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 →
Protect Your Hardscape this Winter

Protect Your Hardscape this Winter

Winter weather can hurt your paved surfaces if you’re not careful. Even if you can’t use your patio for a few months, you still want to protect your investment by preparing for winter weather. This can eliminate unnecessary damage and prolong the life of your pavers. Tips for Protecting Your Hardscape Pick Your Ice Melt Carefully Be sure to use calcium chloride ice melt, which will melt ice and keep you safe, while at the same time protect your pavers. It can also be used on concrete. Sand is also a good alternative to use…continue reading →
Everything You Need to Know About Ice Melt

Everything You Need to Know About Ice Melt

Winter is upon us and now is the time to start gathering your winter preparation tools, such as ice melt. Need help figuring it all out? This post will tell you everything you need to know about ice melters! What Kind of Ice Melt Do You Need? There are 2 basic classes of ice melter chemicals: sodium chloride based or calcium/ magnesium chloride based. Sodium chloride based ice melt, also known as rock salt, is the least expensive, but also the least effective at very cold temperatures. Rock salt loses its melting ability below 20…continue reading →
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 →
How to Maintain Your Pond this Winter

How to Maintain Your Pond this Winter

How to Maintain Your Pond this Winter A healthy pond is an enjoyable pond.  A well-balanced pond tends to take care of itself but there is basic maintenance required throughout the year.  We all know about cleaning filters, servicing pumps and fertilizing plants in the spring and summer but pond owners often neglect their pond once the weather turns cold. Here are some basic tips for how to maintain your pond this winter. Maintaining a Healthy Pond in Winter In the fall, two things are key to the health of your pond; you must…continue reading →