Are your plants withering from drinking too much brackish water that’s been creeping into your yard from too many flood tides?
With all the rain we’ve been having, are water drainage issues in your yard driving you to drink too?
If so, Mike Fox to the rescue! Fox is a senior associate and landscape architect with WPL, a landscape architecture firm in Virginia Beach. He will have some suggestions for water-weary gardeners in his upcoming program on “Functional Landscaping.”
His program is one of several included in the South Hampton Roads’ Master Gardeners’ Green Thumb Gardening Series this spring.
Fox also will discuss ways to landscape your yard to make it less appealing to critters who love your plants as much as you do. And he will offer suggestions for helping with other worries, like noise, privacy and fire.
Whether it is Fox speaking about how to make your landscape work for you or other speakers who will help you get up to speed as a vegetable gardener or become maestro of your own lawn, the master gardeners will have programs for you this spring.
The Green Thumb Gardening Series begins Tuesday evening, April 9, and continues on consecutive Tuesdays through May 7, in the following order: “Vegetable Gardening 101,” “Tidewater Turf,” “Vegetable Gardening Troubles,” “Composting/Pollinators” and “Functional Landscaping.” Programs take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach.
Amy Weber, Chesapeake master gardener, is co-chairman of the Green Thumb Gardening series and helped plan the programs based on what gardeners are asking for. For example, a program in last year’s series on pests and disease in the landscape piqued a lot of interest, Weber said.
“Many at that talk asked specifically for info on the same thing for vegetable gardening,” she said.
Since water issues are in the forefront this year Fox was asked to bring his expertise to the series, Weber added.
Fox and his firm WPL have long been designing landscapes that suit institutional and homeowner lifestyle and needs. They have designed everything from open space landscapes in parks and playgrounds to rain gardens and buffer gardens for homeowners, especially in Chesapeake Bay preservation areas. Addressing brackish water flooding and drainage issues is on top of the list of concerns in the Hampton Roads region.
“And tree preservation is one of our strengths,” Fox added.
In his program, Fox will embellish on installing rain barrels and rain gardens to help deal with flooding and drainage problems. He also will discuss building driveways with permeable pavers that allow water to drain between the pavers into the ground as opposed to running off into the yard or street.
“And you certainly can plant more trees, which will stabilize groundwater and soak up water from saturated soils,” Fox added.
Fox went on to say that there were lot lots of options on critter prevention. He suggested installing ¼-inch hardware cloth as a vertical barrier underground to deter moles and voles and installing chicken wire fencing around gardens to keep rabbits out.
“Plant hollies, lilacs and coneflowers to deter deer,” Fox added.
And he has lots of other tips that he will present in his program for using plants not only to deal with flooding and critters but also to reduce noise, create privacy and even reduce the likelihood of fire.
Pilot Online March 23, 2019
Mary Reid Barrow, email@example.com
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