View Post

Poinsettia Care

In News and Tips, Tips by Charlie Cole

Poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima) remain one of the most popular holiday flowers. Hybridizers have expanded the range of colors from the familiar red to pastel yellow and vibrant bi-colors. One of the most common questions after Christmas is “How can I care for my poinsettia so that it will bloom again next Christmas?”. While this can be done, it’s a very …

View Post

December Garden Tips

In News and Tips, Tips by Charlie Cole

Get Ready For Winter Clean, oil and store tools for the winter. Prepare snow-blower for winter use. Consider a tune-up and servicing. Apply winter fertilizer on lawn after the last mowing. This can be done around the same time as your lime application. Consolidate all your garden notes for the year-favorite varieties, successful new plants. For The Holidays & After …

View Post

Merry Wreaths

In News and Tips, Tips by Charlie Cole

Sleigh bells jingling; children caroling; the warm, sweet scent of treats fresh from the oven: The winter holidays are a magical time filled with goodwill and the good company of family and friends. Such a special time of year deserves to be celebrated with special decorations. So this season, why not move beyond the old balsam wreath with the large …

View Post

Amaryllis Planting and Care

In News and Tips, Tips by Charlie Cole

Amaryllis Quick Tips: Planting Period: October until the end of April. Flowering Period:  Late December until the end of June. Flowering time is 7-10 weeks. Larger bulbs produce more flowers. Always store un-planted bulbs in a cool place between 40-50 deg. F. Amaryllis-One of a Kind Of all flowering bulbs, amaryllis are the easiest to bring to bloom.  This can …

View Post

Planting a Live Christmas Tree

In News and Tips, Tips by Charlie Cole

Family traditions are a big part of the holiday season. Many families have created landscapes that are planted with evergreens from Christmas past. Memories grow on with Spruce, Fir and Pines that were once a part of the holiday festivities. Properly planned, a live tree can be decorated, enjoyed and eventually planted in the space of three to four weeks …

View Post

Keep that greenery fresh this holiday season

In News and Tips, Tips by Charlie Cole

The holiday season is fast approaching and soon it will be time to deck the halls with decorative greenery and boughs of holly. To make sure all your garland, swags, trees and kissing balls look their best make sure to use an anti-dessicant such as Wilt-Pruf® to keep your greens from drying out. This is also a helpful tip for …

View Post

Water Garden Care: Fall-Winter

In News and Tips, Tips by Charlie Cole

Cleaning the Pond (Sept-Nov) Clean out any debris that may have fallen into the pond and sunk to the bottom. Decaying materials, such as leaves and twigs, release gases that are harmful or fatal to fish, should the surface become covered with ice. You may have to drain the pond to accomplish this task. Should you decide to drain the …

View Post

October Tips

In News and Tips, Tips by Charlie Cole

• Mulch in spring-planted trees and shrubs. Don’t permit them to get too dry; water them throughly and deeply • Start amaryllis and paperwhite narcissus for holiday blooms. (Allow 5-6 weeks for paperwhites and 12 weeks for amaryllis). • Apply fall lawn fertilizer at this time • Apply lime to lawns to raise pH. A 50# bag of lime will …

View Post

Bonsai for Beginners

In News and Tips, Tips by Charlie Cole

“Bonsai is not a race, nor is it a destination. It is a never-ending journey.” Don’t let the fact that ‘bon-sai’ is an art studied and refined for many centuries scare you off, because you are perfectly capable to learn how to grow Bonsai trees without green thumbs. Make sure to pick the right tree species for your surroundings and …