Enter Your Delivery Zip Code to see designs available for your Zip

SPRING FOSTERS THE URGE TO SPEND TIME OUTDOORS AND WORK IN THE YARD

Other Stories






More
 

Media Downloads

Download
Oct 15, 2015
MIck Gainan talks Fall with MY105.9

Download
May 6, 2015
Spring 2015 TV Spot

Download
May 12, 2014
Garden Talk with Mick Gainan: Organic Gardening

Download
May 12, 2014
Video: Geraniums as far as the eye can see!

Download
May 5, 2014
Garden Talk with Mick Gainan: Herbs

Download
May 5, 2014
Garden Talk with Mick Gainan: Tomatoes

Download
May 5, 2014
Garden Talk with Mick Gainan: Crop Sharing

Download
May 5, 2014
Garden Talk with Mick Gainan: Responsible Growing

Download
Apr 28, 2014
Garden Talk with Mick Gainan: Curb Appeal

Download
Apr 28, 2014
Garden Talk with Mick Gainan: Xeriscape

Download
Apr 21, 2014
Garden Talk with Mick Gainan: Pansies 2014

Download
Apr 21, 2014
Garden Talk with Mick Gainan: Prep Work 2014

Download
Apr 21, 2014
Garden Talk with Mick Gainan: Seed Starting 2014

Download
Apr 21, 2014
Garden Talk with Mick Gainan: Lawn Care 2014

Download
Aug 5, 2011
Roses for Kids
More

Mar 22, 2009

With the emphasis on "going green" and recycling, I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon and rework one of my older articles. As spring approaches, the urge to get outside and start working in the yard becomes more powerful with every day that the sun shines.

There is a sign in the store that says: "Flowers leave some of their fragrance in the hand that bestows them." The Chinese Proverb becomes more meaningful and relevant the more I think about it. For some, the act of gardening is based in science; for others, it's a hobby that fills a seasonal need. Still, for others, it is about design and self-expression. In any case, gardening, no matter the level, is still gardening.

Plants foster an appreciation of growing, living, thriving, reproducing and dying. For me, the outdoor landscape of a home is more than improving "curb appeal." Of course, I appreciate the beauty of a manicured yard and botanical perfection, but what I notice is the passion that people exude when they work on their gardens.

As we begin the spring season, it is important that we take the time to really think about what worked and what didn't work in our yards. This is especially true for this season with our current economy. As we try to get value for every dollar spent, we want to ensure that we purchase healthy plants and place them in an area where they will not just survive, but thrive. In an upcoming article, I will discuss landscaping with vegetable plants.

Consider the following:

Did you like the color of your zonal geraniums? Did the perennial Johnson's Blue get enough light?

Do you want to add a free form edge to an existing formal planter?

Did you or Mother Nature do some tree trimming this winter? If so, light changes for your beds must be considered. What once thrived in a shady spot will be tortured in an area that is now going to have more sunlight.

Make a plan:

Now is the time to get out the graph paper, pictures of your yard from past seasons, a current picture of the area and start planning. First, identify the location of perennials in the bed. Consider what colors and textures you would like to incorporate this year and start looking for your plants.

Amend your soil, clean away leaves and debris from the winter season and start dreaming. Remove dead annuals from your container gardens and amend that soil as well. It will be great to get a head start on all of the prep work!

Check out your gardening tools and assess their viability for the season. Is the handle of your shovel giving you splinters? It's time to either sand the handle or get a new one. How about that leaky hose that always has bothered you? Having your lawn mowers and other small engine machines repaired this time of year is easier because the repair shops aren't busy yet, but in a couple of weeks their schedules will be filling up fast.

As the daylight increases in the evening and we prepare for spring - dig in the dirt! It will feel good to get out there and get some good exercise and it will be fun to be in the midst of spring's promise.

Jim Gainan is VP/Shareholder of Gainan's Flower and Garden Center in Billings. Questions or comments? Email Jim Gainan @ jim@gainans.com.

Company Weddings Custom Designs Gift Cards Refer a Friend Employment
eCards Flower/Plant Info Helping Hands Affiliate Program Privacy Policy Petal Rewards ™ Reminders Hours & Locations Contact Us
Gainan's Flowers https://www.gainans.com/images/siteSettingWide/facebook-logo-18040614025.png 17th St West & Grand Avenue Billings, MT 59102 866-445-7390 406-245-6436

Locations:

Gainan's Midtown Flowers: 17th St West & Grand Ave Billings, MT 59102 406-245-6434 Gainan's Heights Flowers & Garden: 810 Bench Blvd Billings, MT 59105 406.248.5029

Don't Miss Out