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 on you. A soaker hose is a wonderful tool and much easier to use than you might think. Here are 7 easy steps to install a soaker hose: 1. Attach the soaker hose to a lead hose (a standard garden hose) that is connected to a faucet. 2. Dig a path in your mulch big enough to sit a hose around your…continue reading →
How and What to Plant in the Summer

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…continue reading →
Canning 101: Preserving Your Vegetable Harvest

Canning 101: Preserving Your Vegetable Harvest

Ever wanted a taste of summer when it’s freezing outside? Want to make the best use of herbs? Want to learn a brand new skill? Consider canning your harvest. This week, we’re going to focus on canning, in preparation for our Canning 101 class on July 30th. 3 Main Steps to Canning Sanitizing Your Jars There are 3 main steps to canning: sanitizing, preparation and sealing the jars. First, it’s important to sanitize the glass jars that you’ll be using. The easiest way is to set the jars and the lids in the…continue reading →
Choosing Outdoor Furniture

Choosing Outdoor Furniture

Helpful tips and recommendations to add comfort and value to your outdoor living space 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…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 →
Pollinators We Love

Pollinators We Love

Why Care About Pollinators? Pollinators - or bees, birds, bats and other animals and insects that spread pollen are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat. They sustain our ecosystems and produce our natural resources by helping plants reproduce through pollination. Without the actions of pollinators, our food supply and surrounding landscapes would collapse. These creatures travel from plant to plant carrying and transferring pollen - critical to the reproduction of most flowering plants, thus critical to our ecosystem. Our favorite pollinating friendly flowers Agastache - Made up of…continue reading →
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 and landscaped borders. It's…continue reading →
Lawn Care Products You Should Be Using Now

Lawn Care Products You Should Be Using Now

Everyone wants the greenest lawn on the block. But with the unpredictable weather we've had this past month, your lawn may be looking...dismal. Don't worry, we have remedies to get your grass looking fresh as can be while also preventing critters from overtaking your outdoor living space and gardens. Here is a list from our lawn care team about what lawn care products you should be using to ensure a healthy, bug and fungus free lawn this summer. Mosquito Control Why? Between the excess water on lawns, and the recent heat makes this…continue reading →
Container Gardening: How to Get Started

Container Gardening: How to Get Started

If you're looking for a way to brighten up your porch, patio or front entrance, consider adding a bright, colorful container or planter. Not only do containers add beautiful pops of color, but it is an easy way to get started with container gardening. Choosing your container Choosing the right type of container can make or break your success with container gardening. Make sure whatever container you choose has good drainage and is large enough to allow root development. You may consider a more porous container like unglazed clay, wood, or moss-lined. These types…continue reading →