Orchid Care 101: How To Keep Your Orchids Thriving

Orchid Care 101: How To Keep Your Orchids Thriving

Orchids, or Orchidaceae family, are known for having bright blooms and a fragrant scent. The beautiful flowers are known for having structural variations in their blooms. In nature, they typically grow in the tropics on trees and shrubs; however, there are variations that live in grasslands or in forests. They are originally native to regions in Asia and Australia, but today the majority of neotropical orchids are found in Central America, South America, and countries along the Andes Mountains.    Orchids are not any average plant, they are diverse and easily distinguishable from…continue reading →
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 →
Top Gift Picks for Mother’s Day

Top Gift Picks for Mother’s Day

Top 5 Gift Picks for Mother's Day It's that time of year again; Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Instead of a last minute throw away gift, this year give that special woman (or women) in your life a gift that will last. Choose a living gift or patio furniture to enhance moms outdoor living space and will remind her of you and your thoughtfulness for months and years to come.  We rounded up our top 5 picks for mother’s day gift ideas to make your shopping easier: Patuxent Nursery has all these…continue reading →
Tips for Creating an Outdoor Living Space

Tips for Creating an Outdoor Living Space

Outdoor living spaces are peaceful spots that allow homeowners to enjoy fresh air and open space. Approximately 70 percent of homes in the United States have some kind of outdoor living space, and about 70 percent of those spaces are used at least once during the season. Are you looking to add an outdoor space of your very own? Whether you want a professional team to create your outdoor haven or you prefer the DIY approach, here is a handy guide to outdoor living room ideas. The Biggest Considerations for Planning an Outdoor Living Space…continue reading →
Did You Know You Can Plant in the Summer?

Did You Know You Can Plant in the Summer?

We’ve always been told to plant in spring and fall but warmer temperatures are still a good time to add interest to your landscaping beds. It only takes a little extra attention and a few simple techniques to help new summer plantings thrive. It is recommended to transplant existing plants in the fall or early spring (taking something up in your yard and moving it to another spot). You can plant new perennials, annuals, grasses and groundcovers, and trees and shrubs if the plants have spent the past several months in a container. Any shock…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 →
How and What to Plant in the Summer

How and What to Plant in the Summer

Bet you didn’t know it’s more than okay to plant in the heat of summer. Well it is! We’ve always been told to plant in spring and fall but warmer temperatures don't mean you can’t add to your landscaping beds. It only takes a little extra attention and a few simple techniques to help new summer plantings thrive. You shouldn’t try to plant things like a bare-root, newly dug or newly divided plant. What you can plant are new perennials, annuals and shrubs if the plants have spent the past several months in…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 →
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