Week 3 3/21/04
It will happen this week Spring will officially be here. A Happy belated St. Patrick's Day to all our Irish friends.
Crystal Ball for 2004
Homeowners continue to realize that one of their greatest assets is probably in their own backyard, as investing in proper landscaping is one of the best ways to increase a homes resale value. A well maintained lawn and landscape can add as much as 15% to the selling price of a home, the recovery value of money invested is as much as 100% to 200%. Now that is money well invested.
Complicated plantings and colors is out. Simple colors and plantings is the in thing.
Year around gardening will continue to grow. Gardeners will continue to look for plants, garden art, structures, etc. to maintain interest in the garden all year.
Container gardening continues to grow in popularity, and rightfully so! It is easy and can be done in a small space.
Bring the inside out by extending your living space outdoors. Creating outdoor rooms or entertainment areas is the perfect way to get it done. Larger patioís and decks, gazebos, covered areas, cooking areas, tubs and pools, patio furniture Ö itís an outdoor family room! Use annuals and containers to brighten up these areas.
Gardening has become the fun thing to do. HeyÖit is fun; itís good for you physically and mentally, and the end result can definitely be very rewarding.
Enough of the Crystal Ball how about some tidbits.
A crabgrass plant can produce up to 150,000 seeds before the plant dies.
How do you tell when you are out of invisible ink?
A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory
Donít let the weather fool you. Itís still mid march, and weíve got a long way to go! The soils are extremely wet. Stay off until they dry out. Trying to do early gardening on excessively wet soils only results in a mess and more compacted soils. If you are itched to start come out and buy some vegetable seeds and start a vegetable container garden.
Things to do:
Force the issue. Take advantage of flowering trees and shrubs in your back yard. Take cuttings of the stems and place them in a vase in lukewarm water, placing that vase in a well lit window, and letting those branches flower for you indoors! Forsythia, quince, pears, crabapples, redbuds, magnolias, serviceberry, and red maples are just a few of the many flowering plants whose branches will flower indoors.
Rake the lawn, clean out debris in much beds, fluff the mulch, clean and sharpen tools, check all power equipment to make sure itís running properly, feed the birds, clean the bird feeder, make your spring gardening plans, and most importantly visit us. We do have a lot of color and you can see we are planting like crazy for you.
Ornamental grasses: Anytime from now until they just start to regrow you can cut them back.