2014 Home & Garden Show

Just a brief note to thank you for visiting us at the recent Home & Garden Show at the Lancaster Event Center.  For those of you that had a chance to stop by, we thank you.  It was great to meet you and learn more about your landscaping needs.  

We're Celebrating Twelve Years in Business

Creative Landscaping has been making homes and commercial properties beautiful for twelve years now. Through hard work, listening to clients, and a fantastic referral record, Creative Landscaping has grown to be a local leader in residential and commercial landscape projects. Your surroundings are important – which is why we pride ourselves in respecting your property and your neighbors property during and after the job. We'd like to thank all of our customers.

February Lawn Tips

 by Don Janssen, UNL Extension Educator

February has arrived and while not thought of as a gardening month, February can include a few yard and garden activities. Outdoors, anything is weather permitting, but there are also things to do inside in anticipation of spring and the new growing season.
 

Seasonal Landscape Problems- Oystershell Scale

 Scale insects are very small and attack a variety of landscape plants.

Oystershell scale is a hardshell scale, meaning that insects develop a hard, protective covering over themselves that is difficult to penetrate with insecticides. The insect overwinters as an egg under its mother's shell.

Seasonal Landscape Problems- Winter Desiccation Injury

Each spring many homeowners find dead, reddish-brown foliage on their evergreen plants including pine, spruce, fir, juniper, arborvitae and yew. The extent of the symptoms can vary from brown needle tips on one side of the plant, to one or two branches, to the whole tree. Injury is found on the outer portion of the branches and is often most severe on the side of the tree facing the wind or a source of radiated heat, such as a south or west-facing brick wall or street.

Seasonal Landscape Problems—Dothistroma Needle Blight

One of the most common fungal diseases of pines in Nebraska is Dothistroma needle blight. This disease is responsible for much of the premature needle drop that occurs in windbreaks and ornamental pine plantings. Twenty pine species are affected by this disease, but in the central and eastern United States the fungus is found most commonly and causes the greatest amount of damage on Austrian and Ponderosa pine. Scotch pine is usually not severely damaged.

Things To Do in March

Compliments of Mary Jane Frogge, UNL Extension Associate

  • If weeds occur in bulb beds do not remove them by cultivation. Pull them by hand so that the bulbs and roots will not be disturbed.
  • Some annuals, such as verbenas, snapdragons, and petunias, take 70 to 90 days to bloom. They should be started indoors in early spring or purchased as greenhouse grown transplants.

What to Look for in a Landscape Company

Analysis - Look before you leaf

The first step in any design project must be an assessment of what you have to work with, what you would like to achieve, and how you intend to get there. The best designs are the result of a response to real conditions and constraints. Start by taking a good look at the site and by thinking realistically about your needs.

Top Mistakes to Avoid in Your Landscaping

Success in home landscape design is certainly attainable for do-it-yourselfers, but there are some pitfalls that should be avoided if maximum satisfaction is to be achieved. Thus the need for this list of the top mistakes to be avoided in home landscape design. The mistakes covered range from miscalculations that have practical ramifications to more subtle errors that negatively impact your enjoyment of your home landscape design.

Winter Watering

Chilly weather means frozen soil in many areas of the country. But just because the ground is solid, doesn't mean water can't seep in. It seems odd to water during the cold, blustery months, but winter plant loss of recent transplants (past year or two) is more often caused by lack of water than by freezing temperatures.

When plants go dormant, they still need moisture. The biochemical processes that make plants cold-tolerant continue producing high concentrations of dissolved sugars and amino acids in the winter. They need water to do this.