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Karsten McElfresh

Enhance and Beautify your Landscape with Vines

Enhance and Beautify your Landscape with Vines

By | Landscape Design

Lowcountry landscapes are perfect for climbing vines, a natural feature widely found in the Carolinas. In fact, the South Carolina state flower is the Carolina jessamine, a twining and flowering vine. Talk to your landscape design team to learn more about implementing a Vines Landscape on your property. Enhance and beautify your landscape with vines in numerous ways: Camouflage Want to distract from or camouflage…

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Native Long-Blooming Perennials Give Your Garden Beautiful Color Year Round

Native Long-Blooming Perennials Give Your Garden Beautiful Color Year Round

By | Fall, Landscape Design, Seasonal, Shrubs & Plants, Spring, Winter

The climate in the Carolinas is perfect for long-blooming perennials; these effortless flowering plants bring beautiful color all year long. Talk to your landscape design team about adding these long-blooming native species to your yard, garden, and outdoor spaces this year. Coral Honeysuckle Coral Honeysuckle will bring year-round color to lowcountry landscapes. It is naturally appealing to butterflies and hummingbirds, native to the region. This…

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Common Insect Pests of Flowering Bulbs and Ways to Control Them 

Common Insect Pests of Flowering Bulbs and Ways to Control Them 

By | Insect Pests, Landscaping Maintenance

Are you tired of insect pests getting the best of your flowering bulbs? These pests can reach your bulbs underground, making it tricky to catch the culprits. Luckily, there are ways to control these common pests and preserve your bulbs. Keep an eye out for the following frequent pests and protect your flowering bulbs: Slugs and Snails If you are going to look for insect…

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Sago Palms: a Reliable and Beloved Fixture in Southern Gardens

Sago Palms: a Reliable and Beloved Fixture in Southern Gardens

By | Landscape Design, Shrubs & Plants

If you take a look at some traditional Lowcountry gardens, you may notice a recurring fixture: the Sago palm. Oddly enough, these plants are not actually palms, but are a heritage plant native to the Carolinas and a multitude of southern gardens widely. There are some simple reasons why Sago palms are a reliable and popular fixture in southern gardens: They are Tropical Sago palms make…

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Protect the Soil Around Your Trees to Support Tree Health and Growth

Protect the Soil Around Your Trees to Support Tree Health and Growth

By | Landscaping Maintenance, Trees

Tree health requires more than sunlight and water; protect your trees by preserving their surrounding soil and their root systems. Protect the soil around your trees to preserve and enhance tree health and growth: Aeration Prevent the culprit that is compromising your trees: compacted soil. The particles of soil get packed so tightly that water and oxygen are unable to get around their roots. It…

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Ornamental Grasses Enhance Your Garden's Beauty Year Round 

Ornamental Grasses Enhance Your Garden’s Beauty Year Round 

By | Landscape Design

Ornamental grasses are an easy and eco-friendly way to bring some texture, color, and interest to your landscaping. These plants are hardy and easy to care for, often found in a wide range of native species which makes them the natural choice for your yard, garden, or greenspace. Plant ornamental grasses to enhance your garden’s beauty year-round; keep these tips in mind: Ornamental grasses are…

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Prepare Now to Make the Most of Your Spring Gardening 

Prepare Now to Make the Most of Your Spring Gardening 

By | Landscaping Maintenance, Spring

Spring gardening is just around the corner; are you ready? Make the most out of spring gardening and the beautiful weather with some simple early-spring chores and tasks that will lead to lush landscaping later.  Some tips to prepare for your spring gardens are: First, organize your tools. Start the spring with organized and maintained tools and materials. Throw out any outdated additives or chemicals…

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Thinking of Selling? Realtors Report Landscape Enhancements Help Resale Value 

Thinking of Selling? Realtors Report Landscape Enhancements Help Resale Value 

By | Landscape Design, Landscaping Maintenance

If you want to make changes or upgrades to your home to improve its overall value, start outside. A recent report from the National Association of Realtors and the National Association of Landscape Professionals shows that landscape enhancements are a pragmatic approach for both optimal enjoyment and potential resale. If you want to preserve or improve the value of your property, consider some practical landscape…

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9 Trends to Light Up Your Landscape this Year

9 Trends to Light Up Your Landscape this Year

By | Landscape Design

Transform and turn-up your landscape this year with some intriguing lighting ideas to illuminate and highlight your home. Talk to your landscape design professionals about the best options for your property. Try these nine trends for your landscape lighting this year:   Portable Lamps   An effective and efficient way to alter the atmosphere of your outdoor spaces is with inexpensive portable floor lamps. These…

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