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Building a Raised Bed

April 12, 2021

Raised garden beds are an excellent way to organize your garden! They help keep your bed weed free and can keep predators, such as rabbits, out of your garden. They also allow for much easier access since their height alleviates the need to bend over. Most beneficial of all, they’re fairly easy to make! Preparation There are several ways to prepare your area. You can till the Earth and use a weed-barrier cloth on the area you want to place the beds. This will kill the grass and weeds underneath. Another way to prepare the ground is a method called…


Spring Seed Starting

March 1, 2021

Tips & Tricks on Seed Starting As the seasons change from winter to spring, the days get longer and warmer, we start to get that itch. The itch to go outside, to play in the soil, to plan our gardens, to think about color, lawn care, and outdoor living. So, as you start to think about preparing your garden, here are some tips for starting seeds. Having the Right Tools Using the correct tools for the job ensures success and proper growing. Always make a list of what you'll need when starting seeds. Check the garage or tool shed to…


2021 Annuals with Mike Deree

February 21, 2021

1) Calibracoa 'Minifamous Neo Double Plumtastic' Calibracoa 'Minifamous Neo Double Plumtastic' sports two tone purple complementary colored double flowers on a strong plant that will trail up to 10" over the course of the season. 2) Calibracoa 'Hula Gold Medal' Calibracoa 'Hula Gold Medal' will trail to 10" over the season, all the while showcasing large single flowers of deep gold surrounding a large deep orange band within the flower. 3) Petunia 'Bee's Knees' Petunia 'Bee's Knees' will easily win the hearts of petunia lovers everywhere. The most robust yellow petunia to date, 'Bee's Knees' will delight with enough vigor…


Native Plants for Birds

January 11, 2021

Native plants are plants that originally occur within a region as the result of natural processes rather than human introduction. Usually, native species are considered to have existed before the time of wide-spread European settlement a little more than 200 years ago. The United States has lost over 150 million acres of native land over the past 100 years due to urban sprawl. Just think about how this has affected our wildlife. Shocking fact, but there are things you can do to help! How Natives Affect Us Reducing air pollution Controlling erosion Managing storm water Combating climate change by storing…


Winter Watering

December 18, 2020

For most of us, when the first frost or snow hits here in the Midwest, it's time for hibernation. All the plants have been brought inside, the fall outdoor decorations are thrown into the compost pile, and the outside is just a meer thought until spring. But, the outside plants still need some TLC. Sure, they are hardy and can handle Mother Nature's cold months, but it's important that they are still being watered. Watered.... it's winter, why should I water my plants? Contrary to popular belief, many plants that do not make it to spring in our climate, in…


Fall Maintenance

November 13, 2020

Fall is the season when we wrap up summer and prepare for winter both inside and outside the home. Cleanup is something that should be added to every homeowner's list. It's a simple task that will help aid in the success of keeping plants overwinter and giving them a good start to spring. Travis and Valerie take us around some beds at Colonial and give us a quick tutorial on some easy fall maintenance chores, take a look! Pruning Cut dormant perennials or shrubs 2"-4" from the root. You want to clean up areas where leaves gather as these can…


Watering 101

July 24, 2020

So, you spent all day at the garden center. You got some neat, amazing new plants. You spent your weekend planting and potting. But, if you’re like me, you’re not sure about watering. How much water does my plant need? When do I water? How often do I water? What are the best tools to water with? How can I remind myself to water? Worry no more, the Colonial Gardens experts are here to answer some of these questions and help your plants to look great all season long! When to Water Find a rhythm, make watering part of your…


Japanese Beetles

July 3, 2020

Japanese Beetles, the nuisance in everyone's gardens and flower beds! If these little pest have invaded your backyard, you're not alone and we, at Colonial Gardens, have a solution. Japanese beetles (Popillia japanicus) first appeared in the United States in 1916 in a New Jersey nursery. Supposedly, the beetles’ larvae came into the US from a shipment of Japanese iris bulbs that the nursery was selling. Even though the US started inspecting overseas shipments in 1912, the beetles’ larvae were not detected until they started multiplying at an incredible rate. While it appears that the insect is now an established…


Gardening with Kids

April 24, 2020

The temperatures have changed, the sun is finally out, and your garden is ready to be planted. With the arrival of Spring, new unique opportunities have also come this year. Your kiddos are at home and they want to help by getting their hands in the dirt as well. Here’s a list of the top 5 ways to get the little ones involved in gardening. Have the right tools on hand, for their little hands Big heavy gardening tools can deter kids from getting involved because it can be harder for them to use. Colonial Gardens carries kid-sized-colorful tools like,…