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May Garden Tips – Spring is upon us

Anything you would want to know about caring for your landscape can be found on the internet. But we bring you the essential information you need to make intelligent decisions about critical care items, and most importantly, ideas to make your landscape more beautiful. March teased about the rebirth of our landscapes. April unfolded that

Add A Specimen Plant to Your Landscape

There are hundreds of landscape quality plants to choose from. But, you will come to greatly appreciate these two if you install them in your garden. Dwarf Japanese Maple The most exquisite is the dwarf, weeping, cut-leaf, Japanese Red Maple. It blends as part of a setting, or can steal the show as a focal

Conserving Your Landscape

Actions in the spring are important for your landscape’s health. You know fertilizing, crabgrass prevention and weed control are normal routines. But, having your lawn cut higher will produce more food energy and storage in an expanding root system; important for sustaining turf all season. Tent caterpillars strip newly emerging leaves, which means those trees

Annual Plant “All American Selection” Winners

Each year plants are judged and named “All American Selections.” Here are several past winners.   Viola ‘Shangri-La Marina’ This vigorous, frost-tolerant viola blooms in early spring, and provides a solid mat of color in the fall until covered by snow, or it goes dormant. The next spring it recovers to bloom yet again!  

Special April Notes

Spring Bulb Foliage replenishes the energy supply for next year’s growth, so remove leaves only when they have completely browned. Spring Bulb Duds can be caused by: a late cold snap that injures flower buds before they open; planting bulbs too shallow; soil that was too wet and the bulbs rotted; tulips bloom for only

April Garden Tips: Spring is an interesting time

Your plants are becoming more alive every day, bolstered by the food energy stored from last season. It’s really a remarkable “system,” and it’s our purpose to augment that system in any way we can to help your landscape thrive beautifully! Beyond the physical items of removing winter’s debris, and pruning stems and branches which

Flowers & Herbs for More Than One Purpose

“Dill” provides savory flavor for cooking; but outside it attracts beneficial insects to control destructive insects. “Blue Borage” flowers are eatable and a garnish for drinks; outside they attract bees and butterflies to pollinate your veggies. “Surprise Lily” starts with foot-tall leaves, which are replaced in summer with three-foot stalks of fragrant pink blossoms.

Summer Flowers Without Fuss

  Everyone loves roses! This ‘Snowdrift’ rose is a great choice because it loves to flower constantly all summer and into the fall. And it is determinedly free of diseases, which is the bane of most rose growers. It is also very winter-hardy.   Rose Verbena is a perennial ground cover that does well in

Show Stoppers!

No, we’re not crazy! This banana tree is hardy to -5 degrees. The bananas, though, are not edible. It dies down each winter, and all can be enthralled as it grows 12- 15 feet during the season! Maybe place your tropical houseplants underneath. This golden plant grows to six feet with compound leaves three feet

May Gardening Notes

Roses need weekly attention to combat disease and insect problems. If not already done, stems need to be pruned back to live wood, climbers re-secured to their supports, hybrid Teas pruned to 3 or 5 strong stems. Trees In Leaf? Then seeds can be sown outdoors . . . AND insects will come to dine.