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DOUG’S BLOG – Oh, Deer!

By Doug Hensel
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HOW TO PROTECT YOUR SHRUBS AND TREES FROM WINTER DEER DAMAGE I know this is a sensitive and frustrating topic for many of you. Last year, more than ever that I can remember, many new plantings of shrubs and trees took place. With the pandemic, many of you spent time and money on the landscape….

BONNIE’S GARDEN – 6 Things to Consider When Choosing a New House Plant

By Bonnie Pega
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Did you know that yesterday, January 10th, was House Plant Appreciation Day? In the middle of winter, I sure do appreciate mine. If you’re like me, you’re tired of chilly gray winter days so you’d love to take home yet another plant to brighten a corner, a table, a windowsill. But there are some things…

DOUG’S BLOG – January Gardening Tips and Thoughts

By Doug Hensel
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JANUARY IS A GOOD MONTH TO SPEND TIME REFLECTING AND PLANNING YOUR GARDENING STRATEGY FOR THE UPCOMING SPRING SEASON First, HAPPY NEW YEAR to all you gardeners. We made it to 2021. Somehow, all the gardening disappointments of last year with the excessive rainfall seem to be vanishing as we look forward to another great…

DOUG’S BLOG – A Gardening Year in Review

By Doug Hensel
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WHAT A CRAZY YEAR 2020 TURNED OUT TO BE FOR GARDENING I have been in the retail garden center business for over 40 years and I can sum up 2020 with one word – UNPRECEDENTED. The time right before New Year’s is often a time for reflection on the past year and the year ahead….

BONNIE’S GARDEN – How Did I Do With My 2020 Garden Resolutions?

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Every year I make New Year’s resolutions for my garden. Last year, I made only three—to be better at keeping weeds and debris out of my garden, to be better about repotting plants when they need it, and to take time to appreciate the efforts of my hard work. So how did I do? My…

DOUG’S BLOG – Caring for Your Container Gardens in the Winter

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

YEAR-ROUND CONTAINER GARDENING HAS BECOME A STRONG GARDENING TREND OVER THE RECENT YEARS Anybody who knows me then knows how much I love container gardening. I have a total of 15 assorted container gardens in an array of different styles, sizes, and make of containers. Most of my containers are colorful, glazed containers. But, I…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Longing for Springtime

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Today, December 21st, is the Winter Solstice—the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. In Australia, on the other hand, they’re preparing for summer fun. According to the calendar, in the Northern Hemisphere, Winter runs from the Winter Solstice on or around December 21st through the Spring Equinox on or around March 20th….

DOUG’S BLOG – Winter Care of Concrete Fountains and Statuary

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

THESE CONCRETE ITEMS NEED OUR ATTENTION THIS TIME OF YEAR Adding structure, such as fountains and statuary, is a very popular trend in landscape design. Last Monday we had our true first taste of cold wintry weather when our high was only in the ’30s and we “officially” had one inch of snow. Now that…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – How to Care for Your Holiday Plants

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Did you get a poinsettia for your mantle? Maybe someone gave you a beautiful amaryllis to enjoy? So what do you do with them when they finish blooming? Throw them away? Not so fast! Here’s a quick guide on how to care for these Holiday beauties. How to Care For Your Holiday Plants Poinsettias Keep…

DOUG’S BLOG – Using Fresh Greenery for Holiday Decorations

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

REMEMBER TO TAKE A STROLL THROUGH YOUR OWN LANDSCAPE GARDENS Now that we are in December many people have decorating their living spaces on their agenda for the upcoming holiday season. Finding the right materials to decorate for the holidays can be as easy as taking a stroll through your gardens. Personally, I find it…

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