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GardenArt Tips for Autumn

GardenArt Offers Autumn Season Tips for Your Landscape, Garden and Lawn


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As the temperatures gets cooler there are several things that may be done to prepare your landscape for the winter and spring. The experts at GardenArt wish to offer these tips and reminders for the Autumn season which has begun. As always, if you have any specific questions, email or call us (click HERE).


  • Plant hardy Mums in your landscape to add annual Fall color
  • Feed your plants – use a time release plant food with nitrogen, sulfate of potash, iron and other micro-nutrients made for perennials and flowering shrubs and trees
  • Feed Evergreens (Hollies, Boxwoods and Yews) and deciduous Trees (Maples, Oaks and Ash) with tree food with nitrogen, sulfate of potash, iron and other micro-nutrients
  • Transplant and divide Peonies and other perennials
  • Dig up and store summer bulbs (gladiolus, dahlias, cannas, and others) when they mature
  • Plant spring blooming bulbs like Iris, Tulips, Crocus, and Daffodils, Allium and Camassia
  • Plant trees, shrubs, perennials, ornamental grasses, grass seed and sod. Temperatures are cooler and conditions are better for root growth. Use a starter plant fertilizer mix to assist in that process.
  • Some Fall plants that provide color in the cooler months are as follows: Beautyberry, Cotoneaster, Viburnums, Hypericum, Hydrangeas, Potentilla, Pyracantha and Butterfly Bush.
  • Mulch your flowers beds especially newly planted bulbs, perennials, and bushes.
  • Do not prune spring blooming trees and shrubs like Lilacs and Viburnums – the buds are set already to bloom next spring and if you prune now you will lose next spring’s flowers.
  • Monitor Fall rainfall. If actual rainfall is below normal rainfall for September, October and November, water evergreens well prior to the ground freezing. Evergreens transpire during the winter and are not dormant like deciduous plants. This especially important with broad-leaved evergreens such as Boxwood, Holly, Hemlock and Rhododendron.
  • Give some attention to your Lawn –
    • Best time to seed new lawns or reseed (over-seed) established lawns
    • Great time to Aerate and/or Thatch the lawn
    • Good time to add Lime and/or Fertilize, Top-dress with organic compost, and apply grub control
    • Remember to soak your lawn a couple of days before fertilizing – then top-dress, aerate/thatch, and then seed.
  • Gardens –can still seed beets, radishes, turnips and leaf lettuce; can still plant cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, collards and lettuce.
  • Bring your houseplants back indoors – spray them and dust the soil to prevent bringing in ants, wireworms and sow bugs. Repot pot bound plants; fertilize with slow release fertilizer through November and stop feeding them until February.


The easiest way to set up a meeting with the GardenArt team to discuss your vision for improving your outdoor living space is to fill out the simple GardenArt contact form, click HERE.

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Plants, Flowers and Grasses at Nanshan America AAT


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The alphabetical list of the plants, flowers and grasses installed by GardenArt at Nanshan AAT America are as follows:

  • Acorus calamus (Sweet Flag)
  • Asclepias incarnata (Swamp Milkweed)
  • Aster ericoides (Heath Aster)
  • Baptisia australis (Blue False Indigo)
  • Carex annectans var xanthocarpa (Yellow Fox Sedge)
  • Carex comosa (Bristly Sedge)
  • Carex emoryi (Riverbank Tussock Sedge)
  • Decodon verticillatus (Swamp Loosestrife)
  • Helenium autumnale (Autumn Sneezeweed)
  • Iris virginica shrevei (Blue Flag)
  • Juncus effusus (Soft Rush)
  • Liatris spicata (Dense Blazing Star)
  • Nymphaea odorata (White Water Lily)
  • Panicum virgatum (Switchgrass)
  • Peltandra virginica (Arrow Arum)
  • Penstemon calycosus (Smooth Beardtongue)
  • Penstemon digitalis (Foxglove Beardtongue)
  • Pontederia cordata (Pickerel Arum)
  • Pycnanthemum virginianum (Mountain Mint)
  • Rudbeckia fulgida speciosa (Showy Black-Eyed Susan)
  • Rudbeckia subtomentosa (Sweet Black-Eyed Susan)
  • Schizachyrium scoparium (Little Bluestem)
  • Scirpus acutus (Hard-Stem Bulrush)
  • Scirpus pungens (Three-Square Bulrush)
  • Solidago riddellii (Riddell’s Goldenrod)
  • Sporobolus heterolepis (Prairie Dropseed)

Nanshan America Advanced Aluminum Technologies is one of GardenArt’s most prestigious clients. The plant Lafayette, Indiana is the company’s first US manufacturing site.

GardenArt created an overall landscape design for Nanshan that covers more than 50 acres and will be implemented in phases. The project includes a pond that enhances the landscape of the entire area and greets guests at the entrance of their property. The pond area introduces native plant species as well as a fountain.

GardenArt planted more than 20,000 native plant plugs including a wide variety of native wild flowers and grasses (forbs and graminoids). This summer, GardenArt will add the water fountain to the Nanshan pond. Photos of the fountain installation will be posted soon.


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GardenArt’s Adopt-A-Spot Work Day 2013 — New and Improved


GardenArt is the proud sponsor of an
Adopt-A-Spot in the City of Lafayette.


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This past weekend the entire GardenArt team was eager to get started on their Adopt-A-Spot – even though it was early on a Saturday morning. Saturday morning’s installation though was only one step in the detailed process.


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The first step in the process is planning and design. This year, GardenArt landscape designers decided to completely redesign the “Spot” and focus on “native plants.” The next step was to draw up the designs and select the plants. Once the designs were complete, the materials were ordered and the date for installation was set. By Thursday the plants arrived, Adopt-A-Spot T-shirts were 2013-05-11 Adopt A Spot 018 (2)distributed, and everyone was ready to get started. Before the end of the day on Friday, the plants, tools and materials were gathered, the equipment was prepped, the water buffalo was filled, the mulch was measured and everything was loaded on the GardenArt trucks.


On Saturday morning, everyone met at GardenArt HQ, enjoyed a quick doughnut or two, secured the trucks and equipment, and headed to the GardenArt Adopt-A-Spot 2013-05-11 Adopt A Spot 062 (2)location in Lafayette. Once the team arrives at the “Spot” the magic began. Everyone was given their assignment and the team began to work. Even though it was a cold but sunny morning the crew moved swiftly and efficiently. Stage one of the installation included clearing the entire area. It is a relatively routine process except for removing a few shrub stumps and roots. The entire area was finally cleared, weeded, leveled and edged; then the mulching 2013-05-11 Adopt A Spot 072 (2)began. It took no time to empty an entire dump truck filled with steaming, high quality mulch. Soon the design team spray-painted lines in the mulch and the flats of native plants started to emerge. Two of the crew drilled holes while others placed plants in the holes and the rest of the crew secured the plants and filled the holes. Orderly rows of plants began to appear and the design was taking shape.


Before they knew it everything was planted and the installation entered the final 2013-05-11 Adopt A Spot 123 (2)stages — clean, water plants, sweep, water, touch up mulch, blow debris, pack up tools, water, load equipment, water, and clean up the entire area including sidewalks, curbs and the street. The GardenArt team is talented, professional, and motivated – and their work installing this Adopt-A-Spot project is a perfect example of their quality work. Each and every member of the GardenArt team worked very hard and remained focused, respectful and professional the entire morning.


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When it was finally completed, no one really wanted to leave. The good feelings and fellowship overcame them. They didn’t expect to have a great time together but they weren’t surprised. Working hard and serving the community while using your talents is rewarding. Coming together for this common purpose had a profound impact on the team as a whole.


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The benefits of the Adopt-A-Spot program are clear – to help beautify Lafayette through sponsorship and allowing local businesses like GardenArt to serve and give back to the community. The less obvious benefit is how much the team grows and develops during the process. Trust was formed, friendships were developed, and lifetime memories were created — that magical morning. The GardenArt team is now stronger than ever. This summer is going to tremendous – and each member of the team has one more project for which to be proud – the GardenArt Adopt-A-Spot.


Please slow down and enjoy it while it grows, blooms and matures. After all this “Spot” is our gift to you!


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{To view more photos of “GardenArt’s Adopt-A-Spot Work Day” — click HERE or any image in this post}

{To view more photos of “delivery day” — click HERE or any image in this post}

Check back for more information on the NATIVE PLANTS used in this Adopt-A-Spot in Lafayette, Indiana.



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Spring Delivery — Busy Day at GardenArt


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{To view more photos of “delivery day” — click HERE or any image in this post}


Today was a busy day at GardenArt HQ. A parade of box trucks and flatbeds delivered trees, shrubs, flowers and other plants all day long. The GardenArt design teams have been working hard creating beautiful outdoor living spaces on paper for clients — now it’s time to order the materials and begin installations.


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Some of these trees will be used in the West Lafayette Tree Project – ReLeaf; and many of the plants will be used in the GardenArt “Adopt-A-Spot” in Lafayette.


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The GardenArt team will be working on their Adopt-A-Spot this Saturday — just in time for Mother’s Day. READ more: HERE.


{To view more photos of “delivery day” — click HERE or any image in this post}

{To view more photos of “GardenArt’s Adopt-A-Spot Work Day” — click HERE or any image in this post}

Check back for more information on the NATIVE PLANTS used in this Adopt-A-Spot in Lafayette, Indiana.



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