Boulder Retaining Walls Boulders provide a beautiful natural look with the functionality necessary for an effective retaining wall. Supporting structures in the garden can be fabricated from many materials, such as cinder blocks, brick, wood, or manufactured retaining blocks. The advantage of using boulders is that they are both decorative and incredibly strong. Boulders do not suffer from weathering or erosion, when temperatures change. Properly installed boulder walls are budget-friendly and are very long lasting. Boulders can used to terrace a yard into different levels, provide erosion control, or create raised beds. They can also define the slopes at a
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How I Got Here I remember the heavy lifting of biochemistry, trying to understand not only how and why molecules interact, but why I would ever need to know this information. Plant physiology however, is fascinating, and I have certainly benefited from what I learned in class and in the greenhouse. I was so fortunate. A 4-H leader in my community was also a full -time employee in the Horticulture department at Michigan State, so I entered school with a part-time job already lined up. I prepared plant materials for undergraduate classes during the week, and on many weekends, I
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Green Roofs A green roof, or living roof is a roof is partially or completely covered with a growing medium and vegetation, planted over a waterproof membrane. Green roofs can be large scale on public or commercial buildings, or can be utilized on residential houses, sheds, or porches. At The Plant Professionals, we have a green roof on our Grow Pot Exchange, added in 2014. Roof gardens were initially developed by the ancient civilizations of the Tigris and Euphrates river valleys. The most famous is the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Today, planting on roofs and walls is one of the
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Natural Stone Pavers and Stone Mulch Natural materials, such as stone and gravel, give the garden a soothing feel as they harmonize with the natural setting. Using natural stone enhances and adds color, texture, and dimension in the landscape. Natural stone is extremely durable and will last indefinitely, so it is important that the right materials are selected and properly installed. It is very important to use quality, contractor-grade weed fabric under any stone mulch, to help eliminate weeds. Woven weed fabric will let water and nutrients flow through, but block the light and keep weed seeds from germinating. Flagstone
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Valentine’s Day is Around the Corner! Let us deliver something special to your special someone this Valentine’s Day. Choose from a variety of gifts, flowering and foliage plants. A bountiful variety of fresh floral treasures awaits. Stop in and see our unique art work, jewelry, and other gift items for your love, or your own enjoyment.
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The Brevity of February I have always appreciated the brevity of February. We are impatient to get past the cold, snow and ice and get on to March, when spring begins to stretch and unfurl. The seed catalogs came in January, and by now they are dog-eared. Our good intentions with the treadmill are replaced by the vow to lose those stubborn pounds when we are out in the garden again. Digging and planting, pruning and hauling brush do burn calories. That time is still a bit off in the distance. Most days are cloudy, most days are cold. The
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