Martha’s Vineyard is known to many of us as an idyllic, scenic retreat that showcases a rustic and coastal aura. This island has farmland, beaches, lighthouses as well as towns spread out alongside its harbor. A home in this part of the country conveys an atmosphere that is laid-back, relaxed, and peaceful.

To add to the appeal and charm of Martha’s Vineyard, special Martha’s Vineyard landscape architects here make the best of the rural ambiance and give your home garden an aesthetic look that is also practical at times. Following are some tips and tricks to make your landscape garden stand out from the rest, enrich the soil around your house, and also let you grow certain herbs and veggies just outside your kitchen window.

#1 Whatever you do, do it organically.

Some years prior to today, the traditional way of protecting and enriching the plants and foliage in your Martha’s Vineyard landscaped garden was to use pesticides and chemical fertilizers as much as one could. Then, people gradually started realizing the adverse effects of these on the soil, the water, and the environment as a whole. Not to mention their ill effects on fruits and vegetables thus grown.

Recently, organic methods of creating, developing, and maintaining a Martha’s Vineyard landscape garden have become more popular. This is the process where natural ingredients themselves are used to protect plants and greenery from pests and harmful insects.

As an example, the garlic plants, along with some herbs commonly used in your kitchen (mint, for instance), as also the sunflower and lavender – are plants that naturally repel insects and can also protect other plants close by. And lastly, you undertake garden practices that benefit all elements of your landscaped garden, including soil, taking both lawn maintenance and the care of plants into consideration. 

#2 Plan beforehand

A little bit of planning and putting in some thought beforehand will do wonders for your Martha’s Vineyard landscaping when it is finally ready. It is always better to plan beforehand, whether it is deciding which plants to include, the overall look and feel of your garden, or even your budget. You need to study the soil and environmental conditions a little and then decide on what plants you wish to have in your garden. This could also be based on your personal preferences in terms of the usefulness or aesthetic appeal of plants. Lastly, having a budget means you don’t end up overspending.

#3 Include plants with naturally strong, extensive roots.

To the extent possible, include plants with medicinal benefits and those that naturally ward off pests. All plants in your Martha’s Vineyard landscaping should be those having naturally strong, extensive roots that can penetrate the soil deep within. Of course, your choice of vegetation in your garden is personal, but certain plants have unique benefits to humans as well as the soil. It is practical to have some medicinal plants in your garden, which would come in handy later on. Additionally, choosing those plants whose roots grow strong and deep will have soil conservation too.

5 Tips for the Perfect Martha’s Vineyard Landscape

#4 Use the right nutrients for your plants.

By now, you have decided on the look for your Martha’s Vineyard landscaped garden and what to plant in it. Ensure you use the correct nutrients for your plants – mulch, top dressing with compost made from plant and animal waste like cow dung. Mulch helps with soil erosion, retains the moisture within, and enriches the soil. Composting is a great source for providing the right nutrients to a growing sapling or a young plant.

#5 Pay attention to the hardscape elements.

Last but not least, there is also the matter of hardscapes or the nonliving structures in your landscaped garden. You might have concrete pavements, metal or ceramic structures or sculptures, and other such items. These also would need regular cleaning, maybe polishing, and similar ways of maintenance too.

Together, all the above steps will guide you in obtaining your version of a Martha’s Vineyard landscaped garden.  Not only will it be pleasing to the eye, but it will aid in purifying your surroundings. Contact Tea Lane Nursery to learn more.

Landscapes that are carefully chosen, positioned, and maintained can provide great wind protection or windbreaks.

Let’s dig deeper by knowing the benefits of planting a windbreak on Maratha’s Vineyard.

Windbreaks are linear plantations of trees and shrubs designed in a way to enhance crop yield. They protect people and livestock and also benefit soil and water conservation.

The Need to Plant a Windbreak

Planting the windbreak can help you with the best opportunities for rural homeowners, row crop farmers, and also fruit growers.

Further, planting a windbreak provides sustainable benefits in the production of crops. Windbreaks prevent root breakage and make your field grow wide and thick with crops.

The enhanced water management helps in the most efficient water distribution and reduces evaporation. With proper design and planning, windbreaks also help in frost management.

In addition, it helps reduce wind erosion, reduces the damage to the crops by wind and windblown soil, and promotes yield. Many crops are categorized based on their tolerance to damage by wind. The Landscape designs are also based on this category.

The kind of crop and the level of risk by the wind decides the appropriate windbreak design. The use of windbreaks with the help of trees and shrubs to protect people and their property from climatic extremes has been recognized throughout the world.

Planting the windbreaks may provide improved living conditions for plants and help in controlling dust and snow. In winters, the weather in Martha’s Vineyard becomes extremely windy and snowy. This is where windbreaks play a great role. Windbreaks prevent wind damage by helping wildlife habitat and energy conservation.

Windbreaks help in water conservation practices that you can measure with the yield. The change in yield reflects the response of the parameters involved, such as increased water efficiency by storing snow and rainfall. It helps reduce evaporation from soil surfaces, and the plants hold the moisture in the soil.

Windbreaks can modify the crop environment because it improves plant survival and growth.

As Martha’s Vineyard lands are semi-arid, they are characterized by low and unreliable rainfall with a lack of soil moisture. Moreover, these often lead to soil erosion, salinity, nutrition deficiency, and so on. 

But planting the windbreaks prevents soil erosion, increases the nutrition in the soil, and helps in better yield.

Generally, you use trees and shrubs to plant a windbreak. And, you need improvements in survival, cold and drought, pest resistance, growth rate, and other traits.

Benefits of Planting a Windbreak 

There are several benefits of planting a windbreak. Let’s discuss them in detail.

Boost crop yield and quality

By microclimate modification, planting a windbreak can increase the yield of crops. 

Windbreak protection can be especially valuable in orchards with high-value horticulture crops.

Add specialty crops

Planting some special crops such as windbreak also benefits us with its products. Using shrubs and trees that make decorative products or specialty food. For example, you can have willow and chokecherry, which shall also provide some extra income.

Improve animal survival

Tree shelters and shrub shelters can provide some safe space to certain animal species and also helps them to protect against harsh weather conditions.

Control wind erosion

Planting windbreaks has proven its efficiency in wind erosion of light texture soil. It also helps in dispersing snow evenly across the field and provides more moisture available for crops.

Manage snow dispersal 

Properly planted windbreaks help in preventing snow build-up. It reduces the snow coverage and protects the land from snow coverage.

Wildlife habitat

Trees and shrubs planted as windbreaks provide needed food and habitat for some birds and other wildlife.

Small scrubs have been home to many small animal species and bird varieties to provide food and shelter.

Conserve our wildlife habitat to make the earth a wonderful place to live.

Now it’s time for you to start planting the windbreak to save the wildlife species, develop an extra income, and help in improving the yield of your field. For more information, contact Tea Lane Nursery today.