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Planting for Pollinators

May 21, 2019

If you’ve ever taken a moment to sit and watch the way that insects and birds navigate their surroundings, it might seem that they meander from flower to flower aimlessly. In reality, they’re on an important mission — one that we relate to well — and that’s to get food! During this process they spread pollen throughout the environment, fertilizing our favorite plants, and allowing the production of over 75% of the world’s crops. Although their goals might be different than ours, the act of pollination is an incredibly important process that sustains life on earth! For this reason, it’s important to encourage healthy habitats for our pollinator friends.

Vegetable Gardens and Soil

May 14, 2019

Buying vegetables is one thing, but growing your own is another. Plucking a new, ripened vegetable off the vine and adding it to your cooking brings a pretty satisfying sense of accomplishment. You’re saving money, you’re creating your own sustainable source of food, and you’re eating well! Vegetable gardens are a beautiful and practical use of your gardening space. If you’re looking to branch out into edibles, or start fresh with an entirely new vegetable garden, these tips will help you make informed decisions to get things growing splendidly this summer!

Container Gardening

May 07, 2019

For those who are accustomed to planting their roots firmly in the garden, container gardening might seem like a foreign and overwhelming concept. But in addition to your reliable garden favorites, containers provide a new and exciting element to your landscape design. They’re versatile and impermanent, creating a fun and creative gardening avenue for novice and experienced gardeners alike. Containers have the ability to transform your garden, landscape, and outdoor living areas into picture-perfect spaces for you to enjoy all summer long!

Perennials

April 30, 2019

‚ÄčEach year, we put so much work into preparing and nurturing our garden beds, it’s always a shame when the season ends and we have to say goodbye to our annuals. What we love about perennials is how it’s seldom “goodbye” and simply “see you later”. Perennials bring beauty and color back into our lives year after year, so we have a special place in our hearts for them. You can’t beat the value of a plant you only buy once!

Landscaping with Annuals

April 23, 2019

Annuals are plants that bloom from spring until fall, filling your landscape with a beautiful display of colorful flowers. Annuals are relatively quick to establish and easy to grow and care for. There are hundreds of varieties of annuals to choose from, whether you're planting in the sun or shade.

Our Favorite Flowering Trees

April 09, 2019

Now that spring has officially sprung, it’s time to bring some color back into our world. Flowering shrubs and trees will soon start to make their grand entrance, decorating the garden with their bright blooms and sweet fragrances. In the spirit of the season, we’ve chosen our top five flowering trees to help wake up your garden this spring!

Top 5 Shade Trees

March 26, 2019

While the weather may still be cool, the summer sun will be beating down on us soon enough. Now that we’re good and sick of the winter weather, we may be looking forward to feeling the hot sun on our faces - but our shade-loving flowers are quaking in their roots!

Importance of Mulching

March 05, 2019

When it comes to caring for your garden, mulch can be as important to plant health as soil and water. Mulching provides plenty of benefits, both functionally and aesthetically, but is often an overlooked part of our gardening routine. We’re here to help you understand the importance of mulching, and how to choose the right mulch for your garden!

Outdoor Furniture

February 26, 2019

When the sun is shining and temperatures are warm, there’s no better place to be than outside in your own little paradise. With patio season fast approaching, we’re preparing ourselves for afternoons spent basking in the sun, and evenings spent barbecuing with a beer in hand. But to make our outdoor area a truly enjoyable and welcoming place, a good quality patio furniture set is essential. Here’s our advice on choosing outdoor furniture that’s both functional and stylish!

Grub Control

February 19, 2019

Unlike other common garden pests, who happily (and visibly) munch on our plants, grubs are a little more hidden. They live beneath the ground, snacking on the important organic matter that your plants need for nutrients and although they leave the foliage alone, their appetite for your plant’s roots is even more of a problem.

Lawn Care Calendar

February 12, 2019

When it comes to tackling any long-term project, going in with an organized schedule helps ensure everything goes according to plan. Lawn maintenance is no different— by having a system set in place that you can stick to, you’ll undoubtedly make your lawn care efforts easier to manage and more successful overall. Here’s how you can get started on developing a proper lawn care schedule for the upcoming seasons. 

Spring Yard Clean Up

February 05, 2019

There’s something about spring that just invigorates us. New growth and budding blooms give color to our world once again, helping us shake our winter blues, and the warmth of spring and longer days provides encouragement to be more active. Use this energy to give your yard a much-needed spring clean-up!

Pruning Calendar

January 29, 2019

Pruning is an important part of garden maintenance, and often a vital role in a plant’s health. Removing dead, diseased, or crossing limbs keeps our branching friends strong and healthy. Not to mention, a tidied look enhances their natural beauty! The best time for pruning will ultimately depend on what type of plant you have. Take a look at our helpful pruning calendar to keep your trees and shrubs healthy and happy.

Protecting Evergreens for the Winter

January 22, 2019

We tend to assume that evergreens are so hardy that they have no problem facing the worst that a Pennsylvania winter can throw at them. While these beautiful trees and shrubs stay vibrantly green and don’t share the same fate as deciduous trees when the temperatures plunge, it doesn’t mean that they can’t benefit from - or sometimes even need - a little bit of love and care to look their best. A bit of seasonal effort is all that you need to have your evergreens looking healthy for longer.

Feeding Birds in the Winter

January 15, 2019

Something about birds singing in our backyard just completes our garden and home. While getting birds to visit your garden isn’t quite as simple as collecting and planting your favorite flowers, there are lots of ways you can entice your neighbourhood birds to make your home their popular hangout. 

Deer-Proofing Your Property

January 08, 2019

Here in Pennsylvania, we have a complicated relationship with deer. They’re an emblem of our state, they’re beautiful to look at - and they can be a complete nuisance. While there are around 1.5 million white-tailed deer in our beautiful state, when it comes to our yards, we’d like to keep that number closer to zero. Keep deer out of your garden with these tips.

Spotted Lanternfly

January 01, 2019

The USDA is spending $17.5 million to fight a new garden scourge that's spreading out of control across North America. While we might not have the budget of a government department, each of us still has to deal with these pests trying to take over our yards - so learning more about them and how to save our gardens from them is quickly becoming more and more important.