Along with the holiday season being right at our doorstep, so is the rain! Like any good dog, we love to splash and play just as much as the next pup! Though, sometimes we want to make sure our yards stay as dry as they can too.
If you have a gravel driveway Road Base is a great choice to lay down. Road base will compact and get almost too hard for my paws to get through, BUT you won’t be walking in puddles either! It also won’t shift too much, if at all, under my weight or even your car! You will want me to help dig out any water that’s there already though, standing water and the Road Base don’t work very well together, but it doesn’t need to be totally dry either! If you’ve got some DEEP holes of mine to fill, or a culvert to repair the 4″ Cool Cave is a great base layer and erosion control for those kind of areas. Did you know a lot of the Park systems use it on their trails? I get my paws on some every time I go to the Sterling Point Trail around Folsom Lake on high erosion zones! They might be a little too big for a normal dog like me to get their mouth around, but that’s why it works so well. The Cool Cave can also be topped off with Road Base or even the Crushed Fines to fill in the gaps to make it more solid of a surface too. Then you won’t have to worry about my paws getting in the cracks or any little humans tripping either!
Did you know we have a bark-taskular Cool Cave Base? It’s just similar Road Base but its BLUE! It’s also the same type of rock as the 4″ Cool Cave, so if we want to get our paws matching colors we can! On some of my walks in the neighborhoods I see people using it for functional use but also for decorative purposes! It looks absolutely tail wagging as a color accent in your yards.
Hillsides are so much fun for me to stretch my paws running on, but did you know that BARK can help prevent or lessen the likelihood of any of my play space from washing away? Redwood Ground cover (or commonly referred to as Gorilla Hair) is great for steeper hillsides since it mats together just like my hair might after playing! It is a great accent to add to your yard with a vibrant red/brown color that just BARKS against any plant life I haven’t dug up yet. If you’re looking for one that’s easier to walk on, the Walk-on Bark is a great choice too! Both of these are easy on the paws and easy on your yard.
You know those old towels you use to dry me off? Or the bed sheets I have left too many pawprints on to wash off? They make great frost covers for your more sensitive plants with going into the cold season! Just a little extra protection for your sensitive plants will go a long way to getting them through our furry weather! I have my coat and you have your gloves, but do your plants have their blankets?
Summer has always been my favorite. My kid friends are out of school and my days consist of swimming, eating and sleeping. Now as far as the garden goes, there is always work to be done.
Plan & Plant – We are always planning. but now is the time to plan your spring bulbs. And at the same time plant your summer color (marigolds and zinnias are some of my favs). Our Planters Mix is the best choice for your summer color. To add art to your yard, with a stock tank container (I love the round one). It is easy to move and place in your design.
Maintain – Mulch/Bark your area around your garden ( I prefer walk-on bark for my paws). This will keep moisture in, roots cool and dust down. Plus it will look amazing. We have many varieties and colors to choose from.
Be sure to check your watering schedule as our temperature creeps up. And don’t forget your hand watering containers.
Pinch off your herbs so they will keep producing. Check your feeding schedule for your strawberries. We all love shortcake!
Harvest – It is about that time. Morning is the best time to pick that yummy food. Keep your eye out for rodents and the pesky snakes, they may like the morning too. Clean up any fallen fruit to avoid the rodent and squirrel issue. Make up a feast with your tomatoes, peppers and basil – my mouth is drooling already.
And as always – Happy Digging!
Well we live in California, and yes is it dry, warm and sometimes hazy. I usually get comfortable by lying low in the soil or lounging in the A/C. My masters are concerned with water use with their landscaping (and all dogs need water), so a few suggestions for your outdoor living area.
* Create areas using more hardscape ~ increase the size of your patio area~ add a #calstsone paver walkway; #decomposedgranite #firepit lounge area. Mix #flagstone with #crushed rock creating that zen feel garden. Or add a #drycreekbed made of cobble and #mexicanpebble.
* Refer to the Low-Water Garden guide produced by the state of California (tax dollars at work). The plants listed will thrive in our environments and you will love all of them!
* Top your plants with great soil like #plantersmix or #compost. The soil will allow the plant to retain and absorb water more efficiently. Then topdress plants with fresh #Bark (mulch), adding another layer of moisture – and it looks great too! My master has many sizes, colors and types of bark (my favorite word).
* Check, check and recheck the efficiency of your irrigation system. Check the length of time the water runs and the time of day the water is running. Every plant has water requirements; high, medium or low.
And most of all Happy Digging!
As we roll through March, and march into April, our Spring is upon us. Baseball, blossoms and bark. But my friend bark (mulch) is high on my list of things to do.
* Color Dyed Barks ~Now this is not your Momma’s dyed bark. Our Black and Brown barks have a UV protected colorant that last longer then the recycled barks. What this means to you, is you will not have to replace it next year! Not to mention the color looks amazing.
* Nugget Barks ~ now we call it deco bark. The uniform shape really makes it a more polished look. Many homeowner associations call out for our Small Deco in their specs. Large Deco Bark is also available, if you prefer a more chunky look.
*Fibrous Barks = a slopes friend. If you have an area that experienced erosion this winter, then Redwood Ground Cover (aka Gorilla Hair) is a solution for you. It is the best bark product to mat down on the ground. If Redwood Ground Cover does not fit your liking, look at our Shredded Cedar. It is also a shred product, but not nearly as fibrous as the Redwood.
* I’m not dyed, nor fibrous or a nugget! Then I must be Walk-On Bark. The Walk-On is more of a true chip product, lighter in color than the all of the above barks and not as formal a nugget product. It is also falls in the medium price range.
Just the word “bark” brings a ring to my ears. And more than anything I love to roll in the bark. Happy Digging!
Now who doesn’t love November….Our cool nights have begun (aka me by the fire), the leaves are falling (aka me rolling in leaves) and my master is inside making treats that may fall to the ground (aka me licking floor). So from my perspective….not a bad gig. But as always, my master is working, working, working. While I am sleeping, sleeping sleeping. And what are they doing?
* Maintain if no Rain – So the rain does not always fall on the plain. If we have a dry spell, turn the water on for a bit to keep your plants happy. And don’t forget about those potted plants under cover.
* Protect- don’t neglect – Everything likes to be warm. This includes the soil. A nice layer of bark would make those roots happy. My master has many varieties to choose from! If mud is a problem, maybe a crushed rock is the solution. This will keep the mud down and much easier to drive or walk on.
* Cold can be controlled – So you are getting a bit of a chill in the evenings? Well good thing my master has firewood and kindling in stock! Now a 1/4 cord can fit into the back of a pickup, lickety-split it can be home for you. Or if you need a larger portion…..call and set up a delivery. Oh yeah, don’t forget to grab a bundle of kindling too.
So whatever this season brings for us all, just remember a warm fire, a cute dog (aka me), with family and friends makes all things better. Happy Digging!