Archive for June, 2012

Customer Appreciation Days This Weekend!

Hey, Friends, TMMLC is pumped! Why? Because this weekend, June 28-30, is our annual Customer Appreciation Days sale. Everything  is 10% off, except for our plants. Those are 20% off! Friday evening, we’ll have our fire pits fired up so you can enjoy roasted hotdogs and marshmallows. Chef Eten will also be here making pizza in our pizza ovens on Friday evening and Saturday. Saturday we will have our chicken BBQ for sale, as well as homemade french fries and baked goods. Oh, I forgot to mention that there will be FREE soft serve ice cream available on all three days as well! Watch the video below to see more of the exciting events we have planned for these three days.

You can also CLICK HERE for more information. So come on out for one, two, or even all three days, and spend some quality time together as a family! We look forward to seeing you here!

Posted on: June 26th, 2012 by admin | Comments Off

Like butterflies? Plant a butterfly bush!

                      

Surely one of the top ten reasons people garden must be to fill an otherwise ho hum space with life. The color bursts of flowers; the exotic fragrances of leaves; the hypnotic effect of arching stems swaying in the wind; the singing of the trees as gentle breezes rattle their leaves…. One of the greatest treasures for providing life in the garden is the butterfly bush. Hummingbirds and beneficial insects, as well as butterflies, are seduced by the nectar rich flowers of these bushes. Stunning colors paint lengthy bottle brush like flowers in dazzling hues that complement most every garden color theme.

While Butterfly Bushes have many virtues, their one main flaw is that the dead flowers are never dropped. From a distance, this is not so noticeable. In colder climates, the bush takes care of this by dying back to the ground. As with most plants we grow, good drainage is important for Butterfly Bushes but rich soil is not necessary. A 2 3/4 inch pot placed in the ground in early spring will grow to 3 or 4 feet in one year, and as much as 8-10 feet the following year. This makes these shrubs perfect for naturalizing vast areas or covering hillsides. Providing quick shade for hot summer spots in the landscape, they also make  beautiful covers for fences, arbors or buildings. Their fast growth also makes them a perfect choice for patio planters.  Small pots can be transplanted into 5 gallons and enjoyed a season or two before they grow too large and need a  much larger pot or a home in the garden.

These large shrubs often give gardeners fits about pruning. The important thing to remember is that these are tough plants. There is almost nothing you can do wrong. You can prune anytime. If you prune hard during the growing season the worst that can happen is you will cut off your flowers for a while. But, they grow fast and more flowers quickly replace those that are lost. The normal life cycle of this bush is to go dormant in zones 5 and 6. At this point the canes above ground are dead. They can then be pruned to the ground, which is a good idea because they bloom on new growth.

**compliments of Mountain Valley Growers**

The butterfly bushes we have for sale here are just getting ready to burst into bloom! We have several different varieties available, including the Peacock and Pink Delight, which bloom pink, the Adonis Blue, and also a dwarf variety called ‘Lo ‘n’ Behold’. So stop by and pick out the butterfly bush of your choice-any neighboring butterflies will be delighted and you will get to enjoy the butterflies fluttering across your lawn for the rest of the summer!

-by June Zimmerman

 

Posted on: June 20th, 2012 by admin | Comments Off

Three Things to Do NOW For Your Flowerbeds

By June Zimmerman

TMMLC Sales Associate

 Hello from Tussey Mountain Mulch’s plant gallery! Spring seems to be a distant memory and the hot summer days are upon us… Along with these wonderful days of summer, come the tasks necessary to keep your gardens and flowerbeds healthy, blooming, and attractive. You have probably done most of your planting for the season, but here are THREE THINGS YOU CAN DO NOW for your garden during June and July.

       1.  Is your rhododendron taking over more than its allotted space? Now is the time to cut it back. About this time is when rhododendrons begin to form their blossoms for next year, so prune them now to keep from cutting off all of next year’s flowers. You can cut a rhododendron bush back to about one-third of its original size. Mulch the bush and water them about once a week after you prune them to help them produce new growth. Fertilizing them will help too.

      2.  Dress up your gardens or flowerbeds with some fresh mulch. There are numerous benefits to mulching. Not only does it look great and keep down the weeds, it also helps keep the roots cool and conserve moisture, and as it decomposes, it will add nutrients to the soil.

     3.  And to keep your annuals blooming faithfully during the hot days ahead: Water them regularly and fertilize with Miracle-Gro Bloom Booster for continuous vibrant blooming! Deadheading them will also help to keep them blooming.

And if you find a spot in one of your flowerbeds that really needs a tree, shrub or perennial, come on out and stroll through our greenhouse and nursery to find exactly what you’re looking for! We will be glad to help you.

Posted on: June 20th, 2012 by admin | Comments Off

Inspiration for Father’s Day Gifts!

Mother’s Day has come and gone, and now it’s Dad’s turn to take the place of honor. Once again, we run into the problem of knowing what to give this special person in our lives. Watch the short video below to see a few options that we think would make an awesome gift for Dad. And the best part is, they are all 15% off!

This video just touches on 3 different items that we thought of, but stop by today to see what else we have available!

Posted on: June 15th, 2012 by admin | Comments Off

Father’s Day Specials! Get him the perfect gift!

Introducing our Father’s Day Sale!

Come out today to pick out the perfect gift that will be sure to bring smiles all year long!

Graber Grills – 15% off

Perfect for grilling over a campfire, this nifty tool will be a great gift for the outdoor chef in your family.

15% off RCS Grills

Check out our new line of gas grills and stainless steel kitchen accessories. They can be used as a stand alone unit or part of your outdoor kitchen. Treat Dad to the Best!!!

15% off all Fire Pits and Fireplaces

15% off our wide selection of trees and shrubs

Stop by today to pick out the perfect gift for the special man in your life.

Discounts valid through Saturday, June 16, 2012.

Posted on: June 8th, 2012 by admin | Comments Off

FAQs about Pond Fish

Aquascape Pond Fish and Koi

Fish are wonderful critters that add color, movement, and plenty of enjoyment to the water garden. The subject of pond fish occurs frequently during conversations about water features. In fact, the same questions seem to rise to the surface on a regular basis, which is why we call them FAQs … or frequently asked questions. Here are just a few:

Q. Don’t fish increase the workload for a water gardener?
A. In simplest terms, the answer is no!  In fact it’s just the opposite.  Fish constitute 20% of the naturally balanced, holistic, organic ecosystem that makes up your water garden.  Fish actually play a critical role in reducing your workload.  Fish do the following…

        ♦   Help control insects by eating them and their larvae

        ♦   Keep the plant growth in balance by eating them

        ♦   Help fertilize the plants with their waste

        ♦   Make great pets that you will learn to name and to love

        ♦   Add lots of color and movement to your pond

In other words, take the fish out of your pond and you have an unbalanced ecosystem that requires constant work!

Q. What happens if I forget to feed the fish?  Won’t they die or become unhealthy?
A. Your fish will do just fine if you forget to feed them once in awhile since they consume the bacteria that coats the rocks and gravel at the bottom of the pond. However, feeding the fish provides a great opportunity for you and your family to interact with them. Actually the one mistake you can make is to overfeed them or feed them too often.  When temperatures fall below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, you definitely should avoid feeding them at all.

Q. What about the fish in the winter?  Won’t they freeze to death in the pond?  Will I need to bring them in the house?
A. No. If you simply make sure that your pond is at least two feet deep, the proximity of the earth to the pond’s surface will not allow the latter to freeze any deeper than 8”.  That leaves 16” for the fish to lounge around and basically hibernate over the winter.  You do need to keep a hole in the ice (using a “floating heater”) to allow for the exchange of gasses (like oxygen).   But other than that your fish will do just fine in the pond, all year round.  Supplemental oxygen can also be supplied by running your waterfalls, adding a bubbler, or using the pump to churn the water near the surface.

Q. How is the cost/value of fish determined?
A.  Supply and demand just like anything else.  And in the water gardening world, the fish that’s in greatest demand is the colorful and charismatic koi.  The cost of koi can vary all over the map.  If you’re a breeder or like to show your koi, your fish can get real expensive.  If you’re really a water gardener at heart and aren’t concerned about showing your koi, then they’re not much more expensive than goldfish, which by the way are also very popular in water gardening circles.  For what it’s worth, the three main factors in determining the value of koi include …

        ♦   Size (they get up to 3 feet and larger)

        ♦   Shape (torpedo-like)

        ♦   Color – pattern and intensity (many of each)

        ♦   In other words, big, brightly colored, well-shaped (torpedo-like) koi can cost a bundle.  Normal, happy, healthy koi are accessible for most any water gardener.

Q. How do I know how many fish are “too many fish” in my pond?  How about too few?  And just right?
A. Good question.  Too many fish means too little food, problems with your fish, and potential for an overgrowth of algae.  Too few fish means that the pond’s nutrition will not be satisfactorily absorbed and recycled.  The general rule of thumb that we always suggest is 1 inch of fish per square foot of pond surface area.  In other words, a 10’ x 10’ pond, which is 100 square feet, could support 100 inches of fish.  This 100 inches could consist of 10 ten-inch fish, 20 five-inch fish, or….well you get the picture.

Q.  Won’t raccoons or other predators eat my fish?
A.  Actually, raccoons don’t swim, so if your pond is built at least 2 feet deep and 8 feet wide, with some places for your fish to run and hide- they should be safe from those little nocturnal critters.  The only critter that is a valid concern is the heron.  Again, providing a place for your fish to hide (in and under water lilies, and other plants, or man-made fish caves) will help prevent any disastrous occurrence of fish-napping by a heron.
For more information on pond fish, visit http://www.aquascapeinc.com/pondfish.

***Compliments of Aquascape, Inc.***

Posted on: June 5th, 2012 by admin | Comments Off
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