too early to set out any plants, but
it's the perfect time to make a plan! Whether you are considering
rearranging or adding to your container gardens or if you'd
tackle a larger landscape project, contact
me to get the plans started now.
nice, warm days have us all wandering around in our yards! Here's a
check-list of yard work to do now:
- Water! Your woody trees and
especially appreciate a drink.
- Remove debris from last
year - leaves,
branches and any trash the wind blew into your yard. Along with the
debris, you are also removing insect eggs, weed seeds, fungus spores
bacteria - a little work now could save you a lot of trouble
- Prune shrubs and trees - it is much easier on
both you and the tree to prune before the buds open. For a refresher on
good pruning techniques, The
Gardens on Spring Creek, Fort Collins Horticulture
Center, is offering a pruning workshop on March 31. Check their website for more information and
- Now is a great time to start your tomato,
pepper and herb seeds inside.
"Our deck has been transformed from a rarely used access to the back
yard to a rejuvenated space we really enjoy!"
the Right Container
containers can be a very daunting process - there are so many choices
and you want to get the ones which are right for your patio or deck.
One way to help narrow
down your choices is to decide on a
material to use. Here I’ll describe a few of the most common
used for container gardens and the pros and cons of each.
my favorite because they are available in so many styles and colors.
in a large variety of sizes with textures and patterns and there are so
glaze options. Each pots has some variance from the next as each one is
individually. The inside of the pot can absorb water from the potting
the glass glaze keeps it from evaporating. The water is then released
the soil which creates an extra buffering for the plants in the
downside to glazed ceramic pots is that they are heavy and breakable
to be protected in freezing temperatures.
Cotta or Clay
are the most widely used and recognized flower pots. True terra-cotta
made of a clay rich in iron which gives it the orange-red hue.
are often tinted that color or can be tinted any other color. Clay pots
porous which helps keeps the potting soil cool and wicks excess
from plant roots (a great benefit if you tend to over-water your
main problems with using clay are that it is relatively fragile, hard
can crack the containers and it can dry out quite rapidly, especially
Plastic (a.k.a. Resin or
often the least expensive
type of garden container. However, plastics can also be quite
depending on the chemical make-up and the processing used. A good, high
plastic pot will last for decades; whereas, an inexpensive discount
will typically fail after two or three seasons – plastic containers
tendency to become dry and brittle in our climate. Plastic containers
painted; the color is infused in the plastic itself. Thus the entire
pot is the
same color with no variance. The colors also fade, quickly and
sunlight, unless the pot is “UV coated.” Plastic is non-porous and
easily (a good feature if you water irregularly). The best feature for
pots is that they are light weight.
are lightweight and strong. They are created using a molding process
often includes a three dimensional motif or texture. Most fiberglass
largely one color, possibly with one accent color added. The color can
just as plastic pots do and if the pots are painted, the paint can
Fiberglass is a great choice if you will need to move your containers
if you are concerned about young children or big dogs knocking your
I delight in helping people find the right containers for their outdoor
living space! Please give me a call when you need help sifting through
tel: (970) 988-3808