Tips for Choosing Organic Lawn Supplies

Tips for Choosing Organic Lawn Supplies

Americans have a lawn addiction. Drive through a typical U.S. suburb, and you’ll see dozens of lush, manicured, weed-less yards, watered by clicking sprinklers. The fixation has spread across the nation — estimates suggest that between 30 and 40 million acres of U.S. land are devoted to turfgrass, and we spend roughly $40 billion annually on seed, sod and the chemicals we need to care for them. Whether you already have a perfect yard or you’re trying to get one, you’ll probably have to invest in lawn products. Vibrant green grass doesn’t weed…continue reading →
Tips for Building and Maintaining Outdoor Fireplaces & Fire Pits

Tips for Building and Maintaining Outdoor Fireplaces & Fire Pits

After months of work, you finally have the backyard of your dreams. Maybe you’ve paved a new patio and set out chairs perfect for relaxing in, or maybe you’ve landscaped an immaculate garden and draped glowing string lights from trees. But despite everything, once night falls, guests wander inside. As the months grow cooler, less time is spent enjoying your hard work. You need something to draw conversation back outside, and nothing is quite as attractive as an outdoor fireplace or fire pit. Whether it’s family s’mores nights or casual dinners with friends,…continue reading →
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 plenty of reasons to love your mulch, since 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 much in return. With that said, there are a…continue reading →
Best Potted Plants for Mother’s Day

Best Potted Plants for Mother’s Day

Best Potted Plants for Mother's Day If you’re like many of us, Mother’s Day is one of those holidays that sneaks up on you. You know it’s sometime in the late spring, but the exact date always slips your mind. Unlike holidays like Christmas, which most of us would have a hard time forgetting, Mother’s Day is just one of those holidays that tends to slip through the cracks. Too often, we go from one day where Mother’s Day isn’t even on our radar, to the next day, when we suddenly realize Mother’s…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 →
Caring for Your Live Christmas Tree

Caring for Your Live Christmas Tree

Not much evokes the holiday feeling than the feel and smell of a live Christmas tree. If you are going to get a live tree this year, here are some easy tips to ensure that it’s as beautiful on day one as it is after the holidays are over. Step 1: Choose a Healthy Tree Avoid trees with a lot of dead or brown needles. Gently bend a branch to make sure the needles are flexible and remain on the tree. Step 2: Prepare the Base of Your Tree Prepare the base of…continue reading →
7 Best Clean Air Plants for Your Home or Office

7 Best Clean Air Plants for Your Home or Office

7 Best Clean Air Plants for Your Home or Office As homes become more efficient and better insulated, more air pollutants can be trapped inside. Every house and office has indoor air pollutants. From chemicals in carpet and paint to chemical cleaners and stagnant air, these indoor pollutants, such as benzene, formaldehyde and ammonia, have been ranked among the top five environmental risks to public health. And, they are brought in by everyday things such as carpet, household cleaners, paint, insulation, pressed-wood, to name just a few. These indoor pollutants can contribute to…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 →
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 →