Category Archives: Newsworthy

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-Careers Page (we ARE hiring!)

We are preparing for a busy fall. Please check out our Careers Page as we are actively hiring motivated team members in the Nashville, Bloomington, Columbus region. Check it often to see what positions we have available or go to the Contact Page to email us a resume directly. Applications are always available to be filled out in our office. Please share with anyone who would be interested in joining our team.

 

-EAB IS HERE (saving your ash tree)

FACT… 20-30% of the trees in the midwest region are common ash (fraxinus americana).  There are studies now that say the threat of new insects (like EAB) will cause more change to the ecosystem than global climate change of temperature.  Just imagine…  on the low end if we lost 10% of our forest trees over the next 5 years what will happen.

Emerald Ash Borer has arrived in Bloomington!  If you have Ash trees and want to save them give us a call. We use the Arbor Jet Viper system with Tree Age insecticide as it has proven to be very effective against this destructive pest.

Here’s a great link from the Purdue Extension for more information or you can email Joe (DHS Arborist) directly at joer@designhort.com.

 

 

-Spring is here and going quickly!

Maple Leaves

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.

 PURDUE PRESS RELEASE

-Bob’s Blog: Efficient Gardening

Landscaping can get expensive, but it needn’t. Removing old, overgrown trees and shrubs can get pricey, requiring special machinery and labor-intensive manpower.

Insisting on exotic evergreens and hybrid plants often translates to higher prices, including shipping costs for bringing them in from far away.

Use locally grown plant materials well-adapted to southern Indiana’s growing conditions. Designscape grows and nurtures viburnums, hydrangeas, redtwig dogwoods, river birches and Norway spruces—all great for your yard or garden.

For walkways, retaining walls and patios, use local sandstone and limestone found in our parts. Pennsylvania bluestone and northern granite look nice, but are pricey to bring home to Indiana.

Use ground covers such as common periwinkle and pachysandra to reduce erosion, weeds and mulching requirements, and improve moisture retention for all surrounding plants. For plants that like hot, dry conditions, such as sedums, lavender, herbs and spireas, use gravel and rocks for rock gardens, Japanese gardens and herb gardens to cut down on remulching. These plants like rock and gravel.

Use perennial flowers and ground covers that come back year after year, including deer-resistant, drought-tolerant Shasta daisies, Russian sage, coneflowers and bearded irises. Minimize annual flowers to focal-point containers to minimize replacing annual flowers each year.

Use a local landscaper so you’re not paying for long hauls of bulky items at high gasoline costs. Designscape, operating in Bloomington, Brown County and Columbus, is well-positioned to minimize your transportation costs.

Finally, plan ahead. “Think spring” before it gets here. Spring landscaping often gets to be a madhouse. Avoid the frustration and cost of competing with your neighbors by contacting us in late winter. One of our designers will meet you on your home turf, hear your concerns and put you on a path to attractive, sustainable landscaping.

Then, wait for our trained, able technicians, along with the designer, to appear on your doorstep. Problem solved!

-Dry Creek Beds 4 Drainage Solutions

That are lots of variables that determine the quality of drainage around your home.  Often IMPROPER SLOPE (i.e. rise/run) is a commonly overlooked issue when installing a new landscape.  Proper drainage systems are a difficult for the home owner and contractor to come to terms on.  It’s a expense that can be quite costly and is usually all buried underground and gives no asetic benifit to the home.  Designscape’s favorite solution is to use the skill of grading to revert water to more ideal locations.  A great way is through a dry creek bed.  Installation methods vary but the best method is the look at one built by mother nature and try to recreate it.