Winter Garden Prep

Colder weather will be here very soon, and winter soon after, and that means it is time to prepare your landscape! There are some tasks that you should definitely take care of now for a healthier landscape next spring. . .while others? Might just harm your plants in the long run.  

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Planting Fall Bulbs That Thrive

If you want tulips, daffodils, and other early spring bloomers in your garden next year, now is the time to plant fall bulbs!  Just be aware that there are some steps you can take to help make sure what you plant this fall grows back healthy and beautiful year after year.

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Helping Hardy Mums Survive Cold Winters

The hardy chrysanthemum is a fall landscape staple, and greenhouses, big box stores, and even grocers know it, because starting in late August you see them for sale everywhere!

The problem is, even though hardy mums are supposed to be perennials in most zones. . .often what we plant in the fall doesn't make it through winter.  Here's why, and how you might just be able to get that mum to come back next year!

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A Garden Designer's Guide to Buying Perennials in the Fall

We spend spring in a flurry of ordering seeds, visiting greenhouses, and planting our gardens, then in the fall focus on cleaning up dead or nearly dormant plants, and prepping for the cold winter ahead.

I want to challenge (and even reverse!) this approach: fall is actually a GREAT time to purchase perennials and add them to your landscape, as long as you keep a few things in mind.

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Adding Color To The Fall Landsape

Although fall is usually associated with beautiful crimson, orange, and yellow leaves, sometimes, as the weather cools, days shorten, and leaves turn brown and fall off. . .our own landscapes can look dull.

There are, however, a lot of options to create a very beautiful late season landscape! And fall is a great time to buy and plant.  You can find some great deals, and you have the benefit of knowing exactly what that plant looks like in the fall--if it has beautiful foliage, or berries, or even flowers.

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Earth Friendly Pest Control

Did you know that only 1% of allllll the insects we've identified are considered harmful? Yep! That means that the majority of the bugs in your yard or garden aren't causing any problems, and they may even be beneficial to you or your plants! 

Wondering which bug is which, and how to deal with the "bad" bugs? 

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Hot Outside? 3 Tips To Protect Your Plants

When the hot days of mid-summer start, it can be really difficult to keep your landscape thriving.  Plants may start to wilt and turn brown unless you provide enough water, and for homeowners that live in areas with water restrictions (or who just want to be more earth friendly), that can be a challenge.

Fortunately, there are several ways to keep your garden thriving during the hottest summer days while conserving water!

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4 Important Midsummer Landscape Tasks

The hot months of midsummer are typically a slower time for garden maintenance companies.  The early spring rush to clean up and plant is over, and it's not yet time to plant some colorful fall plants or prep for winter.  

Plus, let's not forget. . .it's hot out there!

Even though summer's heat makes working outside pretty unpleasant, there are still some crucial landscape tasks that need doing if you want healthy, thriving plants.  Here are few I recommend:

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