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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.

 

08 Jun 2017

Kids in the Garden

 

It’s nothing new, but we all know that children today are beset by a number of ailments: stress, obesity, ADHD. Research has shown that kids with access to greenspace such as gardens on a daily basis have reaped many health benefits including increased attention span and deeper forms of creative play. Children who grow their own vegetables are more likely to eat them. How are parents to encourage kids to get outside and garden? Here are a few tips:

·         Give a child their very own planting space to plant and dig as they please.

·         Plant veggies kids like to eat such as carrots, sugar snap peas, strawberries and potatoes.

·         Try planting crazy veggies like purple potatoes, atomic red carrots or dragon’s tongue beans.

·         Create a theme garden. Popular themes include a pizza patch, hummingbird habitat or a fairy garden.

·         Invest in some basic pint- sized tools. Gloves, shovels and buckets are a good start.

·         Incorporate some family- friendly features into your existing garden. Birdbaths, houses and feeders, gathering areas such as a dining set or bench, play areas such as a sandbox, fort or swing set.

·         Involve your kids in harvesting. Kids love to pick peas, dig up potatoes, pull carrots and cut lettuce.

·         Pass the scissors.  Older children can cut some salad greens or some flowers to bring into the house.

·         Hand them the hose! Very small kids are delighted to fill up a watering can and water something. Bigger kids can use the hose to fill birdbaths and water the veggie patch.

·         Lead by example. Your kids are more likely to garden if you’re out there too!

 

       

 

 

05 Jun 2017

Flower Care 101

The days are warmer, our greenhouse is full of flowering annuals and it’s time to take some new plants home. Follow these simple steps for beautiful blooms all summer long:

  • Gradually expose newly purchased plants to the outdoors on a covered porch or in a shady spot out of the wind. This is called hardening off.
  • Watch the weather. A few annuals, such as pansies will tolerate freezing temperatures, but most will need to be covered or moved inside if a frost is predicted.
  • Plant in high quality potting mix. If the plants are to be planted in last year’s container, remove all former plant material and refresh with new soil. Adding granular fertilizer to the soil prior to planting will promote continual blooming and healthy root formation.
  • Water often. The soil should never be allowed to dry out. Depending on sun and wind exposure, annuals may need water up to twice a day.
  • Routine removal of spent flowers will encourage more blooming. This is called deadheading. Be sure to remove the entire flower and stem.
  • Additional liquid fertilizer (such as Fertilome™ brand Blooming & Rooting) beginning midsummer will maintain lush foliage and continuous blooming.
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.

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!