The first impression your guests will ha

The first impression your guests will have of your home is what they will see on the outside, prior to entering your home.

Your landscape lighting is often the first and last thing your guests will see as they enter and leave your home. Exterior lighting fixtures should enhance the beauty of your home to make the most of your home’s potential. It’s also practical, helping your family and guests stay safe. It’s getting dark early, so lighting makes sense.

Call Scenic Lawns and Landscaping, Inc. at 410-672-3200 and let us help you to see the light…


A custom Waterscape from Scenic Lawns an

A custom Waterscape from Scenic Lawns and Landscaping, Inc. will make your property truly unique and make your time outdoors relaxing. Call us at 410-672-3200 and see what could be right in your yard…

It’s the annual fall dilemma. The leaves

It’s the annual fall dilemma. The leaves that have fallen on the lawn need to be removed, but there are more on the trees. Should you rake them up now or wait until the limbs are bare?

Neither! Bag the rake, not the leaves.
Mow them with a mulching mower – a lawnmower with a specially designed high deck and a mulching blade that chops leaves into fragments as tiny as confetti. As the shredded leaves decompose, they will act as a natural fertilizer and weed control agent.

For those who insist on a spotless lawn year-round and might be concerned about what the neighbors will think of the brown leaf bits the mower leaves behind, don’t worry. The shredded leaves will filter through the grass and disappear from sight.

If you continue this practice each fall, in a few years mulching can help you have a luscious spring and summer lawn free of dandelions and crabgrass that will be the envy of people up and down the street.

Don’t want to deal with it? Call Scenic Lawns and Landscaping, Inc. at 410-672-3200 and we’ll make sure that you have the perfect lawn…

Time to get wrapping… No, not Christma

Time to get wrapping… No, not Christmas presents (yet), but your delicate shrubs!
Heavy snow, ice, and high winds can dry and split your delicate and pricey shrubs. To protect your landscaping from the winter elements:

1. Hide small plants under overturned plastic pots or buckets.

2. Wrap shrubs, such as boxwoods, in burlap.

3. Surround vulnerable trees with shredded leaves.

Have Scenic Lawns and Landscaping, Inc. come over and get everything ready for you. Call us at 410-672-3200 and get started!

Why are some plants more frost tolerant

Why are some plants more frost tolerant than others?

Frost or freeze damage occurs when the water in plant cells expands as it turns to ice, and then bursts the cell walls. However, when the temperatures cool, cool-season vegetables and other cold-hardy varieties may produce more sugars, and sugar water freezes at a lower temperature than water, which keeps the water in the cells from freezing and bursting the cell walls. This is also why frost-tolerant vegetables tend to get sweeter with cool temperatures. The sweetening process takes time, providing the most protection when the autumn cool-down is slow and consistent. Sweetening is one of a few strategies plants may have to avoid frost or freeze damage, and it is a strategy often seen in cool season vegetables. Shorter varieties have the advantage of being closer to the ground, which is insulated and radiates some heat, often enough to quell the possible effects of short bursts of freezing temperatures. Also, the more mature the frost-tolerant plant, the better able it is to withstand frost or freezing. Humidity can help protect plants from frost because moisture holds heat, effectively insulating the air. However, a clear or windy night can sweep away any warm air radiating from the ground, allowing colder air to sink in.
Crop frost-tolerance varies between varieties. Greens like kale or spinach, and especially those with savoyed, wavy, curled, or textured leaves are generally hardier. Mulched root crops like beets, carrots, leeks, radishes, and parsnips can be harvested later in fall before the ground freezes, and some even survive a ground freeze. Search for your crops below to determine their frost tolerance level.

Likely damaged by light frost:
Amaranth, beans, corn, cucumbers, eggplants, melons, okra, peppers, pumpkins, quinoa, New Zealand spinach, summer squash, tomatoes, tomatillo, watermelon, and winter squash (plants only; fruit can withstand 1 to 2 light frosts).

Can withstand light frost:
Artichokes, bok choy, cauliflower, celery, Chinese cabbage, peas, quinoa, and radicchio.

Can withstand hard frost:
Arugula, broccoli, broccoli raab, Brussels sprouts, beets, cabbage, carrots, collards, endive, escarole, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce (tolerance varies with variety), mâche, mustard, mustard spinach (komatsuna), onions, parsley, parsnips, radishes, bunching onions/scallions, sorrel, spinach, Swiss chard, tatsoi, and turnips.

Need more info? Call Scenic Lawns and Landscaping, Inc. at 410-672-3200 and let us fill you in…

Fall weather is great for grilling and b

Fall weather is great for grilling and being outdoors. We can build you an amazing grill that puts store bought high end brands to shame. We also know our way around a grill – Here’s a fantastic Grilled Shrimp Scampi recipe that you can use on your custom grill from Scenic Lawns and Landscaping, Inc. Don’t have a custom grill from Scenic? Call us at 410-672-3200 and let us come over and show you what we can do. You’ll love it!

12 jumbo shrimp, peeled and de-veined
1/2 cup canola oil
10 cloves garlic
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon ground fennel seed
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 stick unsalted butter
1 large lemon, zested and juiced
1 tablespoon chopped tarragon leaves
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves, plus extra for garnish

Put the shrimp in a large baking dish.
Combine the canola oil, garlic, red pepper flakes and fennel seed in a small food processor and process until the garlic is somewhat paste-like. Pour this mixture over the shrimp and let them marinate for 30 minutes.
Light a grill to high heat.

Strain the shrimp from the marinade and season them with salt and black pepper, to taste. Grill the shrimp on both sides until they are slightly charred and just cooked through, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer the shrimp to a plate.

Melt the butter in a large saute pan set over the grates of the grill. Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, tarragon and thyme leaves and cook for 30 seconds. Add the shrimp and cook, tossing once, about 1 minute. Finish with the parsley and adjust the seasonings, if necessary. Transfer the shrimp to a serving platter and garnish with thyme and parsley.

Let us know what you think 🙂

Just because autumn is here doesn’t mea

Just because autumn is here doesn’t mean you should slack on lawn care… You will need to continue to mow your lawn. You do not want the grass getting too long as this can create an attractive environment for insects and other pests. You will still want to water your lawn in the fall. You can water slightly less than you did in the summer as there is less evaporation happening from the sun, but you still need to be watering. It’s also the perfect time to fertilize because once the winter cold sets in and prevent the nutrients from getting to the soil and the roots. If you fertilize in the fall it can keep the grass satiated during the winter as well.

Remove Leaves Quickly – Your lawn also still needs a great deal of sun to stay alive, and when leaves fall it can block out that sun. That’s why it’s important to remove leaves very quickly so that the lawn can continue to receive sun. Fall leaves may be beautiful, but they can be problematic for your green lawn.

We’re here to help. Call Scenic Lawns and Landscaping, Inc. at 410-672-3200 for more tips and to get a free estimate on letting us do the work for you.

Did you know that Fall is a great time t

Did you know that Fall is a great time to plant perennials, bulbs, trees and shrubs? It absolutely is. Container plants and balled-and-burlapped specimens usually have well-developed root systems. Because roots don’t have to supply nutrients and water to growing stems and new leaves, they can concentrate on getting established. Roots grow — although slowly — even when soil temperature is as low as 40 degrees.
Before you plant, make sure to allow enough time for the roots to get settled in and acclimated before cold weather sets in. Be sure to mulch well to conserve soil temperature too.
Do you have a few big ideas that you’ve been waiting on? Call Scenic Lawns and Landscaping, Inc. at 410-672-3200 and let us do the work for you.

A seasonal tip: Cutting back on fertiliz

A seasonal tip: Cutting back on fertilizer in late summer prevents perennials from wasting energy on leaf production. Grass roots keep growing until the ground gets down to around 40 degrees, so this is a good time to feed them. Apply a high-phosphorus (12-25-12) mix to lawns in fall to encourage roots, so turf greens up earlier in spring. For more tips call Scenic Lawns and Landscaping, Inc. at 410-672-3200 and let us help.

Don’t forget to plant spring bulbs this

Don’t forget to plant spring bulbs this fall for colorful blooms next year!

The fall is the best time to start thinking about colorful flowers sprouting in the spring. Check with your local nursery on what flowering bulbs are best to plant now while the soil is still soft before winter’s frost. You will love how your fall planting now will lead to a gorgeous garden in the spring. Ensure you follow grower’s directions and plant them low enough into the ground to prevent freezing of your bulbs and hard work!

Need more tips? Call Scenic Lawns and Landscaping, Inc. at 410-672-3200.