Garden columnist Dan Gill responses readers’ concerns each and every week. To ship a concern, e-mail Gill at [email protected].
I have to have some aid creating a landscape in my backyard. I’d like to put in a deck, beds of shrubs, flowerbeds and some trees, but I’m hopelessly missing in how to do it properly. Do you have any guidance on trying to find expert support? — Valerie Mitchell
The winter season neat time is the excellent time to install new landscapes in Louisiana or redesign and renovate existing landscapes. If you’d like to hire a landscape specialist but you will not know in which to begin, here are some valuable strategies.
Word OF MOUTH: Talk to your buddies, neighbors and colleagues for recommendations. Do some online study into the landscaping companies and landscape set up businesses in your location. Your finest bet is to choose an knowledgeable, well-founded agency or business with a heritage of completing initiatives equivalent to yours.
GET Several Opinions: Organize a meeting with two or 3 distinct firms. Really don’t really feel shy asking about the instruction and academic qualifications of the men and women who will be doing the job for you. Get a come to feel for how nicely you could perform with the men and women and how perfectly they comprehend what you want. Ask for references, and check out with the Greater Business enterprise Bureau.
Check out FOR LICENSING: Make certain the firm or personal you are dealing with is adequately accredited by the Louisiana Division of Agriculture and Forestry, which is needed by legislation. A licensed landscape architect has a degree in landscape architecture and can sell you an authentic layout no matter if he or she does the set up or not.
A Distinct Kind OF Pro: You may perhaps also pick to use a accredited landscape horticulturist. Landscape horticulturists might assistance you acquire a design and style, but only as part of a package deal that incorporates the crops, elements and set up. Because landscape horticulturists are not necessary to have any style training to get their licenses, very carefully inquire them about their teaching and practical experience in executing styles.
The most important reward of utilizing any of these professionals is to draw on their information, encounter and creative imagination.
Right before you make a remaining determination, receive a written estimate, such as a projected day of completion. Make certain the agreement you signal for set up consists of a detailed listing of all plants, components, get the job done to be done and technical specs, as perfectly as any ensures on plants and other products employed in the landscape.
I’m observing heaps of dewberry brambles coming up in a back garden of monkey grass. Is there any herbicide that will destroy off the brambles and not damage the monkey grass? — Wendy
Sorry, but no there are no selective herbicides I’m informed of that will get rid of the brambles but not destroy the monkey grass. You can check out slicing back again the personal stems of brambles and then painting the freshly lower stem area with the herbicide Slice Vine and Stump Killer that contains triclopyr.
Only implement the triclopyr to the slice floor on the bramble stems and do not get it on the monkey grass. This is laborous to do but is efficient. It will eliminate the roots and the brambles will not sprout again.
I need to transplant some pink spider lily bulbs. Is this a superior time to do it? — Sarah Ray
These bulbs are in their lively rising time, so this would be a specifically bad time to dig them up and transplant them. Pink spider lilies (Lycoris radiata) finish their lively period and go dormant in spring — commonly about April.
Observe for the foliage to commence turning yellow. When you see that, it suggests the bulbs are going dormant. Dig them up and replant them the place you want them to grow at that time.
TRIM Ground Covers: You can clip floor covers back now as a result of February, right before new development appears, to take away unattractive foliage, rejuvenate the crops and control advancement.
Hand prune personal unattractive leaves on plants like aspidistra and evergreen ferns. Liriope, monkey grass, Japanese ardisia and Asiatic jasmine can be lower again with a lawn mower altered to its greatest environment, a string trimmer or hedge clippers.
When the winter solstice happened Dec. 21, we experienced the day of the 12 months with the shortest period of mild and the longest period of time of darkness.
SPRING BULBS: If you obtain pots of spring-flowering bulbs in bloom it is usually greatest to discard them just after they finish flowering. Some exceptions would be amaryllis, paperwhites, daffodils and other narcissi. These can be planted into the backyard garden when the flowers fade. Wait around until April to plant amaryllis in the backyard.
TRANSPLANT TIME: Now is a fantastic time to dig, divide and transplant dormant hardy perennials in your flower gardens. Do not dig and divide any perennials that are in active advancement, these as Louisiana irises, calla lilies, Easter lilies, pink spider lilies, acanthus and spring-flowering bulbs.
POTATOES: Plant Irish potatoes into the backyard garden now via mid-February. Slice seed potatoes (offered at nurseries or feed suppliers) into parts about the size of an egg. Make positive just about every piece features at minimum one particular eye.
Let the slash seed items to heal a several times, and then plant them into properly-geared up beds about 12 inches aside and 4 inches deep. Harvest frequently takes place in May perhaps. Purple LaSoda (red) and Kennebec (white) are usually the most easily obtainable, and both of those make properly in this article.
Dan Gill is a retired customer horticulture professional with the LSU AgCenter. He hosts the “Garden Show” on WWL-AM Saturdays at 9 a.m. E-mail gardening inquiries to [email protected].