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Today we are going to just put together a bunch of garden planter tips that we have come across over the years.  Pick and choose the ones that fit your needs. We just hope you find some that are useful. 
Freestanding planters on stairs.  Whether on the front porch or back patio, where ever you have stairs group your garden containers together, try mixing sizes, but keep the plant materials similar.  When placed side by side all colors with intensify.

Hanging wall planters are a natural way to decorate a bare wall on your patio or in the garden.  Always end by filling the outside edge with trailing ivy. As it grows down out of the planter it adds texture and beauty.

A tabletop planter doesn't have to be anything more than a clay pot bursting with colorful flowers to add so much to the whole conversation/eating area.  Mix up the colors for interest.

Entryway planters can be tall and stately spilling over with flowers or evergreens. We really like topiary here where they look like they are flanking your doorway for a class yet traditional look.

Fireplace mantles can handle many different kinds of containers.  A traditional window box is perfect because they are narrow and wide and can be filled with all kinds of plant materials.  How about an outside fireplace?  Don't leave them empty. Place decorative containers on each end for a finished look.


Garden urns come in many sizes. Small urns are perfect on a fireplace and larger urns flanking an entryway. But we love them tucked into a garden where they create a traditional English garden vibe.  They can be displayed empty like a piece of garden art.

Color planters are best when you need a burst of brightness.  Desert landscapes really need a colorful planter and plant materials.  All green landscape can use a pop of color and mountain natural-scapes can use some colorful garden pottery to break up the repeatitive look.

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Post Last Updated: 12/14/2016 2:53:38 PM 

Cleaning Up Containers!

Your garden containers are more than a pot to hold soil and plants.  They are the plants' living quarters, and they decorate your home and landscape as well.  That is why you need to make sure your containers are in good shape.  Dirty planters can affect plant health, and faded or drab looking pots distract from the appearance of your arrangement.  Read below for advice on how to keep your garden containers in great shape!
 111-Scrub-PotThey are outside, they get wet, they hold dirt - so why should you bother to clean containers?  The answer is easy.  Plants grow better in a clean and sterile environment, and you lower the chances of having pests and diseases hanging around to harm your plants.

Start by getting rid of potting soil and debris by brushing the inside and outside of the container thoroughly.  Use a stiff wire brush for the job and get better results.  Wash small pots in a basin or bucket filled with hot, soapy water.  You can also add a few drops of liquid household bleach to the water.  Be sure to scrub inside and outside.  Rinse the planters well and allow to air dry overnight before replanting.  Remember to use fresh soil mix, to minimize insect and disease problems.
 113-Washing-PotAwesome flowers in shabby containers or pretty pots on chipped and peeling plant stands don't provide the good looks that we bet you're going for.  Naturally, containers exposed to the elements invariably fall into disrepair.  Here are a few tips to help keep them looking great!
Inspect all planters at the start of the season for any signs of chipped or cracked paint.

Wash off any dirt and let them dry overnight. If you need to repaint the pot by sanding the surface first and then spraying the paint and letting it dry.  Finish with a coat of clear protectant designed for outdoor use.  If there is a crack then patch it before use.  This will keep the water from penetrating into the crack and causing the pot to break down over time.
You can save work in the long run if you make sure that your containers are ready to withstand the elements before you begin planting.
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Post Last Updated: 12/19/2016 10:27:37 AM 

Bulb Barriers

This article was found in Gardening How To and we thought it was important information and should be passed along.

There's something wonderful about planting bulbs.  No matter how cold it is outside, you get a taste of spring when you kneel in the dirt to settle your future flowers into their new homes.  You can already visualize your hard work paying off in a neighbor-stopping show of flowers after months of winter brown.

Too bad our spring dreams are so often spoiled by hungry critters.  Animals can detect fresh bulbs in the ground, and they'll head over to your newly dug beds for a tasty snack as soon as you go inside for a cup of coffee.

Luckily, there are lots of things you can do to protect your bulbs.  Here are a few tips that are both effective and nontoxic - they won't harm humans, pets, or wildlife
The easiest way to keep squirrels, deer, mice, and other creatures from eating your bulbs is to plant bulbs they don't like.  Animals love the taste of tulips and crocuses far more than any other bulbs.  Others, like daffodils, alliums, and fritillaries, taste or smell so awful that critters leave them alone.
The bad news is, of course, that you'd have to go without tulips and crocuses to be truly safe from critters.  And for a lot of gardeners, spring just isn't spring without these two beauties.  If you're in this category, don't worry - you can still plant your favorites.   You'll need to rig up a barriers to keep pests from digging up your bulbs.

Once you've placed the bulbs, spread a length of chicken wire over the top of them, tucking the edges into the soil.  Then cover everything with soil just like you normally would.  The wire won't be visible, and the bulbs will easily send up shoots thought the spaces in the wire.  Be sure to get rid of all your planting debris, especially any leftover bulb tunics, which smell good and will attract squirrels like crazy.

A less tidy but equally effective strategy is to lay old window screens on top of your newly planted bulb beds.  The screens are too heavy for squirrels to move and too difficult to dig through.  But they allow for good air circulation and rainfall.  Remove the screens after three or four weeks, when the new-bulb smell has dissipated and the ground has settled.

Don't have screens?  For smaller areas, use boards or pot bases weighted down with rocks to cover beds until curious squirrels have moved on to other things.
Some gardeners skid barriers altogether and give their bulbs a protective suit of armor by dipping them in solutions like Bulb Guard and Propel.  These products make bulbs taste and smell bad so that so that a wide range of critters, including squirrels, gophers, and voles, will leave the alone.
Keep fall foraging squirrels away from bulbs by giving them other things to munch on.  Feeders that offer peanuts or dried corn are a good choice.
If you love tulips and don't want to worry about whether squirrels will devour your bulbs, try purchasing potted, pre-grown tulips in the spring.  They are available at garden center once the weather warms up, these tulips will likely be safe from squirrels, who forage much less in spring than fall.  Once they're in the ground, treat them like you would any other tulip in your garden.

Post Last Updated: 1/11/2017 9:32:54 AM 

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