Wimberg Landscaping Blog



A Better Way to Garden

Sep
09

Perhaps it’s from years of seeing landscaping firms adding large beds of mulch (with few plants) and pruning shrubs into submission that has conditioned many homeowners to believe that their property is in tip-top shape if it looks like the mall’s or condominium's grounds.

The tight shearing of all too many shrubs is a common sight and a horticultural practice we are trying to end. Is there a time when tightly pruned boxwoods look perfect? Of course. Any formal English garden benefits from a well manicured hedge. However, that doesn't translate to all shrubs looking their best when turned into little balls or squares. 


Recent Posts

Sep
9
Ault in Bloom

Wimberg Landscaping is pleased to announce that we will be at the Ault in Bloom event Sunday, September 22, at the Ault Park Pavilion. We...

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Sep
3
Six Tips for Caring for a Pollinator Garden

Now that your pollinator garden is growing strong the next step is caring for it and its residents. 

In the grand gardening sc...

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Aug
28
Notes from the Gardens: Ault Park

I was never one to have a tidy garden, one in which the plants were a polite distance apart, everything was in neat lines and never a spe...

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Aug
26
Creating the Woodland Garden

It’s always fun when a client requests that all the sod be removed to make way for a new garden. It’s wonderful, too when the...

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Aug
20
Take a Step Back: Notes From the Gardens

A lot of people ask me how we get our Wimberg gardens so lush. One trick, let go. I was checking on Peter Wimberg's garden and saw th...  
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Aug
20
Getting Ready for Fall Garden Chores

When fall settles in, gardeners get busy and they get busy fast. It seems like every garden chore hits us at once and we feel like we&rsq...  
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Aug
20
Fall Trees and Shrubs

By now you know the approaching fall season is a great time to plant new trees and shrubs. But how do you know if your landscape needs mo...  
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Aug
15
Notes from the Gardens: Ault Park

My desire to garden more for pollinators is rewarding me in spades. I gave this little garden in the park’s adopt-a-plot area a sli...  
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Aug
12
Notes from the Gardens: Ault Park

My quick hour or so visit to our focal garden in Ault Park brought up many interesting points about gardening, intermingled gardens and g...  
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Aug
8
Why We Love Planting Walls

It’s not uncommon to have a yard with a slope that's too small to grade and too high to ignore. Building retaining walls is a c...  
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Aug
6
Wimberg Landscaping to Open New Facility

Wimberg Landscaping has purchased a new facility at 1354 US 50.  After 20 years at the Hetzell Avenue (Madisonville) location, the c...  
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Aug
5
My Intermingled Garden

If you’ve toured the High Line’s gardens or those at Millennium Park in Chicago, you’ve had the opportunity to enjoy th...  
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Jul
31
Aster Yellows

On a recent garden walkabout I discovered a small stand of Echinacea infected with Aster Yellows. It’s been many years sin...  
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Jul
26
The Carefree Garden

No garden is completely carefree, but you can take design steps to create a garden that is forgiving when you need to take a break from g...  
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Jul
26
Same Plants in a Different Way

On a recent garden walkabout a client asked me, “Do I have to replace all my plants to have a natural garden?”  What a g...  
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Jul
16
You Can Learn a Lot From a Little Neglect

It's been a while since I shared some garden insights from working at Bettman. It's certainly not due to a lack of gardening on m...  
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Jul
5
Watering the Container Garden

Maintaining the health of your container gardens is easy: even with this oppressive heat and scattered chances of rain. It all comes down...  
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Jul
1
When it Rains it Pours

Being over our average rain amount so far this year by more than 22 inches has a great impact on the landscape and how we and home garden...  
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Jul
1
Proper Plant Selection

“There are so many plants to choose from, from trees to groundcovers, that it’s amazing how often I see the negative results...  
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Jul
1
Hardscape Basics

Hardscapes are a part of every landscape, even if it’s only the walk to the front door. Extensive or minimal, your hardscape should...  
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Jul
1
Cincinnati Nature Center Garden Tour

The Cincinnati Nature Center Garden Tour this previous Saturday was, without a doubt, a great success. Despite the oppressive heat, my Mt...  
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Jun
28
One-on-One with Elliot Miller

Elliot Miller joins our sales and client services team with a strong focus on lawn care and landscape maintenance. Working closely with J...  
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Jun
26
Cincinnati Nature Center Garden Tour

The final touches are going into the gardens: new plants are being added, art brought in to create a new vignette and the ever so few wee...  
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May
23
The Natural Garden May Be the Break You Are Looking For

Gardening is hard work, no way around it. With that in the back of your mind, considering a natural garden, a little controlled chaos, ma...  
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May
23
Three Simple Things to Attract Wildlife

You don't have to start from scratch if you want to attract wildlife to your garden, even if your landscape is very traditional and f...  
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May
23
Shrubs for the Wildlife

When you need a new shrub or short tree and you want to attract birds and pollinators, there are some great options to consider.   
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May
13
Shrub Pruning: What to Know

“If you love it you will prune it,” as my father says, and in most cases he’s correct. Often times I see trees and shru...  
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May
10
Notes From the Gardens: The Smaller Pollinator Garden

A sunny spot in the Adopt-a-Plots struck me as the perfect space to plant a small pollinator garden as part of the Cincinnati Zoo & B...  
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May
7
Five Reasons to Call a Hardscape Professional

So you are ready to add a hardscape element or two to your landscape. Great! The question is, can you do it yourself or should you call i...  
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Apr
23
Creating a Pollinator Garden with Wimberg Landscaping

Wimberg Landscaping has partnered with the Cincinnati Zoo’s Plant for Pollinators Challenge. We admire their goal of registering 50...  
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Apr
22
Five Perennials That Brightened The Early Season Garden

If you are looking in the garden each day to see what’s emerging and flushing out, you are not alone. If you have these five plants...  
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Apr
20
Wimberg Landscaping Partners with the Cincinnati Zoo!

Wimberg Landscaping is happy to announce that we are partnering with the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens’ (CZBG) Plant for P...  
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Apr
16
An Attractive Solution for the Forgotten Side Yard

Most homeowners have it, the forgotten side yard that’s seldom used or viewed. One side of the house provides for a nice garden wal...  
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Apr
12
Now’s the Time to Plan for Spring Flowering Bulbs!

If you are not enjoying the beauty of spring flowering bulbs, such as daffodils in your yard, the question is, why? Now’s...  
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Apr
9
Six Reasons Pine Straw is Winning Us Over

Pine straw is quickly moving up the list of must-use mulch options. For years we have used it at Peter Wimberg’s home, completely b...  
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Apr
8
Periodic Bed Maintenance, For the Longevity of the Landscape

One way in which Wimberg Landscaping is unique in the industry is that we offer periodic garden maintenance. In addition to complete lawn...  
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Apr
1
Notes From the Garden Bettman: Five Annuals I Cannot Wait to Use Again

I tend to use far more perennials than annuals in my gardens. But last year, some diseased trees were removed and new trees planted leavi...  
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Mar
27
Notes from the Gardens Ault Park

Work is beginning in the Focal Gardens at Ault Park. Grasses have been cut back, the coneflowers finally trimmed and winter weeds have be...  
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Mar
18
Mulch 101

Mulch is great, it offers many benefits to the garden, if you use it correctly. Are you up on your mulch basics?  
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Mar
18
A Great Lawn is More Than Grass 

The lawn has taken a beating over the years. There are those who would say all lawns are bad. I’m not one to subscribe to ‘al...  
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Mar
13
Five Great Silver Plants to Try This Year

If you are looking for a way to shake up your garden colors a bit, consider adding silver plants this year. We found five great silver pl...  
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Mar
8
Invite Spring Early to the Gardens

If your garden is lacking signs of spring, meet with one of our garden professionals who can help you integrate touches of spring into yo...  
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Mar
5
Five Signs You Need a Maintenance Crew

Regular maintenance care for your landscape is not reserved for those new to gardening and those who simply don't have the time. Expe...  
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Mar
4
Perennials That Work Well Alone

I have repeated this design rule many times: when adding a new plant, plant in odd numbers preferably 3, 5 or 7 if room permits. This is...  
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Feb
26
Five Plants to Try This Year

It’s too easy to get settled into our tried and true plants. They have served us well over the years, so why deviate?  We&rsqu...  
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Feb
25
Time to Rid These From the Landscape

There are a few plants that we strongly encourage you to eliminate from your landscape. Not only are they invasive or too aggressive, but...  
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Feb
14
The Viburnum Garden at Ault Park

Ault Park has always been a focus of Wimberg’s charitable contributions, be it materials or labor for nearly 20 years. Recently we...  
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Feb
8
Public Gardening

For close to 20 years Wimberg Landscaping has been gardening in public spaces: most specifically, the Adopt-a-Plot Focal Garden at Ault P...  
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Feb
7
Winter Aconite: One for the Bees

If you’ve been to the gardens lately you may have seen this beauty in bloom in a sunny spot: Winter Aconite (Eranthis ...  
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Feb
5
An Easy Climb

Work continues on the steps along the Tree Trial at Ault Park. The worn and haphazard steps have been replaced with well-fitted treads of...  
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Jan
23
Lighting, Safety First

Exterior lighting is more than a design perk, it’s a necessity. There is no reason why anyone should have to arrive home at night,...  
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Jan
23
Your Landscape’s Best Features

In the day, when we view a landscape, our eye naturally rests on the focal points: a stone bench, specimen tree, urn or garden vignette....  
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Jan
23
Improving the View

The garden can be a beautiful sight at night. Some flowers bloom in the evening. Walks within formal knot or English boxwood gardens are...  
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Jan
23
Gardens, January and What To Do

The rains have arrived and temperatures are a bit warmer than the recent arctic blast. The snow is melting and gardeners are thinking it&...  
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Jan
21
Stepping Up

One of the benefits of living in the Hyde Park area is easy access to Ault Park with its events, gardens, play areas and hiking trails. I...  
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Jan
15
Plants of Note: Hamamelis virginiana

Hamamelis virginiana, also known as common witch hazel, is an underutilized, native, deciduous tree. Witch ha...  
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Jan
14
Notes From the Garden

Today’s Notes From the Garden comes from time spent at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Retreat Center in Norwood, Oh...  
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Jan
7
It Is So Tempting

It would appear Mother Nature is playing a joke on gardeners. The weather today, near 60 degrees, in January! We’ve been taking adv...  
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Dec
19
Five Garden Resolutions for 2019

Eat fewer cookies, drink more water and log more miles on the walking track. We have our traditional New Year’s Resolutions, but wh...  
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Dec
19
Three ‘Red’ Reasons to Ditch Your Honeysuckle

Looking out in the landscape, things can be a bit dreary. It’s winter in Cincinnati and gray seems to be the dominant color most da...  
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Dec
18
Winter Watering

We may have cleared your irrigation lines, but that doesn't mean our watering is on hold until spring. While many perennials and gras...  
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Dec
12
Leave Them Be

This may sound strange coming from a member of our maintenance team, but if you can, leave those plants up for a while yet. We can always...  
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Dec
5
Hellebore Love

It’s cold, the ground is frozen and snow is still resting in shaded nooks in the garden. Yet, with all Mother Nature has sent our w...  
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Nov
6
Wimberg Landscaping Receives Consumers’ Choice Award for Fifth Year in a Row

Wimberg Landscaping
November 6, 2018
5401 Hetzell Ave
Cincinnati, Ohio 45227

 

The results of the 2018 Co...  
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Nov
2
Fall Color

Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons in the gardens. Between berries, deciduous trees transitioning to their fall colors, perennials...  
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Nov
1
Rainy Day Garden Tasks

Trowel-in-hand gardening is off the table today, but there are still garden tasks to distract us on this rather rainy day.

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Oct
22
Why Late Fall is a Great Time to Meet your Landscape Designer

See What’s Missing
“‘But nothing is blooming. How can we plan the new garden now?’ that is...  
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Oct
22
November Tree & Shrub Care

Don’t put those garden tools away just yet. There’s still much to do in the landscape when it comes to tree and shrub care.  
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Oct
11
Perfect Pairings

“Once you get past the notion that plants have to be spaced several inches apart with rings of mulch around them, the possibility f...  
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Oct
4
Five Late Season Showstoppers

There are some plants that arrive a little late to the garden party. They go unnoticed during the spring awakening and the summer show of...  
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Sep
24
Ten Plants That Have to Go!

Selecting only ten plants to remove from the home landscape is no small task. There are some plants that are invasive and should be remov...  
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Sep
24
Rather Than Knock Outs Plant These

The Knock Out rose shot to fame and it’s star continued to shine for many years. It seems like there is not a commercial property o...  
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Sep
20
Planting Walls

“When I walk by those awkward, little slopes along a home’s sidewalk I can't help but think about how wonderful it would...  
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Sep
6
Potted To Perfection

If your container gardens are showing the strain of the summer, worry not. We have tips for breathing new life into your potted gardens.<...  
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Sep
6
Flawed Opportunity

It’s often difficult to see beyond our landscape’s flaws and obstacles. And, if you are not a seasoned gardener or landscape...  
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Sep
4
On the Move: Prepping Your Landscape for Curb Appeal

When clients call us saying they are putting their home on the market, we switch gears a bit and look at the landscape from the perspecti...  
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Aug
15
Oh Deer, the Struggle is Real

All gardeners have one struggle in common- foraging deer. I was on a sidestreet around the corner from Mount Lookout Square when I came a...  
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Aug
9
Small Change, Big Impact

The entrance to this front door is a walkway between the home and extended garage, a common design feature of homes in our area. While th...  
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Aug
1
Creating a Blissful Summer Garden

Summer doesn't have to be a time of toil and struggle in the garden. It all comes down to careful planning. We share seven tips to cr...  
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Aug
1
Reading the Mulch

After a hard rain, or several days of storms like we recently experienced, I like to examine the mulch to see what needs to be done in th...  
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Aug
1
Garden Delegation

I’ve been gardening for around 20 years doing it all myself. I’ve dug ponds, mowed, edged, built raised beds; you name it, I&...  
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Jun
25
Being Smart About Water-Wise Plants

 I love it when I hear gardeners say they are introducing new plants in their gardens. There are simply too many fantastic plants no...  
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Jun
25
Three Hardscape Elements to Add Now

The addition of a stone element to your landscape is one of the best ways to add value, a permanent design feature and update your yard....  
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Jun
18
Wait? I still have to water?

It must be summer because I’m writing about watering, yet again. We’ve had some nice rain showers the past week or so and the...  
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Jun
9
The Same, But Yet Very Different

When we renovated the focal garden at Ault Park the four segments that make up the outer circle were designed using the same plants and i...  
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May
30
Surefire Ways to Kill Your Tree It’s amazing how many ways people have found to kill their trees or, in the least, put them under a great deal of undue stress. Trees don’t...  
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Apr
24
YOUR SPRING COLOR GUIDE

In no time at all, gardeners will be flocking to nurseries to buy annuals for their gardens. It’s exciting to be able to dig i...
 
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Apr
24
THREE THINGS YOUR DESIGNER CAN'T WAIT TO LEARN

“There are dozens of ways to design a property, but typically I start with just listening to how the client wants to use their...
 
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Apr
2
PLANNING BULBS FOR FALL PLANTING, NOW! Your garden designer would love to talk to you about bulbs for fall planting, now. Yes, we know it’s early spring and we are still waiting f...  
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Mar
26
WHY PLANTS FAIL… It’s a common practice to tour the neighborhood and look at others’ gardens to gleam ideas for your own landscape. You’re all in the same US...  
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Mar
21
WHAT WE CAN DO NOW, IN THE APRIL GARDEN Confession, I have been visiting my gardens several times a week. The signs of spring are here, some are subtle, but they are here. Spring i...  
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Mar
19
IT’S NOT CHEATING, IT’S SMART I had an interesting conversation with an avid, life-long gardener the other day. She wants a new garden, one inspired by Piet Oudolf. I tho...  
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Mar
12
IT'S NOT INVASIVE, IT'S A BULLY There are plants we know never to use in the garden again. Some were introduced by well-meaning plant explorers and nurserymen and others w...  
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Mar
5
LET'S START PLANTING! Yes!

The rule of thumb about waiting for Mother's Day is excellent advice for annuals, especially those more susceptible t...
 
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Mar
3
SPRING IS IN THE AIR! We made it! We survived another winter in Cincinnati, and that can only mean one thing, it’s time for spring clean-ups.

Even...
 
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Feb
26
LIGHTING THE WAY Perhaps one of the most underutilized design elements and one of the most impactful is lighting. “What I love about lighting is its flexibil...  
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Feb
26
ONE-ON-ONE WITH ALEX FISCHER Alex Fischer, the new COO for Wimberg Landscaping, recently spent some time with us to share a bit about what brought him to Wimberg and wha...  
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Feb
19
THREE TREES FOR THE WINTER LANDSCAPE In the winter garden annuals have left the stage and perennials have taken a few steps back. What remains is the patterns of our garden beds...  
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Feb
17
SATURATED AND THEN SOME Oh my, it’s warm out! I think I saw the sun! Are those flowers coming up?

Spring is making an appearance, and with spring comes...
 
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Feb
15
WHY YOUR DESIGNER WANTS TO MEET WITH YOU NOW The ground is soaked with late winter rains and the wind is howling outside our windows. This can only mean one thing: it’s the perfect time...  
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Feb
12
MIXED, MASSED OR INTERMINGLED? One of the main objectives of landscape and garden designers is to decipher what a client envisions when they say they want a mixed, massed...  
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Feb
8
GRASSES IN THE WINTER GARDEN The grasses in the Wimberg Landscaping Focal Garden at Ault Park look fabulous with a thin coating of ice. They beautifully illustrate why w...  
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Feb
5
DESIGNING WITH STONES IN THE SMALL GARDEN “My garden is too small to do all of this.” I have heard this said time and time again, usually when I am at Bettman or touring another publ...  
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Jan
29
5 REASONS TO GARDEN PUBLIC LAND If you read my Q&A in the recent newsletter, (link here) you learned that after returning to Cincinnati I became what I call a landless...  
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Jan
29
UNDER THE RADAR: THREE PLANTS THAT SHOULD BE ON YOUR MUST-HAVE LIST Three must-have plants sounded like a good idea for a column, but how can I possibly pick just three? That’s like saying you can only have t...  
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Jan
29
ONE-ON-ONE WITH JENNIFER SMITH A little garden chat with Jennifer Smith, Horticulturist, client services and garden writer and photographer for Wimberg Landscaping.
 
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Jan
25
LESSER CELANDINE Take a walk around a park, nature preserve, or your neighborhood and you are apt to see a plant that was introduced with good intentions tha...  
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Jan
24
WHY DESIGNERS SEE THE FUTURE “When we look at a landscape, we see how it could be this year as well as what it will become three, five even 10 years out,” shares Peter W...  
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Jan
22
WHEN STONES PREVAIL We mentioned before how design plans are mere snapshots in the landscape’s evolution. We show clients what the gardens will look like in a y...  
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Jan
17
NO NEED TO PANIC I don't want to set off alarm bells, but Sunday, before this most recent snowfall, I saw bulbs emerging in the gardens. No worries, all...  
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Jan
15
FIVE GRASSES WE ADORE Grasses are a staple design element for any garden theme from prairie to conifer garden. Grasses add movement, they are soft and structural...  
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Jan
9
THE LANDLESS GARDENER RETURNS! Wimberg Landscaping is pleased to share that our very own Jennifer Smith is once again penning her popular blog, Adventures of a Landless Ga...  
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Jan
8
NATURAL STONE IN THE GARDEN A popular and quite versatile design element for the garden is natural stone. When you think of stonework you’re apt to envision stone walls...  
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Jan
5
WHY ANNUALS Savvy gardeners and professional garden designers are already in the throes of designing their spring gardens. They know that without a plan...  
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Jan
2
BEFORE YOU KNOCK THAT SNOW OFF, READ THIS! Snow accumulation on your trees and shrubs may not be an issue. It all depends on the type of snow that’s blanketing the branches. It’s diff...  
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Dec
28
NOTES FROM THE GARDEN - BETTMAN This may be the first day I am not tempted to work at Bettman. It’s well below freezing and even I don't find that appealing. But up unt...  
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Dec
26
THREE WHITE PLANTS FOR THE SHADE Think back on your shade garden. Better, yet, if you have photos pull them up. Is your eye drawn to the back of the garden, to the far corne...  
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Dec
20
ONE-ON-ONE WITH TIM GRUBBS Tim Grubbs - Operations Manager

Tim Grubbs
Tim is a member of our team that walks the line between behind the scenes and...
 
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Dec
20
WHEN TREES STAND ALONE We often talk about incorporating trees in the home’s landscape and we are, for the most part, looking at the tree as part of a cohesive gar...  
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Dec
14
NOTES FROM THE GARDENS - BETTMAN There is still a lot of activity at Bettman. New trees and shrubs are being planted, leaf removal is underway and tree and shrub pruning is...  
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Dec
7
FALLING INTO WINTER AT THE GARDENS When the Muhly grass was in full color earlier this summer, the gardens were glowing pink and I thought to myself, It won't get much bet...  
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Dec
6
4 REASONS WHY WE LOVE WINTER TREE PLANTING Planting trees now, in the late fall and into winter, is a wonderful idea. The timing is perfect and a new tree adds value and visual intere...  
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Dec
4
ONE-ON-ONE - CONNIE BRASINGTON Connie Brasington - Office Manager
Connie has been part of our team since 1996. She started as a part time employee answering phones a...
 
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Nov
29
IN THE WINTER GARDEN Most of us, when we are looking for plants to add to our gardens, consider a plant's leaves, flowers and texture. Then we determine if i...  
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Nov
24
ONE-ON-ONE WITH JOHN WIMBERG Tell us about how you came to work with Wimberg Landscaping and your ongoing career with the company.


I started working...
 
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Nov
16
CHORES IN THE WINTER GARDEN - COVER-UP Cover-Up

Get a jump on spring with a pinefine amendments and pine straw mulching. “There is a bit of a science to mulching,” ex...
 
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Nov
16
CHORES IN THE WINTER GARDEN - ORNAMENTAL TREE CARE Ornamental Tree Care

An ornamental tree in the landscape can be a great value or a liability, depending on how well it is cared...
 
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Nov
16
CHORES IN THE WINTER GARDEN - DEATH TO HONEYSUCKLE!! Death to Honeysuckle!

If there was ever a poster plant for invasive, thuggish, regrettable plants introduced into the landscape...
 
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Nov
14
NOTES FROM THE GARDEN - BETTMAN With my wheelbarrow rehabilitated, I was moving pinefine amendments with ease Sunday morning. The colors in the gardens were gorgeous- golds...  
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Nov
9
THREE THINGS PROFESSIONAL GARDENERS ALWAYS NOTICE Garden professionals such as the Wimberg Landscaping maintenance teams, see the landscape differently. They have the ability to assess the c...  
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Nov
8
3 SHADE GARDEN DESIGN INSIGHTS Oftentimes, extra effort is taken in the design of a shade garden, especially one that is a bit removed from the house, to draw visitors in....  
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Nov
7
THE VERY WET GARDEN Take caution before you dig. With all the rain we had last night and Sunday the gardens may be exceptionally wet and a bit dangerous should...  
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Nov
6
NOTES FROM THE GARDENS - PETE'S GARDEN We are shifting gears quickly at the shop. We are still managing new landscape and hardscape installations, but we are also closing up garde...  
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Oct
30
LEAF REMOVAL It’s that time of year again! Fall has arrived and so have the colorful leaves covering every inch of our yards. Save yourself the energy, b...  
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Oct
30
WHY MAINTENANCE MATTERS Wimberg Landscaping has four maintenance teams, each led by a seasoned professional whose years of experience makes them ideally suited to c...  
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Oct
25
2 UNEXPECTED AND INVALUABLE GARDEN TOOLS Every gardener has a garden tool, or two, she can’t live without. Mine is my CobraHead and Felco Pruners. But this time of the year, as the...  
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Oct
23
3 KEYS TO A SUCCESSFUL LANDSCAPE A successful landscape, meaning one that is healthy and attractive, comes down to three simple elements. No matter where you are gardening,...  
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Oct
20
NOTES FROM THE GARDENS - 5 WINNING PLANTS FROM BETTMAN Bettman has been an interesting place to garden these past three years. I head to the garden as often as I can, admittedly far more often at...  
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Oct
18
3 TIPS FOR DIVIDING PERENNIALS This time of year many gardeners are asking: Do I need to divide my perennials? How do I divide my perennials? And the most honest question...  
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Oct
16
PLANTS OF NOTE - MUHLY GRASS The first time I planted Muhlenbergia capillaris, AKA Muhly Grass was in the Adopt-a-Plot Focal Garden in Ault Park. I was already smitten w...  
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Oct
13
ARE YOU WATERING ENOUGH? Walks around the neighborhood and trips to my gardens have proven one thing, you are not watering enough. Is she talking about watering agai...  
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Oct
11
NOTES FROM THE GARDENS- YUCCAS!! There are not many times you will hear gardeners say they love yuccas. Unless, perhaps it's a variety like Yucca filamentosa 'Color...  
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Oct
9
CHANGING THE LANDSCAPE There are garden trends and then there are garden movements. Trends are hot for a moment then slip out of the spotlight when something new c...  
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Oct
6
PLANTS OF NOTE: CALLICARPA AMERICANA Every year gardeners stand with hands on hips wondering to themselves, "Why did I add this shrub to the garden?"
It's a...
 
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Oct
6
TO DEADHEAD OR NOT, THAT IS THE QUESTION I was at the gardens the other day with someone who wanted to cut back all the spent coneflowers. Some stems were a bit ratty and spent, but...  
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Oct
3
THREE THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU MEET YOUR LANDSCAPE DESIGNER Hiring a landscape designer is an exciting step. You are ready to bring your landscape to its full potential and you have an expert to guide...  
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Sep
28
PLANTS OF NOTE- PYRACANTHA, FIRETHORN BUSH Put on your toughest gloves and long sleeves, today we are taking a closer look at Pyracantha, also known as Firethorn Bush. What do we all...  
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Sep
27
NOTES FROM THE GARDENS From time-to-time we will share notes from our personal gardens such as plants we are finding to be invaluable, tips for helping the garden...  
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Sep
25
THREE SIGNS IT'S TIME TO CALL THE PROFESSIONALS There comes a time in many dedicated gardeners' lives when we realize it's time to call in the professionals. We may have a wealth o...  
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Sep
22
QUICK TIP- CLEANING DAYLILIES Here's a quick and easy way to keep your daylilies looking clean and healthy this fall.

Daylilies are a favorite amongst g...
 
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Sep
20
PLANTS OF NOTE - PRUNUS LAUROCERASUS, CHERRY LAUREL This plant of note is often called Cherry Laurel in Cincinnati, and is also referred to as English Laurel. Call it what you may, this shrub...  
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Sep
18
FIVE RULES FOR MULCH Mulch is a valuable asset to the garden. When used correctly, it suppresses weeds, helps to keep the soil cool and promotes water retention....  
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Sep
15
THREE THINGS TO DO NOW The ushering in of autumn does not translate to fewer landscape chores. If anything, there's more to do in the gardens. We see a sharp u...  
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Sep
12
PLANTS OF NOTE: EPIMEDIUM This ground cover has it all!

I admit I wasn't always a fan of this plant. When I saw it in the stores it was a bit more ex...
 
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Sep
11
KEEP THAT WATER FLOWING We know it's temping to stop watering this time of year. It's been a long summer of hauling hoses, sprinklers and heavy watering can...  
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Aug
23
PLANTS OF NOTE - LITTLE SPIRE RUSSIAN SAGE Russian Sage has been a garden staple for years, and for good reason. Give it sharp soil and full sun and it will perform without fail. It&#...  
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Aug
23
PLANTS OF NOTE - RODGERSIA Several years back, Jennifer, our Horticulturalist, had this to say about Rodgersia in a post for Horticulture:

"My shade...
 
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Aug
22
DESIGNED FOR ENTERTAINING Clients come to us for design inspiration and expertise for a variety of reasons. Quite often the question at hand is- How can I make my out...  
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Aug
21
THE WIMBERG FOCAL GARDEN AT AULT PARK

<p>Sometimes, a garden has served its purpose. I will admit, it's not always easy to look at a familiar old garden and say, tim...  
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