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LET’S TALK GARDENING – Lawn Care

By Doug Hensel
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SOLVING YOUR WEED & PEST PROBLEMS As of this writing, spring is only 56 days away. Are you ready? January is a very important month in gardening. It is now that you do your due diligence with planning out your strategy of what it is that you want to achieve with your lawn care and…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – How to Get Rid of Common Houseplant Pests

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

It’s the end of January and my houseplants have been indoors since October. So should I do anything with them now? Yes! Examine them for insects. All it takes is a missed egg or two and, indoors, with no natural predators, you can have a problem. Here are some of the most common pests: Common…

LET’S TALK GARDENING – Pruning Is All About Timing

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

TO PRUNE OR NOT TO PRUNE?  –  THAT’S A GOOD QUESTION! A couple of years ago I wrote a blog on this very subject. I think it is only fitting that I write on this topic once again. It seems that every day I get customers asking about pruning. For some reason, people see their…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Learning to Love Squirrels

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Thursday, January 21st, is Squirrel Appreciation Day. Some Interesting Facts The word ‘squirrel’ comes from the Anglo-Norman word “esquirel’ meaning ‘shadow-tailed.’ They are native to every continent with the exception of Antarctica and Australia. While there are squirrels in Australia, they were introduced there, but they are not native to the country. Their front teeth…

DOUG’S BLOG – Oh, Deer!

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

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
Bonnie's Garden

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
Doug's Blog

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 GARDENING BLOG – February is Houseplant Month at the Great Big Greenhouse

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

FOLIAGE PLANTS ARE MORE THAN JUST DECORATIVE HOME ACCENTS Have you ever considered going indoors to “get a breath of fresh air?” It’s not as crazy as it sounds, considering the level of air pollution we experience daily from automobile engines, factories, asphalt fumes, and pesticide use. A few well-placed house plants can make your…

BONNIE’S GARDEN: Yesterday’s Visions – Today’s Amazing Seeds

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

It’s that time of year again. New 2020 dated seeds have arrived and I’m so ready for spring (actually I was ready for spring in October). 3 Great Seed Companies At the Great Big Greenhouse, we carry seeds from three companies: Botanical Interests because of their dedication to quality, great selection of regular and organic…

DOUG’S GARDENING BLOG – Lucky Bamboo: My Houseplant Highlight for January

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

ARE YOU FEELING LUCKY AS WE BEGIN THE NEW YEAR? Technically, lucky bamboo is not a bamboo at all, but cane cuttings of Dracaena sanderiana. Dracaena sanderiana is sometimes referred to as the Ribbon Plant: loose rosette of narrow white-striped leaves on white-striped trunks. It has been an Asian symbol of good fortune and prosperity…

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