|Issue #522 - June 11, 2015|
Creating an Island Bed
Island beds are freestanding beds, usually surrounded by lawn. By installing an island bed you can take a bare, uninteresting area and turn it into an attractive, eye-catching landscape feature. Use island beds to create a focal point, screen unattractive features, create privacy and reduce noise and lawn size.
Don't Skimp on Size
Island beds need to be large enough to accommodate your plants' growth in the coming years (look for this information on the plant tag or in our online plant catalog).
If you are planning on putting trees and shrubs in your island bed, design a bed that is at least 8 feet wide. This width allows you to maintain your bed easily from the edge. If you design a wider bed, leave room for stepping stones to access your bed to weed and groom.
Create a Pleasing Shape
The shape is best determined by the area you have to work within. In general, a gently curving line is best. Curves are not only calming, but also make mowing and edging easier.
To help create your shape, lay a garden hose on the ground to represent the future shape of your bed. Arrange and adjust the hose until you like the shape.
Select Plants That Fit Your Conditions
One of the great advantages of island beds is that you can easily group plants that require the same growing conditions together. For example, a bed located in a front yard that is hot and dry with full sun needs plants that thrive in those conditions: some Maples, Hawthorn, White Pine, Juniper, Quince, Potentilla, Sand Cherry or Bayberry to name a few.
If perennials interest you, there are many choices that thrive in hot, dry conditions. Although a plant might thrive in dry conditions, all plants must be watered while getting established.
Island beds are a great, manageable way to add interest and beauty to your yard. So go ahead and get your hands dirty!
Let Us Do the Work with Our Planting Service
Do you want to spend more time enjoying your garden and less time "dealing" with it? Take the hassles out of planting trees, shrubs and more with our Planting Service.
Here are some answers to a few frequently asked questions about the service:
Is Planting Available in My Town?
Our planting area is the same as our delivery area. Please use the following zones when determining price:
ZONE 1: Yarmouth
ZONE 2: Cumberland, Falmouth, Freeport, North Yarmouth
ZONE 3: Bath, Brunswick, Cape Elizabeth, Durham, Gray, New Gloucester, Portland, Pownal, Scarborough, South Portland, Topsham, West Falmouth, Westbrook, Windham
ZONE 4: Arundel, Bailey Island, Biddeford, Dresden, Gorham, Harpswell, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Old Orchard Beach, Orr's Island, Saco, Wells, Wiscasset
Don't see your town? Give us a call! We'll plant throughout Southern Maine.
Which Plants are Eligible?
ANY of our plants are eligible for our Planting Service. There is no restriction on numbers or price.
How Does It Work?
Simply pick out your favorite plants at either of our locations in Yarmouth, Scarborough or Kennebunk, and ask for our planting service at the register. We'll do the rest!
Who Will Be Planting?
The team at M. J. Storey Landscape Construction Inc. will do all the planting. They have been providing professional landscape services to Southern Maine for a decade.
How Much Does This Cost?
For a full list of pricing, please visit our website.
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