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 →
Early Spring Flowering Trees and Shrubs for Your Yard

Early Spring Flowering Trees and Shrubs for Your Yard

After a long, dark winter, the beautiful blooms of April are a delight for our eyes. There are so many beautiful flowering trees that are magnificent this time of year. Plant these beauties now to enjoy in your yard this spring and for years to come! Best Spring Flowering Trees & Shrubs One of the first shrubs to bloom in Spring is the Forsythia; their beautiful yellow color is like a ray of sunshine as we clear away the winter gray. The vibrant branches of yellow offer some of the best and brightest…continue reading →
Maximize Your Space with Container Gardening

Maximize Your Space with Container Gardening

Ready to start your garden but you’re short on space? Maybe you live in an apartment or townhouse or space is limited in your yard. Or, you just want to add an extra pop of color on the patio or porch. No worries – container gardening can be an easy and quick fix. All you need is the container, soil, fertilizer and plants. Here are the basic steps you need to take to get the container garden of your dreams: Choosing Your Container Choose plant pots and containers that add interest, color and…continue reading →
6 Reasons You Should Mulch

6 Reasons You Should Mulch

Nothing heralds the coming of Spring quite like a freshly mulched yard. But mulch isn’t just for aesthetics; it is also very beneficial to your plants and soils. Here are just 6 reasons you should mulch this Spring: Mulch helps improve soil moisture and prevents plants from drying out too quickly. Mulch helps reduce soil erosion and soil compaction. Mulch helps maintain optimal soil temperatures by creating a barrier from the heat and cold. Mulch helps increase soil nutrition as it decomposes by improving soil structure, thus providing better drainage and better use…continue reading →
Prepping Your Patio and Patio Furniture for Spring

Prepping Your Patio and Patio Furniture for Spring

We’ve had a mild winter so far in the Mid-Atlantic area, but the colder weather still takes its toll on your patio and patio furniture. Getting your patio in shape can seem like a chore, but it’s not as bad as you think. Here are a few ways to get it done effectively and efficiently. First, remove everything from the area including grills, patio furniture and décor. Sweep the patio surface and then scrub with an appropriate cleaner as recommended by your paver manufacturer. Read instructions carefully and follow them. Pressure wash it…continue reading →
7 Easy Steps to Install a Soaker Hose

7 Easy Steps to Install a Soaker Hose

With the heat upon us, our plants are struggling to survive. Just like us, our plants need watering, some of them even daily. Let's discuss how to make this process easier for you. A soaker hose is a wonderful tool and much easier to use than you might think. Installing Your Soaker Hose Attach the soaker hose to a lead hose (a standard garden hose) that is connected to a faucet. Dig a path in your mulch big enough to sit a hose around your plants. Place the hose in the path and…continue reading →
Choosing Outdoor Furniture

Choosing Outdoor Furniture

Outdoor patio furniture comes in all shapes and sizes, not to mention prices. You’ve worked hard on creating your outdoor living space and now you want to enjoy it in comfort and style. Choosing comfy, long-lasting furniture can mean the difference between hanging out on the patio for a while or heading back in after a few minutes on an uncomfortable, cheap chair. While how it looks is important, how the furniture is built and the quality of it is just as important. What you buy for outdoors has to be able to…continue reading →
How To Care For Your Outdoor Furniture

How To Care For Your Outdoor Furniture

If you have a deck area outside of your home, you should feel truly lucky. It makes for a great spot to retreat after a tiring day at work and just relax, or hold a party with some relatives and friends there. Take your time to design a comfortable and good looking area outside of your home, and you will greatly benefit from the opportunities it presents. If there is one thing you should know about designing a deck area in your backyard, it is that you should be careful of the furniture…continue reading →
How to Water Your Lawn

How to Water Your Lawn

Everyone wants the greenest grass on the block. You probably drive by your neighbor or through an adjacent neighborhood and think "how is their grass so green?!" at least once per day or week. In honor of Smart Irrigation Month kicking off this week, we're sharing tips from our expert lawn care team on how to water your lawn so you can make sure your lawn and garden are both green and watered efficiently. Don't Over-Water If you're looking for the lushest, greenest grass, you need to be watering your whole lawn, three…continue reading →
Perennial Favorites: Sun-Friendly Perennials

Perennial Favorites: Sun-Friendly Perennials

Perennial Favorites: Sun-Friendly Perennials It's National Perennial Month! We're sharing our love of these lasting beauties all month long. While there are many types of perennials, we've split them into sun perennials, shade perennials, native perennials and pollinating perennials - each week we'll share our favorites from the different categories. Let's start with sun perennials, here are our five favorite sun-loving plants that will brighten your garden all summer long. Day Lilly (Hemerocallis) This flower distinguishes itself with its profuse bloom and compact size. It stands at about 16" tall and is great for containers…continue reading →