Bee Kind With A Pollinator-Friendly Garden!

bee on a pink crape myrtle flower

National Honey Bee Awareness Day is August 18th. Celebrate by doing your part to help stop the global decline of bees.

Bees are responsible for pollinating a huge percentage of the food we eat. They also help control many pests that destroy crops. Unfortunately, global bee populations are declining at an alarming rate. A major factor to this decline is mass lost of habit. Thankfully, there are a lot of things you can do to help make your yard and garden bee-friendly!

Plant Pollinator-Friendly Plants

One of the most important ways to help bees is by adding flowering plants to your yard. There are lots of beautiful pollinator-friendly flowering plants that can give bees back a little of their lost habit:

  • Crape Myrtle – This beautiful non-native ornamental is attractive to both bees and people!
  • Coral Honeysuckle – This lovely ground cover is perfect for adding a bit of color to your space and bees love it.
  • Cethra – This a shrub with gold foliage. It’s known to attract butterflies and hummingbirds in addition to bees.
  • Flowering Quince – This plant grows 4 to 6 feet tall and boasts a beautiful red flower.

Other Ways to Help

Of course, there are other things you can do to help. Buying local raw honey and organic produce helps. So does leaving out water for your bees. Incorporating a birdbath or small water feature into your yard can give bees a much-needed spot to rest and re-hydrate.

Ready to make your yard or garden more bee-friendly? Then contact us today at 770-893-1254 to let Whispering Springs Nursery help you select the pollinator-friendly plants that are right for your home. Our plant nursery, landscape design, hardscaping and softscaping, and landscape maintenance services can help you realize the potential of your outdoor spaces. 

Yard Maintenance Tips for a Healthy Lawn

yard maintenanceSummer may be coming to a close, but there is no “off season” concerning yard work. For those who love to get their hands dirty and work in the garden, you’ll love these yard maintenance tips that our team at Whispering Springs Nursery put together for you. Consider the following yard maintenance tips to keep your lawn looking beautiful:

Be Mindful While Mowing

Many people make the mistake of mowing their grass too short. When grass is cut too short, the water that the soil has stored dries up and grass quickly turns brown. When you mow, make sure your lawnmower is set to the highest blade setting, so it leaves plenty of grass.

Keep Your Lawn Hydrated

Due to the summer heat, you’ll want to make sure your grass is well hydrated. However, it’s important to know when and how often to water your lawn. In general, your grass needs roughly one inch of water for optimum growth (yes, rainwater counts!). Water your lawn early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the summer sun from evaporating the water.

Rake When Necessary

When you see leaves and twigs on the ground after a rainstorm, do your best to rake them or remove them as soon as possible. It’s important to keep your lawn free of debris so your grass is not suppressed. Also, this allows the sun to reach the soil and help your lawn grow green and full.

These summer yard maintenance tips may seem overwhelming, but we promise that they will transform your lawn into a beautiful haven. If you want our team to help, we’d be more than happy to! We offer yard maintenance services – from pruning trees to maintaining ponds – the team at Whispering Springs Nursery is here for you. Contact us today with your questions.

Our Favorite Woodland Shrubs for Your Outdoor Landscape

shrubsAre you searching for beautiful shrubs for your outdoor landscape? The right shrubs can transform your lawn into an outdoor oasis you’ll never want to leave. Consider three of the best shrubs to plant in your lawn:

Attractive Azaleas

Azaleas are a beautiful addition to your outdoor landscape. They add that pop of color you’ve been searching for, and it truly brings out the green in your lawn. Because azaleas have shallow roots, you’ll want to plant them in an area that easily drains water. If your lawn collects water easily, you may want to create a container garden with your azaleas. (Did you know? Gibbs Garden in Ball Ground, Georgia, has a 70-acre azalea garden!)

Beautiful Boxwood

If you have an empty area in your lawn or want a simple shrub to compliment your blooming azaleas, boxwood shrubs would be perfect. These easy-to-maintain shrubs provide a stunning look to your landscape. When you plant them, make sure to put them in an area with a lot of light. Additionally, boxwood shrubs need plenty of deep watering for at least the first two years so they can thrive.

Gorgeous Gardenia

If you’re searching for a shrub that’s beautiful and produces pleasant-smelling flowers, look no further than the gardenia shrub. This shrub produces shiny, green leaves and stunning flowers all summer long. (They love the summer sun!) Because these shrubs have a re-blooming capability, you can enjoy these flowers through the fall season.

The team at Whispering Springs Nursery would be more than happy to help you pick out the shrubs for your outdoor landscape. Come by our nursery or contact us today with your questions.

3 Tips for Creating a Beautiful Container Garden

container gardensContainer gardens are all the hype this year – and for good reason! They are easy to make, easy to maintain, and even easier to start. This “garden in a box” is exactly what it sounds like – your favorite plants potted in a container and placed in a spot where they can flourish. A little TLC, sunlight, and water are all you need to help your plants grow. Are you ready to get started?

Consider the following tips to make a container garden:

Buy the Right Materials

First, you must decide what plants you want in your container garden. Your container garden can produce vegetables, fruits, or flowers – whatever you fancy! Once you decide on what you want to grow, research what that plant requires to grow. For example, tomatoes need a container with a good amount of depth for the roots to grow; herbs and lettuce require a shallow container with a wide surface area. Of course, all plants need sunlight every day and plenty of water.

Make Your Container Garden Unique

Your plant of choice will make the top of your container garden look beautiful. But, you can also make the container itself stand out! For example, choosing different containers (buckets, pots, crates, boxes, etc.) of all different sizes and colors will help make your container garden unique.

Shop at Whispering Springs Nursery

You won’t have to go far to find the perfect container garden plants for your home. At Whispering Springs Nursery, we have a plethora of plants for you to choose from. Or, you can have one of our specialists put together a unique container garden for you! Contact the team at Whispering Springs Nursery with any questions you have.

3 Must-Do’s to Add to Your Summer Gardening Checklist

gardening tipsSpring has sprung, and the first official day of summer is weeks away. You’ve likely been busy in your garden since March, but the work isn’t done yet. For many, it’s just beginning. But don’t worry – your hard work to keep your garden healthy will be extremely rewarding.

Consider the following summer gardening tips to keep your garden bright and healthy:

Pull Weeds

You may see an influx of weeds in your yard during June because weeds LOVE the warm weather that summer brings. But, if you spot them early when they’re still small sprouts, they’re easy to pull. Make sure you pull them at their root, so they can’t grow back.

Mulch Your Garden

If you have a garden, spreading mulch over your soil is one of the best ways to keep your soil healthy. The mulch provides a much-needed barrier from intense weather conditions and pesky animals. A two-inch layer of mulch is the perfect amount to spread over your soil.

Watch for Pests

Throughout the summer, many critters will want to make a home in your garden. (Can you blame them? Your garden is beautiful due to the jaw-dropping plants you bought from our nursery.) So, make sure you keep an eye out for pests that may harm your plants. Take the appropriate measures to ward them off or eliminate them if they invade.

At Whispering Springs Nursery, we are dedicated to helping our customers make the garden of their dreams. Let us know if you have any questions. One of our team members will gladly assist you!

Deer-Free Yards for Spring

Deer are adorable, but that doesn’t mean we want them in our gardens. Now that the weather is warming up and outdoor spaces are in full bloom, they’re creeping closer to chomp on what we’re growing. Keep deer away from your garden with these tips from Whispering Springs Nursery!

First of all, did you know that many plants are deer-resistant? Whispering Springs has a huge selection of beautiful growables that humans love but deer find unpleasant, whether because of their taste, texture, or smell. Not all the plants in your garden need to be deer-proof, of course. Creating a perimeter of these plants will help to keep deer away from the more tender plants in the interior of your garden.

If you’re dealing with ambitious deer, consider adding a fence to your property. Whispering Springs offers fencing services. Not only do we consider the practicalities of keeping large critters from your garden, we also take into account your needs, your existing landscaping, and the aesthetics of your home.

Finally, don’t forget about deer repellents! Whether predator urine, dried blood, or a noisy dog with free range of your garden, consistent use of repellents may work where nothing else has. The trick is to be really consistent–remember, you’re training deer to think of your yard as a danger zone.

It will take some effort, but don’t get discouraged. You can protect your garden from Bambi before he and his friends destroy all your hard work. Come talk to us at Whispering Springs Nursery in Jasper, GA–we’ve been doing this a long time, and we love to talk landscaping.

3 Ways We Can Help Beautify Your Outdoor Space

backyard careThe random bouts of cold weather have officially subsided, and the warm weather has finally arrived. Spring and summer are two of the best seasons of the year because it’s backyard season! All of your TLC during fall and winter will show as flowers start to bloom and trees stretch their branches.

If you are looking to add an extra touch of beauty to your yard, we can help. Here are a few of many ways we can help beautify your outdoor space:

Landscape Design

Do you want to transform your yard into a backyard oasis? Through our landscape design and installation, our team can do just that. You can choose from a variety of options – lighting systems, hardscapes, and softscapes are just a few of many. We can even plant more trees and shrubs, if needed, to add more dimension and color to your future oasis.

Yard Maintenance

Yards, just like our homes and vehicles, need regular maintenance to keep them in prime condition. Our professional team members can prune your shrubs and small trees to ensure optimal growth. If you have planting beds, we will remove leaves and weeds that threaten to choke the seasonal plants. Additionally, if you have ponds or water features, we will maintain and clean those areas.

Water Features

To add extra oomph to your oasis, allow us to install a water feature to enhance the look of your property. Our expert team members work with your current lawn to ensure the new feature blends well with what is currently there. Beautiful hardscape options you can choose from include waterfalls, ponds, rock gardens, dry creek beds, and drainage creeks.

At Whispering Springs Nursery, we take pride in beautifying the beautiful mountain land in which we live. If you’d like to beautify your landscape, contact us today.

DIY Fertilizer for Your Garden

Good gardeners do everything for their gardens. You select and position your plants with care, water them, maybe even talk to them, and of course, take plenty of pictures of them. You also feed and nourish them with the right kind of fertilizer, but that can become expensive! Fertilizer can also be a pain to purchase in stores. Check out these DIY fertilizer ideas from Whispering Springs Nursery.

  • Compost tea. Once your compost is fully finished, you can turn it into a tea-like mixture that your plants will love as much as you love real tea. Fill a five-gallon bucket about a third of the way with compost, and the rest of the way with water. After about three or four days of stirring as often as you can, strain it through cheesecloth or another fine strainer. Dilute the mixture until it looks like weak tea (about a 10:1 ratio of water to tea) and then use it on the soil.
  • Grass clippings are rich in nitrogen, oxygen, and phosphorus. Make sure that your grass hasn’t been treated with herbicides before you use it! The process of making grass fertilizer is similar to compost tea, except that you’ll fill the bucket about two-thirds of the way with grass, and you’ll dilute the tea with equal parts water before you use it.
  • Do you have a freshwater fish tank? Fertilizing is as easy as pouring the old water over your plants next time you clean the tank!

Whispering Springs Nursery in Jasper, GA is so much more than a nursery. We’re in the business of education and growth as much as selling plants, and we love to hear from you. Contact us or come down to visit us and let’s talk about your garden!

Ways to Celebrate National Gardening Month & Earth Day

gardeningIt’s fitting that National Gardening Month and Earth Day fall in the most beautiful month of the year: April. Buds are blooming, bees are buzzing, and the transformation of winter to spring is almost complete.

There are several ways you can celebrate this amazing month. Here are a few ideas:

Purchase Plants at Whispering Springs Nursery

What better way to celebrate Earth Day than getting out your gardening tools and planting new additions? At Whispering Springs, we have a nursery that hosts an abundance of trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, and more that you can choose from. Even better, the plants you purchase are perfect for the mountainous area in which we live. You can rest assured that the additions you buy to beautify your lawn will last a very long time.

Take Part in Your Own Earth Hour

On the last Saturday of March, thousands of cities across the world celebrate Earth Hour. During this hour, non-essential lights are turned off in an effort to raise awareness about what man-made technology is doing to our planet. But, you and your family could do this monthly! Get your kids excited about different ways to create light such as hosting a bonfire or lighting candles.

Get Your Kids Involved

With technology in the forefront of most kids’ minds, it’s good for their soul and body to go outside and play. Fresh air does wonders for a person’s health – children included. You can even use this opportunity to teach them about Earth Day, its importance, and different ways to celebrate it every day of the year. To get them extra interested, tell them fun facts about Earth Day such as:

  • The celebration began in 1970.
  • Roughly 20 million people took part in the first Earth Day.
  • Recycling-related jobs account for over three million jobs in America.

If you’re searching for high-quality, one-of-a-kind plants to transform your lawn this spring, visit Whispering Springs Nursery. Contact us today with your questions.

Our Favorite Things About Spring!

Can you feel it? Spring is definitely in the air! At Whispering Springs Nursery in Jasper, GA, we’re so excited that winter is over, and not just because we missed the longer days. Here are our top three favorite things about the spring:

  1. We can’t wait for birds to return! Spring is a prime season for bird-watching, and since they’re all getting ready for nesting season, there’s no better time of year to enjoy birdsong. Remember to clean out your bird feeders and stock up on food and water if you want to really enjoy the fruits of the season.
  2. Birds aren’t the only thing coming back to us. Bees and butterflies also make their first appearance of the year. If you want to attract more of these beautiful, beneficial insects to your yard, ask us about what local plants you’ll want to include in your outdoor space, and how best to arrange them. We offer landscaping design services to create beautiful, functional, whimsical spaces for you and your woodland guests!
  3. All that being said, our favorite thing about spring is definitely the flowers! We’re a nursery, after all. Now is the time to get your garden ready for the coming warm months, by following these tips and joining us at Whispering Springs for all the tools, supplies, and knowledge that you’ll need.

Even if you’re a little bit nervous about yard work, hot weather, or even seasonal allergies, everyone looks forward to the end of winter. Come down to Whispering Springs and let’s get ready for a great spring!