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Tips for Hiring a Home Gardener to Help You in the Garden

March 31st, 2014

Can you imagine owning a gorgeous garden? You can have a lovely place where plants, shrubs, flowers and trees fill your own backyard with beautiful scenery. Even if you don’t know how to cultivate a breathtaking garden yourself, you can hire someone who can help…a home gardener.

The Cost Of A Gardener
Many people spend weeks toiling over gorgeous greenery to make their garden a reality. If you want to spend the time and energy on your gardening efforts, this can be an investment for the future. The more you spend time on your garden, the more you’ll learn.

However, if you would rather not spend the money or the time researching and working in your yard, you can go ahead and hire a gardener to do it for you. Most gardeners will charge anywhere from $35 to $55 an hour for their services. This usually includes pruning your shrubs and your trees; purchasing and delivering plants; and planting your pots, urns and window boxes with annuals. It should also include weeding a flowerbed full of perennials, mulching and

edging your yard and designing flowerbeds for your property.

What To Look For In A Gardener
Before you hire a gardener to handle the garden plants and flowering shrubs in your yard, consider what qualifications are important to you.

Ask your neighbors if they have a gardener that they would recommend to you. Gardeners who generally have five to 10 years of experience will more than likely be great to hire for the job. It’s vital that your gardener has a great reputation. They should have positive testimonials that show their experience, professionalism and dedication to maintaining a multitude of yards in the past few years.

You also want your gardener to be punctual, reliable and honest. This is someone who will be on your property when you may not be present, so it’s important that you trust him or her. Unless you have stated otherwise, your gardener should be working with adequate tools that allow him or her to complete the job

well.

Decide What Projects You Would Like Completed
This is your time to think about what you want to do with your yard. When you hire a gardener, you can discuss what you’ve imagined would look nice for your home.

How would you like to use your yard? Are you going to be grilling outside and inviting friends over during the warm months? Would you like to put in a gazebo and decorate it with colorful flowers everywhere?

You can order from Greenwood Nursery and get affordable garden plants, ground cover plants and flowering shrubs that will embellish your backyard. Our online plant nursery is exactly what you need to transform your garden.

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An Actionable Garden To-Do List for Spring That Works for Your Schedule

February 6th, 2014

We’ve broken down these spring chores into your own actionable Garden To-Do List for spring that will work for your schedule. You will also find Time Saver tips to keep your work in the yard to a minimum.

 

Week 1:

  • Prune trees, shrubs and ornamental grasses (Time Saver: lay a tarp underneath the plant your working on and drag it with you as you move from plant to plant – prevents having to rake up branches and twigs)

 

Week 2:

  • Pull out all dead plants, old bedding plants and weeds (Time Saver: pull along a large trash can to toss in all these dead plants and weeds – dump in compost, burn or throw away)

 

Week 3:

  • Rake garden and landscaped areas to gather up remaining parts of non-decayed leaves trapped around plants, break up the top soil, and pull up any missed dead plants (Time Saver: use a leaf rake with the long bendable tines and tarp for tidy collections)

 

Week 4:

  • Put a new layer of mulch down around plants and empty areas in your garden and landscape (Time Saver: the tarp will hold more mulch than a wheelbarrow and easy to drag along allowing you to transfer to the garden – if you don’t have a shovel scoop to transfer, use a small garbage can without a rimmed top to scoop up the mulch)

 

Week 5:

 

Week 6:

  • You’re ready to begin enjoying your outdoor areas and appreciate a job well done!
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Keep Mice Out of Your Home and Garage

October 14th, 2013

Keeping mice out of your home and garage can feel like a full time job. Here are tips that will help you keep this annoying problem under control. With the fall season approaching and the temperatures slowly dropping, mice and other small animals will be looking for a warm place to call home. Make sure yours isn’t their next destination with these tips to keep them away.

 

How to Keep Mice Out of Your Home and Garage

 

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Garden Plants from Online Garden Centers

April 14th, 2013

The trip to your local garden center can be an incredible hassle! There’s the matter of taking on the weekend garden warrior crowd, which can make for some very slow going when it comes to browsing and checkout. Then, of course, there are those not-so-bright garden center workers, many of whom have never planted or cared for garden plants — ever!  Getting a good answer to your gardening question can be downright difficult!

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English: transplanting plants from starter pots to the garden (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And then, there’s always the picked-over garden plants selection if you arrive after the crowds have already depleted the garden center’s stock. You’re left to choose between a partially wilted containers of hosta, a jasmine bush with a broken stem and a container of pink muhly grass that’s clearly been dumped on the ground and unceremoniously stuffed back into the plastic pot.

So why not skip the garden center and turn to an online garden center, like Greenwood Nursery?

Online garden nurseries offer a wide range of benefits, including:

・       Convenience — The Greenwood Nursery garden center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No crowds and you can select your plants from the comfort of your home. And, your new plants will be delivered to your door. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

・       Selection — You’ll enjoy a wide selection of supplies and garden plants, from ornamental grasses to herbs, annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs and beyond. No more settling for a plant because it’s one of the only healthy garden plants left in the shop!

・       Great Price — Enjoy great prices and discounts when you shop an affordable online garden center like Greenwood Nursery, which even has an “under $10” deals section!

・       Healthy Plants – Greenwood Nursery and many other online garden centers offer premium, healthy plants from strong genetic lines.

What’s more, if you’re uncertain about whether a particular plant is right for you, feel free to contact the Greenwood Nursery team to ask questions! Our experienced gardeners and experts are on-hand to provide you with plant care tips, advice, and recommendations for your unique gardening needs. No more dealing with a 16-year-old garden center employee who thinks lavender is anything more than a color!

To contact the pros at Greenwood Nursery, stop by our contact page or call 800-426-0958.

 

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Tips for Growing Vertical Gardens

August 26th, 2012

The new buzz phrase in gardening is vertical gardeningVertical gardening is landscaping or using plants to draw the eye upwards which creates a larger, more airy space. Any space or landscape can benefit from vertical gardening, especially small yards, apartment balconies, limited spaces as well as large unused exterior walls. 

The new trend in vertical gardening is to build up. Pallet gardening is one way to build up. Other ways are trellises, arbors, teepees, window boxes, hanging baskets, varied sizes of containers, or merely planting shrubs and trees that are tall and narrow.

 

  • Mix water retentive polymers into the planting soil.
  • Water frequently – daily during hot weather.
  • Add nutrients to the soil more often than ground growing plants.
  • Prune regularly.
  • Deadhead flowers right away.
  • Harvest fruits or pick vegetebles as they mature.

 

Plant Ideas for Vertical Gardens:

 

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Cheryl D. Jones
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Plant Shrub Roses to Complete Your Spring Garden Planting

February 12th, 2012

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Bridal Pink, cultivated by Eugene Boerner in 1967; taken at the Morwell Rose Garden (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Shrub roses are plants that can turn any average garden into wonder of color all summer long. You will find yourself lost in this colorful world when you approach the entrance of your garden and walk underneath a flowering archway with rose bushes growing freely. In bloom, rose shrubs are enchanting and most have a fragrance that brings on tranquility. As you walk through you will see the different rose colors; yellows, like a gorgeous setting sun; pinks settled among the green foliage brightly lit with grandeur; more of the deep reds that bring solidarity to the mind. The scents among these roses are as different as the colors that emit them. This becomes a small paradise where you feel compelled to sit among these creatures of beauty.

 

This picture may read like a dream, but it is truly obtainable for your own home. And it is not difficult to gather the right rose plants to bring out that small bit of heaven to your landscape.

 

Your first step is to scope out a few select spots around your garden or lawn area where you can plant the roses. Then, choose the roses that best fit your landscape. For example, if you have a small yard, choose The Fairy Rose or Red or Apricot Drift Roses as they are small growing.

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The most popular shrub roses are:

 

 

After choosing the right one, or ones, order your new flowering shrubs, plant and sit back as they take center stage for a beautiful transition into the garden itself. Aside from light pruning, your beautiful new roses will be something that you can enjoy and take pride in for years to come, as they turn your average garden into a masterpiece of color. The compliments that you receive will make you proud to call this garden your own.

 

Be sure to check out Greenwoodnursery.com to see our rose bushes selection. The week of February 10th, all rose plants are 10% off.


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Spring Garden Maintenance to Start Your Garden Growing

December 31st, 2011

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Follow these easy spring garden maintenance tips and you will be enjoying your yard. Even after one weekend of spring garden cleaning you can have leaves raked, trees and shrubs pruned and ground ready for planting new plants. A little spring garden maintenance means less yard work in summer.

Arm yourself with a rake, weed eater or heavy shears, a tool belt, apron with pockets, basket, or pail, filled with clippers, gardening scissors, gardening gloves, old cloths, trash bags and, if available, a small garden saw. Start on one side of your property or garden and work across the yard and then clockwise around your house and other out buildings beginning with the front/main entrance. The point is to be able to go over all areas of your landscape so that you don’t miss plants.

Always begin an area by tackling the larger growing plants, whether trees or shrubs. First cut or saw out all branches that are dead, broken, touching or crossing. Then, if necessary, trim for shape. From the larger trees and shrubs, move onto smaller growing plants, such as ornamental grasses (which you will be cutting to the ground with either the weed eater or heavy shears), roses, evergreen herbs, perennials, ground covers, etc. Remember, if you haven’t pulled out the annuals that were planted last year, it is time to remove them now.

Once all plants have been pruned, shaped and otherwise cleaned up in an area, rake the clippings into the trash bag and move onto the next. By cleaning up an area completely, if you have to stop that day before finishing, you can begin with a new area the next time and you don’t have to back track. I find it easier to make sandwiches the night before to lunch on so I don’t have to completely stop my gardening. This way I am only taking a break and don’t lose focus on what I’m doing.

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Winter Window Box Ideas

December 7th, 2011

 

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Looking for window box or planter ideas that will survive the holidays?

Click onto the link here Winter Window Box Ideas for examples of how using smaller sized container plants allows you to pull together some really great window boxes. Using small ornamental grasses, young evergreen trees and shrubs, potted ivy and herbs, you will find yourself with endless ideas on decorating containers, planters and window boxes. I’ve even provided a listing of plants that in small containers are perfect for your project. Next spring or fall, plant them in the ground allowing them to grow to maturity.

Visit Small Evergreen Shrubs for window box plant ideas.

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Using Plants as Wedding Favors

October 3rd, 2011

Weddings 2011

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With a resurgence of garden parties during spring and summer afternoons, these tips will help make your garden party even more special. Whether you present them as thank you gifts or as wedding favors, our suggestions will make you appear the thoughtful hostess.

Garden Parties, which were common during the Victorian Period, can run the gamut from a dressy afternoon tea to everyone arriving in their gardening ware to help work in the hostess’s garden. The garden party is, also, an excellent idea to bring people together for gardening clubs, a wedding shower or for the first time homeowner. Each guest brings a plant (small shrubs, ornamental grasses or other perennials) and a tool, or other piece of gardening equipment, whether new or a gift from the guests own tool shed.

For parties with gift exchanges, guests can bring items relating to gardening such as a plant, tool, container, garden ornament, etc… The hostess will need to somewhat define what types of items that guests should bring such as indoor, outdoor, flowering, non flowering, tools, etc.

One way of giving away plants as favors is to use small potted plants on the tables as all or part of the table decorations or tiny potted plants can be used as place card holders. The nursery pots can be covered with tissue paper, burlap or other fabric and tied with a colorful ribbon or twine or even repotted into inexpensive decorative or plan clay pots. Plants that work great for this are: herbs (rosemary, thyme, sage, lavender), mini palms, mini schefflera, young Shasta daisies, sunflowers seedlings, young ornamental grasses or bamboo as well as starter plants such as tomatoes.

Handing out seedlings as wedding favors has been popular for quite sometime. However, there are some considerations to keep in mind.

Seedlings are seasonal and only available November through May. During the summer months, one would need to select small potted evergreens or potted herbs.

• Plants need to be ordered 6 to 8 weeks in advance from the nursery or greenhouse so that delivery can be timed for the week before the wedding.

• Designate a person, or persons, to be responsible for separating the seedlings and bagging each one with a handful of moist peat. This needs to be done within a couple of days before the ceremony so that they are still fresh and then kept in a cool, dark area such as garage, basement or pantry.

• Where will the plants be held (at the ceremony or reception) before being handed out? It should again be a cool, dark area out of the way. Heat and sun will dry them out possibly causing the plants to wilt severely or kill them. Depending on how many guests are expected, these boxes can take up valuable space.

• The most commonly used plant varieties for handing out as favors are: pines, spruces, dogwoods, lilacs, red maples, even late spring/summer flowering bulbs.

Using plants for gifts or wedding favors is long lived. Be sure to keep in mind your guests lifestyle. If most of your guests are city dwellers residing in apartments, they are not going to have anywhere to plant most shrubs or trees, so herbs or flowers would be quite thoughtful.

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Planting Window Boxes for Year Around Beauty

September 24th, 2011

Window boxes and other plant containers can be enjoyable year round.

Just because it might not be summer any longer does not mean those pots have lost their use until next year. Create some texture and color for winter box use. Below are a few ideas on what I mean. Remember: You are only limited by your imagination. I like the idea of finishing a window box off with moss for a more professional look, but is not necessary. Most all of these items can be picked up at your local market, greenhouse, garden center, or ordered from Greenwood Nursery.

Keep it simple and use what is available. For point of reference in my examples, I am planting a 30 inch window box liner.

In spring, swap out the box liner with another liner filled with spring/summer blooming annuals or perennials. Your winter collection can be kept as is for several years. After a year some of the larger growing plant varieties may need to be relocated to your landscape so their root systems can expand.

Example 1: 2 rosemary trees in gallon containers (one on each end), 2 blue rug junipers in center, and sprays of evergreens, boxwood and bittersweet from walking in the woods.

Example 2: 3 heuchera plum puddings centered in gallon containers, and 4 sedum Angelina on the ends to provide wonderful contrast. These colors would look gorgeous against a house with white or other lighter color siding.

Ornamental grasses are so versatile to work with. The smaller sizes are just perfect for containers.

Example 3: 2 hameln grasses in gallon containers in the center, one blue glow fescue grass in a gallon container on each end, with 4 pachysandra green sheen plants planted between the grasses.

Sweet and simple is this look. On each end plant one gallon size emerald green arborvitae, in the center plant two of the one gallon size acorus ogon grass adding 3 wooly thymes draping over the front.

Although the growth on most plants will have slowed during winter, without any regular rainfall, you may need to water every few weeks to keep all of the plants from drying out. Make certain that your planting container has several drainage holes. A few rocks, piece of tile or foam peanuts are good for placing over the drainage holes to keep them from getting blocked. Top the container off with moss or excelsior for a wonderful finished look.

Below is a listing of a few plants that in their young state, gallon containers and smaller, that work perfectly in window boxes and other containers. Don’t limit yourself to just these varieties. Use what is available in your area.

Junipers – Ornamental Cabbage – Rosemary – Arborvitae – Creeping Thyme and other herb plants

Pines – BoxwoodsPachysandra – Holly – Cool Season Ornamental Grasses

Small mum’s – Evergreen Ferns – Heucheras – Ivy – Miniature Roses

Hens & Chicks – Winter Heather

Remember to have fun with gardening projects and be creative. Bring out some of those old decorations from the attic or basement and put them into use again outside in the containers, such as a tiny artificial tree or those wooden spirally trees. They would look very festive and give them a new purpose.

Visit the Greenwood Nursery Online Garden Center for a great selection of plants for window box and container planting.

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