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A Balanced Landscape for your Warsaw, IN Landscaping

Phlox is a great perennial for your landscape in Warsaw, Winona Lake, and Syracuse.

One of the comments I hear most as I meet with clients in Warsaw, Syracuse, Leesburg, and Winona Lake is “I would really like to have a balanced landscape and plantings.” Balance means alot of different things to different people throughout the greater Warsaw, In area. In this post, I would like to provide some explanation of what I consider to be a balanced landscape.

Me idea of a balanced landscape in Warsaw, IN & Syracuse, IN includes proper scale, flowing design, easy maintenance, evergreen and deciduous shrubs and trees, perennial and annual flowers, water, sunlight, shade and good air movement. In Warsaw, Winona Lake, and Syracuse there is no shortage of water as most properties are either on the water or near it.

Proper Scale

A landscape should reflect the the size and scale of your home or lake house. This means that in time, mature plantings should appear that they belong. Wise choices avoid the pitfalls of designs that incorporate planting that are too large, too small, and too many or too few. All of us have seen foundation plantings that cover windows and crowd out walkways or hedges so think that plants are diseased and sickly. A landscape in Warsaw or Syracuse should express the uniqueness of the homeowner while enhancing the architecture. There is no right or wrong but a casual passerby should see the home and the landscape as one beautifully framed picture.

Flowing Design

A design integrates the needs of the homeowner with the use of the outdoor spaces created. I like an easy traffic pattern that moves one from the front of the home to the rear or lakeside with color and interest, while positioning service areas for air conditioners, pool equipment, trash cans, and storage sheds for quick accessibility but not necessarily in the line of vision. For those of you that live or have cottages on one of our many lakes in Warsaw, Winona Lake, Syracuse, North Webster, Leesburg or Culver, getting all that lake gear from the garage to the lake can be a problem. Traffic patterns become critical.

Next week I will continue with this blog post by providing more details on maintenance, planting suggestions, and water requirements.

How Will Cold Temps Effect Your Landscape Plants in Warsaw, IN?

Winter will have an effect on your landscape plants in Warsaw, IN.

Winter has arrived in full force in Warsaw, IN & Syracuse, IN this late January and the temperatures have dropped to near zero in the past few days. The weather in Warsaw, IN so far this winter has been pretty mild and we haven’t had alot of snow in the area, but that has changed in the past few days.

The forecast is predicting some of the coldest temperatures in recent memory for the Warsaw, IN area and we don’t have much, if any, snow cover to help insulate the ground and our landscaping plants.

What is winter dormancy and how does it affect my landscape plants in Warsaw, IN? Winter dormancy is a way of the landscape plantings coping with conditions too cold for growth. With the onset of cold temperatures and shorter nights, plants begin to do dormant. Deciduous trees will drop their leaves and evergreens may drop some needles but not all of them. Perennials will die back to the ground and survive under ground until warmer temperatures show back up in Warsaw, IN.

With winter in Warsaw, IN, dormancy has two stages. The first is a period when a dormant plant is incapable of growth even in temperatures warm up. With this stage of dormancy, a plant waits for a particular signal that says its OK to begin growing.

Usually this signal is triggered by a cold period of varying length, depending on where you live. The purpose is to prevent the plant from starting growth during an unseasonable period only to be killed when temperatures suddenly drop back to normal. Once the cold period requirement is satisfied, the plant is likely out of danger from a serious refreeze and becomes ecto-dormant.

These extremely cold temperatures that we are experiencing now and in the near forecast will have an effect on the health of your landscape plantings because of the lack of snow cover. Don’t be surprised if some of your more delicate plants struggle in the upcoming season or even don’t make it to the spring flush of growth. The extremely cold temperatures and lack of insulating snow will be the cause.

Bulbs: Add To Your Warsaw, In Landscaping

Dig a hole, put the bulb into the hole.  You’re done!

Bulbs add color to your landscaping in early spring in Warsaw, IN and Syracuse, IN.

If you would like to add alot of color to your landscaping beds for your Warsaw, In and Syracuse, IN home or lake house, think about adding some bulbs to your landscape beds.  Spring bulbs add loads of color to your landscape and will make you the envy of all your neighbors in Warsaw and Syracuse.

How To Install The Bulbs:

The size of the hole should be proportional to the size of the bulb.  Small bulb, small hole.  You get the idea.  You can buy a bulb digger at a local garden store in Warsaw or Syracuse.  The best thing we have found for installing bulbs in Warsaw and Syracuse is a drill with an auger bit.  You can buy one by clicking here.

The bulbs have and up and a down so orient the bulb roots downward into the hole and the growing tip upward.  Cover with dirt then forget about them until spring.

Types of Bulbs:

There are so many types of bulbs that we can’t list them all here.  CLICK HERE for more information about bloom times, colors, bloom lengths, height, and other information about bulbs that we install for our clients throughout Warsaw and Syracuse.

How Many Bulbs?

Bulbs Add Color To Your Warsaw, IN Home

The first thing you want to do in your Warsaw, In landscaping is to figure out where you want to have the color explode next spring.  Where do you want the bulbs to be planted?  Measure the area and use this handy dandy CALCULATOR to help you decide just how many bulbs you will need for your space.

When To Plant in Warsaw, IN and Syracuse, IN?

October, November and December are the best months to plant bulbs in northern Indiana, especially in the Warsaw, Culver, Winona Lake, Syracuse, Columbia City, and Ft. Wayne areas.  This MAP will help you better understand when the best time to plant in Warsaw, IN.

Need Help Planting Your Bulbs?

WLM, Inc. can help with that as well.  We have a program that is becoming wildly popular with our Warsaw and Syracuse clients.  During a fall clean up we can install the bulbs so you have loads of color this spring.  Call our office to learn more or click here.

Trends in Retaining Wall for Warsaw, IN and Syracuse, IN

Retaining wall blocks add dimension and definition to your outdoor living spaces. Whether utilizing a retaining wall to control sloped hillsides in your lawn or lakeside cottage, or to add additional space for a brick paver patio or outdoor living space, retaining walls can help in many ways and help solve your landscape problems.

Terraced Retaining Walls

Retaining walls can be used to convert a sloped lawn or backyard into a space that is now usable for the whole family. You can also terrace retaining walls to create level spaces for planting beds or additional patio space.

Raised Gardens with Retaining Walls

A new trend that we are finding in Warsaw, Syracuse, Leesburg, Ft. Wayne, Columbia City, Winona Lake and Culver is the construction of raised gardens. Raised Gardens can take your landscaping to a new level and add alot of visual interest and color with perennial plants to your existing landscape or patio area.

Outdoor Space Room Definition

The use of seating walls, pillars, and the combination of the two can help define your outdoor brick paver patio in Warsaw, IN and Syracuse, IN.

Outdoor Kitchens

Patios bring families closer together.

Outdoor kitchens are probably the fastest growing segment of all the hardscape installations we install in Warsaw, IN and Syracuse, IN. These outdoor kitchen and bar areas can be completely customized to allow the best use of space for large or small areas.

Pillars & Columns

Don’t forget about adding a Pillar to your project.  They can even be installed as mailboxes and have lighting installed under the cap for additional interest.

Fall in Warsaw, IN & Syracuse, IN. What To Do?

Landscape Maintenance in Warsaw, IN and Syracuse, IN

It won’t be long and a color will wash all the deciduous trees in the Warsaw, Winona Lake, Syracuse, Ft. Wayne, Columbia City and Culver areas with the magnificent color of fall foliage.  October in Warsaw, IN and Syracuse, IN is one of the busiest time of our landscaping season only second to April through June.

Our fall clean up and landscape maintenance work will culminate in December, when hard pruning begins, but for now it’s all hands on deck to get our fall project work completed and fall leaf clean ups finished.

Here is a list of things that your Warsaw, IN landscape will need as we move into fall.

  1. Fall in Warsaw, IN brings some of the best weather conditions for starting new plantings.  As the weather cools and the days get shorter, many plants grow roots deeper into the soils more easily so now is a great time to install a new landscape, renovate your existing landscape, or transplant some of your existing plant material.  Now is also a good time to overseed your lawn.
  2. Propagate.  Are there any plants in your Syracuse, IN landscaping that you would like to reproduce?  How about taking cutting before the first frost?  Now is a good time to do both if you live in Warsaw, IN or Syracuse, IN.
  3. Germinate.  Fall is a great time to plant seeds or overseed your lawn.  Now is also a good time to start a wildflower garden from seed.
  4. Frost Protection. In Warsaw, IN, frost and potential freezing isn’t far off and your delicate plants will need some protection if you want them to look good next season.
  5. Feeding.  If you own a home in Warsaw or Syracuse, fall is a great time to fertilize your plants so they aren’t nutrient deficient next spring.  Use fertilizers made specifically for the plant.  Fall is also the best time of year to feed your lawn.  Need a lawn fertilization program?  We can help you there as well. 
  6. Weeds.  Don’t be afraid to put down some more pre-emergent herbicide in your landscape beds that will give you even better weed control next spring and summer.

Plant Your Bulbs NOW for Warsaw, IN & Syracuse, IN Springtime Color

Tulip Bulbs For Spring Color in Warsaw, IN & Syracuse, IN

Who doesn’t want color in their landscaping beds just after winter releases it’s grip of winter if you live in Warsaw, Syracuse, Columbia City, Winona Lake, Ft. Wayne or Leesburg?  Of course you do!

How do you get beautiful early season color in your landscape?  Plant tulip bulbs!  Bulbs of all sizes, colors, and bloom periods are available now and need to be planted this fall in order to get the most out of your landscape next season.  Landscaping in Warsaw, IN & Syracuse, IN doesn’t have to be enjoyed only in the summer months.  Your Warsaw, IN landscaping can be enjoyed alot sooner than your neighbors if you plant bulbs this fall.

How Do You Get Them?  Wihebrink Landscape Management, Inc. can help with that as well.  We can plant any color of bulb you would like into your landscaping for you this fall while we are cleaning up the debris from fall. Last season we planted thousands of bulbs in our clients landscaping and they got to enjoy beautiful late winter/early spring color before all their neighbors.

Tulip Bulbs For Spring Color in Warsaw

How Much Does It Cost?  Pricing can vary, but in general, it will cost homeowners in Warsaw, In and Syracuse, In about $100 per 100 bulbs installed in your landscaping.  That is not a bad price considering that WLM takes care of all the work.  We order the bulbs and install them in your landscaping.  The more you order, the lower the cost per 100.

What’s Next?  Call our office to get scheduled.  Paul can stop out and show you the different options for your Warsaw landscaping and how the bulbs will create interest and color that your neighbors won’t have.

Thistle: How To Combat It In Your Warsaw, IN & Syracuse, IN Landscaping

Thistle in your Warsaw, IN & Syracuse, IN Landscaping

“I have a problem with Thistle in my landscape beds at our lake house in Syracuse, IN.  How do I get rid of them?”  —  Lake Wawasee Client of WLM, Inc.

Canadian Thistle is an invasive weed reaching 2-5 feet in height that is difficult to eradicate because it is a perennial, in addition to being a prolific seed producer.  The seeds can survive for more than 20 years and germinate quickly when conditions are just right in Warsaw, IN  and Syracuse, IN.  This plant also has an extensive underground root system that will germinate more weeds.

It’s a cool season perennial and actively grows in the spring and fall in the Warsaw, Syracuse, Culver, Ft. Wayne, Winona Lake, Leesburg, and Columbia City areas.  Growth slows during hot weather like we have during our summers.  Flowers are generally produced in early to mid June with seeds fully developed by early July in the Warsaw, IN areas.  The timing can vary each year depending on growing conditions.  As we have seen here in the Warsaw, IN area, landscapes woke up later than most years even though we had a very mild winter for the second year in a row.

Controlling Thistle:  A key to controlling Thistle in your Warsaw, IN landscaping is to treat early before it has a chance to produce seeds and develop a large network of rhizomes under the ground.  If you lack the time to take more aggressive  action in summer, then make sure to cut off the flowers before they seed.  Mowing and repeated cutting of the plants will prevent the production of seeds and slowly starve the plant, but will not likely kill them.  The extensive root system means that you will need to dig out the roots for a LONG period of time as they will quickly start to come back and make more.

Herbicide Treatment:  We have found with our Warsaw, IN & Syracuse, IN customers that treating thistle with herbicide works really well along with repeat Landscape Maintenance Visits.  Fall is probably the best time to treat thistle with herbicide if you own a house in Warsaw, Syracuse, Winona Lake, Culver, Ft. Wayne or Columbia City.  Another good time to treat is in the spring.  There are selective herbicide options but we warn that spraying these chemicals without experience can cause other landscaping issues like killing other desirable plant material.  Spraying thistle in your landscaping will also require several treatments over a long period of time and we have found that homeowners in Warsaw, IN and Syracuse, IN just don’t have the time and forget to spray on a regular schedule.

A healthy and well maintained lawn and landscaping in Warsaw and Syracuse will promote dense turf and healthy plants that will compete with these weeds.

Fundamental Foundation of Outdoor Decor for your Warsaw, IN & Syracuse, IN Home

Decking is more than a surface to set a lawn chair on or to roll out the grill for the weekend cookout in Warsaw, IN and Syracuse, IN.  It’s the fundamental foundation in the exterior decor.  Homeowners should take thoughtful consideration when selecting a product – not just the color and finish of the material but also the function, maintenance and durability.

There are alternatives to pouring a slab of concrete, with pavers becoming the go-to decking material for residential applications in Warsaw, Syracuse, Culver, Leesburg, Winona Lake, and all of Kosciusko County.  Travertine, natural stone, porcelain and simulated wood are taking the lead in the exterior landscape installation projects in Warsaw & Syracuse especially.

As the top installer in Warsaw & Syracuse for hardscape products and projects, Wihebrink Landscape Management, Inc. offers our clients a wide selection of pavers including the hottest trends in exterior flooring and brick pavers.

Our projects are designed to serve more that a functional purpose other than gray concrete.  We want people in Warsaw, Winona Lake & Syracuse areas to use these products in a way that look great and make them look forward to spending time outside.  We can help the design and product selections.

Phlox in Warsaw, IN & Syracuse, IN is a great perennial for your garden

Phlox is a great perennial for your landscape in Warsaw, Winona Lake, and Syracuse.

Phlox is a perennial that is great for Zone 5 gardens like ours in Warsaw and Syracuse.  As a landscape contractor in Warsaw and Syracuse, we love to use new plants but always come back to some older varieties that perform well in our area.  Phlox is one of them.  It is native to eastern United States from New York to Georgia and really performs well in Warsaw and Syracuse.

It is easy to grow Phlox from cuttings/transplants so feel free to move them around your landscape beds and gardens or share them with your neighbors.  If you are interested in a landscape renovation, landscape design, or landscape installation and you like Phlox be sure to make that known at the Initial Consultation.  Because there are so many varieties available for landscape contractors in Warsaw, IN & Syracuse, IN it’s easy to find a type of Phlox for almost any garden.

Fall is the best time for planting in Warsaw, IN and Syracuse, IN and now is the perfect time to start the planning process.  If you are considering a landscape project and live in Warsaw or Syracuse, contact your local landscape company and start now so that you can enjoy your new planting beds the remainder of this season and have a jump start on 2018.

 

Bring Your Family Closer Together With Brick Paver Patios in Warsaw, IN & Syracuse, IN

Landscape project installed by WLM in Warsaw, IN.

Patio Overlooking Chapman Lake in Warsaw, In

Nothing brings families closer together when spending time at the lake more than a brick Paver patio installed by Wihebrink Landscape Management, Inc. located in Warsaw, IN. Brick Paver Patios have an effect on people that concrete or decking just don’t have. Imagine living on Lake Wawasee or Lake Tippecanoe spending some quality time with your family and kids on your new outdoor living space and brick paver patio. Want some quiet evening by the fire?  How about a fire place or fire pit incorporated into that brick paver patio overlooking Winona Lake?  WLM, Inc. can help design and install your next brick Paver patio and outdoor living space.

Not all brick Paver are the same. We are the only Belgard Authorized Contractors in Warsaw, Syracuse, Leesburg, North Webster and Winona Lake areas. Wihebrink Landscape Management, Inc. installs over 25,000 sq.ft. of Belgard brick pavers every year.

‘Outdoor living space is becoming extremely popular in our Lake Wawasee, Syracuse, Lake Tippecanoe, and Warsaw areas. Homeowners are investing where they want to spend more time……on their new outdoor living rooms including brick Paver Patios with other elements like kitchens, fireplaces, fire pits, and seating areas.