Edging and Mulching your Garden Beds

Are your plants beginning to Spring to life in your garden beds?  This is a great time of year to pay attention to those beds.  Edging and Mulching not only adds rich organics to your soil but also helps hold moisture and control weeds.  Mulch provides a beautiful contrasting color in shades of brown offsetting the greens in your garden.

A well edged bed, mulched and pruned, adds great aesthetics to your property and can be the finishing touch you have been looking for.  Here’s a short video illustrating how mulching and edging can improve the look of your property.

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Flowering Trees and Shrubs

Does your property need more color?  Well, plant some flowering trees or shrubs!

Have you ever visited a friend and wished you had plantings as vibrant and colorful as they had?  A properly planned planting can add great interest and color to your property.  Plants and shrubs flower at different times, and a well thought out design can add that beautiful touch you were looking for all season long.


We can help you choose flowering trees and shrubs that will make your gardens the envy of the neighborhood!



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Planting Trees

Did you know that planting trees on your property can help you save on heating and cooling costs?

If you plant evergreens such as Spruce or Pine, on the northwest side of your property they create a wind-break which protects your home from strong northwest winds. Your home doesn’t have to work so hard to stay warm.  Evergreens not only help with the energy efficiency of your home , but provide a beautiful look for your property.

Conversely, planting deciduous trees such as Oak or Maple, on the south side of the house provides shade to your roof.  A shaded roof allows you to use up to 30% less energy to cool your home.  Deciduous trees lose their leaves, allowing sunlight to warm your roof during the winter.  Again, you will use less energy to heat your home.  Deciduous trees keep your house both seasonally cool and warm – and provide year round interest for your property.  After all, who doesn’t love a fall display of magnificent color?


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Perennials and your Garden Beds

As your perennials begin to spring to life, it’s also a great time to pay attention to your garden beds.  Edging and mulching your beds adds nice, rich, organics to your soil and helps hold moisture, control weeds and provides a beautiful contrasting color in shades of brown to the greens in your garden.

A well edged bed, mulched and pruned, adds great esthetic beauty to your property – a great finishing touch!

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Springtime Gardening Tips

As your Perennials pop out of the ground, it’s time to take a good look at your garden.  Do you have an overgrown shrub or perennial bed?  If you do, you may want to consider dividing and/or transplanting these plants to a new location on your property.  Perennials – the gift that keeps on giving!  You might even have too many to relocate so ask your neighbor if they want some as a gift.  It’s not only a nice gesture, but it will improve their property as well.  It’s like giving a gift of life and beauty!

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Property Improvements and Landscape Design

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Have you been thinking about property improvements and updating your landscape design?  Now is a great time to start planning for that new idea you’ve been thinking about.  We can help you develop, design and plan to make that improvement happen.  You might have a garden idea you’ve been considering, or need changes and improvements to your old and tired front foundation plantings.  Why not take advantage of a landscape designer’s slower season and let us develop a plan to help you see your ideas  come to life?!

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Dormant Pruning – Fruit Trees

Winter is a perfect time for dormant pruning – particularly Fruit and Deciduous Trees (trees that lose their leaves). If you want better balance and shape to the trees on your property, now is a great time to prune and get the results you want.

When pruning your trees, remove fast growing branches that do not typically produce fruit (sucker growth), dead wood, cross branching and unwanted branches.  This will improve the health, vigor and shape of the tree.  Spending time in the winter months pruning your dormant trees will help improve fruit production and provide a better shaped and healthier tree as it actively begins to grow.

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Thanks to my Landscape Design Clients for 2011

On behalf of White Oak Designs Inc., I would like to thank all of our Landscape Design customers for their business in 2011.  It was a pleasure to be able to help you improve your property and I appreciate your putting your trust and faith in our company and crew.

We look forward to working with you in 2012 and as always, please don’t hesitate to contact us with any of your future landscaping or design needs.

All the best for a successful 2012!


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Storm Damage – White Oak can help!

White Oak Designs is more than a Landscape Design company.  We can help you with any storm damage you may have received to your trees and shrubs from Irene and the recent October snow storm.  Pruning, limbing, take downs, removals and chipper service are just a call or email away!

Remember, we take care of your property from design to completion – and if mother nature exerts her power – we can help restore your landscape to it’s former beauty.

Contact me at 845-621-1305 or jim@whiteoakdesignsinc.com

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Fall Planting

The fall season is an excellent time for planting; particularly evergreens, both broad-leaf and conifers.  The heat of the summer has passed, the soil is still relatively warm, the nights are longer and cooler and the rainfall received doesn’t evaporate as quickly as in the summer months.

Planting in September, October and November gives the plants a chance to adjust to their new environment.  This is because the main leader – branches and leaves (or needles) – are no longer actively growing.  The root system of each plant has time to establish new feeder roots over the next 4-6 months before they are again called upon to supply water and nutrients to an actively growing plant.

The less “technical” explanation is this:  fall is an excellent time for planting!  Speaking of fall, this is also a great time to plant spring flowering bulbs!  (Tulips, Daffodils, Crocus)  There is nothing quite like bright and colorful flowers to bring new life to an early spring day!

Until next time, Jim

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