Fall Gardening Chores Made Easy
We made it through the dog days of summer, and now the leaves are changing, and the temperature is dropping. Crisp days and cool nights are upon us, which means it is time to put your gardens to bed and finish up your fall gardening chores before the snow flies! Where to begin? The first thing to do is to take a quick look around your beds and start with a good clean up. Leave ornamental and wildlife friendly plants standing. Next, take out any sickly-looking plants and destroy the debris to minimize next year’s issues with squash bugs, cabbage worms, and other pests and diseases. Now is also a a good time to trim any dead or broken limbs. Doing it now, will save time later. A hard freeze or heavy snow can break more branches and cause more damage during winter. Gather up and dispose of any dead…Read More
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