How To Prune Shrubs and Other Landscape Plants

Notice the slight upward curve in these shears?

When is the best time to prune shrubs in your landscape? The answer is:  When it needs it. Some experts might tell you that you need to wait until winter or early spring to cut back your shrubs or trees.  Here at Mike’s Plant Farm, we ignore the calendar and prune as needed.  We pruneContinue Reading…

25 Full Shade Plants that Will Look Great in Your Yard

Ajuga

Remember back in grade school when your teacher gave you a dixie cup full of dirt?  You planted a flower seed, kept the cup in the window and watered it each day.   Your flower sprouted, grew and bloomed.  Then you carefully brought it home for Mother’s Day.  (For many of us, it didn’t survive theContinue Reading…

Freezing for a Reason- The Ice Bucket Challenge

I’m sure by now most of you have seen the many, many (….many, many, many) ice bucket challenge videos circulating around the internet.   It is good fun for a great cause.  This challenge promotes awareness and to date has raised a whopping 88.5 million dollars for the ALS Association to help combat Lou Gehrig Disease.Continue Reading…

A Step By Step Guide to Overwintering Geraniums

Overwintering Geraniums in a Box

Geraniums are often used as container plants or planted as annuals.  They naturally grow in hot climates (zones 9-12), but that doesn’t mean they have to die off each winter in colder climates.  Your geraniums will last for many years if follow this simple technique for overwintering them.  Step 1 Dig your geranium. Dig yourContinue Reading…

Tent Caterpillar Control

An Eastern Tent Caterpillar nest.

  Every ten years or so you might notice an abundance of tent caterpillar nests like the one pictured above.  The eastern half of  the U.S and Canada get hit hard, but I’m sure our readers along the pacific coast and in the U.K. can relate to this as well. Eastern tent caterpillars overwinter inContinue Reading…

Best Pruning Shears

Corona 3160BP

We get a lot of emails from our readers.  One question often asked is: Which brand of pruning shears does Mikes use?  This question is an easy one for me to answer. If you were to swing by the nursery right now, you’d find Mike there in his bib overalls.  The way he looks in hisContinue Reading…

An Important Lesson for All Plant Propagators

arborvitae shape difference

Mike and I were walking through the nursery yesterday discussing what we wanted to shoot our next “Mondays With Mike” video about.  As we walked past a row of plants in the container area Mike said, “Hey Amber, check out the arborvitae”.    As I walked closer to the grouping of evergreens tagged as Arborvitae ‘EmeraldContinue Reading…

The Step by Step Guide to Making a Weed Free Flower or Perennial Garden.

A heavy duty nursery spade.

Nothing can add more Pizazz to your yard than a beautiful flower and or perennial garden. As long as it is weed free and you can keep it that way.  Here’s a step by step guide to making that happen. Step one.  Site location. Unless you are creating a garden of shade loving flowers, you’llContinue Reading…