Purposeful Planting: Nature’s Pollinator Gardens

Purposeful Planting: Nature’s Pollinator Gardens

Twelve years ago, the US Senate dedicated one week in June as National Pollinator Week. This effort raised awareness of the declining pollinator populations and helped to educate people internationally about the importance of pollinators in the ecosystem.   What are pollinators? Pollinators are primarily insects like bees, flies, and butterflies, but can also be birds or small mammals. These animals move pollen from the male flowers to the female flowers fertilizing plants as they go. When flowers have been fertilized, they produce seeds surrounded by fruit.   Why do we need them?…continue reading →
8 Best Fall Perennials for Seasonal Color

8 Best Fall Perennials for Seasonal Color

8 Best Fall Perennials for Seasonal Color When it’s time for some perennials to go dormant it’s time for others to come out in all their glory, and now is the time for fall perennials to shine. Make sure you incorporate a seasonal interest in your yard, blending bloom times so you will have continuous color and appeal throughout the seasons with little effort. Whether you need foliage or flower, have sun or shade, dry soil or clay; there is a plant for you.  Fall perennials massed together make a statement by adding…continue reading →
Tips for Maintaining Mulch Year-Round

Tips for Maintaining Mulch Year-Round

Tips for Maintaining Mulch Year-Round Mulch can make a landscape pop with color and create an appealing, polished look. Mulch also helps plants stay healthy and keep them growing strong. There are a multitude of benefits to include mulch and soil into your yard. Mulch: Provides insulation, keeping roots warm in the winter and cool in the summer Helps the soil retain moisture Improves soil nutrition Protects soil from erosion and compaction Discourages weed growth Helps protect plants from lawnmower damage Best of all, mulch takes care of your plants without asking for…continue reading →
How to Prepare Your Garden for Fall

How to Prepare Your Garden for Fall

Who doesn’t love the sight of their garden in the spring and summer? During these beautiful seasons, your garden is bursting with color and life, flowers and shrubs, bumblebees and sunshine. Fall might not typically be a season we associate with beauty in the garden, but this season can be an amazing time for your garden as well. Even though this is typically the season when many of your summer plants begin to return to their dormant state, plenty of other plants are just starting to open up and enjoy the sunlight. Think…continue reading →
Less is More for Your Flower Garden

Less is More for Your Flower Garden

Less is More for Your Flower Garden The Benefits of Biodegradable Pots For Your Garden In our plastic-taxed world today we need to find a way to shrink our man-made footprint! At Patuxent Nursery, this has been on our minds for several years. We have been working towards a biodegradable pot that can be planted in the ground and will break down in the soil leaving the soil in better condition. We are now moving forward in our annual production growing. Starting in the spring of 2019, we will be using an Ecco…continue reading →

How to Plant Annuals

It’s that time of year again. The trees are full of leaves. The sun is shining. And everywhere you go, the flowers are out blooming. Your neighbors have beautiful gardens featuring flowers of every shape, color and size. Even your local shopping centers probably have flowers planted along the walkways. Are you wondering how your neighbors get their gardens to look so gorgeous? They must spend hours and hours every day working on them, right? Not necessarily. You can have a beautiful garden without sacrificing hours of your time. All it takes is…continue reading →
Tips for Keeping Your Lawn Green in the Summer

Tips for Keeping Your Lawn Green in the Summer

Tips for Keeping Your Lawn Green in the Summer Summer is the time when we want our lawns to look their best. But it's also the time they undergo the most stress. Drought and hot temperatures threaten to fry our carefully cultivated, lush, green lawns. Increased traffic from pets and kids cause more wear and tear than we'd like. Warm weather can cause insect and disease issues to arise. Combined, all of these factors can leave our once-green lawns looking brown and dry. While hot and dry weather may be inevitable, a brown…continue reading →
Best Trees and Shrubs for Birds in the Winter

Best Trees and Shrubs for Birds in the Winter

During the colder weather here in Maryland, birds have to find their own food. Berries, seeds, and habitats in protected tree limbs are not as plentiful as they are during the warmer summer months. But, there’s an easy solution to this problem: planting trees and shrubs for birds to get sustenance from throughout the cooler weather. Let's talk about the best trees and shrubs for birds in the winter! Great examples of smaller shrubs that attract the birds in the winter are bayberry, winterberry holly and viburnum. All of these have berries that persist throughout…continue reading →
How to Grow A Wildflower Garden

How to Grow A Wildflower Garden

There's something timeless and carefree about a wildflower garden. Wildflower gardens are full of beautiful annuals and perennials, a celebration of natural beauty. It can be intimidating to think about creating one in your landscape but it doesn't have to be. In fact, planting a stunning wildflower garden doesn't have to be hard at all.  Sometimes it's as simple as sprinkle, water and watch the wildflowers grow. There are easy wildflower seed kits, from such companies as Encap, that include all the essentials needed - mulch, seed and fertilizer. Or, if you just need…continue reading →