Critter-Proof Your Garden

Are critters getting to your garden? Keeping them out of your garden can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be. With some simple lawn maintenance and critter-proofing measures, you can make sure your garden is free of unwanted visitors. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at how to effectively critter-proof your garden and make sure it stays healthy and free of pests.

3 Ways To Critter Proof Your Garden


  1. Build A Fence


One of the most effective methods to critter proof your garden is to build a fence around it. The fence you build should be strong enough and high enough to keep out any small critters. It is important to make sure the fence is installed correctly to ensure it is critter proof and that no holes are left open for small critters to get in.


      2. Use The Proper Mulch


Not only is mulch beneficial for lawn maintenance and landscaping, but it also provides a way to discourage any animals that may be looking to snack on your garden. From deer to rabbits and other smaller critters, mulch can serve as a natural barrier that helps protect your plants. With various types of mulch available, it’s important to do some research on which type works best in keeping the critters away. There are organic and inorganic types, so you will want to make sure you understand what’s best for your particular garden.


      3. Use Repellents


Repellents are the last line of defense when it comes to keeping critters away from your garden. Whether you’re dealing with deer, rabbits, or squirrels, there are a variety of products available to help protect your landscaping and lawn maintenance efforts. In the spring and summer months, many repellents have natural ingredients that create an unpleasant odor and taste that can repel pests away from your garden. Make sure to follow all directions when using any repellent in order to ensure safety and the best results. With proper application and regular reapplication, these repellents can help make sure your hard work in the garden isn’t destroyed by hungry critters!

Keep your garden beautiful this spring and summer by keeping critters out! Need some help critter proofing your garden? Contact us for a custom critter keep away solution that works best for your yard’s needs!


What Can You Do To Prepare For Spring?

The greenest of yards in the spring are made in the winter. Spring will be here before you know it! Are you ready? If you haven’t started already, now is the time to start prepping your yard for the spring. Start preparing your lawn now to make sure it looks great all spring long!

Here are some things you can do to prepare your yard for spring:


  • Clear out debris and plant matters
  • Cover all of your shrubs and plants with a frost covering, and be sure to remove the frost covering once chance for frosting has passed
  • Apply a generous layer of compost over any garden soil to increase fertility levels and improve water retention
  • Cover the ground with an inch or two of mulch to protect any plants from freezing
  • Right now and early spring is a perfect time to get any weeds under control before they take over
  • Plant any winter-hardy vegetables so they’re ready to harvest in the spring
  • Get your soil tested to be sure you know how to improve the soil structure as much as possible
  • Prune all your shrubs and trees
  • Clean your gutters of any fallen leaves
  • Add some new plants so they’re ready for spring
  • Aerate your lawn closer to the end of winter after chance of frost is completely gone, this will help increase airflow and improve drainage
  • Be sure your irrigation system is in top shape

This list seems like a lot to do all on your own, but we’re here to help. If you need assistance getting your yard in tip top shape for spring, we offer yard maintenance at Whispering Springs. Give us a call today at 770-893-1254 or contact us for more information on our yard maintenance services!

Landscaping Inspiration For 2023

2023 has arrived. Are you ready to make it your best year yet? Maybe that means making some improvements to your home and lawn. While you may not be looking for more projects to do around your house and yard just yet, we wanted to give you some landscaping inspiration for the new year.

You may be initially thinking that there isn’t much more you can do with your yard. We’d have to say that’s false. There are always more things you can do, even if they’re just minor improvements to make your lawn more to your lifestyle. For example, making sure your outdoor living space is as comfortable as possible. That way once the weather finally warms up, you can fully enjoy it and forget all about your winter blues.


Landscaping can take a lot of planning. From figuring out placement of a garden to building a patio, or any other addition you’d like to add to your yard, it can take some time to plan that out. So if developing your yard may be on your to do list for 2023, we suggest starting the planning as soon as you can. That way the plan can be in place and you can fully enjoy your new and improved yard in the spring once the weather warms up, throughout the beautiful summer days, and in the brisk fall air.

It’s time to make your yard your peaceful place. While this may be overwhelming to initially think about, we promise landscaping doesn’t have to be stressful. Our team at Whispering Springs can help you plan your perfect lawn and make it your reality in 2023. Give us a call today to discuss our landscaping design services 770-893-1254!


Live Christmas Tree Do’s And Don’ts

One of the most classic holiday traditions is picking out a live Christmas tree! It may only come around once per year, but these are memories you’ll have with your family for your lifetime! It’s important to pick a tree that is perfect for your home and family, no matter how big or small it is. If you need help picking the live Christmas tree that is best for your family, we have some tips to help!

Choose the right species

Each species of tree is a little bit different. To find the best types of live Christmas trees for your family, you need to match it to your household’s needs. If you have young children, you should purchase a pine or fir with soft needles instead of a spruce that has sharp needles.

Pick the correct height

When it comes to picking the correct height of a tree, there’s a bit of math involved. If you’re wanting to use a tree topper, you’ll want to allow at least a foot of room for it. However if you are not using a tree topper, you’ll still want to leave at least six inches.

Make sure it’s fresh

You’ll want to check the trunk. It should have a slight slickness to it if it’s fresh. Then bend a needle in half with your fingers. Fresh firs should snap, while fresh pines should bend and not break.

After the Christmas season is over, be sure to recycle your tree for a sustainable and earth-friendly holiday! We hope this helps you find the perfect live Christmas tree for your home. 

Whispering Springs Nursery wishes you a happy and healthy holiday season!

Fresh Fall Recipes From Your Own Garden

The beautiful fall weather is here. That may make you want to get out of the house and make some improvements to your yard. If growing a garden is on your mind, believe it or not fall is one of the best times to get started! Many people put off until the summer, but you certainly don’t have to. 

There are so many fruits, vegetables, and herbs that thrive in the cooler weather. Plus, there’s so many benefits to growing your own food, why would you put it off any longer? Keep reading to learn some of the benefits of growing your own food and the best vegetables to grow in your backyard during the fall!

Benefits Of Growing Your Own Food

Having a garden is more than just a hobby for those with a green thumb, there’s a ton of benefits. If you’re contemplating starting your own garden, there are so many benefits of growing your own food! 

Some of the benefits of growing your own food in a garden include:

  1. Knowing what’s being used to grow the food
  2. There’s a freshness like no other
  3. It saves money

Best Vegetables To Grow In Your Backyard In The Fall

Everything has the best season for it to grow! While you may think of the spring and summer as the best time to get things growing, some things actually thrive in fall.

Some of our favorite vegetables that thrive and grow in the fall are:

  1. Pumpkins
  2. Carrots
  3. Brussel sprouts
  4. Broccoli
  5. Potatoes
  6. Arugula
  7. Yellow squash
  8. Zucchini
  9. Spinach
  10. Cauliflower

We hope this convinces you to break out your green thumb and get a garden growing in your backyard this fall! We’d love to help you pick out some fruits and veggies for your garden at Whispering Springs. Give us a call today at 770-893-1254 for more information on our garden center and any of our services!

Help Your Houseplants Thrive

Cooler weather is a great time to test out your green thumb and become a plant parent. If your green thumb isn’t so green, you may realize it can be a bit tricky to keep your houseplants happy and thriving. Keep reading for some tips on how to choose the best houseplants for you and how to keep your plants thriving!

Choose plants that work with your schedule

If you tend to stay busy, you will want more of a low-maintenance plant. Some ideas of plants that are far from high maintenance are succulents, snake plants, and ZZ plants. If you have extra time on your hands to handle more of a high-maintenance plant, we recommend ferns, orchids, and air plants.

Choose your plants based on light available

You’ll want to choose your plants based on the amount of natural light your home receives. Most houseplants prefer bright, indirect sunlight. However, many can tolerate lower light levels. Some succulents and cacti are some of the few plants that can handle bright, direct sunlight.

Water your plants mindfully

All plants have different watering needs, so it’s important to be mindful of their individual needs.

Fertilize your plants periodically

Much like watering, each different type of plant has their own fertilizing needs. It’s important to know how much you need to fertilize them and when.

Don’t forget to prune your houseplants too

Like outdoor plants, houseplants need to be pruned too. Usually the fall is the best time to prune most houseplants.

Repot your plants when needed

If the roots of the plant are circling the pot, it may be time to repot the plant. Or if the plant has outgrown the pot, it’s best to repot it in a slightly larger pot for space purposes. Be sure to read up on tips for the particular plant you’re attempting to repot.

Get your plants from a reliable source

To set yourself up for houseplant success, you’ll want to get them from a reliable source where you can ensure they were taken care of. In addition, their experts can help you pick out the best plant(s) for you and answer any questions you may have.

We hope these tips help you find the right houseplants for you and your lifestyle, as well as how to keep those houseplants thriving! We’d love to help you pick out some plants for your home at Whispering Springs. Give us a call today at 770-893-1254 for more information on our garden center and any of our services!

Is Your Yard Ready For Autumn?

When summer nights turn cool, it means it’s time to start preparing your yard for the new season. Is your yard ready for autumn?

Here’s what you can do now to ensure that when spring comes your grass is green and flowers are blooming:

Remove any dead annuals.

Clean up your yard by removing any dead annuals to keep everything looking fresh.

Prune any plants.

It’s also to cut back any dead or wilted stems on your other plants.

Inspect your fence.

In order to prevent any issues in your fence from getting worse during the colder seasons, it’s important to inspect it and fix any holes, chipped board, or broken pieces.

Clean your gutters.

Before more leaves start falling, it’s important to clear your gutter of any debris in the meantime. Then add cleaning your gutters regularly to your maintenance schedule throughout the fall season.

Drain any pools or ponds.

Leaves that fall into pools and fountains can clog pumps, create dirty water, and introduce algae. It’s best to drain them for the season and then refill them once winter comes.

Refill your bird feeders.

As the weather gets colder, it is more difficult for birds to find food! Bring some beauty to your yard with some bird feeders with lots of bird seeds.

Plant bulbs and hardy vegetables.

Planting bulbs and vegetables is an important part of preparing your garden for the next growing season!

Check your driveway.

Ice can majorly damage your driveway, so you’ll want to check for any cracks or potential issues in the fall. It’s important to prevent these issues that can happen in the winter.

Ensure your outdoor lights are working.

In the fall and winter, days are shorter and nights are longer, so you’ll want to be sure any outdoor lights are working to help keep you safe.

Clean outdoor furniture.

Properly cleaning your outdoor furniture regularly helps ensure that it lasts longer against the natural elements.

This list may seem like a lot to do on your own, but we’re here to help! If you need assistance getting your yard in tip top shape this fall, we offer yard maintenance at Whispering Springs. Give us a call today at 770-893-1254 for more information on our yard maintenance services!

Add Some Enchantment To Your Yard With A Fairy Garden

Fairy gardens are everywhere this summer! They are so popular because they allow you to connect with your imagination and create a whimsical word of your own. They’re a fun project and easy to escape into.

What is a fairy garden?

Fairy gardens, also known as enchanted gardens, are very tiny plots that include live plants, tiny statues, furniture, fountains, swings, and other accessories. Picture an enchanted garden for a fairy! They can be made inside or outdoors. The best part is, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to create one! You can make one on a budget with things you already own!

How do I make a fairy garden?

You’ll want to start with some sort of container like a pot. The more creative you can be, the better. Some other ideas include an old wheelbarrow, box, basket, or teapot. In that container you’ll want to add soil or sand, and then build a garden using objects in your yard such as sticks, stones, and pine cones. Then you’ll finish off your decorating items you’ve made or purchased. Your fairy garden is what you make it and completely up to your imagination which is 

the beauty of it.

Try these fun ideas for your next fairy garden:

Teacup Garden

A wonderfully crafted vintage teacup would make the perfect host for your fairy garden. You can add tiny succulents and flowers to add colors to the garden.

Cottage Garden

Create a cottage garden using a birdhouse. Adding clay to decorate the front, pebbles to the roof, and moss to the external walls gives it a complete fairy cottage feel.

Washtub Garden

You can create a beautiful fairy garden in a vintage galvanized washtub. Plants and tiny birdhouses can create something magical. 

We hope you create the perfect fairy garden for your home! Take a deep breath, close your eyes, and just imagine what you can create for your own fairy garden.

Build A Summer Oasis (Right In Your Own Backyard)

Summer creates a need to enjoy the outdoors and beautiful weather while we can, but you shouldn’t have to leave home to do so. There are ways you can build your own summer oasis right in your own backyard! We’ve come up with our top 7 ways you can create your own personal oasis:

Incorporate Colors and Patterns

Personalize your deck or patio with water-resistant decor that adds your style.

Lots Of Lounging

Every summer oasis needs a space or few to lounge! It’s a place where you can take a nap, read a book, or just sit outside and meditate.

Keep It Green

Surrounding your oasis with lush greenery makes it feel as if you are no longer in your backyard. It also doubles as privacy!

Incorporate Outdoor Lighting

All summer oases must include outdoor lighting. Not only for safety, but so you can fully use them after the sun goes down.

Stay Shady

Shady spots in the summer are absolutely necessary! The shade can be made in multiple ways including large trees, arbors, pergolas, patio umbrellas, and more.

Add An Outdoor Kitchen

If you love grilling & being outdoors, an outdoor kitchen would be a great add-on to your oasis. Imagine spending all spring, summer, & fall being able to watch your favorite team while grilling.

Ensure Privacy

If your outdoor area has a sense of enclosure, it will make it feel more like an oasis. There are several ways to create the enclosure such as fences, garden walls, pergolas, landscaping, and more.

We hope these tips help you create your own summer oasis right in your backyard. If you need help, we’d love to create the oasis of your dreams. Contact us to see how we can help you transform your backyard.

Sick Of Swatting? These Plants Help Keep Mosquitos At Bay

It’s summer in Georgia, which means hot weather, pool days, and lots of mosquitos. If you don’t want to spend the next few months swatting them away, we have some plants you can add to your yard to keep the mosquitos at bay. Most insect-repelling plants do their job with their natural fragrances, so not only do they keep the mosquitos away, but they bring their wonderful scents to your garden as well.

Try these 10 plants to help keep mosquitos at bay:


Marigolds are easy to grow and an annual flower. They can keep away several types of insects and add beautiful color to any garden or home.


An herb that doubles as a pest repellent! You can plant basil in containers or in the garden – it’s great for repelling pest AND on pizza.


Not only can sage be planted to ward off bugs, it can also be dried and be used to make homemade bug spray.


Catmint, also known as catnip, can thrive just about anywhere. It works as an excellent mosquito repellent and might also help you make so new feline friends.


Another great herb that doubles as a pest repellent is rosemary. While you keep the insects away, you can enjoy the herb’s scent and use it in your kitchen.

Citronella Grass

Citronella grass is the most commonly used natural ingredient in mosquito repellants. It is also a low maintenance plant and can be planted directly in a sunny area in the ground.

Scented Geraniun

Scented geranium a popular repelling plant with a strong fragrance that keeps multiple types of pests out of your garden.

Bee Balm

Bee Balm can attract good bugs (the kinds that pollinate your other plants!) and deter the bad ones. You’ll also get to enjoy their beautiful, colorful flowers all summer long.


While many know lavender for their amazing scent, few people realize it can also deter mosquitos. Lavender can endure many climates, though it thrives in a warmer climate in the summer.


Mint is a great nontoxic option for keeping flies, ants, and mosquitos at bay. The dried leaves can also be used inside your home as a natural pest control method.

If you need help keeping the mosquitos at bay, come see us at Whispering Springs Nursery in Jasper, Georgia. We have a large variety of trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and specimen plants to keep your yard mosquito free all summer long!