Useful Tips

  • Survival of the Fittest Garden

    Survival of the Fittest Garden So, you’ve made it through an upstate winter and hopefully, your garden area did too. With the snow and ice and rain that we get during the winter months, many people look forward to as a way to put it all past them. But for some, their gardens aren’t as successful as what they could be because they lack a bit of knowledge when it comes to summer gardening tips. We have put together some of the most important tidbits of information that will help transform your “just ok” garden into a flourishing success this summer. Preparation for your garden this summer is the key. Summer weather varies from region to region, so knowing what temperatures and time frames you have to work with will help, as well as what varieties of plants or vegetables will do well is also important. Then comes time to plot your space…Read More

  • Getting the Cook’s Garden of Your Dreams

    Getting the Cook’s Garden of Your Dreams Once you’ve mastered the basics of gardening and have grown to love the hobby, you may want to start to expand your garden into a fruitful array of herbs, fruits, and vegetables that can take your food from your garden to your table. A cook’s garden includes a variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices that you can mix together to create delicious dishes without having to go to the grocery store on a daily basis! We’ve put together some tips for creating a cook’s garden based on regional expertise and experiences of other master gardeners. Saving time and money is what a cook’s garden is all about – you’ll have the ingredients right in your back yard and you can go pick them in the morning or afternoon and get them ready for the evening meal with friends and family. Herbs are…Read More

  • It’s Time for Mulch!

    It’s Time for Mulch! We know just like you do that landscaping can be hard work. There’s a lot that goes into making your yard and garden perfect. You do hours of prep work, you plan, you purchase flowers, plants, and bushes that will (hopefully) thrive in your hardiness zones or sunlight amounts and you take care of them over time. It culminates into a beautiful yard and prosperous garden that you’re proud of. But … don’t forget to mulch! Why should you use mulch? Mulch is great for a number of reasons; it is good for your plants and will also save you labor. All in all, it reduces evaporation, slows weed growth, improves soil quality, and makes your gardens look more attractive. Mulch helps to reduce water loss from the soil. It slows evaporation and improves water absorption when it rains, or you turn on the sprinkler. Plus,…Read More

  • Why Should I Hire a Landscaper?

    Why Should I Hire a Landscaper? Do you ever look out your kitchen window and wish you could make your yard new and improved but don’t know where to start? Landscaping your yard can be quite an overwhelming and daunting task. This is where a professional landscaper can really come in handy.   Check out these 9 reasons why hiring a landscaper is not only smart, but the first step in upgrading your yard. 1. Dealing with the Professionals If you hire a landscaper, you’re going to be guaranteed quality work because you are dealing with professionals. Landscape designers have studied and became experts when it comes to digging in the mud. You will also be ensured that the outcome you are looking for is just as beautiful as what you pictured in your mind. 2. Done Lickity Split Let’s be honest, we are all busy-bees, and life seems to…Read More

  • How to Design Dog Friendly Landscaping

    How to Design Dog Friendly Landscaping There’s not much cuter than a dog romping around in the yard – they are just so full of life and fun to have around. That being said however, they can sure wreak havoc on your landscaping, if they have a mind to! Fortunately, there are a few tips and tricks we have compiled over the years to help you and your dog coexist in harmony with your landscape. We want your pets to enjoy their outdoor space as much as you do. Chose the right landscape materials The first order of business is to make sure the materials you are using in your yard are not only dog friendly, but dog proof. Mulch Gravel, hardwood or woodchip mulches are the best options for pets. They won’t stick to your dog’s coat and they shouldn’t harm your pet if a small amount gets eaten.…Read More