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Winter landscape dull no more!

Brighten your winter landscape by decorating your annual pots and beds with evergreens.  Or lighting your trees to make a festive glow. There are so many options available that can really make your landscape pop!

We like to use:

  • many assorted evergreens, to give each of our designs depth.
  • branches such as magnolia, winterberry and birch poles to give height and dimension.
  • accents to make each design your own: pine cones, ribbon, ornaments!

We design around your style and tastes.  Contact us for more information.

This area of the home is where most of the activity occurs, so it was the perfect area to decorate.

Birch poles give these planters much needed height in this open area.

Accents selected by the homeowner are added to the front entry pots.

A metal sphere adds a twist to this entrance planter!

Don’t forget to light up your landscape!

photo by Linda Oyama Bryan

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Did you see that?

Yeah that stuff under the snow…grass!  Maybe spring really is just around the corner!  Are you itching to get your hands dirty?  Well since we still have a few more cold days on the horizon, tilling the garden might be out for now but a good task to accomplish in the mean time is pruning. Most plants benefit from some sort of regular pruning and maintenance. The trick is to know when to prune. Most flowering and fruiting plants prefer to be pruned while they are dormant, in late winter through early spring. Spring blooming trees and shrubs, will start setting new buds soon after they are done flowering. A good rule of thumb is to prune summer and fall flowering trees and shrubs in the dormant season (late winter / early spring) and to prune spring flowering trees and shrubs soon after their flowers fade.

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Pruning in early spring best solves certain problems, even on spring blooming plants. It is always good to remove dead and dying branches prior to new growth coming out in spring. This directs energy to healthier buds. Removal of a few crowded stems each year will open up the interior of the plant, providing better air circulation and light penetration.  Just use caution on spring flowering plants; only remove what is necessary to correct the problem.  You don’t want to remove those flower buds that will be blooming in the next few months or else you’ll have to wait another 12 to see those flowers.

Still a bit too cold?  Our crews can get the job done for you, contact our office for a quote on dormant pruning.

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Just because…

Just because the leaves have fallen, the grass goes dormant and it’s getting cold doesn’t mean you can’t spruce up your annual pots!

There aren’t any “winter” flowers to add but you sure can display some beautiful winter greens in your pots!

What a warm welcome on a cold day!

There is quite the assortment of beautiful evergreens in varying shades of green to blue that will last until spring.  Add in branches, berries, pine cones and seed pods.  For added color you can include ribbons or lights!  It’s all up to your imagination, don’t let the winter doldrums limit you!

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Don’t want to brave the cold, then call on our team to get the job done for you! Just contact us here: Van Zelst, Inc.

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Dormant pruning…

The snow has finally melted, maybe spring really is just around the corner!  Are you itching to get your hands dirty?  Well since we still have a few more cold days on the horizon, tilling the garden might be out for now but a good task to accomplish in the mean time is pruning. Most plants benefit from some sort of regular pruning and maintenance. The trick is to know when to prune. Most flowering and fruiting plants prefer to be pruned while they are dormant, in late winter through early spring. Spring blooming trees and shrubs, will start setting new buds as soon as the old buds have fallen. These will need to be pruned shortly after flowering.  A good rule of thumb is to prune summer and fall flowering trees and shrubs in the dormant season (late winter / early spring) and to prune spring flowering trees and shrubs soon after their flowers fade.

Pruning in early spring best solves certain problems, even on spring blooming plants. It is always good to remove dead and dying branches prior to new growth coming out in spring. This directs energy to healthier buds. Removal of a few crowded stems each year will open up the interior of the plant, providing better air circulation and light penetration.  Just use caution on spring flowering plants; only remove what is necessary to correct the problem.  You don’t want to remove those flower buds that will be blooming in the next few months or else you’ll have to wait another 12 to see those flowers!

Don’t have time to do this yourself?  Contact us and we’ll get our professional crews out to take care of your dormant prunes.

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Brown is the new green…

Sadly as the days start to warm up we are seeing more and more how the polar vortex has affected the landscape. Most notably are yews and boxwood and other smaller evergreens. If you have these plants in your yard you may have noticed that they are currently brown. But all is not lost.

A few things can cause this type of winter injury. The combination of wind, sun and lack of available water in winter can cause foliage to turn brown, due to desiccation. Evergreens lose moisture on sunny winter days. If the soil doesn’t contain enough moisture to replace the loss, needles dry out and turn brown (starting form the outside and moving inward). Even if the soil is moist sometimes the roots cannot absorb water due to the ground being frozen or the roots are damaged.

If your evergreens are close to a roadway you can also be experiencing salt damage which only exacerbates desiccation.

The best solution is to trim back the dead growth (which is mostly the last push of new growth from the year before) to where it is green again. Your shrubs may look a little defeated but after the spring flush of growth they will look good as new!

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