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Vivid Plants & Flowers for Your Yard

Vivid Plants and Flowers The addition of flowers and various greenery will increase the aesthetic and monetary value of your home. Hiring a professional landscaper ensures you that only the right vegetation for your growing region, soil type and budget will be placed. TomCat Landscaping & Tree Care takes pride in our ability to help you maximize the enjoyment of your property.

Mulching and Planting

Mulch & Planting

  • Mulch makes the garden bed look more attractive.
  • When applied correctly, can dramatically improve soil and plant productivity.
  • Mulch serves to warm the soil, helping it retain heat which is lost during colder times, improving plant survivability.
  • Weeds compete with your plants for soil nutrients; putting mulch down greatly reduces the need to weed your garden. It also stabilizes the soil temperature and moisture.
  • During dry summer periods keeping the soil moist is a problem. Mulch helps the soil retain water, and earthworms will love the moist environment. Earthworms are good for the soil because they help loosen it up, their castings are fertilizer for your plants.
  • Mulch provides a protective layer from heavy rains that can compact the soil. 
    Crops like potatoes and carrots thrive in the loose soil since they need to displace dirt to grow.
  • Cucumbers and other vegetables that touch the ground can partially rot. Using a little mulch under such veggies will inhibit vegetable rot by keeping them off the wet soil.

Garden Beds

Garden Beds (With and Without Water Features)

The best flower garden designs incorporate several types of blooms, including long-living perennials, short-term but beautiful annuals, seasonal bulbs, ornamental grasses, and vines. Before we begin your flower garden design lets go over what they can offer for color and texture, and their limitations.

Different flower garden design styles lend themselves to different types of plants. For example, a contemporary-leaning landscape may be more rigorous in material selection and flowerbed shape, while a cottage-style garden encourages exuberance and a mix-and-match approach.
Flowers can be arranged in beds of almost any shape and size, from expansive rectangles to petite corner beds, the choice is yours.

Consider height before making plant selections. For example, if your garden is a border along the house, the tallest plants will need to go in the back but shouldn't be so tall that they block windows or doors. If your flower garden design is an island, the tallest plants should go in the center. Some shorter plants also suffer when shaded by taller plants, so let's make sure we avoid that.

Combining different types of plants or shrubs so they provide spring bloom and winter structure allows your garden to remain elegant year round. Along with your garden design, the layout of your landscape should also be taken into consideration, such as paths, rockeries, walls, water features, sitting areas and so on. Consideration is also given to the maintenance needs of the garden, including the time or funds available for regular maintenance, which can affect the choices of plants regarding the speed of growth, spreading or self-seeding of the plants. Garden design can be roughly divided into two groups, formal and naturalistic gardens.

  • More control over the location of the garden.
  • Ability to choose the best soil for your particular plants. The soil has the pH rating you want because you're filling it, which is cheaper than doing a soil correction on base ground.
  • More efficient draining.
  • Can be easier on backs and knees due to less bending and stooping.
  • Easier to keep out weeds, and less of them.
  • The soil warms up earlier in a raised bed, so you can plant earlier and extend your growing season.
  • Better ability to keep out ground-dwelling pests.
  • Better drainage in areas with clay soils.
  • More growing space.
  • No soil compaction from human feet.
  • Less soil erosion (especially, if the bed is framed.)

Water features do not have to take up a lot of space and is great for those who want something special.

  • Ideal for those with smaller yards and can be customized to fit in the space available.
  • Relaxing sound of flowing water as you bask in the sun from your chair.
  • Safer for children. Traditional ponds can pose a potential drowning hazard for little ones.
  • Pondless waterfalls do not have any standing water.
  • Fewer mosquitoes than a traditional pond. Mosquitoes need stagnant water to reproduce.
  • Very low maintenance and cost savings. No chemicals are needed, no testing, and no fish. This increases the amount of time spent enjoying the waterfall.
  • Hassle free in the winter.
  • Will add aesthetic appeal to a nondescript landscape.

Hedges

Hedge Trimming, Weed Removal

Hedges provide an attractive complement to lawns, trees, gardens, and hardscapes, such as walks, patios, and stonewalls, and possess a natural beauty that can enhance the curb appeal of your home.

• Safety

Keeping hedges and shrubs properly pruned lowers the chances of broken branches and debris from damaging your home, property, and family. It’s also important to prune low-hanging branches from paths and walkways to prevent them from overgrowing into the walking area and creating a hazardous situation. Hedges that are near driveways or streets need to be trimmed regularly to prevent them from growing to the point that they block the view of traffic.

• Hedge Health

Trimming out dead or diseased parts of the plant will help prevent the spread of plant diseases while stimulating new growth, flowering, and fruiting,  contributing to the plant’s overall health and appearance. It also deters insects from making a home in deadwood.

• Privacy

Trimming your hedges properly will allow them to fill in around the center and provide more privacy. Many types of shrubs and bushes can be grown into a privacy screen or living “fence” along a boundary line. Most varieties stay green and vibrant all year.

Hedging is important to demarcate your boundaries as well.

• Weather Barrier

A nice dense hedge also acts as an excellent windbreak allowing you to enjoy your outdoor space even when the weather isn’t at its best.

• Adds Value to Your Home

Shrubs, bushes, and hedges will contribute to your home and garden’s beauty, generating more interest in your home and ultimately delivering a higher sale price, but only if they’re well maintained and neatly trimmed.

• Reasons to Remove Weeds

Weeds rob your soil and compete with your plants for important nutrients and water.
Some weeds may smother certain plant parts, particularly the young ones.
They may also become the hosting media for various types of diseases and pests such as ticks.
Weeding also helps to loosen the soil. Water can infiltrate more rapidly, and roots of the cultivated plants can develop in a better way.
It doesn’t take too long for weeds to overwhelm a vegetative area. And factors like soil, climate, and moisture levels can all speed up the growth process.


Thornbush

Thornbush Removal

Reasons to Control Thornbush

  • Thornbush and the like grow into dense thickets that strangle any new growth.
  • They are a breeding ground for vines that will strangle your trees or garden.
  • Overgrown, they make walkways or fields impassable.
  • The Thick bundles of thorns make wildlife not want to pass through, meaning wild turkeys for one will not graze ticks off your land.
  • The large bundles become clogged with dead branches and twigs, making them a powder keg for a brush fire.
  • No privacy or beauty to be had in winter, only the true ugly face they bare.
  • Such infestations reduce property values.
  • Can Cause Soil Erosion