Rain Gardening: Let it Rain!

By: Designer Jennifer Whalley Rain gardening is not a new term for planting in the rain, but instead the latest craze in the landscape industry. It’s the creation of beautiful backyard gardens that have the added bonus of improving our environment and our water quality. Interested? Please, read on. A rain garden is a landscape system… Read More


Summer Flowering Bulbs

Spring is the season to think summer-flowering bulbs—everything from exotically fragrant lilies to ever-blooming shade-loving begonias. There is such a wide variety of sizes, shapes and color from which to choose—and some are even deer and vole resistant! Dahlias (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder) First on the pest-resistant list are Dahlias. They have something to… Read More

Plant Care

On this page you’ll find instructions for – Watering plants How to determine if watering is necessary Working with automated irrigation systems Watering sod Fertilizing Mulching Tree staking Pruning Insects Dead plants Watering Plants The critical period for watering newly installed plants is the 1st 6-8 weeks after installation. During this time plants are experiencing… Read More

Farmer’s 5 Step Rose Care Plan

Plant new roses using a high-quality soil such as Meadows Farms Planting Mix or any other good soil that is high in organic matter. Plant with a good starter fertilizer like Espoma Organic’s Bio-tone Plus to encourage strong root formation. Water thoroughly. In early March, fertilize existing roses with your favorite rose fertilizer. We recommend… Read More

Indoor Gardening

Indoor gardening or keeping houseplants is a hobby that many outdoor gardeners bewilderingly often do not pursue. Conversely, there are many green thumbs out there who fill their homes and workplaces with plants, yet never touch an outdoor one. With the current trend of blurring of outdoor and indoor living, I’m hoping this strange separation… Read More

How to Treat Powdery Mildew

At this time of year, it is common to see a whitish-gray powdery substance on the leaves of some plants. Powdery mildew can affect any plant, but lilacs, roses, fruit trees, vegetables, begonias, and lawns are particularly susceptible. The term “powdery mildew” actually refers to an entire group of fungi, each one attacking different types of plants…. Read More