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  1. Waking Up Your Roses This Spring

    It’s that time of year--the time when gardeners begin planning for spring and pruning their shrubs to ensure their best growth and biggest blooms. 

     

    This means it’s time to give your roses a little extra attention by prepping them for a lively and colorful spring! You don’t need to be a rose aficionado to boost your rose blooms this year. 

     

    You do need a little know-how and planning, though. So, find your pruning shears ready, grab your leather gloves, and get ready to give your roses the pick-me-up they need.

     

    Have No Fear! Rose Pruning Tips Are Here!

     

    If you’re ready to wake those roses up, you can get started with pruning them now, then follow up with plant food once the weather begins to warm.

     

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  2. 5 Common Container Gardening Mistakes

    Container gardening is one of the most fun ways to embrace the beauty of plants. With a few pots and a bag of soil, you can grow your own veggies, show off vibrant flowers, and celebrate the unique personalities of a wide array of plants. 

     

    Best of all, you can do so without a large yard or devoting a lot of time!

     

    Whether you’re a beginner gardener, a pro, or somewhere in between, curating a container garden comes with a learning curve. 

     

    But with some practice and by avoiding these common container gardening mistakes your balcony, patio, porch, or home will glow green and light up with life:

     

    Using Plain Dirt

     

    One of the most common mistakes to make when beginning a

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  3. Roses, Roses, Everywhere!

    Love is in the air… and you know what that means. Long-stem, deep red roses, everywhere. When February arrives, it’s hard to ignore the classic sophistication and elegance of these roses… but as a gardener, you probably don’t want to settle for a bunch of blooms wrapped in tissue paper. 

     

    You want your own source of exquisite and unique roses that will light up your yard and make for bountiful and brilliant bouquets and floral arrangements after Cupid has flown away.

     

    Choosing the right rose variety for your garden can feel intimidating. There are so many choices out there, and you’ve likely heard how high-maintenance and finicky roses can be. 

     

    Gone are the days of Grandma’s roses. The world of roses has come leaps and bounds when it comes to cultivars for

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  4. What Birdseed Attracts What?

    The world of wild birds and the seeds that feed them feel endless. At least in our eyes it does! You constantly hear people exclaiming that they love when Cardinals visit their yard, but Bluebirds are their favorite. 

     

    Woodpeckers are interesting to watch, but Jays are more up my alley. Others ask “Why can’t I seem to get any Chickadees or Doves to stop by?” With no hint at an answer, people begin to assure themselves that it’s merely because there aren’t those types of birds nearby. 

     

    But there are! All you need is the correct type of seed to attract them. Now comes the big question..”Which bird seed do I want?”

    Black Oil Sunflower Seed

    If you’re looking to attract all sorts of flying friends, Black Oi

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  5. The Best Bird Feeders On The Market

    Who are we kidding? You actually adore having a flying friend visit here and there. And you actually find the tiny chirps soothing in the early mornings and late evenings. And don’t try to tell us you don’t play favorites on which is the prettiest bird. 

     

    But confessing that to your fellow millennial friends is a whole different story. So let’s just start by adding in trendy, yet practical bird feeder designs to the landscape.

     

    Plantify has the best of the best. You’ve come to the right place for the hottest market picks! Now, the DIY projects, from scratch construction builds, and last minute homemade bird feeders just fail to check all the boxes. 

     

    Not to mention, the annoying super glue stuck to your fingers for weeks or looking out your window to notice your Sunday afternoon’s hard work on the gr

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  6. Backyard gardens and Landscapes of 2021: two things you can start doing in the new year.

    First off, Happy New Year Everyone!

     

    The New Year is a time of celebration and festivities. We set new goals and begin those ever so loved New Year resolutions. Hopefully, everyone has their new year resolutions in gear for the start of this year.

     

    I want to add to that list one thing: either Keep gardening or start gardening as a 2021 resolution. Because truthfully, never too late to start gardening, and if you ask seasoned gardeners or even the new gardeners of 2020, you are bound to hear an overall positive vibe from the Urban landscapes

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  7. Helping out backyard birds during winter; Food, Water, Shelter.

    Let’s talk about winter preparations for backyard birds.

     

    The three most important things to consider for the health and safety of backyard birds in the winter months are

    • Food
    • Water
    • Shelter

     

    Backyard Bird Winter Feed and Bird Feeder Care

     

     

    1. Winter feeder care 

     

    Clean and repair all bird feeders, checking for broken perches, clogged feeding ports, and other problems. The seasonal change gives us good reason to do some necessary maintenance.

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    Repairing feeders is of importance going into winter, ESPECIALLY important where there are heavy snowfalls. The extra weight of the snow can collect on feeders, putting added stress on hangers and perches

     

    1. Feeder cleanliness
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  8. Attracting, Identifying, and a bit of Chickadee Ecology across North America

    Chickadees are one of America's favorite birds.

     

    Chickadees have to be one of the most recognizable backyard birds across the United States. This little bird, often seen in forests, fields, along roadways, and backyards. Chickadees are a balance of acrobatic, energetic, and often friendly delights to have around. They can often become tame enough to take seeds from your open hands. 

     

    The Chickadee is not the most vibrant colored bird in the states, but what they lack in colors they make up in spirit and sound. Chickadees are fun little birds that will show up every day to your feeders if they are kept full.

     

    These birds are so friendly with humans, usually being unbothered by human presence. Don’t be surprised that with a bit of patience and some black oil sunflower seeds, you will be able to feed them by hand, especially during the winter months.

     

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  9. bigleaf Hydrangea a popular fast-growing landscape shrub, that can change flower colors

    There about 70 species of Hydrangeas and over 500 cultivars, which are split into many different groups, the two groups gardeners are most familiar with are Mopheads Hydrangea shrubs and Lacecaps Hydrangea shrubs. The Mophead Hydrangea flowers are what we are more familiar with when we think of Hydrangea shrubs. 

     

    The Mophead Hydrangea flowers are the big showy snowballs of flowers, whereas, the Lacecap Hydrangeas are much less showy, usually flat in appearance. Both are apart of the bigleaf hydrangea variety (Hydrangea macrophylla), which can reach a height of 8 feet tall. Mophead Hydrangea flowers can vary in color depending on the soil pH.

     

    Hydrangeas are going to perform best in locations that get early morning sun and dapples of light throughout the day. Avoid garden locations that are hot and dry will be beneficial for optimum growth and health. If these conditions are unavoidable add plenty of compost and mulch to

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  10. Instructions to grow Agaricus bisporus Mushroom Kit

    Growing mushrooms at home is a fun and rewarding adventure for the whole family. Everyone from Dad to the kids will enjoy watching these mushrooms pin and quickly grow into the tastiest mushrooms you’ve ever had.

     

    These mushrooms will, under the right growing conditions, produce multiple flushes of mushrooms every few weeks. Slowly, over time the mycelium will use up all of the nutrients within the compost. Once the nutrients are depleted from the compost the production of fruiting bodies will pretty much stop.

     

    This is when your bag of mushrooms becomes Spent mushroom substrate a great compost to add into your garden, flowerbeds, and compost pile. There are many uses for spent mushroom substrate, some of which were talked about in a previous blog 

     

    What follows below are the instructions that will come with the kit it’s a great resource to read before you even shop for a kit. We want to make sure when you get a kit for yourself or as a gift, that everyone knows what to expect and under what conditions these Agaricus bisporus mushroom kits will perform the best.

     

     

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