Spring is here! For weeks new plant material has been arriving and we are getting geared up for another great season. What better way to get into the season than to visit Winterberry Gardens? Our greenhouse is full of pansies and perennials just waiting to be planted. Pottery and statuary will be arriving shortly and our tree and shrub yard is filling up daily. With all that is going on, we are also happy to announce some new additions to the Garden Center this year.
The end of 2015 is almost here and as we recap, we begin to see just how perseverant Winterberry truly is. Last winter was heavy and harsh and extremely challenging for our company as a whole. Spring temperatures did not begin to surface until May, and in our business, losing April is devastating. To make…
This summer has been hot and dry. You may have had it with your lawn. It’s natural. After summer winds down, the tendency is to put lawn care on the back burner until spring blooms anew. But by taking time to put your yard and landscape “to bed” in fall, your lawn will reap the rewards. Give your lawn a fresh start next spring by managing these fall cleanup tips.
Do you ever notice how much money you spend on vegetables, herbs and fruit? Do you know what kind of chemicals are being sprayed onto the products that you are buying? Sure you can purchase only organic foods but the cost is just too much sometimes. I can’t tell you how rewarding it is to be able to go out into your own back yard and pick the freshest produce whenever you want. It’s so much better than going to the store when it’s right at your fingertips at home.
I always advise to consider your outdoor area an extension of your indoor decor. You can bring some of the same motifs and colors that you feature indoors and really make it cozy. Read on for some tips on how to do so!
You delight in your thriving garden or yard because you spend a lot of time gently nurturing and providing the TLC it needs to be beautiful. Once plants, trees, and flowering shrubs have taken root and established themselves, the rest is about enjoying your garden and maintaining it to keep its attractive appearance in order and avoid excessive growth.
My passion for this green industry started early with a love for the great outdoors. My mother would always have a hard time getting me to come inside, and get out of the trees, literally. I was always looking to the trees and building tree houses. I must have made a dozen, each one a step better than the last. My final house was three-stories with a top floor patio built in a beautiful multi-stemmed silver maple. It must have been 30 feet in the air.
When you can’t wait to get started in the garden, a good task to undertake is spring pruning! Most trees and shrubs benefit from annual pruning in the late dormant season. It keeps them in shape, gets rid of dead and diseased wood and encourages new growth.
When I think of fall gardening, I think of a second spring. Recharged by the cool air, I’m fired up to do some planting! One of the reasons I really enjoy planting in the fall is that there is less thought to it. You just plant and go! At this time of year, plants are winding down. When you do plant, be sure to amend the soil with a good compost and mycorrhizae. Top-dress with some mulch, water the plants well, and Presto! Your plants are set! Since the plants require less watering at this time of year, you may not have to go back and water again. (It is still recommended to check the soil moisture daily, especially on warmer days.) Next spring, your plants will reemerge from dormancy, no hand-holding necessary.