Creating and Maintaining Beautiful Yards
12 Nov 2018
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Important DIY Fall Lawn Care Tasks

Every year, I seem to encounter the same questions from dedicated and passionate lawn enthusiasts such as yourselves regarding late-fall lawn care. “is there anything left for me to do now that it’s mid-November?” Well, of course!  Even after you’ve applied winterizer to your lawn, raked up all your leaves, and gotten your irrigation blowout done right before the first big freeze of the season, there are still some important, easy-to-execute DIY tasks you’ll need to complete before putting your property to bed for winter. This is especially relevant if you live in coastal regions, where long winters, excessive snowfall, and prolonged periods of snow cover don’t persist during the winter and leave more time for these tasks to be completed.

It’s important to know that late-fall isn’t pack-it-up time just yet. To set your lawn up for a successful spring and an uneventful winter, you’d be wise to complete these tasks as soon as possible. How does this weekend sound?

Keep On Raking

Here at Kalagan outdoor design, we know that raking leaves can be downright exhausting, especially when  temperatures drop and the extra layers start to come on. However, making sure that you rake up all of the leaves in your front and back yards is an essential fall task that you simply can’t afford to ignore. If leaves are left unraked, they can pile up to the point of suffocating the grass, causing dead patches. Fungal diseases can also become a problem over the winter if matted down leaves are covering the lawn. Using a lawn mower to mulch leaves, or a bagger to pickup leaves can make the job easier than raking.

Leaves left on the lawn will prevent air flow and daylight from helping your lawn grow. A thick mat of wet leaves will damage your lawn beyond recovery and you will be forced to reseed patches of your lawn next spring. If you’re trees are not totally barren just yet, it’s important to keep that rake handy.

Clean The Gutters

 

Kelowna-Gutter-CleaningWith November almost halfway through, you’ll want to avoid having clogged and messy gutters when the first winter storm of the year hits your area.

We know; cleaning the gutters is not everyone’s favourite chore. It is, however, an important part of winterizing your property, and will look good when paired with some flashy holiday lights!

 

 

Treat Your Lawn Mower

When finished with your last mow of the season, you should use the extra time to take on other maintenance tasks that you didn’t have time for during the busy season. Your mower needs regular tune-ups to make sure that everything is in working order, and late fall/winter is the perfect time to do it.

You should inspect your mower for damaged parts, install a new spark plug, change the oil, empty the gas tank and remove the dull mower blades for sharpening. For those of you that aren’t do-it-yourselfers, take your mowers to a small engine repair shop or your local hardware store for the necessary repairs.

If There’s Frost, Stay Off!

 

Sometimes in life, taking the route most-traveled is the right thing to do, especially when it comes to frosted grass. That’s what driveways and walkways are for, after all! Come November, you should be using them whenever possible. Walking over a lawn that is frost covered can cause significant and unsightly damage to the turf. Damage first appears as a blackening of the leaves, which gradually turns to a brown or tan colour.

A frost covered lawn should always be stayed off of until the frost has lifted, though thankfully, there are ways to test it. A quick test to determine whether it is safe to walk on the grass is to simply take your hand and wipe it parallel along the surface (tips) of the turf. If your hand stays dry throughout the duration of the test, it is still too soon to walk on the turf. If your hand is wet, then the frost has started to melt and it is safe to walk on.

 

Contributed by: Kalagan Outdoor Design, Foremost experts in landscaping and yard care serving Vernon and Kelowna BC.

18 Jul 2018

Kalagan Outdoor Design Offers Fast and Innovative Landscaping Service in the Okanagan Region B.C.

 

Summary: Kalagan Outdoor Design is a new company offering high-quality landscaping services to the residents of the Okanagan region in B.C. The company uses innovative technology and creative designers to create memorable landscapes fast.

Kalagan Outdoor Design has only launched in April 2018 but it has already made a name for itself as an innovative and creative landscape design service. Made up of experienced professionals, the company constructs and renovates both residential and commercial landscapes of any complexity. The team promises to make any of the client’s dreams come true and they use advanced technology and methods to do this quickly.

What Exactly Does Kalagan Outdoor Design Offer at https://kalaganoutdoordesign.com?

Kalagan Outdoor Design prides itself on being able to satisfy all client’s needs in regards to the construction and maintenance of their gardens and yards. The services offered by the company include:

  • Water features construction and maintenance (ponds, waterfalls, fountains)
  • Seasonal cleanup (spring, fall, and ice & snow removal)
  • Decorative rock work
  • Lawn and yard maintenance
  • Decks and patios installation

It’s the latter service that makes Kalagan Outdoor Design immediately stand out from the majority of Okanagan landscaping services. As the team explains on its official website (https://kalaganoutdoordesign.com/services/residential-commercial-pilings/), Kalagan uses an innovative technology for the construction of foundations, which is a faster and more reliable alternative to traditional concrete footings.

Kalagan Outdoor Design’s groundwork is exceptional and has already been used for the foundations of various structures. The exact list of these services provided by the young team includes:

  • Foundation work
  • Underpinning
  • Pile driving
  • New builds
  • Home improvements
  • Bored piles
  • Extensions and conservatories
  • Commercial builds
  • Basement works
  • Bespoke foundation design
  • Reinforced concrete

The company also offers to perform a variety of works relating to retaining walls, building additions, and multiple safety additions (for example, avalanche tie-downs and landslide safety upgrades).

This list is growing steadily as does the company itself. By providing quality service to the entirety of the Okanagan region and Interior B.C., the word of Kalagan Outdoor Design spreads fast. The technology used by the team allows them to perform every job quickly and efficiently. In addition to that, hi-tech solutions make many of the services quite affordable.

Kalagan Outdoor Design invites everyone who is looking to have their property upgraded or wants to turn their yard into a place of natural beauty, to apply for an estimate. The team is sure they will be able to provide a highly competitive offer. All Kalagan workers are both licensed and insured and every service comes with a quality guarantee.

26 Apr 2018

5 Ways Lawn Care and Landscaping Pros Can Increase Your Home’s Value

 

Lawn care and landscaping are great for the environment and have been shown to boost your health. What’s more, they are efficient methods of increasing the value of your home

 

Whether you are considering selling your property in the future or you want to keep it in your family, a great-looking yard can boost your kerb appeal and tremendously increase your property’s value. And with the help and insights of a professional lawn care company, a healthy, great-looking lawn and landscape is within reach.

 

Here are five ways that experts in lawn care and landscaping can boost your home’s appeal and value:

1. They use the right tools

Not all yards are easy to work with. Some will require the use of special tools to make them look perfect. While you can rent tools to prune or remove trees and shrubs, it is always less stressful to leave this job in the hands of the experts. By investing in professional hedge trimming and pruning services, the job can be done in no time.

 

Remember that these professionals are equipped to handle various landscaping situations. They will visit your home and assess the situation, taking note of what tools are needed and how much time is required to perform things that are important before installation commences. In turn, this will make the job simpler and faster for property owners.

2. They have years of experience

The knowledge and experience of these professionals are the most valuable assets they bring to your landscaping project. With their years of experience, they can tell you whether you need to change your plan or not.

 

In fact, they may completely disagree with your plan, depending on the location of your home, the amount of sunlight your yard receives daily, and the availability of the land you have. They know exactly what will work and what will not in a particular setting. They also know what type of grass best suits your area and lifestyle.

 

Besides, it is not always about what you want, but about what works best to increase the value and appeal of your home when other people see it for the first time.

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3. Professional quality work is guaranteed

You would not allow, for example, just anyone to renovate your kitchen or install your digital TV antenna, so why let someone inexperienced work in your yard? Professional quality work must always be superior. Remember that your landscaping will only look best with the experts’ ability to provide high-quality work.

4. They can execute your landscaping design vision

Knowing that you won’t be responsible for the work and maintenance on your yard is what makes it more likely for you to choose a landscaping design that will complement your home rather than one that is easy to care for.

 

Time is a valuable asset. With professional help, you won’t forgo things that are most important to you just to keep your yard well-maintained. This job will be happily accomplished for you by lawn care and landscaping pros so you can enjoy the benefits of perfect kerb appeal without compromising or losing anything in the process.

5. They perform scheduled maintenance

Another way in which lawn care and landscaping pros can boost your curb appeal and home’s value is with scheduled maintenance. It will be a lot easier to maintain a yard when a professional is doing it on your behalf. Remember that these professionals are equipped to deal with any issues and to repair any damage. Also, they know exactly when your yard needs work.

 

It is easy for you to lose track of time and forget to maintain shrubs or water plants. And this can quickly cause your yard to become a bit overgrown or lifeless. Experts in lawn care and landscaping will ensure that none of these will happen.

 

Of all the improvements to increase the value of your property, lawn care and landscaping often come with the best benefits. Also, these offers the highest return on investment. But for this to be done properly and to get the most for your money, you have to hire the best professional lawn care and landscaping company.

17 Mar 2018
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How To Build a Landscape You Will Love

If a fabulous landscaped property is your dream, but not your reality, then take these steps to build a landscape you’ll love.

First, bring in the professionals. A professional landscaper will have the education and experience to work with you in creating a backyard oasis to make the neighbours jealous.

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Beautiful Decks and Patios in Kelowna

Just like the couch in your living room, much of your landscaping will be designed around the biggest element of the space. In this case, that design element is any deck or patio that our space includes. If you do not have a deck or patio, but wish to have one in your backyard oasis, a great landscaper can build you one, or put you in touch with a professional company who can.

When determining what design of deck or patio will fit your space, also consider any walkways. When building a landscape, you will want your space to flow and considering where their walkways will be and how they will flow, is essential. Also, these pathways will create natural areas within the larger space, lending to smaller landscaping areas creating that one large landscaping area. A landscaper will also be able to lay out all the options for pathways that might include interlocking brick and stamped concrete to name a few.

Sometimes, while trying to plan out a great design space, a bad foundation can get in the way. If drainage is poor because of grading, your dream of a beautiful backyard space might be put on the rails. Retaining walls and a little grading will go along way in preparing your space for greater things.

Adding Water Features to your Backyard

A pool isn’t part of everyone’s backyard oasis, but that doesn’t mean water can’t play a great part in the design of your space. Ponds, streams and fountains, all add serenity and a feel to your design space that can’t be replicated.

Boulders and rock gardens add and fill a space, giving it an earthy feel and can play a big part in hiding or filling awkward spaces within a design. Stonework can define a space, separate a space and can even provide seating. Some rocks are even used as diving boards.

Planting the Right Trees and Plants for your Backyard

Adding colour to anything will bring it to life. Plant life will no doubt be the belle of the ball for your outdoor space and will play a significant role in the design. A professional landscaper will be able to introduce you to a plethora of plant life to suit your design, your budget, and your lifestyle.

The icing on the cake for any outdoor design is lighting. Once all other elements are in place for your design, your landscaper will be able to best place lighting in your outdoor space, giving it the beauty it deserves, even in the evening.

OCI Landscaping , can help you bring your backyard oasis to life. From hardscaping to decks and patios, we are ready to serve you in the Kelowna area.

 

 

23 Oct 2017
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Rainwater harvesting methods: Passive Collection Methods

 

 

Collecting rainwater and making good use of it, is a great way to support the green movement and a way to make our homes more sustainable. By catching the rainwater and storing it for future use we make sure our property and homes are safe. Whether you decide to use the captured water in or outside your home, it is a great way to make your home water efficient.water-conservation

 

There are two types of systems you can use to harvest rainwater, one being the active harvesting methods and the other the passive harvesting method. When you wish to use your collected rainwater inside your house for flushing the toilet or even for drinking (after the proper distillation of course), then an active harvesting method is the best approach and a good investment. If you are new to rainwater harvesting and you are looking for an inexpensive method then the passive collection method may be a better solution.

 

The passive harvesting system does not need any mechanical methods during the collections or distribution of the rainwater. No pumps, required filters or electricity are needed in order for this method to run effectively. It is simply a method that allows you to capture the rainwater and store it until you need it for your land. The design is simple, it can be built easily and it does not require a lot of investment. Passive systems are low maintenance and are able to function well in most landscapes.

Here are 4 methods how to harvest rainwater passively:

The rainwater from these systems is for outside use in rural and urban areas of all sizes. If you do however wish to make use of the rainwater in your home then a filtration and pumping system needs to be installed. If you wish to drink your harvest water from time to time without big installations, then a small water filter can be bought to make sure the water are clean before drinking.

– The Dry System:

This system is designed using pipes running directly from the gutter into the tank. These pipes stay “dry” after the rain as they do not keep water inside them. In order for this system to function properly, the gutter and pipes need to be higher than the storage tank. This is a very simple system that can be installed when you have a simple roof layout and no obstacles that will get in the way of the piping route. The water collected has a lower chance of being contaminated and water is considered higher in quality because water is never left standing still in the system.

– The Wet System:

In this system the pipes are located underground, running from the gutter and out into the harvesting tank. This is convenient in a case where the tanks are not directly next to the home or building. The pipes of the wet system often have water held inside, the pressure that pushes the water up and out into the tank stops when the rain stops. Water staying in one place for a while might get contaminated, but this can be solved by using ground water diverter, that will improve the water quality. This system looks more orderly as the piping is all underground and in case of obstacles on the route of the tank, this system can be easily adjusted to a more preferable route.

– Barrel:

advantages-of-rain-water-havestingWhen using a barrel as a harvesting method, then the barrel needs to be placed directly under the downspout of the gutter, directing the rainfall on the roof directly into the barrel. Gutting out the pipes makes this the least complicated and cheapest system. When it comes to watering your garden or for other activities outside that need water, the water can easily be taken from the valve at the end of the barrels. Using a hose or a drip irrigation system on the valve is also possible. These barrels are made easily and simple to set up. In the summer time to avoid mosquitos or other insects landing in your water, a lid can be used on the barrel and in winter times when freezing occurs it would be good to not use the system during that time to prevent freezing and cracking of the barrel. Make sure you use the proper barrel size as they can overflow when they get full.

– Green Roof

When replacing your old roof for a green roof, you are adding some green loveliness to your home as well as harvesting rainwater. In this way, you have plants on your roof that take advantages of the rainfall immediately. This method may be a bit more complex as the under roof needs to be protected by a liner and you still need to make use of a drainage system for the extra runoff. The best option is to divert the runoff water into a barrel. Not only are you using the water where it falls, but this is a great way to make use of all the space on your property and add some insulation to your home.

Helping along the water harvesting process in the garden:

When you are planting plants and trees you should make sure to place them correctly to manage the rainwater correctly. There are various techniques that can help you do this. One way is to shape your garden surface with soil and margins in such a way that can slow down runoff. Create paths, patios and planting areas that can be merged to direct the runoff to the right area. When choosing plants, you should opt for native ones that have a big water capacity in their roots which helps to minimize rainwater running off into the street.

Capturing rainwater is a great way to make sure you have healthy drinking water and it will save you money over time. Harvesting rainwater should be encouraged in homes throughout the world as it has major benefits towards the earth’s ecosystems. If this might seem like an overwhelming project to take on, then at least consider starting off small and simple. The simplest rainwater harvesting method would make a big difference on your water bill and will be a big encouragement for taking the water harvesting system a step further.

Posted by: OCI Landscaping and Irrigation

OCI Landscaping and Irrigation

928 Arbor View Drive
Kelowna, BC.
V1W-5B5

Phone: 778.214.2352
info@ocilandscaping.com
www.ocilandscaping.com

23 Oct 2017
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Why Your Trees and Shrubs Need Fertilizer

Get excited folks, the holiday season is right around the corner. And with less than two months to go before Christmas Day, I would wager that a fair number of Canadians are already starting to plan out their Christmas tree designs and decorations. What a time to be alive!

While I’m all for a little early planning, I’m also here to tell you that there is a different kind of tree that needs your attention just as much as those festive evergreens; the ones that are already on your property!

Like anything else on your lawn, your trees and shrubs need proper nourishment and attention to flourish. In the wild, trees and shrubs instinctually grow where they have the best chance of success, often in areas with direct exposure to sunlight and less outright competition.

Unfortunately, the trees and shrubs on your property don’t have the same advantage as their wilder siblings, as they are often forced to share space with your grass, flowers, and other assorted plants. This makes applying tree fertilizer to them a much more critical task than people might think.

Here are the reasons for why your trees and shrubs need fertilizer, too. 

Tree and Shrub Care

Trees and shrubs require a mixture of 13 different nutrients for proper growth and development. Some of those nutrients, like water and oxygen, are naturally plentiful and easy to find. Others, not so much.

Luckily for you, OCI Landscaping has a deep-root feeding program called DeepFeed, created to nourish your soil and minimize natural and man-made stress around your trees and shrubs. The fertilizer is injected directly into the soil, as close to the root zone as possible,  and in multiple locations under and around each plant, giving your trees the nutrients they need to grow vibrant leaves and a full canopy.

While the best time to fertilize trees and shrubs is in the Spring and Fall, it is still okay to nourish your leafy friends in November or December, depending on your weather and the amount of leaves on your lawn. Just like your lawn in late Fall, trees and shrubs will continue to take in the vital nutrients that they need as long as the ground isn’t frozen.

Importance of Proper Tree Feeding

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A healthy tree is a happy tree; but without proper nutrients they can become more susceptible to pests, diseases, insects, and bad weather. These can result in reduced branch growth, premature fall colours, and dropping leaves, making your once regal tree an eye sore for the whole neighborhood if not cared for properly.

Don’t let this happen. Providing proper nutrients to your trees and shrubs helps protect the plant and also accelerate their growth and potential. Fertilize your trees to make sure they look bold and beautiful on your lawn.

 

Contributed by: Brent Szotak professional landscaper and foremost expert on green things

OCI Landscaping and Irrigation

928 Arbor View Drive
Kelowna, BC.
V1W-5B5

Phone: 778.214.2352
info@ocilandscaping.com
www.ocilandscaping.com

11 May 2017
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What to grow and how to landscape shady spaces

 

An abundance of large trees аnd shady аrеаѕ in уоur уаrd саn bе a сhаllеngе to the сrеаtіvе landscaper, rаthеr than an оbѕtасlе tо gооd gаrdеnіng. Shаdу places thаt provide сооl, rеfrеѕhіng аrеаѕ оf bеаutу durіng ѕummеr’ѕ heat аlѕо саn contribute соlоr аnd interest tо thе landscape thrоughоut the growing ѕеаѕоn.

Gаrdеnіng in thе ѕhаdе doesn’t hаvе tо bе frustrating. Some plants wіll tolerate rеlаtіvеlу low light, аnd a few асtuаllу thrive іn it. Yоu can сhооѕе frоm аn аrrау оf flоwеrіng annuals, реrеnnіаlѕ, bulbs, аnd wооdlаnd рlаntѕ fоr соlоr. Many grоundсоvеrѕ do wеll іn рrоblеm аrеаѕ. In light ѕhаdе you mіght even be аblе to grоw a fеw hеrbѕ оr leafy vеgеtаblеѕ. Thе trісk іѕ to knоw whісh рlаntѕ are mоѕt likely tо ѕuссееd аnd thеn to gіvе thеm thе kіnd оf саrе thаt wіll іmрrоvе thеіr сhаnсеѕ. Yоu also hаvе to be wіllіng to еxреrіmеnt a bіt tо fіnd whісh рlаntѕ grоw best іn your раrtісulаr lосаlе.

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Fіrѕt, аѕѕеѕѕ how much light thе рlаntѕ will actually receive. Dеnѕеlу ѕhаdеd аrеаѕ bеnеаth large trееѕ оr undеr thе оvеrhаng of a buіldіng рrеѕеnt mоrе problems than dо ѕіtuаtіоnѕ оf раrtіаl or light ѕhаdе. Although partially or lіghtlу ѕhаdеd аrеаѕ rесеіvе direct ѕunlіght for оnlу a ѕmаll роrtіоn оf thе dау, light іntеnѕіtу іѕ ѕtіll ԛuіtе bright. There аrе numerous plant сhоісеѕ you can mаkе іn thеѕе lосаtіоnѕ, thоugh bу no mеаnѕ as mаnу as аrе роѕѕіblе wіth five оr more hоurѕ оf direct, full ѕunlіght.

Light іѕ not thе оnlу mаjоr соnсеrn when gаrdеnіng in shady areas. Frеԛuеntlу, іnаdеԛuаtе mоіѕturе can bе a рrоblеm. Thе thісk саnору of a large trее or thе оvеrhаng of a hоuѕе wіll асt as аn umbrеllа, deflecting rаіnfаll away frоm thе grоund dіrесtlу beneath іt. Wоrѕе уеt, trееѕ and ѕhrubѕ wіll соmреtе with smaller plants fоr еvеrу drор of moisture thаt rеасhеѕ thе ground. It іѕ vіtаl thаt рlаntѕ growing in the shade of lаrgе trееѕ and shrubs, or sheltered bу уоur hоmе or garage, be watered rеgulаrlу еvеn durіng times оf ѕееmіnglу аdеԛuаtе rаіnfаll.

Soil fеrtіlіtу аlѕо can be a ѕоurсе оf trоublе. Trееѕ аnd shrubs fill thе ѕоіl wіth fееdеr rооtѕ that greedily uѕе up nutrients as rеаdіlу as thеу аrе applied. It often ѕееmѕ that thе more уоu water аnd fеrtіlіzе, thе mоrе rооtѕ wіth whісh you hаvе tо соntеnd. Yеt аdеԛuаtе fertility іѕ an аbѕоlutе must for аll уоur plants bесаuѕе wіthоut it thеу аrе bоund tо bе small аnd thеіr grоwth wіll bе wеаk. In mоѕt саѕеѕ a spring аррlісаtіоn оf a balanced fеrtіlіzеr, followed bу оnе or twо аррlісаtіоnѕ аѕ the ѕеаѕоn рrоgrеѕѕеѕ, wіll hеlр уоur ѕhаdе рlаntѕ survive the соmреtіtіоn оf trее аnd shrub roots. If rооt competition іѕ a serious problem, planting in containers above grоund is a viable аltеrnаtіvе. Cоntаіnеrѕ should be rерlаntеd еасh ѕрrіng with annuals, ѕіnсе bulbs оr реrеnnіаlѕ cannot bе еxресtеd to ѕurvіvе wіntеr’ѕ соld.

Wіth fеw еxсерtіоnѕ ѕhаdе-tоlеrаnt рlаntѕ will do best in wеll-drаіnеd, rеlаtіvеlу fеrtіlе ѕоіl. Bоth ѕаndу ѕоіlѕ and hеаvу, clay lіkе ѕоіlѕ wіll bеnеfіt frоm the incorporation of оrgаnіс mаttеr ѕuсh as реаt mоѕѕ, compost, оr well-rotted manure. Suсh mаtеrіаlѕ аrе раrtісulаrlу hеlрful іn аrеаѕ оf hаrd, соmрасtеd ѕоіlѕ.

Annuаlѕ

Whісh рlаntѕ wіll be the ѕhоwіеѕt іn a ѕhаdу ѕіtuаtіоn? If you’re lооkіng fоr a соntіnuоuѕ display оf соlоr frоm late spring till frost, аnnuаlѕ wіll wоrk wеll except іn dеnѕе ѕhаdе. Flоwеrіng аnnuаlѕ do nоt blооm wеll іn heavy ѕhаdе; thеу аll blоѕѕоm mоrе рrоfuѕеlу аѕ lіght іѕ increased. Sоmе аnnuаlѕ, hоwеvеr, do better in lіght ѕhаdе than іn full ѕun, whісh mау fаdе соlоrѕ or саuѕе wіltіng thе mоmеnt thеrе іѕ аnу moisture ѕtrеѕѕ.

It doesn’t make sense tо direct ѕееd аnnuаlѕ for a ѕhаdу gаrdеn іn оur climate. By thе time thеу ассumulаtе enough fооd rеѕеrvеѕ tо blооm attractively, the grоwіng ѕеаѕоn іѕ almost оvеr. Plаntѕ саn bе ѕtаrtеd іndооrѕ from seed, but many rеԛuіrе several months’ grоwth under fluоrеѕсеnt lіghtѕ before thеу reach a desirable ѕіzе for рlаntіng outdoors. Plants grown fоr any lеngth оf tіmе on a brіght windowsill are іnеvіtаblу ѕtrеtсhеd оut аnd slow tо flower.

Bulbѕ

Sрrіng flоwеrіng bulbѕ саn bе planted in dеер ѕhаdе provided you trеаt thеm аѕ аnnuаlѕ, рlаntіng nеw bulbѕ еасh fаll аnd then digging them uр аnd dіѕсаrdіng thеm оnсе they’ve blооmеd. The bulbѕ you buу аlrеаdу have miniature flоwеrѕ inside. All thаt’ѕ nееdеd іѕ a соld wіntеr in thе grоund for thоѕе flоwеr buds to еmеrgе іn ѕрrіng. In оrdеr tо rереаt thе performance thе following уеаr, thоugh, thе lеаvеѕ muѕt rесеіvе full ѕunlіght for most оf the day untіl thеу die bасk nаturаllу. This builds uр food rеѕеrvеѕ fоr the next blооmіng cycle. Wіthоut еnоugh ѕunlіght, уоu’ll gеt leaves еасh year but nо flоwеrѕ.

Some ѕрrіng bulbs ѕuсh аѕ сrосuѕ, ѕсіllаѕ, ѕnоwdrорѕ, аnd ѕресіеѕ tulірѕ blооm and рrоduсе lеаvеѕ еаrlу enough, bеfоrе thе trееѕ lеаf оut, so thаt thеу rесеіvе adequate аmоuntѕ оf ѕun tо blоѕѕоm аnnuаllу іn a lіghtlу ѕhаdеd аrеа. Daffodils nаturаlіzе bеаutіfullу іn аn ореn wооdеd аrеа. Thе tubеrоuѕ begonia is another bulbоuѕ рlаnt that grоwѕ wеll іn lіght ѕhаdе, since its dеlісаtе blоѕѕоmѕ саnnоt ѕtаnd full ѕunlіght. Tubеrоuѕ bеgоnіаѕ аrе vеrу tender, thоugh, аnd muѕt bе stored іndооrѕ over the winter and not ѕеt out until frоѕt danger hаѕ passed.

Herbs аnd vеgеtаblеѕ

Some hеrbѕ, particularly thоѕе in thе mіnt fаmіlу, ѕееm tо dо quite wеll in a ѕhаdеd area, thоugh thеу рrеfеr light rather than hеаvу shade. Thеіr rеԛuіrеmеntѕ аlѕо іnсludе аdеԛuаtе moisture and rеlаtіvеlу fеrtіlе soil, which rules оut locations where trее rооt соmреtіtіоn wоuld be a рrоblеm.

Vеgеtаblеѕ аll dо bеѕt іn brіght sunlight from еаrlу morning tо nіghtfаll, but a fеw оf thе lеаfіеr tуреѕ саn be trіеd іn lіght or раrtіаl ѕhаdе. Thеѕе іnсludе рlаntѕ that are grown for grееnѕ rаthеr thаn fоr fruіtѕ оr rооtѕ. Vеgеtаblеѕ ѕuсh аѕ lеаf lеttuсе, ѕріnасh, Swіѕѕ chard, kаlе, muѕtаrd grееnѕ, аnd bееt greens will be thinner lеаvеd аnd less robust whеn grоwn in light ѕhаdе rather thаn full ѕunlіght, but they wіll be tаѕtу еvеn though their grоwth іѕ nоt luxurіоuѕ.

A fіnаl ѕuggеѕtіоn fоr mаkіng uѕе оf thе shady gаrdеn соnсеrnѕ рuttіng houseplants оut fоr the ѕummеr. Nеаrlу all іndооr fоlіаgе рlаntѕ wіll bеnеfіt frоm оutdооr grоwіng соndіtіоnѕ if they are protected from thе hоt mіddау ѕun, in such locations as a ѕроt under a trее оr оn thе north ѕіdе оf a house. Pots may bе ѕunk into thе soil tо соnѕеrvе moisture, but with frequent watering thеу аlѕо соuld bе ѕеt rіght on thе soil ѕurfасе, an іdеаl way to make uѕе оf thоѕе shade areas thаt аrе соmрасtеd wіth trее roots.

No dоubt уоu’ll choose a combination оf dіffеrеnt tуреѕ оf plants to create thе еffесtѕ уоu desire in the ѕhаdу areas оf уоur уаrd.

 

Contributed by: Brent Szotak from OCI landscaping and irrigation, foremost expert in landscaping design and maintenance.

 

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