Landscaping Clinton IA

Whether your are planning out a landscape for the first time or looking for new tips and trends in landscape maintenance, then you’ve come to the right place. Learn more about lawn care, gardening tips, yard and garden planning and more.
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Planting Bulbs Clinton IA

Bulbs grow best in a location with full sun. Choose planting beds where bulb foliage will receive at least 6 hours of sun during spring through summer. Most bulb species also prefer well-drained, not soggy, soil.

Planting Groundcover Clinton IA

Use low-growing perennial plants and shrubs as groundcovers to cover slopes and rough ground or to replace high-maintenance lawns. Choose plants that thrive in your particular soil and climate.

Watering Lawns and Gardens Clinton IA

One secret to achieving lush, healthy lawns and bountiful gardens is thorough, careful watering, which encourages deep, drought-resistant roots. Both the frequency and method of irrigation and amount of water required vary with your climate, soil, and plants' needs in Clinton.

Removing Lawn Thatch Clinton IA

Thatch, the buildup of dead grass between living grass and the soil, causes trouble for your lawn when it exceeds 1/2 inch thick. Excessive thatch prevents air, water, and nutrients from reaching plant roots. Cutting through and removing thatch improves your lawn's health in Clinton.

Improving Clay Soil Clinton IA

If your garden has heavy clay soil, you know what a challenge it can pose to plants, not to mention gardeners in Clinton. Heavy clay drains slowly, meaning it stays saturated longer after rain or irrigation. Then, when the sun finally comes out and the soil dries, it forms a hard, cracked surface.

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Crab Apple Clinton IA

Crab apples bloom in early to mid-spring, producing masses of pink, red, or white flowers, depending on the variety. Some also have attractive purplish red leaves. Many types also produce small, red or yellow edible fruits that are tart but excellent for jelly. Read on and find more information about this plant in Clinton.

Fertilizing a Tree Clinton IA

Most landscape trees growing in their natural environments rarely need fertilizer in Clinton. However, trees growing in infertile soil along roadsides, in urban areas, and around new homes may need extra nutrients to keep growing strong. Apply in early spring or autumn when roots are actively growing.

Grapevine Clinton IA

It's a wonder more gardeners in Clinton don't plant grapevines. Just 2 years after planting, you can be sampling your own grapes; in 3 years, you can be harvesting up to 15 pounds of grapes from each vine -- plenty for eating and making jellies, juice, or wine.

Improving Clay Soil Clinton IA

If your garden has heavy clay soil, you know what a challenge it can pose to plants, not to mention gardeners in Clinton. Heavy clay drains slowly, meaning it stays saturated longer after rain or irrigation. Then, when the sun finally comes out and the soil dries, it forms a hard, cracked surface.

Landscaping Clinton IA

When you are landscaping your yard, it helps to choose a low-maintenance landscape that does not require too much upkeep. Landscape planning with an eye toward ground-coverings and plants that do not require much watering and trimming will reduce your landscape maintenance needs. Please read on for more information and resources that give you access to landscaping in Clinton, IA.

Making a Raised-Bed Garden Clinton IA

Since the soil can drain sooner and warm up faster in spring, they enable you to plant earlier in the season. You can make a garden of permanent or temporary raised beds in Clinton. Here's how.

Mulching Trees and Shrubs Clinton IA

Mulch helps minimize weeds, conserve moisture, moderate soil temperature, and make your yard in Clinton look good. Mulched plants generally grow much better than similar, unmulched plants in the same garden. The two basic kinds of mulch are organic, such as shredded leaves and bark, and inorganic, such as gravel.

Planting Bulbs Clinton IA

Bulbs grow best in a location with full sun. Choose planting beds where bulb foliage will receive at least 6 hours of sun during spring through summer. Most bulb species also prefer well-drained, not soggy, soil.

Planting Groundcover Clinton IA

Use low-growing perennial plants and shrubs as groundcovers to cover slopes and rough ground or to replace high-maintenance lawns. Choose plants that thrive in your particular soil and climate.

Planting Hedges and Screens Clinton IA

Most of us consider our yards and gardens an extension of our homes, and we look for sanctuary and privacy there. Plants can create living walls, which can be especially important in neighborhoods where homes are close together. Whether you can wait years for the screen to grow in place, or need a screen right away, you have many options in Clinton.

Plugging and Sprigging a Lawn Clinton IA

An inexpensive way to start a new warm-season lawn or patch an existing one is to plant plugs or sprigs in late spring to early summer in Clinton. Warm-season grasses, such as Bermuda, St. Augustine, and zoysia, spread easily from 2- to 3-inch sections of sod, called plugs, or bits of rooted or unrooted leafy grass runners, called sprigs.

Pruning a Hedge Clinton IA

Prune shrubs in a formal hedge to resemble a dense, smooth wall. Vigorous, rapidly growing shrubs need more frequent shearing than shrubs that grow more slowly in Clinton.

Pruning a Needle-Bearing Evergreen Clinton IA

Evergreens with needle-like foliage, called conifers, usually need pruning only to remove dead, damaged, or diseased limbs. You can also prune to keep their growth compact. Pruning methods vary depending on the conifer's branching habit in Clinton.

Pruning a Shrub Rose Clinton IA

Prune your roses to increase blooming and decrease disease and pest problems. Do most of your pruning in early spring just before new growth begins, but remove spent flowers and dead canes whenever they occur. The goal is to keep the center of the shrub free of twiggy, weak growth in Clinton.

Removing Lawn Thatch Clinton IA

Thatch, the buildup of dead grass between living grass and the soil, causes trouble for your lawn when it exceeds 1/2 inch thick. Excessive thatch prevents air, water, and nutrients from reaching plant roots. Cutting through and removing thatch improves your lawn's health in Clinton.

Renovating a Flowering Shrub Clinton IA

New growth is weak, and flower production decreases. To reduce the shrubs' size and width and rejuvenate them, follow these pruning techniques in Clinton.

Sedum Clinton IA

The succulent foliage of many types of sedum is topped by starry flowers in late summer and fall in Clinton. Low-growing types are perfect for rock gardens, while taller varieties thrive in perennial borders. Another common name is stonecrop.

Spirea Clinton IA

Spireas are small to medium sized deciduous shrubs that produce cascades of flowers in spring and summer. Among the easiest flowering shrubs to grow in Clinton, spireas are often used in foundation plantings, as hedges, and in perennial gardens. Most spireas bloom in late spring to midsummer.

Testing Soil Drainage and Texture Clinton IA

Texture describes the relative amounts of large, medium, and small particles "called sand, silt, and clay" in the soil. Water and nutrients move quickly through soil that has a sandy texture because more space exists between the larger soil particles.

Watering Lawns and Gardens Clinton IA

One secret to achieving lush, healthy lawns and bountiful gardens is thorough, careful watering, which encourages deep, drought-resistant roots. Both the frequency and method of irrigation and amount of water required vary with your climate, soil, and plants' needs in Clinton.

Wisteria Clinton IA

Wisteria are vigorous, twining vines that bloom in spring in Clinton with huge, cascading flower clusters. Wisteria is notable not only for its attractive, fragrant flowers, but also for its vigorous growth. The vine may grow 10 feet or more in one year, and can easily overwhelm nearby plants and structures.