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2389 S. Highway 33, Driggs, ID
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14 Jun 2017

Happy Father’s Day!

It’s a tree sale!

All our potted trees will be 20% off this Friday and Saturday only, June 16th and 17th.

Plant a tree for its beauty, for privacy, for shade or just because. You’ll be glad you did. Ask about our 5 year warranty.

 

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.

 

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.

24 Apr 2017

Spring Fest Saturday May 6th

Save the Date!

Our annual Spring Fest is coming up on Saturday May 6th from 9-4.

Join us as we celebrate the beginning of the growing season AND our 10th year in our current location.

We’ll have special $10 deals all day like selected $10 trees, shrubs plus some other $10 surprises. Selected oversized planters will be 30% off and all vole repellent will be 30%.

Kids can enjoy a free garden activity, face painting and petting zoo from 11-2.

We’ll be raffling off fantastic prizes throughout the event. Earn tickets with your purchase.

Free gifts will be on hand for the first 50 customers of the day.

 

 

 

 

12 Apr 2017

Our Favorite Tools for Spring Cleanup

 

Broken tree limbs, vole damage or matted leaf litter, April is time to spruce up your yard after our long, harsh winter. The right tool makes any job easier. Here are some of our favorites for spring clean- up:


Bahco™ Loppers: Quality loppers make cutting tree limbs a breeze.


Radius Pro™ Pruners: Use these to cut dead foliage or smaller diameter tree limbs or shrubs. These pruners do the job at an affordable price.


Tubtrugs™: These handy buckets come in assorted sizes and are always in use in our greenhouse. Use them to haul plant debris, for storage, to wash your dog, soak your feet or any task you can dream up!


Leaf Rake: The flexible tines of a leaf rake takes care of matted leaves, dead grass and a winter’s worth of pooch poop.


Hori Hori garden knife:
Translated, this means “dig, dig”. This multi tool is useful for digging up weeds, dividing plants, chopping tree suckers or self- defense.


Hestra™ Gloves: 
We stock an array of these quality gloves to protect your hands from the rigors of yard work.


Better Brooms™:  
This eco-friendly outdoor broom sweeps up gravel, leaves and debris in a snap plus it’s pretty enough to leave out as porch decor.

05 Apr 2017

The Scoop on Soil

 


Soil is probably the most unappreciated aspect of gardening, but with few exceptions, it is the most vital thing that supports plant life. A trip to our garden center will reveal many choices of soils, but which one do you really need? Isn’t it all the same? The answer depends what you will be using it for.  Here are some of the basics:

Top Soil:
As the name implies, top soil is the uppermost layer of native soil. There is a lot of variation depending on its source, but generally it has few nutrients. Top soil is useful for filling in holes, building up berms, or beneath lawn sod or grass seed. Top soil is not free of weed seeds and it is not sterile. On its own, it is very heavy and compacts easily making it a poor choice for container gardening or seed starting.  It can be used in flower and vegetable gardens, but needs to have additional organic matter such as compost or manure mixed in.

Garden Soil:
Also called planting mix or planting soil, this soil is intended for in-ground use such as flower beds or vegetable gardens. Depending on the brand, garden soil may have a time release fertilizer mixed in. Do not use this soil for container gardening or starting seeds.

Potting Soil:
Used for container gardening, potting soil is designed for proper aeration and drainage, vital to plant health. Ingredients range from composted bark, mushrooms, peat moss, coconut fiber, topsoil, perlite and vermiculite. All these ingredients are combined for optimal plant health. Use potting soil in containers or raised beds. Potting soil is not recommended for starting seeds.

Potting Mix:
Specifically designed for containers, potting mix is a sterile soilless mix with a high percentage of peat moss. It is designed to retain water and also have proper aeration. Use potting mix for containers, EarthBoxes™, houseplants or seedling starts.

Seedling Mix:
True to its name, this is a very light, soilless, sterile mix for the sole purpose of starting seeds. It’s designed to retain moisture, but also to allow for proper aeration.

Compost:
Although compost may look like dirt, it shouldn’t be used as a planting medium.  Compost is decomposed organic matter and used to enrich existing soil. Planting in straight compost will burn plants and seedlings due to its high nitrogen content.  Use compost to enrich top soil, replenish nutrients in veggie gardens or as a fertilizer on trees and shrubs.

At MD Nursery, we’ve selected trusted brands of quality soils to support quality plant growth.  Although we’ve listed the basics here, we have a full selection of specialty soils for every plant need. Be sure to stop by for our Earth Day sale on April 22nd and save 30% on all bagged soil and compost!

16 Mar 2017

Lawn and Tree Care

Imagine a summer weekend where you don’t have to mow the lawn, where your landscape is thriving and well-maintained. Bugs aren’t harming your trees and your lawn is healthy and weed-free. You have time to hit your favorite trails, fishing holes and socializing with your friends and family.

Enjoy more of what you love doing and let our maintenance crew do the yard work for you! Our crew delivers timely, professional service to Teton Valley and Jackson Hole properties.

 ‘New Customer’ Lawn Care package: Get one FREE lawn service!

Sign up for a full season (5 month minimum) of routine lawn mowing by May 1st and receive one of these extra services at no charge:

  • Fall lawn fertilization
  • Lawn aeration
  • Irrigation winterization

 

New Customer’ Lawn & Tree Care package: Get a FREE tree!

This package will get help your trees and lawn looking their best.

This service includes:

  • Evergreen tree spray applications (includes pine weevil prevention, disease and insect control), 3 times per season
  • Deciduous tree spray applications (disease and insect control) , twice per season
  • Yearly deep root tree fertilization
  • Lawn weed &feed application, twice per season
  • Fall lawn fertilization

 

Sign up for our Lawn & Tree Care package by May 1st and we’ll give you a free deciduous ball & burlap tree (up to $300 value, offer excludes delivery and planting).

 

If you’d like more play and less work, contact our maintenance crew lead, Erik Moss to arrange an onsite consultation and estimate:

erik@mdlandscapinginc.com

208-313-5497

 

01 Mar 2017

March 2017

Winter Market

Our Winter Farmer’s Market concludes this month on Saturday the 18th. Thanks to all of our fantastic vendors, old and new for making this a great season. If you haven’t stopped by yet, don’t miss your last chances to do so. The Winter Farmer’s Market is held every Saturday from 10-3 in our greenhouse. We have added a weekly raffle prize drawing courtesy of our vendors to add to the excitement. Earn one ticket by just showing up. Earn more entries with each purchase.

Spring Arrivals:

While it may be too early to plant, it’s not too early to plan. Our seed racks are full and March is a fine time to stop by and peruse our selection. We offer a wide variety of standard, heirloom and organic seed for veggies, herbs and flowers. We are excited to bring back our line of seed tape from Botanical Interests™ to make planting those tiny seeds like carrots and lettuces a snap. For those of you who are itching to grow SOMETHING this month, we have a full selection of seeds just for sprouting. Grow your own radish, bean or alfalfa sprouts in your kitchen! Homegrown sprouts are tasty, packed with nutrients, quick and easy

What else is new?

  • spring table ware
  • faux flowers
  • pottery
  • jewelry
  • Stationery
  • bird feeders
  • blooming houseplants and air plants
  • Sloggers™ waterproof clogs
  • spring wreaths

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Unsung Berries

Guess what? There are other edible berries besides raspberries and strawberries that thrive in this region. Take a step in a new direction this year and try one or more of these lesser-known, hardy, fruit-bearing shrubs. These plants can be tucked in with your existing landscaping and don’t need a ton of space. Once established, they will need very little care, other than routine fertilizer and water.

Currants (Ribes ‘Red Lake’): These are at the top of the list for a reason. Currants are hardy, versatile shrubs.  The fruit is small and tart. Red Lake currants are the best bet for fruiting and produce stunning clusters of ruby red berries. Their bright, tart flavor can be enjoyed fresh or used in preserves.

Gooseberries (Ribes ‘Pixwell’): Gooseberries are a truly northern fruit.  They are related to currants and grow on small shrubs. Thorny stems bear greenish-purple grape-sized fruit that usually ripen in July.  The berries can be eaten fresh or used in preserves and baked goods.  For best eating, try the ‘pixwell’ variety.

Serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia): Also known as ‘juneberry’, ‘sarviceberry’ or ‘Saskatoon berry’, these berries grow on large shrubs and resemble a blueberry. Serviceberry is native in our area and attractive in its own right with clusters of small white flowers early spring and orangey-red fall color. The fruit is sweet enough to eat on its own, but can be mealy, making them ideal candidates for preserves or pies.

Nanking Cherry (Prunus tomentosa): Bright red fruit adorn these pretty cherry bushes. Nanking cherries grow to 6 feet and bear pale pink blossoms each spring. The fruit is sweet, tart and juicy. Eat them fresh or use them to make a classic cherry pie.

Black Chokeberry (Aronia meloncarpa): This hardy shrub is gaining popularity for the health benefits of its fruit. The little black berries are said to have three times the amount of antioxidants as blueberries! The black chokeberry is a wonderful shrub for landscaping because of its multi-season attractiveness. It bears pretty white flowers in spring, deep green glossy leaves all summer and brilliant orangey-red fall color. The fruit’s low sugar content can be unpalatable to some, but can be made into syrup, preserves, blended into smoothies or stirred into muffin batter.

Honeyberry (Lonicera cerearula):  Honeyberries are relatively new to American gardeners, but are grown extensively in Canada and Northern Europe. Also known as haskap, honeyberries belong to the same family as honeysuckles. Honeyberries are native to Siberia- a good indicator of cold hardiness! They produce small, oblong blue fruit on 3 – 4 foot shrubs. The fruit is sweet and similar in flavor to blueberries. Honeyberries ripen relatively early in the summer, usually late June or July. Two distinct varieties are required to pollinate each other for fruit production.

Birds will want to share in the bounty of these fruits, so unless you don’t mind sharing, be proactive and cover up with bird netting as soon as the fruit begins to ripen.

MD Lawn and Tree Care Services

Imagine a summer weekend where you don’t have to mow the lawn, where your landscape is thriving and well-maintained. Bugs aren’t harming your trees and your lawn is healthy and weed-free. You have time to hit your favorite trails, fishing holes and socializing with your friends and family.
Enjoy more of what you love doing and let our maintenance crew do the yard work for you! Our crew delivers timely, professional service to Teton Valley and Jackson Hole properties.

‘New Customer’ Lawn Care package: Get one FREE lawn service!
Sign up for a full season (5 month minimum) of routine lawn mowing by May 1st and receive one of these extra services at no charge:
Fall lawn fertilization, Lawn aeration or Irrigation winterization

New Customer’ Lawn & Tree Care package: Get a FREE tree!
This package will get help your trees and lawn looking their best.
This service includes:

  • Evergreen tree spray applications (includes pine weevil prevention, disease and insect control),  3 times per season
  • Deciduous tree spray applications (disease and insect control) , twice per season
  • Yearly deep root tree fertilization
  • Lawn weed &feed application, twice per season
  • Fall lawn fertilization

Sign up for our Lawn & Tree Care package by May 1st and we’ll give you a free deciduous ball & burlap tree (up to $300 value, offer excludes delivery and planting).

If you’d like more play and less work, contact our maintenance crew lead, Erik Moss to arrange an onsite consultation and estimate:
erik@mdlandscapinginc.com
208-313-5497

Bird of the Month: Red-winged Black Bird

While the calendar may tell us spring is here on March 21st, the call of red-winged blackbird is a sure sign that spring is near. The red-winged black bird is common in our region for most of the year but spends the winter months in the southern US. Red-winged black birds are about the size of a robin and easily spotted on power lines or atop cattails. Glossy black plumage and a distinct red and yellow patch on the wing make the males easy to find. The females have duller, streaky brown plumage. Red-winged black birds prefer marshy habitat near cattails and standing water where they feed on seeds and insects. Before their natural food sources may be available, it is common to see red winged blackbirds at bird feeders. They are voracious eaters often seen ransacking backyard feeders in the spring, so be sure to keep plenty of bird seed on hand for these and other backyard birds.

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14 Nov 2016

Mini Desert Oasis

Cacti are one of the best choices for those with less-than-green thumbs. These plants are well acclimated to dry indoor air and require very little attention. A slow growth rate keeps them tidy and will fill a small space without overtaking it. Windowsills, kitchen counters or desktops are all prime locations for a mini desert oasis. Create one for your home, office or as a gift. Here’s how:

Select a container for your garden. Get creative! Try an old teapot, decorative box, cookie tin or keep it simple with a plain terracotta pot.  Next, chose your mini cacti. Any combination is fine, but a mix of heights and textures always looks good. Fill your container partially with cactus mix. Cactus mix is a fast-draining soil specially formulated for cacti.  Using gloves or tongs gently remove the cacti from their pots and arrange in your container.  Carefully back fill with more cactus mix. Top with a light layer of gravel or decorative rock. Try adding some interesting rocks, a pretty shell, ornament or a small figurine to personalize your oasis.  Water gently and place in a bright spot. Depending on your room temperature and the size of your container, cacti will need gentle watering every two to four weeks. Generally, the bigger the plant and container, the less frequent watering they will need.

Cacti (and most house plants) prefer less water and fertilizer during the winter months. Begin routine feeding with a houseplant fertilizer or a specific cactus fertilizer in the spring and summer months.   Your desert oasis will perk up any indoor space and will last for years with very little effort.

 

12 Oct 2016

It’s Time To…

Take advantage of a bit of dry weather and get your yard and garden ready for winter.

  • Plant flower bulbs for spring. Fall bulbs are now 30% off!
  • Sow wildflower and grass seed.
  • Fertilize lawns for a faster green-up in the spring.
  • Plant garlic for next year’s harvest. Garlic is now 30% off!
  • Add compost to vegetable gardens. We recommend Happy Frog or Black Gold compost.
  • Apply granular rodent repellant to lawns  such as Molemax™ or Repellex™.
  • Spray newly planted evergreens with Wilt Pruf™ anti-desiccant.
  • Continue watering trees and shrubs through November or until the snow is here to stay!