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Preparing Your Outdoor Backyard Pond For Winter

Backyard ponds or in-ground water gardens are a great way to add interest to your landscape and help support local wildlife. Garden ponds can also be benificial for growing specific types of plants, flowers, and even creating habitats for fish or amphibians.

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Landscaping and Grounds Tour of Busch Stadium

In July, the Quiet Village Landscaping team joined the Landscape & Nursery Association of Greater St. Louis on a behind-the-scenes landscaping and grounds tour of Busch Stadium in Downtown St. Louis.

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How to Make Your Backyard More Dog-Friendly

Summer in St. Louis is in full swing, and many pet owners are getting a glimpse of some of the problems that can be caused by our four-legged friends being active in the backyard – digging, jumping, running (in the same spots!), and yes, even pooping can take their toll on yard areas with grass

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Get Your Yard Ready For Fall!

Summer ’16 in St. Louis is coming to an end, and it’s time to start preparing your plants for the cooler temperatures that are on the way. While fall isn’t exactly the most exciting time of year for gardeners, there are still exciting things to be done in your own home garden!

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Best Landscaping Ideas in St. Louis for July

Summer arrived in St. Louis with thunder, lightning and steady rainfall! The kick-off to July has been damp so far, bringing with it sewer overflow, yard flooding, and in some cases, need for rain mitigation.

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Landscaping That’s For the Birds

As many of us dust off and install our feeders for the winter, it’s worth considering what more we can do in our landscaping for our feathered friends.  Birds are in trouble and need our help.  In the past 400 years we have lost 9 species in North America – today nearly half of our bird species in North America are considered threatened (that’s 314 species!).  So what can we do to support them in our own yards?

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  • Plant Native Plants – Native plants serve as food sources for our insect population (especially slow-moving, nutritionally dense caterpillars) and in turn support our birds. All birds depend on insects to feed their young – even hummingbirds!  That hummingbird feeder is essential for busy adults, but does nothing to build the bones and muscle of growing baby birds.  An oak tree supports 518 different species of butterfly and moth caterpillars; violets support 27 species – in contrast, hostas, daylilies and monkey grass support 0.
  • Keep (or plant) trees – Yes, this time of year they’re a pain (unless, of course, you’ve called Quiet Village to take care of them for you!). A flowering dogwood, our Missouri state tree, provides nectar for pollinators, berries for birds, food for caterpillars, and good nesting sites.
  • Wait to do your clean-up until the spring – For tidiness’ sake and good neighbor relations, clean up your front yard now. But leave your back beds until spring.  Many of your perennials, such as coneflowers and asters, provide seeds for the birds over winter.  And the leaf litter in your beds is an important over-wintering site for many of our caterpillars.
  • Offer free water – Bird baths or low volume pondless waterfalls (see our previous post) our great additions to your yard. Water is especially important over the winter, our driest season of the year.
  • Provide winter cover – Evergreens are the best option, but even dense shrubs help our birds ride out the cold of winter and protect them from predators. Our only native evergreen in the St. Louis area, the Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana), will provide both cover and a food source with their gin berries.
  • Save trees that contain holes for nesting – When safety allows, keep your dead trees that provide nesting sites for our cavity-nesting birds such as owls, woodpeckers and our feeder favorites – chickadees.

Backyard bird feeding is a great first step but considering one or more of these items to create a true habitat in your yard.  You’ll be amazed with the new birds you will start to see and will probably start noticing the array of other creatures that start calling your yard home.

For more information on what more you can do for the birds, contact the St. Louis chapter of the Audubon Society and ask about their Bring Conservation Home Program .

Rebecca Eisele, one of our landscape designers, has a passion for birds and would love to help you get started.

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U City In Bloom – Garden Tour!

Next month, join Quiet Village Landscaping for U City In Bloom’s Biennial Fall Garden Tour! We’ll be on-hand providing gardening tips and interviewing featured gardens on the tour.

U City In Bloom’s Biennial Fall Garden Tour will be held rain or shine on Sunday, September 20th from 1pm to 5pm.  The tour will feature historical areas of U City neighborhoods.  Also featured will be several gardens that are certified by the St. Louis Audubon Society as “Bringing Nature Home” gardens.  (For more information see St Louis Audubon Society).  The tour is a treat for gardeners of all levels to learn and be inspired by the private residential gardens on the tour.

Gardentour sneak peak 2015 - 1There will be a  reception at University City Hall with refreshments and a silent auction at 5 p.m.

Event details

Tickets are $18 until September 20th at which time, the price is $20.  Buy in advance and save!

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How to Cultivate your Mulch – YouTube Video

Check out the latest Quiet Village Landscaping Video!

Dennis Evans shows you how to cultivate mulch to improve the overall health of your garden beds.

 

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