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!

How to Prune Your Shrubs for Spring!

Now that spring is here, it’s time to look at our shrubs. The late dormant season is the best time for most pruning, and you know what that means: get out those pruning shears and get to work tidying up your shrubs!

Why is pruning so important? It’s good for the plants themselves–removing dead or diseased branches will encourage new growth and stop disease from spreading. It’s safer for us, since damaged or dead elements can fall and injure people, pets, or property. It’s also a good way to create the space you want by controlling the height, look, and direction of shrub growth.

Now, on to the specifics. Every year you should prune anywhere up to one-third of the oldest, thickest stems or trunks on your shrubs. Go ahead and prune them right to the ground to encourage the growth of new stems from the roots. Once you’ve handled these thick, overgrown parts, you’re ready to switch to standard pruning.

If your shrubs are in really bad shape, such as being badly neglected or overgrown, you can salvage them if you’re willing to endure a little collateral damage. Prune them all, as close to the ground as possible, in early spring. You’ll lose the current season’s flowers, but they will grow back healthier and more beautiful in the future!

Whispering Springs Nursery in Jasper, GA has a huge assortment of shrubs and other plants, perfect for planting in the spring. Come visit our greenhouse and let’s pick the best ones for your needs and your space!  

Fall Maintenance Tips For Your Georgia Lawn

mumsAt Whispering Springs Nursery we love the landscaping options that come with cooler weather. The air is pleasant this time of year, which allows you to get outside and work in your yard for hours without heat and humidity dragging you down. If you’ve thought about adding some new features to your yard, now is the time.

  • Planting evergreens, hedges, and shrubs – November is a perfect time to add some new greenery. We carry many species of evergreens here at Whispering Springs that will add life to your property during the cold months of winter. Plus, planting now will give your new shrubs a chance to establish strong roots before it gets too cold.
  • Make Your Own Mulch – Raking up dead leaves is essential and beneficial to your lawn. Leaving leaf litter unattended can suffocate your grass, leaving you with a lawn full of dirt and dead grass come spring. Placing your leaves in a mulch bin for the winter also gives you organic and decorative weed-suppressing mulch for your spring planting.
  • Lower Your Mower Blade – Cutting your grass a little lower than usual during the cold months allows the soil to get moisture more easily in the spring (when it needs it most). Your grass will grow much slower over the winter months and you may only need one or two more trims between now and spring. That means that prepping the right way now is vital.
  • Add Some Fall Color! – Last but not least, there are a ton of great fall annuals you can plant to add some amazing color to your lawn this fall. At Whispering Springs Nursery, we have a huge selection of fall plants and flowers such as mums, pansies, and ornamental kale!

For more information about what you can do for your yard this fall, give us a call or stop by our nursery in Jasper, GA today!

How to Compost Your Leaves this Fall

compost Leaves

If you have a yard, chances are good that you’ll have to deal with fallen leaves this fall. And love it or hate it, this means it’s time to rake. What do you do with all those leaves once you’ve raked them into piles, though? You can bag them up and put them on the curb, you can let your kids do cannonballs into the piles and start the whole process over again, or you can use them to start a mulch or compost pile for next year’s landscaping!

At Whispering Springs Nursery in Jasper, Georgia, we wanted to give you a few tips if you plan to do the latter. Composting your leaves is easy and can have huge advantages for your yard’s health for years to come.

Mulching Leaves – The easier of the two options, turning this year’s leaves into next year’s mulch only takes a few simple steps that just about anyone can do at home. All you need to do is add your leaves to a container with airflow and protection from rain. Let the leaves sit until spring, stir them up and add them to your flower beds and landscaping for a great weed suppressant.

Composting Leaves – Creating compost out of your leaves takes a little more effort than storing them for mulch, but it’s still pretty manageable and can do wonders for your garden, flowers or yard. Again, you’ll want to either buy or build a compost bin that allows for air to flow through but that also keeps rain out. The goal is to get your old leaves to decompose fully, allowing a nutrient-rich soil to form.

Add water and stir the pile, otherwise known as turning over your compost, every week or two until spring. By then, you should have a mature compost pile that is ready to feed some hungry plants around your yard!

For more information or to purchase composting or mulching bins, stop by Whispering Springs today to talk to one of our expert garden center team members!

Fall-Blooming Perennials are On Sale

With the weather finally cooling down, it’s a great time to enjoy the beauty of fall-blooming perennials! At Whispering Springs Nursery in Jasper, GA our perennials are on sale! For most varieties, if you buy three you’ll get one free. Check out our favorite fall-blooming perennials.fall flowers

    • Goldenrod gets a bad reputation as being a cause of seasonal allergies when ragweed is the real culprit. Goldenrod, on the other hand, is probably not going to bother your allergies. While it’s aggressive, when properly managed it can be a very pretty addition to your garden.
    • Japanese anemone is also called fall-blooming anemone, which makes it perfect for this season. Their brilliant color ranges from white to purple and will brighten up your space for up to eight weeks in the cooler months.
    • Fall mums are synonymous with fall, and for good reason–they are beautiful and hardy! These plants are best described as show-offs. Each plant has multiple flowers that come in every color of the rainbow except blue and will bloom for weeks and weeks in the fall. With proper care and good weather, you could have mums for up to six weeks!
    • Perennial sunflowers are similar to their more popular annual variety, in that they are gloriously yellow. Of course, the benefit of perennials is that they will return next year. They will bloom up until November if given proper care.

Come visit us at Whispering Springs to check out all our beautiful fall-blooming perennials and find the ones that are best for your garden!