The "Season of Giving" is upon us once again. Trees are going up, Thanksgiving is being planned, and shops are decking the halls and walls with all sorts of sparkling goodies. With this in mind, we here at Mister Landscaper thought we would do a little holiday shopping and check out some of the best garden and landscape products on the market. That way, you don't necessarily have to do all of the legwork, and you can bless the green thumb that is in your life with something that will thrill them and make their garden grow.
Let's start with tools:
Every gardener and landscaper alike needs to have the right equipment to achieve the best results.
We went to Corona Tools www.coronatoolsusa.com/
They sell quality tools for everything from pruning trees to wheeling around all of that mulch and dirt. Even rakes to clean up the mess left behind. It definitely beats trying to to it all with your bare hands.
A place for your garden to call home:
Raised Bed Garden Kits by Greenland Gardener
Many people we talk to online are getting into building their own garden bed and creating a raised area to grow their plants. If you are like me, then using a tape measure, saw, hammer and nails is not going to happen. A Raised Bed Garden Kit is the way to go. We stumbled onto these kits at a local retailer, and they look fantastic. Simple to set up, all of the cutting and measuring has already been done. So no saws required. There are many benefits to using these kits to start your garden venture. Also, the materials used to make the kits themselves are recycled, which makes it a green product all around. Oh, and they are also manufactured in the United States, which makes them a hit with us for sure.
Watering your garden:
I know you would think we would only mention our products here, but we know of another company that creates excellent ways to use resources wisely when concerning water for landscapes and gardens.
That company is Aquabarrels, which has developed several systems to harvest and use rainwater to water gardens and landscapes. Most of those barrels can be used with drip irrigation and micro irrigation products, so not only can you recycle the water used, you can also conserve how you use that water so it lasts a long time.
They have numerous products to choose from, which are also made in the U.S.A.
Last, but certainly not least, is - that's right - Mister Landscaper:
Why do we make such a great Christmas gift for the green thumb in your life. Because we rock! Besides that, Mister Landscaper has been in the irrigation business for over 20 years, and its parent company over 100. We know water, and we know what plants need to grow to their healthiest. Our Drip Irrigation and Micro Irrigation products are developed specifically to be easy to install, so easy in fact that even young children can help put the system together. They can be moved around to fit the the landscape's design and to water some plants more then others. They are extremely durable, tested in all climates, and standing up to everything from the cold of the Northeast to the heat of the Florida sun. They are also manufactured in the United States, making them a product that helps support jobs and growth right here at home. We also save time - no digging required to set up our Drip Irrigation or our Micro Irrigation products.
Cost is - of course - important, too. Save money by purchasing one of our high quality kits that range from just $17.99 to $61.44. These kits include everything needed to set up irrigation in landscapes and gardens:
Check them out and see what you think.
There are literally tons of great garden and landscape products out there. These are just a handful that we found to be of great and consistent quality and value for those who are into growing beautiful gardens or landscapes.
Here is to finding the perfect gift, the one that keeps on growing!
Most people who work in the landscape or gardening industry know about Drip Irrigation and Micro Irrigation. It's been used in some agricultural areas for over 40 years and is increasingly being used by larger and larger farms and groves for everything from grapes to oranges. This has proven to be a vast improvement on the goals of saving water and wise use of water by the industries that depend on it to survive.
In recent years, large landscape companies have also adopted Micro and Drip Irrigation as a way to water a variety of landscapes, keeping the plants well-nourished and saving 50% or more on water usage. Everywhere you look you can see it, little black stakes in the ground with Micro Sprays hidden behind bushes, Drip Irrigation tubing stretching through landscaped flower beds. With ever-increasing awareness of conservation of water, and the importance of being wise with resources, this trend will continue to improve as time goes on.
All of these things are incredible on their own, but they are just the beginning. Where Drip Irrigation is heading now is into the garden and landscape of the average homeowner. Most homeowners shy away from trying to mess with installing irrigation, for fear that it is too complicated or that they will not do it right and create a disaster that will kill all of their plants. But with droughts at a record high, and the desire of many to establish home gardens, that mentality is quickly changing.
The benefits of using Drip Irrigation and Micro Irrigation are tremendous. It's not just about not wasting water. The plants get what they need rather than too much water, which can lead to fungus growth and premature rot in the root systems. Also, many areas in the country that are under drought conditions will allow home owners to use low-flow irrigation products in their landscapes and gardens, rather than sprinklers.
Right now, homeowners across the country are realizing the need to use water wisely and are looking to install their own Micro and Drip Irrigation systems . We applaud that - and encourage others to do the same. A difference can be made, one garden and landscape at a time!
Below is a current drought map of the United States. As you can see there are a lot of areas where water is more scarce.
Micro Spray benefits: See the spray pattern, easy to maintain, pre-assembled stakes, easy to install. Just snap a hole into 1/2" Poly, insert Flow Controller, thread in mister spray pattern of choice. Use on all types of soil - and water just about any plant or tree you can think of. Very low water use of 10gph with great coverage of root zone.
Dripper benefits: Better for clay soil types, very slow watering, hidden in most landscapes, no wind deflection.
(Little more effort to install, not pre-assembled, need to install several to cover the root zone.)
Using soil type to help in choosing Drip or Micro Sprinklers to water plants, shrubs, trees, landscapes and gardens. Use this checklist below to help you decide which to use for these soil types:
Easy jar test to find your soil type:
1. Fill a large jar 1/2 with soil, then fill rest with clean water.
2. Shake well, then let sit 24 hours or so. Take look at what type of soil you have.
**General suggestion. For best watering duration cycle information, contact local county extension agents.
Drip Irrigaiton Is?
Many people have heard of Drip Irrigation, but not everyone knows what it means, where it came from, or how easy it is to implement into your landscapes and gardens. I wanted to write a quick bit about it and share how awesome this method of irrigation can be for your plants.
What is Drip Irrigation?
Drip irrigation is an irrigation method that saves water and fertilizer by allowing water to drip slowly to the roots of plants, either onto the soil surface or directly onto the root zone, Basically, it means that you can control where the water goes - being extremely efficient, effective and environmentally cautious in your plant development.
Where did it come from?
Drip methods of watering plants where water was scarce have been around for centuries - from ancient times where clay pots were filled with water and allowed to seep into the soil to modern methods that involve poly and vinyl tubing and pressure compensated drippers for a specific flow rate for plants. The more modern version of drip was developed after World War II, and it was used in arid climates to grow crops. That method of drip irrigation is very similar to what is used today. With technology leading the way in water conservation, Drip Irrigation is improving constantly, allowing for more water saving and better irrigation of plants then ever. Electronic water timers and soil moisture sensors can be added to drip systems to make them extremely effective at using water with little or no waste, making Drip Irrigation the most environmentally friendly way to irrigate, outside of natural rain storms.
Installing Drip Irrigation?
When most people think of installing irrigation, pictures of long hot hours in the sun, digging ditches, laying pipes in the ground, and using tools to cut, manipulate and arrange them, come to mind. All of that is how underground irrigation is installed. Installing drip irrigation is actually really easy by comparison. For home garden and landscape use, many times all that is required is a faucet hook-up somewhere near where the irrigation is to be laid. This makes installation really fast and efficient for homeowners to set up. The most simple of Mister Landscaper's Drip Irrigation Kits is set up by attaching it to an outdoor faucet like a hose and running a line of poly to the location where the irrigation is needed. The only tool really needed is a pair of scissors, and maybe a small hammer if you have hard ground.
If a homeowner has underground irrigation, it is even easier to install Drip or Micro Irrigation. For instance, one can easily attach adapters to PVC pipes for existing irrigation and then run lines to the areas where they would like to have drip. Most set up of Drip or Micro Irrigation can take less then an hour to do and can save over 50% of the water used in traditional irrigation methods.
So, if you want to save time, save money, water your plants the best way possible, and most importantly save water for generations to come, Drip Irrigation and Micro Irrigation is the way to go.
Does Mister Landcaper have the best Drip Irrigation on the planet, Well, we think we do.
Have an awesome day!
Adjustable Drippers and Adjustable Dripper Stakes are extremely versatile. They can easily be dialed from a one gallon-per-hour drip up to a ten gallon-per-hour eight-stream spray. Whether watering potted plants or irrigating a flower bed, you’re never more than a couple “clicks” from the ideal gallonage.
Follow this chart to accurately set water usage with our Adjustable Drippers and Adjustable Dripper Stakes.
To begin, make sure the adjustable head is completely closed by turning it all the way to the right. Now, the appropriate gallonage can be set by counting “clicks” as you rotate.
Note: If the adjustable head is rotated to the left beyond what is recommended, it can come off during use. Adjustable heads are NOT available as spare parts.
Here's an oldie but a goodie.
Let's face it. Sometimes pushing 1/4" Fittings into the ends of 1/4" Vinyl Tubing is not something one would say is particularly a snap. Actually, it's not a snap at all. It's more of a sliding motion, really. But I digress.
The fact is, most of us would rather work a little smarter than harder. Well, here's your chance.
To make inserting any 1/4" Fitting into 1/4" Vinyl Tubing as easy as possible, start by soaking the end of the tubing in hot water.
Before beginning your project, fill a mug with water, then microwave it on high for about a minute. (Amount of time depends on the microwave). Next, cut your Vinyl Tubing to length. Soak the end of the tubing in the hot water for about thirty seconds. Now, simply slide the 1/4" Fitting into the end of the 1/4" Vinyl Tubing. The hot water will have softened the vinyl to the degree that the fitting just slips in. Reheat the water as necessary.
It's a simple tip. But if you have to install a large number of 1/4" Fittings, it may just save your fingers.
Ever have one of these in your yard? Chances are you have. They're everywhere. But, honestly, who doesn't love having these small, fluffy critters darting around the backyard? They're cute, right?
Well, perhaps if they're chewing through your Mister Landscaper tubing, they're not so cute. And this is a problem for some.
We've discovered that, on occasion, squirrels will chew through the Mister Landscaper tubing to get to the water. They're thirsty.
The easiest solution is to set out water pans or install a birdbath. As with most things, squirrels will follow the path of least resistance. If water is readily available, they won't bother to chew through your tubing to get it.
However, if squirrels are just not your thing, and you'd rather them be gone altogether, there are alternatives. If you search the internet, you will find everything from homemade pepper concoctions to powdered fox urine. Personally, I like birdbaths. But to each their own.
At Mister Landscaper, we honor and remember those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedoms.
by John McCrae
In Flanders fields the poppies grow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place, and in the sky,
The larks, still bravely singing, fly,
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead; short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe!
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high!
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Be thankful. Be safe. And have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.