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Consumers go beyond plants, spend more on longer-lasting landscaping projects – Omaha World

Robert Kozol, in his early 30s, understands the so-called Millennial Generation and its inclination to hire professionals to take care of landscaping and lawn needs.

He wouldn’t call it laziness, as his generation of 18- to 35-year-olds works hard and furious on the job. But off-duty time often is spent on family, travel or electronic amusement rather than on replenishing the flower bed out back.

“Everything seems so computerized,” said Kozol of Robert’s Nursery, Lawn Landscaping in Omaha. “No one wants to get their fingernails dirty anymore.”

In sync are results of an online survey by Professional Landcare Network, which named Millennials and men as among groups more likely to fork over green to have a professional do landscaping and lawn work.

The trade association’s research that aimed to track U.S. purchasing trends in the industry revealed another key finding: Average spending on yard maintenance is expected to hold steady this year, while the biggest average spending increases likely will be on entertainment-type “hardscapes” like decks, outdoor kitchens and water features.

That trend toward upgrading outdoor structural settings — and therefore value to a house — in a still recovering real estate market stands true of consumers across the board, said Kozol and others in the landscape industry.

“It’s certainly true that in a lesser economy, more people are staying in their homes, and they’re fixing them up,” said Sean Mulhall of Mulhall’s landscaping, nursery and garden center in Omaha.

He said his company’s patio, walkway, fire pit and outdoor room construction has seen more of an upswing than its plant installation side.

Remaining a strong seller regardless of season, said Mulhall, are containers for plants and trees. In many cases, he said, creating a place for a beautiful container has led consumers to build a walkway or remodel a patio.

Mulhall anticipates strong May sales overall, as the late spring has delayed activity, especially when compared with last summer when droughtlike conditions put a damper on business. As consumers turn attention to summer and yards, Omaha area landscape and lawn service providers offered other thoughts on what is hot or not in their industry.

Bryan Kinghorn, president of Kinghorn Gardens, also has seen demand for hardscape projects, including modified front entrance areas and patterned walkways that enhance curb appeal and value.

“Leisure time is so precious,” he said. “When you have it, you want to maximize how social interaction takes place. Definitely your landscape contributes to that.”

This year, Kinghorn opened a landscape architecture design branch, called Dropseed Studio, to add another layer of expertise that opens the door for bigger and public structural projects.

Clients, both residential and commercial, want longer-lasting landscapes that create peace of mind rather than more work, Kinghorn said. His business strategy plays into Nebraska’s extreme weather swings by emphasizing Great Plains-friendly plants and landscape designs that draw from natural surroundings.

Consider the rain gardens that the firm is installing at Fontenelle Hills residential development. The idea there is to catch rainwater runoff from uphill homes before it reaches the sewer system. The gardens that absorb runoff feature large rocks and mulch-covered mounds dotted with sedges, Siberian irises, red twig dogwood shrubs — plant life that Kinghorn says is able to withstand unpredictable Nebraska weather.

For other splashes of color, the company might plant hardy crape myrtle instead of lilacs and peonies that are more dependent on a nice spring.

Indeed, Kinghorn said, some of his better landscape ideas come when he visits old Nebraska cemeteries whose trees and plants have been exposed to a roller coaster of growing conditions. “If they made it this far, then they’re probably keepers,” he said.

Kozol said his customers, too, increasingly are concerned with low maintenance. Bubbler-style water features without standing ponds are easier and more popular, he said. Demand for interlocking pavers (versus concrete) for hard surface projects is growing despite the relatively higher cost.

Fragrance also tends to be a big discussion point, landscapers said, as consumers want the multiple benefits of color, longevity and smell.

The online survey conducted in February for Professional Landcare Network called on about 2,200 adults. Eighty-three percent said they had a lawn or landscape, and of that subgroup:

Slightly over one-third hired a professional to do a lawn or landscaping service in the past year, and about the same number expect to in the coming year.

About 5 percent hired a professional last year to build a patio, deck, kitchen or walkway project and spent an average of $1,400. The average amount those same adults expect to spend on that type of service this year is double, or $2,900.

About 17 percent expect to hire out yard maintenance work in the coming year and estimate they’ll spend $700, up from an average of $600 the previous year.

About 7 percent expect to pay for landscape services such as the planting of shrubs, trees and flowers. The average amount they’ll spend will be about $1,200, up from $1,000 the previous year.

Males (39 percent) were more likely than females (32 percent) to hire a professional.

Millennials and senior citizens were more likely to hire a professional landscaper or lawn-keeper (18-35 years, 35 percent; 35-44, 27 percent; 55 and older, 40 percent).

About 42 percent of the consumers who use professional services say they do so because they lack skills or equipment; 15 percent say they lack the patience.

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Wavescaping: Inspired Ideas Will Revive Your Home This Spring – National Post

Sick of the same old flowerbeds and containers? This spring, don’t just
update your landscape. Wavescape it. Wavescaping — adding Wave® petunias
outdoors — can improve any space, no matter how big or small. The
all-around, up-and-down planting of vibrant Wave petunias adds dynamic
curb appeal and stylish décor to home gardens, patios or balconies.

Arrange a mixture of hanging baskets with Easy Wave(R) burgundy star and white petunias for a gorgeo ...

Arrange a mixture of hanging baskets with Easy Wave(R) burgundy star and white petunias for a gorgeous summer display. (Photo: Business Wire)

“As the weather begins to warm up, many homeowners and apartment and
condo dwellers are looking for simple, low-cost projects to spruce up,
add color and bring new life to their spaces, indoor and out,” says
Claire Watson, Wave brand manager and Wavescaping Wizard. “Wavescaping
is the perfect weekend DIY project for those looking to renew their
outdoor spaces. It’s like remodeling your living room outside.”

Whether you’re a novice or an expert, Wavescaping gives gardeners the
opportunity to get creative and revitalize existing areas. And because
Wave petunias are available in five easy, spreading habits and more than
50 colors and mixes, the Wavescaping options are endless.

“Gardeners in small, urban spaces can add a pop of vibrant color by
Wavescaping their balconies with a trendy container display, and those
with more room can add larger, trailing Wave petunias to a window box or
front flowerbed,” Watson says. “If it has a Wave petunia, it’s a

There’s no project too big or too small for the Wave family. So what
kind of garden challenge can Wavescaping solve for you?

  • You want to impress the neighbors …take advantage of the
    beautiful, spreading and trailing habit of traditional Wave
    by creating vibrant, ground-hugging carpets of color
    throughout your yard. Make a statement by lining the walkway to your
    front door. Increase curb appeal with petunias cascading over your
    landscaping. Park a wagon in your front yard and fill it with a bed of
    your favorite color bloom. These dramatic, living displays are sure to
    impress the neighbors!
  • You want to try something new … grow “up” with your garden. Break
    the traditional mold and maximize your garden space by creating
    vertical planters and living walls of color using mounding Tidal
    Wave petunias
    . With a few supplies, a simple wire frame and a
    variety of your favorite Wave petunias, you’ll be able to cover up an
    unsightly space in your yard, like an air conditioner or old fence,
    with a unique wall.
    Or, create a tower
    that will outshine any flowering tree. If you want to try
    something different, fill your tower with mixed herbs or compact
    growing vegetables to make it edible. To add flair, try incorporating
    other warm-season plants, such as calibrachoa, verbena or vinca.
  • You have limited space … adorn your front porch and create a lush
    hanging basket
    by placing three 4-inch petite blooming Shock
    Wave petunia
    plants in a 10- or 12-inch basket or container. Don’t
    over pack your container. Your plants shouldn’t fight for the
    nutrients they need to spread and cascade over the sides. Give these
    compact plants space to grow and watch how fast they fill in! For
    added flair, incorporate other warm-season varieties for a mixed
    , or add seasonal items from the craft store, such as
    American flags, citrus fruit or ornamental birds.
  • You’re not a gardener … but rather a decorator at heart, so
    beautify your backyard while shedding a little light in your garden.
    Try a simple project for your outdoor patio. Turn a hanging basket of Easy
    Wave petunias
    into an elegant candelabra
    with a few simple steps. Insert four tapered candles directly into the
    soil of your 12-inch hanging basket of petunias straight and securely,
    letting them burn until just above the flowers. Your guests will be
    impressed with this touch of sophistication at your next outdoor
    dinner party.
  • You need a gift in a snap … give the gift of growing,festive
    planters of colorful Easy
    Wave petunias
    . They make the perfect gift for the girl who has
    everything! Whether it’s for your mom this Mother’s Day or the hostess
    of the next backyard barbeque you attend, a basket of blooming
    petunias is a pleasant surprise that keeps on giving. If you are the
    hostess, give away pink or blue bundles of petunias in pots as door
    prizes for the next baby shower you throw. Or, you can delight a bride
    with a spread of take-home centerpieces in the theme of her wedding

For a library of Wavescaping imagery, click

Find more warm-season ideas and inspiration on the newly redesigned,
on your mobile device. There, you’ll find videos, photos and music to
provide motivation, as well as a retail locator to find Wave near you.

ABOUT WAVE™: The Wave Family has provided gardeners
with easy-spreading color since the introduction of Wave
petunias in 1995. The five types of petunias — Original Wave,
Tidal Wave, Double Wave, Easy Wave
and Shock Wave — offers dramatic color, exceptionally long
bloom time, and fantastic mounding and trailing habits for garden beds
and containers. Joining the Wave Family in 2012, Cool Wave pansies
provide the same vigorous spreading and trailing habits with the
addition of hardiness and vibrant color during the cool seasons. For
more information, visit


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Mary Anderson, 262-938-5425

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FFA students win first Jonesville SOUP contest

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Local businesses help historical society

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – For the fourth year in a row, the partnership between major capital region retailer Kohl’s Department Stores, and Chip’s Landscaping resulted in a new sustainable water feature and gardens at the site of the Saratoga County Historical Society.

A new twist to the annual ‘Go Green’ build: this year, beneficiary, Brookside Museum, will be not only be received a new natural, sustainable water garden on site, but an element for the museum to supplement existing educational programming. The feature will create a sustainable ecosystem to serve as an outdoor history-learning lab. It’s called “Learning and Making History with Green,” says Chips Landscaping Master Gardener, Sue Ann DuBois.

The new water garden complements the historical nature of the grounds. Design includes a pondless waterfall with natural stream, and rainwater harvesting system to capture and reuse rainwater from the extensive Museum roof system. The expansive roof system of this historical structure has the potential to capture over 34,000 gallons of annual precipitation.

A portion of this rainwater will be reused to sustain the water feature with potential to also serve as an irrigation source for perimeter gardens. The gardens will feature native plantings, “nativores” and infusion of historical artifacts within.



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Photos: Diggin’ the Arts Returns to the Florida Botanical Gardens

Diggin’ the Arts returned to the Florida Botanical Gardens Sunday. The gardens are well known for their beautiful flowers, vines and landscaping but art continues to be an integral part of the gardens

Sunday’s festivities included hands-on art and gardening demonstrations and activities by area art centers and museums. Visitors learned how to make melting orchid pots, transformed leaves with decoupage,  learned how to grow orchids and more.

As visitors walked around the colorful floral paths of the gardens, plein-air artists captured the scenery on canvas. Local artists participated in the non-juried painting competition.

Visitors could participate to win rain barrels, which were specially created for the event by area museums and art centers. 

The Museum of Fine Arts of St. Petersburg, Morean Arts Center for Clay, Florida Craftsmen, Dunedin Fine Art Center, the Dali Museum, Suntan Art Center and the Beach Art Center participated in the event. 

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The Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Rd., are open daily 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Admission is free. 

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Landscape Architect VistaPro Offers No-Cost Consultations for Spring and …

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Annapolis Landscaping

We are absolutely delighted with the garden and greatly impressed with the artistry and layout.

Annapolis, MD (PRWEB) May 07, 2013

With springtime bristling and summertime just around the corner, VistaPro Landscape Design, an Annapolis landscaping company, is in the “thick” of the outdoor beautification work season. Per announcement today, the company is offering no-cost consultations, now, throughout the spring and summer seasons. VistaPro beautifies the Maryland, D.C. and Virginia areas, and all free consultations include a comprehensive site evaluation, with proposal submission to follow.

Committed to creating “perfectly executed grounds and gardens,” VistaPro offers a range of landscape and design services to enhance both residential and large-property outdoor living spaces:

  •     Landscape Design, to include specialty inlays, brick pavers, ponds and water features, fire pits, lighting design, lighting installation, and more
  •     Custom Pools, Spas, to include natural, formal and stone masonry designs, saltwater pools, waterfalls, slides, jump rocks, and more
  •     Full-Service Maintenance, to include seasonal cleanups, weeding, edging, mowing, mulching and more

Pricing proposals and project completion time will vary. Consultation customers are asked to provide a copy of the plat/site plan and any pictures or other inspiration examples at time of evaluation.

As a longtime Columbia Maryland landscaping specialist, VistaPro is the recipient of many rave reviews. Gayle Pegg could hardly contain her enthusiasm, writing that her landscape “[Is] more beautiful than we ever dreamed!” And customers John and Susie write, “[We] are absolutely delighted with the garden [and] greatly impressed with the artistry [and] layout.”

Vista Pro is licensed, insured and a member of the Better Business Bureau.

Customers can schedule their no-cost consultations in one of several ways, including live chat, e-mail or phone at (410) 934-4241.

To learn more about landscape architecture, or to schedule a no-cost consultation, visit the VistaPro website:

About the Company:

VistaPro is a full-service, design-build landscaping company, specializing in providing custom landscaping services to transform ordinary exterior areas into breathtaking outdoor living spaces. VistaPro’s comprehensive array of services encompass all phases of design and installation, as well as full service maintenance for residential and large properties. VistaPro is also an Easton Maryland landscaper.

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25 Totally Clever Gardening Tips & Tricks –


Jaime Morrison Curtis


May 6th, 2013 at 3:51 am

Gardening will get a whole lot easier now that you know the tips and tricks of the trade. Next time you boil up spaghetti, let the nutrient-filled water cool and pour over plants to help fertilize. Stick plastic forks into the ground to deter cats from using it as a litter box. Make a note of these 25 Totally Clever Gardening Tips Tricks to keep your garden growing healthy and strong.

25 Totally Clever Gardening Tips  Tricks

25 Totally Clever Gardening Tips Tricks

Click here to see them all…

Jaime Morrison Curtis is author of the bestselling book Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman), follow up fill-in journal My Prudent Advice, and founding co-editor at Prudent Baby, the premier design and lifestyle blog providing inspiration and instruction to help anyone create beautiful things, food, and experiences for their friends and family.

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Organic Garden Manure Sale May 11

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Gardening Tips and Resources from Across Iowa

Now that the snow is finally gone it’s time to think about spring, gardening and lawn care.

Patch collected some tips and gardening resources from news outlets across the state below:

The Muscatine Journal has offered tips on what to look for when transplanting seedlings.

Seedlings purchased from a nursery shouldn’t be transplanted immediately into a garden, for instance. And the Des Moines Register has more on hardening plants and vegetables.

And the Gazette offers some advice for lawn treatments

One can find answers to any gardening question from Iowa State University Extension offices, reports the Quad City Times.

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One can also find help from the Iowa State University Hortline from 10 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4:40 p.m. Monday through Friday or at

The Iowa State University Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic offers advice on plant disease and insect questions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 515-294-0581 or at or

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Garden growing tips to save money and reap more veggies this year

Many of us are getting our seedlings ready for the garden.  It’s a great way to save on groceries and certainly a fun hobby to share with the kids.

Kevin Cutlip is always looking for inexpensive alternatives to pricey pots.  He scours yard sales and junk yards for just the right containers.  He used an old fountain for asparagus.  “I found this at the dump and I have asparagus growing in here and asparagus are invasive so I have them under control,” Cutlip said.

He also helps stave off bugs and fortifies his tomato plants with a mixture of milk and water around the base.  He also says it’s important how you get tomatoes in the soil, plant them deep. “These stalks down here will actually turn into root,” he explained.

Instead of expensive fertilizers and pesticides, Cutlip uses other objects he’s already got at home to help his plants.  He lights matches and puts them in the soil near his pepper plants to give the to the phosphorus they need to be healthy and producer a nice crop.  He says three matches will have him picking peppers until December.

Consider planting a veggie garden.  A few years ago a non-profit group estimated that for a seventy dollar investment you could reap as much as 600 dollars worth of veggies.  That’s aiming high, but even if you get half as much you’ll save and enjoy the sense of accomplishment a garden gives you.

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