This year, Alabama has seen a severe drought causing loss of plants on many properties. If you are looking to replace any of your plants that may have died during the harsh weather conditions, now is the time to start selecting and ordering your plants.
Avoid the spring rush and pre-order your plants today!
Contact The Nelson Team at (205) 702-4426 to schedule for one of our team members to come out and evaluate your plants and offer suggestions for replacement.
Here are some great tips from Alabama Smart Yards!
Choosing plants is the fun part of landscaping. Alabama’s climate supports countless varieties of plants, many of which are grown by local nurseries. The plants you choose determine how much maintenance your yard will require and also how long your landscape will last.
- Select drought tolerant plants suited to your soil. Alabama’s horticultural focus is now on plants that can tolerate extended dry conditions. Once these plants are established, your watering chores will be easier.
- Provide flowering and fruiting plants, seeds, and nuts to bring birds and butterflies into your yard: red tubular flowers for hummingbirds, nectar and larval food for butterflies as Alabama is a stopover for many migrating and wintering butterflies and birds. Design a landscape that caters to these colorful, winged creatures.
- Limit the number of plants with high water and maintenance requirements, placing them where they will have the greatest visual impact with access to water during drought periods.
- Do not plant exotic, invasive species. If these plants are present in your yard, remove them. They crowd out native plants and seriously threaten Alabama’s ecosystems and wildlife.
- Create a mosaic of trees, shrubs, groundcovers, native grasses, and wildflowers. Monocultures, large expanses of the same plant species, are prone to disease and insect infestation and aren’t as sustainable as a diverse plant community.
- It’s hard to mow grass on sloped or in extremely wet areas, so avoid planting turf where you can’t easily cut it. Use groundcovers on slopes where grass may not thrive but the potential for runoff exists.
- Do not be fooled by the quick fix appeal of fast growing plants. Such plants may require frequent pruning, which creates more clippings and yard waste. Also, fast growth yields lots of lush, green shoots which can attract certain pests. Slow growing plants may take longer to fill in your landscape, but they’ll ultimately last longer and create less work.
- Do not overlook maintenance needs when designing your landscape. Place hedges where you can access them easily from all sides or trimming chores will quickly become nightmares.
- After you have spent time and money to create your desired landscape, water will be a critical consideration during the first 6 to 12 months. New roots need water to establish plants into the native soil. Make sure any irrigation method you use operates efficiently by targeting the plant needing water and not wasting water to runoff or evaporation. Consider drip or other micro–irrigation devices.
- Some Alabama native plants are widely available at local garden centers, and others are becoming more available as demand for them grows. Native does not mean sacrifice. Some of our most beautiful landscape plants are natives and selections are available for improved cultivars.