Wytheville Redevelopment & Housing Authority
The Landlord Gazette
The Great Outdoors
With warm weather upon us, it’s the perfect time to get outside and start planting. With a little work, you
can turn any yard into the great outdoors! Here are some landscaping ideas and tips that will give your
family pleasure and privacy.
- Start with a basic plan. Decide what areas of your yard you will focus on, and draw a sketch of what
you want before heading to the greenhouse.
- Plant perennials. They will come back each year--bigger and fuller. Hosta, day lilies, peony,
hollyhock, and bleeding hearts will add greenery and color throughout the warm months.
- Use annuals to fill in and add color. Marigolds, petunias, impatiens, and vinca will brighten up any
- In large flower beds, plant the tallest plants in the middle and work toward the outside with smaller
plants. This way all plants can be seen.
- Paint your concrete. You can turn ordinary gray into almost any fabulous color or pattern.
- Use birdhouses, vintage gardening tools, old baskets, statuary, etc. to show off your personal style.
- Pots of plants are the perfect solution to any area. They will dress up an entry, add color and
greenery to any corner, and pretty up your porches and patios.
- Mulch around all plants. It provides protection and holds water for the plants.
Plant It Right
Planting a tree can add beauty and privacy to your yard. Follow these simple steps to ensure your trees
grow and flourish.
1. Dig a hole two to three times as wide as the root ball. Handle the root ball carefully while placing it in
2. Backfill around the root ball, lightly packing the soil as you go. Frequently check the trunk to ensure
that it remains straight.
3. Stake the tree by driving a stake into the root ball and tying it off loosely. Large trees may need two or
three stakes placed several feet from the trunk.
4. Water the tree soon after planting it and everyday for several weeks afterward.
5. Add a three inch layer of mulch to keep out weeds and reduce water loss.
A FEW TIPS…
to a new tree can be harmful.
- Do not fertilize the newly planted tree until the following year. Giving fertilizer
Otherwise leave them until after their first growing season.
- Only prune newly planted trees to remove broken, dead or diseased limbs.
Information provided by www.bhg.com
and Housing Authority
170 Hedgefield Lane
Wytheville, VA 24382