landscaping

fertilizers

Let’s Break it Down: Types of Fertilizer

In the gardening world, there’s a lot of talk about using fertilizer. While it’s widely known that fertilizer is important, many people feel lost when it’s time to fertilize trees. There are many different types of fertilizer (both organic and inorganic), so it can definitely be a confusing and overwhelming topic, as there are many […]

How does planting trees reduce air pollution?

One of the major benefits of planting trees is the accomplished feeling of doing something good for the environment. And with 127 million Americans alone affected by air pollution (source), we need solutions. We see countless campaigns dedicated to planting trees in areas that have been deforested, and we even celebrate Arbor Day each year […]

Japanese Boxwood

Best Places for Boxwoods

Boxwoods aren’t just for hedges anymore. The compact, bushy shape and pretty little leaves of the Japanese boxwood make a handsome, fine textured evergreen shrub that can be used effectively in many parts of the home landscape.     A Japanese boxwood pruned by the thinning method (as opposed to formal shearing – see Perfect […]

landscaping around trees

Landscaping Around Trees

While we may be accustomed to seeing trees standing all by themselves in yards across neighborhoods, it’s actually better tree care to grow other plants and flowers around trees. But how many of us actually consider how to landscape trees when we create our yard design? Not many at all! Most people don’t even know […]

winter trees snow care

How to Winterize Trees

Temperatures are falling, colors are changing, holidays are passing, and winter is approaching. Before you hunker down and settle in for the season, you should consider how to keep safe trees. While nature has built in some organic winterizing processes, there are also steps you can take to winterize trees to protect them from pests […]

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Top 5 Early Spring Flowering Trees

IT’S SPRING!       Among our favorite early spring blooming trees are: Japanese magnolia (like the Ann or Jane), eastern redbud, flowering dogwood(white and pink), Taiwan cherry, and wild plum. The Japanese magnolias are among the first bloomers of spring. Three important types of early blooming Japanese magnolias are: The star magnolias (Magnolia stellata) […]

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Basic Pruning for Shrubs and Trees

We prune our trees and shrubs to control their size, shape and scale within our landscape. Proper pruning also stimulates flowering and fruiting and helps to keep shrubs and trees healthy and vigorous, thus reducing the likelihood of future problems.   There are two main kinds of pruning: Thinning and Heading.    Thinning Thinning cuts […]

What’s your landscape style?

A lot of questions come up when you decide to design or redesign your landscape. Where will this tree go? Where will that shrub go? Will this color paver or brick complement the my landscape? Does this border make my house look fat? (Just kidding). But before you ask any of those questions, you should […]

Enhancing curb appeal for dummies

It’s no secret that a well-manicured lawn can attract future buyers in the event that you decide to put your house on the market. But what exactly does a ‘well-manicured lawn’ entail? Is it simply keeping the grass cut and the weeds from slithering onto the sidewalk? Well, yes and no. Adding curb appeal to […]

Have landscape questions? We have answers

So you know that you want to do something different, or even start from scratch, in regards to that green space surrounding your home, but that’s about as far as you’ve gotten when it comes to understanding and planning the whole “landscape” idea. Perfect Plants is here to help (and help out your not-so-green thumb). […]

Curb Appeal…What’s the Deal?

We’ve all heard the term “curb appeal” before but how important is it really? If you’re selling your home or looking to increase your property value, the curb appeal of your property can make all the difference. I’ll admit, there was a time when I thought, “curb appeal – mow the grass, plant some plants […]

Crape Myrtle Murder She Wrote…

…or, How and Why to Stop Butchering Your Crape Myrtles now For one of the toughest plants out there, people seem to have no problem, what can only be described as, murdering these beautiful blooms. Crape Myrtles are one of the most adaptable, pest-free, low maintenance and aesthetically pleasing shrubs that can grow in our hot […]