Water, Water, Water!

We say it every year when temperatures start climbing, but just as you need more hydration when it becomes a scorcher outside, so do your plants!  Remember these few tips to help get your plants through the current and coming hot months.

  • Water deeper, less often.  This will help plants grow deep roots as they will dive further and further to reach that “buried treasure.”
  • Mulch, mulch, mulch!  Mulch helps to keep moisture in the ground longer and reduces the frequency of watering.
  • Invest in a water meter/gauge.  These can be a lifesaver to you and your plants.  It may not always be easy to tell if you’re over or under watering, but using a water meter can give you a good idea where your potted plants stand in hydration.
  • Potted plants should be watered two to three times a week, especially veggies!
  • When watering your potted plants, be sure to water slowly to allow the water to penetrate all areas of the container.  If you see water gushing out of the drainage holes as soon as you begin to pour, go back and water the plant again in five minutes and again in another five.  This will help to ensure the soil is retaining water.

For more tips on proper watering, be sure to ask our knowledgeable staff!

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Pot in Pot Gardens

Landscaping your home can sometimes become a daunting task when faced with digging up spent plants and/or planting new ones be them in the ground or a large container.  One creative idea that can help with this is creating pot gardens.  Depending on how you plan out your landscape, pot gardens can provide a unique approach to planting.  The idea behind the pot garden is to provide easy maintenance for maintaining and replacing plants while keeping them contained to a specific area and size.

Pot in PotThis can be particularly helpful if you find yourself changing out plants in large heavy container often durning the spring/summer months or seasonally.  For this type of use, simply choose your plant(s) that will easily fit the inside of your chosen container.  Selecting one that is nearly the same size will make it easier for your plant to fit snugly while preventing it from slipping downward.  If your chosen plant’s pot is a big small, try placing a clay pot or two inside the bottom of the container to give your plant the height it needs to clear the top of your container.

Implementing the idea for in-ground use is very simple.  First, choose the size of the plant (including the container size) that you’d like to place in your landscape and then choose your buried pot based on your desired plant size.  This will ensure your buried pot is large enough to place your plant (pot and all) into without it being too snug of a fit.  (Some gardeners prefer the rim of their buried pot to show while others prefer for this pot to be completely hidden from view.  This is the time to decide on your pot landscape presentation.  Next, dig a large enough hole in your landscape for the pot you plan to bury, place the pot in the hole and then fill in any extra space with soil to keep this pot secure.  Lastly, place your selected plants in your buried pot and add either pine straw or mulch for a finished look.

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The Knockout Rose

Knockout 2The Knockout Rose is by far one of the easiest types of rose bushes to plant and care for.  Seen widely in the south, this type of rose excels in the full sun, keeps a compact growth habit and continues to bloom from early spring right up until the first frost.  The Knockout Rose is extremely resistant to black spot disease and is generally a low-maintenance type of shrub, but don’t forget that even these hardy roses need the essentials.

To keep your Knockouts happy and healthy through the warm months, water your roses often along with providing a bloom booster fertilizer.  Pruning is also essential to the Knockout Rose.  It is important to prune not only the outside of the bush, but also some on the inside to help circulation and avoid diseases.  Pruning can be done to help shape the bush, to encourage new growth and blooms and/or to control the size.  Knockouts are vigorous growers and should be trimmed back a foot or two below the height you want them during their growing season.

Knockout 1To find out more about Knockout Roses, visit our Garden Center and talk with our Nursery staff!

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Mother’s Day Garden Goodness

When it comes to Mother’s Day, we feel like we pretty much have every mother with a soft spot for beautiful blooming flowers covered!  You may be hard pressed when you stop in not find the perfect gift for that special woman this Mother’s Day.

Don’t worry if your thumb isn’t as green as some; we have extra talented staff on hand who can create a spectacular pot-up in no time or you can easily choose from the dozens of pre-made potted plants.  While you’re browsing the blooming Bedding Area, don’t forget to mozy on over to our Nursery Area and smell the roses … literally!  The citrus and fruit trees are already showing a good harvest to come with exquisite hydrangeas displaying excellent color!  For a beauty that’s a tad smaller, stop in the Greenhouse and browse the huge selection of Orchids and Bromeliads!  With the picky gardener in mind, don’t forget about the Hyams Gift Card or walk over to our Gift Store for excellent home & garden decor and unique gifts.

For this Mother’s Day, give her something that will show her how much you care day after day with some wonderful garden goodness!

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Protecting Blueberries from Birds

Blueberry BushYou may have noticed your blueberry bushes are in full bloom and if you’re like us, you can’t wait to start picking off those ripe tasty morsels and pop them right into your mouth …. unless the birds have beat you to them, yet again.  This year, give the birds their birdseed and keep the blueberries for yourself!  Here’s how: birdnetting.  You can create the frame of your barrier using a square method with several pieces of wood, sturdy dowels or poles and secure them into the ground or you can use the teepee or v-shape method – whichever works best for your bushes.  Next, use your birdnetting to cover the top and sides around the bushes, but be sure to leave a “door” so you can access your blueberries once ripe.  The netting is thin enough so the sun and rain can continue to get through while keeping the birds at bay and providing you with a tasty summer harvest!

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Water Lilies – Jewels of the Pond

2011-07-13_09-20-54_45With the onset of spring and the thousands of plants already showing their eye-catching colors, one flower in particular can bring even a small water garden from ordinary to extraordinary!  Often referred to as “Jewel of the Pond,” water lilies are vastly known for their exquisite array of colors and ability to grow and produce a bounty of blooms while completely submerged in water.

Beginning in the early spring, lily pads begin to rise to the surface with the vivid blooms soon to follow.  Once showing color, the lily’s blooms will remain open during the day and close at night.  A single bloom will typically last three to four days before sinking below the surface.  Water lilies prefer full sun and steady water to grown in, so be sure to plant them away from waterfalls and streams.  In addition to providing a radiant color show, water lilies and their pads provide fish with shade and protection as they tend to grow to suit the size of their growing space.  To find out more about growing water lilies in your pond, large or small, stop in the Hyams Nursery and talk with our knowledgeable staff!

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Proper Plant Nutrition

Just like any other living organism, our plants require a number of nutritional elements to survive. There are 19 essential elements needed for plant nutrition and each are used by the plant in varying amounts and ways.  The major nutrients are supplied by air and water, but the minor and micronutrients are absorbed from the soil.  If there is an insufficient amount of these nutrients, then the plant’s growth can be affected.  The best way to avoid this is by feeding your plants regularly.

Hyams offers an excellent variety of plant foods by Espoma including Garden-tone, Plant-tone, Flower-tone, Tree-tone, and many more.  Each product contains nutrients essential for proper growth and development, specific to the needs of the varying types of plants.  To learn more about Espoma and other food brands that can benefit the plants in your landscape or garden, stop into Hyams and talk with our knowledgeable staff!

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