Garden Tips with Gardy and Woody

Garden Tips with Gardy & Woody

Gardy and Woody garden tips treehouseLandscape design is unique compared to other construction or engineering trades, in that as the landscape matures, it metamorphoses. Many of its elements are perishable, as it must evolve dramatically with seasons, and it is affected by maintenance more than most trades. Its shifting nature, along with a plethora of other elements, should be considered closely when designing outdoor spaces.

Since Function is the primary driving force in the design, how do we incorporate an artistic interpretation that molds, blends, that enhances the functional attributes of the yard, while creating harmony between all of the elements?  To help navigate this challenge we have developed a series of Garden Tips to help our designers, customers, friends, and even our competitors apply the concepts of art and function to the landscape. Many of the principles discussed in this series do not only pertain to the landscape, but are applicable in almost any artistic endeavor.  This series has been developed to educate in an engaging, fun way. Our goal is to inspire kids and adults alike to learn and appreciate horticulture, landscape, art, and the world around us. We want to spark the imagination and encourage well thought out action.

Design Tips

Landscape Masterpiece Garden Tip
Landscape design is unique compared to other construction or engineering trades, in that as the landscape matures, it metamorphoses. Many of its elements are perishable, as it must evolve dramatically...
Orchestrating Landscape Design plants
We’ve been discussing many different elements of landscape design. In order to maximize artistry, we need to pull these separate elements all together, similar to how a composer or musician...
Color and Light in Landscape Design
Like an impressionist painter controls their canvas, a landscape’s mood can be heavily impacted by the utilization of color. We have discussed how line, shape, form, and texture can distinguish...
Texture in Landscape Design
Texture is everywhere. Every day, you visually and tactically perceive countless different textures, scattered all around you. While texture is technically felt, you can trick the eye into sensing texture....
Form and Function Landscape Design Tips
When we have an idea for how we want to design our yards, the first and most obvious question we ask is, “What is the function?” Do we want a...
Line and Focus in Landscape Design Garden Tip
In the previous installments of this design series we discussed using the concept of Form Following Function to begin conceiving your design and how to direct the visual journey with...
Voids and Masses in the Landscape proper design
In our last article, we discussed “Form Following Function”, which means that the intended function of a landscape is paramount to the design. In this lesson, we want to explore...

Garden Tips

5 reasons to prune trees and hedges infographic

The 5 Reasons to Prune your Trees and Shrubs

In the forest, trees and shrubs grow naturally and wildly. Some grow into majestic trees, or an occasional beautiful shrub, though many will succumb to nature and only the fittest...
Asian Citrus Psyllid citrus insect diagram

Asian Citrus Psyllid

The Grim Reaper of Citrus Trees If you love Citrus trees beware, this Halloween the grim reaper will not be wearing a black robe and carrying a scythe… And it...
Benefits of Deep Watering infographic Garden Tip

Deep Water Your Tree for Deep Roots

Simply stated, encouraging deep root growth is universally accepted as good horticultural technique. Deep roots stabilize our trees and shrubs and the deeper roots can tap water from deeper in...
Inside Out Pruning vs Flush Pruning

5 reasons to do “Inside out Pruning”

Bringing out your hedge trimmer can be an easy, fast way to turn your plants from shabby to shapely. After a few effortless swings, the job is largely done. But...
Frost and Freeze Garden Plant Protection

Frost & Freeze Protection/Mitigation

Cold is coming, protect your plants Even in sunny California, frost can happen. Deciding the best steps for action before the cold hits is the best way to protect from,...
Tree Topping Plant Trimming Pruning

5 Reasons to Never Top Your Trees

Do you ever wonder why a tree didn’t grow well, looked deformed, fell over, or entirely died? There are certainly combinations of reasons for this happening, but according to many...
Crown Reduction Pruning Tip

Crown Reduction

In our last article, we described the 5 reasons that you should never top your tree. Not only can the practice be damaging to the tree, and expensive in the...
Pruning Early for Maximum Hedge Density

Pruning for Maximum Hedge Density

In our previous articles, we discussed the negative side effects of topping pruning, specifically topping trees. One exception is hedges; it is necessary to top them so they do not...