4th of July BBQ’s and backyard parties are just around the corner in St. Louis and so far this year, we’ve been busy creating the outdoor paradise that our clients have been dreaming of.
Quiet Village Landscaping has been involved with MSD’s Project Clear Rainscaping Small Grants Program over the past several years, and now we’re helping home and business owners apply for the 2016-17 round of grants available!
If your like most homeowners, your looking for ways to reduce the cost of home maintenance, including landscaping costs. Keep your St. Louis yard looking good by paying special attention to the health of your perennial plants, shrubs & trees.
Autumn is here, which means pumpkin spiced-everything and the naturally beautiful shades of orange, red, yellow and browns to come through in our plantings and trees. It’s also a great time to enjoy cooler temps in your own backyard.
Quiet Village Landscaping will meet your lawn maintenance needs this fall. We offer competitive rates for leaf removal and fall cleanup services for your St. Louis yard. Our professionals use specialized equipment, such as portable leaf vacuum systems, to remove leaves and twigs from garden beds and turf efficiently and effectively, leaving your yard looking good. Save yourself some time and backache this fall and look to the experts!
To give your lawn the best care, we recommend scheduling a leaf cleanup three times this fall: once in early autumn, again before Thanksgiving, and once more before Christmas. This helps your grass breathe easy and gets your St. Louis yard into shape for holiday gatherings. Don’t let leaf-clutter prevent you from enjoying the beauty of the changing seasons. Give us a call today to set up a free estimate for your yard!
Summer arrived this year with thunder, lightning, and rain! Lots and lots of rain.
June 2015 was the second wettest month on record for St. Louis. With just over 13 inches of rain, that’s about 9 inches above normal.
As you can imagine or may have experienced, all this rain results in swollen rivers, sewer overflows, and flooded basements.
Quiet Village is here to help. While we have no control over the weather, effective plantings, water features, catch basins, permeable pavements and other efforts can help mitigate the damage caused by saturated soils. Also known as Rainscaping, this approach manages fluctuating rainfall and reclaims stormwater naturally – by dealing with it as close as possible to where it falls.
Connect with one of our designers to turn your front yard into a rain garden, like the one pictured below. Filled with native plants and natural charm, this garden keeps water onsite, rather than dumping it onto the sidewalk and into the sewers.
This design also included rain barrels, to catch and store roof water runoff which can later be used during times of drought. As a piece of the entire self-sustaining system, when these barrels reach maximum capacity, overflow moves to the front yard rain garden basin.
Now, get ready for the next big storm and rainscape your yard!
Please call our office at (314) 657-7050 or email email@example.com to request a free initial design consultation.
Adding edible plants to your own garden can revitalize your landscape design, while providing a cost-effective way to enjoy the benefits of your gardening efforts at the dinner table with healthy, fresh vegetables. However, not all plant varieties are the same, or suited for Missouri’s unique climate.
Listed below are some of our Quiet Village favorites, which fare well in our unique St. Louis-area climate.
Many varieties will do well in the St. Louis area. Try the hybrid variety ‘Brandywine’ for a beautiful pink heirloom in your garden. Cherry tomatoes are also a great option, as they continue to produce fruit until frost and can be grown in a container. Consider planting ‘Sungold’, which has won several taste tests for sweetness.
The classic variety ‘Black Seeded Simpson’ is known for its quick growth and great taste. For a sweet bib variety, try ‘Buttercrunch’ or ‘Galactic’ for its deep red coloring. Consider mixing these into your landscape for a striking accent in an ornamental garden.
A favorite in Illinois and Missouri is ‘Melody’. This variety is perfect as both a spring and fall crop, and has a long growing season.
As the St. Louis summer heat kicks in, it’s nice to have access to refreshing backyard cucumbers! The variety ‘Diva’ doesn’t require a pollinator, and ‘Speedway’ is known for its disease resistance.
Potatoes are a great crop for the St. Louis area, and you’ll likely see them at most local farmers’ markets. ‘Irish Cobbler’ is known for being an early potato variety. ‘Yukon Gold’ has a nice buttery flavor and makes an excellent mashed potato. ‘Red Pontiac’ is a great choice for new potatoes, because it’s thin red skin doesn’t require peeling.
‘Blue Lake 274’ bush beans are not only great producers, they can be enjoyed fresh or frozen for later use.
Contact us to learn more ways to add edible plants to your home landscape, so you can start to enjoy the fruits of your labor in your own garden.
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.
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.