Studio 18: Summer landscaping

(WETM) – “I see most of my customers in spring. As soon as the frost is above the ground, the phone will ring. ”Peter Lowman owns Lowman Gardens and shares some gardening tips with 18 News Today Anchor Chelsea Lovell.

“The best time to plan especially bushes and trees is autumn. You can get away with some spring, but fall, the stress is gone. We have 50-degree nights, we have 65-degree days. It is not stressed and there is enough time to set everything up. Before winter comes. ”

When consulting a landscaper with an idea, you must also keep in mind that a large part of designing projects is sunlight. Lowman says, “You have to include shade and sun. So you need to know your plant material because sunny plants don’t grow in the shade. And then you have to think about the texture, and I love combining green with floral ornaments. “He continues,” When we have a lot of sunlight there are tons of plants that you can use and when we don’t, That goes down. The other thing that has been a real problem for the past 10 years is the deer. You have to be sensitive to deer-resistant products which may not be the best you want, but you can bring in plant material that will devastate the deer in a week. ”

Lowman recently took on one of his most challenging and rewarding projects. “When I bought the house, I couldn’t even see most of the house. It was so overgrown. The first phase was just taking everything out, which was a huge commitment, ”said Todd Yoggy, Peter Lowman owner and customer.

But while this was a big project, Lowman actually found the challenge enjoyable. He says, “It’s fun to design a house that fits your needs and when you see it … there it is.”

Although this was their first time seeing the house, it looked almost helpless, but there were some workable parts that led the design. Yoggy says, “There was a footprint here with the stone walls and you know that when the house was built in 1923 we really just wanted to continue to compromise the original integrity of what was designed for the property. So, we somehow took that and then built it from it and added to the existing pieces that were already here. ”

Wondering how long this huge project took? “Three and a half years,” says Lowman.

He breaks up the design of Yoggy’s house. “We wanted a barrier to separate this fountain area in the courtyard and its passage over there. So we did it and we started at the front.
The second year we get in, I call it the berm. We dug up all of his left side, if you look at Hoffman, all of his left side of his garden. We planted the whole thing. I think he might have been a little hesitant, but when it was finished he was pretty happy. ”

The result of this property makes Lowman very proud. He says, “This property was probably my flagship design for workability for four years, working with Todd. We’re still optimizing it, but if you look around, a landscaper can do that with plant knowledge and also work with the owner. ”

Landscapers are artists, so I asked Lowman if he had any signatures on his work. “You always need a splash of color, and in winter you always need a splash of color. You have to be careful which green you use, because the deer like green. ”

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