How to Use Landscape Stone

Landscaping your garden isn’t all about trees and plants. Landscaping with stones and rocks, also known as hardscaping, is a popular way to add an extra touch of character and texture to your garden. To help you craft the perfect garden, we’ve got some tips for you on what landscape stone can be used for and how to use it.

To protect your soil

Landscape stone can be used in the same way as mulch to protect your soil and the roots of your plants from harsh weather conditions. The benefit of this is that stones can be made permanent features, unlike mulch which will need regularly replacing. Landscape stones are also more attractive than mulch, so they can be used as decorative features while serving an additional purpose of protecting your soil.

As decorative features

The sky’s pretty much the limit when it comes to using landscape stone as decoration in your garden. You could choose a large boulder as a main centerpiece for your garden, or position smaller stones around a pond or flowerbed, for example. The color and texture of stones you choose can make a big difference in the appearance of your landscape. White stones can be used to brighten up a dark corner of your garden, while darker stones can produce a warmer, tropical look.

As a feature piece

If you’re looking for a larger feature to place prominently in your garden landscape, then rocks and stones can be the perfect building blocks (literally!). Here are a few ideas of feature pieces you can create using landscape stone:

 

  • Stone path

  • Fire pit

  • Stone wall

  • Stone furniture

  • Rock water feature

You can really get creative with rock and stone when landscaping your garden, so think about the different ways it would fit well in your garden.

Types of landscape stone

We sell lots of different types of landscape stone that are perfect for using in your garden. These include:

  • Slate

  • Flagstone

  • Riverstone

  • Fieldstone

  • Lava stone

  • Slabs

  • Tumbled block

  • Boulders

…and more! The type of rock you choose will depend on what you plan on using it for and the kind of style you want your landscape to have. This blog runs through some popular landscape stone types and the benefits of using them in your garden.

Ready to get started with landscape stone in your garden? Then we’ve got you covered. We supply landscape materials and services to cities in North Carolina including Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville. Get in touch to find out more.

Early Planning for Your Spring Garden

People across the country may be looking forward to the start of the professional baseball season in March, but there’s another season heading our way as March is also the time when most garden planting begins. It’s not too far around the corner, so now is the perfect time to start planning for your Spring gardening activity.

 

What to plant

When choosing what to plant in the Spring months ahead, you’ve got huge amounts of choice. To give you some ideas, here’s a list of 21 different flowers that flourish during Spring. But, looking past personal preference alone, how do you know which ones are right for your garden?

There are a number of factors you should consider when asking this question. For example, think about how much sunlight your garden gets. If it’s well shaded by neighboring trees or fences, then sun-loving plants won’t bloom like you want them to, while a plant such as bloodroot could flourish.

Your soil type is also important. Is it acidic or alkaline? Does it stay dry or frequently get drenched by rain? If you don’t know much about your soil type, this guide will help you determine which kind of plants will suit it best.

 

When to plant

Now you’ve decided what you’re going to plant this Spring, when exactly should you be planting them?

Early springtime can still be prone to frosty weather, so you should hold off planting anything that won’t stand up against this frost. Any plants and bulbs that aren’t frost-hardy should be planted in pots and kept indoors initially. This gives them a chance to start growing in protected conditions until the frosts pass.

Some plants, such as lilies are better planted in early spring, however. Perennials are also good to plant at this time of year.

 

Preparing your soil

Your soil may have taken a beating from the wet and frosty weather over Winter, so you should take some time in advance to prepare it for planting season.

If weeds have built up in your garden, then be sure to remove these. Then, you can cultivate your soil simply by turning it over with a spade and treating it with compost to help deliver rich nutrients to the soil. This will produce a good foundation for planting in time for when March comes around.

If you need any landscaping products or services to help prepare your lawn and garden for Spring, then get in touch with us at Stratford Landscape Supply. We serve the cities of Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville, and their surrounding areas.

The Plants of Christmas

When the Christmas season is upon us, our houses suddenly get a whole lot greener. We bring home Christmas trees and decorate them with shiny things, we hang wreaths on our doors and holly about the house, and kiss under the mistletoe. But, why exactly do we do all these things? Most Christmas traditions have roots from either Paganism or Christianity.

Let’s look at some of the history behind the various plants used in Christmas decorations.

O Christmas Tree

The Christmas tree is traditionally a fir tree. The fir tree has been in use for thousands of years in winter festivals and celebrations. This species of tree was used because it is an evergreen tree, which means that it displays its leaves throughout the year. In Pagan times, bringing an evergreen into the home symbolized bringing life into the home during the cold, dark winter.

Over time, the Christmas tree became a symbol of Christianity, and there are various theories on the history of this. The triangular shape of the Christmas tree is often thought to represent the holy trinity of Christ, linking back to the idea of new life suggested by the Pagans.

Today, people bring Christmas trees into their homes each year, opting either for artificial trees or real evergreen trees to enjoy the smell of fresh pine needles.

The Holly and the Ivy

The prickly points of holly leaves lent to this plant being hung over doorways and windows to fend off evil spirits hundreds of years ago. It is said that holly is a male plant while ivy is a female plant, and one tradition stated that whichever plant enters the house first in winter indicates whether the home would be ruled by the man or the woman of the house. Its connection to Christmas likely came from the fact that bringing them into the house before Christmas Eve was considered bad luck.

Holly was then adopted by Christians as a symbol of the crucifixion, with the sharp leaves representing the thorn crown on Christ’s head and the red berries representing drops of blood. How jolly!

Mistletoe (and wine)

Mistletoe is another shrub that was though to ward off evil spirits in medieval times, while also bringing good luck to the house. It most likely became associated with Christmas simply due to the fact it was widely sold along with holly and ivy around Yuletide. The tradition of kissing under the mistletoe came from the Druids who saw the plant as a symbol of friendship and love, even though it can be poisonous to humans and their pets!

So, there you have it. When you’re kissing under the mistletoe this holiday season, remember that you’ve got the Druids to thank!

If you’re looking for any Christmas greenery to decorate your home, lawn, and garden with, contact Stratford Landscape Supply to see what plants we have for sale around Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville. And don’t forget to prepare your garden for winter if you haven’t already.

Winter mulching

Landscaping Tips to Prepare for Winter

 

In harsh winters, your garden can take a real beating. Many plants can’t survive the cold weather and your lawn may suffer as the ground starts to freeze. You don’t want all your hard work from spring and summer to go to waste, so there are certain measures you should take to prepare for the cold spells of winter. You’re unlikely to want to get out into the garden much when the cold weather hits, so it’s a good idea to start this preparation well in advance.

 

Rake and aerate your lawn

Debris covering your lawn can block the sunlight from getting to it and lead to problems such as moss and fungus. This can especially be a problem throughout and at the end of fall with all the dead leaves on the ground. Rake your lawn of any debris and then aerate it by spiking holes into the lawn to improve drainage.

 

 

Spreading mulch over your soil can help to retain its moisture and keep the roots of your plants warm over winter. Mulching the base of your trees and shrubs, and spreading a thin layer of mulch over flower beds, helps to protect them from the cold weather and frost that could damage them. You can buy mulch made from materials such as bark, or you can repurpose the fall leaves that you clear from your lawn, shredding them into an organic mulch.

 

Investing in cold-hardy plants

Perennials such as Peony and Coneflower are equipped to deal with harsh winters and grow back year after year. If you’re planning some planting before we experience cold weather, then plants like these are a good option. Find out which perennials can survive harsh winters.

 

Dig up bulbs

If you have any bulbs that are made for summer blooming and are unlikely to survive the colder season, then you should dig these up and bring them inside. Make sure you brush the dirt off the bulbs after digging them up, and then store them in cool, dry conditions where they can breathe – don’t seal them off.

 

Prune dormant plants

Plants that are dormant throughout winter can be prone to mold and fire blight. To help prevent these issues, you should prune any dormant plants so that they maintain their condition for spring.

 

A frosty winter doesn’t have to mean the death of your garden if you follow these tips and get prepared. If you need any landscaping supplies to help you prepare for winter, then Stratford Landscape Supply has you covered. We supply cities in North Carolina including Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville. Get in touch to find out more.