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April is Landscape Architecture Month

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] April is Landscape Architecture Month, which encompasses Earth Day on April 22nd  and  Frederick  Law  Olmstead’s  birthday  on April 26th.  Olmstead is considered to be the father of American landscape architecture, as is Andrew Jackson Downing who designed the landscape architecture surrounding the Smithsonian here in Washsington, D.C. I'm  a  Landscape  Architect,  and I designed/installed my very first outside architecure [...]

By | 2017-10-11T11:32:43+00:00 April 1st, 2015|Gardening Tips, Mark's Blog|1 Comment

Grouping Groundcovers Together is GardenWise

We've written a lot over the past two years about losing at least HALF of your lawn areas to create a "greener" more eco-friendly garden. Losing some of your lawns areas is a fantastic way to make your garden space less water needy -- and it will introduce new options to make your landscape current [...]

By | 2017-10-11T11:32:50+00:00 March 26th, 2015|Gardening Tips, Mark's Blog|Comments Off on Grouping Groundcovers Together is GardenWise

Bye-Bye Winter Blues!

Floral Spring Fragrance…Yes Please! There’s nothing better than the approach of spring when things start to come alive… except maybe one.  The idea that soon you'll walk out into your yard, take a deep breath, and realize all your hard work on your landscape has paid off.  It looks and smells wonderful!  When this happens there’s nothing better and I [...]

By | 2017-10-11T11:32:58+00:00 March 22nd, 2015|Gardening Tips, Mark's Blog|2 Comments

Two For One — Shrubs as Garden Accents

Something I often think about is how to get as much as possible out of a garden space. I keep my eye out for multi-purpose planting choices, and like to include multi-purpose items.  A fantastic way to add a colorful and textural interest to a garden space is to use an eye-catching shrub as a garden accent, which will give [...]

By | 2017-10-11T11:33:04+00:00 March 19th, 2015|Gardening Tips|1 Comment

Gardening in the Months of Spring

As the warmer weather approaches and we find outselves leaving the house without a wool cap and gloves, here are some March gardening tips for Mid-Atlantic gardeners.  Even on this rainy day you can start making plans for your March garden work, incuding bulb planting.  Pictured are Narcissus bulbs I'm preparing to plant. * Once the soil warms [...]

By | 2017-10-11T11:33:06+00:00 March 16th, 2015|Gardening Tips|Comments Off on Gardening in the Months of Spring

Add Natives That Require Less Water

On this 95 degree day, you may want to think about replacing your plants with more eco-friendly choices that will require less water each week. Some plants require water almost everyday.  You don't need to replace all of these plants, especially if they are your favorites.  But you can substitute many of these problem drinkers with attractive [...]

By | 2017-10-11T11:33:13+00:00 March 11th, 2015|Gardening Tips|2 Comments

GardenWise Awarded Best of Houzz 2015

J. Mark White and GardenWise, Inc of Arlington, VA Receives Best Of Houzz 2015 Award Over 25 Million Monthly Unique Users Rated Top-Rated Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in the United States and Around the World [Washington, DC], February 5, 2015–GardenWise of Arlington, VA has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Customer Satisfaction by Houzz, the leading platform [...]

By | 2017-10-11T11:33:27+00:00 February 4th, 2015|GardenWise Press|Comments Off on GardenWise Awarded Best of Houzz 2015

Winter Wrapping with Burlap

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css_animation="top-to-bottom"]Every winter, many of our more delicate plants, like boxwoods, as well certain outdoor containers, are subject to the harsh environment of dry, cold air.  This environment makes the leaves brittle and can be further damaged by the strong sunlight and glare we experience in winter (think about that sunburn you can get while [...]

By | 2017-10-11T11:33:37+00:00 January 4th, 2015|Winter Annual Garden Tasks|Comments Off on Winter Wrapping with Burlap

GardenWise’s Guide to Maintaining Your Lawn Throughout the Entire Year

Taking care of your property's lawn is something that you have to do throughout the entire year. Neglecting it can cause the grass to grow wild or to wither up and die. This will cause your property's curb appeal to go down, which can hurt your chances of selling your property or of attracting customers if your property houses your business. The following are some tips that will help you to ensure the health of your lawn throughout all four seasons.

By | 2017-10-11T11:33:49+00:00 October 29th, 2014|Gardenwise Master Class, Mark's Blog|Comments Off on GardenWise’s Guide to Maintaining Your Lawn Throughout the Entire Year