This is a short video of a natural stone staircase project completed by Designscape in beautiful Brown County (fall of 2014). After sorting through thousands of trail camera pictures we compiled them into this 2min video. Designscape excels in installations where the logistics and mobilization of equipment and materials are in difficult/hard to reach areas. All 100+tons of material for this job had to travel a half mile down an old atv trail before reaching their final destination.
We digitized our pink “services requested” card for 2015! If you would prefer to fill it out online instead of mailing it, click the Pink Card link at the top of the page. We will then have the appropriate member of our team contact you with information about the services you’ve requested.
The frigid temperature is providing us opportunities to plant specific varieties of hardy trees in normally high impact and hard to reach areas. If you have a nice lawn and don’t want your grass torn up while planting a giant tree the crust of frost provides a great time to bring heavy equipment in.
Specifically DHS is planting hardy: spruce (Norway and White), oaks, maples, arborvitae, and select shrubs like winterberry holly and viburnum.
Fall is here and the dig season is upon us. Moving trees during dormancy helps get new roots ready to grow in there new home come spring time. Check out our TREE FARM page under the services tab for more information.
Spending time w/ Moya Andrew’s yesterday as she celebrated her 10th anniversary of Focus on Flowers called to mind an old podcast of hers. If you are looking for deer resistant plants here’s a great list of plants she has found that are less tasty to our four legged foe.
Read about all the AWESOME things our PHC (Plant Health Care) Team is doing.
As the rush of spring started late it looks like it may be short lived as well. Now is the time to be checking for winter damage on all your landscape plants. This includes those time tested favorites we all thought were zone hardy. Here’s a link to a great video put out by our friends at Purdue to help explain the effects of old man winter.
The launch is official & our new website is up and running. There are a few blog posts w/ many more to be added in the months to come. Please feel free to subscribe to our site and post any landscaping questions/comments that you have on a particular article. You can also email us directly through the contact page.
Many native plants tend to be deep-rooted, strutting their stuff, their blooms, in late summer and fall. These include asters, coneflowers, sunflowers, sneezeweed, bergamot, milkweeds, blazing stars, goldenrods, culver’s root, turtleheads, Joe Pye weed, cup plant, compass plant, wild senna and grasses such as big and little bluestem.
Other deep-rooted perennials offering earlycolor and interest include false indigo, sweet flags, irises, penstemons, celandine poppies and meadowsweet.
Using native plants in rain gardens, bioswales, prairie and wildflower gardens maximizes sustainability because they are tough, hardy and reliable. The gardener using native plants lowers the risk of losing plant stock during drought. Because many of these plants are so adaptable, they often weather rainy springs and winters common in our part of the country.
Other drought-tolerant plants include dry denizens such as Russian sage and other sages, lamb’s ears, sedum, hens-and-chicks, daylilies, and the long line of clumping, spreading plants that work well in herb gardens: lavender, rosemary, yarrow, artemesia, hyssop, oregano, thyme, catmint and calamint. Fragrant plants also have an advantage; they’re not popular with deer, which can’t stand their smelly aroma.
Gardening doesn’t have to mean buying expensive, high-maintenance, exotic plants that last only aseason or two. Don’t lose out; choose proven, adaptable performers that spread and stand up to adverse conditions.
The wail of homeowners discovering their yards prone to four-legged intruders is all too familiar: “We tried everything to deter deer: repellents, soap hanging in trees, human hair, even urine. The deer would not leave our gardens alone.”
Experts agree that one of the surest ways to keep deer out is fencing. The type of fence is usually dictated by budget, aesthetics, site conditions and how many months of the year protection is needed.
Prefab deer netting, stretched between metal posts or trees, offers a flexible, lightweight, easy-to-install, less expensive method for low to moderate deer pressure. Netting works well in hilly areas where rigid wire fencing is more difficult to install, and offers temporary solutions, perhaps in spring and fall when deer are more troublesome.
Heavier-duty, ultraviolet light-resistant, polypropylene varieties, often 7 ½-8 feet tall, are available. Nylon cable run horizontally through the top of the netting and three feet above ground (considered deer’s highest impact area) further secures the netting. Stress points where gates are installed usually require larger posts, perhaps anchored in concrete.
More permanent and vulnerable garden settings, such as orchards, vegetable and rose gardens, may mandate sturdier, more expensive woven- , braided- and welded-wire fences, slanted fences, double-row fences or electric fences. Again, wire fences are recommended to be at least 8 feet tall with 12-foot-tall posts to enable them to be buried 3-4 feet.
Slanted fences with repeated parallel single strands of wire, extending outward at a 45-degree angle, need not be as tall as standard fences, requiring deer to clear both the height and width of the fence. Double-row fences 4-5 feet apart also need be only 4-5 feet tall, also playing on deer fears of jumping without landing safely.
While electric fences offer deterrence at generally lower cost than wire fences, their use mandates precautions. Chargers, either 110-volt or battery types, often must be protected from the elements. Desirable chargers emit higher voltage, lower-amperage current at short pulses to “teach deer a lesson.” Plastic polytape fence maximizes visibility and arrests deer curiosity. A type of copper and polyester braided wire, used on horse farms, also works well.
After installation, electric fences should be monitored regularly.
WRITTEN BYBob Baird DHS Landscape Designer/Consultant Garden Columnist