Category Archives: Melinda Myers

Bring in the Birds for Winter Beauty and Entertainment

By Melinda Myers

Brighten your winter days by inviting birds into your landscape. Their beauty and motion help enliven the garden and lighten your spirit. Not only do they provide entertainment but also an opportunity for all ages to stay involved with nature year round.

Increase the number of visitors to your yard by including all the essentials these winged visitors need; food, shelter and water.

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Four Easy Care Gardening Trends for the Holiday Season

By Melinda Myers

Dress up the holidays or give gifts that continue giving throughout the year with these low maintenance gardening trends. Just add a little fun, classic beauty or style to make it even more memorable now and throughout the year.

Terrariums.  These mini greenhouses continue to grow in popularity and are perfect for new or timid gardeners. Just plant a few small tropical plants, moisten the soil, close the lid and you have a self contained growing chamber.  Show off your green thumb with a modern, classic or vintage style vessel. Continue reading Four Easy Care Gardening Trends for the Holiday Season

Turn Yard Waste into Gardener’s Gold – Compost

By Melinda Myers

Save time and money by turning landscape trimmings into a valuable soil amendment.

The idea is simple, just collect disease- and insect-free plant debris into a heap and let it decompose into a fine, nutrient rich material that helps improve the soil. Don’t add meat, dairy, invasive plants, weeds that have gone to seed or perennial weeds that can take root and grow in your compost pile. Continue reading Turn Yard Waste into Gardener’s Gold – Compost

Fall Care for a Healthier, Better Looking Lawn

By Melinda Myers

As summer fades into fall it is time to help lawns recover from summer stress and prepare for the winter ahead.

Continue to mow your lawn as long as it continues to grow. Grow cool season grasses like bluegrass, fescue and ryegrass 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 inches tall.  Taller grass is better able to compete with weeds.  And there is no need to cut it shorter for the health of your lawn.

Mow often, removing no more than one third the total height. Leave these short clippings on the lawn. They will quickly break down, adding organic matter, moisture and nutrients to the soil. Continue reading Fall Care for a Healthier, Better Looking Lawn

Add Some Eye Candy to Your Garden This Fall with Spring Flowering Bulbs

By Melinda Myers

Shorten the winter season with the help of spring flowering bulbs that you plant in fall. These beauties often provide the first bit of color, fragrance and winter relief each year.

Look for new and unique ways to incorporate bulbs into your landscape. Create a seasonal water feature with a river of blue scillas and grape hyacinths meandering through the garden. Welcome visitors with a front door or walkway garden that blooms from early spring through early summer and is loaded with crocus, tulips, daffodils and allium. Continue reading Add Some Eye Candy to Your Garden This Fall with Spring Flowering Bulbs

Save Money and Water While Still Enjoying a Beautiful Garden

By Melinda Myers

Too much or not enough water and never when you need it seems to be a common lament of gardeners. Reduce the impact of these weather challenges while conserving water, saving money on water and sewer bills, and growing beautiful gardens with the help of rain barrels. These century old devices are making a comeback as droughts, watering restrictions and storm water runoff are on the rise. Continue reading Save Money and Water While Still Enjoying a Beautiful Garden

Help Your Landscape Beat the Heat this Summer

by Melinda Myers

Summer has arrived and for many gardeners that means heat, drought and watering bans. This can be hard on gardeners as well as their landscapes. The good news is that there are ways to help plants thrive despite these seasonal challenges. Adjusting landscape care accordingly during the summer months can not only provide relief for lawns and gardens, but also for the gardener. Here are some low maintenance eco-friendly ways gardeners can keep their landscapes looking their best throughout the summer months, while beating the heat. Continue reading Help Your Landscape Beat the Heat this Summer

Create Memorable Moments This Summer – Design an Outdoor Room for All to Enjoy

By Melinda Myers

No matter your budget, space or gardening experience, you can design an outdoor entertainment area for you, your family and friends to enjoy.

Start by gathering ideas from magazines, the internet and websites like Gardener’s Supply Company for examples of outdoor garden spaces. Continue reading Create Memorable Moments This Summer – Design an Outdoor Room for All to Enjoy

Add Sparkle to Your Landscape with Unique Containers and Elevated Gardens

By Melinda Myers

Perk up your containers and add a bit of sparkle to your landscape with bright colors, unusual materials or a unique purpose.

Include an elevated garden to increase planting space and make planting, weeding and harvesting easier on the back and knees.  Liven things up with a robin egg blue VegTrug™ or washtubs elevated on a support for a bit of rustic charm. Continue reading Add Sparkle to Your Landscape with Unique Containers and Elevated Gardens