Friday, September 30, 2016

When the Rain Stops

Rainy days slow a lot of landscape companies down, but not Ben's Creek Nursery. What little sunshine we had last week, we put to good use. Here are before and after photos of a landscaping project that included new sod and seeding, tree and shrub installation, and ground clearance/clean up.

First, the front yard.

Installed Sod & Shade Trees

Front Foundation Plantings

Sod, Hollies, and Shrubs

Front Shade Trees
And here's the back yard.

New Seed and Foundation Shrubs
New Seed
New Seed and Hollies
New Seed and Foundation Plants

Friday, September 16, 2016

At The Nursery

Keith and Wilson are hard at work at the Nursery this particular morning, digging and prepping some LARGE maples and hollies for delivery to a customer's property.

Meanwhile, our crape myrtles have sensed the nearness of Fall, and are beginning to shed their blooms so they can turn their attention to their second act: the changing of the leaves.

Muskogee Crape Myrtle
As famous as crapes are for their colored blooms, they are not one-note wonders; crapes are among that group of landscape plantings that can do 2 or 3 things for a landscape plan. After the summer blooms, they can provide striking leaf colors in the Fall, rivaling the iconic maples. And after the leaves fall away they reveal an equally striking bark or trunk pattern in the Winter.

These Biloxi crapes, for instance, will show off orange red leaves this Fall, and an exfoliating cinnamon trunk in colder times.

Biloxi Crape Myrtle
Biloxi Crape Myrtle exfoliating bark
After Winter the crapes will return to their forte of blooms in the Spring and throughout the Summer, and so the cycle continues.

Right now, however, our crapes are in the midst of the Summer to Fall cycle, and so betray nothing special yet. The blooms are diminished but still present; the leaves yet to turn.
Potomac Crape Myrtle
Red Rocket Crape Myrtle
Tonto Crape Myrtle

Monday, September 12, 2016

Neatness First!

Our ever watchful crews have their eyes - and hands - on places around the Lake that can use some practiced help for cleanup, raking, sod, or mulch.