What Are Some Summer Gardening Tips?

Every year when summer finally arrives it feels like we’ve waited forever for the long sunny days, time off from school, vacations, and gatherings by the pool. Don’t forget about the blooming beauty of our gardens. Summer gardening can seem overwhelming to some newbies who want all the beauty but don’t have the experience. Not to worry, Spring-Green, your neighborhood’s top choice of lawn care specialist since 1977, has all the summer gardening tips you need. Whether you are an experienced gardener, or your experience level is “green,” this guide will help you enjoy a stunning garden this summer. Let’s get started, shall we?  

Your Guide To A Glorious Summer Garden  

Watering is essential for keeping your summer garden thriving during the hot, dry season. Of course, there is a tipping point and overwatering can lead to damage to your plants. Overwatering can lead to increased crabgrass, disease, and shallow rooting. We won’t even talk about the skyrocketing of your water bill or wasting a valuable resource part of things. To avoid overwatering, follow these best practices:  

  • The step on it test. Just because the temps are high and the summer days are hot doesn’t mean your grass needs watering. A good rule of thumb is to step on your lawn and see if it springs back. If so, it does not require hydration. If not, you’ll need to get the sprinklers or hoses ready. You can also utilize a soil moisture sensor which can show you the amount of moisture at the plant’s roots and help you determine when your lawn truly does need watering.  
  • Cut it less. Is that music to your ears? Less lawn mowing the better, right? Well, no not really. We are simply suggesting you raise your lawnmower blade to keep longer grass blades that help to promote deeper root growth, resulting in a drought-resistant lawn, lowered rates of evaporation, and (bonus) fewer weeds.  
  • Timing matters. When you water your lawn is extremely important to its success. For example, watering in the early morning is a good time to prevent evaporation. Also, rainfall ebbs and flows during the summer months, so be sure to adjust your watering schedule accordingly.    

Keeping pests at bay is critical to your summer garden’s success. One essential to your healthy garden this is summer is to focus on keeping the pests away, Depending on your region of the world, these pests could range from squirrels and rabbits to centipedes and birds. There are many environmentally-friendly options for keeping your variety of pests away and you can also explore beneficial insects that eat pests. For example, ladybugs and their larvae eat aphids, mealybugs, whiteflies, and mites. Other beneficial bugs include spiders, centipedes, ground beetles, dragonflies, and big-eyed bugs.  

Weeding is like showing love to your summer garden. Weeds grow in the summer too, unfortunately. Mulching early is an effective way to avoid a weed takeover of your summer garden. If you add a layer of cardboard or newspaper below your mulch, you get added benefits such as weed control at a low cost and a more natural alternative to landscaping cloth – both of which eventually break down into the ecosystem. Of course, when weeds do rear their ugly heads, pulling them out while they are young will help keep them away.   

More tips and best practices for your amazing summer garden.  

  • Harvest – If you have plants that bring your fruits and vegetables, be sure to harvest them regularly. The more you do, the more the plant will produce. The best time to harvest is in the morning, so enjoy the bounty from your garden as much as possible (and as frequently as possible).   
  • Mulch – Mulch offers more than just weed control. It also helps to keep moisture from evaporating, translating into less frequent watering. It can also offer the benefit of keeping the soil from getting too hot during the summer months.    
  • Fertilize – For a healthy and thriving summer garden, you should be fertilizing monthly. You’ll need to determine your soil’s needs and choose the right fertilizer that is safe for your plants and ecosystem.  
  • Clear – Raking and clearing away leaves is an important step to keeping disease away. Be sure to do this regularly to keep the harmful diseases away from your plants and shrubs.   
  • Compost. An indoor composter is an excellent way to support your summer garden. You simply place all the trimmings from the garden and the kitchen into your compost pile or an indoor composter and use this “waste” for the nutrition of your garden.   

Spring-Green has been America’s neighborhood lawn care specialist since 1977 and is standing by to help you with your summer gardening goals. Just a phone call away, our team of pros can be ready to support your big projects, help you with maintaining your beautiful lawn and garden, or help you if problems arise.   

Contact Spring-Green today.  

Your Spring Planting Plan Is Here

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Welcome to May! It’s time to start looking forward to all the amazing things spring and summer can bring to our outdoor world. If you’ve had gardening on your mind, the time to get started is now. It’s optimal time to get to work on your vegetable, fruit, herb, or flower planting initiatives. The pros at Spring-Green are passionate about all things that grow outside. Of course, we’re your neighborhood lawn care partners, but we’re all about gardening too. We know the weather is beautiful, and the time is right to get started. That’s why we’ve crafted this little beginner’s guide for you to check out as you plan out your spring garden this year.

5 Things That Should Be On Your Gardening Mind This May

  1. Get Familiar with Popular Vegetables, Fruit, & Flowers

May is prime time for gardening. Some vegetables, fruits, flowers, and herbs are best planted in later spring.Of course, many variables influence what choices you should make for your specific garden, but here is an overview of perfect options for planting in the month of May.

Fruits Honeydew Melon, Tomatoes, Raspberries

Vegetables Cucumber, Beets, Carrots, Beans, Peppers, Potatoes, Garlic

Herbs Mint, Rosemary, Sage, Cilantro, Thyme, Parsley, Basil

Flowers Crocus, Daffodils, Hyacinths, Primrose, Tulips, Camellia

2. Where to Begin?

Starting your spring garden can be the hardest part if you’re a newbie. Not to worry, though – follow these steps to get your garden growing in time for optimal enjoyment this summer.

Planting in Garden

Start by answering a few general questions:

  • Which vegetables does your family love to eat?
  • If you’re planting flowers, what are your preferences?
  • What is your budget for your garden?
  • Are you looking for flowers that return on their own each year, or do you prefer to plant anew every spring?

Follow some general rules of thumb:

  • Avoid getting fancy for your first garden – start basic and build your way up to more complicated gardening once you’re comfortable.
  • Choose the areas of your yard for the garden wisely. Consider the sun coverage and exposure to other elements like shade, rain, and wind. You’ll also want to choose a level spot of land, avoiding slopes. If you have a large property, you may also consider a place that’s easy to eyeball and see how it’s working.
  • Do a thorough job of clearing away any debris, weeds, and roots from the ground on the area you want to plant.
  • Check out the health of your soil. Soil is one of the most important elements to the success of your garden. You can test the pH balance of the soil, and if needed, add nutrients in advance to get it garden-ready.

3. Explore What’s Best for You & Your Garden

Once you have a good sense of the garden generalities, it’s time to customize your plan for your plantings. You’ll need to define…

  • Size: How big will your garden be? This choice is variable to your space and preference but can influence what you choose to plant.
  • Location: Where will your garden be in your yard? This is a pivotal decision as you want optimal sun exposure for the specific plants you select as well as consideration for rain, weather, and soil conditions.
  • Geography: Some plants thrive in the south and warmer climates or only in the northwest of the United States. It may simply depend on where you are located on the map so make sure you research your plants’ best geography.
  • Time: The amount of time and effort you can put into your garden is another factor that can influence your choice. If you know you don’t have too much time to dedicate to your gardening effort, you may want to choose heartier plants such as Hostas, Daisies, Hibiscus, Garlic, Chives, Basil, or Oregano that don’t require a lot of TLC. You could also opt to plant in a few pots and save space in your lawn.

4. How to Maintain Your Spring Garden

Now you need to get down to the business of planting your garden. Your next train of thought should be related to maintenance. Here are few tips to get you started – of course, many variables can influence your maintenance, such as your climate and your specific garden’s plants:

  • Find the perfect balance of water to keep your garden growing. Your young garden should never be allowed to dry out to make sure the roots can flourish. Generally in the warmer months watering once per day is recommended.
    • Mulch is a great option to protect your garden from weed overgrowth as well as locking in moisture. Best practices are to cover the soil with about two inches of mulch to prevent the sunlight from hitting the soil. Be sure to choose organic mulch, such as bark or cocoa bean shells, to support healthy soil.
    • Although the mulch will help keep weeds at bay, they can still pop up. Be sure to keep an eye out for weeds, dead vegetation and, of course, pesky bugs or rodents to keep your garden healthy.
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5. Tips for a Raised Bed Garden

You may decide to go with a raised garden for aesthetics or because your soil quality is not great. Either way, a raised bed garden is not difficult to install. If you’re handy, you can do it yourself. If you like the easier option, you can most likely find one at your local nursery or home repair store.

As you plan your spring garden, be sure to take into consideration factors like sunlight, rainfall, soil conditions, as well as your level of commitment, so you can ensure your garden is a success. Spring-Green is standing by if you’re in need some expert advice or support for your garden and your lawn care needs. Since 1977, we’ve partnered with home and business owners in our communities to help them get full enjoyment out of their outdoors.

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Summer’s Almost Over – Get Your Garden Ready For Fall

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The Northern Hemisphere officially marks the close of summer on September 23rd this year, while most of us consider Labor Day to be the end of all things summer-related. While some of us look forward to the fall season and all approaching holidays, some are left with a feeling of concern, confusion or dread as we worry about our gardens!

Navigating the changing of the seasons, for the garden lovers among us, entails more than just pulling your favorite pea coat or scarf out of the closet. In fact, the transition from summer to fall requires some careful consideration.

If you are ready to welcome fall but worried about protecting your garden from dropping temps and changing weather conditions, no need to fret, your neighborhood lawn care professionals at Spring-Green are here with all the tips and expert guidance you need. Now, you can get to planning your fall festivities.

The Tips You Need to Get Your Garden Ready for Fall

  • Clear the way for the fall season. As we put our swimming suits away for the remainder of the year, it’s also a good time to clear out your garden. A key part of your fall garden preparation should include clearing away debris such as twigs, branches, leaves as well as dead or diseased plants. While you’re in the process of prepping your garden for fall and winter, keep in mind that you can add dead vegetable plants and annuals to your compost pile. Note: if the plants you are removing are diseased, it’s best not to add them to your composting efforts.
  • Tidy up your outdoor area. While you are outside removing dead plants and debris, take a look around at your garden area for equipment that should be stored away for colder seasons. Take a few moments to clean your equipment and place it away to protect them from the elements and have them ready for easy access when the temps begin to drop again.
  • Consider composting. Fall is the perfect time of year to add compost to your garden. Especially if you are not using mulch, your garden will benefit from two to three inches of compost on the growing beds. Composting is not only good for the environment, but it is an excellent way to set your garden up for success in fighting diseases and retaining moisture – just to name a few benefits.
  • Protect your trees before winter arrives. Fall brings festivals, pumpkins and stunning foliage, and right on the heels of fall come freezing temps. Even before the first day of winter, your garden might face cold rains and gusty winds that are especially problematic for any new trees that you have planted during the warmer seasons. Staking young trees is an excellent way to keep them safe during fall and winter, and you might even consider a breathable vinyl or fabric tree wrap to protect them from rodents that often damage bark during winter.
  • Planting in the fall, yes you can. Planting in the fall can set you up for a stunning show of spring flowers, making right now the perfect time to explore planting flower bulbs such as crocus, tulips and daffodils as well as garlic and onions. Growing zones vary but typically optimal times to plant fall in mid-October and early to mid-November. Most definitely, you’ll want to do your planting before the ground freezes and protect your planting efforts with mulch. Fall mums also keep you garden looking colorful in the fall.
  • Divide and conquer your perennials. Fall is a great time to divide and trim (not really conquer) your perennial plants. Once you’ve divided those perennials that have become overcrowded, you can transplant to places in your garden where there will be mulch to protect them during winter. For the perennial plants that have turned yellow or brown, fall marks the perfect time cut them back as you prep for colder months ahead.
  • Feed your soil. Many gardeners mistakenly think that adding nutrients to the soil is solely reserved for spring. To the contrary, fall is an excellent time to nurture your soil like manure, compost, bone meal, kelp and rock phosphate. Turning or tilling your soil at this time of year can also improve drainage before extreme weather inevitably comes our way.

Each season requires special attention for our gardens to keep them healthy, thriving and enjoyable year-round. As we make our yearly entrance into the fall season, you can grab these tips to get your garden ready for the colder months ahead.

Since 1977, our pros have been standing by to help with homeowners and business owners with their lawn care needs. Our reputation is founded on quality customer service, so we work hard to understand your needs and create a plan that exceeds your expectations. Happy fall!

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Pollinators: Tips For Attracting More Bees + Butterflies

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As summer kicks into full gear, it’s the best time to step outside and take in the glories of nature. Spending time engulfed in your home’s outdoor oasis is even better when the garden is full of beautiful flowers and foliage to enhance our enjoyment. If your garden is full of plants that attract butterflies and hummingbirds, you already know who magical that can be.

But, did you know how important it is to attract more pollinators to your garden? In fact, strategically planting flowers and plants that attract pollinators offers countless and far-reaching benefits to, not only, your garden, but the entire ecosystem you inhabit.

Pesticides and crowded cities, along with many other reasons, have contributed to a decline in pollinators, especially bees. The ecosystem supported by bees and other pollinators is increasingly in jeopardy, but small steps can help improve this precious resource.

What to Know About Pollinators & How to Attract Them

What are pollinators and why do they matter? – Birds, bats, bees, butterflies, beetles and other small mammals are all considered pollinators because they travel from plant to plant carrying pollen. They interact with the plants providing genetic material that is critical to our environment. Essentially, these pollinators, most importantly bees, drink nectar from the flowers or travel with and transport needed pollen as they go from spot to spot.

  • A majority (around 75-95%) of the flowering plants in our world environment need pollinators to help them with pollination.
  • Pollinators impact over 180,000 different plant species and more than 1200 crops.
  • It’s commonly agreed that one out of every three bites of food we eat is there because of pollinators.
  • In terms of dollars and cents, pollinators and the results of their efforts generate $217 billion globally.
  • Bees alone contribute to 1.2 and 5.4 billion dollars in the United States.
  • And, as if that were not enough, pollinators support a healthy environment contributing to clean the air, stabilize soils, protect from severe weather and keep wildlife habitats safe.

Now that we’ve painted the picture of just how important these pollinators are to our ecosystems, let’s drill down on our gardening strategy to support and encourage more pollination activity.

Plants that attract pollinators – One of the most impactful action steps you can take is planting plants that attract pollinators. By choosing nectar and pollen-rich plants, you will increase the occurrence of pollination in your ecosystem. Choose wildflowers, old-fashioned varieties of flowers and local varietals of blooming annuals, perennials and shrubs so nectar and pollen will be on hand throughout the growing season.

Flowers That Attract Bees, Butterflies, & Hummingbirds

Butterfly Attracting Plants – Alyssum, Aster, Bee balm, Butterfly bush, Calendula, Dianthus, Lavender, Marigold, Purple Coneflower, Stonecrop, and Zinnia, among others.

Hummingbird Attracting Plants – Ajuga, Butterfly weed, Cardinal flower, Delphinium, Geranium, Iris, Lily, Paintbrush, Scarlet sage, Zinnia, and many others.

Bee Attracting Plants – Perennials and Annuals, Bee balm, Bee plant, Borage, Gaillardia, Goldenrod, Marjoram, Rosemary, Wallflower, Wild Rose, and much more.

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Keep Things Organic

Many commonly-used pesticides contain toxins that are detrimental to the bee population. Taking an organic and bee-friendly approach to weed prevention and pest control is safer for the environment, encourages crucial pollination from the endangered honey bee and is safer for your family.

Few things are more beautiful during summer than to relax in your backyard (or front yard) with a tall glass of iced tea and watch butterflies and hummingbirds flitting from colorful flower to colorful flower. Making this happen does so much more than just add to your own personal connection to nature; it has a serious impact on the entire environment. You can feel good knowing that you are helping to make a difference while enhancing the beauty of your home or business’s exterior.

The good news is you don’t have to take a DIY approach to creating a garden that attracts pollinators. Your local Spring-Green lawn care team is well-versed on native plants that can support pollination activity with low maintenance and a positive impact on the environment around you. Get started now and start enjoying the splendors of nature – all from the comfort of your own home!

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Fall Composting Guide to Keep Your Garden Looking Fantastic Year-round

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As summer comes to an end, the leaves begin to hit the ground and the temps dip, we embrace what some might call the best season of the year. Fall brings sweaters, football games and if you want your garden to thrive year-round, fall composting.

Whether you’re brand-new to gardening and have no idea where to begin or an experienced pro in need of a fall composting refresher, the lawn care specialists at Spring-Green compiled (pun intended) the composting tips you need to get started!

A No-Brainer Guide to Fall Composting:

Fall Composting Basics – Composting is a natural way of making your soil richer through the process of adding recycled material such as leaves and vegetable scraps to the garden. Compost has a positive impact on your soil – enhancing the ability of the soil to retain nutrients and moisture. It’s great for the environment and an effective way to help your garden thrive.

The Perfect Mix For My Fall Composting – When the leaves begin to fall, keeping up with raking can be a full-time job. That’s why fall composting is a win-win; it can make your life easier and your garden looking amazing. Leaves are carbon-rich and small enough to be easily added into your compost. Fresh grass clippings are also a great addition to your fall composting pile because they are nitrogen-rich. Another ingredient for your fall composting is the dying plants from your garden such as annuals from your vegetable garden or flowers that contain many nutrients.

Here are a few tips for using leaves, grass clippings, plants and flowers to your fall composting:

  • Deciduous leaves work best.
  • Avoid using evergreen leaves such as holly, laurel and conifers.
  • Wait until your leaves start turning brown before adding them to your composting pile.
  • Add thin layers of grass clippings to your compost to avoid matting.
  • Avoid adding plants that have disease or mold problems.
  • Leave thick stems and branches should be left out of your fall composting pile.

Everything You Need To Know About Your Fall Composting Pile – Your fall composting efforts do require more materials than just the ones you find in your own garden such as leaves, grass clippings and dying plants. A few basic provisions and best practices should be top-of-mind as you begin.

What you’ll need to keep in mind for your fall composting pile:

  • Cover your fall composting pile or use an enclosed container. Your compost pile should be kept moist but should not get drenched by fall rains. Using a tarp or enclosed container, known as a composter, you can protect the contents of your fall compost pile from the elements. This will also deter pests from setting up home inside your compost pile.
  • Go slow to avoid matting. Composting can easily become matted. Be sure your materials are blended well by adding small batches of leaves at a time. Too many leaves thrown in all at once will cause matting and hinder the progress of your fall composting.
  • Add to the mix. Controlling moisture in your fall composting pile can be challenging because lawn clippings and food scraps are about 80 percent water. You can add with straw, woody waste or cardboard to keep your pile to soak up some of the excess moisture.

Some frequently asked questions about fall composting.

  • Should I go with DIY vs. Store-bought composting? To DIY compost or head to your local garden store, that is the question. The choice is truly up to you and can hinge upon your budget, your time constraints as well as space limitations you have at your home. Either fall composting is a great way to keep your garden looking stunning.
  • What’s the difference between fertilizer and compost? It’s easy to be confused about this, but the difference is fairly simple. Your fall compost nurtures and feeds your soil while fertilizer feeds the plants.
  • Why should I use composting? It’s an easy effort that can energize the soil in your garden. Composting has been shown to enhance the ability of plants to fight common diseases and helps the soil retain moisture. Composting is like recycling that offers a win-win for your garden.

Now that you’ve gotten a primer on fall composting, it’s time to get to planning. Have the leaves started falling in your yard yet? When you’re in need of total lawn care services, your local Spring-Green lawn care professional is standing by to help. Since 1977, we’ve been providing a full range of professional lawn care services to fit any budget.

For more information on caring for your lawn and landscape, contact your neighborhood lawn care professional today at Spring-Green.

Answers to the Top 4 Questions Everyone Is Asking about Fall Mums

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Chrysanthemums, more commonly referred to as Mums, are a top choice for the fall garden. Fall Mums are a go-to way to add zest to the garden as summer draws to close because of their beauty and hardiness. However, there are a few tricks of the trade to keep these stunners making a splash in your garden even when your more delicate summer flowers are beginning to fade away.

Confusion about how to plant Fall Mums doesn’t have to scare you away from your garden goals – especially since now you have all the answers to your top questions right here at your disposal from the pros at Spring-Green.

Here are tips on fall mums to keep your garden looking spectacular this fall and year-round.

Everything You Need to Know about Fall Mums

1. Does it even make sense to plant Mums so late in the year? In a word, yes! While other flowering plants in your garden are fading away for the winter, Fall Mums are a powerhouse of color and vibrancy for any garden. The cooling temperatures of fall don’t bother mums. Their colors get bolder, and their blossoms will typically last until the first extreme frost.

2. How exactly do I care for my Fall Mums? Caring for flowers is not hard, but it may require developing a new vocabulary! Master these terms and your Fall Mums will flourish throughout late summer and fall.

  • Pinching – By pinching off the top of the plant, you’ll gain a sturdy, bushier plant with lots of blooms. The rule of thumb for pinching is about one to two inches at a rate of every three to four weeks until early July in cooler climates, the end of July in warmer gardening zones.
  • Deadheading – Deadheading, while it might sound like it refers to a popular rock band from the 60’s, is really a term that refers to one of your gardening chores. It is the removal of dead or fading flowers from living plants and is a critical function of your Fall Mums success in your garden if you live in a warmer climate. For those living in cold areas, the arrival of the first frost typically makes this step unnecessary.
  • Feeding – Not a new term, but one to keep at top of mind to ensure your Fall Mums’ success. Fall Mums are heavy feeders that require rich soil to thrive. You should feed your Mums every three to four weeks to improve flowering results.

3. Do Fall Mums come back year after year? Mums are considered tender perennials, which means whether come back year after year is dependent on when they were planted. If planted in spring or summer, they are likely to overwinter and become perennials. It is still possible for your Mums to be perennials if planted in the fall if the temps are warmer while the set their roots. The later they are planted and the colder the temps may change them to the category of annuals.

4. What types of Mums Are There? Many varieties of Mums exist, all beautiful but offering different things to the gardener who know what he or she wants to accomplish. Let’s examine a few popular gardening goals, and which types of Mums can help accomplish them.

  • Make a statement: The spider Mum is a stunner standing over three feet tall with reddish blossoms demand to be noticed.
  • Add bold color: Plant the Jessica Mum with bright yellow blossoms in your midseason to add a splash of color to any garden.
  • Add function and beauty: The French Vanilla Mum is a classic favorite with big white flowers that add classic elegance but also work perfectly when creating a mixed border or cutting garden.
  • Overcome the cold temps: If you live in a cold climate, the Minnautumn Mum varietal is a great cold-hardy choice for you, and its vivid orange-ish red flowers are showstoppers.

The best Fall Mums bloom schedules will vary based on the type of mum you desire and your climate, but best times to plant generally run from September through October. In other words, it’s time to plant your Fall Mums!

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5 New Year’s Resolutions that Your Whole Family Can Enjoy!

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It’s that time again… Time to pick your resolutions. Deciding on the right one can be stressful. With the holiday happenings and the prep for the New Year, who really has the time to commit 100% to a resolution? Then it’s the manner of keeping up with it once you’ve chosen it! That is a challenge within itself. That’s why picking something that you and those around you can enjoy, can be what keeps you motivated.

Need some help picking that special resolution? I’ve got one for you: A more beautiful lawn and landscape in 2016! Why not make your New Year’s resolution something that not only you and your family will enjoy, but something your neighbors can appreciate as well. Whether you’re thinking of moving and want to add some curb appeal, or you want to take the time to really enjoy your outdoor living space next year, investing in your home is always a great choice.

Beautiful yard

Here are a few New Year’s resolution checklist items that will help get you to your goal faster:

1. Keep up with weeding those flower beds/pots:

Tidy up your flower beds/pots this season by keeping up with the constant popping of weeds. Keeping up with the chore on a regular basis makes for less work for you throughout the warm months. Create a real focal point for your home that you’re proud of.

2. Replenish your mulch:

Putting down a new layer of mulch is a great way to liven up the look of your landscape and create a healthy barrier for your plants.

3. Give something a paint or stain facelift:

We all have something around our home that needs a little TLC. Maybe it’s that outdoor bench or your fence that needs to be stained. Maybe a new color of paint on your front door is just what your exterior needs to really perk up. Either way, a fresh coat of something could really do the trick.

4. Add something special to your landscape:

Put in a few extra perennials or add a water feature to the middle of your garden. Adding something extra this spring could really make a difference in the appearance and value of your home.

5. Don’t forget the basics – make your lawn greener and healthier from the roots up:

Giving your lawn the extra TLC it needs is a great way to kick off a new year outdoors. Give you and your family a great space to enjoy nature and have the best lawn in the neighborhood. Contact your local Spring-Green for help. Contact your local Spring-Green for help.

If you’re committed to making a change this year, why not improve your most valuable possession, your home! Make this year, the year that these projects are no longer put off until next season. By checking just one of these items off your list, you’ll be sure to enjoy the results.

If making your lawn and landscape more beautiful this spring isn’t at the top of your New Year’s resolution list, what is? Share in the comments below, I would love to hear what you have planned in 2016.

7 Gift Ideas for the Lawn Lover/Gardener in Your Life.

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Well, it’s that time of year again. The time for food comas, cookie exchanges, gift getting and the sometimes nerve-wracking, gift giving. Having trouble finding the perfect gift for that enthusiastic lawn-lover or gardener in your life? I’ve got you covered. Here are 7 affordable gifts for that yard guru on your list. All of which can be purchased through Amazon and delivered right to your doorstep, just in time for the holidays. Crossing names off your list has never been so easy, and your lawn enthusiast will thank you.

Pure Garden Rolling Work Scooter: This addition to your garage tool arsenal is great for planting or weeding your flowerbeds. It’s the perfect gift for that special someone by making what they love; a much more comfortable and convenient experience. Complete with wheels for the mobile gardener.

Garden Work Scooter

25’ Expanding Hose:  The STRONGEST expandable hose on the market today. This is the perfect quality gift that not only provides a useful benefit, but is also lightweight and extremely mobile. *Bigger sizes are available.

Expanding Hose

Parrot Flower Power:  Have trouble keeping your plants alive or simply tired of not knowing why they aren’t surviving? The Parrot Flower Power takes the trial and error out of house planting.

Parrot Flower Power

Releaf Leaf Scoops:  With these over-sized leaf claws, nothing can stop you. They may look a little silly, but these scoops are perfect for lawn clean up come fall. They also work great for fruit picking and are a perfect protector of your hands from thistles and weeds. You can’t go wrong.

Releaf Leaf Scoops

Rubbermaid 5E28 Deluxe Tool Tower Rack: This rack is perfect for organizing your garage or shed. With room for over 40 yard tools this Tower Rack is perfect for giving all of your garden tools a home.

Tool Tower Rack

Suncast SSW1200 Mocha Resin Wicker 22-Gallon Storage Seat: This stylish storage seat is perfect for hiding unwanted garden clutter and also makes great additional seating for guests.

Wicker Storage Seat

Fiskars Garden Bucket Caddy:  This Number 1 Best Seller is ideal for the mobile gardener. This bucket caddy is perfect for easy transportation of small tools, beverages, and even your cell phone.

Garden Bucket Caddy

Hopefully these gift ideas help you when trying to decide on the perfect gift this holiday season. However, if you decide on something else I would love to hear about it in the comments below. Good luck!

5 Gift Ideas for Gardeners and Lawn Lovers This Holiday

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The season of giving is upon us. It’s the time of year that we spend hours combing through online shops and visiting our favorite superstores to find the perfect gifts for our loved ones. But what do you get that gardener or lawn-lover on your list? I can assure you that I have collected a number of items over the years that have filled my garage to its capacity, but I still enjoy receiving a unique lawn accessory as a gift.

Here are a few not-so-common gift ideas for the gardener or lawn-lover in your life.

Edger

There are many different kinds of edging tools out there. You can go the old-fashioned route and get a manual push edger which has a star-shaped cutting blade that you push forward on one or two wheels lining up to the side. Or you can go all out and purchase an electric or gas-powered version, and although these are very fancy and nice, unless there is a lot of edging to do every week, these may be a little excessive. If you’re looking for similar results without the cost, you can try a string line trimmer, but the manual push edger does provide a more finished look to the lawn edges.

manual push edger with star-shaped cutting blade

Good quality lawn rake

When it comes to gift ideas, gardeners and lawn lovers always appreciate a good lawn rake, which comes in handy for raking leaves in the fall or cleaning up a lawn that may have too many clippings left on it. I prefer the 30 or 33-inch rake. Nowadays, most rakes are made out of plastic and are somewhat pliable. There is no advantage to using a rake made out of bamboo, outside of the material being a renewable source. I have used bamboo in the past and it worked, but the tines seem to break easier and they are more difficult to find.

Unless you are in the mood for a good workout, avoid choosing a thatching rake for a gift. These rakes are designed to pull out dead grass and thatch out of a lawn. I have seen many thatching rakes hanging in garages that have rarely been used. Raking out the dead grass and thatch is a difficult task, even when using a gas-powered de-thatcher. Plus, it is easy to damage a lawn if you de-thatch too much.

If you use a lawn maintenance service, most of these items are unnecessary. If the person for whom you are buying a gift for is a gardener, stick to some good quality hand tools or even garden art.

Bird feeder or bath

Bird feeders or bird baths make fantastic gifts for gardeners and lawn enthusiasts. It’s easy to find these kinds of garden tools online and from many different sources. I recommend Gardener’s Supply Company—they may be a little more expensive, but the quality is consistently great.

Garden tote

This one is great! I got a Gardener’s Hollow Leg Tote once as a gift and I love it. It is basically a bag that you strap to your waist to use when pulling weeds, trimming shrubs, or dead heading perennials. I use this a lot and it would make a great gift.

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Gardening book

Gardening books make great gifts as well. There are so many versions that it makes it difficult to recommend just one, but my favorite is Crockett’s Victory Garden by James Underwood Crockett. It has been around since 1977, but the information and recommendations are reliable and practical.

Hopefully these ideas help you when deciding what to get the lawn-lover in your life this holiday season. If you decide on something else, we’d love to hear about it in the comments below. Good luck!