“Bonsai is not a race, nor is it a destination. It is a never-ending journey.”
Don’t let the fact that ‘bon-sai’ is an art studied and refined for many centuries scare you off, because you are perfectly capable to learn how to grow Bonsai trees without green thumbs. Make sure to pick the right tree species for your surroundings and stick to the basic care guidelines. Continue reading Bonsai for Beginners→
Birds bring many benefits to our lives. They fill our gardens with song, bring a spark of color and interest to our winter landscapes, and also eat many garden pests. Attracting birds to your landscape is fun. Their needs are easy to meet and just about everyone can achieve success by providing them with three basics things: shelter, water, and food. Continue reading Birds in the Garden: Creating a Haven for Colorful Birds in Your Yard→
Summer heat can take a toll on your lawns The heat and dry conditions After a visit from the “lawn doctor” was the prognosis intensive care? Where is the green that lifts our spirits? The answer is in 6 easy steps to renovation your lawn. Maintaining a healthy turf is a great way to get outdoors. When you’re done, your turf will be in great shape and you’ll feel good too-a greener lawn & leaner you! Continue reading Six Steps to Renovating Your Lawn→
Mulch in spring-planted trees and shrubs. Don’t permit them to get too dry; water them throughly and deeply
Start amaryllis and paperwhite narcissus for holiday blooms. (Allow 5-6 weeks for paperwhites and 12 weeks for amaryllis).
Apply fall lawn fertilizer at this time
Apply lime to lawns to raise pH. A 50# bag of lime will raise lawn pH about .5 point per 1000 sq ft.
Re-seed areas damaged by grubs with insect resistant seed varieties
Fall is a great time to start a compost pile. Start out with brown leaf and add the last few trimmings for nitrogen. Remember to alternate layers. Shred brown leaf to speed decomposition
Apply an anti-dessicant, such as Wilt-Pruf, to spring or fall planted broadleaf evergreens and specimen conifers. Make sure temperatures are above 50 degrees. Newly planted Arborvitaes could be wrapped in burlap to protect from snow load.
As Fall rolls in we all know what plants we are going to buy, MUMS! Mums are the staple plant during the fall season because of their beautiful variety of colors. Colors include gold, white, burgundy, red, orange, pink, purple and yellow. Not only are the colors spectacular but their blooms last for weeks and weeks on end. Mums look great in mass planting’s as well in a container planting. When putting them in a container planting try adding other plants such as Kale, Cabbage, and grasses for a full fall effect. Continue reading Mums→