Nothing signifies beautiful weather in St. Louis quite like a patio party!
The best patios in St. Louis are often private ones. Make your home the go-to spot for enjoying our gorgeous St. Louis weather with an enviable patio that’s one part cozy, one part chic.
With just a few more weeks of winter left, we’re looking forward to the newest outdoor living trends for 2018. Our team is thrilled that people are embracing the new-ish idea of outdoor ‘rooms’ now more than ever before!
With spring right around the corner, what better way to get ready for warmer days and outdoor entertaining fun than by planning your outdoor living space? Whether you have an expansive yard or a tiny backyard area to work with, you can bring outdoor style to your home.
The yard is an extension of your living space, so why not make it as functional and liveable as possible? At Quiet Village Landscaping we see the swath of green space around a residence as capital that is often underutilized real estate. Take full advantage of your property by designing an outdoor space that feels more like an additional room than simply a yard. Built-in features like stone or paver fire pits and fireplaces create warmth and welcome use throughout the year, even when the temperatures drop. The benefit of having an open fire for grilling adds functionality to charm.
Sitting walls provide structure to your outdoor space and convenient seating for social gatherings. Our design team balances the functional hardscaping with gorgeous plant and flower selections which soften the feel of your space. The most memorable outdoor spaces have a mix of both elements. Permanent physical features provide a solid structure and support function while softer elements like plantings, trees, and manicured lawn areas create variety with a palette of colors and textures that change with the seasons.
Whether you would like to add structure or softness to your outdoor escape, our team can help. From patios to walkways, pergolas to water features, our goal is to maximize the functionality of your space while adding beauty and serenity that will increase your pleasure and your property value.
We are happy to offer your home our expertise and professional installation skills. Call our office at (314) 657-7050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a free initial design consultation.
Honk if you see QVL’s sweet little 2015 Chevy Sonic! Check it out, St. Louis–Rebecca, our landscape designer, has some brand new wheels.
You are an artist and your plot of land is your canvas. What will you create this year? Something beautiful? Functional? Sustainable? The better you define your priorities at the start, the more you can tailor your landscape to meet your needs and desires.
Train small trees, shrubs and vines to grow up a trellis or wall. Certain trees and shrubs—including some apple and pear tree varieties—can be trained in the espalier style, growing in a pattern against a wall or weaving in and out of a trellis. There are many vegetables that grow well on a trellis, including varieties of cucumber, squash, indeterminate tomato, and even a perennial climbing spinach vine. Vertical gardening is a great option for small spaces or places that could benefit from a living privacy screen.
Xeriscaping is landscaping with a focus on water conservation. Limiting turf areas, choosing drought-resistant plants, installing strategically positioned shrubs and trees, and incorporating turf alternatives such as rock gardens all have a place in xeriscaping. When correctly installed and fully established, this landscape style is very low-maintenance and does not require excessive fertilization or attention.
Install a raised bed next to a patio or along a pathway to add a new dimension to your landscape. Raised beds can be a good place to contain certain flowers or plants that you enjoy but that have fairly aggressive spreading tendencies. Raised bed gardens drain well and their height makes them easy to weed and tend to. Consider wood frames, cement blocks, or brick, or think outside the box with reclaimed materials. Fill the beds with compost or organic fertilizer before planting, and select varieties that contrast and complement each other in height, color, texture and shape.
Herbs make a fragrant and flavorful addition to your garden space or landscape border. You may be surprised how many interesting and colorful variations of well-known herbs you may find, such as lemon basil and chocolate mint. Perennial herbs come back year after year, while some annual and biennial herbs “seed themselves.” You can interplant herbs with flowers for a beautiful effect, but be sure to remember which plants are okay to eat and which ones are strictly ornamental.
Growing your own fruits and vegetables is deeply rewarding. With some research, practice, patience and a little bit of luck, you can grow some of the best produce you have ever tasted. If you are interested in growing your produce organically, limit synthetic fertilizers and pesticides and find out how to cultivate a mini-ecosystem in which plants, soil microbes and beneficial insects all help each other flourish. If this is your first attempt at vegetable gardening, start small, prepare the soil, and plant at the right time. Also, make sure to double-check how large the plants will grow–you don’t want a melon plant unexpectedly taking over your yard!
Installing native plants in your landscape have several major benefits. Many native species are so well-adapted to our climate that they require little additional water during our extreme St. Louis summers, so they are easy on resources. Native plants and flowers provide nourishment and habitat for birds, bees, butterflies, and other local wildlife. Choose plants that flower at different times or that produce colorful berries so that you have color for three seasons of the year and you keep a steady supply of food for your garden’s little visitors. There is something very comfortable and homey about bringing native plants into your yard—it gives your landscape a very “Missouri” feel.
We are happy to offer your home or business our expertise and professional installation skills. Call our office at 314-657-7050 or email email@example.com to request a free initial design consultation.
Several of our teammates had the privilege of attending a pruning class this month at the Missouri Botanical Garden taught by Benjamin Chu. Chu is the Horticultural Supervisor at the Missouri Botanical Garden, having been a part of their family for almost three decades.
Chu provided an overview on how pruning is used to control plant size and shape, enhance beauty, correct damage, decrease risk of disease, and increase flower and fruit yields. He discussed proper pruning techniques, tools and tool care, and timing of pruning. Chu focused on how to maximize beneficial effects for trees, shrubs, and evergreens, demonstrating with a live pruning demonstration.
We strive to continually learn and grow as a company in order to best serve St. Louis’ landscaping needs. Please connect with us if your St. Louis home or business could benefit from pruning, landscape maintenance, or customized design.
At Quiet Village Landscaping, we are passionate about thinking green. Even small changes in your yard or business property can make a big difference for your local ecosystem. If you want to make a positive impact this spring, here are some big and small projects that can help your yard be more sustainable and environmentally friendly:
Rain gardens are attractive and functional additions to every landscape. Designed to absorb rainwater so that runoff is reduced, rain gardens are green solutions to lawn drainage problem areas. We incorporate low-maintenance native plants that benefit birds, butterflies, and other local wildlife.
Reduce, reuse, recycle your rainwater. No need to send more runoff downstream. Conserve water to use for your landscape via rain barrels that attach to your gutters.
Install a permeable paver driveway, patio or pathway to allow water to seep through into the ground. Not only does this reduce runoff–it increases the groundwater for your landscape, positively impacting nearby plants and trees. Additional groundwater can be a valuable asset for your lawn during our hot and unpredictable St. Louis summers when we often receive little precipitation.
Trees provide habitation and food critical for your local ecosystem. Restore native species of trees on your property to restore woodlands. Talk to us about what you want to accomplish. Do you want to attract more birds to your landscape? Do you need more shade trees? Are you interested in installing fruit trees or flowering trees? There are so many possibilities.
Congratulations to Rebecca Eisele–our landscape designer–on being elected as the Horticultural Co-Op Representative for the Landscape and Nursery Association of Greater St. Louis (LNAGSL)!
I (Rachel, Marketing Manager) had the pleasure of interviewing Rebecca on this milestone. Interview follows:
Rachel: Can you tell me a little about the Landscape and Nursery Association of Greater St. Louis (LNAGSL)?
Rebecca: The LNAGSL is an organization of Landscape Designers, Landscape Contractors, Landscape Managers, Retail and Wholesale Nurseries, Arborists, etc. The LNAGSL organizes monthly educational meetings/events to benefit these various member businesses. LNAGSL also offers one scholarship each year. You can find more info about them at www.stlouislandscape.org.
Rachel: What is the Hort Co-Op?
Rebecca: The Hort Co-Op is an umbrella organization that presides over LNAGSL, Gateway Professional Horticulturist Association, Greater Saint Louis Flower Growers Association, and the Saint Louis Arborists Association. The main goal of the Hort Co-Op is to organize education programs to benefit all of the member associations. This means that all of the member associations have representatives that relay information between the two boards – letting Hort Co-Op know what events the member associations have planned and coordinating the Hort Co-Op educational events accordingly. The Hort Co-Op also acts as a clearinghouse for information distribution for the member organizations, offers two scholarships a year, and hosts a job postings board. Their website is www.hortco-op.org.
Rachel: How does the election process work and what were some of your qualifications?
Rebecca: I was nominated by a member of the existing LNAGSL board and then the general membership votes in the actual board members. I believe [one is qualified by] generally showing leadership within the industry through involvement. While in Illinois and involved with the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (ILCA), I was part of their leadership council and founded a Women’s Networking Group within the ILCA. I was also a member of Kishwaukee College’s Horticulture Department Advisory Board. Thus, LNAGSL’s board knew I was no stranger to committees, board meetings, and event organization.
Rachel: What is the scope of your duties as a representative?
Rebecca: The Hort Co-Op representative is basically the entry level board position and is a two-year position from July 2015-June 2017. My duties involve attending both LNAGSL and Hort Co-Op board meetings to represent both entities to their respective boards. I am also on LNAGSL’s education committee which reviews and selects scholarship recipients and helps organize educational events.
Rachel: I noticed that LNAGSL already has you up on their board and staff page! Thanks for sharing about your position and congrats again, Rebecca.