Recent Blog Posts

Training a Climbing Rose

While many roses are low growing or have a natural shrub-like appearance, some need training to keep them looking great. Whether it be growing roses on a pergola or arbor, here is the method to trainng your roses properly. Attach the canes.

Mid-Summer Classics

There are many very attractive bloomers that thrive in the mid-summer heat. Add vibrant reds and yellows for that weekend garden party. Place some softer pastels around your front door and back patio. And remember, summer color is not restricted to just the flower's bloom.

Choosing & Using Spreaders

No matter what kind of lawn products you use, their performance depends in large measure on the quality of the spreader that you use to apply them. A poor-quality spreader often leaves missed streaks or patches in the lawn where the material is either not applied, or is applied at the wrong rate.

Fertilizing Your Lawn brought to you by the Scotts Company

There are four major considerations in selecting a lawn fertilizer. 1. The Analysis 2. The Nitrogen Release Rate 3. Granule Content 4. Results How to Select a Lawn Fertilizer1. The Analysis This indicates the percentage (by weight) of the three major nutrients in a fertilizer: nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. The analysis is printed on the front of every fertilizer package, as shown here.

Cutting Comments

With spring's bloom just weeks away, take a look at your shrubs and consider pruning them. To encourage strong growth, cut away dead, damaged or spindly branches. And if you want to reshape the plant, do it now rather than when foliage starts masking the underlying branch structure.

Wintertime Green Thumb

Do you miss the great taste of fresh-from-the-garden spices and veggies? Then start a little mini-garden in your kitchen by planting some fresh herbs and vegetables. It's really pretty easy. All you need are some planters, soil, seeds and light.

Getting Canned

Obviously, a huge vegetable harvest is better than a sparse yield, but overabundance does pose its own problem. Namely, what do you do with all those vegetables? You could hand them out to neighbors--and wait in vain for them to repay the favor.