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Plant Spotlight – Firefly Night Glow Bush Honeysuckle

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With a catch phrase such as “Light It Up!”, how could you go wrong with the brilliant Firefly Night Glow Bush Honeysuckle?  The strong, yellow flowers glow dazzling against the dark red foliage of Night Glow.  Hardy to zone 4, this striking beauty prefers full sun to part shade and grows a maximum of 3 feet by 3 feet, making it ideal for small landscapes or tight spots.  This versatile native dwarf honeysuckle is easy to grow, adapting to a range of soil types, and is a magnet for pollinators.  To inquire further about how All American can incorporate this showy shrub into your landscape, call the office at 402-408-0000.

Watering in the Landscape

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Residential Landscape Plant Watering

In order to prevent your plants from drooping in the landscape beds during the heat of the summer, it is important that they receive adequate water supplements when rainfall is not prolific.  It is also significant to note that plants need to dry out thoroughly in between watering efforts in order to develop a strong root system. 

When watering your landscape plants, even in the heat of the summer, it is key to water thoroughly but with less frequency.  Two to three watering per week are typically adequate, however, if you notice that the soil is significantly dry or the plants are “flagging” and look like they are wilting, a thorough, deep watering should not be dismissed.

Choosing what time of day to water is also imperative, as plants are more successful when watered early in the morning or later in the day.  Water early morning or on cooled soil leads to less evaporation allowing the plant to use more of the water applied for the following day’s heat.

Watering at the base of the plant near the soil level and root systems can help the water to easier be translocated throughout the plant.  This also prevents disease, as wet leaves become diseased leaves, whether the moisture sits overnight on the leaves and forms a leaf-mold or during the day, which could cause leaf burn.  Regardless, keeping the water flow at the base of the plant is ideal.

Keep checking plants, specifically trees and shrubs, in the fall. Trees and shrubs, particularly evergreens and recently planted trees, need abundant water in their root systems as they go into winter, so continue to water as long as you can.

Fall is the Time – Think Bulbs in the Landscape

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Tulips are just one of several spring bulbs that you can plant in the fall!

Fall Bulbs in the Landscape

Fall bulbs are planted for a pop of spring color and loved by beginning gardeners as well as the veterans.  Fall permits for a “second season” of planting for spring blooming bulbs. Planting bulbs during the autumn months promotes a jumpstart to spring growth. The cooler, fresh weather aids in making a more pleasurable event for laboring outside in the garden and involves less watering. The decreased weather temperatures allow spring blooming bulbs to winter over in the ground, which is imperative for bulbs to deliver attractive spring, jovial blooms.

Bulbs are acknowledged by the season in which they are installed, not that in which they emerge, so with fall bulbs, it is significant to plan ahead to what the landscape or garden will look like in forthcoming seasons and discover the right space, color, height and amount to fashion the design you wish.

The queen of spring blooming bulbs, the tulip is ornamental and gentle, with as much diversity in its presence as those who plant them – tulips come in a variety of colors.  One of the first fall bulbs confronting the frozen soil come spring, the crocus suggests a nibble of what’s to come that spring while still enclosed in winter’s frost. Commonly, crocus array the charts of purple and yellows, but blues, whites, and oranges are also available and lovely. Shouldering the identical name as the Greek God who fell in love with his own reflection, Narcissus is a bona fide representation of exquisiteness. Most gardeners may be acquainted with the typical yellow Daffodil (a common English name), but the genus also includes a variety of 50 to 100 lacy beauties in yellow, white, orange, and everything in-between.  To inquire further about how All American schedules fall bulb design in the residential landscape, call the office at 402-408-0000.

Water Features in the Landscape

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Streaming water is not only lovely to gaze at, but the sound is very soothing.  If you incorporate a landscape garden or paver patio, advantageously including a water feature into the design will often attract wildlife, such as butterflies and hummingbirds.  Water features are one of the rising trends for landscape features.

Amazingly, water features can be incorporated in to even the smallest of spaces—all you need is some sort of vessel or bowl. If you have an outlet nearby, a small pump can circulate the water.  Water features can be as simple as a bubbling boulder or as extensive as a Koi pond with a waterfall.  The options are only limited to your imagination and budget.

Decorative water features are bursting into residential landscapes all over the country as homeowners look for exclusive ways to increase the curb appeal of their home.  Water features are an inimitable and attractive way to give your landscape a new look.  Typically, a below ground basin holds the pump and water that recirculates through the structure of most water features.   Fountains, bubblers, and patio ponds are swift and inexpensive landscape ideas to add a splash to your outdoor living spaces. Call All American today at 402-408-0000 to find a variety of fountain styles to suit your taste and budget.

Japanese Beetles in Residential Landscape

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If you live in the Omaha metro area, the plants in your landscape are most likely affected by the destruction of Japanese Beetles, whether at the larval or adult stage. The adult beetle and juvenile grubs are threatening pests that attack many crops, turf, garden fruits and vegetables, and more than 300 species of flowers, shrubs and trees. They just are not very picky! Japanese beetle harm to plants is simple to recognize. Typically, the bugs can be caught in the act, visible and hanging out on the foliage or in the blooms. The significant signs of Japanese beetles are comprised of skeletonized leaves or entire defoliation of a leaf.

Fortunately, in most cases adult Japanese Beetle destruction is only aesthetic and is not fatal to most plants providing that there is not substantial or long-term injury. For example, most rose bushes can survive Japanese Beetle feeding with only the considerable damage done to the blooms. However, why have a rose bush if you cannot enjoy the blooms? What can be done about these annoying creatures?

Removing beetles by hand from favored plants can be a pragmatic and successful management practice for smaller landscapes or few plants, particularly when only a small number of the little monsters are present in the landscape. Physically picking them off the plant and dropping them in to warm water with soap is an effective means for control. To inquire further about how All American combats Japanese Beetles chemically in the landscape, call the office at 402-408-0000.

 

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