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12 Plants that Beat the Summer Heat

Friday, July 14, 2017 // The hottest days of summer can make your flowers fade and your plants fizzle. Have no fear, we’ve rounded up a dozen varieties that can take the heat and look great doing it. 

Tags: Landscaping Tips

10 Tips to Get Rid of Weeds

Friday, July 7, 2017 // Creating a beautiful landscape or garden and watching it grow and flourish is such a satisfying venture. You plan, you plant, you water and feed. Task accomplished, you walk away and enjoy the fruits (or flowers and vegetables) of your labor, right? Not quite. Before long, you start to notice unwanted invaders growing throughout your carefully-designed garden and flower beds. Pesky, invasive and aggressive; weeds need to be handled before they crowd out the lovely plants you intended to grow. Weeds are survivors by nature, so you need to go after them with a solid plan in mind.

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Livewall in Grand Rapids

Friday, June 30, 2017 // At Naylor Landscape Management, we specialize in creating eye-catching design for a variety of clients. One of our latest projects involved going vertical with the creation and installation of a lush green living wall display at the Water Resource Recovery Center in Grand Rapids (formerly known as the Wastewater Treatment Plant). A storage building was covered on two sides with a variety of native plants that includes sedum, catmint, coral bells and geraniums, among others. These walls are certain to be a favorite stop on the facility tours the center offers!

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Tips for Throwing a Great Summer Party

Friday, June 23, 2017 // Summer is finally here and the weather is amazing! Time to throw together a casual, relaxing get-together to celebrate with family or friends. What makes for a stellar party? One that is fun and comfortable for your guests and easy on the host – you deserve to have a good time too! Follow our tips below to get your party started. 

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Father's Day Gift Ideas

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 // “One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.” – George Herbert. Isn’t that the truth? Think about all the things dear old Dad has taught you over the years. The practical things. Mowing the lawn. Driving a car. How to give a great handshake. Doing taxes. And the classic adage “lefty loosey, righty tighty.” And then there are the life lessons that we strive to follow daily. Work hard. Give 100% to everything you do. Stand up for yourself. Treat others with respect and kindness. Family matters. This Sunday, June 18th is Father’s Day. Time to celebrate the man that has been there from the beginning, filling the pages of your life manual one lesson at a time. Time to gift him with something just as fabulous as he is.

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Your Vegetable Container Garden

Friday, June 9, 2017 // Are you fond of the idea of having an abundant vegetable garden but are tight on space? Or maybe you haven’t ventured into food gardening but possess the desire to test the waters a bit with a few of your favorites. It could even be that you’re a novice to this gardening thing and are curious to see if you were born with the necessary green thumb to pull it off. Container gardening is just the ticket. There are many varieties of vegetables available, and with the process being quite simple, you can yield delicious results. All you need is a porch, deck, balcony or patio that gets a decent amount of sun, along with at least one container and some potting soil. From there, you are on your way to harvesting an abundance of fresh, home grown produce.

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Landscape Ideas to Add Value

Friday, June 2, 2017 // As homeowners, we take on projects to make our spaces more functional. To make our homes aesthetically pleasing and more “us.” And, let’s be honest, to increase our home’s value. We know that if we update a bathroom or a kitchen, for example, we’re going to see a sizeable return on investment. The return on updates on the exterior of your home are often trickier to quantify in relation to money spent. The truth is, a well-maintained landscape will boost your curb appeal and add value that will continue to increase as trees and plants grow. Here are some ideas from the simple to the sublime that offer some bang for your buck.

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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?

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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. 

 

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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.

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