Does the company provide lawn maintenance services?
Our company does provide annual clean up but we do not offer lawn mowing, tree trimming, mulching, and weeding.
We do offer the last 3 services if our crew is already on site doing other services.
What are some plants that are low maintenance?
Some low maintenance plants that can be planted in your yard are ground covers, plants from the Nandina family, Laurels, Perennials, low growing evergreens, and Hydrangeas.
What kinds of plants are deer/animal resistant?
Deer tend to stay away from poisonous plants and fragrant plants with strong scents. They also do not like plants that are prickly (unless they're desperate).
Some plants that deer typically, but not always, stay away from are:
-Deer resistant trees: Red Chestnut tree, Serviceberry, Kwanzan Cherry tree, Dogwood, Hawthorn trees, Ash, Beech, Birch, Honeylocust, (Japanese, Siugar, Red) Maple, Mugo Pine, Sprucce, and Holly trees.
-Deer resistant shrubs: Boxwoods, Pieris Japonica, Mahonia (or Barberry), Caryopteris, Butterfly Bush, and Carol Mackie.
-Deer resistant ornamental grasses: Miscanthus, Purple Fountain 'Rubrum', and Lilyturf.
-Deer resistant perennials: Bleeding Hearts plants, Catmint, Yellow Alyssum, Foxglove, Salvia plants, Iris flowers, Lambs Ear, Lavender plants, Lenten Rose, Peonies, and Poppy flowers.
-Deer resistant bulbs: Snowdrops, Glory of the Snow, Crocus, Scilla Siberica, Hyacinths and Grape Hyacinths, Daffodils, and the Allium.
-Deer resistant ground covers: Pachysandra, Liriope, and Bugleweed.
What are the benefits of ground cover over grass?
Having grass in your yard looks great. It is truly an American favorite. However, with up keeping grass there is maintenance, money, and the cost of your time. Also, grass doesn't always do well in a shady area that doesn't receive much or any sun. Lawn grass is superior to ground cover in that it is a uniform ground cover that people and pets can walk over. Ground cover is essentially a term that is used to refer to perennials that are known for their ability to spread. Some of the benefits of ground cover are:
-Installed in areas too shady for lawn grasses to grow properly
-Installed in narrow, oddly shaped areas where mowing and edging is difficult
-Installed to reduce overall landscape maintenance
-Control erosion, especially on slopes where lawn grass is difficult to maintain
-Attractive accents for areas too small to accommodate shrubs
-Obstruct traffic without impeding view
-Provide vegetative growth for very wet or very dry locations
-Used in areas to control weeds
What does ground cover mean and what are some types of ground cover that are native to Maryland, DC, and Virginia?
Ground cover is essentially a term that is used to refer to perennials that are known for their ability to spread and are relatively low growing, cover the ground, and add to the overall appearance of the landscape. While lawn grasses are the most commonly used ground cover, the term "ground cover" usually refers to plants other than lawn grasses. Most ground covers are not intended to be walked on and may be damaged by pedestrian traffic.
When skillfully interplanted with trees and shrubs, groundcovers impart a textural balance to the planting. Groundcovers also give unity to the landscape by tying together all the elements of the planting.
In practice, the groundcovers most frequently used are those that are vigorous growing, hardy, and most easily propagated. Any slope greater than 12 percent is best planted with a groundcover. Around buildings, groundcovers are superior to paving. They perform extremely well to reduce heat, glare, noise, and dust.
*The term ground cover encompasses (but is not limited to) plants like:
- Pachysandra: plant is a shrubby, evergreen ground cover which grows 8-12" high and spreads to form a dense carpet of rich, dark green foliage. Oval leaves appear primarily in whorls at the stem ends. Tiny white flowers in 1-2" long spikes bloom in early spring. Flowers are not particularly showy, but on close inspection are quite attractive. This evergreen perennial is native to the southeastern United States. White to pink flowers appear in early spring. Prefers moist soil.
- Liriope: Commonly called "Lilyturf' or "Blue Lily Turf", is a tufted, tuberous-rooted, grass-like perennial which typically grows 12-18" tall and features clumps of strap-like, arching, glossy, dark green leaves. The showy flower spikes have tiered whorls of dense, violet-purple flowers that rise above the leaves in late summer. Flowers give way to blackish berries which often persist into winter. Prefers partial or full sun and well-drained soil. It is a deer-resistant ground cover.
- Alumroot (Rock Geranium): these plants have palm-shaped or lobed leaves on long stems, and a thick, woody root system. Best grown in organically rich, humusy, dry to medium moisture, moist to well-drained soils, in full sun to part shade. Some verities are native to Maryland.
- Epimedium (Barrenwart): is characterized by 4-petaled, "spider-like" flowers hanging in clusters in shades of yellow, beige, pink, lavender, purple, red, or white, and bloom from spring to early summer. New leaves emerge with bronzy pink edges before turning green in summer. There are evergreen and deciduous species. Thrives in full to partial shade with rich, well-drained soil.
- Sarcococca (Sweet Box): Commonly called "Sweetbox", this plant is a low-growing, broadleaf evergreen shrub that can grow to 5' tall that spreads, albeit slowly, by underground root runners over time in shady areas of the landscape. Has lustrous, leathery, dark green leaves and tiny, tubular, fragrant, white flowers that bloom in March-April. Female flowers give way to globose, shiny, black fruits. Best grown in organically rich, acidic, moist, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade.
- Christmas Fern: This native Maryland fern stays green all winter. Its distinctive fronds are sometimes used in holiday decorations. Is an excellent choice for shaded gardens as it happily thrives under trees and rocky areas. Though it prefers partial shade, the Christmas fern also tolerates direct sun if the soil is kept damp. The fern typically grows in a fountain-like clump to 2' tall and features leathery, lance-shaped evergreen fronds.Young fiddleheads (or crosiers) are silvery and scaled, and are typically found in the spring.