Archive for October, 2013

The Value of Outdoor Covers

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Patio_Furniture_CoverDo you replace some or all of your lawn furniture every year?

Does your birdbath or fountain look like an antiquebut it's not?

Have you replaced your bbq grill when it was less than 5 years old?

Are you regularly replacing your patio umbrella or plastic molded chairs?

If so, you are probably not protecting the investment you've made in order to enjoy your outdoor lifestyle, though it is actually not that expensive or difficult to do. A relatively small investment in a cover designed to protect your outdoor furniture and accessories will save you money, will keep your possessions looking newer for much longer, and will even contribute to a more ordered and neat looking exterior during the months when the weather ensures you're spending more time indoors than out.

A barbecue grill can be a big investment. Even the smallest propane or charcoal grill can cost you most of a week's salary.

And how do you dispose of those rusted, worn-out, broken-down grills? Do you take them to the landfill? Do you push them under the deck or store them in your garage or shed? Unless you plant flowers in them or otherwise re-purpose them, these old relics are taking up space, are looking unsightly, and will ultimately be a part of the trash problem we all face when it comes to taking care of our planet.

Outdoor_Grill_CoverPurchasing a grill cover will ensure your propane bbq grill lasts much longer and continues to work well with only minor maintenance and regular cleaning.

Your outdoor furniture is also a large investment that can be protected quite easily and inexpensively. Have you priced cushions lately? And it is not just the cushions: the mechanisms that enable that lounge chair to lounge will deteriorate if left out in the elements. The finish on your patio table will eventually fade or rust and you may not be able to easily fold that foldable chair any longer. Each year the prices go up, even on those relatively inexpensive plastic molded chairs, which not only start looking old really quickly when left out in the weathersometimes cracking and breaking at the most inopportune momentsbut are virtually indestructible for eons in our landfills.

Purchasing and using patio set covers, chair covers and umbrella covers will save your hard-earned money and ensure a comfortable, attractive and enjoyable place to relax for years.

Virtually every outdoor accessory you own can be protected by a cover. Made of UV stabilized polyester and put together with rot-resistant threads, metal grommets and nylon cording and cord-locks, they will last for years if stored properly when not in use. Outdoor covers come in a wide variety of configurations, made specifically for covering everything from Adirondack chairs to chimineas to propane-powered patio heaters. Protect your bicycles, fire pits, lawn mowers and yard tractors. There are even covers designed for protecting the longevity of your firewood rack while keeping the wood it holds dry and ready to burn.

Just browse our covers for odds 'n' ends to see what else you can cover and protect.



Bulbs Looking Tired? We Can Fix That!

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Blooming_Tulip_GardenThis past season you may have noticed that your tulips, allium, callas or other bulb plants bloomed a little less than usual. In fact, this may have been happening slowly over the past few seasons, the bulbs underground continually multiplying and becoming over-crowded, with the result being tired-looking flower beds and fewer and fewer flowers to decorate your yard or home.

Plants growing from bulbs are a fantastic way to ensure your vases stay full and your yard stays beautiful with very little maintenance; however, most plants require some form of TLC and bulb beds need to be thinned every few years in order to continue to look their very best.

Most flower beds planted in bulbs will grow in width and breadth, continuing to bloom prolifically for many years, displaying lush foliage when they aren't actually in bloom. Some bulb flowers, such as daffodils, will grow forever without needing much care at all, though most will benefit from regular feeding, as well as periodic lifting and dividing. The improvement you'll see upon feeding your bulb-type plants after they've been starved for a while may be quite dramatic and surprising.

So, if your bulb flower beds aren't producing blossoms like they used to, this spring may be the ideal time to refresh them and start a new traditionfeeding them on a regular basis. Fall is the best time to dig and divide bulbs, as the foliage starts to decline but is still visible. The bulbs will be in a recharging period, the blooming season done, preparing for next season's growth while slumbering through the winter.

Planting_Tulip_BulbsYou can also dig and divide bulbs in the spring, though you may lose out on some of that season's blossoms and it should be done as the bulbs are just starting to send up new growth:

  • Keep in mind that bulbs' roots will pull them deeper over time, and they will spread out as a result of the offsets they produce.
  • Dig carefully, a few inches away from where the stem exits the ground, gently rocking your trowel or bulb spade to loosen the soil as you dig deeper.
  • Remove the bulb by lifting with your hands or garden tool from underneath; avoid pulling on the stem or foliage, and disturb the bulb as little as possible.
  • Pull the offset bulbs from the base of the plant. You can replant all of the offsets or only plant the largest and give the smaller bulbs as gifts to your friends and neighbors. The largest offset bulbs will have more energy to bloom sooner.
  • You can replant them right away, or store them for planting in the fall. Plant large bulbs 6 to 8 inches deep and smaller bulbs 4 to 5 inches deep.
  • Check the original bulb's viability. If it appears damaged or otherwise unhealthy, discard it. If it seems to be healthy, you can replant it.
  • You can replant all of the offsets or only plant the largest. Be sure to allow plenty of space between bulbs in order to increase the time necessary between refreshing your beds.
  • Feed as you plant!

Tulip_FertilizerSome fertilizers are capable of burning the roots when put into the planting hole. Espoma Bulb-tone will not, when applied according to directions. If replanting, mix about 1 1/2 teaspoons of bulb food into the hole and mix well with the soil before putting the bulb back into the ground. If you are planting a large area, you'll be mixing about 1 1/2 lbs. (4 1/2 cups) for every 25 linear feet. For established bulbs, make your first application when the plants are about 6 inches tall and then reapply when the blooming season has ended, being sure to wash any stray fertilizer from the leaves while watering well.

This little bit of carefeeding twice a year with Espoma Bulb-tone and digging and dividing every 3 to 5 yearswill be worth every bit of effort when you see the resulting blooms and you cut those gorgeous, aromatic blossoms to fill your vases.

How To Care For Fuchsia Plants Over The Winter

Monday, October 28th, 2013

How to overwinter your fuchsia plantsHi. I bought several fuchsia starts this spring and they have been feeding our local hummingbirds all summer.

What is the best way to treat these fuchsias over the winter? When I bring them in, should I cut them back? How often should I water them? Please help, Diana

Answer: Holding over what are annuals in your area is always tricky but it is possible with many of them if you remember you have to simulate their growing habits. The typical home in winter is very dry and warm, so you will want to increase the humidity around the plant. The days are shorter, and usually lack sunshine, so you might need to add artificial lighting, as well.  Fuchsia would need to come in before the first frost in your area. Pruning back by at least a third would be best. Be sure to treat the plant for any pests that might be traveling indoors. The easiest way is to make a mild mixture of dish soap and water, spray the plant liberally, and rinse with the hose. Place the plant in a window with bright light but not direct sun, away from drafts or furnace vents. Slow down the watering by letting it almost completely dry before watering again. The plant may go into semi-dormancy and drop leaves. If it does, just let it rest for a while and don’t water as often. In March, start watering with a very mild fertilizer, and you should start seeing new growth on the plant. You can move it outside on warm days but if the nights are below the upper 40s, you need to bring it back inside or just wait until your last frost date to take it outside. It will take it a while to catch back up to those that are being offered for salebut it should.

I personally hold over a significant number of annuals through the winter and I have mixed success every year. Some things do quite well; others struggle or succumb, but I am always happy to have a few plants to begin the spring season with.

Remember, you may still have hummingbirds traveling after you bring in your Fuchsia, so leave some feeders out for a while until they’ve all made the migration south.

Happy winter gardening,


Why Own a Lawn Sweeper?

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Pushable_Lawn_SweeperYour first reaction to looking at a lawn sweeper may be that it costs a lot.

Many happy owners of our lawn sweepers had that initial reaction, until they got one as a gift or splurged on this indispensable yard tool for themselves. It's up to you to decide what your time is worth, but when it comes to money.

Built of the most durable and long-lasting materials, they are height-adjustable, have semi-pneumatic wheels for navigability, are built on a powder-coated frame for weather resistance and have the largest capacity hopper possible for the size. Your lawn sweeper purchase will more than pay for itself in the first 3 months of use and will last for years! Admit it, there are not many lawn tools that can make that claim, but we guarantee our lawn sweepers will perform as promised.

How can it save you time and money? Let's count the ways:

  1. A lawn sweeper eliminates the need to walk around your yard picking up the toys, small branches, rocks and other objects that are a pre-mowing chore. Its adjustable brushes can pick up everything from grass clippings to good-sized branches, almost effortlessly.
  2. A lawn sweeper will save you the cost of constantly replacing mower blades, as well as the frustration of finding the right blade to replace the old one and the time-consuming, sometimes difficult, process of removing the old one and putting on a new one.
  3. Lawn_SweeperA lawn sweeper will cut the time you normally spend raking after mowing, freeing you up to do something more important, like spending quality time with your family, building that pond you've been thinking about, or just going fishing.
  4. A lawn sweeper can save you a fortune in store-bought compost or fertilizer by making it ridiculously easy to compost your yard debris. Just sweep the lawn's grass clippings or leaves and dump into your compost pile or shovel into your composter. (Yeah, THAT composterthe one you've always talked about building but never got around to because you were too busy raking the yard.)
  5. Just thinkno more climbing off and on your riding mower to pick up something you missed when you walked the yard the first time and no more stooping and bending. Make fewer passes than walking the yard and do a much more thorough job.
  6. A new toy, like a lawn sweeper, can get the whole family involved in yard work. It's much easier on aging muscles and degenerating backs, while making quick work of that raking chore you've had to fight your children to get done. They may be fighting, instead, for the opportunity to use that new toy (at least for a while).
  7. If you've previously hired a lawn service and the economy has you thinking about canceling itget a lawn sweeper! You will save 1/2 the weekly cost just by eliminating the need to pay for grass clipping or leaf clean-upand the entire cost if you choose to mow yourself.
  8. These work horses can even help with snow removal, which is a whole OTHER subject.

They are made right here in the U.S.A.

Can you think of one good reason NOT to buy a lawn sweeper?

How To Protect Your Plants This Winter!

Monday, October 21st, 2013


With winter fast approaching and forecasted colder than average temperatures, not necessarily accompanied by insulating snow and life-giving moisture, it's time to be thinking about how you can protect the considerable investment you've made in your landscape.

First, it helps to know what types of plants you have. If you have a yard full of annual plants, then you obviously love the spring, summer and fall ritual of planting your flower beds with the color and flavor of the year. Annuals need no protection since they are not meant to overwinter, though some, like Begonias and Coleus, are often potted and moved indoors for the winter and then replanted into beds in the spring.

On the other hand, if you have perennial flowers, vegetables, ornamental grasses or shrubs, you will most likely want to offer some kind of winter protection. You will at least want to be weather-aware and stock up on those items you might need in order to protect your plants in the event of a severe weather occurrence.

wild flowersFurthermore, it will help to know the specifics about the types of plants you have, such as when they should be pruned, whether they should be cut back, whether they are evergreen or deciduous, and what their temperature tolerances are. Some plants require a dormant stage in order to bloom the following year; some shrubs bloom on old wood, while some bloom on new growth. Some plants are subject to heaving, which means temperature changes will cause them to lift out of the ground, exposing their crowns and roots to freezing temperatures and wind. Strawberries are famous for this. You can research your plants online or you can Ask Our Master Gardener. Bear in mind it can be extremely difficult to identify a particular type of plant from a photograph, especially if it is no longer in bloom.

So, what should you have on hand for winter plant protection?

Mulch: You've probably heard us say this over and over again, but mulch can be a life-saver, not only for protection during the winter, but also during extreme high temperatures and drought conditions. You should always have a supply of mulch in your garden shed or garage. The bags will not survive outside well, so if you don't have out-of-the-weather storage space, then buy it in the early spring or fall when it goes on sale and plan to have enough for the winter if needed.

Cloches: You might call it a garden dome or Victorian bell. Available in glass, plastic and even inexpensive Styrofoam, a cloche will cover an individual temperature-sensitive plant. For example, if you've planted a new perennial and have a sudden cold-snap, a cloche may be the answer. Or, if you have a Begonia that normally survives as a perennial in your zone but you experience a sudden cold spell, having a cloche on hand will make it easy to protect your baby. Ensure the cloche you use has a means of venting it for air circulation and be sure to remove it promptly if temperatures rise. It will be much warmer inside a clear glass or plastic cloche; just think of how the temperature rises in a closed car.

Bag_To_Cover_PlantsPlant Blanket: These are to cover larger areas, like a flowerbed or vegetable garden plot. You can use burlap, which provides good air circulation, though you will want to have some way to keep it up off the plants if it gets extremely wet and heavy, and you may need to find a way to tether it to the ground so it doesn't blow away. Burlap, though biodegradable, can be quite expensive and you don't want to lose it. Old bed sheets are also an option, but they have the same limitations as burlap. There are also plastic plant and seed blankets that are light enough to float over your plants, trapping heat and moisture in order to protect them. In the spring you can use them to help in germinating flower or vegetable seeds.

Row Covers: These can be of the floating type or more structured, like our Haxnicks Easy Tunnel Row Cover, which has an accordion-folding system of galvanized steel hoops that allows for versatility and easy storage, while the drawstring ends can be closed or opened as the weather dictates. These are fantastic for extending your vegetable-growing or blooming flower season, but they are also exceptional winter protection for those more tender perennial flowers or vegetables. And they are sturdy enough to last year after year after year.

Plant Protector Bags: Available in a number of sizes, these are ideally made from woven fabrics, allowing your shrubs and bushes to breathe and allowing light, air and moisture to filter through. Usually reusable, you will find plant covers ranging from the cheapest plastic versions that will probably only last one season and which may not provide air and moisture circulation, vital to the health of your shrubs and plants, to what we consider the Cadillac of frost protection bags, our Bosmere Fleece Frost Protection Bag.

We are here to answer any questions you may have once you've browsed our selection of Plant Covers. Call 1-888-907-4769 or click the link above to Ask Our Master Gardener about how to protect your winter plants from frost, wind and extreme cold temperatures.


Fill Your Pantry with Dried Vegetables

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

dried_vegetablesDehydrated (dried) vegetables are simply thatvegetables that have been dried, either using heat, the sun or air, and then packaged. They are easily RE-hydrated by placing in boiling water for 2 minutes and then can be incorporated into your favorite recipes. You can use them dry, right out of the package in soups or stews, or rehydrate them for use in casseroles, dips and other dishes. They taste so good you can rehydrate them and eat them all by themselves!

You may be scrunching up your face at the thought of using dried vegetables, but you would be amazed at the benefits:

  • Lower Sodium: unlike canned vegetables, sodium is not used for preservation
  • Long Shelf Life: dried veggies are not subject to freezer burn; no waste; always fresh
  • Nutritious: nutrients are not diminished, as they may be when canned or frozen
  • Time Saving: no more washing, peeling, chopping; use as is or rehydrate quickly
  • Space Saving: uses no freezer space and very little shelf space
  • Flavorful: dried veggies, when rehydrated, taste almost like garden-fresh

Our vegetable flakes, available in 3-lb. or 15-lb. bags, are perfect for stews and casseroles. Dehydrated potatoes, carrots, red and green bell peppers and celery saves you the time of shopping, storing, washing, peeling and chopping, as well as cooking time. Just add meat, your favorite stock, some spices and the dried or rehydrated vegetable flakes.

Use our jalapeno chips just like you would fresh jalapenos. Make jalapeno cornbread, add to your favorite bean dips, make jalapeno queso or spice up any side or main dish.

Our All Natural Soup Greens, also available in 3-lb. or 15-lb. bags, are a mixture of onion, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, celery, tomatoes and spinach. You can use them right out of the bag in your favorite soup recipe, or rehydrate them to use as a flavorful side dish. You can make a complete vegetarian meal when you serve them on a baked spud or mixed with mashed potatoes.

Imagine how much time you can free up. Imagine how much money you'll save. Imagine how your family will love the new lip-smacking-good concoctions you'll be serving. You'll have more time and more dough (pun intended) to get creative in the kitchen.

Try any one, or more, of our dried vegetables and we're sure you'll come back for more!

How to Control the Spotted Wing Drosophila

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) is working its way across the country, and it's one of the most recent and largest infestations occurring in Indiana.

A type of vinegar fly first believed to have reared its ugly head in California, probably a hitchhiker on imports from Japan, this pernicious pest has effectively expanded its population and is becoming quite the nuisance.

The first signs of an infestation you may see are soft spots on the bottoms of your soft-skinned fruits like grapes and berries, though peaches, cherries, apples, apricots and tomatoes have also been infested. Vinegar flies are also called fruit flies; however, the Spotted Wing Drosophila, unlike other fruit flies, is able to puncture the skin of healthy, soft-skinned fruits with its serrated ovipositor, something the average female fruit fly doesn't have. Prior to the discovery of this particular fruit fly, only over-ripened or rotting fruit was at risk. This short video will show you how to identify the Spotted Wing Drosophila.

SWD first caused serious crop damage in California in 2008 and since that time has spread throughout numerous states in the U.S., making its appearance in Michigan in the fall of 2010, the first indication the infestation had reached the North Central region of the United States, its easternmost sightings at this time.

That being said, if you've discovered unexplained mushy spots on your soft fruits, explore further by cutting the fruit open and then peeling or smashing the fruit in order to look for the larvae. They'll be white and small, about 2 mm long and .5 mm in diameter (about the width of the lead in a mechanical pencil). They are relatively hard to see, especially in seeded fruits like raspberries, but patient watching will detect their movement if they are, in fact, there.

One way to determine if these nasty critters are visiting your garden is to build a trap. This video will show you how easy it is to build a Spotted Wing Drosophila trap. Being able to detect their presence ahead of time will enable you to take proactive measures in order to avoid their laying eggs in your produce, which will save the majority, if not all, of your fruit. Once you have an infestation, it will be harder to get rid of them and a lot of the damage will have already been done.

There are several insecticides registered for use, but one of the safest for use around your family and pets is an organic insecticidal spray with spinosads. Spinosads do no harm to beneficial insects, such as green lacewings, pirate bugs or ladybugs, but they will effectively suppress, kill or control a whole host of noxious garden pests, including SWD. A bacterial treatment, formulated through fermentation, spinosads can be used right up to the day of harvest on some fruits and it's a fast-acting and odorless product. Due to the bacterial nature of spinosads, pests have not shown any inclination of becoming immune to it and it is approved for organic gardening by OMRI (Organic Materials Review Institute).

You should spray as soon as you know there are adult flies (but not while plants are still flowering), or when larvae are present in ripening fruit. Then follow these treatment guidelines for the most commonly infested fruits:spinosad is an organic solution for lawn and garden pests

  • Applesreapply every 5 days, up to 6 times per season; wait 7 days to harvest

  • Peaches, Plums, Cherries, Apricots, Grapesreapply every 6 days, up to 6 times per season; wait 7 days to harvest cherries and plums, 14 days for peaches and apricots

  • Raspberries, Strawberries, Blackberries and Tomatoesreapply every 4 days, up to 6 times per season; wait 1 day to harvest

You should always refer to the product label on the container for specific mixing and usage directions.

As always, we wish you happy gardeningand NO SWDs!



Organic Lawn Care Part 2

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Soil Amendments


Now that you've read how to test your soil in part 1, you'll know exactly what your lawn needs to be at its best. Generally people add fertilizer, but before we discuss that, let's take a look at a couple of soil amendments that will help to adjust the pH of your soil if it needs adjusting.

Lime is the supplement of choice for soil that is too acidic. Lawns grow best when the pH is between 6.0 and 7.0. The ideal is between 6.2 and 6.5. If your soil's pH is below 6.0, an application of lime in the late fall or early spring will help to move it into the perfect pH range. To learn more about the use of lime, see our previous newsletter Strengthen Your Soil with Agricultural Limestone.

The most economical method of applying lime is NutriLime Pelletized Lime. It can be applied with any garden spreader, and, unlike pulverized lime, it will not generate any lime dust and is not messy at all. Each bag covers 4,000 square feet.

If you have a small lawn, smaller bags of Hi-Yield Agricultural Limestone or Espoma Organic Traditions Garden Lime, will get the job done. Each of these smaller bags of lime will cover approximately 100 square feet.

If your soil is too alkaline, the treatment of choice is to add sulfur. This has the additional benefit of being a natural insecticide and fungicide. It is also helpful to add acidic organic matter such as pine needles, shredded oak leaves, or our BioMax 3-in-1 Garden Mix, which contains sphagnum peat. Such mulches will help to slowly lower the pH of your soil, but don't expect immediate changes.

Fertilizer: Organic vs. Inorganic

spreading_lawn_fertilizerFall is an excellent time to fertilize, and if you're starting a new lawn, you'll certainly want to add fertilizer before seeding. At Garden Harvest Supply we endorse using organic fertilizers, and we'll take this opportunity to try to explain some of the reasons why.

Chemical fertilizer quickly releases necessary minerals into the soil but some of those minerals inevitably get washed away or leached because chemical fertilizers are concentrated and highly water-soluble. Besides being wasteful, this runoff causes problems wherever it goeseven once it finds its way into the sea.

Did you know that the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico is a direct result of chemical fertilizer runoff from the fifty million tons of chemical fertilizer that are applied to lawns each year? The phosphorus in the runoff caused algae to bloom and then it died and decomposed. The resulting blanket does not allow anything else to grow over an area the size of Connecticut.

In contrast, organic fertilizers slowly release their minerals because they contain natural substances that break down into those minerals rather than being a direct concentrate of the minerals themselves. Once in the soil, microbes act on these natural substances and they slowly break down and supply the nutrients that your turf needs.

There are many advantages to this. First of all, your turf continues to receive nutrients over a period of time rather than all at once at high levels. Second, you don't have to worry about burning your turf, which is something that chemical fertilizers will do if not applied exactly according to instructions and in the correct amount. Third, the problem of leaching and runoff is greatly reduced. Considering that more land is devoted to maintaining lawns than to growing corn, if more homeowners went organic, it would greatly benefit the eco-system.

We are excited that one of the most trusted names in organic gardening, Espoma, has launched a line of organic lawn fertilizers. Need another fertilizer for your fall lawn care plan, we also recommend Neptune's Harvest, a marvelous organic fertilizer made from substances from the sea. One gallon will cover 8,000 sq. feet.

Some final advice about fertilizer is to not use too much. Many homeowners think more is better, and it simply isn't true. Besides the ecological consequences, over-fertilization encourages the development of lawn diseases such as leaf spot and brown patch. Also keep in mind that a shady lawn will require less fertilizer than a sunny lawn.

Natural Insecticides

As you can imagine, insecticide runoff also spells trouble, especially for birds, bees, and fish. What's more, it's often over-applied or used where it's not needed.

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension gives this wise advice: “Healthy turf may (and should) contain a variety of beneficial or neutral (neither pest nor beneficial) insects.  Some of the beneficial insects include ground beetles, rove beetles, predatory and parasitic wasps, non-pest ants. Some insects may be beneficial and prey upon harmful ones or just be neutral to the turf environment. Predatory beetles and some small flies can be predatory on turf-consuming caterpillars. Unnecessary pesticide use may reduce the insects that are actually suppressing the pest caterpillars”.

Homeowners often fear that the presence of a pest insect requires treatment. However, insect pests are often found in a lawn at population levels below what would produce damage or be worth treating.

If you are having a pest problem with your lawn, take note as to whether it is all over or contained in one spot. To save money and save the environment, you only need to treat the problem area. For advice about choosing a natural insecticide, consult our previous newsletter on Natural Pest Control.

Seeding or Reseeding

Organic_Lawn_FoodYou are now ready to apply the grass seed. Grass seed grows well in fall because the temperatures are perfect for cool-season grass and because it has less competition from annual weeds. Just be sure to give the lawn enough time to establish itself before winter weather hits.

We sell a variety of spreaders. When you're ready to sow your seed, make sure your spreader is adjusted to the right setting. Generally what you want to do to ensure even coverage is to spread the first half of the seed by walking in one direction and then spread the second half crisscross.

After you sow your seeds, it's a good idea to top-dress the seed with a light application of peat moss or BioMax 3-in-1 in order to retain moisture.

After that, it's time to irrigate. The first watering should penetrate at least half a foot, but be careful not to wash away or drown the seed. From there on, irrigate lightly and frequently until you see that the seeds have begun to sprout. These irrigations only need to penetrate an inch or so but they should be done frequently to ensure the soil around the seeds will not dry out. Moisture is essential at the very beginning because seeds will not germinate without it.

As the grass starts to come up, reduce the frequency of watering but be sure to keep people, pets, and other animals from trampling your tender grass shoots. As the grass becomes established, you can cut down to watering twice a week, and later once per week, but be sure that when you water, you water deeply (6-8 inches).

When your grass is 3 to 4 inches high, it's time for the first mowing. Choose a day when your grass needs watering and mow it first, then water it afterwards. Mowing is always better done on grass that is not too moist.

That's all for now.  Happy Gardening from all of us at Garden Harvest Supply!

How to Grow Barberry Sunjoy Cinnamon Plants

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Here are some easy tips on how to grow Barberry Sunjoy Cinnamon Plants: These colorful, easy to care for shrubs do well in average, well-draining soil. They have normal water needs, and do best in a sunny spot. These shrubs offer a long-lasting, three-season display of eye-catching color.

Description: This yard and garden standout is easy to grow and easy to care for. The Barberry Sunjoy Cinnamon plant is a deciduous shrub with half-inch yellow-white flowers that bloom in April and May. The attractive dark orange foliage grows on compact, thorny branches. It grows 4-5 ft. tall and just as wide.

Origin: Native of Japan

Propagation: Semi-hardwood stem cuttings cut in mid-July or mid-September.

USDA Hardiness Zones: 4-8

Companion Plants: Place Barberry Sunjoy Cinnamon shrubs 6 ft. apart to make a natural privacy hedge.

Fertilizer: Generally, none needed. For new plantings, use a slow release liquid feed.

Sun/Light Needs: Full sun is best

Maintenance: Low.

Display/Uses: Hedges; foundation planting

Wildlife Value: Deer resistant; attractive to birds

Diseases/Pests: Root rot, if soil does not drain well; rust and wilt

How to Remove Urine Smell from a Mattress

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Urine_Smell_From_MattressHow many times have you tried to remove a urine smell from a mattress? There's no need to be embarrassed. We know there are many reasons for this to happen:

  • Pets
  • The Elderly
  • Children/Grandchildren
  • Illness
  • Incontinence

And now there is something that really works. Really, really works! It is even utilized by pest removal experts to destroy the odor of skunk, bat guano, and yes, urine, that they encounter as they perform the duties of their profession. We have to applaud them for doing a job most of us would not even consider. In fact, we're pretty sure their parents didn't encourage them to become a pest removal expert, unless they are following in a parent's footsteps. It's a dirty job, but someone's got to do it.

D-Molish NOW! is an all-purpose household cleaner that happens to do a fantastic job at not only removing odors, but at destroying the cause of the most foul smells. The Spring Fresh or Orange Scent gives you immediate relief from the offending odors, while the naturally occurring enzymes work to digest the source of the odor, most often nasty bacteria.

Amazingly safe, you can use D-Molish NOW! to remove stains and odors from most fabrics, including your mattress. It is extremely safe for use around your pets and family. Non-acidic, non-alkaline, with no solvents, it is even safe to use around vegetation and water features, indoors or out. If you've ever read a warning label that says not to use a product around birds or aquatic life, you should think twice about using it anywhere in your home; warning labels are written for a majority of the general public, though no one can say for sure how any person might react to a particular product. It's much better to be safe than sorry, especially when you or your family will be sleeping on a treated item.

To clean your mattress, simply wipe the area with a wet cloth and then spray D-Molish NOW! Mist with water (which helps to activate the enzymes) and let it dry completely. If the stain persists, you can reapply in 48 hours, though most of our customers have found it to work on all but the most stubborn stains the first time. By the way, it will also clean blood stains.

Don't even think about buying a new mattress because you can't remove the urine smell from your current one. Try D-Molish NOW! first. There is a reason we have it in our Home Necessities department. It truly works.