How – To Make Halloween Planters with your Family

Halloween is just around the corner! Spend time together as a family and make your own Halloween planters! Make a goofy ghost, cute candy corn, or a funny Frankenstein! Then, plant your favorite seasonal color or try fresh and fragrant herbs! Feel like trick or treating? Why not treat your neighbors with your handmade Halloween creations? Use one of our FREE Trick or Treat Plant Tag templates and leave a sweet Halloween treat for someone special.

STEP 1: SUPPLIES

To get started, you will need the following supplies:

  1. Terra Cotta Pottery
  2. Matrix® Pansies
  3. Fresh Herbs like Basil, Parsley, or Cilantro
  4. Calloway’s Premium Container Potting Soil or Calloway’s Organic Container Potting Soil
  5. Calloway’s Premium Plant Foods
  6. White Spray Paint
  7. Kid-Friendly Craft Paint

STEP 2: PAINT YOUR POTTERY

Let’s make Halloween-themed pottery! Learn how to paint ghost, candy corn, and Frankenstein pottery for your selection of plants! First, for richer colors and easier painting, spray paint your pottery with white spray paint.

spray paint pottery

Watch the video below for tips on how to paint your Halloween planters!

 

How – To Make Halloween Planters with your Family

 

GOOFY GHOST

To make a goofy ghost, spray your pottery with extra coats of white paint for solid coverage. Allow it to dry completely.

ghost pottery

When your paint is dry, add eyes and a smile to give your ghost a friendly face.

 

FUNNY FRANKENSTEIN

mix paint to make bright green

To make a funny Frankenstein-themed planter, paint your pottery with bright green craft paint or make your own by mixing together green, yellow, and white paint.

paint pot green

Give a good coverage of paint and apply a second coat if needed. Allow the paint to dry completely and add the remaining details like the jagged hair and funny face!

frankenstein planter

 

CUTE CANDY CORN

candy corn pottery

To make your cute candy corn planter, work from the bottom up. Paint the lower portion of your pottery with yellow craft paint. You can free-hand it or use a ruler or tape to make a crisp line.

cute candy corn themed planter

Then, paint an orange bar above the yellow to complete the candy corn look. Once everything is dry, paint the eyes and smile to make your candy corn planter super sweet.

halloween planters

Now that your planters are painted, let’s add seasonal color or fresh herbs!

 

 

STEP 3: PLANTING PARTY

Let’s start planting! First, fill your planters with your selection of Calloway’s Premium Potting Soils.

add potting soil to planters

Try Calloway’s Premium Container Potting Soil! It helps your plants get the best start for healthier, continued growth. It contains water saving ingredients like Hydrogel water holding crystals, Expanded Shale and Coconut Coir for added moisture control. Additional ingredients include sphagnum peat moss, composted rice hulls, composted pine bark, earthworm castings, Dolomite lime, and trace elements. Our soil is Silicon Enriched™ to provide container plants with the same benefits as those grown in the Earth’s soil! Plus, our .2-.05-.1 professional formula contains a slow release fertilizer to help feed your plants for up to 6 months.

Planting edibles like fresh herbs? Try an organic soil like Calloway’s Organic Container Potting Soil. Our Organic Potting Soil is made from the highest quality organic ingredients, including water saving ingredients like Expanded Shale and Coco Coir for added moisture control. Additional organic ingredients include composted rice hulls, pine bark, earthworm castings, and peat moss to provide proper aeration and organic matter to the soil for rapid root growth. Plus, your plants will enjoy the beneficial ingredients like Silicon, Lime, and organic fertilizer to improve overall health and feed your plants naturally.

After the soil is added, it is time to add your plants!

plant pansies in planter

Matrix® Pansies are one of our favorites for cool season color. The striking blooms come in a wide variety of colors and many different styles like blotch or clear. They are well-known for their consistent growth and large blooms. Matrix® Pansies easily fill filowerbeds and containers with decorative mass plantings of blooms that last from the fall through the early spring. They are low-maintenance and frost tolerant to last through the cooler months.

plant basil in pottery

Cool season herbs are in stock and ready to be planted! These edible herbs provide a delicious fragrance, and you can even use them in your recipes for a healthy family meal. Fresh herbs can create a dynamic look and make for the perfect gift that keeps on giving! See what we have in stock now at our store nearest you!

After everything is planted, water in thoroughly, allowing the water to drain out of the drain hole.

 

STEP 4: TRICK OR TREAT PLANT TAGS

decorated trick or treat plant tags

Personalize your planter with a Trick or Treat Plant Tag! We have a FREE template for you to use, available in a version that you can decorate yourself or simply print the full color tags!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE TRICK OR TREAT PLANT TAG TEMPLATE!

trick or treat plant tag

Carefully, cut out the plant tags and attach to a small stick, like a popsicle stick, and place in the potting soil. You can also use string and tie your tag around the pottery.

tie tag onto planter

Gifting to someone special? Sign your name or write a nice note to make your gift extra special!

plant tag for halloween

For the perfect trick or treat gifting, leave your Halloween planter at their door for a sweet surprise!

gift ideas for halloween

 

FEED YOUR PLANTS

pansy planter with trick or treat plant tag

To keep your plants bold and beautiful, give them the best food for proper nourishment. Calloway’s Premium Flower Food is great for all blooming flowers like Begonias, Cyclamen, Pansies, Petunias, Periwinkle, and more.  Our 12-4-8 specialized formula contains nitrogen, Fx Iron®, phosphate, and other key ingredients to help your flower bloom with big, bold color!

 

SHOP WITH EASE

finished halloween planters

Shop easier for your Halloween planting supplies! At Calloway’s and Cornelius, we have convenient ways to shop for your home and garden! Our open-air stores are here for you to enjoy, try shopping online, or you can call our store nearest you and place an order over the phone for Curbside Pickup!

Questions about plant care, availability, or quantities of plants? Call our store nearest you! Our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals are here to help with your planting needs!

trick or treat ideas for halloween

Have a safe and happy Halloween! Share your planters with us on our Facebook page or Instagram and use hashtag #CALLOWAYSNURSERY or #CORNELIUSNURSERY! We love to see what you grow and create!

 

 

 

 

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How-To Make a Colorful Impact: Container Gardens & Matrix® Pansies

different colors of matrix pansies

Does your garden need a pop of fresh, seasonal color? Make an impact with container gardens and Matrix® Pansies! Container gardens are the easiest way to keep your garden growing while adding style and color. You can personalize your gardens and update as often as you would like. This fall, choose bold color that will thrive during the cooler seasons like Matrix® Pansies!

 

ALL ABOUT MATRIX® PANSIES

purple matrix pansies

Matrix® Pansies are one of our favorites for cool season color. The striking blooms come in a wide variety of pansy colors and many different styles like blotch or clear. They are well-known for their consistent growth and large blooms. Matrix® Pansies easily fill flowerbeds and containers with decorative mass plantings of blooms that last from the fall through the early spring. They are low-maintenance and provide the most flowers per plant of any large-flowered pansy.

red matrix pansy

Planting for beneficial pollinators? Matrix® Pansies are frost tolerant with fragrant flowers that attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds to your landscape!

 

PANSY PLANTING & CARE TIPS

4 in pansies

Matrix® Pansy flowers perform well in partial sun to full sunlight throughout the day. When planting in containers, use a well-draining soil like Calloway’s Premium Container Potting Soil.

pansy garden

Calloway’s Premium Container Potting Soil helps your pansy plants get the best start for healthier, continued growth. It contains water saving ingredients like Hydrogel water holding crystals, Expanded Shale and Coconut Coir for added moisture control. Additional ingredients include sphagnum peat moss, composted rice hulls, composted pine bark, earthworm castings, Dolomite lime, and trace elements. Our soil is Silicon Enriched™ to provide container plants with the same benefits as those grown in the Earth’s soil! Plus, our .2-.05-.1 professional formula contains a slow release fertilizer to help feed your plants for up to 6 months.

purple and white blotch pansy plant

Water in thoroughly when planted and allow the water to drain out the drain hole. Water again when the top few inches of the soil feel dry to the touch.

 

 

HOW TO MAKE AN IMPACT WITH MATRIX® PANSY CONTAINER GARDENS

POTTERY & HANGING BASKETS

container garden pottery

Choose the perfect pottery for your container garden. Select a size that will be big enough to fit your selection of plants. Have fun exploring all the different styles and colors to find the best container for your garden! Pick a colorful array to display white, orange, yellow and blue pansies or stick to a monochromatic color scheme with different styles of pottery in the same color.

pansy hanging baskets

Want to hang with beautiful color? Try hanging baskets! Check out our selection of pre-made hanging baskets at our store nearest you or make your own! While supplies last!

 

BEFORE AND AFTER: THE IMPACT OF MATRIX® PANSY CONTAINER GARDENS

Explore these examples of how you can make a quick and easy update to your landscape with easy-to-make container gardens.

BEFORE

empty front yard

AFTER

pansy container garden refresh

 

 

BEFORE

empty spot of yard

AFTER

pansy plants in landscape

 

 

BEFORE

empty part of yard

 AFTER

matrix pansy container gardens

 

 

WHAT TO PLANT WITH YOUR MATRIX® PANSIES

When choosing selections to plant with your Matrix® Pansies, it is important that their sun and water requirements match to keep your plants happy and healthy.

 

ORNAMENTAL CABBAGE OR KALE

pansy and ornamental kale

Ornamental Cabbage and Kale are fall favorites. They add rich colors and gorgeous seasonal color to any landscape. They grow best in full sun during the cooler months and the cool temperatures create strong pigments of vibrant colors in the leaves.

ornamental cabbage plant

 

FRESH HERBS

parlsey

Cool season herbs are in stock and ready to be planted! You can enjoy these edible herbs by their delicious fragrance and even use them in your recipes for a healthy family meal.

chives

Fresh herbs can create a dynamic look like the full and curly leaves of parsley or spill over your container with chives. See what we have in stock now at our store nearest you!

 

ALYSSUM

sweet alyssum

Alyssum plants contain clusters of tiny, fragrant flowers in white and purple that bloom with a lovely star shape! A great addition to seasonal gardens and containers for its compact growth and trailing habit, plus it is a lovely plant to attract pollinators to your garden!

purple alyssum

 

DUSTY MILLER

dusty miller plant

Dusty Miller offers striking white to silver fern-like foliage that can be used as an accent in containers or as a border in garden beds. They are known as the perfect complimentary foliage for your flowering annuals, like Matrix® Pansies!

 

PURPLE HEART

purple heart plant

Purple Heart is a trailing perennial, known for its foliage of lovely leaves that emerge burgundy-red and mature to a purple hue. They are low maintenance, and excellent for containers or massed as groundcover.

 

pansies and herbs

There are so many choices to plant in your container garden! Personalize your creations in a design that works best for you!

 

FEED YOUR PLANTS

calloway's premium flower food

To keep your plants bold and beautiful, give them the best food for proper nourishment. Calloway’s Premium Flower Food is great for all blooming flowers like Begonias, Cyclamen, Pansies, Petunias, Periwinkle, and more.  Our 12-4-8 specialized formula contains nitrogen, Fx Iron®, phosphate, and other key ingredients to help your flower bloom with big, bold color!

 

SHOP WITH EASE

pansy container garden

Shop with ease for your Matrix® Pansy container garden! At Calloway’s and Cornelius, we have convenient ways to shop for your home and garden! Our open-air stores are here for you to enjoy, try shopping online, or you can call our store nearest you and place an order over the phone for Curbside Pickup!

Questions about plant care, availability, or quantities of plants? Call our store nearest you! Our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals are here to help with your planting needs!

pansy container garden ideas

Share your creations with us on our Facebook page or Instagram and use hashtag #CALLOWAYSNURSERY or #CORNELIUSNURSERY! We love to see what you grow and create!

 

 

 

 

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Autumn Harvest Container Gardens: Fall Planter Ideas with Pumpkins

Looking for some no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas? Try sprucing up your fall planters with the bright colors of fresh pumpkins and fall plants! Making your Autumn Harvest Container Garden is easy with a stunning selection of fresh fall color, herbs, and even succulents! The options are endless! Spend some time enjoying the beautiful weather this weekend and de-stress with the perfect fall planting project.

HOW TO MAKE AN AUTUMN HARVEST CONTAINER GARDEN

fall planters

STEP 1: Supplies

To get started, you will need the following supplies for this fall gardening project:

  • Pumpkins or Gourds
  • Autumn Harvest Plants like Matrix® Pansies, Ornamental Cabbage and Kale, Herbs, Ornamental Grasses
  • Succulents
  • Calloway’s Premium Container Potting Soil
  • Pottery from Calloway’s or Cornelius
  • Calloway’s Premium Flower Food
  • Calloway’s Premium Tropical Plant Food (for succulents)

STEP 2: Soil and Pottery

The soil you use is very important to the health and success of your container garden. First, never use the native soil from the ground, as it does not contain the nutrients and moisture-retaining properties of a proper potting soil.

Calloway’s Premium Container Potting Soil helps your plants get the best start for healthier, continued growth. It contains water saving ingredients like Hydrogel water holding crystals, Expanded Shale and Coconut Coir for added moisture control. Additional ingredients include sphagnum peat moss, composted rice hulls, composted pine bark, earthworm castings, Dolomite lime, and trace elements. Our soil is Silicon Enriched™ to provide container plants with the same benefits as those grown in the Earth’s soil! Plus, our .2-.05-.1 professional formula contains a slow release fertilizer to help feed your plants for up to 6 months.

pottery in store

Choose the perfect pottery for your container garden. Select a size that will be big enough to fit your selection of plants. Have fun exploring all the different styles and colors to find the best container for your garden!

STEP 3: Adding Your Plants

Pick your plants in vibrant colors to design a visually pleasing container garden. When it comes to the design, use the “Thriller, Filler, and Spiller” method. Choosing your plants based on “Thriller, Filler, and Spiller” selections will create an exciting creation with dimension and color.

Select plants with similar sun and water requirements to ensure your plants stay happy and healthy.

First, add your “Thriller” plant. Choose selections with big, bold blooms or try a dynamic choice like ornamental grasses from Monrovia®.

ornamental grasses

Remember, the “Thriller” plant will be a large, dramatic, and taller option. It is the focal plant in your container. Depending on where your container will be displayed, you can either plant your “Thriller” in the center, if your container will be viewed from all sides, or plant towards the back of the container.

ornamental grass in container

Then, add your “Filler” plant. The “Filler” plants are plants that tend to be a more rounded plant to make the container look full. Place your “Filler” in front of your “Thriller” plant. In our design, we selected some fantastic plants for this time of year, Ornamental Cabbage or Kale and Matrix® Pansies!

ornamental kale

Ornamental Cabbage and Kale are fall favorites. They add rich colors and gorgeous seasonal color to any landscape. They grow best in full sun during the cooler months and the cool temperatures create strong pigments of vibrant colors in the leaves.

ornamental cabbage

Matrix® Pansies are known for their large blooms and consistent growth during the cooler season. They come in a variety of bold and vibrant colors in blotch or clear styles. Place next to your Ornamental Cabbage or Kale, leaving room to add pumpkins!

yellow pansy

Finally, add your “Spiller” plant. The “Spiller” plants are trailing plants that hang over the edge of the container. They should be planted close to the edge of the container, in front of, or surrounding the “Filler” plant.

fresh herbs

For our creation, we selected fresh seasonal herbs! Oregano, Chives, or Thyme make for great “Spiller” plants, plus they provide a lovely fragrance.

Now that your plants are set up. Water in thoroughly, letting the water drain through the drain hole. Then, get ready to add pumpkins!

STEP 4: Adding Pumpkins

fall container garden ideas with pumpkins

Depending on the size of your container, that will determine the appropriate size of pumpkins to use. Smaller pumpkins like Pie Pumpkins, White Pumpkins, Mini Pumpkins, or even Ornamental Gourds will add a splash of seasonal hues to your creation.

no carve pumpkin ideas

Place your pumpkins within the open spaces of your container for a beautiful Autumn Harvest display!

 

FALL SUCCULENT CONTAINER GARDEN

Want to make a beautiful Autumn Harvest Container Garden for the indoors? Try using succulents! Succulents are low-maintenance and add darling foliage to any space.

Have fun with the varieties of succulents we have to offer and try using the same “Thriller, Filler, Spiller” method for your creation.

succulents

For our container garden, we found the perfect plant to use to create a strong focal point. This large succulent easily resembles Ornamental Cabbage or Kale!

succulent in potting soil

Plant your succulent in the potting soil and then add your smaller or “Filler” succulents.

fall planter with succulents

Once all the plants are ready to go, finish your container garden with Mini Pumpkins.

mini pumpkin

Simply, fill in the areas between the plants with your pumpkin selections.

pumpkins and succulents

Your Autumn Harvest Container Gardens are now complete! Add these beauties to your front porch or tabletops, depending on the plants you have used.

autumn havest planters

 

FEED YOUR PLANTS

To keep your plants bold and beautiful, give them the best food for proper nourishment. Calloway’s Premium Flower Food is great for all blooming flowers like Begonias, Cyclamen, Pansies, Petunias, Periwinkle, and more.  Our 12-4-8 specialized formula contains nitrogen, Fx Iron®, phosphate, and other key ingredients to help your flowers bloom with big, bold color!

premium flower food

For your succulents, give your plants Calloway’s Premium Tropical Plant Food. Our Tropical Plant Food is ideal for Bougainvillea, Hibiscus, Indoor Plants, and more. Our 15-5-10 special formula contains a controlled release nitrogen, Fx Iron®, calcium, and other key components to help your tropical plants have healthier growth.

 

SHOP WITH EASE

Shop with ease for your Autumn Harvest Container Garden! At Calloway’s and Cornelius, we have convenient ways to shop for your home and garden! Our open-air stores are here for you to enjoy, try shopping online, or you can call our store nearest you and place an order over the phone for Curbside Pickup!

curbside pickup

Plus, stop by this Saturday or Sunday (October 10th and 11th) and bring your kids for our FREE pie pumpkin pickup!

Please limit 1 pie pumpkin per child. While supplies last!

Questions about plant care, availability, or quantities of plants? Call our store nearest you! Our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals are here to help with your planting needs!

Share your Autumn Harvest Container Gardens with us on our Facebook page or Instagram and use hashtag #CALLOWAYSNURSERY or #CORNELIUSNURSERY! We love to see what you grow and create!

 

Pumpkin Decorating Ideas & Inspiration for the Family

Pumpkin Decorating Ideas & Inspiration for the Family

Are you ready to decorate pumpkins? We are! The options are endless for what you can do with all of our specialty pumpkins, from creating fall displays to carving spooky faces. If you are looking for some no carve pumpkin decorating ideas, keep reading! We have fun ideas for your fall display and an adorable finger-painting craft that is perfect for the kids!

PUMPKIN DECORATING IDEAS: THUMBPRINT PUMPKINS

Finger-painting is always a good go-to craft, no matter what age you are. Take that concept and apply it to pumpkins! Thumbprint pumpkins are easy to make and they use minimal paint and supplies. It is a perfect project for the family and your new pumpkins. Try it with Pie Pumpkins, Mini pumpkins, or even Jack O’ Lanterns!

mini pumpkin decorating ideas for kids

STEP 1: SUPPLIES

To get started, you will need the following supplies for this fall craft project:

  • Pumpkins
  • Kid-Friendly Craft Paint
  • Paint Pen or Marker

orange pie pumpkin and white mini pumpkin

STEP 2: MAKE YOUR THUMBPRINTS

GHOST THUMBPRINT PUMPKINS

orange pie pumpkin

First, clean your pumpkins. Cleaning your pumpkins will help keep your pumpkin fresher, longer. Get your orange pie pumpkin and white paint to start decorating.

white craft paint

Dab your thumb into the paint, trying to get even coverage. Remove excess paint by doing a few test thumbprints on an extra sheet of paper.

paint on thumb

Then, carefully place sporadic thumbprints around the pumpkin, getting a nice thumbprint each time.

thumbprints with paint on pumpkin

Allow the paint to dry completely.

thumbprint pumpkin ghosts

JACK O’ LANTERN THUMBPRINT PUMPKINS

Get your clean, white pumpkin, in any size that you choose, and grab your orange paint.

white mini pumpkin

Dab your thumb into the orange paint and repeat the same process as with the ghost thumbprints. Place randomly around the pumpkin.

orange thumbprints on white pumpkin

Allow the paint to dry completely.

STEP 3: ADD FACES

paint pen for pumpkin decorating

Grab your paint pen and carefully add spooky, silly, or smiling faces on your thumbprints.

drawing ghost face on pumpkin

For the ghost thumbprints, add 3 circles close together for the eyes and mouth.

draw pumpkin face

For the Jack O’ Lantern thumbprints, add a variety of classic faces or keep them all the same. Don’t forget to add the stem!

thumbprint pumpkin decorating

Let everything dry and set them out to display your work! The fun and handmade quality makes these pumpkins extra playful and cute.

ghost thumbprint pumpkin

These thumbprint pumpkins are just too cute to spook!

jack o lantern thumbprint pumpkin

Make these fun pumpkins with your family!

 

 

PUMPKIN DECORATING INSPIRATION: COPPER PUMPKINS

Another great and no carve pumpkin decorating idea is painting copper pumpkins. Creating a unique accent like copper pumpkins will give your display a contemporary touch that also anchors the overall design. Choose complimenting colors when selecting your pumpkins and make a monochromatic and sophisticated color scheme for a beautiful fall display!

pumpkins for display

STEP 1: SUPPLIES

To get started, you will need the following supplies for this fall craft project:

  • Pumpkins in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes
  • Spray Paint

jack o lantern

STEP 2: PAINT PUMPKINS

white spray paint on pumpkin

As usual, clean your pumpkins and allow them to dry. Select the pumpkins that you will be painting. Use an odd number or a variety of sizes to keep the display visually interesting.

cover pumpkin in white spray paint

Cover the pumpkins in white spray paint. Always use adult supervision with spray paint! Paint the stems or keep them natural. This will create better coverage for the copper paint.

copper spray paint

After the white paint is dry, it is time to start painting your pumpkins copper! You may need to add a few coats for excellent copper coverage.

pumpkin with copper spray paint

Allow the paint to dry completely before setting up your display!

copper pumpkins

STEP 3: HOW TO SET UP YOUR PUMPKIN DISPLAY

Gather your pumpkins and get ready to start setting up. Find the perfect spot in your landscape or on your mantles. Try this display on your front porch or stairs to make your home warm and welcoming for the fall!

SET ACCENT PUMPKINS

place copper pumpkins first

First, place your copper pumpkins where they will be set in your fall display. We will start building around these with the other pumpkins to create depth and the proper balance in your design.

 SET STACKING AND SPECIALTY PUMPKINS

add speciality pumpkin second

Next, add your specialty and stacking pumpkins. We used Cheddar Pumpkins, Enchantment Pumpkins, and a Rascal Pumpkin for their contrasting shape and soft colors.

add stacking pumpkins

Space out the coloring to keep the display visually balanced and angle pumpkins to help guide your eye to different parts of the display.

FILL IN WITH SMALLER AND ROUND VARIETIES OF PUMPKINS

fill in with round pumpkins

Finally, fill in with smaller varieties in similar colors. Try white Pie Pumpkins, Mini White Pumpkins, and add a regular White Pumpkin. The regular white pumpkin will be the glue that holds the whole design together for its size and its shape.

complete copper pumpkin display

Top everything off with garden mums for an extra touch!

specialty pumpkins and copper pumpkin

Step back and enjoy your unique design. This display has so much life and movement from the ever-changing shadows that each pumpkin creates outdoors to their various colors and textures.

no carve pumpkin decorating

SHOP WITH EASE

Start pumpkin decorating now and pick up your pumpkins with ease! At Calloway’s and Cornelius, we have convenient ways to shop for your home and garden! Our open-air stores are here for you to enjoy, try shopping online, or you can call our store nearest you and place an order over the phone for Curbside Pickup!

pie pumpkins

Plus, stop by this Saturday or Sunday (October 3-4) and bring your kids for our FREE pie pumpkin pickup!

pie pumpkin pickup event

Please limit 1 pie pumpkin per child. While supplies last!

 

Questions about plant care, availability, or quantities of plants? Call our store nearest you! Our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals are here to help with your planting needs!

Share your pumpkin decorating with us on our Facebook page or Instagram and use hashtag #CALLOWAYSNURSERY or #CORNELIUSNURSERY! We love to see what you grow and create!

 

 

 

 

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Easy Fall Crafts: Jack O’ Lantern Planters for your Garden Mums

Easy Fall Crafts: Jack O’ Lantern Planters for your Garden Mums

Halloween is around the corner and it is time to have some festive fun with your family. Celebrate together and get crafty for the season! Put on your costumes, make some apple cider, and explore the possibilities with this easy fall craft. Make Jack O’ Lantern Pumpkins with terra cotta pottery for your garden mums!

STEP 1: SUPPLIES

terra cotta pottery

To get started, you will need the following supplies for this fall craft project:

  • Terra Cotta Pottery
  • Garden Mums
  • Calloway’s Premium Container Potting Soil
  • Kid-Friendly Craft Paint
  • Paint Brushes and Pencil
  • Garden Gloves and Hand Shovel

garden mums in containers

 

 

STEP 2: MAKE YOUR JACK O’ LANTERN FACE

garden mum in jack o lantern planter

First, wipe off your terra cotta pots for clean painting and figure out the perfect place to paint the face.

draw jack o lantern faces on pots

Start drawing the eyes, nose, and mouth in your favorite Jack O’ Lantern style. Make the face spooky, silly, or sweet! Try adding eyelashes for a darling touch! Its up to you!

paint the jack o lantern faces

Next, start painting! Dab your paint brush into the black paint and start filling in the different areas of your Jack O’ Lantern’s face.

painting jack o lantern face on pottery

After you are finished, give the paint a moment to dry and examine if you need to add a second coat of paint.

fall craft ideas

Once all your Jack O’ Lantern faces are created, allow them to dry completely before starting to plant!

 

 

STEP 3: PLANT YOUR GARDEN MUMS

garden mum blooms up close

Garden mums are a fall perennial favorite. They add gorgeous cool season color to your landscape and can return year after year. They are a relatively low-maintenance plant and do well in flowerbeds, containers, and mass plantings.

Garden mums prefer full sunlight and can grow to be about 20 inches tall. Garden mums thrive in adverse conditions and do well in cooler weather.

garden mum plant tag

Save your plant tags for a quick and easy reference on care tips and other important plant information.

How – To Plant Your Garden Mums in Containers

First, garden mums need a well-draining soil like, Calloway’s Premium Container Potting Soil. Fill the container with potting soil, leaving room for your plant. Remove your plant from its plastic container and gently break up the root ball.

Add your plant to the container and water in thoroughly, allowing the water to drain through the drain hole. Add additional potting soil if needed.

orange garden mum in jack o lantern planter

Water again when the soil feels dry and try watering in the morning to allow the foliage to dry off before nightfall.

 

 

STEP 4: DECORATE AND MAINTAIN

jack o lantern planters with mums

Your planters are now complete! It is time to decorate for Halloween! Display each family member’s creation in your yard and admire the playful faces and beautiful colors!

jack o lantern planters on display

Pair your planters with real pumpkins or other Autumn Harvest goodies or Halloween décor!

To keep your garden mums vibrant, feed as directed with Calloway’s Premium Flower Food. Our 12-4-8 specialized formula contains nitrogen, Fx Iron®, phosphate, and other key ingredients to help your flower bloom with big, bold color!

 

 

SHOP WITH EASE

Get fall ready with ease! At Calloway’s and Cornelius, we have convenient ways to shop for your home and garden! Our open-air stores are here for you to enjoy, try shopping online, or you can call our store nearest you and place an order over the phone for Curbside Pickup!

jack o lantern planters easy fall crafts

Questions about plant care, availability, or quantities of plants? Call our store nearest you! Our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals are here to help with your planting needs!

Share your Jack O’ Lantern Planters with us on our Facebook page or Instagram and use hashtag #CALLOWAYSNURSERY or #CORNELIUSNURSERY! We love to see what you grow and create!

 

How – To Decorate Your Home For Fall

How – To Decorate Your Home For Fall

It is time to get your home festive for the fall. There is just something magical about decorating for this time of year and the feeling of excitement and happiness that it can bring you and your family. The bright shades of orange, the playful décor, and the presence of nature and pumpkins filling our homes is what makes fall as sweet as Halloween candy! Let’s take a look at some of our Autumn Harvest plants and produce, metal art, and learn how to decorate your home indoors and out! Plus, for all our Cornelius Nursery customers, check out our home décor available at all of our Houston locations!

 

AUTUMN HARVEST OVERVIEW

PUMPKINS, GOURDS, & MORE

corn stalks

Fresh Autumn Harvest produce is arriving now, in many different varieties, shapes, and sizes!

jack o lantern pumpkins

We have a wide variety of specialty pumpkins like Jack O’ Lanterns, Fairytale Pumpkins, Kamo Kamo Pumpkin, and more! Find the biggest pumpkin you can or the most unique. Explore the colors, textures, and shapes.

ornamental gourds

Adorn your porch with stalks of corn or bales of straw! Decorate your tabletops with mini pumpkins, birdhouse gourds, or Indian corn to bring the fall season home!

tiger striped baby pumpkins

Stop by to check out all our Autumn Harvest selections or shop online here!

FALL COLOR AND EDIBLES

garden mums

Add fall color to your homes, patios, or flowerbeds! Create seasonal container gardens or add a splash of beauty to your flowerbeds.

petunias

Try planting beautiful petunias in your flowerbeds for vibrant cool season color. Add perennial color to your containers with garden mums!

petra croton plants

Give your porch a splash of the season with Petra crotons or add fall blooms to your décor with floral mums!

floral mums

Another way to add gorgeous color to your garden is with cool season vegetables and herbs!

sweet basil plant

Keep your victory garden going and plant fresh broccoli, cabbage, artichokes, basil, and more!

cabbage plant and tag

Mix seasonal color with your fresh edibles for a beautiful and useful container garden!

 

 

FALL DECORATING IDEAS FOR INDOORS AND OUT

Not sure what to do with all your Autumn Harvest goodies? Check out these decorating tips! Mix and match, use personal touches like photos, special accent décor, cookbooks, gardening books, and anything else that will make your fall display true to you and your style.

INDOOR IDEAS

pumpkin display ideas on shelves

Filling your shelves or mantels with fall accents is easy and you can create a display that is interesting and beautiful.

air plant pumpkins

Air plant pumpkins and sugar skulls are a small touch of cuteness. They are perfect for your desk or shelves for a subtle accent.

pumpkins on candlestick holders

Candlestick holders are the perfect pumpkin stands! Mini pumpkins can really shine in your displays with this unique and modern touch.

floral mums in terra cotta pot

Add a potted plant like floral mums. Use a terra cotta planter to keep in the color scheme and natural essence of fall.

mini white pumpkin mix in bowl

Decorative trays, containers, and pottery are other fantastic ways to display your autumn harvest selections.

pumpkins on 3 tiered tray

Make a homey statement in the kitchen with a 3-tiered tray and a variety of pumpkins. For a fancier look, go glamorous with gold and ornamental gourds.

ornamental gourds in gold bowl

OUTDOOR IDEAS

metal art store display

Metal art from The Round Top Collection® is in stores now! These versatile products have options to hang or stake in the ground. They come in many sizes and styles to match your decorating theme.

metal art pumpkin in container

Go for a fall forward look in your container gardens or try a spookier selection for Halloween!

halloween metal art

Give your front yard that friendly touch of fall seasonal decorations and stylish accents.

white pumpkin metal art

 

 

CORNELIUS HOME DÉCOR

decorative pumpkin

Live in the Houston area? Stop by a Cornelius Nursery near you and check out all our interior décor, fragrances, and more! Available in Houston only!

halloween home decor

Get Halloween ready with fun tabletop décor and playful accents.

halloween home accent piece

Start preparing for the Thanksgiving holiday with accent signs and decorative towels.

thanksgiving home decor

Check out our vast selection of Fall ribbon in Halloween themes, fall styles, and classic designs.

fall ribbon

Plus, explore the possibilities and order custom wreaths and bows!

fall wreath on door

Give your front door the wreath it deserves in the style and colors that you prefer!

decorative bow on chair

Try new ways to decorate like adding bows to your chairs or use them to decorate your pumpkins!

stacked pumpkins with decorative bow

Give your home the finishing touch with the scents of the season!

fall fragrances

Check out the fall fragrances for your home from Aromatique®, TRAPP®, Thymes®, Michel Design Works®, and more!

If you live in Houston, stop by Cornelius Nursery near you to see all we have to offer to fill your home with fall flare!

 

 

SHOP WITH EASE

Get fall ready with ease! At Calloway’s and Cornelius, we have convenient ways to shop for your home and garden! Our open-air stores are here for you to enjoy, try shopping online, or you can call our store nearest you and place an order over the phone for Curbside Pickup!

outdoor fall display

Questions about plant care, availability, or quantities of plants? Call our store nearest you! Our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals are here to help with your planting needs!

Have some fun getting your home ready for the Autumn Harvest season and fall in love with your creations and décor!

Tips for Growing Broccoli & Cauliflower in your Garden

broccoli and cauliflower heads

Keep your garden growing for sustainability and get ready for a bountiful autumn harvest. Cool season veggies are calling! It is time to plant Broccoli and Cauliflower. Broccoli and Cauliflower are versatile vegetables that perform well in the fall and can be used in many different dishes to feed your family. Check out our planting tips and learn how to grow Broccoli and Cauliflower successfully in your garden!

 

Tips for growing Broccoli & Cauliflower in your Garden

SHOPPING CHECKLIST

graffiti cauliflower

To get started, you will need the following supplies:

  1. 4in Broccoli & Cauliflower Varieties
  2. Calloway’s Organic Garden Compost
  3. Expanded Shale
  4. Calloway’s Natural Garden Food
  5. Calloway’s Premium Organic Hardwood Mulch
  6. Gardening Tools – Shovel, Hoe, Rake, Cultivator, Trowel
  7. Gardening Gloves
  8. Rapitest® Soil Tester
  9. Watering Tools

green magic broccoli

Please note, the quantities needed for your planting supplies will depend on the size of your project. Our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals are available at every store location to help you!

 

 

PLANTING LOCATION & SOIL PREP

soil prep

Choose a location that receives full sunlight during the day – about 6-8 hours. Broccoli and Cauliflower plants prefer soils with a pH of 6 to 6.5, anything below a pH of 6 could reduce the yield. To check, pick up a soil test at your local Calloway’s or Cornelius and test your soil!

rapitest soil tester

Remove rocks and any debris. Rake away leaves and pull any weeds. We recommend always checking with the city and calling 811 before planting to ensure there are no utility lines underground that you need to know about.

Next, prep your soil for planting. Prepping your soil breaks up the clay, aerates the soil, and creates a better draining system so your plant’s roots have the proper environment to grow!

Soil Prep for New Beds

For new beds, spread 3 inches of expanded shale into the native soil. Then, till in 3 inches of Calloway’s Organic Garden Compost.

Calloway’s Organic Garden Compost contains a blend of composted rice hulls, composted pine bark, earthworm castings, and mycorrhizae. Mycorrhizae transports and increases nutrient uptake to plants while the organic ingredients help promote aeration of the soil for rapid root growth. It provides organic matter to enhance water and nutrient retention in the soil.

Soil Prep for Existing Beds

For existing beds, mix 2 inches of Calloway’s Organic Garden Compost into the existing soil.

 

BROCCOLI & CAULIFLOWER PLANTING TIPS

Spacing

plant spacing is key

Before planting, it is always good to set your plants and make sure you have the proper spacing that they require. Different varieties have different spacing requirements because of how they grow. Spacing can impact the development, thus limited spacing can create smaller heads and fewer sprouts.

Broccoli

broccoli plants

4-inch Broccoli plants need about 12-24 inches of space between plants. Some varieties are smaller than others and have different requirements. Check your plant tag to be sure.

Cauliflower

cauliflower plants

4-inch Cauliflower plants need more room to grow as they have a wider spread. They need about 2 feet of space between plants.

 

Planting Depth

plant at proper depth

After you have your plants set and your soil prepped, it is time to start planting. Dig a hole that is about twice as wide as the container holding your plant, but just as deep. The top of the root ball should be level with the soil line. The stem should not be under the soil line as this could cause rot issues. Fill in around your plant with the surrounding soil. After planting is finished, water in thoroughly.

 

 

CARE TIPS

Watering

watering plants

Both Broccoli and Cauliflower require moist soil conditions. It is essential to do regular watering with these plants. Avoid getting the exposed plant heads wet as this could impact the health of your plant.

Broccoli

Water regularly, about 1 – 1 ½ inches per week.

Cauliflower

Water regularly, even with rain – about 2 inches per week.

 

Mulch

calloways premium organic mulch

When your garden is complete, apply Calloway’s Premium Organic Hardwood Mulch. Calloway’s Premium Organic Hardwood Mulch is a 100% organic top dressing for your garden. The shredded wood mats together to form a protective covering over the roots that will not wash away. It helps to regulate sub-surface temperature, providing a moderated environment for your plant’s roots. Mulch helps to retain moisture in the soil and helps to control weeds.

 

Feeding Your Plants

natural garden food

To promote growth, especially after the first harvest, maintaining an active feeding and watering schedule is key. Use Calloway’s Natural Garden Food as directed. Our Natural Garden Food is one of the leading fertilizers for an organic landscape. It is enhanced with a unique blend of beneficial microorganisms, which breaks down complex minerals to improve long-term soil quality. This highly enriched fertilizer also contains helpful mycorrhizae, a healthy bacteria that stimulates growth above and below the soil.

 

 

HARVESTING TIPS

broccoli harvest

Keep your plant tags! They outline the proper time to allow for your plant to reach its maturity. Different varieties may require different time-frames and it is important to take note of that. Your plants should be harvested as soon as they are ready.

 

Broccoli

broccoli plant tags

Broccoli is ready to harvest when the first flower starts to turn yellow. Harvest in the morning when the buds of the head are firm and tight.

harvesting broccoli

Cut the heads, but leave the side sprouts for a later harvest. When you cut the heads from the plant, take at least 6 inches of stem. Be sure to cut at a slant to allow water to slide away from the stalk which could cause rot.

Store in your refrigerator for up to 5 days.

 

Cauliflower

cauliflower plant tags

About 8-10 days before harvesting and when the Cauliflower head can be easily seen among its leaves, protect your plant with a process called “Blanching”. Simply, gather the longest leaves together over the head of the plant and keep them together with a soft piece of twine. This will shade the head and keep it from turning yellow.

harvesting cauliflower

When the head is ready to be harvested, carefully, cut the center heads when they feel tight. If past its peak maturity, the heads will begin to open and flower. The heads should be about 6-8 inches in diameter when they are ready.

Store in your refrigerator for up to a week.

 

 

ROASTED CAULIFLOWER & BROCCOLI WITH PARMESAN & GARLIC RECIPE

cooking with cauliflower and broccoli

Broccoli and Cauliflower are a great source of protein, minerals, and vitamins. They are both versatile ingredients in the kitchen and can be enjoyed hot or cold. They can be used in dough or pastas, for healthy snacking, or for a deliciously roasted side dish.

When your harvest is ready, make your family a tasty meal with the fruits of your garden! Try this classic and simple recipe that everyone will love! Pair it with a protein of your choice and a fresh salad for a well-balanced meal!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE RECIPE!

ROASTED CAULIFLOWER & BROCCOLI WITH PARMESAN & GARLIC RECIPE

 

GARDEN WITH EASE

Pick up your supplies today at our store nearest you and plant with ease! At Calloway’s and Cornelius, we have convenient ways to shop for your gardening projects. Our open-air stores are here for you to enjoy, or you can call our store nearest you and place an order over the phone for Curbside Pickup!

broccoli tags

Questions about plant care, availability, or quantities of plants? Call our store nearest you! Our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals are here to help with your planting needs!

Share your garden projects with us on our Facebook page or Instagram and use hashtag #CALLOWAYSNURSERY or #CORNELIUSNURSERY! We love to see what you grow and create!

 

 

 

 

ref: almanac.com-broccolialmanac.com-caulifloweraggie-horticulture.tamu.eduwholesomeyum.com

Back-To-School Gift Ideas for Teachers

teacher gifts with personalized pottery

School is back in session! While we embrace our new normal, let’s show some support to the educators for keeping our students growing. Gift your teachers with personalized pottery and indoor plants! Get the kids together and spend time crafting up creative container gardens. Give to your neighbors, First Responders, or anyone that deserves a special thank you! Explore our blog for super cute DIY ideas and more!

 

HOW-TO MAKE HANDPRINT POTTERY

handprint pottery with plants

Give your teachers a gift of encouragement as we enter the new school year with a personal touch like Handprint Pottery! At a time of social distancing, this representation of human connection is thoughtful and beautiful, especially with the addition of indoor plants!

Step 1: Supplies

For this project, you will need the following supplies:

  1. Indoor Plants
  2. Terra Cotta Pottery
  3. Calloway’s Premium Container Potting Soil or Black Gold® Cactus Mix
  4. Child Safe Craft Paint

Step 2: Paint

terra cotta pots

First, grab your terra cotta pots. Get a paper plate or a sheet of foil to spread out your paint.

craft paint

Then, place your hand in the paint. Spreading the paint around so that your hand is fully covered.

hand with paint

Do a preliminary print on a paper towel to remove some of the extra paint. Place your hand on the pottery and make sure all parts touch for a proper handprint!

handprint pottery

Allow the pottery to dry before adding plants.

 

HOW-TO MAKE PENCIL POTTERY

pencil pottery

Get creative and gift your teachers with Pencil Pottery. Creating a hand-made pencil theme pot is perfect for our educators! This fun and unique creation will be an unforgettable gift that your teachers can use for many years to come!

Step 1: Supplies

For this project, you will need the following supplies:

  1. Indoor Plants
  2. Terra Cotta Pottery
  3. Calloway’s Premium Container Potting Soil or Black Gold® Cactus Mix
  4. Yellow, Red, White, Black, and Metallic Silver Paint
  5. Paint Brushes

Step 2: Paint the Pencil

yellow paint

First, grab your yellow paint. Start painting the lower portion of the pottery. You will need to paint a few coats for a bold yellow color.

painting yellow paint on pottery

When the yellow is complete, get your red and white paint to make the pink paint for the eraser.

Mix the colors together to get the perfect shade of pink. Then, paint the top of the terra cotta pottery.

silver paint

Next, add the metallic silver paint between the pink and the yellow to complete the base of your pencil design.

Step 3: Final Touch

add black no. 2 letters

Finish your pencil in style! Add the “No. 2” graphic to represent the classic school time pencils we all know and love. Finally, allow all the paint the dry before planting!

handprint pottery and pencil pottery

 

HOW-TO MAKE BACK-TO-SCHOOL PLANT TAGS

back to school apple plant tags

Add an extra special touch to your plant gifts with Back-To-School Plant tags! Let the kids have fun coloring the perfect red apple or write a nice message! Write care tips for the plants you use and let your students be the teacher.

colored back to school plant tags

Simply, color and cut out. Then, use glue or hot glue (with adult supervision, of course) and attach your apple to a popsicle stick.

care tips on plant tag

Place your apple tag in the completed plant!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE BACK-TO-SCHOOL PLANT TAG PDF!

back to school plant tag

 

PLANT IN DECORATIVE POTTERY

decorative pottery

No time to craft? Don’t worry! At Calloway’s and Cornelius, we have a variety of decorative pots, perfect for any indoor plant! Explore our selection and find a style or color that your teachers will love!

For an easier gift idea, order a gift card online! Simply, place your order online and have it shipped to your favorite educator! Gift them with the beauty of nature!

 

ADD PLANTS

teacher gifts indoor plants

First, add stones to the bottom of your container to create a proper draining system that is ideal for indoor plants. Then, add your potting soil. We recommend using Calloway’s Premium Container Potting Soil or Black Gold® Cactus Mix.

Fill the container with the potting soil, leaving room for your plants.  Add your indoor plant selections by carefully removing them from their containers and gently breaking up the root ball. Water in thoroughly, allowing the water to drain through the drain hole. Add more potting soil if needed.

For tips on the best plants to use, check out our blog here: 5 Best Indoor Plants for Beginners

teach gift ideas

 

GARDEN WITH EASE

Pick up your supplies today at our store nearest you and plant with ease! At Calloway’s and Cornelius, we have convenient ways to shop for your gardening projects. Our open-air stores are here for you to enjoy, or you can call our store nearest you and place an order over the phone for Curbside Pickup! Plus, try shopping online or send a gift card!

indoor plants and teacher gift ideas

Questions about plant care, availability, or quantities of plants? Call our store nearest you! Our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals are here to help with your planting needs!

nice note on plant tag

Let’s keep growing and learning! Share your garden gifts with us on our Facebook page or Instagram and use hashtag #CALLOWAYSNURSERY or #CORNELIUSNURSERY! We love to see what you grow and create!

 

 

 

 

ref: iloveyoumorethancarrots.comtheidearoom.net

5 Best Indoor Plants for Beginners

man reading by indoors plants

The best indoor plants bring beauty and life to your home, office, or apartment. They can purify the air and promote fresh oxygen in your space. Not to mention, they are easy to take care of and maintain. If you are a beginner gardener and want to begin your journey towards becoming a plant parent, check out these 5 perfect selections for your indoor planting success! Plus, we created a handy guide that you can print, save to your phone, and keep for an easy reference as you grow in your indoor plant knowledge!

woman planting palm plant - best indoor plants

 

5 Best Indoor Plants for Beginners

Plant #1: SANSEVIERIA

sansieveria plants on shelf - best indoor plants

Sansevieria, also known as Snake Plant or Mother-In-Law’s Tongue, is a popular indoor foliage option and a perfect choice for new plant parents! They are one of the easiest indoor plants to care for because they are forgiving and tough. They also are well known for their air purifying qualities.

Sansevieria absorbs carbon dioxide and cleans the air to remove toxins, like formaldehyde, while releasing fresh oxygen into your home. Sansevieria is a low-maintenance plant and does not need frequent watering. In fact, the soil should be allowed to dry between watering. They like bright, indirect light, but are a great choice for a low light indoor plant.

They provide gorgeous color and create a visually dynamic accent to your home. Sansevieria comes in many varieties and sizes so you can find the perfect plant for your indoor space.

sansieveria leave close up - best indoor plants

SANSEVIERIA QUICK TIPS & PLANTING INFO

  • BENEFITS: Sansevieria tolerates low light, it’s easy to maintain, and it helps purify the air in your home.
  • SOIL: Plant with Calloway’s Premium Container Potting Soil.
  • WATER: Allow the soil to dry out between each watering as Sansevieria does not tolerate soggy soil. Feel about 2-3 inches into the potting soil to see if the soil is dry.
  • LIGHT: Sansevieria prefers indirect light to low-light areas of your home. They prefer warmer temperatures above 50 degrees. In the winter, keep away from drafty windows.
  • PLANT FOOD: Feed as directed with Calloway’s Premium Tropical Plant Food to keep your plant healthy and thriving.

 

Plant #2: SUCCULENTS & CACTI

succulents and cacti - best indoor plants

Succulents and Cacti are a great pair. Both varieties are extremely low maintenance. As desert-based plants, they require minimal watering and should only be watered when the soil is completely dry. Succulents and Cacti are gifted with the ability to store water when it is available and use it during the dry periods. The soil structure acts like a sponge and soaks up any necessary moisture.

Succulents and Cacti need bright, indirect light, even just for a few hours a day. If the stems seem straggly, give your plants some sunlight on your balcony or windowsill to perk your plant right up.

Succulents and Cacti will provide many colors and textures to your indoor space. Plant together or separately and get creative with unique or stylish containers. Adorn your desk, windowsill, or shelves with these beautiful selections.

cactus plants - best indoor plants

SUCCULENTS & CACTI QUICK TIPS & PLANTING INFO

  • BENEFITS: Succulents and Cacti are slow-growing and forgiving, especially if you forget to water.
  • SOIL: Plant with Black Gold® Cactus Mix for an ideal soil structure and drainage that these plants prefer.
  • WATER: Allow the soil to dry out completely between each watering these plants will not tolerate any standing water.
  • LIGHT: Succulents and Cacti can tolerate bright, indirect light to low-light areas throughout the day. Give your plants extra sunlight on your balcony or windowsill if they look leggy.
  • PLANT FOOD: Feed as directed with Calloway’s Premium Tropical Plant Food to keep your plant healthy and thriving.

 

Plant #3: PEACE LILY

peace lily - best indoor plants

Peace Lily, or Spathiphyllum, is a popular indoor plant because it is durable, easy to care for, and great for low light areas. Peace Lilies are beautiful indoor plants with their glossy, dark green leaves and charming white blooms. Peace Lilies prefer indirect light and are a great choice for a low light indoor plant. With enough light, they can continue to produce blooms throughout the year.

Watering is important to maintaining the health of Peace Lilies. They prefer a consistently moist soil, while they can tolerate short periods of dry soil. If the leaves start to brown or droop, water and sunlight will perk your plant back up! The resilience of Peace Lilies is one of the greatest benefits and makes it an excellent indoor plant for beginners.

Peace Lilies will also purify the air in your home! They are one of the best indoor plants when it comes to air purification. NASA discovered that Peace Lilies can help remove formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide from the surrounding air.

peace lily blooms - best indoor plants

PEACE LILIES QUICK TIPS & PLANTING INFO

  • BENEFITS: Peace Lilies can help purify the air in your home, removing toxins like formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide.
  • SOIL: Plant with Calloway’s Premium Container Potting Soil.
  • WATER: Water often, keeping the soil moist. Make sure the water is draining out of the drain hole properly or add stones to the bottom of your container to encourage a better draining system.
  • LIGHT: Peace Lilies prefer areas with indirect light. Keep in temperatures above 60 degrees and keep away from cold, drafty windows.
  • PLANT FOOD: Feed as directed with Calloway’s Premium Tropical Plant Food to keep your plant healthy and thriving.

 

Plant #4: DRACAENA

dracaena plant - best indoor plants

Dracaena is one the most common and best indoor plants around and an excellent choice for new plant parents. Dracaena is a shrubby species with over 40 different varieties and sizes which can work with all different spaces in your home or office.

Dracaena plants prefer bright, indirect light, but they can tolerate low light conditions. Watering is easy with Dracaena because it is drought tolerant. Simply, allow the soil to dry completely before watering again.

Dracaena plants are considered one of the best for removing benzene chemicals from the air which can be found in everyday products like paints, cleaning products, and plastics.

lime dracaena - best indoor plants

DRACAENA QUICK TIPS & PLANTING INFO

  • BENEFITS: Dracaena removes benzene chemicals from the air in your home and requires minimal maintenance.
  • SOIL: Plant with Calloway’s Premium Container Potting Soil.
  • WATER: Water when the soil is dry.
  • LIGHT: Dracaena prefers bright, indirect light and can tolerate low light conditions. Keep temperatures no less that 60 degrees and keep your plant away from cold, drafty windows.
  • PLANT FOOD: Feed as directed with Calloway’s Premium Tropical Plant Food to keep your plant healthy and thriving.

 

Plant #5: PALMS

palm plant - best indoor plants

Palms bring a dynamic texture to any indoor space. They are a perfect choice for beginners and are a great option for a low light indoor plant. Palms come in many different varieties and sizes. Palms, like Parlor Palms, are considered low light indoor plants, but that does not mean they prefer “no light”. They do best in indirect light or with bright, filtered sunlight.

Palms can be sensitive to overwatering. They will not tolerate standing water and need a well-draining soil. Keep moisture even and water when the top 1-2 inches of the soil feels dry to the touch. As long as you do not overwater, this plant can be considered indestructible.

palm leaves - best indoor plants

PALMS QUICK TIPS & PLANTING INFO

  • BENEFITS: Palms are low-maintenance and require minimal attention.
  • SOIL: Plant with Calloway’s Premium Container Potting Soil.
  • WATER: Water when the top 1-2 inches of the soil is dry.
  • LIGHT: Palms prefer indirect light and can tolerate low light conditions. Keep temperatures no less than 50 degrees and keep your plant away from cold, drafty windows.
  • PLANT FOOD: Feed as directed with Calloway’s Premium Tropical Plant Food to keep your plant healthy and thriving.

 

Helpful Guide for the Best Indoor Plants

For an easy reference, we created a helpful infographic with all the quick tips and plant care for so you can grow the best indoor plants possible. Print it out, save it to your phone, and become the plant parent you always knew you could be!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE 5 PERFECT INDOOR PLANTS BEGINNER’S GUIDE!

Best Indoor Plants

 

3 WAYS TO SHOP

woman relaxing with indoor plants

Become a plant parent today and garden with ease! At Calloway’s and Cornelius, we have convenient ways to shop for your indoor plants! Our open-air stores are here for you to enjoy, shop online, or you can call our store nearest you and place an order over the phone for Curbside Pickup!

Questions about plant care, availability, or quantities of plants? Call our store nearest you! Our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals are here to help with your planting needs!

 

 

 

 

ref: nasathespruce.comthespruce.com/grow-dracaenaplants.com7-best-houseplants-for-beginnersalmanac.com/plant/snake-plantsalmanac.com/air-purifying-houseplants

How – To Control Weeds Now for a Fabulous Fall Lawn

Control Weeds Now for a Fabulous Fall Lawn

Whether you are new to gardening and lawn care or you are a seasoned veteran, taking the steps to prevent and maintain weeds in your lawn through the year is essential. Make it easier on yourself and take some time to identify the weeds that are making a presence in your lawn. Knowing what weeds you need to control will help you to determine your plan of attack for a vibrant and victorious lawn!

weeds in lawn

Weed control can differ throughout the year. Now is the time to start weed prevention for the upcoming cool season weeds and to maintain control of warm season weeds, like crabgrass. Before you can start your journey towards a barefoot-friendly lawn, it is important to familiarize yourself with the different types of weeds in your lawn.

 

COOL SEASON WEEDS

Poa Annua

poa annua established weed

Poa Annua, also known as Annual Bluegrass, is a cool season weed. It looks like a flowy meadow grass. In the fall, Poa Annua is known to invade desirable turfgrasses here in the southern states. It begins to emerge in the late summer and early fall, usually when the temperatures begin to cool towards the 60’s and when moisture is abundant.

poa annua

It can continue to germinate into the spring. In ideal conditions, Poa Annua can create a competition with warm season grasses and it will dominate. Poa Annua weeds can produce several hundred seeds in one season and even when the stalk is cut short, it will continue its seed production.

 

Rescuegrass

rescuegrass

Rescuegrass, also known as Prairie Grass, is a cool season weed. It is a common weed to invade many lawns here in Texas. Its active growing season is in the fall through the spring. Rescuegrass is a grassy weed with strongly flattened spikelet’s that can resemble grains.

rescuegrass weeds

Rescuegrass has an extensive root system and can survive in a variety of different habitats and climates, tolerating cool temperatures and drought well. The main threat of Rescuegrass is its dense growth. Thick concentrations of the grass can outcompete native plants and prevent natural regeneration.

 

Clover

clover weeds

Clover is a cool season weed with 3 petal-shaped leaves and a white bloom that forms between spring and into the winter. Clover has a fast-growing rate and can take away from the uniformity of your turf. It can be tough to control with its aggressive spreading habit.

clover weeds in grass

Clover weeds start to spread when the soil temperatures get cooler and when the flowers turn to seeds. These seeds will germinate in the fall.

 

Chickweed

chickweed in lawn

Chickweed is a cool season weed that produces ½-1 inch stems that sprawl across the lawn. They have a cluster of oval leaves topped with small, white blooms. The root system is shallow and fibrous.

chickweed

Chickweed spreads by reseeding itself. It flowers and seeds at the same time causing a rapid spread in your lawn. Chickweed has adventitious roots and prefers to grow in high traffic areas.

 

Henbit

henbit weeds

Henbit is a cool season weed with a greenish to purplish square stems. It has an upright growing habit with different levels of leaves. The leaves are oval and contain blunt, teeth-like edges. The small flowers are purple in color on the upper leaves of the weed.

henbit

Henbit reproduces by seed that germinates in the fall or winter. It can quickly invade thin turfgrasses. Shaded areas also help encourage the growth.

 

WARM SEASON WEED CONTROL

Crabgrass

crabgrass in lawn

Crabgrass is a warm season weed that is likely at a more established stage during this time of year. Crabgrass is named after its tough demeanor and crab-like shape. Its growth habit is one of the reasons it is so dominant in your lawn. The stems trail along the ground without rooting. Its low profile makes being walked on or mowed irrelevant as crabgrass remains unbothered. It spreads by its seeds which makes it spread easier, but it can also make it easier to control.

crabgrass weed

In the fall, an additional pre and post-emergent treatment is needed as the plant produces more seeds in an attempt to increase its numbers before the winter season. The pre-emergent will help stop the new seeds from germinating and the post-emergent control will slow the growth of existing weeds. Also, pulling these weeds is essential to help maintain control in your lawn through the winter season for an easier spring.

 

Dandelions

dandelions

Dandelions are a warm season weed. You may remember pulling these and giving them to your mom or for making a wish when you were a kid. Dandelions have little yellow flowers with fluffy seed puffs. They spread in the wind and the plant sends down a taproot, up to 10 inches long, making removal in its entirety difficult.

dandelion weeds in lawn

In the fall, these plants transfer its nutrients from its leaves to its roots, making it a great time for a weed control treatment application. Although this plant can die back in the winter, the roots below the ground are still thriving.  Pulling these weeds during the winter is also an effective form of control, as long as all of the weed is removed.

 

PRODUCTS FOR WEED PREVENTION

When choosing which product to use, always remember to read the instructions, especially if you have a new lawn. Always use a rotary spreader to apply granular fertilizers. Don’t own a spreader? No problem! You can borrow a spreader from our store nearest you!

Complete Control

bonide weed beater complete

Get pre-emergent and post-emergent control with Bonide® Weed Beater Complete. Bonide® Weed Beater Complete is a highly selective herbicide to help control sedges, annual grass, and broadleaf weeds. Prevent new weeds from germinating and suppress the growth of visible weeds. For best results, apply on a damp lawn and wait 48 hours to water.

 

Prevention Control

bonide crabgrass & weed preventer

A fantastic choice for weed prevention for the DFW area is Bonide® Crabgrass & Weed Preventer with Dimension®. It can be used on cool season and warm season grasses. Dimension® is a selective turf and landscape herbicide that prevents the emergence of undesirable weeds. It controls crabgrass, foxtail, and many other weeds in established lawns. Bonide® Crabgrass & Weed Preventer with Dimension® can also provide post-emergent control of seedling crabgrass and is effective for up to 4 weeks after crabgrass has germinated. For the best results in your Texas lawn care, apply a few days after mowing. The product will become activated by rainfall or irrigation.

For your Houston weed prevention, use Nitro-Phos Barricade®. Nitro-Phos Barricade® contains a selective turf and landscape herbicide that prevents the emergence of undesirable weeds.

Another option for pre-emergent weed control in your lawn care is ferti-lome® Broadleaf Weed Control with Gallery®. Gallery® is a pre-emergent herbicide to control broadleaf weeds from developing. Apply before the targeted weeds can germinate in the early fall. It is recommended for use in established cool and warm season grasses like Bermuda, Ryegrass, and Zoysia.

 

Natural Control

all natural corn gluten meal

Looking for natural ways to control weed growth in your Texas lawn? Good Natured® Corn Gluten Granules or Soil Mender® Corn Gluten Meal works as a pre-emergent and is an ideal product to use for Texas lawn care. It is slow release and all natural. It is safe and easy to apply around trees and shrubs.

 

3 WAYS TO SHOP

Take control of weeds and shop with ease! At Calloway’s and Cornelius, we have convenient ways to shop for your weed control products. Our open-air stores are here for you to enjoy, shop online, or you can call our store nearest you and place an order over the phone for Curbside Pickup!

Questions about plant care, availability, or quantities of plants? Call our store nearest you! Our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals are here to help with your planting needs!

pulling weeds

Preventing weeds now will help you and your lawn have a happier, healthier future. With just a few simple steps now, you can enjoy a fabulous lawn this lawn this fall and easier maintenance in the spring!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Indoor Plants & Trendy DIY Containers to Refresh Your Home

The new school year is starting. Whether school is in session at your home or on campus, your family can keep growing and learning with their hands and with plants. The arts we explore in school that educate us on how to play instruments, how to sing harmonies, or how to paint and draw. Those lessons are easily accessible at your home too. Work together as a family on a fun DIY project that involves creativity and painting, exploration of color and patterns, measurements, and how to grow plants indoors. Take a breath of fresh air and grow together with indoor plants!

HOW TO MAKE TRENDY CONTAINERS: EXPLORING COLOR AND PATTERNS

trendy indoor plant display idea

Step 1: Supplies

For this project, you will need the following supplies:

  • 3 X Terra Cotta Pottery (size will depend on your plant selections)
  • Indoor Plants
  • Calloway’s Premium Container Potting Soil
  • Craft Paint
  • White Spray Paint
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Paint Brushes and Painting Sponge

Step 2: Spray Paint

three terra cotta pots

First, set up your terra cotta pots in a well-ventilated area. Always use adult supervision when using spray paint! Cover containers with spray paint.

spray paint terra cotta pots

You will likely need to do a couple of coats of paint for a full and even coverage. Allow the paint to dry before applying another coat to avoid any drip lines.

white spray painted pots

Step 3: Measure and Paint

use rule to measure color block size

Next, it is time to add the navy, teal, and lilac color blocking to the container (or any other colors you wish you use). You can free hand or use a ruler. Measure how big you want your color block to be on your container and use that measurement on the other pottery to keep the designs consistent.

craft paints

Once you have established the measurements, it is time to start painting! First, use the sponge brush to set the base coat of paint. Allow it a few minutes to dry before starting the next coat.

paint pots with sponge brush

Then, get a smaller brush and create a strong line where the white meets the color of paint. Get a larger brush and start painting the additional coats until the coverage is solid and even.

paint other coats on pottery with large paint brush

Repeat for each container with their specific paint color until the color blocking is complete!

painted terra cotta pottery

Allow the containers to dry before starting the next step.

Step 4: Add Patterns and Designs

completed terra cotta pottery with color and patterns

Grab your ruler and pencil again! Now it is time to map out how your different patterns will be laid out on each container.

measure lines for design on pottery

To create a controlled pattern, measure out the lines. For even stripes like on the navy container, set the ruler at the bottom of the container, and establish the beginning measurement for your stripes. We started around the 4 ½ inch mark and created 1 inch line increments going up the container.

For even vertical lines like on the lilac container, the best process is to create the starting line and measure 1 – 1 ½ inch increments to create the vertical lines around the container.

use a ruler to make same length of lines

For the various line pattern, keep the lines the same length. Create 1 ½ inch line marks in various directions around the container for a playful pattern.

paint lines on pottery

When your lines are ready, start painting. Get your black paint and carefully follow your pre-drawn lines. The lines do not have to be perfect. That is the beauty of hand painted artwork. The hand painted essence is what makes these containers have texture, movement, and life.

use the same brush for all lines

Use the same paint brush to keep all the lines the same in thickness and style. Again, allow everything to dry before planting.

Step 5: Add Your Indoor Plants

close up of indoor plants in new containers

To plant your indoor selections, use Calloway’s Premium Container Potting Soil and fill your container, leaving room for the plant. Remove the plant from its plastic container and gently break up the root ball. Add your plant and water in thoroughly until the water drains out of the drain hole. Add more potting soil if needed. Once it is ready, bring your plants inside and set up your display!

indoor plant display with trendy pots

The project is complete! Next, let’s learn about indoor plants and why growing plants indoors is so important for your and your family!

 

THE BENEFITS OF GROWING INDOOR PLANTS

indoor plant display with painted pots

These plants are low maintenance, plus they aid greatly in air purification and humidity control. Not to mention, they have been known to increase focus, better your sleep, and lower stress and anxiety.

They also add pizzazz and gorgeous color to any indoor space. They fill your empty spaces with vibrancy and movement.

Not sure what to plant? Reap the benefits from these selections below, plus learn how to care for them!

 

Dracaena

planted draecena plant

Dracaena is one the most common plants around; mostly because it is easy to maintain. Dracaena is a shrubby species with over 40 different varieties and sizes which can work with all different spaces in your home or office. Dracaena plants are considered one of the best for removing benzene chemicals from the air which can be found in products like paints, cleaning products, and plastics.

draecena leaves

Dracaena does best when placed in an area that receives medium to indirect, bright light. Allow top 50% of soil to dry out before watering again. Do not keep soil too wet as this will cause your plant to develop brown tips.

 

Fiddle-Leaf Fig

planted fig plant

The Ficus Lyrata, also known as the Fiddle-Leaf Fig, is a popular ornamental tree and a favorite indoor plant. The large leaves make a strong statement while posing many health benefits. The broad leaves help with humidity control and air purification, eliminating various chemical compounds and dust which means fewer ailments related to the respiratory system.

fiddle leaf fig leaf

This plant should be grown in bright indirect light, but it is known to tolerate moderate light levels. Ficus plants require even moisture, good soil drainage, and cannot tolerate standing water. If they drop leaves, this is usually in response to a low light situation, being moved to a different light intensity, or from a watering problem.

 

Sansevieria

sansieveria plant

The unique look of the Sansevieria plant can make a strong visual statement in any space. Also known as “Mother-in-Law’s Tongue”, Sansevieria is ideal for indoor spaces as it removes allergens! Sansevieria doesn’t produce allergens; it releases moisture in the air and lessens airborne allergens while it also avoids the collection of such allergens due to the smooth surface of its leaves.

sansieveria leaves

This is a low maintenance plant because it is easy to care for and it tolerates low light. Watering may be infrequent – let the soil dry between watering. During the winter, watering may be reduced further.

 

Calloway’s Premium Tropical Plant Food

calloway's premium tropical plant food

Keep your plants healthy and keep them properly nourished. Enjoy more beautiful foliage and blooms with our new Premium Tropical Plant Food. Our 15-5-10 special formula contains a controlled release nitrogen, Fx Iron®, calcium, and other key components to help your tropical plants have healthier growth. Fx Iron® is an environmentally friendly source of iron; promoting new growth and dark green foliage.

Our Tropical Plant Food is ideal for Bougainvillea, Hibiscus, and more. Use as directed!

 

OTHER EDUCATIONAL TOOLS TO INCORPORATE INTO THIS PROJECT

  • Your student can make their own ruler
  • Have your student complete this project and teach it to their siblings, or make a video to share with the class
  • Keep a plant diary to keep record of plant care like watering and how much light it receives during the day
  • Students can experiment with the color wheel and make their own unique colors

 

SHOP WITH EASE

sanservia plant with lined container

Grow with ease! At Calloway’s and Cornelius, we have convenient ways to shop for your plants. Our open-air stores are here for you to enjoy, or you can call our store nearest you and place an order over the phone for Curbside Pickup!

Questions about plant care, availability, or quantities of plants? Call our store nearest you! Our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals are here to help with your planting needs!

Learning is fun, especially at home and with your family. Challenge yourself and grow together!

 

The 10 Best Indoor Plants For Your Home

Gardening Tips – 5 Ways to Care for Your Garden in August

Caring for your garden in August is very important. The summer sun has made its impact and your plants need a little TLC. At Calloway’s and Cornelius, we have everything you need to help maintain your garden and prepare it for the upcoming fall and winter months. Check out our tips on 5 ways to care for your garden in August and let’s keep growing together!

GARDENING TIPS FOR AUGUST 2020

GARDENING TIP #1: FEED YOUR PLANTS

gardening tips plant food granules

Our first tip in this series is to feed your plants with high quality food. Your plants have been working hard this season and they need the proper nourishment to stay vibrant and healthy. Feeding your plants allows them to focus their energy on new growth and developing strong roots. Try our new and improved Calloway’s Premium Plant Foods with everything your plants need for lasting blooms and colorful foliage.

Calloway’s Premium Flower Food

gardening tips calloway's premium flower food

Give your flowers that extra boost of power with our new Premium Flower Food! Our 12-4-8 specialized formula contains nitrogen, Fx Iron®, phosphate, and other key ingredients to help your flowers bloom with big, bold color! Fx Iron® is an environmentally friendly source of iron. It helps keep your flowers blooming without staining concrete surfaces.

Great for all blooming flowers like Begonias, Cyclamen, Pansies, Petunias, Periwinkles, and more.

Calloway’s Premium Tropical Plant Food

gardening tips calloway's premium tropical plant food

Enjoy more beautiful foliage and blooms with our new Premium Tropical Plant Food. Our 15-5-10 special formula contains a controlled release nitrogen, Fx Iron®, calcium, and other key components to help your tropical plants have healthier growth. Fx Iron® is an environmentally friendly source of iron; promoting new growth and dark green foliage.

Our Tropical Plant Food is ideal for Bougainvillea, Hibiscus, Indoor Plants, and more.

Calloway’s Premium Tree & Shrub Plant Food

gardening tips calloway's premium tree & Shrub plant food

Our new and improved Premium Tree & Shrub Plant Food helps your trees and shrubs grow with more vibrant foliage! The 16-4-8 formula contains a controlled release nitrogen, Fx Iron®, and other key ingredients needed to ensure your trees and shrubs are fed everything they need for healthier growth. Fx Iron® is an environmentally friendly source of iron that promotes new growth and dark green foliage.

It helps keep your trees and shrubs green. Use on all varieties of trees and shrubs and it is a great choice for feeding new or established trees and shrubs.

Calloway’s Premium Flowering Shrub Plant Food

calloway's premium flowering shrub plant food

Help your blooming shrubs flourish with our new Premium Flowering Shrub Plant Food! The 9-3-6 formula contains nitrogen, Fx Iron®, calcium, sulfur, water soluble manganese, and other key ingredients to help your shrubs grow with bigger, bolder blooms. Fx Iron® is an environmentally friendly source of iron that helps keep your flowering shrubs blooming without staining concrete surfaces.

Use on all flower shrubs such as Azaleas, Camellias, Gardenias, Hydrangeas, and more. Check the instructions for special care tips for Azaleas.

Calloway’s Natural Garden Food

gardening tips calloways natural garden food bag

Our best natural fertilizer just got better! Calloway’s Natural Garden Food is one of the leading fertilizers for an organic landscape. It is enhanced with Jobe’s Biozome® and Archaea, a unique blend of beneficial microorganisms, which breaks down complex minerals to improve long-term soil quality. This highly enriched fertilizer also contains helpful mycorrhizae, a healthy bacteria that stimulates growth above and below the soil. All in an upright, zip seal bag, with easy-to-read directions for your gardening needs.

Our Natural Garden Food is ideal for lawns, flowerbeds, vegetables, fruits, trees, and shrubs!

 

How To Feed Your Plants

For easy reference, check out this helpful infographic with instructions on how to use all our premium plant foods! Save to your phone or print it out! Take note of the different feeding times for the different foods, how much food to use for your new, established, or container gardens, and don’t forget to water in thoroughly.

gardening tips directions for use on calloway's premium plant foods

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD OUR “HOW TO FEED YOUR PLANTS” PDF

gardening tips directions to use calloways natural garden food

 

 

GARDENING TIP #2: WATER YOUR PLANTS

gardening tips water with watering can

Number two on our list is watering that thirsty garden. Your lawn and garden are thirsty from taking on the summer sun and the Texas heat. Give them a nice drink of water with quality watering tools from Calloway’s and Cornelius!

Watering Tools

Find the watering tools that work best for you and your garden. We have everything you need to keep your plants and lawn refreshed.

  • Watering Cans – perfect for hanging baskets and container gardens

watering cans gardening tips

  • Watering wands – ideal for water pressure control for different areas of your garden

water wand for garden hose gardening tips

  • Hoses and Soaker Hoses – great for watering larger areas like flowerbeds or lawns

watering hose gardening tips

  • Sprinklers – good choice for watering your yard

sprinklers for hoses gardening tips

 

How To Water Your Plants

watering with hand watering tools

Most Texas lawns need at least 1 inch of water per week from rainfall or a sprinkler system. Make sure the water is soaking into the soil as opposed to running down the street. Watering early in the day reduces evaporation and is normally compliant with many city regulations.

For flowerbeds and containers, water according to your plant’s needs. Container gardens need more frequent watering than flowerbeds. To help make watering easier, try using a RapidTest® Digital Moisture Meter to help measure the moisture in the soil and see if you are watering your plants enough.

For more tips on watering your lawn, check out our blog here!

 

 

GARDENING TIP #3: THE BENEFITS OF MULCH

completed landscape with mulch

Next on our list of gardening tips, that’s right it’s mulch. Applying mulch to your flowerbeds will benefit your garden in many ways. Mulch reduces water use by preventing evaporation and allowing the plants to absorb water at a steady rate. It also regulates soil temperature protecting delicate root systems while reducing weed growth.  Complete the look of your landscape and protect your plants with Calloway’s Premium Organic Mulches.

Calloway’s Premium Organic Cedar Mulch

calloways cedar mulch gardening tips

Calloway’s Premium Organic Cedar Mulch provides your garden with an elegant red-gold finish that is eye-catching and functional. Cedar mulch also helps repel insects and provides a pleasant fragrance!

Calloway’s Premium Organic Hardwood Mulch

calloways hardwood mulch gardening tips

Calloway’s Premium Organic Hardwood Mulch is a 100% organic top dressing for all of your garden plants. The shredded wood mats together to form a protective covering over your plant roots that won’t wash away. Calloway’s Premium Organic Hardwood Mulch is attractive and can make your garden more beautiful.

Calloway’s Premium Organic Pine Bark Mulch

calloways pine bark mulch gardening tips

Calloway’s Premium Organic Pine Bark Mulch is the ideal mulch for plants and shrubs that prefer an acidic environment. It is a great choice for acid-loving plants like azaleas, camellias, hydrangeas, and more. For healthier shrubs, use Calloway’s Premium Organic Pine Bark Mulch.

 

 

GARDENING TIP #4: MOSQUITO CONTROL IN YOUR GARDEN

And coming in at number four on our list of gardening tips, it’s mosquito control. Control pesky mosquitos and protect your family with effective mosquito control products. Check out our Mosquito Control Solutions and all we have to offer!

BioAdvanced® Mosquito Killer FizzTabs

mosquito killer fizz tab package gardening tips

BioAdvanced® Mosquito Killer FizzTabs are the only larvicide that stops all 4 larval stages of mosquitoes! With a patented bi-layer tablet, this slow release formula dissolves over 60 days, providing constant coverage. Drop a FizzTab into any pond, rain barrel, or areas where water easily collects. The formula penetrates the water from the top to the bottom!

Good Natured™ Natural Cedar Warrior

cedar warrior bag gardening tips

Good Natured™ Natural Cedar Warrior is a safe and effective way to control insects, including mosquitoes, ants, chinch bugs, fleas, and more. Cedar Warrior is a natural alternative to safeguarding your lawn, garden, and family from pests. It is safe for pets and the environment and easy to use with a pleasant smell!

Summit Mosquito Bits®

summit mosquito bits in 2 sizes gardening tips

Summit Mosquito Bits® are an environmentally sound, biological form of mosquito control that stops the larval population with corn cob granules coated in Bti. Mosquito Bits can be sprinkled in flowerbeds, containers, or anywhere mosquito larvae might be. It is easy to use and effective.

 

 

GARDENING TIP #5: PLANT HEAT-RESISTANT COLOR

And the final entry on our gardening tips list is heat-resistance. Keep your garden beautiful and plant heat-resistant color! Heat-resistant color thrives in our Texas summers for lasting blooms in your landscape or container gardens. Also, they will help maintain and welcome beneficial pollinators to your garden.

Cora® XDR Vinca

mix of cora vinca blooms

Cora® XDR Vincas are striking, showy, star-shaped flowers that provide strong color from late spring through fall. Cora® XDR Vinca have Extra-Disease-Resistance! These easy to grow blooms flower with an upright mounding habit and are known for their strong color and profuse blooms in sunny landscapes.

New Gold Lantana

lantana blooms

Lantana contains cheerful clusters of flowers in a variety of bright colors! The non-stop blooms are great for attracting pollinators such as butterflies and bees. The blooms are a cluster of flowers with a central stem with rich green pointed leaves that maintain their texture throughout the cooler season. They will shine in your landscape from early summer to mid-fall.

Purslane

purslane bloom

Purslane features showy cup-shaped flowers with gold eyes at the ends of the stems from early summer to early fall. Its small succulent oval leaves remain grayish green in color throughout the season. They are considered drought-tolerant and bring an extremely fine and delicate texture to any garden composition.

So there you have it. That was 5 gardening tips on how to care for your garden in august. We hope you found this article helpful. If you did, why not share it with a friend?

3 WAYS TO SHOP

Pick up your gardening tools and plants at our store nearest you and plant with ease! At Calloway’s and Cornelius, we have convenient ways to shop for your garden. Our open-air stores are here for you to enjoy, or you can call our store nearest you and place an order over the phone for Curbside Pickup! Plus, try shopping online! When you shop online, you can select Curbside Pickup or use home delivery!

Questions about plant care, availability, or quantities of plants? Call our store nearest you! Our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals are here to help with your planting needs!