Common Landscaping Mistakes in Baltimore

December 18th, 2014

There’s quite a number of landscaping tutorials to be found online, a large percentage of which offer conflicting opinions or misinformation. Doubtlessly, your most assured recipe for success is hiring a professional who knows what’s what when it comes to lawn care. But if you insist on DIY there’s a definite list of mistakes you should avoid when landscaping your Baltimore lawn and Rhine landscaping is here with what, when, and why you shouldn’t make them.Landscaping Mistake

Don’t Plant Overly Aggressive Ground Cover

Ground cover describes a plant or plants that keep low to the ground and fill in gaps in a landscape that might fall prey to invasive weeds. While ground cover needs to have a certain level of aggressiveness to spread quickly and completely, if you choose the wrong plant you may end up with more than you bargained for. Overly aggressive ground cover often ends up with you being forced to fight it just as you would a common wee. A landscaping professional familiar with Baltimore will be able to locate a ground cover that is right for your yard.

Don’t Install Plants Around a Foundation If They will Outgrow It

Planting around a foundation is a standard and easy method of landscaping yards. Even those with no formal landscape training can draft a symmetrical and appealing plan. A critical mistake man Baltimore homeowners make when undertaking this process is planting fast-growing plants, trees, and shrubs that will eventually grow too big for their foundation, necessitating frequent pruning. Make sure to know a plant’s expected adult size prior to planting. Of course, a qualified landscaping company can easily find the right plants for a foundation that will look beautiful and stay exactly where they should.

Don’t Purchase Mulch Without Research

All mulches are not created equal, despite amateur landscaper’s tendency to simply purchase the cheapest or best advertised mulch they can find in their local garden center. Mulches are often vastly different from one another and the wrong choice can turn your Baltimore yard from Eden into a veritable wasteland. Make sure the mulch you buy works for the plants in your yard.

Want to Easily Prevent Landscaping Mishaps and Mistakes?

Call Rhine Landscaping. We’re an experienced landscaping company that’s served Maryland for years. We know the ins and outs of landscaping and have the techniques and expertise at our disposal to make sure it’s done right and done affordably. If you’re interested in a having an effortlessly beautiful lawn, call us at (410)-442-2445 or fill out our online contact form today!

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Surprising Facts About Poinsettia Plants

December 8th, 2014

We’re all familiar with poinsettia flowers. These bright red, iconic, Christmas plants are a staple of many American households. However, there’s a surprising amount of misinformation surrounding them, and few interesting facts that aren’t generally known. Rhine landscaping, your year-round plant and landscaping experts, is here with a few things your may not know about poinsettias.

Poinsettia

Botanical Name

There’s a lot of confusion as to whether “poinsettia” is the plant’s proper, botanical name, so let us set the record straight: It isn’t. Plant taxonomy officially lists Christmas poinsettias as Euphorbia pulcherrima, which translates to “the most beautiful Euphorbia.” While “poinsettia” looks like a scientific name, it is in fact a reference to the United States Ambassador to Mexico, Joel Roberts Poinsett. Poinsett introduced the species to North America on a return trip from Mexico in 1828.

What Are Poinsettia’s Actual Flowers?

What most people refer to as the flowers of a poinsettia plant are not flowers at all! These bright red, petal-like leaves are actually called “bracts.” While poinsettias do have flowers, they’re actually the small, green-yellow buds at the center of the bracts, hardly a noteworthy feature in comparison to the brilliant red of the bracts.

Are Poinsettias Poisonous or Harmful?

As many people have had pointed out to them at some point, poinsettia plants are not fatally poisonous if ingested (a myth that was quite widespread for a time). However, this has given rise to new myth: That poinsettia plants are completely harmless. The fact is, poinsettia plants can be very dangerous and not from being eaten (although eating them is certainly not recommended). This is because the milky sap that poinsettias ooze can cause dermatitis in those prone to skin rashes, with the consequences being extremely severe in some cases. If you have latex allergies, or other issues with sensitive skin, you may want to give poinsettia plants a pass this Christmas.

How is Poinsettia Pronounced?

Thanks to Ambassador Poinsett’s difficult to pronounce name, numerous mispronunciations and misspellings of the plant exist. Many spell the name “poinsetta,” for example (dropping the last “i”), while others add an extra “t.”

The word is also routinely mispronounced with many people inserting a “T” after the “N,” pronouncing it “point-SET-uh.” Dictionaries offer two acceptable pronunciations: “Poin-SET-ee-uh” and “poin-SET-uh.”

Rhine Landscaping is Here For The Holidays

Whether it’s poinsettias, holly, mistletoe, or any other conceivable plant, Rhine Landscaping has the knowledge and industry experience to offer you the very best in home and commercial landscaping year-round. If you’re interested in turning your dead yard into a winter wonderland, or employing a service to maintain an established landscape, call us at (410)-442-2445 or fill out our online contact form today!

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Maryland Landscaping Tips: Landscaping in Winter

December 2nd, 2014

Winter LandscapingLandscaping closes its doors during winter, right? Everything dies during the coldest season, so there’s no point in landscaping my Maryland yard then, correct? Wrong! While many homeowners think of the winter as a bleak, lifeless period for their lawn it can actually be one of the most beautiful seasons, if given proper care. Rhine Landscaping, your Maryland landscape professionals, is here with some useful tips for making sure your lawn looks stunning in even the coldest weather.

Think About Bark

While most deciduous trees do lose their leaves during the winter, that doesn’t mean they can’t be beautiful. When choosing trees to plant in your Maryland yard, think about how they’ll look leafless. Ornamental trees, like dogwoods or birch trees, which have very visually distinctive bark will provide your landscape with much-needed texture and color.

Evergreen

Evergreens are a staple of winter landscaping for a reason: They add unwavering color and texture to any landscape. Despite the name, evergreens can come in a wide variety of colors including yellow, blue, and almost everything in between. Evergreens are also a great way to make economical landscaping design. They look great in the winter and can provide lovely focal points during the entire year.

Berries-A-Plenty

When designing a landscape for your Maryland home with winter in mind, select trees and shrubs that bear winter fruit. They’ll provide welcome bursts of color during the colder months and will attract highly desirable birds. Crabapples and holly bushes will hold their fruit through the colder months and look quite beautiful against a snowy backdrop.

Think About Hardscaping

Winter is an ideal time to take a look at your yard, minus a lot of the spring and summer trimmings, and figure out what’s missing. Sometimes the best solution is one that doesn’t involve plant life at all. Think about adding a new patio, walkway, or fire pit to give your Maryland yard the focal point it’s been missing, or add little touches with benches and trellises.

Rhine Landscaping Knows How to Handle Winter

At Rhine Landscaping, our dedicated Maryland-based teams of expert landscape architects, designers, hardscaping professionals, and gardeners, know how to make the most of the coldest season. We have the knowledge and resources to make sure your yard looks beautiful during the winter, and year round. We’ll do the job right, and on a budget that you can afford.

Maintenance Tips for Your Maryland Paver Patio

November 24th, 2014

paver patioIf you’ve spent the money and time having an exquisite paver patio installed on your Maryland property, then you definitely won’t want it to degrade over time. While paver patios are relatively simple to take care of, it’s important to keep up with regular maintenance to ensure yours stays looking just as pristine as the day it was installed years down the line. Rhine landscaping, your Maryland paver patio installer, is here with a few vital tips for caring for your patio.

Keep ‘Em Clean

Regularly sweeping, rinsing, and mopping your Maryland paver patio is critical to keeping it looking its best. You can easily banish the majority of surface dirt with a simple spray from a garden hose, and can use a power washer should you run into more resistant debris. If you spot stain or mark on your paver patio quickly use soap and a bristle brush to scrub it out, otherwise it may set in permanently. If you’re having trouble removing a stain you may use paint thinner instead of soap, but apply sparingly.

Take Down Weeds

Weeds: The bane of any Maryland homeowner’s existence. Left to their own sinister devices these pesky plants can swiftly turn a pristine paver patio into a hotbed of chaotic messiness. Take ‘em down before they can get a foothold in your yard or patio by using a solution of white vinegar and water to wash your paver patio regularly. Make sure to take your paver patio for a walk  too, as consistent foot traffic helps kill budding weeds.

Seal Away

Another important part of shielding your Maryland paver patio is sealing it. Applying sealent protects your paver patio from moisture and the elements by creating an invisible, water, oil, and UV repellent coating. Sealing your patio will keep it looking brand new for years to come. If you’re not sure if your patio has already been sealed, dribble some water on it. If the water beads up and isn’t absorbed into the patio it’s sealed. Make sure to re-seal your paver patio every 2-4 years for maximum longevity.

Need Help With Paver Patio Maintenance?

Call Rhine Landscaping. We’re an experienced hardscaping company that’s served Maryland for years. We know the ins and outs of paver patio maintenance and have the techniques and expertise at our disposal to make sure it’s done right and done affordably. We also install brand new patios and have done jobs ranging from simple walkways and patios to very elaborate terraced multi level patio systems. If you’re interested in a having an effortlessly beautiful paver patio, call us at (410)-442-2445 or fill out our online contact form today!

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Common Landscaping Mistakes in Maryland

November 18th, 2014

landscaping With so many online guides to landscaping, it’s no wonder that people often find themselves confused, or committing errors. It’s hard to know if your source is reputable, and often advice that works for one person’s yard may not work for another’s.  Rather than offer specific advice that may not work for you,  Rhine Landscaping is here with a guide on what NOT to do when it comes to landscaping. So put down the pruning shears and potting soil and listen up. You just might be surprised.

Don’t Install Plants That Will Outgrow Their Foundation

Foundation planting is a first step towards personal landscaping that’s often recommended by Maryland landscaping publications and websites as an excellent start for beginners. This can often send excited homeowners into a tizzy, quickly purchasing and planting to fill this space. What they don’t often plan for is that plants grow, often substantially and that filling your foundation immediately will result in plants shooting out all over the place, necessitating frequent pruning. Do yourself a favor and plant sparsely at first, with full knowledge of your plant’s maximum size.

Don’t Prune Too Quickly

You’ve got a long line of perfectly manicured shrubs surrounding your property. Suddenly your eye catches an errant branch timidly jutting out from formation. You hand slides coolly down to your leather holster. It’s pruning time. But hold that itchy trigger finger Tex! It’s great to take pride in keeping a well-manicured Maryland lawn but pruning too quickly and too often can permanently damage plants. Do the research to find out when the best time to prune your shrubs is, and stick to that schedule.

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Outdoor Fire Pit Design Tips for Maryland Homeowners

November 11th, 2014

fire pitWe’ve already discussed some of the many benefits that an outdoor fire pit can provide your Maryland home with. It’s a beautiful and practical addition to any backyard that can extend your home’s useable space, provide you with warmth during the colder months, and look great doing it too. So let’s say you’ve decided to go ahead on constructing an outdoor fire pit, the next obvious question is: How do you design one? Rhine Landscaping is here with a few things to keep on your mind while designing your backyard fire pit.

Price

One of the foremost concerns on any Maryland homeowner’s mind when considering any substantial property renovation is the price. It’s important to set a budget for your project before you begin and to stick to it. While, if you have the necessary skill, it is possible to construct a fire pit yourself for a lower price than a professional, that’s not accounting for the costs of any mistakes like improper installation, poor material selection, and the potentially poor quality of the result.

Fuel Source

Though there are some alternate fuels available most Maryland homeowners with outdoor fire pits prefer either wood or gas powered systems. While wood does offer that genuine real-log smell, it also requires constant fueling and careful observation to make sure that the fire doesn’t get out of control, as well as a steady supply of firewood. Some Maryland homeowners prefer to fuel their outdoor fire pit with gas or propane which can provide a quick starting, remote controlled fire, that you won’t have to continually dump logs into.

Location

Many Maryland property laws require a minimum distance between a fire pit and the home proper, others may require a permit, or a site inspection from the local fire marshal. It’s important to look up any regulations on outdoor fire pits and fire sources to make sure you’re cooperating with the law. A good landscaping company will take care of permit research and application for you.

Interested In an Outdoor Fire Pit?

Call Rhine Landscaping. With an outdoor fire pit from Rhine Landscaping, you can design a fire pit that fits with your home’s aesthetic, provides warmth, augments your lawn’s appearance, and complies with all safety standards.. Whether you prefer wood burning, natural gas, or charcoal fire pits, at Rhine Landscaping we use only high-quality materials to emphasize the beauty of your home. We also want to make sure that safety plays an important role. We examine the area and make sure the fire pit is built in a safe spot at an appropriate distance away from your home. We also make sure to line it with fireproof mortar and brick to protect the stone of the fire pit, and to protect you!

To find out more about installing a fire pit in your backyard this fall, visit our website and contact Rhine Landscaping by calling 410-442-2445 or click here today!

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When to Do Your Tree Planting in Maryland

November 3rd, 2014

tree plantingWhen it comes to landscaping in Maryland, one of the most frequently debated topics is tree planting. Specifically, when, where, and how it should be done. It’s easy to understand why, trees can be some of the most expensive and enduring plants in a landscape and homeowners want to make sure their investment pays off. Rhine Landscaping is here with information on when Maryland residents should think about tree planting.

Overview

Typically, the best time to do your tree planting in Maryland is in the late winter or early spring. If that’s impossible for whatever reason, autumn is your next best bet. Summer and early winter are poor choices and should be avoided at all costs. Extreme temperatures will kill budding trees, and the frozen-hard winter earth can make the physical tree planting near-impossible.

Dormancy

One of the most important factors to consider when tree planting in Maryland is dormancy. Dormancy refers to the period of time when a tree is resting, similar to hibernation. While dormant, trees are much less susceptible to harm. Trees typically enter dormancy in  mid-autumn and leave it during spring. Thus tree planting times are best determined by knowing when a tree has entered its dormant state.

When to Plant Deciduous Trees

Deciduous trees, trees that shed their leaves at the end of the growing season, are easy to understand. The shedding of leaves in autumn signals that the plant has entered its dormant state and is ready for tree planting. The opening of buds in spring means that the plant is active and should not be moved.

When to Plant Evergreen Trees

Evergreen trees, trees that retain their leaves throughout the year, are far less sensitive to being moved than their deciduous counterparts. Tree planting in Maryland for evergreens can be undertaken earlier in the fall and later in the spring but it’s still vital to avoid planting them in too much heat. If you’re experiencing an unusually warm fall, hold off on tree planting till the temperature cools down.

Want To Avoid the Hassle and Guesswork?

Don’t want to worry about when you should be doing your tree planting? Call Rhine Landscaping. We’re an experienced landscaping company that’s served Maryland for years. We know the ins and outs of tree planting and have the technique and expertise at our disposal to make sure it’s done right and done affordably. If you’re interested in a having a beautiful lawn without any work, call us at (410)-442-2445 or fill out our online contact form today!

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When and How to Use a Leaf Blower on your Maryland lawn

October 27th, 2014

leaf blowerLast week we discussed the importance of raking, and the real benefits it provides to your Maryland lawn during the fall. However, what about Maryland homeowners who’d prefer an easier solution, one that doesn’t involve bending over all the time? That’s where leaf blowers come in. Leaf blowers are an incredibly useful fall landscaping tool, but there is a definite time and place to employ them. Rhine Landscaping is here with some tips on when and how you should be using your leaf blower.

Sweeping Debris

If you need to move grass clippings, dirt, debris, or leaves off your Maryland driveway, porch, or deck quickly, using a leaf blower makes sense. Leaf blowers are great for quick removal of materials like these, especially if you’re pressed for time and are looking to make small portions of your yard presentable.

Leaf Roundup

It’s a common misconception that leaf blowers can completely trivialize the leaf removal process. The truth is that leaf blowers are best used in conjunction with rakes and other fall landscaping appliances to completely clear your lawn of leaves.

Leaf Blowing Steps

  • Start in the far left-hand corner of your Maryland yard, lay down a large tarp, and begin blowing as many leaves as you can onto the tarp.
  • Don’t be picky. Avoid trying to nab every last leaf with your leaf blower. It wastes time and defeats the purpose of the device. Just settle for getting the majority.
  • Once you’ve rounded up most of the leaves and blown them onto the tarp, ask a friend for help folding it and moving the leaves to the trash or a composting pile.
  • Move the tarp to another corner of the lawn and repeat, until you’ve cleared away most of the leaves.
  • Follow up with a rake to take care of any leaves the blower didn’t.

Leaf blowers aren’t a catchall solution, but they are a valuable tool in your fall landscaping arsenal, especially if they’re used correctly. However, there’s an even easier option available if you’re looking for one:

Call Rhine Landscaping

If you don’t want to worry about the constant upkeep of leaf blowing and other fall landscaping chores, you should consider hiring an experienced Maryland landscaping company to take care of it for you. Forget about all the hassle and start enjoying a beautiful lawn today with Rhine Landscaping!

What’s so Important About Raking Leaves?

October 21st, 2014

raking leavesWith fall upon us, most Maryland homeowners are doubtlessly faced with the tiresome chore of raking leaves. It’s not exactly a fun task and, because it’s required repeatedly, it can leave many wondering if this bit of landscaping is necessary at all or just for show?

Why Rake?

The answer’s as simple as breathing, your lawn’s breathing to be more precise. See, lawns actually need exposure to the open air to stay alive, as well as receive sunlight and water. A covering of leaves can smother your lawn and permanently kill grass, as well as foster the growth of aggressive molds and fungi.

But Wait There’s More!

That’s not the only reason that it’s important for Maryland homeowners to undertake the routine landscaping chore of raking leaves, there’s also the matter of preserving cool-season grasses. Cool-season grasses, like Kentucky bluegrass, are most active during cold fall weather, which is when they fortify their root systems for the upcoming year. Keeping them in exposed to fall sunlight, air, and fresh water is crucial to their continued growth.

But When Do I Rake?

The general rule of thumb is not to leave a layer of leaves on your lawn for more than 3 days. However this is only a basic landscaping guideline and the actual amount of time you can afford to wait may be much less or more given your Maryland home’s specific circumstances. Thicker, wet layers of leaves should be removed much sooner than thin, dry layers.

Yards with lots of deciduous trees will have more leaves and thus require more regular raking, starting earlier in the season. Homeowners with access to leaf blowers can probably also wait a little longer than those with traditional rakes.

Rhine Landscaping

If you don’t want to worry about the constant upkeep of raking and other fall landscaping chores, you should consider hiring an experienced Maryland landscaping company to take care of it for you. Forget about all the hassle and start enjoying a beautiful lawn today with Rhine Landscaping!

Rhine Landscaping has been serving the Maryland area with landscaping, hardscaping, and swimming pool design and installation for years. If you’re interested in a having a beautiful lawn without any work, call us at (410)-442-2445 or fill out our online contact form today!

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Why Should I Install a Fire Pit this Fall?

October 13th, 2014

fire pitThe leaves are changing, apple cider is brewing, and pumpkins are being carved. Fall is here, and what better way to enjoy the cooler weather than sitting around a cozy fire? A built-in fire pit makes a great addition to your patio, and now is the time to build it before it gets too cold. The benefits of a fire pit are endless; keep reading to check out a few of them:

  1. Aesthetics. Fire pits can add a little something to your patio. With a wide range of possible materials such as stone, clay, or fire-resistant brick, you can choose what looks best for your patio. It will most likely become to focal point of your backyard, so placement is key.
  2. Entertaining. Entertain guests this fall with an Oktoberfest party. As it gets chillier outside, people seem to be huddling together for warmth. With your fire pit, guests can gather around and keep warm while enjoying some pumpkin beer or hot cider.
  3. Family Time. Now that the kids are back in school, you don’t see them as often as you did in the summer. Catch up with your family and spend some quality time together around the fire. Roast marshmallows, make s’mores, and share stories from your day.
  4. Safety. With large amounts of people around fire, safety is key. A freestanding fire pit could easily become knocked over. Instead, install a fire pit into your patio so that there is no chance of this happening. A built-in fire pit also has walls that contain the fire, making the area safer for guests, small children, and pets. If you choose to install a gas fire pit, the fire can be easily controlled. 

With custom fire pits from Rhine Landscaping, you can design the perfect fire pit for your backyard. Whether you prefer wood burning, natural gas, or charcoal fire pits, at Rhine Landscaping we use only high-quality materials to emphasize the beauty of your home. We also want to make sure that safety plays an important role. We examine the area and make sure the fire pit is built in a safe spot at an appropriate distance away from your home. We also make sure to line it with fireproof mortar and brick to protect the stone of the fire pit, and to protect you!

To find out more about installing a fire pit in your backyard this fall, visit our website and contact Rhine Landscaping by calling 410-442-2445 or click here today! You can also follow us on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!

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