With all the storms and rain we have had hit this winter its hard to not be hopeful for spring to show up! I know in California we can all appreciate that we had a pretty mild “Fire season” and that we always need the rain, but its okay to want sunshine too! Our paws getting muddy just walking out the front door is only fun for so long, right?
Get yourself ready for some spring planting, replanting, and total yard makeovers! There are designers ready to help you out to plan your revamp too if you hit a loss of what would work or even simply just look pawtastic. Cindy at Blooming Gardens or Margaret, with A Wylder Design is mighty handy with turning a boring backyard into a picturesque space to make all your neighbors envious! Whether you want a balance between hardscape and keeping it natural, they will bring your imagination to life! Nothing makes new landscape happy than good soil, like the Planter’s Mix. This soil is your all around and go to planting mix. Whether you are putting down seed for your lawn, a full replace of sod, fresh plants/trees/flowers, this soil won’t disappoint! It is a sandy loam, which will be perfect to get my paws in and help you dig out any old plants or soil you want to remove.
Remember to make a big woofing note about your soils too! Plants will utilize the nutrients within whatever soil you plant them in, which in turn means they can take a nice rich soil into something that has a hard time letting plants thrive in. Adding Organic Compost to your existing soil will act as an amendment to what I have already buried bones in, to a thriving soil once again! Nothing will bark “healthy plants!” like good, fresh, nutritional soil.
Are you wanting to build a pathway around your new thriving garden or yard? Take your paws no further than Decomposed Granite (DG)! Not only does the tan/gold color mix well with greenery or even hardscapes, but it will compact and almost harden under all of our paws with a little water and time! Don’t bark up the wrong tree and think its like cement or concrete though! It will chip and crumble like any compacted ground would if you dig into it. All that woofing about it though is not for nothing! A level walking path or even open space for a little sitting area in your yard would be the perfect accent with DG. Easy to maintain, and I won’t be able to get my teeth into it like I might try with a bark path. You can even take this bone one step further and place flagstone on top to make a stone pathway or even just stepping stone style.
Boulders might just be the new chew toy to talk about! They make great accents around your garden or even your pathway. Want to be even more of a bone-a-fied trend setter? Try and find one that has a flat enough surface to place a pot on top! I’ve gotten my paws on some pots that have a center drain hole on the bottom as well as smaller ones around that, and that center hole can be utilized with a bolt and a washer to secure that pot to a post/boulder or stand too! No worrying about those wild winds like we have had so far this February.
We all can appreciate a little rain here in California, but we definitely love having our sunshine to put our paws up in too! This type of weather is the pawfict time to dig up all my bones in the backyard to do a handful of projects! From getting the old soil refreshed with some more nutrients, getting ready for some fresh bark, laying down a paver or concrete pad/patio, or even adding an outdoor living kit.
There are so many ways to get our backyard to become the prime hangout spot for all of our friends, both human and dog! The most common backyard designs listed for this year are outdoor living and “gothic”. This really means, people and pets want to have an enjoyable backyard that is both great to dig in and look at but also comfortable! Too many family members with dogs for your small house? Set up the backyard as an extension, if not a standalone, to your dining/living rooms! Basalite offers many different options to build kits to set up your area to be the perfect host! Whether you want a standalone fireplace to add to your yard, or if you want a whole kitchen set up, they have options for every kind of backyard. One of their pieces will definitely give your friends and family something to bark about!
The gothic style of landscaping really means a lot of dark plants, flowers, and accents! Think of those old Victorian movies who have blood red flowers out front and dark leaved plants accented with thick shrubbery. This kind of landscaping gives me plenty of bone hiding places as well as gives a ethereal look to your property! There are plenty of tall flowering bushes too that can be used as privacy walls if you’ve got those no good nosey neighbors keeping tabs on all my dig spots too! Adding an archway wrapped in vines is a great statement piece, or even some casual lighting to help me keep my paws on the right tack at night! You definitely want to let me help you dig some holes in our existing soil and for sure let me get my paws on mixing in some new soil to make the job go by faster! Nothing says “good dog!” like putting in some hours digging up soil!
Whatever you chose to do with your backyard, make sure you check plants out for being pet safe so I don’t have to pick a bone with you later! Adding statement pieces, whether that’s with planets or fixtures, will always help to make the yard a much more pleasant place to spend your time and disconnect a bit. All of us dogs know how hard it is for you humans to unplug sometimes, but take 5 minutes enjoying the sunlight and plants to recoup from all the screen time. I know I will definitely be enjoying my time more if I got to bark around with you in the yard more often!
Who can believe we are already onto a new year?! I can’t wait to get my paws on some new projects in the yard. Digging up old plants, burying bones, and having a barking good time sound like great New Years plans to me! Whether we are just improving on what’s there, or starting a whole new project, there’s a huge selection to choose from! Is our BARK looking a little ruff for wear? Are the plants ready for some new nutrients? What about a nice flagstone pad with a firepit for these paw chilling nights? The options are endless!
Quartzite Silver and Gold adds a great sparkle to the yard while remaining subtle enough for any level of landscaping! Sizes range so much, you are bound to find pieces that will make any size area look pawrific! Wanting to get your paws on something a little more muted? Arizona Buckskin and Rosa are great for that desert or creamy look! With the Arizona’s being sandstone they have a unique richness you can match to any style of yard, plus it’s super easy on my paws just like the Quartzites!
Want to give your neighbors something to really BARK about? Oregon Eagle Patio and boulder pieces make a great pond or waterfall stone! Build them and stack them in all sorts of shapes or designs for a natural look that will make you feel like you’ve found it in the forest. Adding a mix of our Cobble Stone or Drain Rock at the ponds bottom to keep the natural look going for a realistic riverbed. Loose round rock at the bottom means I am less likely to bring any muddy paws back through the house after I inspect your work. Adding in some standard Moss Rock could give you great accent points in your tail waggin’ design too!
All muddy paws aside, we should definitely take the time to enjoy our yards no matter how put together they are or not! Just getting outside to hang out with our paws up or even to run around for some tail wagging and barktacular fun is a great way to spend any time of day! The New Year means new adventures, but don’t forget! We have all year to get our paws dirty!
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!
What season is it? What day is it? For some reason, I hear that a lot these days. To answer the question- today it is the Fall! My time to roll in the leaves, enjoy the cooler nights and the smell of the harvest….All the things us doggies love, besides digging. After all our hot and smokey summer days, digging would actually do me and your garden good. Some garden TLC is in order.
By TLC, we mean adding nutrients back in that have been depleted.
First and foremost, Dig, dig in deep, and dig some more. To really be efficient till your soil down 8 to 12 inches (wow that’s great). But even 4 to 6 inches can be an improvement for the soil. Then you are ready to start the soil amending process.
Second, amending (that’s a big word) of the soil. A great add in is Nufiber compost – coming straight from the central valley. If you soil does not need this rich of a blend- try our Growers Blend or Planters Mix. After the amending (adding in) is complete, leave the soil alone for a day or two so. The organic materials (soil enhancements) will have time to decompose and provide nutrients into the soil. Yummy for your soil!
Your amended soil with bless you tremendously. You have now created an opportunity for moisture retention. Your garden will yield a large, healthy and nutritious crop; your flowers will shine and your trees will thrive.
Last, but not least, check your watering. Repair any damaged lines, or reroute as needed. Look at your watering times. Our daylight is changing.
Take time to smell the flowers and as always – Happy Digging!
March is in full swing, flowers blooming (and weeds too). Warm longer days, and still cool nights Completing maintenance on your yard is a spring list item. Gardening, planting, weed control, pruning, and oh yeah, just getting some vitamin D is on my list for sure!
- Redoing your Garden – If you are redoing your garden from last year, start by cleaning and clearing out. Weed the area, and get the ground smooth. Check your irrigation lines and timers. Now remeasure the area and the depth you will need to refill with #growersblend. With our extra evening hour, it is the perfect time to work. #wedeliver
- New Garden Install – Location, Location, Location. Sunshine, water, soil and love are the key ingredients. Raised garden beds are always easier on the back, and look trendy too. But my Grandpa always just planted in the good old Earth. Both choices do require our #growersblend. In your raised garden beds, measuring is more exact – just tell us square footage and the depth you require. For planting in the Earth, turning the soil over, adding in new #growersblend. Create your rows and mound up with our soil.
- The Area Around Your Garden – You know, that area you walk on? We have great choices- #rock #bark aka #mulch. These products will keep the area more weed free, and clean too. A crushed rock (not a round rock) will pack down better and have a tendency to stay in place. We have many selections of rock to choose from; crushed, round and color variations. Around the garden boxes, rock creates a clean edge that many people love. For gardening with rows in the Earth, many gardeners do prefer bark (mulch). It will decompose back into the Earth, while help with the weed issue between rows. Our bark selection, we have color choice and styles too. Bark, of course is a “lighter” weight material, thus easier on your back for install.
Now there is Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, May day, wedding day and graduation day~ when will it be my day? I think everyday should be dog day. With digging to be done, and all the laying around I do……hmmmm. But you humans get things ready for every event.
* The Party is happening soon….In that case, just drive on over and pick up a yard or two of bark. It is easy to install, and makes a huge difference in your hard.
* My yard is not that big…..Is the square footage of your back yard equal to the size of your family room and kitchen? If so, you can still turn it into a backyard living area. Remove that grass, and add some hardscape (pavers, flagstone, rock). Keep some live/green areas- it could be in the form of potted plants or some planting areas. It is always nice by a window: you can see it and smell it easier!
* But I really want…It all! It’s oasis time – Start now for your Fall/Autumn events. Decide on your design plan and material selection. Decide what you can do yourself and what you need help with. Make a plan. We carry many of the materials you want to make it happen….just contact us.
And above all, don’t forget about your furry friend….me…Happy Digging!
They call our rains the March Miracle, but to us dogs, it’s just good old mud. The water our earth is absorbing now, will surely make for unbelievable gardens later. So what to do now?
* A little planning never hurt anyone or any dog. Now I plan where to bury my bone. Just as you should plan where to place your garden. A nice sunny side is key. Them Tomatoes do love the heat.
* Measure, measure and measure again. From designing the size of your garden boxes or length of your garden rows, math is key. Make sure that the garden boxes are not so wide that you can not reach the middle to pick and weed. Even us dogs know how deep to dig a hole for a bone.
* Soil, now this is my favorite part. OMRI is important when eating the harvest…..even I know that. Growers Blend is tops for the tomatoes, fully of good stuff (75% dairy manure, 20% humus, and 5% calcium, magnesium, and potassium) and it smells great too.
* Water, never forget the water. Make sure that you account for the location of your water source when selecting your garden area. A timer is key, because we all get busy…and the plants can not water themselves. Even us dogs can drink from a bowl!
So our rain today, is key for tommorrow. Until then, Plan, Measure, Soil, Water and as always, Happy Digging!