Archive for April, 2022

Van Wisdom: Caring for Your Tree

Posted on April 25th, 2022

Trees do some impressive things for us – so we should do something for them right? Trees clean the air of carbon dioxide and produce the oxygen necessary for human life. They improve soil quality, provide shade, prevent erosion, and support wildlife and ecosystems the world over. All of these amazing feats are only possible […]

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Happy 150th Arbor Day!

Posted on April 25th, 2022

Someone said we should create a machine that soaks up all the carbon in the air and fixes back into the soil.  The response is… we already have them!  They are called TREES!  This week we celebrate the 150th Arbor Day.  I thought we were doing great being 102 years old! This special day was […]

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VanWisdom: Our New Van Wilgen’s Soil Mixes

Posted on April 18th, 2022

Temperatures climbed higher this week and we’re itching to lay the foundations of a great garden. That foundation is your soil. However, your soil may not be perfect for your needs, and at Van Wilgen’s we offer a variety of soil mixes to help prepare your garden for planting. The BIG news at Van Wilgen’s […]

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Rose Care 101

Posted on April 18th, 2022

Roses are synonymous with love and gardening! Rose enthusiasts are a discerning bunch –some gardeners go for conventional growing and some go the more organic route, but neither is right nor wrong. At Van Wilgen’s we want you to have beautiful roses and with a little TLC they are not as hard to maintain as […]

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VanWisdom: Soils 101–What, Where & When?

Posted on April 11th, 2022

Most people probably don’t give too much thought to the ground beneath their feet, but green-fingered enthusiasts know all too well that understanding Soil 101 is vital to a healthy garden. What Yeah, the soil is the “What”.  This layer of ‘dirt’ is a complicated mix of insects and decomposing organic matter that is full […]

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Pruning Guide

Posted on April 11th, 2022

Pruning seems counter-intuitive to plant growth. Why would you snip off limbs or twigs? Well, targeted pruning can help with improving both the structure of a tree or shrub as well as the health, e.g., If branches, or woody stems, are rubbing against one another  or if there is the presence of dead branches/twigs. There […]

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When Can I Plant My Veggies?

Posted on April 4th, 2022

Spring is here! Normally, the team here at Van Wilgen’s would say there’s no better time to get outside and get your hands in the dirt and start planting some veggies! We said “Normally!” When I started here, I asked Ryan Van Wilgen, “When can I plant veggies?” He replied, “When you can walk barefoot […]

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Van Wisdom: Prepping the Ground

Posted on April 4th, 2022

It shouldn’t come as a surprise when visiting the “stinky” department at Van Wilgens that some of our team LOVE fertilizer!  We “Fertilize, Mulch and Preen” which rhymes with a “1-2-3 routine” Fertilize We love fertilizer because it can be so helpful to our plants and the environment; veggie gardens will give you a much […]

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