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31 May 2017

5 Reasons to Use Mulch

 

Mulch is a product that covers the soil surface around trees, shrubs or flowers. Gravel, lava rock and bark mulches can be used, but bark is the most popular. There are many known benefits to using mulch in your flower beds and around trees and shrubs.  It’s not absolutely necessary to have mulch, but the benefits far outweigh the cost.

1-      Fewer Weeds

Mulch creates a layer between the soil and sunlight.  This dramatically reduces the amount of germinating weed seeds, leaving you with less weeds to pull or spray.

2-      Improved Soil

As bark mulch decomposes, nutrients are returned to the soil.

3-      Cooler Soil

During the warmer months, mulch keeps soil conditions cooler so plants are less stressed by the heat.

4-      Insulation

During the colder months, mulch keeps soil conditions slightly higher.  Mulch acts like an insulated barrier.  It prevents frost heaving, where plants are literally pushed out of the ground.

5-      Retains Moisture

Mulch helps reduce evaporation and retain moisture to keep the roots and soil from drying out.

Apply at least 1-2 inches of mulch for best results. Be sure not to ‘volcano’ or pile mulch up tree trunks, but pull it away from trunks a bit to ensure proper oxygen flow below the soil.  Every few years it’s nice to refresh the mulch in your beds.  Turning over mulch can buy you another year or two, but with new mulch, your shrubs, trees and flowers stand out.  There are many options of colors, textures, types, and blends that can help make your beds look new again.  Visit us today to see what type of mulch will work for you.

 

16 May 2017

Product Spotlight

Healthy growth now means fewer troubles down the road. Espoma brand bone meal supports a variety of shrubs and perennials:

 

  • This natural and organic plant food 4-12-0
  • Good source of nitrogen and phosphorus.
  • Helps develop sturdy root systems and promotes plant growth.
  • Ideal supplement at planting time for all bulbs, flowers, and roses.
  • Easy to use.

 

12 May 2017

5 Easy Herbs for Teton Gardens

 

Herbs are a great addition to a home garden. Combined with other flowers or in a spot of their own, these perennial herbs will perform reliably season after season. A sunny pot with decent soil good drainage is all they need. Not only can these be used in cooking, but they combine beautifully with other flowers and attract pollinating insects.  As an added bonus, voles, deer and gophers tend to leave them alone.

 

1-Oregano:  Grow this hardy perennial from seed or from starts. Oregano is fantastic in Mediterranean dishes. Small clusters of pink flowers bloom mid-summer and are nice as a cut flower.

2-Chives: Chives are a very versatile member of the onion family. These are easily started from seed. Pretty purple tufts top the slender green stalks. The flowers and stems are edible and the mild oniony flavor is nice in salads, soups, eggs, potato salad or anywhere you’d like a little punch of flavor.

3-Thyme:  This woody-stemmed perennial grows best in a well-drained sunny spot. There are many different varieties and all are edible but common or English thyme and lemon thyme are the best bets for cooking. Thyme is super versatile and can be used on its own alongside other herbs.

4-Mint: Mint is a very vigorous perennial and we recommend planting it on its own in a container or in a separate area of the garden. It spreads easily from underground roots. Use mint in salads, cocktails or steep the leaves for tea.

5-Sage: Sage has lovely pink flower spires atop its fragrant soft green leaves. It’s pretty enough to use in flower bouquets, but it is also wonderful with roasted potatoes, squash, chicken and turkey.

If you can’t use herbs fresh, try one of these simple techniques for preserving your herbs for later use:

DRYING:  This is best for herbs such as sage, oregano, thyme and mint. Tie herbs into bunches and hang to dry in a cool, dark spot. Herbs can also be laid flat in a cool dark spot. When leaves are completely brittle, they can be crumbled and stored in glass jars or in zip top bags.  Save some extras for holiday gift-giving.

FREEZING: Use a food processor and whiz clean herbs and a bit of water together. Pack into ice cube trays and freeze. Once the herb cubes are frozen, pop them out and store in a zip top freezer bag for later use.

VINEGAR INFUSION: This works well with most herbs and makes a beautiful gift. Put a few sprigs of herbs into a glass jar. Top with white wine vinegar and let steep for two weeks. Strain into a bottle or jar.

08 May 2017

Tree Planting 101

Spring is an excellent time to plant trees. Whether you are planting a showy crabapple, a big spruce or a shady grove of aspen trees, the following tips will give newly planted trees the best chance for success:

·         Carefully choose the right site. Ensure the spot you want to plant a tree will accommodate its eventual size. The cute little Colorado spruce you purchased in a 5 gallon pot will not seem that cute anymore when it’s 20 feet tall and blocking your Teton views!

·         Not too deep, not too shallow. Renting a backhoe to dig some planting holes? Great, but beware of plunging your tree too deeply into the earth. The top of the root ball should be level with the top of your planting hole. Dig the hole twice as wide as the root ball. This allows for proper oxygen exchange and drainage.

·         Amend the soil. Adding a soil amendment (like compost or bark and steer) to the soil as you backfill around your tree will provide nutrients to the roots and help retain soil moisture.

·         Mulch. Cover the top of the root ball with 2-3 inches of mulch, being careful to keep the mulch pulled away from the main trunk. Mulch helps young trees by moderating soil temperatures, retaining soil moisture and suppressing weeds. Form the mulch into a ring around the root ball to create a built-in saucer that captures water and keeps it over the root zone.

·         To stake or not? New trees benefit from staking especially in windy areas or if the tree is top heavy. Two or three stakes should be installed around the tree. Secure the trunk with a broad tree strap or a loop of old garden hose. Never tie directly to the trunk with rope, twine or wire as this will damage the trunk and possibly girdle and kill the tree.  Fasten the trunk to the stakes loosely enough to allow some trunk movement.  This helps to develop a stronger trunk. Remove the stakes after the tree can stand up on its own, usually in one or two seasons.

·         Mycorrhizae. This naturally occurring beneficial fungus helps a tree’s roots grow bigger allowing for better moisture and nutrient uptake. Although it exists in the soil, the addition of supplemental mycorrhizae like Myke™ will increase a tree’s survival rate.

·         Fertilizer. Newly planted trees benefit from a mild fertilizer to help form roots. We recommend Fertilome™ Root Stimulator.

·         Water. This is vital to any tree’s survival. A deep thorough soaking about once a week for the first season will promote deep rooting.  The soil should be moistened at least 8 inches under the surface. The easiest way to do this is to place a slow trickling garden hose alongside the trunk. Soaker hoses and drip irrigation are also excellent ways to deliver water to the root zone. Irrigation systems designed for lawns may not deliver enough water to the root zone as these are set up for frequent, shallow watering. Frequent, shallow watering will only promote shallow roots. Deep, infrequent soakings will promote deep roots, allowing trees to establish faster and become more drought resistant.

·         Guarantied success! We offer a five year warranty on trees planted using Myke™ mycorrhizae for transplanting.