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The Blog

29 Jun

Keeping Your Plants Hydrated and Happy This Summer

By David Yost, Merrifield Plant Specialist Summer is here! For many of us it’s time to kick back, relax and enjoy time with our families and friends. Whether you’re staying in town this summer or taking a trip, remember that your plants will need some extra care to keep them happy and well hydrated in…

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Tropical Plants
26 Jun

Say Hello to Summer with Tropical Plants

Tropicals instantly evoke a sense of serenity with their ability to make us dream of white sand and blue water. This summer, create your own vacation hideaway at home by adding tropical plants to your outdoor living space, or if you have a tropical plant already, now is the perfect time to take your beautiful…

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20 Jun

Easy to Grow Herbs

By David Yost, Merrifield Plant Specialist Herbs are a great way to take the plunge into growing your own edibles. They have a wide variety of uses, many are easy to grow and they can be planted in any size space! You can use herbs to add fresh flavors to dishes, create teas and other…

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14 Jun

Plant Picks from Our Dads for Yours

Father’s Day is fast approaching, and it’s time to decide how we want to show dad our appreciation this year! Whether your dad is a master gardener, a novice, or just likes his yard to look nice, our very own Merrifield dads are giving us a roundup of their favorites this year. The plants our…

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13 Jun

Attract Hummingbirds to Your Backyard

By: Terry Hershberger, Merrifield Plant Specialist Every spring I look forward to the arrival of hummingbirds in my garden. These agile birds use their wings (which beat between 70 to 200 times per second) to hover in place, fly backwards, and even fly upside down! Not only are these amazing creatures fun to watch, they…

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1 Jun

Bring Out the Best in Your Azaleas and Rhododendron

By: David Yost, Merrifield Plant Specialist Summer is almost here, and our beautiful azaleas and rhododendron are done or almost done blooming. This is the perfect time to prune your plants to increase fullness, promote overall health, and encourage a beautiful bloom in the upcoming year. Azaleas and rhododendron both respond well to pruning, and…

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25 May

Small Space Edible Gardening: Tomatoes

By: David Yost, Merrifield Plant Specialist Tomatoes are one of the most popular fruits and vegetables among gardeners as they are both beautiful and delicious! Even if you are working in a limited space, you can grow beautiful tomatoes with a container, adequate sunlight and a little planning. Tomatoes can grow in a variety of…

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25 May

Red, White and Bloom

By: Peg Bier, Merrifield Plant Specialist Memorial Day always brings the feeling that summer is just around the corner. My family grew up celebrating Memorial Day weekend with family and friends. We’d spend the day outdoors and in the evening a cookout would commence and laughter and stories would fill the air. I remember those…

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5 May

Our Gardener’s Picks: Container Garden Favorites

By: Peg Bier, Merrifield Plant Specialist I love container gardening because there are endless combinations of plants you can pull into your creation to always come out with a fresh design. You can find stunning options throughout the entire nursery. For example, I love pulling in fresh herbs as fill or spill plants and even…

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2 May

Turf Tips: Liming the Lawn

By: David Yost, Merrifield Plant Specialist To grow healthy grass and keep weeds at bay, the pH level of your soil needs to be between 6.2 and 6.8. Soil pH influences the availability of plant nutrients. If the pH level of the soil is too low, phosphorus remains bound to the soil and cannot be…

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