June is about Flowers and Fathers

Main Street Lawn and Garden gifts for Father's Day

June is here and things should be slowing down in the yard. The mad dash to clean and prepare the beds for planting is over. Now is the time for cutting back spent blooms from spring flowers and shrubs. Prune azaleas and camellias before the first of July to make sure that you have blooms next year. Main Street Lawn and Garden has a brand-new shipment of planters and a beautiful array of plants that will add the special finishing touches to your yard.

June is also when we pay tribute to all the wonderful dads in our lives. With Father’s Day approaching we have a wide variety of gift ideas for Dad. If your Dad likes to work in the yard, Main Street carries a large selection of power equipment by all the top manufacturers from lawnmowers to trimmers and weed eaters. If Dad is more of an outdoor type, we have knives, wildlife cameras and bird feeders. We have whimsical yard art, wind chimes and balloons for brightening up the yard. Our friendly staff can help you decide on just the right gift.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! According to Blum’s Almanac, January is going to be a wet month, but hang on – Spring is coming. In the meantime you can prepare for it by doing the following:

  • Start servicing your lawn equipment for spring. Sharpen blades, check tires for wear and air pressure, and of course, oil, plugs and filters.
  • Make certain that your bulbs have a good mulch cover. Our up-and-down temperatures cause freezing and thawing conditions. Mulch creates insulation to break the cycle.
  • If you need some inside color, bulbs can still be planted indoors. Paperwhites grow beautifully in a tall vase of rocks and warm water (throw bulbs away after their fragrant blooms fade) – However Amaryllis can be saved after bloom. They will rebloom for years. if stored properly.
  • And, as always, January is a great time to start seeds indoors. They can be planted in pots, trays or with the sealed-lid method. Just be certain that the seedlings have warmth, light, and moisture. It’s a great entertainment for kids and helps us to pass the extra time indoors.
  • Main Street will also be reducing inventory so as to make room for new merchandise. Come by and check out our sale items!

Happy Holidays from Main Street!

It is hard to believe that the holiday season is already here. Main Street Lawn and Garden is ready to assist you with your decorating and gift needs. We have always provided our customers with the highest quality products. This year when looking to purchase real Christmas trees for our lot, we were disappointed with the quantity and quality available. Instead of compromising our standards we decided not to sell Christmas trees this year. We will however have fresh garlands and wreaths along with a large selection of bows.

We also have some great indoor Christmas decorations for the tree and home. Stop in and see the wide variety of gift idea items such as terrariums, gazing balls, wind chimes, and more. For the children we have sleds and coasters so that they will be ready to enjoy the first surprise snow storm.

Happy holidays from our family to yours.

Fall is just around the corner

With the onset of cooler days and nights (who knows when that might occur?) – it’s time to:

  1. Rake or blow leaves and recycle them as mulch for your perennial plants and trees.
  2. Create new beds and rearrange or expand the old ones. Spring planting will be less tedious.
  3. Plant bulbs, such as crocus, en mass, for a bigger “show” in the spring.
  4. Consider planting deciduous trees whose leaves will provide fall color next year. Those reds, yellows, and oranges will be beautiful accents to your landscape.
  5. Plant ornamental cabbage, kale, violas and pansies now as they will “settle in” before the cold weather comes along. They should be in the ground at least 6 weeks before the first freeze.
  6. Add mulch or pine needles to beds once the majority of leaves have fallen.

Fall is coming, folks. Have faith!

 

Time to Prepare for Your Fall Garden

It’s time to set out those fall veggies.  The cool weather crops need to go in the ground now, so as to have time to produce in the fall.  Be sure to keep them watered well, as long as it is hot, and enjoy those greens, lettuces, cabbage, broccoli and herbs!

Our hummingbirds are still coming around, loving the summer flowers.  Don’t forget to remove spent blooms of petunias, butterfly bushes, salvia, and lantana, so as to encourage new growth.  This will ensure that the butterflies and the hummingbirds have plenty of nectar.

When it gets really hot and dry for extended periods, it’s a great idea to keep your lawn higher than 2 inches. Mow it at a lesser height and the grass turns brown. Stressed grass thins out and this encourages the growth of weeds.  After September, when it cools down, you can mow it shorter

Yellow jackets and wasps really get active in August.  They can be found around swimming pools, soft drinks, and picnics.  If you have seen them flying to and from a low spot near the ground, wait until dusk to spray them.  They will have all returned to the nest by then and you can kill them with an aerosol can pesticide of your choice (preferably one with a 20′ stream, so as not to get stung).

And last, but not least, be sure and trim up any shrubs that are looking shaggy now.  Trimming any later than this month may cause the sprouting new growth to freeze and die.  If you are unable to trim this month wait until the plants go dormant in winter.

Fall is just around the corner and we cannot wait for Mums, pumpkins, pansies, and lots of cool air.  Enjoy these last hot days.  There aren’t many left!

 

Amending your soil when plant results in larger, healthier plants

Many people think that at this time of year the only thing you can do is maintain the garden (water, weed, etc). This is an excellent time to replant or do first plantings for the fall. The one thing that you want to remember is to amend the soil. Your plants will grow faster and bigger with the proper nutrients. Main Street Lawn & Garden recommends Daddy Pete’s.

We have carried Daddy Pete’s products for many years and tried them out in our own garden. They have a wide variety of soils and soil amendments to help you grow the healthiest plants. Daddy Pete’s was started by a NC farmer who was interested in composting his cow manure. The 125 acre farm where Daddy Pete’s products are produced is a historic NC Century Farm, on honor bestowed by the state on farms that are family owned and operated for 100 years with a continuous agricultural heritage. Come in and check out the wide variety of fertilizers, mixes and barks tested and approved by local agricultural professionals.

Reminder: Main Street Lawn & Garden will be closed July 26 to August 6. We are taking a little break. Visit us before or stop on/after August 6th.

Wind chimes complete your landscape

 

Landscape is more than just how your yard looks. The best landscape plans incorporate elements of sound such as water features and chimes. For several years we have carried the Corinthian Bells wind chimes at Main Street Lawn and Garden. We have them in our own backyard. There is nothing more relaxing than sitting in the yard listening to the clear, soothing tones of these unique wind chimes. They provide the perfect finishing touch to your landscape.

Corinthian Bells are made in the USA of heavy powder coated aluminum. Each tube is hand tuned for the proper tone. Cording and strikers are made of heavy duty weather resistant materials. The result is a calming sound that resonates throughout your yard.

Corinthian Bells have a 5 year warranty and will give you many years of pleasure. There are many options based on sound, design and price point. They make perfect gifts. Visit us today to hear for yourself.

Happy New Year

We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! Now that the Christmas decorations are put away and the celebrations are over it’s time to concentrate on getting prepared for spring planting and yard work. In zones 7 and 8 January is a great time to put out an extra layer (at least 2 inches) of mulch or pine needles around shrubs like azaleas, hollies, camellias and boxwood especially with the extreme cold weather we have experienced lately. We recommend a finely shredded variety.

Before you put away your mower for the winter you might want to mow and mulch your lawn one last time to get up the last of the late fall leaves. Mulching enriches the soil and provides nutrients for the roots of your grass. Don’t forget to winterize your mower and power tools before you put them away for the winter. Make sure to use a fuel stabilizer and run it through the engine before you let your equipment sit in the shed or garage. This will help you to avoid costly repairs in the spring.

Of course we can not forget our feathered friends at this time of year when food and water are not readily available. Our backyard birds prefer Nyjer seed, sunflower seeds and white proso millet at this time of year. A small shallow container of fresh water placed close to the feeders will ensure that they water. Refresh the container with warm water if it freezes.

No need to worry, Main Street Lawn and Garden is prepared for the worst winter weather. We have sleds, shovels and ice melt. Grab your favorite warm beverage and sit down to make your list of plantings for the coming season. Spring will be here before you know it.

 

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