With the end of August just two weeks away, this is the time to start thinking and planning what you will need to do over the next few months to prepare your garden and landscaped beds for next year. But enough of that, summer is still upon us and we do have a couple of months to go of good weather in which to enjoy our gardens. The following are a few tips and tasks that should be completed over the next few weeks to enhance and prolong your gardens.
What a wonderful experience I was blessed with today at work. A client’s daughter walked up to me while i was looking over one of their perennial beds, tugged my pant leg and when i glanced down she said with a big smile.
“How do plants grow Mr. Porter”
It was break time then and there.
When I was a kid I would hear that it is “the dog days of summer” during times of persistently hot weather in the summer. I assumed that the term dog meant that outdoor dogs suffered from all the heat day after day.
To my surprise I learned several years later that the term had nothing to do with real outdoor dogs but rather had to do with
According to several Web sources, more than 60 million Americans own dogs and that means that many of these pet owners are facing the challenge of brown spots on their lawns. Which means that unless “fido” is extremely well-schooled and/or trained you could end up with the following.
Are you frustrated because deer are devouring your expensive landscaping, trampling through mulched beds and damaging trees, but not willing to install a deer fence? Then you can put daylilies, roses, hostas, tulips, and lilies out of your mind (unless you’re prepared to put them in containers close to the house, where they can be protected). Deer can often wreak havoc on a landscape. One of the easiest ways to reduce deer damage in your yard is to landscape with plants deer prefer not to eat.
Shade is everywhere. Be it man-made or natural, shade is an integral part of the landscape. All of us have some degree of shade, most of us don’t know what to do with it. Myths and misconceptions abound when it comes to shade gardening, The most common being that few plants can thrive in the shade, when in reality there is an abundance of beautiful and interesting plants that flourish in shade. All with a diverse selection of shapes, textures, sizes and a broad palette of colours and hues.
Whether its a woodland garden or a shady perennial bed, you will find a wide range of colors, textures and foliage to choose from. Shade retains moisture better than full sun so shade plants as a whole require less watering. Their flowers hold their colors longer and many times bloom longer also. Pests are more uncommon in shaded areas, preferring sun loving plants instead.
Stressed Out??? With everything going on in our lives today within our family life and career schedule, it can be almost impossible to find a relaxing moment or place of peace and quiet. However, maintaining a balance between your ambitious and tranquil sides is vital to leading a healthy and happy life.
That’s where a small and serene meditation garden comes into play.
These unique garden areas often encompass only a small area of your outdoor living area, but can be as big as you desire. Start by selecting your plants with some consideration and make sure that they possess a therapeutic quality that speaks to you.
If spring lawn care is about getting your lawn healthy and green, summer lawn care is about KEEPING it healthy while temperatures soar and rainfall becomes a fleeting memory
Come on now, when you hear the word “BOG” what do you think of? The Creature from the Black Lagoon? Basset hounds baying in some long forgotten “sherlock holmes” movie. Bright flowers, spires of reeds and plumes, dramatic foliage and textures are a far cry from what many of us think of when we envision a bog. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Yarrow, Achillea millefolium, is a hardy and versatile perennial with fernlike leaves and colorful blooms. The large, flat-topped flower clusters are perfect for cutting and drying.