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Uniqueka Davis-McKinney Provides 9 Tips for Professional-Looking Gardening Design

Uniqueka Davis-McKinney

When it comes to planning a flower garden or landscaping a new area of your yard, there are so many choices to make. Most gardeners do not know where to start, but not to worry, Uniqueka Davis-McKinney has a wide range of experience in gardening, she provides helpful tips that will make garden design easy.

Garden Design: Getting Started

These are some things to consider before you begin planting your plants.

  1. How big is the area to be planted? How many plants will fit nicely without it turning into a jungle?
  2. What are light levels and growing conditions? Make sure your plants are well suited for the condition in which you live in.
  3. Where is it in relation to your house and other plants? How close to a water supply? Is there root competition from other shrubs and trees in the yard?
  4. What type of soil do you have?
  5. How much rainfall and moisture do you expect? Are the plants on a slope or in a low spot that collects lots of water?
  6. What USDA hardiness zone are you in? What type of climate do you live in?

These things will help you understand your own personal growing conditions.

The following are 9 tips for a professional-looking garden design:

  1. Use a variety of flower types, textures, and visual interest. If you plant a variety of flowers, it will create a resilient garden.
  2. Always mix in shrubs and grasses for texture and movement. Grasses and shrubs are habitat friendly.
  3. Plant for a long-lasting color. Choose perennials that bloom in the early spring, late spring, summer, and fall. It will look beautiful during all four seasons and it will provide a steady food source for the birds.
  4. Always use each plant in odd number groups, (3, 5, 7, 9, and so on).
  5. Use larger grouping of plants to create a more cohesive design.
  6. Choose plants with a variety of heights, short, medium, and tall to add a variety and avoid monotony.
  7. Space plants according to their mature sizes. This will help the plants naturalize and spread, keeping them more controlled.
  8. Use lots of groundcovers. They look better and provide fragrance and color to your garden.
  9. Use some evergreen plants. Grasses and shrubs and other plants with an interesting seed head to keep the garden interesting in dormant seasons.

Uniqueka Davis-McKinney designs by experience. She approaches her designs from the grower’s side of the equation.

Uniqueka Davis-McKinney Discusses DIY Landscaping 2021 Trends

Uniqueka Davis-McKinney

Since the beginning of COVID-19, many Americans have taken the additional time spent at home as an opportunity to complete DIY projects and home renovations. Now that summer is almost here; homeowners are now turning their eye outdoors and looking to complete DIY projects within their gardens and outdoor spaces. Uniqueka Davis-McKinney has many years of experience as a gardener and landscaper and has helped numerous neighbors, friends, and family members complete outdoor DIY projects over the years. Today, Uniqueka Davis-McKinney hopes to use her knowledge of DIY landscaping trends to inspire homeowners to elevate their outdoor spaces this summer.

Build a Garden Walkway

Garden walkways serve both a functional and esthetic purpose in any home garden. Garden walkways can give any yard an added flair of sophistication for a minimal price. Whether it be stone, wood, or gravel, homeowners looking to elevate their outdoor area can choose from a number of different materials that complement their unique aesthetic. Installation of a garden walkway can be relatively easy depending on the chosen walkway material and can potentially be completed within an afternoon.

Adding Lighting to Your Yard

Adding lighting to any outdoor space can quickly elevate your landscaping and add drama to your homes. There are a number of ways to add DIY outdoor lights to a yard; from line lanterns, flush lighting, or garden lamps, it is now more affordable than ever to install outdoor lighting. Solar lights and spotlights are an excellent option for homeowners looking to illuminate trees, flowers, or shrubs for a fraction of the price. Those looking to add an extra element to their water features are encouraged to purchase underwater lighting to make their fountains and ponds really stand out.

Design a FirePit

With the social distancing orders put in place by COVID-19, many families are now searching for new ways to see family and friends from a safe distance this summer. Fire pits are an excellent focal point for any yard while also providing a safe, outdoor seating area to visit with friends and family. Store-bought fire pits can range anywhere from $200- $1000; however, any homeowner can create their own fire pit for a fraction of the cost with minimal materials. Simply dig a small pit, line the base with gravel, and stack stones or brakes around the area for a finished look!

Uniqueka Davis-McKinney Discusses the Process of Purchasing a Tree For Your Garden

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When choosing the right tree for your home, it is essential to take one’s time while researching different tree varieties. Some trees can be enjoyed for many generations, while others can be a source of regret for some families. Whether it be beautiful foliage, privacy, or the future location of a treehouse, tree buyers must ask themselves what they want from a tree, and what types of trees will best suit this decision. Uniqueka Davis McKinney, gardener and landscaper, understands not all trees are well suited for every family’s unique needs. Today, Uniqueka Davis McKinney hopes to share her knowledge of gardening and tree selection in hopes of helping others purchase the appropriate tree for their home and family.

Climate and Environment

Certain trees are more well suited to environments than others. When it comes to urban environments and their atmospheric pollutants, poor soil quality, night lighting, snow plows’ salt sprays, and poor drainage, only specific trees will be able to thrive in such a harsh environment. Some of the trees well suited for urban living include oak, ginkgo, honey locust, sweetgum, crabapple, zelkova, Washington hawthorn, and Norway maple.

Types of Foliage

While there are many benefits of planting a tree in your garden, it is important to recognize that trees come with their own liabilities. Trees can be messy, and certain trees will drop seeds, twigs, petals, and fruits in certain seasons. Homeowners with small children or dogs should be aware of these challenges. Those looking to purchase a tree for their home are encouraged to research a wide variety of trees to fully understand each tree’s pros and cons.

Trees Native to the United States

When looking to purchase a tree, it is always a good idea to research trees native to your area. Trees that are native to a location are more adapted to the climate and will often be healthier and will require less care. For gardeners living in the United States, the following are trees native to the different regions in the US:

Northwest

·       Douglas Fir

·       Oregon Crabapple

·       Red Adler

Southeast

·       Henry’s Cyprus

·       Magnolia

·       Flowering dogwood

Southwest

·       Feather Bush

·       Ironwood

Midwest

·       Sugar Maple

·       American Elm

·       Honey Locust

Northwest

·       Willow

·       Western Red Cedar

·       Big Leaf Maple