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New Video Released!

Knutsen Landscaping is pleased to announce the release of a new video that describes and details our work and services. Hear an interview with our founder and president, Andy Knutsen, and see beautiful footage of some of our latest work: beautiful pool decks, stunning firepits and fireplaces, and outdoor living spaces that dreams are made of!

Christmas Trees: Environmental Benefit or Burden?

Have you ever heard someone lament, “Real Christmas trees are such a waste of natural resources! Look at how many trees we cut down each year, just for decoration!”  Is there any truth to this kind of claim?  Are Christmas trees an environmental benefit or burden? (more…)

Recommended Indigenous Trees Feature: Serviceberry

The next in our series of trees we recommend for use in local landscaping is the famous Serviceberry!  The experts at Knutsen Landscaping have compiled a list of trees indigenous to our region in Pennsylvania.

Serviceberry Amelanchier

  • George Washington’s favorite tree—he planted many of them around Mount Vernon
  • Usually the first to bloom every year—flowers are generally white or pale pink
  • Serviceberry trees produce berries that are safe for humans to eat, but often feed birds and mammals. The berries start out red and turn to a purple-black color; and will grow from early summer until August. These berries taste very similar to blueberries and can be eaten raw or put into pies and pastries.
  • The tree earned it’s name from the use of its flowers in religious services.
  • Has small, oval shaped leaves edged with small teeth—dark green in the summer and turning to red, orange, and yellow in the fall.
  • Grow to between 15-20 feet.
Recommended Indigenous Trees Feature: Eastern Redbud

The second in our series of trees we recommend for use in local landscaping is the beautiful Eastern Redbud!  The experts at Knutsen Landscaping have compiled a list of trees indigenous to our region in Pennsylvania.

Eastern Redbud Cercis canadensis

  • Appalachian redbud is a cultivar of eastern—have a darker pink color to flowers
  • In the summer, heart-shaped leaves stay green and won’t turn yellow until fall
  • Cultivar species do not produce seed pods—only wild species
  • Known as the ‘Harbinger of Spring’ as it’s bright colored blooms signal the start of the season.
  • 22 types of redbud species throughout the world
  • Some cultivars have different colored flowers (white, pinks, purples), while others have variated foliage colors (white variegated, green, yellow, orange, red, purple). The covey cultivar has weeping branches.
  • Cultivars include: Appalachian, Forest Pansy, Ruby Falls, Hearts of Gold.
Non-Invasive Plants

When choosing non-native species for planting, care must be taken not only that they will thrive in your climate, but also that they will cause no harm to people, pets, and native flora. Two good choices:

The bloodgood Japanese maple (Acer palmatum, var. atropurpureum) is a very common addition to landscaping. It will slowly reach 15-20 feet tall and 15 feet wide. The burgundy foliage, which turns a brilliant scarlet in the fall, is one of its biggest appeals. This slender, airy tree is well suited as a small lawn tree and for entry and patio distinction.

These trees prefer filtered to full sun and is best with regular water – weekly, or more often in extreme heat. In all, the bloodgood is one of the heartiest of all Japanese maples with good sun tolerance.

Dogwood trees are another great non-native option, and the Kousa or Korean dogwood (Cornuskousa) is a good choice.  Its elegant beauty and toughness make it an excellent landscape selection for urban areas as well as home landscapes. Easily the most distinctive feature is the explosion of white blooms in the spring (May-June).  The “petals” are not actually petals at all, but rather modified leaves called bracts surrounding the small, greenish-yellow flowers.

At maturity, these trees will reach 15-25 feet tall and around 25 feet wide. They prefer acidic, loamy, well-drained soil and average moisture, although they are somewhat drought-resistant. Full sun and partial shade are best, meaning four hours of direct sunlight each day.

You don’t need to limit yourself to native foliage, but check with Knutsen for further information and more options.

Solving the Paver Puzzle: Permeable, Pervious, and Impervious

One hot topic at local townships and municipalities lately may surprise you.  Water runoff, or excess stormwater and meltwater that flows on land, is a newly raised concern.  (more…)

Trees Are In Season

Thinking of a adding a tree to your landscape?  Don’t wait to enjoy it!  Properly dug trees don’t take three years to achieve their beauty.  Knutsen Landscaping will bring you a properly raised young tree and get it off to a great start in its new home. (more…)

Knutsen Landscaping Featured in Lawn and Landscape Magazine

Andy Knutsen, owner of Knutsen Landscaping, was recently interviewed for Lawn and Landscape magazine’s September 2016 feature about landscape lighting.  Andy is quoted several times, most notably with, “Landscapers have a good opportunity to artistically design a lighting job whereas an electrician isn’t really in it for the artistic flairs. You want to get lights to enhance what you have back there, but not light up the sky.”

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Save $250 on Your Ten-Light Landscape Illumination Package

Our solid bronze, LED fixtures are perfect to showcase the front of your home, a feature tree, and your front path.  Book your installation before December 31, 2016, and you’ll save $250 on any package of ten lights or more.  Our CAST® Classic or Craftsman Series lights include walkway and directional light options.  Call Andy at 717-872-2500 today!

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Using Color in All the Seasons

Your yard may always include a lot of green, but it doesn’t have to feel monochromatic in any season.  By arranging plants, shrubs, and outdoor accessories to best compliment each season’s natural beauty, your outdoor areas can be a stunning rainbow around the calendar.

Timing Plant Blooms

Think beyond just daffodils in the spring, peonies in the summer, and mums in the fall.  There are hundreds of choices for each season that will keep your yard colorful.  Before selecting a new plant, review its estimated bloom season and place it according to where your garden will need color in that time.  Also, look for ways that you can use pruning or other techniques to help your plants bloom at just the right time.

Rainbow Variety

Many popular plants have traditional colors, but you can offer a surprise with unique varieties.  Also, try flowers with multi-colored blooms in a group.  You can also create a three-dimensional color effect by building “tiers” with tall flowers in the back behind shorter blooms in front.