Posts Tagged "gardening"

Let’s Put a Little Labor Into Those Lawns

Posted on August 30th, 2018

Labor Day is here.  Let’s get out there and put a little bit of labor into our lawns.  The summer heatwave has kept us sadly looking at our stressed-out lawns from the inside out.  I know, it has been too darn hot to think about doing much in the yard, except for sitting under the […]

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Bloom Time!

Posted on June 7th, 2018

The perennial department at Van Wilgen’s lives at an interesting crossroads. We watch as the nursery yard fills up with evergreen interest, and the Greenhouse loads up on pansies, and we poke and prod our plants, waiting for the day that they too might be in bloom. Then the evergreen gives way to the spring […]

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Let the Hunt Begin

Posted on May 11th, 2018

(Why beneficial insects really are beneficial!) Release the hounds!  Not literally, but I do want you to release the Ladybugs, Lacewings, Praying Mantids, and Nematodes.  They are fantastic hunters and a huge benefit to your lawn, flower garden, and veggie garden. These beneficial hunters have many things in common.  They are meat-eaters.  They never eat […]

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Proven Winners Pollinator Kit

Posted on May 10th, 2018

All of us at Van Wilgen’s and Proven Winners know one thing for sure, a better garden starts with a better plant. Healthy plants with strong root systems are the hallmark of a PW plant,  and we know strong roots = strong plants. This week we will be showcasing Proven Winners plants in every part […]

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Top Eight Early Spring Perennials

Posted on April 5th, 2018

This time of year we are all itching to get in the garden. All it takes is a few warm days, some sunshine and we are all ready to dig in the dirt.  At the garden center we get asked all the time, what can I plant now? There are many choices for early spring […]

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Got Mulch?

Posted on April 5th, 2018

We have all heard the phrase ‘April Showers bring May Flowers’ but it turns out there are few things we need to do to freshen up our gardens. April is the perfect time for spring clean-up! Starting with simple raking and going for a clean slate in the garden, prune any broken branches, and fix […]

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Salt, Sun, Snow, Wind, and Animals!

Posted on December 6th, 2017

WHAT DO THEY ALL HAVE IN COMMON? (How to protect our plants in winter) The Winter Warlock is coming soon.  With him, he brings salt, sun, wind, snow, and animals.  This does not sound too bad, does it?!  Hmmm.  Let’s think about this.  Salt, delicious in our food.  Sun, great for supplying us with Vitamin […]

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Plants for Winter Interest

Posted on November 1st, 2017

Have you ever thought about the beauty a plant can add to a snowy landscape? Here at Van Wilgen’s we have a variety of options if you are looking for a way to add color and interest to your winter landscape.  Our favorites all offer an unexpected plant feature for winter, bright berries, colorful or […]

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Backyard Makeover Part III

Posted on November 1st, 2017

It’s been a busy season.  The summer has flown by and like many people I spent far less time in my garden than I would have liked.  Fortunately, the fall weather has been fantastic for planting and I am still taking advantage of it! My second tree is finally in the ground and I think […]

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Fried Green Tomatoes

Posted on October 30th, 2017

Winter is Coming… and that is not just for all you Game of Thrones fans.  It is that time of year and the veggie growing season is drawing to a close. Fortunately, we do not have to prepare for The Night King or his army of White Walkers heading from the north but it is […]

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