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Start From The Ground Up: 4 Tips to Help Your Flower Garden Grow

Chris Laskowski4/30/2015  |  Categories: Nature
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Spring is here, and before you know it, you’ll be wanting to make sure your garden is in tip-top shape. It’s no secret that it all starts from the ground up. If the winter was harsh on your plants or you just need to refresh everything, let us help! Here are five tips to spruce up the garden for the Spring and Summer months:

Research: Know your flowers! It can be overwhelming at first, but a great garden incorporates a lot of variety. Annuals, bulbs, perennials, vines, shrubs and even herbs are some to consider. While you might just think that all flowers are the same, the climate they thrive in and their sunlight, water and maintenance needs are so vastly different. By planning ahead, you can know what your plants will need to grow to their fullest potential.

Size Accordingly: It may sound silly, but sizing out your garden beds is key. Be sure to walk the area and see what sizes and shapes of flower beds you want, and where. Take the garden hose out and be sure that it can reach to the areas you plan on planting. If it can’t, remember that a watering can can only cover so much ground. As with most things, start small. You can always add more, but it is much harder to take away, especially when it comes to growing plants!

Odd Man Out: When planting, aim for odd numbers. Whether that is three, five or seven of one variety...this helps how the flowers appear visually. Even numbers, especially when mixed in with other flowers, can look too chaotic and not natural. This will also encourage you to add more and more variety to your flower beds.

Water & Sun: You might think that your plants want every drop of water, but they don’t! Overwatering is a very common cause of dying plants. The thicker the stem, the less frequently your plant needs to be watered. This can vary, however, so be sure to know what each variety needs. Additionally, some varieties of flower thrive more in the shade then they do in the sunshine. Take note of this as this is their primary energy source!

Investing in a few books on the topic is a great idea. The more you learn about planting and gardening, the better prepared you will be to create a thriving garden. Stay educated, plan ahead and welcome Spring and Summer with welcome arms (and petals!)
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Change Up the Chores (And make Spring cleaning fun!)

Chris Laskowski3/11/2015  |  Categories: Nature
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The thought of Spring cleaning can often be overwhelming and anything but fun. From organizing to cleaning, dusting to sorting, there are a lot of tedious tasks that can often add up pretty quickly! But we have some ideas to help you and your home feel refreshed and energized as the seasons change.

  • Pump up with playlists: A fun collection of songs that get the whole family dancing automatically makes vacuuming and dusting more enjoyable. Try and include songs that all family members can enjoy and sing along to.

  • Get vibrant with colorful cleaning supplies: Brightly colored buckets and sponges, patterned brooms and fun cleaning supply scents make all those tasks a little less tedious. Let your kids help you chose the supplies so that they can take pride in using tools of their own to help you get your house in tip-top shape!

  • Schedule breaks: The all-or-nothing mentality doesn’t go over too well when it comes to cleaning. Schedule the day with snack and lunch breaks that let you and the family recharge and relax for small increments. Keep delicious juices and fun beverages around the house while you clean to stay energized and hydrated, too!

  • Give rewards, incentives and prizes: This one is great for the kids and makes Spring cleaning more of a challenge. Set timers, create lists and offer prizes for whoever finishes first! Be creative to cater to what your children like and you know they will work hard for, and then treat the entire family to a night at the movies or dinner at a restaurant. This way, everyone is rewarded!

The sooner you get started on Spring cleaner, the more refreshed you will feel as the warmer months roll along. By making lists of the supplies you need, how you’re going to accomplish all of these tasks and when you want everything to be done by. Spring has sprung, so get going on that cleaning!

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