; Baptisa australis – False Indigo; Carex muskingunmensis – Palm Sedge; Eupatorium maculatum- Joe Pye Weed; Hibiscus moscheutos – Swamp Mallow (Hibiscus); Iris pseudacorus – Yellow Flag Iris; Iris ensata – Japanese Iris; Rudbeckia fulgida var. fulgida – Black Eyed Susan; Solidago rugosa

Shrubs: Itea virginica – Virginia Sweetspire; Cornus sericea –Redosier Dogwood

See more local natives on our Trent Hill Nursery website