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Honk If You Love Landscaping, St. Louis!

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.

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Sittin’ pretty

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Ready to ride

 

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Six Fresh Ideas for Spring Planting

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.

Here are a few fresh ideas for your garden this year.  Have you tried any of these before?

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Apple tree trained in the espalier style

1. Vertical Gardening

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.

 

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Xeriscape landscaping

2. Xeriscaping

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.

Retaining wall and raised bed combination near Maplewood in St. Louis

Retaining wall and raised bed combination near Maplewood in St. Louis

3. Raised Beds

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 add texture, flavor and fragrance

Herbs add texture, flavor and fragrance

4. Herbs

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 vegetables is greatly rewarding

Growing your own vegetables is greatly rewarding

5. Vegetables

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!

Native plants and flowers in a rain garden installed in St. Louis by Quiet Village Landscaping

Native plants and flowers in a rain garden installed in St. Louis by Quiet Village Landscaping

6. Native Plants

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 info@quietvillagelandscaping.com to request a free initial design consultation.

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Spring Clean-Up and Mulching

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St. Louis just got hit by another wave of snow, but believe it or not, spring is just around the corner! Whether your passion is outdoor cooking and entertaining, gardening, or just taking in the freshness and tranquility of your private paradise, spring has many pleasures to offer. Few things can compare with breathing in that cool, fresh air right after a spring shower or the excitement of spotting the first emerging crocuses.

Enjoy your landscape to the fullest by maintaining your lawn. Have us clear away the debris that Old Man Winter has left behind. We’ll mulch your beds and prune your trees and shrubs to promote new growth. Your lawn will be presentable and ready for entertaining in no time.

Now is the time to schedule your Spring Clean-Up.
Email: info@quietvillagelandscaping.com | Office Ph. 314-657-7050

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“Project Clear” Offers Small Grants for St. Louis RainScaping

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A rain garden and permeable paver patio that Quiet Village Landscaping installed in Maplewood.

Great news—the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District’s initiative “Project Clear” offers small grants to help improve water quality through rainscaping! As MSD announces on their website, they “will invest billions of dollars over a generation in planning, designing, and building community rainscaping projects, system improvements, and an ambitious program of maintenance and repair.”

Residents of participating St. Louis County municipalities can now apply for a rainscape rebate to establish a rain garden, amend the soil, or install permeable pavement, rain barrels, or even a green roof on their property. Find out if your property is included in the grant program focus area.

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Quiet Village Landscaping can design a rain garden that adds beauty to your landscape while improving your property value. A rain garden is a great solution for existing drainage problem areas in your yard that hold water for hours—or even days—after a downpour. If your lawn has sections where turf refuses to grow and always looks patchy and weak, a rain garden may be just what you need.

By creating a shallow depression planted with a variety of attractive native plants, rain water can be held and properly absorbed by the soil to replenish groundwater supplies. This prevents rainwater from streaming off of your property to pollute and flood neighboring creeks and waterways, and it also provides food and refuge for native wildlife like butterflies and birds.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
If you are interested in pursuing this opportunity, contact Quiet Village Landscaping immediately since several deadlines are rapidly approaching. MSD requires all landowners to attend one workshop in order for your application to be processed. Remaining workshop dates include February 26th, March 3rd and March 7th. Register now at https://msdsmallgrantsloorientation.eventbrite.com.

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Make Your Outdoors Awesome This Year

Landscape design question

Now is the perfect time to brainstorm.

What do you want your yard to be like this year?  What did you love about it last year?  What did you hate about it?  

Let your creativity blossom. Grab a pencil and paper and jot down some ideas. Feeling artistic? Sketch them out! Our team of innovative, professional landscape experts will help you translate your dream into a reality.

Natural Stone Water Feature

Whether you’re imagining a relaxing water feature, a lush garden refuge, or the perfect patio for a barbecue with friends, we’ll create a custom design that captures your personal taste and lifestyle without sacrificing functionality. Do you have big dreams for a small yard? Are you looking to beautify some awkward space or fix a problem area? We do it all.

Designing a St. Louis Landscape

Give yourself the outdoor living space you’ll be thrilled to come home to. Call us at 314-657-7050 today to set up a free initial design consultation. At Quiet Village Landscaping, we’re here for you.

Best of Houzz 2015 Service Award St. Louis MO Landscaping

Quiet Village Landscaping Receives Best of Houzz 2015 Service Award

Best of Houzz 2015 Service Award St. Louis MO Landscaping

QUIET VILLAGE LANDSCAPING CO. of ST. LOUIS, MO Receives
Best Of Houzz 2015 Award

 

ST. LOUIS, MO, January 19, 2015 – Quiet Village Landscaping Co. of St. Louis, MO has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Customer Satisfaction by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. This thriving landscape business was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz Customer Satisfaction award is determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Winners receive a “Best Of Houzz 2015” badge on their profiles, helping Houzz users around the world who discover and love a professional’s work to learn even more about that business’ popularity and satisfaction rating among their peers in the Houzz community.

Dennis Evans, Owner, shared the news with his team with great excitement, encouraging them to keep up the good work.  “I think this is wonderful.  Our number one goal is to provide customer satisfaction,” Evans stated.

According to Liza Hausman, vice president of industry marketing for Houzz, “Houzz provides homeowners with a 360 degree view of home building, remodeling and design industry professionals, empowering them to engage the right people and products for their project.  We’re delighted to recognize Quiet Village Landscaping Co. among our “Best Of” professionals as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

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About Quiet Village Landscaping Co.

Serving the St. Louis area for more than ten years, Quiet Village Landscaping Co. is a full-service landscaping and lawn care company. We provide gorgeous and sustainable landscape designs, professional construction, general lawn care, irrigation and outdoor lighting installation and maintenance, lawn problem-solving for drainage and other issues, and environmentally friendly service. Licensed and insured, we work with engineers and inspectors to ensure that projects are up to code, structurally sound, and built to last.  We service residential, commercial, and municipal sites.  From beginning to end, your long-term satisfaction is our top priority.  Contact us to find out more about our free maintenance quotes and free initial design consultations!

 

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin and Sydney. For more information, visit www.houzz.com.

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Flourishing Garden

We recently checked on one of our customers to see how their plant installation has filled out over this past year.  Look what we found!

Permeable Paver Patio, Rain Garden and Plant Installation

October 2013

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September 2014

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Watch us install the patio by heading over to our “Watch Us Work” page at http://www.quietvillagelandscaping.com/portfolio/watch-us-work/

Find out more about the benefits of paver patios at http://www.quietvillagelandscaping.com/benefits-permeable-pavers/

Let Quiet Village Landscaping transform your yard into a flourishing garden!

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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.

ReStore sign, rock and flower landscaping

Project for Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Last month, Quiet Village Landscaping took advantage of a neat opportunity to help out the Habitat for Humanity ReStore location near the Sam’s Choice on Manchester.  We donated materials and labor to add some charm to their store sign.  We kept it green, using native plants in the design.

If you aren’t familiar with Habitat for Humanity ReStore, they bring in additional monetary support for Habitat for Humanity by offering a lower-cost alternative to the conventional hardware store, selling perfectly good surplus construction and household materials that might otherwise be discarded into landfills.  Stop by one of their two St. Louis locations.  For more info, check out www.habitatstl.org/supportus/restore/.

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Q&A with Rebecca

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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!

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