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Care Basics for Beautiful Lilacs

May 14, 2019 11:24:48 AM

Written by McKay Staff in Gardening 101 How-to Guide Plants & Flowers

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For a lot of us northern gardeners, lilacs are landscape essentials we can’t live without. Until their delicious fragrance permeates our yards and homes, spring is incomplete. Reliable and low-maintenance, lilacs can flourish for decades with very little care. By planting several types of lilacs, from early bloomers to late-blooming types, you can prolong your bloom party by several weeks. All it takes is good site selection, proper water and fertilizer, and timely pruning to keep lilacs at their blooming peak.

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4 New Hydrangeas Just in Time for Mother’s Day

May 8, 2019 8:26:42 AM

Written by McKay Staff in Plants & Flowers

If you’ve known us long, you know that we love our hydrangeas. Of course, our exclusive McKay Grateful Red Hydrangea and Cherry Explosion Hydrangea top our list, but we still can’t get enough of these beauties. Someone once said there’s always room for one more hydrangea. We agree, but we make sure that space goes to the very best. For 2019, we’ve added four exciting new favorites — perfect for Mother’s Day gifts:

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May's Booming Blooms

Apr 29, 2015 2:58:52 PM

Written by McKay Staff in Plants & Flowers

May's Booming Blooms – May is the month that really blows the other months away when it comes to beautiful blooms. While forsythia, rhododendrons, azaleas and magnolias are finishing up, other plants are ready for the spring show such as spring flowering bulbs, redbud, crabapples, lilacs, various viburnums, and not to mention some of the earlier perennials like Lungwort, Brunnera, Columbine and Bleeding Heart. Pick them, share them and enjoy fresh cut blooms while they are here.

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Everything to know about bare root plants!

Sep 9, 2014 1:56:49 PM

Written by McKay Staff in Gardening 101 Plants & Flowers

What are bare root plants? – Bare root plants are dug in the late fall and early spring while they are still dormant in the field. The soil is removed from their roots and then stored in a temperature-controlled cooler starting in October and into late spring as late as June for future shipping and planting.

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July Care & Maintenance Tips

Jul 14, 2014 3:03:09 PM

Written by McKay Staff in Problem Solvers Gardening 101 How-to Guide

July Maintenance Tips -

  • Deadheading annuals and perennials will keep them clean and blooming. Don't forget to cut some and enjoy them indoors too! Annuals will throw more flowers if watered when necessary, and kept regularly fertilized. Keep new plantings of perennials watered through the fall season making sure they get about an inch of water a week or do a nice deep soaking about every two weeks (depending upon the soil type and weather conditions).
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