A Water Wise Garden to Beat Summer’s Heat

It’s the end of July in Raleigh, NC which means we still have more heat to beat.  The “Dog Days of Summer” extend into August in this part of the South which can be a struggle for your plants.  Therefore, it is important that you pay extra attention to what is going on in your […]

Revive and Rejuvenate For More Flower Power

Summer is here!  It’s that time of year when some of your plants may start to fade and your garden’s appearance is looking tired, drab or unkempt.   If you are seeing spent flowers like faded or brown blooms, then it might be time to put on those gardening gloves and get to work.   In […]

Bugged In Raleigh

The early Spring we are experiencing in Raleigh has brought blooms too early for some of our plants, and even has some of them blooming out of sequence.  Some blooms and tender new growth were frozen and it will take time for these plants to recover.  For instance, you may have noticed that your hydrangeas, loropetalums, […]

Feel Like You Are Fighting A Jungle?

Are you using the right tools?  If you are constantly whacking your plants away, then put up the pruning tools and get a shovel.  A well designed landscape should include appropriately selected plants that don’t outgrow their space.  If this is your situation, then the plants really need to be removed and replaced with the […]

If You Think You Must, Don’t Make it a Bust

We’ve been blessed with beautiful weather two weekends in a row. In fact, we’re seeing daffodils popping up all over town! If you didn’t make it out last weekend, chances are good you’re planning to do some pruning soon. Last week we talked about over-pruning Crape Myrtles (aka Crape Murder). This week we’ll give you […]

No More Crepe Murder!

Many of us in North Carolina are cleaning up the yard after the big storm that blew through this week. With temperatures slowly rising, it’s also a great time to do some pruning to ready your plants and trees for Spring. February and March are ideal times to prune Crepe Myrtles. Before you start chopping […]

Meatballs or Marvelous?

Meatballs or Marvelous?   With warmer temperatures expected this weekend, many of us will be outside enjoying the sun and sprucing up the yard. This is a great time to prune; especially evergreen plants such as Hollies, Abelia, Boxwoods and Camellia Sasanqua. You can prune your plants to shape them, remove leggy shoots of growth, remove […]

Drain the Rain!

                    Happy New Year from DesignScapes! We’ve been having the strangest weather here in Raleigh! Earlier this week we were seeing snow flurries and for the last two days, we’ve had some very cold weather! The weather predicts that it will be in the mid-60’s again […]

Prepare for the Cold Air!

We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!! Whether we want to believe it or not, Winter is right around the corner. The first day of Winter is in 20 days. There’s no way we can avoid it and we’re not bears so we can’t exactly hibernate through the Winter. You know what else doesn’t […]

Landscaping Tips for November & December

Happy week of Thanksgiving! It’s time to break out the stretchy sweat pants and oversized sweaters! We’re sure your landscaping is the last thing on your mind this week since you’re all probably preparing your feasts or getting ready to go out of town. However, your landscape could always receive some attention before or after […]

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