How proper landscaping can make your yard pop
With spring now is the perfect time to add color and variety to your garden. The variety of options available is only as limited as the amount of work and the amount of money one is willing to spend. However, there are some simple and relatively inexpensive ways to make your yard pop. Jeremy Wilkins, owner of Wilkins Lawn and Landscape, shared a few tips to get you started.
“Annuals are one of the best things you can plant to make your yard pop,” said Wilkins. “Some people don’t like them so much because they have to be replanted every year or season, but there really is nothing better than yearbooks to add color and variety.”
Two of the annuals suggested by Wilkins for this time of year are Begonias and Dusters. Begonias are flowers that come in a variety of colors, and Dusty Millers have pronounced silver foliage that can pique visual interest in a sea of green. Both plants can hold out all summer and until the first frost, but Wilkins suggests swapping the flowers in the fall and leaving the dusty miller.
“When autumn comes, I like to swap flowers for pansies,” said Wilkins. “Personally, I like the yellow ones, but some people like wearing more carnival-like purple flowers. Both look great with the dusty miller and make a really nice contrast. “
Wilkins said mulch was another easy way to add visual interest to your garden. For the best results, he recommends changing the mulch twice a year. He also prefers natural-colored mulch, like pine or cedar, as it is less likely to fade than other colors.
“It’s really a matter of your personal opinion, but I don’t like colored mulch that much because I think it gives things an artificial look,” Wilkins said. “Black mulch may look okay, but it fades very quickly and you’ll get some white and gray spots pretty quickly.”
When it comes to caring for your new flowers or any type of shrubbery or tree you want to plant, giving them the right amount of water is important, according to Wilkins. At the moment it’s probably okay to water flowers every other day, but as the weather gets hotter they may need to be watered every day.
While the best time to water plants is early morning or late evening, Wilkins said he prefers to water earlier in the morning.
“When it comes to casting, the sooner the better,” said Wilkins. “If you’re lucky enough to have an irrigation or sprinkler system, the best time to water is somewhere between 3 and 5 in the morning. If you water by hand, the sooner you can go outside, the better. I don’t like watering in the evening because sometimes plants can actually develop a fungus from staying moist all night. “