Its August….Think WATER

bloom n gardens lawn sprinkler                Have you been feeling the 90+ degree temperatures lately? I know our landscapes have. Well it is August and we are all beginning to show a little heat stress, looking all tired and wilty. In your landscape, dull, limp leaves are a sure sign your garden is suffering.  As the yard caretaker, you may be feeling a little heat stressed too and neglecting your landscape.   Try not to succumb to the “hey its August, what is there to do in the landscape besides watch it melt” mentality. I am here to tell you that there is plenty to do that will not only help to improve your landscape year round, it will begin to look better immediately.

Most of your tasks this month will revolve around water.  In an environment like ours, an irrigation system is crucial to keeping a landscape looking its best. It is human nature that you will not water your landscape nearly enough if you try to do it by hand, plus the best watering goes on while you are still all snug in your bed. Plants that are watered after the sun comes up have a higher probability of scorching under the intense rays of the sun. They also are more susceptible to fungus when watered at the wrong time of day. [Read more…]

Who knew we would get a bounty from an Okame Cherry

Bloom n gardens Fallen cherriesTypically I would not be contemplating writing about my Okame Cherry tree in June.  Other than providing a good bit of shade to my patio, it truly is not worth a mention.  It should be just a nice green canopy with a delicate branching pattern. The season that we ooh and ahh over this perfect little tree occurred way back in February when its positively pink blooms were the first to burst pulling us out of our winter doldrums.

So how did this tree make itself the center of attention in JUNE?  [Read more…]

Recovering from Atlanta’s Polar Vortex

HardinessZones-compressedWell, I declare, Spring is in the air.  Soon it will officially be summer, but I must admit, it has been a tough row to hoe this winter and our landscapes have taken a bit of hard beating.  By now you should be able to tell what survived the extreme cold and what is best left for the compost pile.  From my observations there were about a half a dozen shrubs that were hit particularly hard.

Remember those USDA Hardiness Zone Maps, yeah the ones that say our area is labeled ZONE 7B, well for many years we have sort of “tricked” some plants not officially rated for our area to grow and thrive in our landscapes.  Or plants were only marginally hardy here, and well, guess what, they bit the dust, especially those plants that were not in particularly good health anyway. [Read more…]

Fescue…The Year Round Green Grass

I have been driving arounBloom n gardens fescued the past few days and have really noticed it is definitely FESCUE season, the time of year when Fescue grass really looks good. I mean FANTASTIC.  That’s saying a lot for a grass that ultimately is only viable in our area for about ten months of the year.

Basically, Fescue is a cool season grass (that means it likes cooler temperatures, more appropriately, it melts in higher temperatures), so now is the time it should look good.

Many covet their fescue simply because it is green year round, unlike its warm season grass counterparts that brown out in the winter.  Throughout my appointments, there are definitely two camps.  Of course the warm season lovers, those people who equate no winter mowing as a big plus, and those that love the year round green that fescue provides. [Read more…]

Bloom’n Gardens TOP 5 Landscape Problems Solved

Bloom n gardens landscape problem solving

This past weekend the Bloom’n Gardens Team got some much needed face-to-face time with potential customers at the Spring Atlanta Home Show. It was great fun talking with everyone, allowing the homeowners to use us as a sounding board for all of their landscape issues.  People came with pictures in hand to get some creative ideas to fix those ailments and our staff enthusiastically gave out advice, or scheduled appointments to see the offending landscapes in person in hopes that we can strap on our Super Hero capes and come to the rescue.  Many times the homeowner feels alone in their problems, but I am here to tell you that there were definitely some common themes to the issues we are facing in our home landscapes.  The TOP 5 most sought after landscapes solutions, according to our Atlanta Home Show Audience are as follows: [Read more…]

Celebrate Spring with Bloom’n Gardens Landscape at the Spring Atlanta Home Show

Bloom n gardens Atlanta Home ShowToday we celebrate the Spring Equinox, the date that the day and the night share equal hours.  As a gardener we mark the calendar each year for celebration that there will now be more daylight hours to get things done outside, at least until the Fall counterpart shifts the tide. What better way to usher in Spring than a visit to the Atlanta Home Show.  Bloom’n Gardens Landscape will again celebrate our green thumbs with a unique landscape design in booth #1216. We love how the show allows us to connect with friends and customers and hope to create a garden space that gets you thinking about your OUTBACK. [Read more…]

How to Cure Cabin Fever in the Southern Garden

Do you ever get a case of Cabin FBloom n gardens daffodilever? Being from Maine, I heard that term every winter. Of course, winter there can be really brutal and……………LONGGGGGG!  I cannot say that I miss those winters much. Sure, I love to see snow every now and again, but being cooped up in the house all the time can wear on you a bit.  One of the great things about Georgia is the fact that we do see a variety of seasons, but they definitely are mild compared to our neighbors to the north.  We are lucky that we don’t typically have weather events that relegate us to the interiors of our homes for days on end very often, but alas that was not the case this year. Here comes SNOWPOCOLYPSE 2014 ROUND I AND II, whew!  Is it possible to suffer from Cabin Fever after just a few days? Well I say, of course! And my recommended method of treatment is to go outside, now that it is beginning to warm, and explore all the plants that begin to pop out just as the thermometer climbs out of winter.   [Read more…]

Don’t Pull Your Hair Out Over Weed Issues!

bloomngardenslandscape Yard Cleanup Before and AfterDo you gaze out your window each summer and just want to pull your hair out there are so many weeds?  Why does your neighbor’s yard look so weed free, when you never see him out there pulling and pulling and pulling.  Stop suffering from yard envy and do what the pro’s do. Put out PRE EMERGENT HERBICIDES (Pre-M).  What exactly is this wonder of a substance? Pre-M is a class of chemicals that you spread/spray in the spring and fall that prevents germinating seeds from growing.  Mind you this means just about all seeds, including those that you actually wanted to germinate (more about that later).  They work by forming a chemical barrier in the top 1” of soil where most seeds lay in wait until optimal growing conditions rise allowing them to pop open and begin to grow.  They don’t prevent the seeds themselves from germinating, but interrupt the process before a sprout has the opportunity to push through the soil.

Are you ready to jump on board the PRE-M train?

Well, first off, timing is critical for Pre-M to be effective. As the chemical barrier begins to break down after six to eight weeks, you do not want to apply it too early, else you lose effectiveness.   But applying it too late can mean you missed out as well. Tricky, Tricky, Tricky, I know, but you need to actually read the weather cues to hit the mark. Additionally, if you plan to plant any new plants from seed (i.e. seeding a Fescue Lawn or direct sowing perennials), you must skip the PRE-M step and deal with pesky weeds after the new plants are established. Oh and by the way, as with any chemical, make sure you follow the label instructions when handling and applying the product.

Why do I still have weeds?

So, you put out your PRE-M, but you still have weeds showing up, what gives? Well several factors could affect the application. The first obvious cause for failure is that your weeds did not germinate from seeds but were perennial weeds that rose from existing root stock. Pre-m only works on seeds. If this was not the case, did you put your PRE-M out too early, or too late? Maybe you never watered it in. The easiest way is to apply it right before a rainstorm or you can use your irrigation system to water the area down. One other cause might be that the soil layer was disturb somehow breaking down that chemical barrier. Lastly, I hope you weren’t trying to save a few pennies and did not put it out at the appropriate rate listed. READ THE PRODUCT LABEL.  

In all, one chemical is not foolproof, but with good attention to detail, you can greatly reduce your weed population and get the landscape that you love.