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Planting Trees and Shrubs, St. Louis planting

Fall Tree and Shrub Planting: DOs and DON’Ts

Planting Trees and Shrubs When summer’s plant-stressing heat is over and cooler weather sets in, it’s a great time to install trees and shrubs so that they can get established at least 6-8 weeks before winter’s icy chill.  Here are a few dos and don’ts to help your new plants get started successfully.

1. Location

One of the most important concerns about planting your trees and shrubs is the location.  Understand the plant’s mature size as well as its water and sun needs.  Don’t install a plant too close to existing plants or structures or where spreading roots might interfere with your sewer system.

2. Fertilization and Pruning

When planting trees and shrubs in the fall, do not fertilize the soil or prune the plant.  Both of these actions encourage new growth rather than allow the plant to focus on establishing its root system.  You can add a rooting hormone if you so choose.

3. Mulching

Adding mulch around the planting hole helps to insulate the tree and adds nutrients to the soil as it breaks down.  However, do not create a volcano mound around the trunk or stems because that prevents oxygen from circulating properly around the plants’ base.

4. Watering

Take special note of how to properly water your tree or shrub.  Overwatering can be just as fatal as underwatering.

Quiet Village Landscaping would be happy to answer your questions about fall planting.  Get in touch with us as soon as possible if you would like for us to install trees or shrubs on your property this fall.


Q&A with Rebecca


Rebecca and Sali

Rebecca, our landscape designer, responds to some commonly asked questions about landscaping.

Q. What’s trending right now in the landscaping world?

A. We’re seeing a lot of great trends right now:


Q. What is easy to overlook when designing or maintaining your outdoor living space?

A. Most often we see people not being conscious of the plant’s mature size. For example, people tend to plant their plants too close together or the house and then once the plants have reached their full size, the home owner has to go back and consistently maintain them.

A few other things people tend to forget is how important soil preparation is,  how the natural habitat has an effect on their landscape (especially those living close to the woods), and how your water runoff can affect your neighbors’ water runoff and drainage.

Especially in the heat of the summer, it’s important to remember that even well-established plants (large trees and shrubs) can benefit from being watered a couple times a week. The stress of the summer heat can lead to issues in the future. Also, using proper pruning technics is critical since a poorly pruned tree or shrub is more susceptible to disease and pest problems. Lastly, people must understand that even a low maintenance garden needs some tending to a couple time of the years.


Q. How can I really make my landscape “pop”?

A. Adding a fireplace, fire pit, pizza oven or outdoor kitchen to a patio gives you a lot more options with your space.  Pergolas are great for climbing plants and adds a vertical dimension to your landscape.  The right outdoor lighting can turn your home and garden into an entirely new setting at night, and water features add a great natural touch to your garden.


Let us know how we can help design or maintain your outdoor paradise!

plant butterfly garden, landscape design

Start Your Monarch-Friendly Butterfly Garden


What you can do NOW to support the Monarch Butterflies

1. Plant a butterfly garden containing milkweed and other nectar sources.  Milkweed contains a toxin which the young caterpillars consume to keep away predators–they depend on milkweed to survive.

2. Encourage public land managers to transform common ground and open spaces of turf into butterfly habitats containing native plants.

3. Tell your friends and family about the importance of adding milkweed to their gardens.

Tips on Starting Your Butterfly Garden

  • Choose a location that gets at least 6 hours of direct sunlight.
  • Interplant species of milkweed with ornamental grasses and other nectar sources that bloom at different times throughout the year, creating a naturalized look that’s beautiful and useful all season long.
  • Water your new plants regularly and lightly mulch them the first season.  Don’t over-mulch or over-water because native plants need air to breathe.
  • As part of the Milkweed for Monarchs program, St. Louis City has created a list of recommended plants to help you in establishing your monarch garden.  To view names and pictures of recommended plant varieties, view this webpage.

Karen Westman, Landscape Designer

If you would like to develop a monarch-friendly design for your yard, contact Karen to set up a design consultation.  Whether you want the design professionally implemented or you enjoy the DIY experience, Karen provides outstanding and sustainable designs, tips and resources.  Contact Karen directly via phone at 314-954-6140 or via email at

For updated information on the STL Milkweeds for Monarchs initiative and to receive recognition for creating a monarch garden, please visit

permeable paver installation video, patio landscaping

Time Lapse Video: Permeable Paver Patio Installation

Watch our expert team install a patio via this time lapse video. Our professional installation is highly customizable so that you get exactly the look and style that suits you best. Here, we demonstrate two different patterns of paver alignment: diagonal and horizontal.

Permeable paver patios are environmentally friendly. Rainwater can trickle through the pavers and soak into the ground instead of contributing to stormwater runoff.  Learn more about the benefits of permeable pavers.

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Why Go to a Pro

Landscape Design Experts

Work with us to bring to life the landscape of your dreams.

Working with an expert landscape designer makes a huge difference.


It’s easy to go to your local home improvement store, find the materials to enhance your yard, and make a snap decision to get started on your next project.  However, planning out your project with an expert landscape designer can save you a lot of cost, energy, and headache.


Why Go to a Pro:


1.      As experienced specialists, we produce quality work.

  • Consider us your partners—we want to work with you to bring to life the St. Louis landscape of your dreams.  Along the way, we ensure that the design is green, functional, and sustainable.  We don’t just disappear when the initial work is finished.  You can come to us with questions or troubleshooting issues.  We provide warranties and we stand behind our work.
  • We carefully listen to what you want from your landscape—thus your design is one-of-a-kind.  And, because we offer a larger selection than local home improvement and garden stores, the materials chosen are specific to your taste.
  • We want your area to look stunning and healthy long-term.  That’s why Quiet Village takes the extra step to hand-pick choice plants from local nurseries.


2.      We help you avoid frustration and setbacks by planning ahead.

  • One of our experienced landscape designers will work alongside you to think through both appearance and practical functionality of your location.  How do you want to use the space?  Are you seeking a place of privacy and solitude, or are you looking to entertain guests?  How will traffic flow?
  • Together we can map out a workflow, determining where to start.  We can tackle the whole project at once, or break it up into phases.
  • We recommend plants and materials ideal for making your space beautiful and sustainable so you can enjoy it for years to come.  We let you know up front what kind of maintenance your plant selections will require so you know what’s involved in keeping your St. Louis space looking gorgeous year-round.


3.      We offer solutions that are friendly to the environment.

  • When our design pros create a landscape design and consider the installation process, being kind to the environment is an intricate part of how we think.  There are so many ways to be green.  Native plants require less fertilizer and pesticides, so that cuts down on the amount of manufactured chemicals in your lawn.  Rain gardens provide an alternative to drainage systems and prevent pollution from running downstream.  Green disposal, such as turning pruned tree branches to mulch, makes a difference in reducing landfills.
  • You can help the environment by choosing recycled materials for your project.  Or talk to us about repurposing any concrete, brick, or other materials that you already have on hand.  Follow the link to find out more about how Quiet Village incorporates sustainability and being green in our landscape design.

Call us today to find out more how we can make your ideal yard, landscape, or hardscape a reality.  We can’t wait to get started!

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