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10 Dec 2018

The Gift Shop at MD

The countdown to Christmas is on. Our gift shop and greenhouse have gone through their seasonal transformation and we are ready for the holidays. Each year our retail display team puts together truly inspiring and dramatic displays to feast your eyes upon. Stop in and browse through our huge selection of holiday décor. You’ll find:
• Fresh wreaths and garland
• Christmas trees (live & fresh cut)
• Fragrant evergreen boughs
• Ornaments
• Christmas cards
• Poinsettias and seasonal Christmas plants
• Amaryllis and paperwhites

The gift shop at MD offers a unique, welcoming and sensory shopping experience. We have a huge variety of gifts for kids, teachers, co-workers, moms, dads, gardeners or just about anyone on your list. We invite you to get out and shop with us locally. Our friendly staff is here to help with gift suggestions and guidance. As always, we offer complimentary gift wrapping!

12 Nov 2018

Christmas Tree Care 101

The beloved Christmas tree is the mark of the season in many of our homes. To help your tree stay fresh, follow these steps:

Fresh Cut Trees:
• Cut a quarter to a half inch off the bottom of the trunk before placing it in its stand. This is vital to a tree’s ability to uptake water. We do this for you when you purchase your tree here.
• Choose a tree stand with at least a quart holding capacity for water. Fill with water and check daily. Cut trees can drink up to a gallon a day! Continue to add water as needed while your tree is indoors.
• Keep your tree away from any heat sources like fireplaces, appliances or heating vents.

Live Potted Christmas Trees:
Live Christmas trees need extra consideration for holiday decorating and care.
It is important to keep live trees in their dormant state for successful survival beyond the holidays. Gradually acclimate your live tree to room temperature by keeping it in a cool garage for a few days before bringing it indoors. Water your tree and allow it to drain before moving it indoors. Keep your tree indoors for no more than one week or it will break dormancy. Avoid placing your live tree by any heat source and use LED or mini lights that give off little heat. Before returning a live Christmas tree outside, water it thoroughly and move it somewhere cool like a garage before exposing it to winter temperatures. Keep your live tree for the remainder of the winter outdoors where it will have good snow coverage and some shade. This will offer it protection from the elements. Avoid placing your potted tree in a sunny spot or wind exposed area as this will dry out the needles. Once the ground is thawed in the spring, your live Christmas tree can be planted and enjoyed for years to come.
live trees are not guaranteed

07 Nov 2018

Holiday Open House Saturday November 10th

25% off Holiday Décor One Day Only!
Our annual holiday open house is not to be missed. Come and be inspired by our latest festive displays, décor and abundant ornaments. Save 25% on holiday décor for one day only. Spin the wheel to win prizes throughout the day. The first 25 customers of the day receive a free gift (with purchase).

01 Nov 2018

Indoor Bulbs for Beginners:

Pretty and fragrant blooms indoors are a special treat during the darkest months of the year. Both amaryllis and paperwhite bulbs are attractive and easy to grow. These bulbs are acclimated to warmer climates and do not need a period of cold in order to bloom. Room temperature is perfect.

Paperwhites:

These are the easiest indoor bulbs to grow and the fastest to bloom. From planting to flowering, they take about 4 to 6 weeks. To begin, choose a container that’s at least 6 inches tall. Paperwhites can grow quite tall and a deeper container will provide a more stable base for the blooming bulbs. Containers don’t have to have holes so you can be creative. Mason Jars, vases, decorative boxes, baskets, cookie tins and traditional pottery pieces will work. Fill the container about two thirds of the way with either gravel or potting soil. Place bulbs pointy side up and cover with more gravel/ potting soil until just the tips are showing. Leave about one inch of space between the soil (or gravel) surface and the rim of your container for easier watering. Water the bulbs. If you are using potting soil, you may need to more after watering where the soil may have settled. At this point, a layer of decorative moss or rock over top will give it a nice, finished look. Place in a bright, cool spot indoors and wait. Low light or excessive heat from fireplaces or vents will make your paperwhites spindly and floppy. Water periodically to keep the base of the bulb wet. As the foliage starts to emerge, rotate the planter every few days to keep the stems straight. Blooms will last longer in cooler room temperatures away from direct sunlight. Plant paperwhites mid-November for Christmas blooms.

Amaryllis:

Amaryllis are known for their huge, spectacular blooms. Blooms appear in about 6- 8 weeks. Planting is similar to paperwhites. Choose a sturdy container that is about an inch in diameter bigger than the amaryllis bulb. A heavier ceramic pot is best to support the heafty flower stalk. Fill about two thirds of the way with potting soil, then set in the bulb, pointy side up. Top off with potting soil so the top quarter of the bulb is exposed. Ideally, the soil level should be about one inch below the rim of the pot to allow for proper watering. Cover the soil with decorative moss or rock if desired. Keep the potting soil moist, but not sodden and place in a cool, bright spot. As the stalk and leaves grow, rotate the pot to encourage a straighter stalk. Start amaryllis at the beginning of November for Christmas color.

Both paperwhites and amaryllis make beautiful holiday gifts. Start them indoors this month for blooming gifts in December!

31 Oct 2018

Holiday Open House Saturday Novemeber 10th 9-6

Our annual holiday open house is not to be missed. Come and be inspired by our latest festive displays, décor and abundant ornaments. Save 25% on holiday décor for one day only. Spin the wheel to win prizes throughout the day. The first 25 customers of the day receive a free gift (with purchase).

11 Oct 2018

Tree Survival: An ounce of prevention

There is no doubt that trees are a valuable asset to our landscapes. Trees add beauty, privacy, wind protection and increase our property values. Most trees we sell are adapted to survive our harsh winters, but an additional measure of preventative care, especially with younger trees, will greatly increase survival over winter and into another successful growing season.
Protection from Animals:

Browsing mammals (moose, elk or deer):
If your trees are the most tender, greenest things on the block and other food sources are scarce, it is likely that these mammals will feed on your trees. Mature trees can withstand some browsing, but younger trees can be severely damaged or killed. Ultimately, a 7 to 8 foot fence surrounding your trees will provide the best protection. If fencing is not for you, commercially made repellents such as Plantskydd™ are very effective when applied correctly.
Voles:
Voles can girdle and kill a tree overwinter by chewing the bark around the base of the trunk. Apples and crabapples are especially vulnerable. A rigid plastic trunk guard can be placed around the trunk to protect it. Remove the trunk guard the following spring to allow for airflow.
plastic trunk guard keeps voles from girdling trees

Protection from Cold, Sun and Wind:
Believe it or not, our ample snow cover in the Teton region is a great insulator from extreme temperature swings. Severe cold injury can occur late fall when we have extreme cold but no snow cover. A two or three inch layer of bark mulch will help modify the ground temperature in this case. Mulch is also very useful to retain moisture and prevent weeds from germinating. Some deciduous trees like Maples are prone to having their bark crack over winter. Cracking is caused when the trunk heats up in the sun during the day and then cools off dramatically at night. The temperature difference cause vertical, spiraling cracks down the trunk. A light weight tree wrap will help protect the trunk. Wrap trunks late fall and remove the wrap in the spring.

Evergreen trees lose moisture as their needles transpire through the winter. New trees are not able to keep up with the rate of moisture loss because their root systems are not yet deep enough to uptake enough water over winter. This leads to sun burned needles. To help, ensure your evergreens go into winter WET! A thorough soaking each week will help your tree to fill up its reserves with water. Water evergreens until the snow is stuck on the ground or the ground remains frozen, usually though mid-November. An anti-desiccant like Wilt Pruf™ can be sprayed on the needles mid to late October. Wilt Pruf™ helps slow down transpiration and can make the difference between brown, crispy needles or lush green needles next spring.

Our greenhouse has a full line of tree care products to help your trees survive the winter.
Need some help? From spraying to fencing, our maintenance department can do this for you!
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01 Oct 2018

20th Annual Fall Fest

Our 20th annual Fall Fest is Saturday, October 20th from 12-3.

The MD tradition of free family fun for our community continues for our 20th year! Celebrate the season with games, pumpkin painting, a photo booth, hayrides, face painting and a mini Farmer’s Market. Bakers can show off their skills in the Pumpkin Pie Bake-Off upstairs at Marigold Café. Pie judging is at 3:00.
To celebrate our 20th Fall Fest, we’ll have $20 one day only specials you won’t want to miss!

We’ll be accepting donations to support the Teton Valley Education Foundation at the pumpkin painting activity. Bring some cash and support this valuable community resource!

17 Sep 2018

Backyard Apple Crisp

This homey, comforting dessert is a great way to showcase home-grown or farmer’s market apples.

Ingredients:
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup brown sugar
¾ cup old fashioned oats
½ tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
½ cup butter, softened
8-10 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Preheat oven to 375. Combine apples and lemon juice in a large bowl. Place into a buttered oversized pie plate or baking dish of your choice.
Combine all dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Using a pastry blender or your fingers, work in the butter until mixture is uniform.
Pat the crumble mixture over the apples and bake until topping is brown and the apples are tender and bubbly, about 40 – 50 minutes.
Serve with homemade whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

10 Sep 2018

Lawn Aeration

 

Does your lawn need a quick improvement? Aeration can elevate the health and appearance of your lawn. Aeration is the process where a machine (lawn aerator) penetrates the lawn surface and pulls out small plugs of soil. Aeration is often confused with power-raking or de-thatching, but it’s different. Hollow tines are equipped on the lawn aerator which removes soil plugs and leaves them on the surface of the lawn. These plugs are normally visible for a couple of weeks before they decompose. There are no benefits of removing the soil plugs outside of aesthetics.
Most lawns are compacted over time by foot traffic, play, and maintenance equipment. Aeration allows nutrients, oxygen and water to get down into the soil. It’s harder for oxygen, nutrients, and water to penetrate compacted soils. The plugs removed by aeration loosens compacted soils, cuts through the thatch layer and creates openings for nutrients, water and air flow. These are all key components for healthy green grass. The healthier the roots are below, the better the grass will look above.
Core aeration is one of the best things you can do for your lawn to keep it lush and green. In our area, Spring and Fall are the best times to aerate.
Lawn aerators can be rented locally from Valley Lumber in Victor and Grande Rental in Driggs.
If DIY isn’t your thing, we can do it for you. Click here to get a quote: https://mdlandscapinginc.com/get-a-quote/

07 Sep 2018

5 Reasons to Plant Bulbs this Fall

1- Bulbs are Beautiful:
Vibrant colors, fragrance and eye appealing combinations make bulbs one of the most charming flowers of the spring.

2- Bulbs are Easy to Plant:
Plant them once, and you’ll be rewarded with color year after year. Simply choose a sunny spot with well-drained soil. Dig a hole two to three times the bulb’s height (for example if a bulb is two inches tall, dig a hole four to six inches deep). Sprinkle the bottom of the hole with bulb food or bone meal and place the bulb pointy side up. Cover with soil, water once and wait for spring! To plant bigger clumps of bulbs, follow the same method as above but make a wider hole and place multiple bulbs into the same hole. This ‘mass grave’ method saves a ton of time and bigger clumps of bulbs will make more of a visual impact than a scattering of single bulbs.

3- Bulbs Will Make You Happy:
Imagine a warm spring day after months of seeing mostly snow, ice and mud. You walk outside and ta-da! A pretty clump of purple crocus are blooming right next to the receeding snow. Studies have shown that flowers release the ‘happy’ brain chemicals triggering positive emotions. Plant bulbs to plant happiness!

4- Bulbs Feed the Pollinators:
Yes, bulbs are wonderful for spring color, but did you know that flowering bulbs are also a valuable food source for bees? Bulbs are one of the first available pollen sources for bees and other pollinating insects.

5- Bulbs Need to be Planted in the Fall:
All spring-blooming bulbs like daffodils, tulips and crocus need a cold period before they will bloom. This starts the biochemical process that makes them bloom. Bulbs are not like seeds where they can be viable for months without planting. Bulbs will dry out and are unlikely to bloom if they are not planted in the fall. Plant bulbs any time before the ground freezes.

Our seasonal shipment of high quality flower bulbs is here. Browse our huge selection of all of the favorites like daffodils, tulips and crocus.