We are full-on into summer. Lawns are possibly becoming a soft straw color in some gardens, even with attempts at watering as the hot sun beats down on them day after day. Plants in the bed areas and any annuals in containers need to be watered every few days to every day.
What can make this chore easier is the help of an irrigation system. So you can spend your time enjoying your garden, plus its far more cost-efficient this way as the water is directed to specific areas in programmed zones at optimal times. Hanging baskets can be set for twice a day – early am and late pm – in the heat of the summer. The lawn area can be set for a deep watering every few days, and the veggie garden you planted can be soaked every day – making the yield greater than if they are struggling for a drink.
We at Evans Creek can help with getting an irrigation plan drawn up for you, whether you are interested in adding a system to an existing landscape or for a newly installed garden. I tell you, I would never have another garden without an irrigation system because it’s allowed me to get a lot more dynamic with what I have done on my half acre of garden space! The 29 + pots and baskets are automatically watered for me every day so all I have to do is deadhead and feed every couple of weeks. I have been able to add a variety of perennials and evergreen plants into the landscape and everything is happy.
An irrigation system does need yearly maintenance to maintain its optimal efficiency and not waste water. In the spring, it is a must to make sure heads are clear to properly water areas. In late fall, ensure the system is blown out before the temperature freezes to prevent any pipes from rupturing during winter months.
Here’s what’s blooming in gardens right NOW! One of my favorite flowers the tree peony. The blooms on this variety are insanely huge. The flower head’s are so heavy they have to be supported. To do this I like to use individual looped stakes or a grow thru type support. Green coated wire is best as it will blend in better. Plant your tree peony in a place where it receives afternoon shade. They don’t like to be moved but if you need to expect it to take a couple year’s till the bloom count comes back. Happy gardening.
In that old nursery rhyme, there is the implied promise that if the sun shines, we won’t complain when it rains next. In other words, ‘PLEASE, PLEASE, GIVE US A BREAK!’.
As a native son of the Emerald City, I cannot remember a fall and winter as wet, cold and gray. We have all had quite enough rain, but be grateful that we have such an abundance. It is the very essence of our green world and nourishes the most spectacular gardens on earth.
Through these long, gray days of winter our gardens appear dull and inactive but don’t be fooled! While we have been dodging raindrops, and pulling our parkas snug, the plant kingdom has been hard at work getting ready to start their spring. Hidden from view, leaf and flower buds are swelling with nutrients gathered by new roots deep in the soil and when the time is right, we will have a RIOT of new growth.
So, this a good time to check for any leftover perennial pruning that got missed!
So, when the sun does decide to come out for more than a day or two, hold on to your hats because this spring will be breathtaking!!
There is nothing more wonderful than going out into your own vegetable garden and picking fresh lettuce for dinner. Evans Creek landscape has installed many gardens over the years. And more and more clients are asking for vegetable gardens. Putting in raised garden boxes allows easy access for picking and maintaining your veggies. Adding drip irrigation also keeps plants evenly watered and thriving.
Evans Creek Landscape loves to incorporate spring bulbs into our landscape projects. If you take a few minutes in the fall to plant these wonderful snow drop bulbs you will be rewarded with these tiny beautiful heads greeting you in late January to early February.This year they are early lucky us! Plant them 3-4 inches below the surface. After they bloom let the heads go to seed and they will naturalize in your garden creating wonderful drifts of white bobbing heads.