FLOWERS & GARDENS

GARDEN CENTRE IS OPEN!!!

Our garden centre offers a plethora of plants for bringing colour to your gardens, yard, decks & patios.  Hanging baskets and large tropical planters for any spot in your yard or deck.

Box plants are available by the box or by the flat.  Trailing plants, ivies, geraniums and various other annuals to create your own baskets, planters and window boxes.  Choose from a wide assortment of locally-grown nursery stock that we are proud to offer.

For your vegetable patch, we have a wide assortment of vegetable plants ready for your garden plus seeds, onion sets, seed potatoes.  Lots of water-soluble and granular fertilizers to get things going and to keep them healthy through to a bountiful harvest. 

We also have lots of natural & dyed cedar mulches, triple-mix, potting mixes, manure, compost and play/work sand for your garden & yard top-ups this spring.

HOW TO PRUNE FRUIT TREES & EVERGREEN HEDGES:

THINGS TO DO THIS MONTH  — with excerpts from gardening gurus Mark & Ben Cullen’s Newsletter

Once soil is dry, about 3 cm deep (ha!) prepare it for planting.   We spread two centimetres of composted manure over the entire planting area.

We recommend composted manure as it is healthy, rich in the ‘good’ stuff and it works.  Additionally, mix ten parts composted manure to one part worm castings — Let it sit on the soil and earth worms will pull it down for you and put it to work.

Start ‘hardening’ off frost tender plants like tomatoes and peppers.  This means placing them out of doors for short periods of about an hour, to start gradually increasing to a full day and then in about 2 weeks leaving them out over night.  The idea is to get the tender darlings used to the intensity of the sun, wind and cool evening temps before you plant outdoors in 10 days to 2 weeks.

Feed your transplants.  10-52-10 or compost tea will get them off to a good start.  Compost tea is made by ‘steeping’ a half filled pillow case with compost or composted manure in your rain barrel of a large bucket.  After 48 hours it is ready.  Mix 3 parts water with one part compost tea for great, all natural fertilizer.

Fruit trees. Do nothing while they are in bloom. Let them flower and let bees, honey and native bees alike, do their work undisturbed.  Plant deciduous trees, shrubs, evergreens — plus roses and hardy annuals like pansies, violas, ranunculus, anemones and spring flowering bulbs which are in full bloom in pots at your favourite garden retailer.

Sow fresh grass seed on thin patches and overseed on areas that you’d like to thicken up.  To make this job easy, just apply Wright’s Premium Lawn Seed (sun & shade) for a fast green-up, thickens your lawn and repairs damaged areas.

Apply Wright’s Feeds ‘N Need 28-4-8 Fertilizer with Iron — This product will produce a visibly greener lawn in a few days and the Iron is exceptional to give that envious, rich dark-green colour to your lawn and contains 60% slow release nitrogen for longer results.  The results are incredible… your lawn will be so green it will appear almost blue-green.  If you’ve sown new lawn seed this spring, wait until you’ve cut the new grasses twice before applying this fertilizer.

Aerate your lawn where soil is compacted with a hand aerator.   Rent our tow-behind aerator for large properties or use a hand aerator for smaller jobs.

Feed the birds — Use a quality seed mix so that it does not get wasted and you attract quality birds.  Birds wintering in the south will be on their way back over the next month or so clean your feeders again and fill with Wright’s Premium Wild Bird Seed — Birds love it!  Also available are sunflower seed, safflower seed, peanuts (both in and out of the shell), nyjer seed, lots of varieties of suet, corn cobs and lots of feeders for all types of backyard birds.

Participate in Project Feeder Watch –FeederWatch is a winter-long (November-April) survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America.  Participants periodically count the birds they see at their feeders and send their counts to Project FeederWatch. Your bird counts help you keep track of what is happening in your own backyard and help scientists track long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance.  With FeederWatch, your observations become part of something bigger. Click here to join.

“HOW-TO” VIDEOS FROM MARK & BEN CULLEN:

Summer Lawn Maintenance – This one is very timely! Check it out!

How to Use Nematodes to Control Grubs

How to Buy Plants at the Garden Center – Good thing to consider now that garden centers are starting to discount their seasonal plant material.

How to Plant in Containers

How to Build a Living Fence – Something you can do with the discounted plant material from the garden centre.

How to Build an Insect Hotel – A year-round project to benefit the diversity of life in your yard.

CONTAINER PLANTING TIPS:

It’s trending to use an assortment of different and unique new annuals, tropical plants (hibiscus, dipladenia, rubber plants, elephant ears, crotons) tubers (caladium), houseplants (kalanchoe, angelwing begonias), perennials (hostas, coral bells, hydrangeas, ferns, ornamental grasses, sedums, coreopsis), succulents, herbs (globe basil, variegated basil, rosemary) and vegetables (think beet tops, ornamental peppers, red millet) in planters to give a more dynamic look.  

Have a look at what you’ve already got growing in your own home or your gardens that might make a nice focal point/accent to your planters this year.  Take a look around at other nurseries/garden centres for new and different plants that might work for you that we don’t have here at Wright’s Feeds ‘N Needs.  


You might even consider creating your own spray-painted sticks/twigs to add as an accent to your planters to match your outdoor living space to add that extra punch of colour and style or add a candle feature in your planter for summer evening ambiance.

When your planters and baskets start to look tired and/or over-grown in late-summer, another popular idea is to yank out early performers or straggly plants from your planters/pots ~ half-way through the season and replace with a new late-summer bloomers or cool-weather performers in the empty space.  This will extend the life of your planters and give a new look as the seasons change. 

     

Once the annuals have been bitten by frost, you can stick in coniferous greenery, sumac branches, mountain ash berries, mini pumpkins & squash; plant colourful mums or flowering kale & cabbage; add ornamental grass tufts, birch twigs & branches, pine cones, magnolia leaves, grapevine accents; spray-paint (gold or silver) branches or pine cones, add decorative balls and ribbons (the list is endless, really) to carry your planters from a Thanksgiving theme right through until Christmas.

See how much fun this can be 🙂  ‘The possibilities are only limited to the bounds of your imagination’ and anything goes these days.  

We would be happy to share our extensive knowledge on plants, lawns, gardens and pest control to help you optimize your garden care experience.