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November 14, 2017
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Indoor and outdoor gardening can be fun and relaxing, but sorting through the information is often overwhelming. If you’re digging for concise gardening tips, you’ve come to the right place.

There are many benefits that houseplants provide from beautiful color to the clean air they generate by taking in the carbon dioxide we exhale and releasing pure oxygen. We have plants for everyone – from bonsai enthusiasts to the casual cultivator.

There are a few simple tips for growing healthy houseplants.

  • Read the information tag that comes with your plant so you know how much light and water your new houseplant needs.
  • The #1 killer of houseplants is over watering. Also make sure your plants aren’t sitting in water as it will cause root rot.
  • If your plant looks pale rather than a vibrant green it probably isn’t getting enough light.
  • Indoor pests also destroy plants so check often for these predators. A simple, safe insecticide can control pest problems and restore your plant’s health.

Perennial plants bloom year after year providing a relatively carefree way to cultivate a beautiful garden. Some perennials are planted in fall as bulbs while others can be planted in spring and summer as container grown plants.

For best results choose perennials that are suited to your garden’s sun exposure, soil type and moisture. Perennials cover a wide variety of popular plants including ferns and ornamental grasses, Irises and Lilies, Daisies and Black-eyed Susans as well as spring bloomers like Daffodils, Tulips, Hyacinths and Crocuses.

The basics of growing perennials are sufficient watering, pruning dead tops in late winter or early spring, and removing dead flowers regularly for repeat blooming. Consult our gardening experts for complete details about your plants.

Annuals are exactly what the name implies – their blooming cycle lasts for one season and then they go to seed. For that one season they add intensely vibrant color to your garden with little fuss. They are excellent for filling in garden gaps and accenting perennials. They make great cut flowers, add a dash of color to borders and always work well in containers.

Annuals include Geraniums and Wax Begonias, Petunias and Impatiens, Pansies and Snapdragons, Marigolds and Zinnias, Poppies and Cosmos and the gregarious Sunflower.

Annuals can be planted from seed or as container grown. Be sure to match your plants with the right location in your garden in order to give them the light, moisture and soil type they need. Monthly fertilization, adequate water and regular deadheading will keep your plants flowering all season!

Growing beautiful roses isn’t the easiest of gardening activities, especially in northern states, but the reward is satisfying. Roses are beautiful in the garden and as cut flowers in your home.

There are many varieties of rose bushes from miniature tea roses to climbing roses and shrub roses. They come in many colors, flower styles and fragrances.

Roses appreciate a sunny location and well-fertilized soil. They’ll need plenty of water at the base of the plant, but also require soil that drains well. Roses need to be pruned which not only maintains their shape and promotes bigger rose blooms, but helps avoid diseases. Roses are susceptible to insects and disease so you’ll want to keep a close watch and respond quickly if you see aphids, beetles or unhealthy leaves.

Shrubs & Bushes
Choosing the right bushes and shrubs for your location is vital to healthy growth. There are many types to choose from including evergreens, flowering shrubs, landscaping shrubs, burning bushes, lilac bushes, hydrangeas and rose bushes.

Bushes and shrubs are typically low in height and are used as accents or focal points in burms, lawns and gardens or to create a natural sort of fence. Many flowering shrubs attract birds with their berries and can provide visual interest in fall and winter. Evergreens are more commonly used as hedges or a privacy screen.

Spring is the ideal time to plant. Make sure you water your new plants adequately. Annual pruning of your bushes and shrubs is important for their health. The best time to prune is spring or summer depending on the variety. Please ask about care requirements when you purchase your bushes.

Trees are an investment and an asset as they can increase the value of your property. Trees add to our quality of life by reducing sound, producing oxygen, providing shade, reducing wind and erosion and simply offering beauty.

There are over 700 tree species growing in North America so you have a lot of choices. As with any plant you will want to match your tree with the area it is to be planted. Trees need room to grow so make sure you give them plenty of space. Make sure the light, moisture and soil needs of the tree variety can be met in the intended location. You may love a particular type of tree, but if its chances of surviving in the area you have available are slim you should reconsider. We are happy to work with you to find a tree that matches your desires with your location.

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Bayside Garden Center has been serving the residents of the North Shore communities for more than 50 years. As a family owned and operated business, we are dedicated to providing you with the highest quality service and products available.

Bayside Garden Center is South Eastern Wisconsin’s source for beautiful, healthy plants and trees, gardening tools, and expert advice. We bring a complete selection of birdhouses, feeders, and seed, as well as dog food and treats to the greater Milwaukee area and Mequon. Some of our other items include pots, containers, garden ornaments, trellises, mulches, and much more.

In addition to answering all of your gardening needs, we offer landscape planning and installation as well. We are fully insured and have a long history of happy customers. Be sure to stop into Bayside Garden Center to check out our gorgeous assortment for yourself today!

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