How to Winterize Your Outdoor Fountain

How to Winterize Your Outdoor Fountain

You have added an outdoor fountain to your yard and you love the peace and tranquility it brings to your outdoor living space. You've invested in your landscape and now it's time to protect that investment so you can enjoy your outdoor fountain for many years to come. It is important to prepare your outdoor fountain for winter, especially if you live where the winter temperatures can drop below freezing. If at all possible, place your fountain under cover, preferably in your garage or even your shed.  Some fountains, such as tiered fountains,…continue reading →
What is the Difference between Pansies, Violas and Panolas?

What is the Difference between Pansies, Violas and Panolas?

Gardeners often confuse Pansies, Violas, and Panolas with each other. All are wonderful fall and winter, as well as early spring, plants but they have slight differences that are worth noting. Pansies vs. Violas In the fall, winter and early spring season there are few flowers that will bloom and produce lots of color despite the cold weather. Surprisingly, one of the sturdiest plants are pansies. Pansies look and act a lot like violas but they have a much larger flower, and larger leaves as well. Another difference between the two fall favorites…continue reading →
6 Tips to Get Your Fireplace Ready for Winter

6 Tips to Get Your Fireplace Ready for Winter

The nights are getting colder and the days are getting longer. Let's face it, we're hurtling head first into winter whether we want to or not. It's time to get your fireplace ready for winter so you can enjoy its warmth during the cold months. Here are 6 tips to get your fireplace in tip-top shape now so you can enjoy it this winter. 1. Clean the Chimney It's important to have your chimney inspected and cleaned by professionals. A thorough cleaning will remove any creosote buildup, giving you a safer fireplace. 2.…continue reading →
Get Your Roses Ready for Winter

Get Your Roses Ready for Winter

What is the number one question we are being asked right now? It's without a doubt, "How do we get our roses ready for winter?" We are here to help! Our first task is to take one last whiff, then clean the pruners.Roses are a tough bunch of plants to cover with one rule. There are a few general priorities that they all will need: mulch, fertilizer, and water. No matter if they climb a trellis, form a hedge, or stand alone in the perennial border, they need to have the dead and…continue reading →
Fall Decorating with Pumpkins

Fall Decorating with Pumpkins

Do you feel it? Fall has arrived and it's time to decorate, both inside and out, for the season. Bring the warm colors of fall into your home and your porch or garden with the help of pumpkins, gourds, mums, pansies, violas, corn stalks and hay bales. At the center of your fall decorating are pumpkins, pumpkins and more pumpkins! Jump-start your fall decorating with pumpkins. These versatile beauties help you celebrate fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving. Pumpkins come in all sizes, from smaller than a handful to about the same size as a straw bale to…continue reading →
The Best Shrubs for Fall Color

The Best Shrubs for Fall Color

Happy first day of Fall everyone! We just LOVE fall. It's the time of year when leaves start to change, perennials return to the ground, and some shrubs just plain show off with a beautiful display. Today we'd like to share our list of the best shrubs for fall color with you. Chokeberry Shrubs One of our favorite colorful fall shrubs is Aronia, or chokeberry, which has bright red foliage and has either a purple or a red berry, depending on the variety.  The berries can be used to make jam, pie, or syrup. The…continue reading →
Easy Steps to Fall Lawn Renovation

Easy Steps to Fall Lawn Renovation

Did you know that fall is the best time of the year to make your old lawn look better than ever or to establish a new lawn? Early to mid-fall is a great time to take on the important job of a fall lawn renovation. The soil is still warm and yet the air is cool; the perfect combination for grass seeds to germinate and turf to take root quickly. Here are some simple tips to renovate your lawn. Seeding or Overseeding an Existing Lawn If you are planning to seed a new lawn or overseed…continue reading →
Mixing Annuals and Perennials for Fall Color

Mixing Annuals and Perennials for Fall Color

Even though it’s the end of Summer and the daytime temperatures are still 80+, fall and cooler weather are approaching. As the temperatures start to decrease, and the days start to get shorter, it’s time to start thinking about what to color your containers, patio or yard with. The plants will be grouped by type, annual or perennial, but all will be plants designed to be showy in the fall and winter. Annuals last only one season, either summer or spring/fall but usually have more color, while perennials will last for many years…continue reading →