This month I want to dare you to push yourself to be a unique gardener. What do I mean by this? I want each of you to make the most of your garden. It could be adding a new vegetable that you haven’t grown before or adding a tree to your yard that you’ve always admired into your own yard! Maybe it’s a new ground cover where you’ve always put mulch. It’s up to you!
We all have an area in the yard, no matter the size where we could add a garden area to enjoy. Butterflies, hummingbirds, songbirds can all be attracted to your private spaces with just a simple addition of a few flowering perennials or shrubs. Maybe you want to mow a little less grass and add some more square feet to an existing bed! The possibilities are endless!
I could list all the plants that I love in the garden but what makes your garden yours is YOUR plant selections and combinations! There are endless possibilities out there for you to choose from! You can narrow down your selections by researching them online, you could join a garden club, you could read a gardening book or magazine but my favorite way to pick out the plants that go in my garden are at the garden center! I like to see for myself what a plant is going to look like!
You are lucky to live in an area that has many garden centers! Of course you have Gilson Gardens but there is also, Martin’s Nursery, Springlake Nursery, Havel’s, Bluestone, Middle Ridge Gardens, Secor Nursery, Sabo’s Woodside Nursery, Wyatt’s Nursery, Petitti, Gales Garden Center, Woodworth’s and many more! Look them up and patronize them! Spend an afternoon and hit several! Although Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club and Lowe’s all offer gardening supplies and plants, I highly recommend that you shop your local small business for all your plant needs! Keep our county alive by shopping where the experts are! Your local garden centers are employed by some of the most knowledgeable people there are!
Share your love of plants with people that know how to help you! They will help you find that perfect addition to your garden! You may find a new passion for plants that you didn’t know you had! Plants at your local garden centers are most likely grown right here in Lake County! Can it get any better than that? You’ll find the right plant for the right place from the best place in America….Lake County Ohio!
Let me know what you are shopping for! Which spot are you going to add something new? What color bloom are you looking for? Go ahead! Share!
Posted in Business, garden center, Garden Plants, ground covers, networkwing, Perennials, Perennials in the Garden, Plant finder, Spring, Uncategorized, Vegegables
Tagged Color, flowers, Garden, lake county, plants
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Why Tree Prices Will Increase –
This was posted by Bold Spring Nursery. Very interesting information.
Usually price increases are a sore topic. In our current economic climate, cost cutting has become a way of life as businesses fight to conserve cash and preserve margins. The unwelcome news of a price increase from a supplier is usually the last thing a buyer wants to hear. The ornamental tree business has been no different. Growers have suffered a crushing over-supply of trees which was, in fact, developing 6 -7 years ago, but was masked by the frenetic pace of construction through the middle part of the decade. When the bubble burst in 2007-2008 the demand for trees was reduced dramatically, beyond what few of us have ever witnessed. Since that time, growers, desperate to maintain a market share, have reacted by cutting prices for each of the last 3 years to the point where prices, on some items, have reached 30-year lows.
Unlike many businesses, tree growers cannot simply downsize their company to a scale that matches their sales. Existing inventory requires upkeep and that costs money. Like everyone else, growers have aggressively cut costs to try to staunch the negative flow of cash. That is a tall order in a world where the costs of raw materials such as burlap, diesel, and plastic have only increased. So, in many cases, fertilizer, pesticides, pruning, and staking have gone by the board. The results of excessive cost cutting are evident in the marketplace this year and many growers are simply not capable of supplying trees of adequate quality. For most growers, even the cost of culling bad trees is daunting when cash is tight and so the trees sit around, on display in the fields or, in the case of containers, growing increasingly pot-bound.
The other major area of cost cutting has been a sharp decrease in tree-planting in nurseries. Many cash conscious growers have realized that if they cannot afford to maintain what they have, then there is little point in putting more trees in the ground. As a result, tree planting has declined 70-80% over this period. This reduction occurred progressively: first by about 20% in 2008-2009 and then an additional 30-40% in each of the two following years. This trend has only just begun to become evident, with many smaller-sized trees and evergreens becoming scarce this spring. Over the next two years the breadth of shortages will increase dramatically and progressively, as more gaps appear while the old inventory outgrows the market, becomes ruined from neglect, is sawed down to increase spacing, or grubbed out entirely to prepare fields for re-planting.
Growers are watching carefully to see which items are selling out and they will raise prices whenever market conditions allow. This is not a matter of greed as much as survival. Most nurseries are just hanging on and absorbing losses, if they are even doing that. We are all watching while prominent nurseries fail, unable to continue in an economic meltdown that was nearly impossible to predict.
The shock waves from the sub-prime melt-down will continue to be felt, but will soon be felt in different ways. The crash of demand will be followed by a crash in supply caused by a reduction in the number of nurseries that have been willing and able to continue to risk investment in the planting and maintenance of quality inventory these last three years. And just as the construction boom masked the over-supply of trees 5-6 years ago, the construction bust is masking the currently developing shortage. When we experience even a modest resumption in new construction, the shortages will be difficult to manage.
It is important for businesses to educate their customers for what is coming. There is a special challenge for those who are bidding projects that are further out. There is a shocking gap between the desperate pricing of 2010-11, and the prices of, even, the over-supplied market of 2007. But when scarcities become prevalent, prices will return to their former levels, and eventually go higher still. That market of shortages may be much closer than you realize. Buyers should be prepared for price increases in fall 2011 and very large increases in 2012 and 2013.
Posted in Business, garden center, Gardening, Trees, whoesale nursery
Tagged Agriculture and Forestry, Business, Business and Economy, Container garden, demand, economy, Farmer, Horticulture, increase, Plant, prices, supply, Tree, trees
The other day I enjoyed listening to a webinar on the value of plants in our lives. The experts are working hard on putting a dollar figure to this value…my thoughts is it will be a while before it’s determined.
Plants add value to our homes. A well-landscaped yard will put more dollars in your pocket when it’s time to sell. This has been proven! Never mind the value if you’re not planning to sell but you have to admit that it’s a whole lot nicer hanging out somewhere where they’ve taken the time to add some color and plantings. Think about it, would you prefer to hang in the backyard with your friends surrounded by concrete and wood or flower beds and decks.
Cities are now working on adding green areas to roofs. Green and blue! Gardens, prairies, etc. When it rains, rooftop gardens catch and absorb storm water run-off or at least slows it down. This keeps rain water out of the gutters and hopefully out of the system that will overflow and end up messing with the city drainage! This saves money!
Green roofs and now living walls are being planted to save energy costs. A planted building will keep buildings cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter! Again…saving money!
Hospitals all over the world are using gardens to enhance patient well-being. How? It’s been proven that if patients are exposed to gardens, the recovery time is significantly reduced. Wellness centers worldwide are adding herb gardens, flower gardens and water features which in turn the patients and staff are benefiting. Shorter recovery, healthier staff…all equal savings!
So….although there are many more reasons to get a “little green” in your life, we will all save some green in the process! So get planting and do your part to help the economy recover! Consider planting a vegetable garden if nothing else!
Posted in Blossoms, Business, family, garden center, Gardening, Perennials
Tagged economy, Garden, Green roof, Health, Home, living walls, plants, rainwater, savings, Stormwater, value, wellness
In the nursery industry, January kicks off the trade show season. MANTS is just ending, Mid Am is next and CENTS is at the end of the month. Those are the big three that start the year.
Although booth space is not inexpensive and the time it takes for travel, set-up, man, and take-down the booth is great….the time you get with your customers face-to-face….is priceless!
Back when I first starting attending the trade shows, the floors were a buzz with people taking orders, and deals being made. At night it was all about who could stay out the latest and how many clients you could entertain.
With the times, things have changed. Companies send less representatives, the customers being wined and dined are in smaller groups, many of us are older and out not nearly as late as we used to be. Money is tight and budgets are tighter, salespeople are traveling together. We’re all being smarter about where our money goes but with that being said….
We are all still there. Year in and year out the nurseries are setting up, putting their best foot forward, forcing plants to be green and blooming in the dead of winter to show our plants to garden centers and landscapers who will be looking for what we sell in the spring. Our key people (many times the owners themselves!) are in their booths, shaking hands, talking about the industry, commiserating over the economy and sharing ideas to get to the other side! This industry shares like I’ve never seen elsewhere. The nurseries come together…we refer customers to each other, we ship together, we share solutions to problems, we even advertise together when possible. (I am so proud to be a part of an industry that works together like a giant team!)
But the true spirit of the nursery is the customer….for without the customer….well…you know what would happen. Customers become important to you. You work with them each year, selling them what they need and learning who they are and about their families and what’s important to them. You make these “friends” and you miss them during the winter when the phones are quiet! That’s what the trade shows are all about! Bringing people together, to TALK to each other without email or cell phones…just an honest to God conversation! There is no better way to connect with your customers on a cold winter day! Personally, I can’t wait to get this next spring season underway! Hope to see you at the trade shows!
Posted in Business, family, garden center, Gardening, networkwing, Uncategorized, whoesale nursery
Tagged Agriculture and Forestry, booth, budget, Business, connect, conversation, customers, Garden centre, Horticulture, ideas, Industry, nurseries, owners, personal, Plant, Plant nursery, sales, selling, sharing, spring, Trade fair, trade shows, travel, working