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Backyard Birding: How to Attract Winter Birds

November 05, 2019

With their cute, quick movements and harmonious sounds, winter birds add a little more life to your snow-covered landscape this year.

Planting Deciduous Trees to Beautify Your Yard

October 22, 2019

Trees are both beautiful and functional additions to your landscape design. Make some leafy additions to your yard this year with our deciduous tree planting guide!

How to Make the Most of Your Fall Yard Cleanup

October 08, 2019

Cleaning isn't exclusive to spring! Here's how you can take pride in your fall landscape and prepare it for the winter ahead.

Your Guide to Fall Planting & Growing

September 24, 2019

While we may be sad to see the heat of the summer on its last legs, there’s also something so inviting about the arrival of fall. The crisp, cool air is a refreshing relief from the scorching sun, and the changing leaves paint the landscape in fiery hues that bring nature to life. And although the trees may be dropping their leaves and our summer blooms may be coming to an end, there’s still quite a bit of planting and growing that can be done here in Allentown.

Your Guide to Fall Lawn Care

September 10, 2019

As reluctant as we are to admit it, the mercury is starting to drop to new lows and the morning air is feeling a tad bit chillier here in Allentown. OK, maybe we've just gone from scorching hot to a comfortable hot, but the temperature is dropping nonetheless. Soon, the trees will turn into vibrant autumn colors, and before we know it, the branches will be bare, and leaves will be covering the ground. That means tending to our garden is just about over for another year, right? Soon, but not quite. Your lawn care calendar doesn't end after summer— here are some things to add to your checklist before winter arrives.

How To Design a Low Maintenance Garden

August 27, 2019

The idea of having a beautiful low maintenance garden and yard is a dream for many of us—a place that we can come home to relax after a long day of work, instead of having to spend evenings mowing the lawn, pruning trees, or watering plants and flowers. The dream of low maintenance gardening may seem too good to be true, but that’s certainly not the case. 

Cool Weather Veggies for an Autumn Harvest

August 13, 2019

Our growing season here in Allentown is usually 110 days long, which means we have the opportunity to grow a second crop of veggies for a late fall harvest. Cool weather veggies prefer milder temperatures to grow, and most of them are great for both early spring and late summer planting since they don’t do too well in the scorching heat of July and August.

The Best Canning and Pickling Recipes for Your Summer Harvest

July 30, 2019

Canning and pickling recipes are some of the best ways to make the most out of your summer garden harvest— after all, one can only eat so many salads. An extra punch of flavor with fresh herbs, tangy brines and sweet syrupy reductions will turn simple fruits and veggies into some seriously tasty meal toppers. 

Beat the Heat: Midsummer Garden Care Tips

July 16, 2019

During the long, hot days of summer, we all dream of relaxing in the garden with a cold drink. In that way, we have a lot in common with our garden plants! Humid air, scorching sunshine, and thriving pest populations all pose specific challenges to our gardens at this time of year. With these tips, your plants can enjoy a stress-free summer.

Fighting Japanese Beetles

July 02, 2019

Our landscapes act as hosts for all kinds of visitors—from friendly pollinators to annoying pests. One such pest has become a real nuisance in Allentown yards in the past few years: the Japanese beetle. Not only do they cause devastating damage wherever they go, but they’re also frustratingly difficult to control! However, we know of a secret weapon to help you fight back. Here’s how to identify and get rid of Japanese beetles.

3 Types of Ornamental Grasses and Why You Should Grow Them

June 18, 2019

When you think of grass, you probably imagine the run-of-the-mill lawn grasses that we’re tasked with cutting week after week. Many folks seem to forget about ornamental grasses— the fancier leafy greens that aren’t meant to be cut back regularly. With so many different ornamental grasses available in all sorts of colors and textures, these garden plants are anything but boring. They look great in garden beds as well as container arrangements, so have some fun experimenting with these different grasses and the many ways to display them.

Shrubs and Trees for Border Screening & Privacy

June 04, 2019

With the social lives we live today, both in person and online, privacy seems to be a thing of the past. Sometimes we have to retreat to the confines of our homes just to get a little peace and quiet. But with warm, sunny days ahead, who wants to be stuck inside? These shrubs and trees can help you create an intimate backyard paradise, perfect for when you want to unplug yourself from the world and relax in private.

Herb Gardening

May 28, 2019

Herbs are very easy to grow with very basic care. Most herbs do best in sunny locations. Their essential oils, which contribute to flavor and fragrance, are produced in greatest quantities when herbs receive at least 6-8 hours of sunlight per day.

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.