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Winter Garden DIY Tips & More From Zabrene Scapes

Pete & Walter of Zabrene Scapes
Pete & Walter of Zabrene Scapes

Update On Pete From Zabrene Scapes

I wanted to update everyone on our friend Pete Exis from Zabrene Scapes and what is going on with his lymphoma battle. The last time I wrote, he spent about a month at John Hopkins while they did some fantastic medical things to him. He is home now, and while he is feeling so much better, he still has a long fight ahead. He wanted me to let you know how much he appreciates all the well wishes and prayers everyone sent his way.


While chatting with Pete and Walter the other day, we talked about what they were up to during the winter months. Do they slow down and sit back? Nope! It sure does not sound like it. Winter is when many people think about different landscaping projects they might want to get done in the Spring or next Summer. They are taking appointments now to help make dreams come true, but they are also busy putting in patios and fixing drainage issues along with planting up Winter planters. This photo is one way of fixing a drainage problem.

What Goes On In The Winter With Zabrene Scapes

Zabrene Scapes is a small landscaping business owned by Pete and Walter that Behnke’s always recommended to our customers if they needed help with design or just planting some of the plants they wanted for their homes. Both Walter and Pete are passionate about empowering you to do as much as you can on your own if you wish. While they are always available if you need help with anything, they love it when they see what beautiful gardens people have created on their own.

DIY Winter Garden Tips From Pete & Walter

Here are a few tips they asked me to share with you on things you can do this Winter in your garden that are very simple but can save you so much time and money.


Maintenance In The Garden
If you have not already done this, go ahead and cut back annuals and perennials. The frost will have killed most of the tops of these plants. If you do simple things like this it will help make your plants healthier for next year.


You can still plant your bulbs now. Bulbs are a perfect way to add so much color for next Spring. Walter suggests attaching an auger to a hand drill to make it so much easier to dig the holes.


Native Plants
Using Native plants in your landscape design is excellent since they will naturally adapt to our area and the soil. Native plants also provide much-needed shelter and food for wildlife and support pollinators. Check out this list of Behnke’s BaySafe Plants that you can include in your garden.


Recommended Plants 
Here are the top 3 plants that Walter and Pete love to use in landscaping designs. Walter told me that these are very well-rounded, low-maintenance plants with reliable blooms, and all three have a large diversity of colors and form.
  1. Camellias
  2. Hydrangeas
  3. Azaleas
Check out Walter’s blog on What To Do In Your Landscape During The Winter Months for more tips.

Landscaping, The Perfect Christmas Gift

Since we are in the month of thinking of the perfect gift this holiday season, maybe the gift of a landscape design for a spouse? Just to get the ball rolling? Or maybe one of your children just moved into a new home and could use a yard clean-up? Zabrene Scapes offers gift certificates for any amount if this is something you might be interested in getting for your loved one.


You can reach them by filling out their contact form, and they will be more than happy to set up a FREE at-home estimate. You can also contact Walter at 301-557-0061. Follow Zabrene Scapes on Instagram and Facebook. There you can see many of their landscaping projects.
Drainage Issues Fixed By Zabrene Scapes
Drainage Issues Fixed By Zabrene Scapes

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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