Happy 4th of July from The Lakes Region!
Looking for some last minute ways to spice up your Fourth of July garden party? Here are a couple of quick and easy tricks to do just that!
Decorative Lawn Stars:
- Find a flat piece of cardboard and cut out a star to the perfect size.
- Pick up some red, white & blue spray paint.
- Take your star stencil out to the yard and go crazy spraying stars on the grass and create your own milky way! (The grass grows out and it will be gone in a couple of lawn cuts.)
Handkerchief Pillow Cases:
- Go to your local Dollar store and buy 2 red, white or blue, handkerchiefs and some festive colored ribbon.
- Take a pillow that is about an inch smaller than the handkerchief all the way around.
- Place one handkerchief on the bottom of the pillow and a different color on the top
- Tie the corners with your colored ribbon and you are finished!
- Take 10 of your recycled fruit and vegetable tin cans and remove the paper label
- Use your left over spray paint from the lawn stars to paint the cans in festive patterns and wait for them to dry
- Set them up in a stacked pyramid, grab an old softball or baseball and bowl your first strike!
Spring at last… I hesitate to let the words pass my lips for fear that Mother Nature will roar with laughter and let a nice May snowstorm rip! Even if she does I’m prepared. I know it won’t last and I won’t let the thought of it squash the enjoyment of my garden as it starts to wake up. I love the anticipation I feel walking around the garden to see what might be in store for me later in the season. It’s always a bit of a relief to see that bit of green pushing up through the newly uncovered soil. What little color there is right now is a real treat. Thanks to the previous owners a few lone crocuses brighten a corner of one bed and 100 daffodils that I planted 2 years ago are about screaming happy yellow right now. Seriously, I can’t wait!
If you’re as anxious as I am, here are a few things that you can do to prepare while you wait for your garden to bloom in all it’s glory.
- Bring color outdoors to patios, porches, and even the garden with pansy plants, which don’t mind cold nights. To encourage constant flowering, routinely remove spent blossoms and keep them from getting bone-dry.
- Divide summer- and fall-blooming perennials, including delphiniums, irises, chrysanthemums, daisies, and phlox.
- Feed your trees. As soon as the frost goes out of the ground, give them a well-balanced slow-release fertilizer. Scatter about six good handfuls per each 10×10-foot area.
- Have you considered raised beds? They’re a great way to get your garden started faster in the spring.
- Once the garden soil is workable, give it a good stirring and let it sit for several days. Then top-dress it with compost or well-rotted manure.
- Rake your lawn to remove all leaves, dead grass, and small twigs. If you have dead spots in the lawn, plan to patch them before the summer heat. Loosen the soil and work in some good-quality compost, sprinkle grass seed, rake lightly, and tamp to assure good seed-to-soil contact. Mulch with a thin layer of straw. Water as needed to keep the soil evenly moist until the grass sprouts.
We know spring is just starting but it is never too early to think about wood for next winter!
Fuel prices are heading up and it is only a matter of time before firewood prices go up too. Save yourself $100 per cord and buy green wood today! Let it dry in your yard this summer!
Come see the wood for yourself at our Moultonborough location before you decide to purchase. We also have palletized wood available, just call for our prices.
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A new stepping stone staircase and perennials enhance an already beautiful landscape.
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