July is Smart Irrigation Month, which reminds us that to be wise in how we irrigate our Landscapes and Gardens areas. Water is our most precious resource. It is very important to conserve our water during the hot summer months and when in drought areas of the country. Conserving your water will save you money as the price of water continues to rise.
Here are some smart ways to water your garden or landscape:
You don't need to water your lawn every day. During the summer months you only need to water every five to seven days. Your lawn only needs about one inch of water a week. You can buy a rain gauge to help keep track of how much water your grass is getting. The best time to water your lawn and plants is early in the morning or at night when the temperature is lower.
Mister Landscaper sells a timer that you can set to water your landscapes & garden beds when you want to. This will make smart watering very easy and avoid over or underwatering your plants. Mister Landscaper also sells a DIY easy to install low-flow Micro and Drip Irrigation kits that will use 50% to 70% less water then standerd irrigation. This will help keep the green in your garden as well as in your wallet! In the long run you will save water, time and money. Using mulch or graound cover also helps to retain moisture in the soil which means you have to water less overall.
For Smart Irrigation Month Mister Landscaper created a coloring book as a fun way to help teach kids about how to water wisely. You can download it by clicking this link.
Some other simple tips to save water and re-use it in the garden are...
If you are going to take a bath use the water after you are done to water your plants.
If you take a shower put a bucket in the shower to catch the water. When you are done use it to water your plants.
Rain Barrels, we have all heard of them. Getting one set up is not that hard, and you can use Micro and Drip Irrigation with them. Companies like Aqua Barrel make small pumps that cary the water in the barrel's to attached hoses for easy use. Check them out at http://www.aquabarrel.com
If you have any other smart watering tips you can join us on Facebook. We would love to hear from you.
I want to wish all of you a smart watering day.
This is the week when we celebrate the birthday of America, July 4th. Wow! What an awesome opportunity to think about how great our nation is - and how blessed we have been as a nation.
I wanted to consider some of the things that make America great. As I thought about this, it occurred to me that many of the things that make America a great nation start with the word "freedom." This is not a word to take lightly. Many people have fought and even given their very lives to preserve, maintain, and continue to allow our country that privilege. Here are just a few of the freedoms we have that make us unique in the world:
1. We are free to have an opinion - and voice it. No matter if people like it or not.
2. We are free to invent, create, and build a business in the hope that we have something to offer that others will be able to use and enjoy.
3. We are free to better ourselves. A person who starts off as a fast-food restaurant employee does not have to remain that way. They can choose to be better, work to improve, and, if they want, find a better place in life.
4. We are free to choose. We have the freedom to choose what we do, what we want, and how we act and react to those choices.
5. We are free to find fault with our leaders. No matter your political persuasion, that's a big one because no man or group of people is perfect. Being able to shine light on the wrongdoings of leadership without fear of being sent to prison - or worse - has helped to keep those that would be tyrants at bay.
6. We have freedom to build a future. Our course is not set. We can make ourselves better, make our nation better, and build families, companies, gardens, and lives that are marked by a continued movement toward greatness.
Mister Landscaper invents, develops, and manufactures quality products in America - instead of the alternative - because we believe that by providing Americans with the opportunity to work we are not just making better products. We are improving ourselves and giving others the opportunity to better themselves.
Our products are of the highest quality. We oversee production from start to finish, and we check them consistently. We can guarantee they work because we made them here - in America. We know what went into them, and we know the quality our customers expect to get out of them.
Thank you to our customers for allowing us to continue to make the highest-quality Micro and Drip Irrigation products on the market today.
Happy Birthday, America. Have a wonderful 4th of July!
A well manicured landscape is something to be noticed. Beautiful Trees, shrubs, Flowers, and other types of plants fill the yard space with a combination of balance and design that can adorn the outside of a home much like jewelry on a beautiful woman.
While there are countless examples of wonderful landscape designs available online, something special began to catch my eye. I noticed that some of these landscapes had edible plants used in their layout. This seemed to me like such a fabulous idea that I wanted to know more, so I began to research this trend and found out that it is becoming quite popular to ad edible plants to landscape designs, or even to completely use edible plants for the landscape.
There are a great many benefits to having edible plants in the yard. The first being, they are edible. This can save some time, and money by avoiding going to the grocery store, just walk outside and pick your favorite veggie or fruit off your own plant. The Second benefit is that they are healthy. We always talk about how we want to eat healthier around our house. What better way to do that then to surround our yards with healthy plants that encourage us to consume more fruits and vegetables. A third benefit, is that growing edible landscapes is a "green" way to landscape a yard because the fruits and veggies that are grown in the yard don't have to be shipped across country or around the world to end up on your table. And last, but certainly not least, if it is grown in your yard, you know what went into it, and on it, so there is less worry about strong pesticides or chemical fertilizers, and more time to enjoy the fruits of your yard.
This kind of landscaping will continue to gain in popularity as people tire of using water and other resources for large grassy areas that do little more then ornament the yard. Edible landscapes can help feed us and turn our yards into ecosystems. Fruit-bearing trees, bushes and perennial vegetables can be a part of a productive landscape, especially when mixed in with native and drought-resistant ornamentals. Ad to that low flow irrigation products such as micro & drip irrigation and one can create a sustainable landscape with not just color, but flavor as well.
With the prices of food rising in much of the country this is, no doubt, a trend that will continue to grow, leaving many a front and or back yard full of tasty treats.
A few years ago, a good friend of mine took the time to plant a wonderful
small garden in his back yard. He lay down a row of squash and zucchini and
was looking forward to what it would yield. The plants grew nice and lush.
He watered and fertilized as required. Then they began to bud, marking the
beginning of the lovely vegetables. Everything was going according to plan.
My friend was disappointed a few weeks later when the plants never produced
any vegetables. He scratched his head thinking about what he might have
forgotten to do. As he went down his checklist, it never once occurred to
him that the solution to his dilemma was as simple as four letters. B E E S!
Later, another friend of his at work told him that more than likely what had
happened was a lack of our buzzing friends who are responsible for
pollinating our plants. Quite simply, when the vegetable plants budded,
there were no bees around to spread the pollen. Could it be that simple? The
answer is yes.
Anyone who has lived in Florida for a considerable amount of time has driven
by an orange grove. The white stacks of wooden crates in the middle of the
grove? Those are bee hives. They ensure the trees will produce oranges next
fall. Amazing, isn't it?
Next time you are in your garden, and you notice a few of our hard working
friends buzzing around, just let them be. They're doing you a huge
favor--what they were meant to do.
Whether we are gardeners, landscapers or just enjoy working in our yard from time to time, we are all busy. Every now and then it is nice just to take a little breather and relax, keep in mind all of the hard work that has been done, and admire nature for what it is. This weeks blog encourages everyone to do just that. Stop and smell, or in this case, look at the flowers. Below you will find some of this springs best flower shots taken by our own pro photographer. Some have been posted on our Facebook page, some on Twitter, and some will be seen for the first time.
Thank you to all our wonderful Micro and Drip Irrigation customers, and have a great week enjoying all that nature has to offer.
Mr. Landscaper Team
Sacrifice, honor, bravery, determination, youth, selflessness, service… These words do not quite match what is described up above. What they do relate to is the true meaning of this holiday weekend. Memorial Day dates back to our American Civil War it was first celebrated to honor the fallen Union soldiers of that war. Soon after that, every last Monday in May has been set aside to honor every person that has given their life in the service of the Armed Forces of the United States of America. Was it your grandfather in WWll, an uncle or father in Vietnam? Could it be a brother or sister wife or husband in Iraq or the war against terrorism? We all know someone.
Every year at this time, take a small amount of time to be thankful for the ultimate sacrifice they have given so we might enjoy the freedoms we have. Every privilege we have as Americans has been earned by the giving of a life. From everyone at Mister Landscaper, thank you. We are proud to be Made in the U.S.A.
Celebrate safely this weekend.
Spring is here, and for some of us a little farther south, it already feels like summer. Is it safe to say that winter is in the past? Well, there might be a little snow left on the ground here and there. But, it’s that time of the year we look forward to, at least those of us who actually enjoy a little horticulture activity.
Once all the initial work has been completed, such as the flower beds cleaned, pruning, planting, weeding, it is time to put the wet stuff on the green stuff. We just have to figure out what is the best and most efficient way to get that water to where we need it. Rain is best. But for some areas of our country, rain is a little scarce these days.
Mister Landscaper continues to show its commitment to customers by developing and producing great and new products--such as our NEW Mister Timer for microsprays and drip irrigation and our Red Down Spray Mister, which is a great new way for watering those plants that require plenty of water to the roots.
We are strongly committed to developing and producing new exciting products for you--our customers.
To see these new products, take a look around our Website. Did you know you can also see our products on Youtube? Plus, follow us on Facebook and watch for new posts about our new products and the great activities we have to keep us involved with you--our friends and customers.
Dryer conditions can happen anytime and anywhere. Sometimes it's hard to know what to do to make your home and landscape more water efficient, while still making a visual impression on the design.
A new trend has been popping up in many arid and drought-affected climates that combines landscape design with efficiency and conservation. Many of the cascading water fountains in these regions have been turned into planters. Where water used to pour over the rims of these fountains, plants have taken its place - creating a unique design element that raises the eye above the ground and gives structure, dimension and focus to the overall landscape.
Mister Landscaper happened upon this great example of how these fountains can be transformed at the EPCOT Flower & Garden Show, so we wanted to share it with our customers.
Below is a step-by-step, how to turn your fountain into a planter.
Drill holes in the basins of your fountain.
Cover the holes you drilled with mulch, pot shards, or landscape fabric.
Fill the basins with lightweight potting soil.
Plant drought-tolerant plants of different colors and textures. (In our example, succulents were used.)
Water your new planter regularly, but only when the soil is dry. Using a Drip Irrigation system like our Patio Watering Kit with dripper stakes will make sure that your new planter gets just the right amount of water to keep your plants healthy and still conserve water.
Enjoy the new addition to your garden. It is bound to turn some heads, or maybe start a conversation or two with the neighbors.
Take a look at the U.S. Drought Map below. It is easy to see that much of the country is currently experiencing some kind of drought condition. In certain areas the conditions are mild, and in some of them things are more extreme and unusual. The map above shows the parts of the country that are experiencing water shortages as of May 1st of this year.
If you find yourself in one of these areas, what can you do to compensate for the lack of water, while continuing to keep your plants, not only alive but healthy and thriving?
Below we have a simple list of things that will help any garden or landscape thrive in a less-than-adequate watering environment.
If you do all of these things, it will have an impact on your garden and landscape. It will also help when the rain is not falling quite as much as you need it too.
Almost a month ago, we posted a picture on our Facebook page of a succulent garden that was planted in a small concrete cinder block wall. We took the picture at the EPCOT Flower and Garden show that was presented by HGTV.
Since that time, we have had a few questions as to how it was done. We didn't know, so we went and asked the garden experts at the show. They gave us a step-by-step on how they created the garden focal point - allowing us to share that knowledge with our awesome customers and anybody else who would want to add this fun feature to their landscape.
Lay bottom course of concrete blocks, angling blocks occasionally to make plant pockets.
Lay second course "stair step", so cells at the end of bottom course are exposed. Angle blocks occasionally to make plant pockets, but not directly over bottom plant pockets.
Lay top course similar to others.
Once you are happy with the design, remove sections and glue together with outdoor adhesive or mortar. Weight top cells with extra blocks until cured.
Drive metal stakes through open cells and into ground, every 2-3 blocks, Partially fill staked cells with mortar if you need extra stability.
Push a piece of hardware cloth (chicken wire will do) into the bottom of an open cell to hold up plants. Glue the wire in place with an outdoor adhesive.
Cut a piece of landscape fabric to fit and lay it on top of the hardware cloth to hold in the soil. Use the outdoor adhesive to hold this in place as well.
Fill the open cells with lightweight potting soil mix and plant with succulents or other drought-tolerant species of plants.
Sit back and enjoy the wonderful new addition to your landscape.