13 Aug 2018

What is this White Stuff on my Plants?

Lately we have gotten quite a few calls about a white substance on a wide range of plants. This white substance is called powdery mildew and our recent weather conditions have created the perfect environment for this fungus to thrive. Powdery mildew thrives in hot and humid weather, especially if the weather conditions persist for more than 3 days in a row.
powdery mildew on plant leaf
Powdery Mildew
  • What does it look like and how do I know if I have it?

Your plant will have a white powdery substance on the top of the leaf. The leaves may also start to curl and twist in affected areas.

  • What plants commonly get powdery mildew?

This fungus is one of the most widespread and common diseases in plants. Some of the more common infected plants are Roses, Lilacs, Bee Balm, Serviceberry, Crabapples, and Burning bushes.

  • Are my plants dying?

No, this is purely aesthetic and only grows on the surface of the plant. Powdery mildew does not infect the tissue and is not killing the plant. With that being said, the plant my drop its leaves early if it fully covered.

  • How do I get rid of it?

Trim the areas of the plant that are affected by the powdery mildew and remove the debris from the area (do not compost this debris). Do not use overhead watering. Place the hose at the base of the plant instead when watering. There are also multiple chemical sprays that can be purchased at home improvement or garden centers that will help resolve the problem as well. For a more naturalistic approach, baking soda mixed in water may help solve the problem as well.

25 Jul 2018

Warmer Weather Means Patio Living

Warmer weather means more time on the patio with friends and family. Is your patio ready for entertaining? Check out these tips below to get your patio summer ready!

  • An attractive patio complements the house and landscape, as well as provides a comfortable living space.
  • Make sure the grade is level and stable enough to support tables, chairs, and foot traffic. Ensure smooth, safe transition areas, especially along edges and in corners. Significant changes in grade call for terracing or steps.
  • Use trees and shrubs to create the illusion of an enclosed patio away from the house. It is one of the simplest outdoor rooms you can make. All you need is level ground, comfortable seating, and the shelter of trees and shrubs.
  • Extend a patio’s usefulness with a roof or partial cover. Position the patio to be warmed by the sun; a southeast or southwest location is ideal.
  • Small yard? No problem! Good patio design works with the space you have.

Want help designing the patio of your dreams? Contact one of our landscape designers today!

01 Jul 2018

Help Your Plants Beat the Heat this Summer!

The summer sun has come out full-force recently! High temperatures can reek havoc on your plants and yard without some additional care. Check out these tips to keep your plants healthy and happy in these high temperatures.

  • Watering- Keep soil evenly moist in order to protect your plants root systems and provide moisture. Use an irrigation system or drip hose to keep the top 4 inches of soil damp. Using drip hoses or an irrigation system can help keep your plants happy and you free from watering multiple times a day.
  • Mulch- Beyond being decorative, mulch provides many benefits for your garden bed. In the summer, a thick mulch dually protects from the sun AND helps the soil retain moisture and nutrients.
  • Weeding- Weeds compete with your plants for moisture and nutrients in soil. High temperatures also dry out soil, leaving it hard and robbing it of even more nutrients. Give your plants a leg up by removing as much of the competition you can and keep your beds weeded.

Shade delicate flowers and vegetables against direct sunlight- A shade shield could be all your garden needs to beat the sun’s concentrated summer heat. A protective shade should be 3 to 4 feet away from the plants to allow for airflow. Using PVC, you can create a flexible structure to hold your shade in place that can later be removed when the temperature cools down.

06 Sep 2017

Serene Landscape group is a Proud Sponsor of the Plymouth Rotary Club Chicken BBQ

We are committed to giving back to our community!  The Annual Plymouth Rotary Club Chicken BBQ is one event the Serene Landscape Team always sponsors.  All of this years event’s proceeds once again will benefit the Plymouth community including local schools and service organizations.  At Serene Landscape Group we believe sponsorship is hands on work.  Many of our crew can be found BBQ weekend donating time by doing the heavy lifting and setup for the BBQ.  We have also made it our tradition to pitch in early Monday morning after the BBQ to dismantle the massive cinder block grill and to remove other large equipment.  Helping to make our community stronger is a way to make everyone come together and celebrate.  We are not only a proud sponsor of this year’s event, but also a proud Plymouth community business.

06 Sep 2017

Serene Landscape Group is a Proud Sponsor of the 2017 Plymouth Taste Fest

We welcome you to come join us at this year’s Plymouth Taste Fest.  Our team has designed and installed a complete landscaped setting for you to enjoy while taking in the tastes of Plymouth.  If you are interested in our design and installation, please see us at Taste Fest or connect with us by contacting an account manager at our main office (734) 416-9062.  We are Plymouth, Michigan’s leading landscape deign and installation company.  We take pride in beautifying Plymouth and surrounding communities.

21 Aug 2017

Landscape Lighting Ideas

How your property looks at night is just as important as how it looks during the day. Landscaping your property is a big investment, which is why landscape lighting is so important. Your property was meant to dazzle during the day and night. Have you considered your landscape lighting recently? We have ideas and tips to get you started.

If you are interested in improving your landscape lighting design, send us a message today to get started.

Lighting Types
There are many options available for installing outdoor lighting, including low-voltage lights, high-voltage lights, and even solar-powered lights. Consider the purpose for your lights as well. Are you interested in creating a more secure property? Or maybe you want to add a subtle glow that illuminates your flower beds and walkways. Whatever you are looking to enhance with outdoor lighting, make sure the type of lighting you select is included in the process.

Lighting Ideas
Pathways
Lighting the pathways around your property is essential to maintaining the safety of the area. If you ever plan on entertaining in the evening, pathway lights are a must so that you and your guests can safely navigate your property. The great thing about pathway lighting is that it simultaneously enhances the overall appearance of a yard while offering important safety measures.

Patios
Patios are meant to be enjoyed throughout the day and night! If you enjoy spending time on your patio during evening hours, adding downlights can create some ambiance and a more relaxing environment. It also makes your patio easier to navigate when entering and exiting the area.

Trees, shrubs, and flowers
If softscape is the focal point of your property in daylight areas, keep the ball moving with lighting that highlights it at night. Installing uplights for various trees and shrubs will create a clean, elegant, and modern curb appeal.

Entryways
Make your front door a focal point by installing hanging lamps that reflect your style and taste. Entryway lighting is also beneficial when you light up your address numbers so that guests can easily find your property when it gets dark out.

Swimming pools and water features
If you have a pool, pond, lake, or water fountain, outdoor lighting will really make it stand out. Lights installed behind waterfalls or underneath the water elevate the design and bring on a new level of sophistication.

For more inspiration, check out some examples below. Our designers at Serene Landscape Group specialize in creating custom outdoor lighting plans for homeowners. Contact us today to get yours started.

Vista Pro Fixtures Landscape Lighting