landscaping in winter

Landscaping in Winter

By: on

The winter solstice arrives next week, and with it brings many changes landscaping in winter. The solstice marks the first official day of winter, which brings colder days and soil temperatures begin to drop. The good news is the days begin to get longer now. Everything happens on a bell curve, the soil temperatures will drop, but will begin to rise again, bringing to first early sign of spring to the winter landscaping around us.

Landscaping in Winter: What to Expect

As the temperature on the bell curve comes back up,and soil warms up, that is our first sign of spring. Even if you can’t see it, bulbs are starting to get forced out of ground. Bulbs all winter are spent underground, developing and maturing throughout the winter. This is necessary so that come springtime, they can push their out of the ground. The shade trees, such as maple trees start to show their first spring appearances with tiny blooms. This is always a good sign of winter on its way out.

Landscaping in winter is the time of year to refresh and clean and prepare. This is always a good time of year as we get closer to spring to focus on hardwood pruning, and cutting back growth on your trees and plant material. Eliminate damage to existing plants and trees by removing snow and ice buildup throughout the winter storms.

Bulbs need to be in before winter, so they will come back by spring. Witch hazel starts blooming in mid February. In the latter part of winter cornus moss start to bloom, native shrub called mock orange start to bloom before March. The red flowers on maple trees are little signals that spring is coming, as the days are starting to get longer.

Winter Garden Ideas, Winter Planter Gardens for Color and Interest.

Winter time while cold and dreary, does not mean your landscape needs to be. Mother Nature takes it toll on the East Coast, but there are ways to add interest to your property with winter landscaping. Winter garden plants can be used in planters throughout the property. This is a common and easy way to add color during the colder months. The winter garden plants that are often used are holly, birch limbs, southern magnolia leaves, cypress, pine cones, and red berries. These will all survive the harsh temperatures and frost and snow. These custom displays and holiday displays are a fun way to add color and landscape to your home.

Start planning early vegetable gardens during winter as well. Vegetable gardens will be planted in late March right after winter passes. This is a good time of year to take advantage of pruning old perrennials, getting fertilizing done, and organizing the early plants that will get in towards spring. It is important to consider frost tolerant plants and vegetables, since early spring can still bring frost.

Scenic Landscaping offers a Custom Garden Enhancement Services and Maintenance Divisions. This division offers routine winter care and custom decor additions to your home. An example of landscaping in winter services we can provide:

Winter Landscaping Services {Periodic checks December thru March}

  • This includes: General cleaning of gardens and grounds, selective winter pruning of, shrubs, evergreens and ornamentals as species dictate and tolerate.  Snow and ice damage monitoring to relieve weight and stress of snow and ice covered plantings.

We also provide an extensive catalog of urns, planters, and fountains to match your home and garden. These are easy additions to enhance the natural landscape all year long. Our award winnings crews are highly trained and dedicated to their craft. Please feel free to reach out to us to learn how we can help your property during the winter, to ensure the very best come springtime.

 

fall displays

The Season for Fall Displays: Landscape Design Advice

By: on

The landscapes across the east coast are transforming. This time of year we are always captivated by the changing colors around us. With the warmer weather we have had this month, some changes in foliage are delayed. While mother nature takes care of dressing up much of the landscape for fall, homeowners are always looking for ways to do the same to their home. Installing fall displays is a popular trend this time season. Every year, we work with many of our clients to customize impressive displays for their home.

Tips for dressing up your home with fall displays

  • This season has a full selection of festive items to choose from
    • Pumpkins, mums, hay, gourds
    • Many of these items are inexpensive
    • Can survive cooler temperatures and frosts
  • Use plenty of autumnal items to add color and interest, mix and match, the more the better
  • Dress your front steps and entry ways into your home for curb appeal
  • Painting pumpkins is an easy way to complement the colors to your home
  • Planting mums in planting beds, over spring bulbs helps to keep color in the yard
  • Update planters on property with mums and greenery

fall display ideas

Whether you prefer to DIY, or hire a professional, fall displays are a creative and appealing addition to any home this time of year. Fall is always so fleeting. Take the time to admire the colors and the crisp evening and mornings, and warmer afternoons. This time of year is one that many try to capture. Fall displays help to enhance the beauty of this time of year.  These displays are great for anytime from September through Thanksgiving and can last longer than summer or spring plants and flowers. And whether or not you choose to decorate your home for Halloween, with added spooky elements, such as ghosts, witches and decor, your home becomes a big hit for trick-or-treating.

Night lighting enhances your displays, as the evenings begin to fall earlier this season. Illuminate your front walkway and steps, not only for safety, but to show off the displays. As the weather get cooler, the warm colors and lighting give your home the warmer and inviting glow.

Scenic Landscaping provides a Maintenance, Custom Garden Service and Enhancement Division for our clients. This division is available to care for your flowers, plants, shrubs and gardens with the expertise and dedication required to preserve your landscape design. Our services can be customized to best fit your needs and catered to enhancing, maintaining, preserving, and perfecting your garden all year long.

This time of year our fall service is being implemented. Gardens are starting to close beginning in November through December. This includes preparation of the garden for winter months, (i.e., cut back of perennials, weeding, and edging of planting beds.) Ornamental grasses cut back at homeowner’s discretion. Fall displays are being created and customized to each home and budget.

Interested in creating fall displays for your home? We are here to help. From mums, pumpkins, baskets, hay barrels, wreaths, baskets and more, we can customize an impressive display to enjoy this season.

 

fall landscape tips

Fall Landscape Tips from Landscape Professionals

By: on

Fall is starting this week, and we are starting to see signs. As summer is winding down, and temperatures begin to cool off, we know Fall is in the air. The evenings are getting darker earlier, the first signs of colors changing in the foliage. Back to school routines, busy schedules and changes to the landscapes are all around us. Homeowners this time of year are often looking for  fall landscape tips or advice on ways to best improve their property.

There are three important things to consider this time of year, when it comes to your property.

  1. Fall is for Planting. As a general rule of thumb and important fall landscape tips we tell all our clients. This is the best time of year to redesign your landscape and plant in your garden. Consider Fall your time for a landscape makeover, and get everything planted into the ground before in freezes. Use this time to plan for changes you would like to see, that you were unable to achieve this year. It is the season to put your gardens to rest, and plan for next year.

2. Fall also means it is time for spring bulbs. Bulbs need to be planted in the next few months, before the ground freezes. That way, once winter passes, your property will come to life in bursts of colors and flowers. Mums and pansies can be planted right over your spring bulbs, providing fall colors. This way, you can plant for two seasons at once.

  1. Fall displays! Although not so vast as summer annuals, there are still many choices to enhance your fall landscape through the colder months to comes. Mums, kale and cabbages to fall pansies, perennials and ornamental grasses are all popular choices. Combined with fall displays using pumpkins, gourds, hay and other seasonal ornaments, apple baskets, crates and Indian corn, they are a festive and impressive way to dress up your front lawn this season.

Fall is the time of year to get work done in the yard you were unable to make happen this year. Use this time of year to plan ahead. Consider changes you would like to see to your home next year, and use the colder months to plan for it. Whether you wish to expand upon your gardens, have a full property clean up, or brand new outdoor living spaces. This is the time of year to plant and plan for it.

Scenic Landscaping are professionals in fall landscape tips, as well as advice for your landscape all year long. We can create the right combination to keep your landscape looking beautiful into the fall. From customized displays to garden enhancement services, we provide personalized landscape packages to fit every budget, style and property needs. We look forward to helping you achieve your landscape goals for 2018.

Scenic Landscaping of Northern New Jersey Awarded Best Of Houzz 2017

By: on

best of houzz

Scenic Landscaping of North Jersey has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The premiere landscape design and build firm was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2017” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“We have had a lot of success working with Houzz in the past few years, and our team takes a ton of pride being featured and awarded by the Houzz network,” Owner Mitchell Knapp explains. “In our industry, it is important to showcase the work we do a wide variety of potential clients. We take our reviews seriously and enjoy collaborating on projects and customizing all types of spaces for our clients.”

“We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including Scenic Landscaping” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”

Follow Scenic Landscaping on Houzz http://www.houzz.com/pro/scenic-landscaping/scenic-landscaping

About Scenic Landscaping

For over 42 years, the team at Scenic has designed and maintained award-winning designs throughout the tristate area. They are a full-service firm with master gardeners and master pool builders on staff. The Scenic team handles everything in-house, from the initial design stage, to construction, through aftercare and maintenance.

Anything from intimate gardens, to custom pools and spas, creative outdoor living spaces, to entire property transformations is catered to each individual property. They pride themselves on their ability to exceed all expectations while providing innovative spaces to enrich each client’s life.

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

Scenic is Hiring – 2016

By: on

Looking for a new career opportunity? Interested in working with the landscape and pool industry?

Scenic Landscaping has over 40 years experience in the industry and is one of the leading companies in the business today. We pride ourselves on providing creative mentors , competitive compensation packages and a great work environment for all positions.

We are currently looking to hire within a variety of fields and positions, from labor to management to sales. To view our current job openings please visit here.  We look forward to receiving your application and adding some powerful, smart and driven individuals to our Scenic team.