What plants are native to the Maryland, DC area?
Attached is a link for all the plants native to the Chesapeake area that will thrive in the existing environment.
What plants can be used in my rain garden?
Attached is a link for all of the native plants to the Chesapeake area.
What is the difference between a perennial and an annual?
Annuals are flowers that complete their life cycle in one growing season, during which time they grow, flower, and produce seed. Although some varieties will self-sow, or naturally re-seed themselves. Perennials are flowers or bushes that live year after year. This means the tops of the plants die back to the ground each Fall with the first freeze. Every Spring, new plant tops arise from the crown or roots, which persisted through the winter. Perennials are said to be hardy because they live through the winter.
How often should I water new plants?
After new plantings are installed, it is critical to provide water to the plants. This will settle the soil around the plants roots and remove any air pockets. Proper watering is critical for establishment and health of your plants.
Water new plants every other day for the first month, the 2+ times a month. After that, water new plants once a week until the end of the season.
To water the plants, use a garden hose with a nozzle that has a gentle out flow and water for 1-3 minutes per plant. For individual trees, place the hose at the base of the trunk and let the water trickle for an hour.
For all new plantings, if the temperature is over 90 degrees, water plants twice as often as mentioned above.
How late in the year can we still plant landscaping?
Depending on the temperature and weather in Maryland and Virginia, plants can still be planted up until December when the ground freezes. After the temperature drops and consistently stays below below 30 degrees, it is not recommended to install plants and guarantee their survival into spring.