Posts by Year: 2016


Under the Wire: Planting Beneath Power Lines

 

In our increasingly wireless world, it may be easy to forget there are still wires running cross country delivering power - and some may run right through your yard. Whether the power company has had to remove your too-tall trees or whether you are planting under overhead utility wires for the first time, let us help you select the right trees that will keep you and your power company happy.

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Mum's the Word!

 

Want to add a punch of color to your fall landscape? Chrysanthemums, more commonly known as mums, may be just what you need.  Not just any variety of mum will do though!  Be sure to look for Belgian Garden Mums.  They have become more readily available in recent years and are far superior to old-fashioned varieties from your grandmother's day.

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Dividing To Multiply

I'm sure you have heard that perennials should be divided, but what does that mean? How do you do it? And when? With a few guidelines, you'll be a pro at this simple garden task.

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Meet Your New Favorite Plant: Sunrosa Roses

We all love the non-stop color and easy-care of Knock Out roses, but their size can be too large for many garden spaces. Fortunately, an exciting new series of roses has been introduced: the Sunrosa Collection. Their compact habit make them the ideal choice for a small to mid-size landscape. And you'll fall in love with their flowers that bloom spring- fall!

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My Plants Won't Bloom: Troubleshoot Here!

You spend hours pouring over gardening books, magazines, and websites looking for the perfect blooming plants for your gardens. You make your selections, plant your plants and then wait, anticipating a magnificent show. And then…no blooms! Why?! By asking a few questions, you can troubleshoot here:

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A Real Winner in the Garden

Looking for a long-blooming, heat-tolerant perennial that will grow in sun or partial shade?  Award-winning Rozanne Geranium just might be the answer.

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Try This Deer-Resistant Groundcover

Ready to try something other than hosta and heuchera for a shady spot? We love Lamium maculatum. It's common name is Dead Nettle, but there is nothing "dead" looking about this beauty! Lamium is an especially good groundcover to brighten a shady to semi-sunny area of your garden.

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Bountiful Color All Summer

No other group of plants provides such brilliant show of all-summer color as flowering annuals do. All that bright color requires a lot of energy though, so regular fertilization throughout the season is a must.  With so many choices of fertilizer, how do you know what will give you the most bang for your buck?

 

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Growing Your Own Bouquet

Viewing the garden outdoors is the gardener's delight, but beholding its blossoms inside is the gardener's indulgence. Fresh cut bouquets allow us to bring the beauty of nature into our homes for the enjoyment of all. Now's the time to plant flowers to enjoy throughout the seasons.

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To Prune or Not to Prune: Azaleas

Azaleas are one of the most beloved landscape plants. Few plants can compare with their bountiful array of early-spring color. Another bonus is that azaleas tend to be very long-lived and can be enjoyed for decades. At some point in time, pruning may become necessary. But when should you prune and how so that you don't miss out on the flowers?

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From Scratch: Gardening from Seed

Got that early spring itch? Now's a great time to get your green thumb back in shape by starting seeds! If you like to grow plants, we can assure you that starting seeds can be very rewarding - it's gardening done from scratch!

Our average frost-free date is around April 20th. You will generally need six weeks to sow, germinate and harden off your new plants.

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Spring Into Action

It's not too early to get outside! Now is the ideal time to clean up any debris and damage left from "Snowmageddon," to begin fertilizing and pruning, even to start planting! So dig out your garden gloves and boots and get a jump start on spring. Here's how.

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What is the Right Tree for Your Space?

Selecting a new tree to plant is exciting! Beautiful trees can make such a huge difference in the appearance of your home and garden. What type of tree to plant can be a big decision - there are so many varieties to choose from. How can you narrow down the field to select the perfect one?

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How to Have Your Yard and Eat it Too

Interested in growing more of your own food? We love local gardening celeb Michael Judd's book, "Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist." It is a fun-filled how-to manual for the budding gardener and experienced green thumb alike.

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