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Dealing with Frost Damage

Friday, May 19, 2017 // Oh, Mother Nature, you are one tricky lady! A few weeks ago, you enchanted us with a string of beautiful days of sunshine and warm weather, leading us to believe Spring had really sprung. Our thoughts turned to getting outside and beautifying our surroundings. Everywhere we went, vibrantly colored flowers and lush greenery called out to us. We were itching to get our hands in the dirt. We wanted to leave Old Man Winter behind and grow things. The calendar even told us it was ok - Spring had officially begun. Our perennials started to come back to life and our bulbs began poking through the soil. We even put some of our container plants outside to soak up the sun. That’s when it happened, that reminder that yes, we do live in Michigan. The state where on Monday it’s sunny and 75 degrees, and on Tuesday morning we wake up to frost on the ground. Our plants were downright shocked, and they are clearly showing the after effects of this cold snap. What can and should be done to bring them back to life?

Tags: Landscaping Tips

Natural Ways to Deal with Garden Pests

Friday, May 12, 2017 // Maintaining a beautiful yard and garden can be a daunting task. It takes a tremendous amount of work. We plant, water, fertilize and weed. But no matter how meticulous we are in the care of our landscape, we do share the great outdoors with an abundant number of other species and many of them enjoy our flowers and plants as much as we do. Pests can be problematic, and there are seemingly endless options available to rid your yard of them. Each year in the U.S., homeowners use approximately 136 million pounds of pesticides, and homeowners tend to apply them at a much greater rate than the professionals and even farmers. Now, more than ever, we are aware of the need to pay attention to what types of chemicals are in the products that we use. Of particular concern are the chemicals that may end up in our food and water. Hundreds of years ago, homeowners had to come up with natural remedies to remove pest infestations from their garden plants. Today, we can try some proven effective methods to combat those pesky insects, without causing harm to our family, our pets and the environment. Before you pile on the insecticides, try to a few of the following ideas to get ahead of the game when it comes to reducing your pest population. Pick a pest, any pest and you may be able to find a more natural way to get rid of it. 

 

Tags: Landscaping Tips

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Friday, May 5, 2017 // “Life doesn’t come with a manual, it comes with a Mother.” Isn’t that the truth? Mom raised you like it was her job, and well, it was; one of many she had to juggle while you were growing up. Next Sunday, May 14th is Mother’s Day…a time to honor and celebrate Mom and to express appreciation for all that she is and all that she does. Whether you call her Mom, Mother, Mama or your own unique term of endearment, you are likely trying to figure out that perfect gift to give her. We’re here to help with a sampling of some great ideas for all kinds of Moms in a variety of price points to inspire you in your quest.

Tags: Gift Ideas

What is Arbor Day?

Thursday, April 27, 2017 // “He who plants a tree, plants hope. “-Lucy Larcon

Arbor Day is the celebration of trees and their importance in our lives; it is also a time to think about what we can do for trees and the world in which we live.    

Tags: Going Green, Landscaping Tips

What is Earth Day?

Friday, April 21, 2017 // April is not only the harbinger of spring, it is also the month in which we celebrate two important days for our environment. Earth Day and Arbor Day are holidays that allow us to celebrate the wonder of nature and inspire us to do something to enhance and protect our world. Have you ever been curious as to how these holidays came in to being? Read on to discover their origins and intent, and learn ways in which you can participate in this year’s celebrations.

Tags: Going Green

Spring Cleaning Checklist

Friday, April 14, 2017 // April has arrived and with it all the random weather – t-shirts and flip-flops one day, parkas and boots the next. While we dream of days when we can open the windows to let the sunshine and crisp air in, it’s the perfect time to freshen up our homes with a thorough spring cleaning. An annual clean-out and scrub-down is a rite of spring. It makes your home look, feel, and perform better. Read on to jump-start your cleaning agenda with a few smart tips for every room in your house.

Tags: Indoor Landscaping

Must Do Landscape Tips For Spring

Friday, April 7, 2017 // March 20th may have heralded the official start of spring, but the weather as of late doesn’t exactly inspire us to get out in the yard and whip it in to shape (hello rain and snow!). Alas, we all know the saying – “April showers bring May flowers,” and there’s no better time than now to complete the necessary tasks to ensure your lawn and garden is the best it can be.

Tags: landscape design, Landscape Tips

What's on Barney's Barbie - No. 6 | Marinated and Grilled Tri-Tip

Friday, March 31, 2017 // You probably don’t know that our founder, Barney Naylor has quite a knack for grilling. Rumor has it that many of the best kept recipe secrets in the world can be found on his BBQ. Our monthly feature on the #NaylorBlog isn’t just for the grill-savvy chef but also for those who are just starting out!

Tags: Edible Gardens

Going Green - Part 2 | The Great Outdoors

Friday, March 24, 2017 // People tend to have a lot of misconceptions about living an eco-friendly lifestyle. Most think it’s expensive, time-consuming, inconvenient and may even require one to wear Birkenstocks. Simply put, they lament, “It’s not easy being green.” We’ve gathered some ideas that are truly worth it to the environment to implement. These suggestions can reduce your carbon footprint, create a healthier living environment and save you some money indoors and out.

Tags: Going Green, Landscape Tips

Going Green - Part 1 | What Matters on the Inside

Thursday, March 23, 2017 // People tend to have a lot of misconceptions about living an eco-friendly lifestyle. Most think it’s expensive, time-consuming, inconvenient and may even require one to wear Birkenstocks. Simply put, they lament, “It’s not easy being green.” We’ve gathered some ideas that are truly worth it to the environment to implement. These suggestions can reduce your carbon footprint, create a healthier living environment and save you some money indoors and out.

Tags: Going Green, Indoor Landscaping