TME Initial Launch Cons

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Living Lush

The landscape we create around our homes is unnatural, even though planting grass and flowers is our way of bringing nature closer to us. Herewith, a landscape architect’s counsel on how best to sustain our residences’ lovely-but unnatural– “exterior rooms” | BY John C. De Feo

Challenge
During the hot, dry summer months, when the intensity of the sun is damaging to both humans and plants, what can we do to keep the landscapes we’ve created vigorous and lush?

Plant Sustenance
Of course, landscapes ought to be designed so that they are easily maintained and controlled. But what’s sensible isn’t what homeowners seem to want: Aesthetics and trendiness often keep them from putting in plants appropriate to the territory.

Everyone likes a lush, green lawn, but sustaining that lushness and greenness requires inordinate watering during dry spells. Drought-tolerant grasses can be planted in warmer climes, but in the Northeast, these grasses die in winter; the landscape around the home turns brown, and delicate structures in the soil are exposed. Easier on the water supply are woody and perennial plants; there are many varieties available that will provide beauty without requiring a lot of watering. Obvious plants such as grasses, which come in all different sizes, textures, and colors, are great elements to incorporate-unless, of course, you have a very formal garden. There are also many flowering plants that create great displays throughout the summer, including catmints, lavender, and other herbs.

The greatest challenge with any plant material is establishing its root system. Without healthy root systems, even robust plants will have a hard time growing. I highly recommend mixing organic materials in the backfilling of each plant root and placing a coating of mulch over the surrounding soil. This will help to keep the moisture in the soil longer and will shield the root system from some of the sun’s heat. The good news is that new, technologically superior granular elements have been brought to market that can help keep plants’ roots moist through the inevitable dry spells. These special, naturally decomposing granules absorb huge amounts of water when mixed with the soil; they allow plant roots to take up water during hot, dry days while reducing the frequency of watering that is required during the first full growing season.

Once the plants have been allowed to establish themselves, the spray from lawn sprinklers or hand-watering during extreme drought conditions (if that is permitted) will usually be enough for the plants. Because communities have become aware of the importance of water conservation, some localities have set up regulations that restrict plant-watering, and even forbid it during the warmest and driest days. Be sure that all of your watering is done within the guidelines set for your area.

Watering can be done the laborious, old-fashioned way, using hoses or portable sprinklers, or by installing an automated underground sprinkler system-the best (and easiest) way to achieve the lush green lawn that everyone desires. TME

The landscape we create around our homes is unnatural, even though planting grass and flowers is our way of bringing nature closer to us. Herewith, a landscape architect’s counsel on how best to sustain our residences’ lovely-but unnatural– “exterior rooms” | BY John C. De Feo

Challenge
During the hot, dry summer months, when the intensity of the sun is damaging to both humans and plants, what can we do to keep the landscapes we’ve created vigorous and lush?

Plant Sustenance
Of course, landscapes ought to be designed so that they are easily maintained and controlled. But what’s sensible isn’t what homeowners seem to want: Aesthetics and trendiness often keep them from putting in plants appropriate to the territory.

Everyone likes a lush, green lawn, but sustaining that lushness and greenness requires inordinate watering during dry spells. Drought-tolerant grasses can be planted in warmer climes, but in the Northeast, these grasses die in winter; the landscape around the home turns brown, and delicate structures in the soil are exposed. Easier on the water supply are woody and perennial plants; there are many varieties available that will provide beauty without requiring a lot of watering. Obvious plants such as grasses, which come in all different sizes, textures, and colors, are great elements to incorporate-unless, of course, you have a very formal garden. There are also many flowering plants that create great displays throughout the summer, including catmints, lavender, and other herbs.

The greatest challenge with any plant material is establishing its root system. Without healthy root systems, even robust plants will have a hard time growing. I highly recommend mixing organic materials in the backfilling of each plant root and placing a coating of mulch over the surrounding soil. This will help to keep the moisture in the soil longer and will shield the root system from some of the sun’s heat. The good news is that new, technologically superior granular elements have been brought to market that can help keep plants’ roots moist through the inevitable dry spells. These special, naturally decomposing granules absorb huge amounts of water when mixed with the soil; they allow plant roots to take up water during hot, dry days while reducing the frequency of watering that is required during the first full growing season.

Once the plants have been allowed to establish themselves, the spray from lawn sprinklers or hand-watering during extreme drought conditions (if that is permitted) will usually be enough for the plants. Because communities have become aware of the importance of water conservation, some localities have set up regulations that restrict plant-watering, and even forbid it during the warmest and driest days. Be sure that all of your watering is done within the guidelines set for your area.

Watering can be done the laborious, old-fashioned way, using hoses or portable sprinklers, or by installing an automated underground sprinkler system-the best (and easiest) way to achieve the lush green lawn that everyone desires. TME

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TME Initial Launch Cons