Sweet Serenity

Reader’s note: Land Patterns president and owner Marc Funderburk shares his experiences with Sweet Olive.

One of my all-time favorite plants is Sweet Olive (Osmanthus Fragrans).   It is, in my opinion, our most fragrant plant and blooms in the spring and the fall and usually more than once.  They were all over the LSU campus when I went to graduate school and there was a beautiful specimen just outside of our design lab.  No matter how stressed I may have been, if it was in bloom, I was in heaven.  It is an evergreen large shrub and/or small tree and does well in our area.  I’ve had one in my garden since the early 1990’s and have had little to no problems with the plant.  It is just now starting it’s fall bloom and when the wind is just right it transports me back to the LSU campus and my days as a graduate student.  If you’re looking for a plant that will draw you outside and make you happy, look no further than a Sweet Olive.

“Lasting Beauty: Perennial gardens can maintain Beauty with Preperation”

With the arrival of autumn there is still a lot of work to be done in the garden, especially when managing fall perennials and preparing for the spring. As you work with fall perennials, keep in mind that spring perennials are best planted in the fall so they will perform as well as they can in the spring.

Perennial management is truly a three-year process. During the first-year perennials begin to grow. In the second year, they continue to grow, with an emphasis on the development of their root system. The third year is when you will see results from your efforts in your garden with the proper preparation of your perennial bed.

Preparation of a Perennial Bed for the Spring

Amend the Soil: You will improve the soil’s texture, nutrient value and pliability by adding amendments such as compost and fertilizer to your bed you will improve the soil’s texture, nutrient value and pliability.

Determine the Plant Type: When you buy a plant, you have to pay attention to the instructions that come with it. The spacing and the size of the hole you dig when you place the plant are vital to its development and future growth. You must also consider the sun requirements for the plants you have purchased. You would not want to place a plant which favors full sun in shade or vice versa.

Soak It: As with any new plant, whether it be in a pot or in an existing bed, you must water it. With the initial watering, there is no such thing as overwatering. Plants need plenty of water to grow and develop their root system when first planted.

Add Mulch: You will want to add mulch to your bed and spread it around your perennials. This will relieve stress placed on them. The mulch will protect the plant’s roots, help with water conservation and provide a barrier for weeds.

Transplanting: Whether it be within your own landscape, a neighbor’s or a friend’s, transplanting allows for you to increase the fertility of your perennials and spread their wealth to those around you.

Splitting: Simply put, this is the dividing of a plant to allow its roots to regenerate and grow and remain healthy.

Preparing your perennial bed is an intensive, time-consuming process, but by starting that process now you will be ready for the beauty of spring!

If you have any questions about your spring perennial bed, contact us at 214-219-3993.

Passion provides Perspective for Land Patterns owner

When you find a hobby you enjoy, it has become more than a hobby. It has become a passion. When this happens, this newly found passion can have a lasting impact on your life and the lives of those around you.

Marc Funderburk, president and founder of Land Patterns Inc., gets great pleasure from the environment in which he is surrounded by throughout his work week.

“Digging in the dirt, turning the dirt and improving the soil is very therapeutic and rewarding to me,” Funderburk says. “I enjoy getting hot and sweaty. It means there’s physical exertion and that feels good.”

Funderburk has an appreciation and perspective for the work he asks of his employees. Perspective allows for him to see and feel what his crews must do to produce a high value landscape.

“When I do the work myself I know what they go through on a daily basis and the amount of effort they have to put forward to produce a quality landscape,” he says.

With a work schedule which includes driving around the Metroplex to meet prospects, clients, discussing projects with subcontractors and his work crews, Funderburk seeking respite in his own landscape could seem redundant.

When you find something you truly enjoy, you must invest your time, money, and life into it and it can become a way of life.

“I enjoy working with plants and animals and seeing things coming together,” Funderburk says. “It’s really just getting in tune with nature.”

To begin your project today contact our design team at 214-219-3993.

Time is of the Essence

Time is of the essence when laying sod as North Texas landscapes prepare for the fall.

Land Patterns Inc. president and founder Marc Funderburk advises home owners to lay their sod before September 15 to provide a 60-day growth period before the region experiences its traditional killing frost on November 15.

With the annual killing frost date of November 15, time is of the essence to lay your sod.

According to, the  trio of Bermuda, St. Augustine and Zoysia grasses are the warm season grasses used in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. As with any new planting installation, dormancy allows for the sod to establish its root system during the cooler season.

With these warm season grasses being the prominent varieties in the area, here are a few tips about how to care for them.

When laying sod there are some things to remember:

  1. Plant it quickly: You must lay the sod the day you order or receive it. If you are having a company install sod for you are in the clear.
  2. Keep it wet: It is easy to water your lawn the first few days after laying new sod. However, after that initial two-week period, it can become difficult to continuously water your new lawn.
  3. Stay off the sod: After installing and watering your sod, the best practice is to stay off the sod. With continuous foot traffic, the growth of the sod’s root system can be harmed.

Call 214-219-3993 to speak to a design professional or Contact Us to begin your landscape design today!

Be Prepared: Fall is the Time to Plant

Fall is an important for plants because of the change in season allows for plants to prosper in comparison to spring. The change in temperature allows for plans to begin their journey to become a new addition to your landscape.

During the fall, there are four (4) things to consider when you are considering plants to add to your landscape:

The Good

  1. Soil preparation: With the cooler temperatures during the fall, the soil remains warm from the summer heat. This aids roots in their development. With different types of soil in the area, there are different methods to prepare the soil for your flower bed. For those methods, click here.
  2. Root structure of purchased plants: With a healthy root structure, the development of the plants can continue through their development phase.
  3. Dormancy: The phase which allows a root system to develop. With a strong root structure and dormancy period, a strong development phase is likely and the root structure of your plant can stabilize.
  4. Watering plan: Upon the plants being added to your landscape you must add water to the newly added plants. Water for the first two (2) weeks following installation. Depending on where you live determines how often you can water your landscape.

The Bad

While there are four factors that are beneficial to the health and overall growth of the plant, if mishandled these factors can also lead to the plant struggling to survive in your landscape.

  1. Soil Preperation: Preparing to install plants in soil which you have not prepared properly can lead to issues in the planting phase. With planting into soil that is too warm, root structures cannot stabilize correctly. With soil that is known to have a high clay content, add sand and other organic material to your soil mixture to soften it up.

2. Root structure survival: With poor soil preparation, root systems suffer and fail to steady themselves. They can fall victim to becoming pot bound or  not being able to enter dormancy  because the root system has not grown because of poor soil preperation.

3. Dormancy: A plant’s dormancy can be affected if the root structure is not strong. Therefore, the overall health is poor and the root structure cannot stabilize. Entering dormancy too early or too late can harm further development of plant.

4.Watering plan: Even with addition of a watering plan, you must be cautious with how much water you add to your plants. Yes, you can overwater plants, but you can also underwater. Either one can harm the recently added plant life in your landscape. There are ways to determine how much water to add to your new landscape instead of just guessing.

When considering adding plants to your landscape, call our design team at Land Patterns today at 214-219-3993 or visit website.




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