Creating your own adornments for your home is as easy as a stroll through your yard with a pair of clippers. Many trees and shrubs can be harvested to use in arrangements, garlands and swags. When you walk through your yard for this purpose, you will see your landscape in a new light. Items like a Dogwood shrub or Vine Maple will be showing off their beautiful red branches begging to be cut and put into a vase with some Evergreens. Broadleaf Evergreens like Holly, English Laurel, Boxwood, Rhododendron and Oregon Grape all have glossy green leaves that last for weeks in a vase or with needled evergreen branches in swags and garlands to decorate. The seed pods of many grasses and even weeds all are dried from the season and add a natural look to most any arrangement. Grasses have a Fall, “Harvest” look to them and are perfect to mix into your creations for Thanksgiving décor’.
The branches of almost any conifer can bring the outside in quickly and easily. The cones can also add a natural element. The Needles of Grand Fir are very fragrant and soft so they are perfect to bring inside. Be careful and use gloves when handling prickly varieties of Evergreens such as Blue Spruce. If you are worrying about disfiguring your trees, cut from the bottom branches or the backsides of trees. Another way to prune with care is to take only a few branch tips.
When you take the time to utilize and create from your own landscape, you will be amazingly satisfied. It is a great feeling to use what you already have and end up with something wonderful. Nature is a great teacher. A trip through your yard will show you what great abundance we have and how to appreciate it. Wishing you a Natural Holiday season!
So many people ask if Fall is a good time to plant. The answer is YES! It is the best time to plant for one main reason. Plants that are put into a landscape now will be watered regularly without you having to even think twice about it! The temperatures are cooler and there is less chance of the plants going into transplant shock. Fall is a gentle season when the soil is still warm and plants will have the Fall and Winter and Spring to get new roots established before the drought and heat of Summer arrives. Commercial landscapers continue to install landscapes until the ground freezes. You can, too!
We are so excited, we wanted to give you an early look at what’s new for Spring.
Choices are good. Especially when the products you have to choose from differ in quality. This is happening in the fertilizer world today. It used to be that you could buy synthetic “blue”, mix with water fertilizer or a generic version of this and not much else was available. You saw ads for Turf Builder and then there were the hardware brands or the white bags of 18-10-10 for your lawn. Today there are many new brands on the shelves and they contain the newest product developments in soil science.
Today’s choices are amazing and leaving customers overwhelmed. I want to help by explaining when a good quality organic fertilizer might be a better choice over a synthetic. There are times when synthetic is absolutely fine, and other times when it would be detrimental. It really depends on the plant, and if it is one that you want to keep around or not.
When I was raising my children, we had a choice as to what to buy for them to drink. I was one of the “100% juice” supporters who looked down on Kool-Aid and 10% juice products. I loved my kids and I wanted them to grow up healthy. I read labels and stood my ground.
Giving your plants that you value a synthetic fertilizer is like giving your kids Kool-Aid when you could give them fresh squeezed! Sure, it will give them enough to survive on, but it will not help them to thrive! Synthetic fertilizers are cheap and full of fillers, mainly salts. It is the reason that the clay pots will get a white crust on them after a season of watering and fertilizing. Synthetic fertilizers are made of strong chemicals that kill the life in the soil. Millions of microorganisms live in healthy, life filled soil. These beneficial microorganisms that are in the soil help keep the plants healthy and disease resistant. Organic fertilizers are now being made with beneficial microbes and fungi added into them! When you give these to your plants, you are feeding your plants and your soil. Your plants you care about will be given the best quality nutrition available.
There is a time and a place for Synthetics, though. If you have annual flowers that are here this season and gone the next, go ahead and feed them anything. Hanging Baskets are heavy feeders and do well with synthetic. My rule of thumb is this, if you love the plant and want it to be a permanent addition to your yard, or if you are going to eat it, use quality organic food with microbes to give it all it needs to be its best.
Fall Lawn Feeding Season is fast approaching and there are many choices to be made here, too. Remember, you wouldn’t give your kids a can of SODA POP and send them to bed… Give your lawn high quality, organic lawn food with microbes, and tuck it into bed with love!
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