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Putting Spring in Our Step

Tucson, Arizona – Putting Spring in my Step After the cold, wet, grey winter…and before pre-season madness, I took a little jaunt to Tucson, Arizona.  It was late February and spring was just beginning. The complete opposite of Maryland, Tucson brought me sunshine and 80-degree days. Since I’m always preaching about storm water management (being [...]

2014 Landscaping Trends: Sustainability Tops List

With this latest snow storm, and bizarre weather across the U.S., we are becoming increasingly concerned about climate change, adopting more environmentally-friendly practices at home, work and everywhere in between. Leading the charge is Architectural Gardens, creating beautiful and sustainable outdoor environments.

Top 10 Reasons to Manage your Fall Leaves!

A rake in the right hands can be a powerful tool in saving the Chesapeake Bay and the Anne Arundel watershed. In this blog, Architectural Gardens owner Missy Jones gives her top 10 reasons why leaf management should be a top priority for you, your family, friends and neighbors.

Sustainable Landscaping: Don’t leave out the leaves

Sustainability starts at home. Architectural Gardens on how proper leaf management can help clean up the Chesapeake Bay and waterways.

Color up your Landscape with Flowering Bulbs

Now is the best time to plant bulbs (corms, rhizomes, tuberous roots) in early fall when the soil is warm and root systems can begin to get established. Don’t wait for bulbs to go on sale at your local nursery when the stock has been picked over and the ideal planting time has come and gone. Here [...]

Timing is everything in life… and landscaping

September is the best time to plant trees and shrubs; seed lawns and apply systemic pesticides. Get the latest landscaping tips from the landscaping professionals at Architectural Gardens in Annapolis, Maryland.

Refresh your Landscape with Water

Now that the rains of June and early July have stopped, we find ourselves longing for the wet stuff again, not the kind that falls from the sky but the kind that babbles, tumbles and sprays — from ground level. I’m talking about fountains, ponds and waterfalls. As soon as we get around water, our [...]

Managing Your Gardens in Wet Weather

Architectural Gardens, a professional landscaping company in Annapolis, with some advice on maintaining your landscape and gardens despite record rainfall in the Chesapeake region. Learn how to prune plants and shrubs to improve ventilation and deter wood rot, combat mold and fungus, and manually readjust irrigation systems to avoid over watering, prevent Phyohthora root rot and minimize standing water where mosquitoes can breed.

Top 10 Picks for Sustainable All-Season Gardens

Imagine a garden with blooms and color all year round. Now is the time to plant hardy, sustainable, envrionmentally friendly perennials that will make your garden interesting in every season

Saving the Bay, One Rain Garden at a Time

Why plant a rain garden? Missy Jones talks with Carter Gibson, the first person ever to commission a rain garden from Architectural Gardens. Click on the link below to hear what he has to say… plus, other tips on ecologically-friendly landscaping.

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