Snap Shot Gardening

Beautiful Yards can be a “Snap” with “Snap Shot Gardening” The Snap Shot Gardening program at Knapp Valley Gardens has been around for many years but has become increasingly popular over the past year. This is a great program for people looking to take on a home landscape project who find themselves in need of a helping hand to get the project started. It is truly a great way to be creative and gain the satisfaction that comes with doing a project on your own. Many people with little knowledge of plants and design have had some really great results creating their own backyard paradise with our guidance. Not only can we help you create outdoor living spaces and select the right plants for the right location, we will give you tips for proper bed preparation and help you plan the most efficient way to get the project done. Here’s how it works: *Call (616) 363-8086 to schedule an appointment with our “Snap Shot Garden” designer Kim Blanchard. *Jot down measurements of the area that you would like to landscape. Note the direction your house faces, and whether the area is sunny or shady. *Bring in photos, of the area—or a digital camera or memory card. *Include a list of plants and colors that you like. *Kim will sit down with you, create a design and guide you through the process of plant selection and layout.  She will take you through our Garden Center and help you choose the plants and materials that you will need to finish your landscape project. So if you have a “do-it-yourself” landscape project...

Butterfly Gardens

“Just when the caterpillar thought his life was over, he became a butterfly.” -Anonymous We have all heard the verse “butterflies are free to fly.”  Why not create a butterfly garden where they can fly free all summer long, and delight everyone who takes time to observe them. You need only a small area that gets plenty of sunshine and is protected from the wind.  Get the kids involved– they will love to dig in the dirt, plant flowers and admire the colorful guests that come to visit.  Try to identify all the different kinds of butterflies that you see! Butterflies are abundant now and into the fall.  The fluttery creatures are attracted to colorful, nectar-rich flowers. They need water, too— include a little “pond” in your butterfly bed.  You can simply make little mud puddles, or sink a small, shallow plastic tub into the ground.  Butterflies like to sun themselves after a good meal, so find a few flat stones to place in the garden to serve as a warm perch.  Don’t forget to place a bench or a chair in your design, and you are ready to sit back and enjoy some wonderful butterfly watching! Plants to feature in your butterfly garden include: Butterfly Bush, Coneflowers, Coreopsis, Shasta Daisies, Daylilies, Monarda, Hydrangea, Joe Pye Weed and fragrant Viburnums. Here at Knapp Valley Gardens, we can help you put together some ideas that will bring butterflies to your garden, or follow the above plan by landscape designer Kim...

10 Things to do in the Garden in July…

Here are a few things that you can do in July to help keep your garden at its best: 1. Keep watering!  Try to water early in the day so that leaves can dry off before the hot sun gets to them.  You want to make sure that the foliage dries before the temperature drops at night.  Wet foliage makes plants more susceptible to fungus and disease. 2. Dead head (remove dead flowers) annuals to encourage continued blooming. You may also get a second bloom by cutting them back by half and feeding them with an all purpose liquid fertilizer. If your annuals have died off, pull them out and put them into the compost. 3. Fertilize roses each month throughout the summer. 4. Water and feed container plants regularly with an all purpose liquid fertilizer. 5. Summer blooming shrubs should be pruned for shape after they have finished flowering.  Fertilize Rhododendrons and Azaleas after they have finished flowering with an “Evergreen” type fertilizer. (Holly-tone, Miracid etc.) 6. For you lawn:  raise the cutting blade height of your mower to at least 4 inches. Make sure the blade is good and sharp.  Taller grass cools the roots and helps keep moisture in the soil longer.  Avoid using fertilizers in hot, dry weather. 7. Keep weeds pulled, before they have a chance to flower and go to seed again. 8. Keep an eye out (scout) for insect or disease damage in your garden, and take measures to control the problem. 9. Change the water in your bird bath often, and keep it filled.  Standing water becomes a breeding ground for...

A Garden Tour For the Kids!

The Kent Garden Club welcomes kids of all ages to its 2010 garden tour… Each week, visit a different garden with its own “theme.”  Bring the kids for a fun and educational experience.  Enjoy refreshments, stories, hands-on crafts, skits and demonstrations about gardening. Tours are from 10 a.m. To 5 p.m. Admission is $5 per adult, per garden. Kids under age 12  visit at no charge. Every child, up to 3 children, must be accompanied ay at least 1 adult. Friday,  July 16:  A Fairy Tale Tea Party—featuring edible herbs and flowers Friday,  July 23:  Slugs, Bugs n’  Thugs—learn about pests and invasive plants Friday,  July 30:  Busy Bees, Birds and Butterflies—how to encourage beneficial insects Friday,  August 6:  Eat Your Veggies—learn how vegetables grow and tips for gardening For more information and the addresses of the gardens, visit www.kentgardenclub.org or call Jean at 616-455 3295 or Eva at...
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