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Tips for Creating your own Sanctuary

If you want your landscape to thrive instead of just survive, Maria Hickey, a certified plant expert, has advice for creating a plan designed for success. 

Site conditions must be compatible with the goals and objectives of the landscape plan

Everything from soil composition, to grade remediation, to wind and sun exposure, to moving trees and shrubs to a place where they can best achieve their overall optimal shape and form; it all must be considered in order to achieve the space you desire.

Compost, compost, compost

Soil composition is critically important for the health and well-being of the plants. Whether you create your own well-seasoned, mature compost or incorporate widely available commercially sourced solutions, proper soil chemistry is the foundation to every landscape plan. Do it once and do it right. Spend the few minutes to add compost and organic matter to each plant to enrich the soil and provide beneficial nutrients to feed the roots.


Anyone can have any landscape they desire, but decisions about maintenance expectations should be examined in the beginning to ensure happiness and satisfaction for the long run. Asking the right questions in the beginning will yield the right answers in the end.

• Do you desire a low-maintenance landscape? Do you want or need outside help?

• Do you want a long succession of blooms or harvest?

• Do you want a landscape that transitions from
space to space in your yard?

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