Helpful Summer Watering Tips
|Posted by CBC Farm on June 12, 2015 at 12:40 AM||comments ()|
Our friends at The Great Big Greenhouse listed their top Summer Watering Tips and they are too good not to share! Enjoy your summer container and flower gardens!!
- The most critical watering is the one immediately after planting, and then two days later. When planting be certain to apply two to three inches of mulch to help retain moisture.
- Water early in the day so that evaporation is minimized. Try to avoid watering in the evening to prevent black spot, powdery mildew, and other fungal diseases, but it's better to water in the evening than not at all.
- If you are planting during the summer you should water every other day for the first couple weeks, then you should be able to back off to twice a week until temperatures cool off and soaking rains return.
- Thunderstorms often drop a lot of rain in a short period, and most runs off and does not seep into the ground. Do not depend on brief heavy showers to water your plants.
- Hydrangeas and newly planted perennials will often wilt in the heat of the day if the ground is not sufficiently moist. If not watered that day permanent damage could result.
- Mature trees and shrubs, and most plants installed prior to this spring should be able to survive without much supplemental watering. Newly installed plants, trees, shrubs, or perennials will need additional water through the summer.
- Watering twice a week, but deeply, so that water seeps into the ground, is more beneficial than more frequent, shallow watering. For lawns, it is recommended to provide an inch of water each week. The simplest way to measure is to set out a coffee can, or similar container to capture water from the sprinkler. If you don't water your lawn during the summer it is likely that it will go dormant and turn brown, but it should green up with more regular rains and cooler temperatures in September. Plants are less forgiving. If showing signs of stress they could be within a day or two of dying, and must be watered immediately.
- Watering is most efficient with soaker hoses or drip irrigation. Watering plant to plant with a hose is efficient, but the tendency is to move too quickly and under water. Newly planted trees are best watered with a hose, and just a trickle of water for half an hour to an hour so that water soaks in and doesn't run off. As an alternative use a GatorBag, or a similar watering container that slowly releases water over many hours.
- Lawns, and large landscape bed areas can be watered with a sprinkler, but try not to water in the afternoon when more water is lost to evaporation. Impact sprinklers that break droplets into a fine mist will lose more water to evaporation than those with larger droplets.
Mother's Day & Flowers
|Posted by CBC Farm on May 8, 2015 at 9:25 PM||comments ()|
Did you know... nearly 2 billion dollars are spent on flowers for Mother's Day gifts!
According to ftd.com, their data shows that over three quarters of moms want flowers for Mother’s Day. "It’s all about expressing a simple, beautiful thank you – and flowers remain the most popular way. Following shortly behind are plants, with jewelry and candy taking up the final spots."
So, what are you waiting for?!! Head to your local garden center or greenhouse nursery and pick up a beautiful basket or combo planter and say THANK YOU MOM!!
|Posted by CBC Farm on April 3, 2015 at 2:55 PM||comments ()|
At Cros-B-Crest Farm, it is our policy to provide our customers with top quality plant material and excellent service. It brings us great joy to receive testimonials from our customers sharing their experience working with us.
Below, Sarah DeSimone, of Sneed's Nursery and Garden Center located in Richmond, VA, shared these kind words.... "Cros-B-Crest has provided Sneed's with exceptional plants year after year. Their high quality of plant material and reliable customer service have made loyal customers out of us! Cros-B-Crest is one of our favorite suppliers of annuals."
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Spring Annual Production
|Posted by CBC Farm on February 20, 2015 at 11:20 AM||comments ()|
It's that time of year... spring annual production time! Even though spring doesn't feel like it's anywhere close (especially with all the snow and arctic temperatures we're experiencing), it's actually right around the corner and that means we are back in the greenhouses transplanting all your favorite spring gardening flowers!
With the help of our seasonal team, we are quickly filling up our greenhouses. Below are a few pictures from one of our hoop houses. Stay tuned for more pictures as our plants continue to grow and bloom.