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Caring for Your Christmas Tree

Posted on November 22nd, 2020

It’s that time of year again. During the hustle and bustle that accompanies the holiday season, we somehow manage to find the time to continue the time honored tradition of selecting and decorating the perfect Christmas tree. But after we’ve found that perfect tree, what should you do next? How do we make sure that […]

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The Season is Upon Us

Posted on November 15th, 2020

The holiday season is upon us! We’re excited to kick off our favorite holiday traditions from baking cookies, to decorating for the season. For many of us, nothing says the holidays more than the fragrant smell of a fresh cut tree. Whether you’re a fan of pre-cut trees or you prefer to cut you own, […]

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KEEP YOUR EVERGREENS LOOKING FRESH

Posted on November 8th, 2020

I know, I know, we just passed Halloween, but believe it or not it will soon be the season for decorated Christmas trees, perfectly placed mantel pieces, fragrant evergreen garlands, and welcoming swags and wreaths on our front doors. Unfortunately,  we’ll also be looking at drying winter winds and scalding, reflective sun.  We protect ourselves with […]

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Preparing Your Plants for Winter

Posted on October 27th, 2020

Winter is on the way, which means it’s time to prep your plants for snow, cold weather, and pesky winter critters. Lucky for you, protecting your plants takes just a few easy (we promise!) steps. Rose Care Some roses are hardier than others. If you see a root graft at the base of the plant […]

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Putting Your Veggie Garden to Bed

Posted on October 23rd, 2020

It seems as though 2020 has been the year of the vegetable garden. We’ve spoken with so many new and existing gardeners who have gone all out this year, building and planting raised beds, planting in the ground, or pots, and growing virtually any and every vegetable with amazing results. So you’ve had a bountiful […]

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Fall Fertilization

Posted on October 23rd, 2020

One of the most overlooked, yet most important, fall gardening tasks is fertilization. As the temperatures drop and everything begins to go dormant, you might think your plants and lawns don’t need to be fertilized. Not so! Fertilizing in the fall sets your plants up for success in the spring. Roots will hang on to […]

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Fall Watering

Posted on October 14th, 2020

Well we all made it through another rainy spring and summer. Mother Nature was a huge help in keeping all of our plants wet with minimal hand watering.  With summer now winding down things are now showing signs of drying out. As we get into the fall planting season make sure that all your plants are properly watered […]

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Why Are My Evergreens Dying?

Posted on October 11th, 2020

One of the most common questions we get here in the fall at Van Wilgen’s is, “Why are my pines turning yellow? Are they sick?” Thankfully, the answer is “no”. All trees and shrubs renew their foliage annually in the spring and summer, and shed old, unneeded foliage in the fall. This is most apparent […]

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Is It Too Late To Plant?

Posted on October 10th, 2020

This time of year, we frequently have people wondering if it’s too late to plant. We’re happy to report that fall is a FANTASTIC time to plant! Why? Well, there are a number of reasons. Cool nighttime temperatures, moderate daytime temperatures and warm soil temperatures create favorable conditions that allow for rapid root establishment. Combine this […]

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Fall Decorating

Posted on October 4th, 2020

As our days get shorter and the nights get cooler, it’s time to start thinking about fall colors and decorating for the season! One of our staple fall plants here at the garden center is traditional fall mums. They’re available in a wide range of colors, which means you can create a beautiful fall container […]

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