Jurgens Designed Landscapes
H. Richard Jurgens
Professional Site Architect
BS degree in Landscape Architecture, Rutgers University 1971

Plant Selection Guide written by Richard Jurgens

    Always study your plant requirements prior to the purchase of your plant material. Know what types of plants will best fulfill your objectives. Professional landscape designers can provide you with their knowledge and past experience when developing a sketch or plan. The correct identification and position of landscape elements for current and future work can save you the trouble of landscaping twice to cover the mistake.

Some cultural Considerations

    Soil Requirements - Standing pockets of water indicate a saturated soil with little available air so necessary for roots to function. If the land cannot be mounded or drained, selected plants for their tolerance of swampy ground. Plants with a deeper root system better withstand drought periods. Tolerance of road or sea salt varies, salt spread on walks and steps can kill some plants. Some plants grow in heavy clay soils while other need a sandy loam to do well. Check the physical make-up of the soil in proposed planting areas. Soil acidity can be tested N.J.A.N. members can recommend plants which grow well in your soil type or suggest soil additives to adjust the acidity to meet the requirements of particular plant varieties.

    Root Systems - Some plants have feeder roots growing near the ground surface and easily damage if soil cultivation practices cut and break these roots.