Fire is the theme. These homeowners are avid plant collectors. They insisted the theme be consistent. Warm red tones were used in the formal furniture as well as the reclaimed garden rocking chairs. Tiki torches in place of landscape lights help set the mood. Plants were carefully selected for color and cultivar. Firefly Spruce, Sunray Nandina, Firewitch Dianthus and Red Dragon Japanese Maple fit the theme and become conversation pieces. All these are nestled between native trees, shrubs and perennials.
All of the pavers and limestone were repurposed from different projects and combined together for this patio and fire pit. At Trees Inc. we do not like to be wasteful. Incorporating salvaged material can add instant maturity, charm and character.
Just around the bend…
This garden was to be expanded and the opportunity to add a water feature became apparent. It commands attention to the new area of the garden as it winds its way around berms and under a bridge. Lights help illuminate the waterfalls and stream for evening ambiance.
Once over the bridge you can fully see the landscape efforts going native. We added loads of perennials and shrubs to create ecological balance and reduced maintenance. Combined with the water garden this landscape is on its way to becoming vital habitat in this forest and field edge environment.
Time for a Change
This landscape was overgrown with the original plantings. The owners were tired of all the pruning and dense coverage. A classic case of wrong plants, wrong place. I introduced lots of natives that require little maintenance. I also incorporated some unique conifers for added interest. Little effort will be needed to care for this landscape.
Far East Flare
I have designed and worked in this garden since it’s inception. Over the years we have added many hardscape elements, countless landscape lights and a pallet of collectible plants that rival an arboretum. This garden emotes wonder and invites you to explore and reflect.
The landscape is mulched with leaves from the property that provide essential nutrients and organic matter. This is far superior to traditional mulch. Using leaves as a mulch has tremendous benefit and mimics natural renewal processes.
Advanced Plant Health Care
This is a Willow tree that was damaged by a beaver. I was given the task of repairing the damage. A series of trunk injections and soil conditioners, with a few other techniques, promoted over 4″ of response growth and nearly closed a 9″ wound in 9 months!
This vegetable garden was planted on Memorial Day. As October came to a close I snapped these photos. This garden received no fertilizer. I only applied my revolutionary organic soil conditioners and stimulants 3 times throughout the season. No extra water was provided, nor insecticides or fungicides. As you can see the plants remained unscathed during times of drought, have no significant insect damage to the fruit or foliage and not a single spore of foliar fungi. That’s right, no water, fertilizer or harmful chemicals. Just lots of fruit!
I did trials in this perennial garden to show the effects of my Plant Health Care Program. The left and right side of the mulch path feature many of the same plants. The varieties are repeated frequently on both sides. I applied one application of the program on the left side and kept the right side untreated. A couple of weeks later you can see the results. Vibrant, flowering perennials.
Trunk injection is a superior method of treating trees for insects, disease and nutrients deficiencies. I use the Arborjet Quik Jet Air. This uses air power to inject mendicants into a tree’s vascular system. This requires only milliliters of product to treat a tree. Compare this to gallons of topical spray traditionally used. The environmental exposure and impact are the lowest possible. It also features an arbor plug that is inserted into the trunk, locking the injected product into the tree and providing a surface for the bark to heal at the injection site faster. Other, more antiquated injection systems rely on gravity for product uptake and do not use an arbor plug. This causes potentially ambiguous results, chemical leakage, and decay at the injection site. The trunk cross cut photos show the difference.
Arborjet injection two years after initial treatment.
Other trunk injection methods after years of treatments.
The soil conditioner I use is OMRI listed. It features the finest ingredients. Rich humectants, mycorrhizal fungi, fulvic acids and other bio extracts support plant vitality from the ground up. The benefits of this blend fixe nutrient exchange in the root zone and makes a hospitable environment for microbial activity that stimulates root growth naturally. Ultimate plant response is building up resistance to insects and disease, faster recovery from damage and resilience in times of stress. This is the backbone of the Trees PLE, Inc Plant Health Care Program.
The equipment I use for soil conditioning is completely proprietary. I designed it specifically to administer my organic soil prescriptions. It uses an induction system that allows me to carry 200 gallons of pure water, not gallons of mixed solution, and infuse product with the water source. I can deliver accurate targeted treatments while providing the versatility of changing applications on site quickly. The dynamics of this system make it the most environmentally sound equipment of its kind.