Berry Plants Can Bring Landscaping And Lawns To Life

If you are looking for some new and refreshing features for your property's landscaping and lawns, why not consider planting some berries? Berry plants, such as strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries, not only bring a lush, green foliage to your borders and beds, but the added perk of sweet, juicy fruit makes them an excellent option. As with most fruits that need sunlight to ripen and become sweet, berries do best in areas with lots of sun and plenty of space to grow.

Try planting the following berries around your home or property:

Strawberries

When buying strawberry plants, it is important to know the difference between the three different types: June-bearing, ever-bearing, and alpine. June-bearing produces one good harvest in late spring to early summer, while ever-bearing yield berries throughout the entire season, spring to fall. Alpine strawberry plants are distinctly different in that they like a little shade, and produce a much smaller, tasty fruit all season long.

Some strawberry facts include these:

  • Strawberries thrive in full sun with moist, well-drained soil.
  • Strawberries are a perennial plant that yields fruit anytime from late spring to early fall.
  • You can expect around a pint of berries from each mature plant, which has the tendency of spreading to a space about a foot wide, with heights around six-to-ten inches.

Blackberries

Plan on your blackberries about a year after you plant them; they need a year to produce the shoots that will yield berries later. There are generally two types of blackberry plants, erect and trailing, and while erect blackberries are hardier and resilient, trailing produces sweeter, less-seedy fruit. There are some types of plants found in nurseries and from garden retail venues that don't have the thorns that are typically encountered when picking blackberries.

Some things to know about this succulent black berry include:

  • Blackberries are a perennial plant that harvests in late summer to autumn.
  • Blackberries like full sun and thrive best in soil with good drainage.
  • You can expect to garner around three quarts of berries during harvest per blackberry plant per season.

Raspberries

If you want a lot of berries without a lot of work, raspberry plants may be your best bet. In colder climates, black raspberry plants produce well, but don't  mistake these for blackberries as the two are completely different.

Yellow and red raspberry plants thrive in milder climates, producing one big crop in mid-summer or ever-bearing fruit from spring until fall depending on the type you buy.

Keep the following in mind regarding these rich, red berries:

  • Raspberries typically yield one quart of berries per two-feet of berry plants.
  • Raspberries produce best when they are provided with full sun, with soil that is moist.
  • Raspberry plants tend to spread, and can take up a lot more space than some may realize. Expect a spread of four to ten-feet, with heights of mature plants reaching nearly ten-feet.

Berry plants are an excellent addition to  your landscaping, and even those without a green thumb will find satisfying results with these easy-to-grow plants. There is an added pleasure found in being able to pick and eat what you have produced time and time again. Talk with garden retailers and landscaping contractors about bringing berries to your home's lawn or property.

To learn more, contact a company like Valley Green Companies with any questions you have.

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