Easy Care Flowers for Hopeless Gardeners

 

Most homeowners look forward to the first signs of spring so they can get outside and start their gardens. At the very least, most will want to plant some flowers around the entrance to their home for a pop of welcome color after the drab shades of winter. Some people have a naturally green thumb while other unfortunate, would-be gardeners can’t seem to get anything to thrive once it’s planted. For those hopeless gardeners we’ve put together a list of easy care flowers that are almost impossible to kill, even if neglected a bit. If you don’t think you have what it takes to be a gardener, try these hardy plants!

  1. Cosmos are Easy Care Flowers that Bloom for Months
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Cosmos look delicate but thrive even on the hottest days.

At the top of the chart are Cosmos. These delicate looking flowers are famous for being practically care free while blooming all summer long. Delicate, fern-like leaves and bright petals can cover your garden in color. Cosmos thrive in hot, dry weather and come in a wide variety of colors including white, pink, purple, gold and candy stripe. There are several varieties of Cosmos, ranging in height from four inches to over three feet, making them easy to stagger for a natural, meadow-like garden appearance.

  1. Easy Care Vinca are Small but Mighty

30345907 - beautiful flowers in a gardenThere are several strains of Vinca depending upon the leaves and height, but they are all hardy, ever-blooming summer flowers. The glossy, smooth leaves make an attractive ground cover, and the flat, five-petaled flowers resemble stars in shades of pink, purple, coral, red and white. The centers of the stars are usually a bright, contrasting color. They do well in almost any climate, including hot, dry, humid, cold and poor soil.

  1. Sunflowers Aren’t Just for Seeds
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Sunflowers turn their heads toward the sun as it crosses the sky.

The typical image of a sunflower is the six-foot-tall variety with enormous seed heads, but you can now grow sunflowers in a wide range of sizes and far more colors than the traditional, bright yellow. You’ll find gold, peach, burgundy and even bi-colored blooms that will grow anywhere from 10” to eight feet tall. Dwarf sunflowers are great for along fences while the larger varieties will attract songbirds who love the seeds.

4. Zinnias Offer Easy Care Flowers in a Multitude of Shapes and Colors

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Zinnias make ideal cutting flowers and come in dozens of varieties.

Zinnias are one of the easiest flowers to grow and they thrive whether planted in borders, flower beds or even containers. They attract hummingbirds and butterflies and are beautiful as cut flowers because they last for at least a week after cutting. An added bonus is that when you cut them, even more flowers will bloom. They love the heat and sunshine of summer and bloom repeatedly throughout the summer and well into fall. You can grow zinnias in colors ranging from soft pinks to deep reds, oranges and creams. Some blooms have seemingly endless mounds of petals while others are flat with distinct centers of gold or cream.

5. Daffodils – An Easy Spring Flower

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Daffodils are associated with Easter because they bloom in the early spring and come back every year.

Daffodils have been linked to springtime for generations, and with good reason. Once the bulbs have been planted, Daffodils will rise again every spring in a profusion of cup-shaped flowers surrounded by a ring of brilliant petals. Although known for its bright yellow color, you can also get them cream, peach, gold and combos that have one color for the cup and another for the flat petals. These bloom in the spring, but the flowers last for weeks. Just plant daffodil bulbs in the fall and they’ll quickly spread every spring.

6. Phlox are Butterfly Magnets

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Phlox blooms attract hummingbirds to gardens.

This cheerful flower used to bloom profusely, but only for a few weeks in the spring. Recent hybrids and newer strains, however, can bloom clear through the first frost. The flowers bloom in compact clusters that resemble the flowers on Vinca, but are smaller and grouped tightly together over long, spiky leaves. Phlox flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds but deer tend to stay away, making Phlox ideal for suburban gardens.

  1. Marigolds Grow Almost Anywhere
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Marigolds bloom continually from spring to fall.

Marigolds love bright, sunny spots and they are hardy enough to withstand even the hottest temperatures. They bloom profusely from late spring to fall. Traditional marigolds can grow anywhere from three to five feet tall, but you can also get dwarf varieties for containers and window boxes. The fern-like leaves are a deep green and the blossom colors include yellow, red and gold.

  1. Pansies are Dainty Delights
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Pansies are available in a rainbow of bright colors.

Pansies look delicate and frail, but they stand up to sunlight and grow well as long as they are watered during stretches of drought. Gardeners love the “face” on each pansy bloom that combines an overall petal color with vivid streaks of a deeper color forming a blaze in the center of the flower. Pansies come in an astonishing palette of colors, including burgundy, reds, purples, yellows, creams, golds and peaches. Pinching off spent blooms will force even more blooms. These do best in the spring and fall, reviving quickly after any hot spell. Pansies don’t grow very tall – a foot at the most, but usually more like 6 to 8 inches.

 9. Impatiens Come in Two Varieties

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These New Guinea Impatiens have darker leaves than traditional Impatiens.

Impatiens are most often seen in containers and hanging baskets, but they are excellent in shady areas of your garden as well. They can easily wilt in the heat of the day, so keep them well watered. If you keep them shaded, they will proliferate and spread with mounds of amazing color.  The leaves are softly rounded in a cheerful green in most varieties, although New Guinea Impatiens feature darker leaves with sharper edges. Impatiens come in a spectrum of warm shades ranging from a bright, pure white to cherry red with tints of pink, salmon, fuchsia and orange. For shady borders, nothing beats Impatiens for constant color.

 10. Grandma’s Begonias are Making A Come-Back

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The waxy leaves of Begonias are easily recognizable.

It’s almost impossible to kill a begonia, which is what has made this plant a favorite with gardeners for generations. Your grandmother probably planted “wax begonias” in her first garden. Back then, most begonias had waxy, spade-shaped leaves and flowers clusters in either red or a orangey flowers. Today you’ll find begonias with leaves of purple, citrus green or deep green that are round, spaded or rough around the edges. Flowers come in reds, oranges, golds and peaches as well as bi-colors. They are still as durable and reliable as ever, being disease and drought resistant.

  1. Snapdragons Add Height to Your Garden
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Snapdragons are perfect for the back edge of a garden or along a fence to add height.

Snapdragons are easy to grow in even rocky soil, blooming into tall spikes of color that are perfect for bouquets. Their complex flowers grow in clusters along the top half of each spike, blazing in bright shades of yellow, red, pink and orange as well as variegated versions with multiple colors. You’ll find Snapdragons that grow anywhere from twelve inches to four feet in height depending upon the type. The intermediate height (one to two feet tall) are the hardiest and come in the deepest colors. Snapdragons are proficient bloomers in the summer and into early fall.

12.  Morning Glories are East Care Flowers for Fences and Trellises

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Morning glories are well known for their vibrant blues and purples.

These charming, old-fashioned flowers sprout quickly from seed and flourish even in poor soil. To encourage sprouting, most gardeners soak the seeds in lukewarm water overnight before planting. Once they’re in the ground, just stand back and watch them grow. These are a twining vine, so plant them along a fence or trellis. The spade shaped foliage is usually a soft green. Gardeners prize morning glories for their easy growth and the vibrant blues and purples of the trumpet-shaped flowers. You can also find Morning Glories in pinks, purples and striking striped varieties.

If you aren’t sure what flowers you want to plant or need help with landscaping your home or garden, Mr. B’s Lawn Care can guide you with professional landscaping services.

 

 

 

 

 

Lawn Mower & Small Engine Repairs Available at Mr. B’s in Ellwood City, PA

Spring has officially arrived, and you’ll soon be mowing your lawn, planting flowers and trimming shrubs. At Mr. B’s, we can help you prepare for the long summer days and your long list of summer chores by getting your lawn mower, hedge trimmers, weed whackers and chainsaws ready to perform after months of sitting in your garage or shed.

Our small engine repair professionals can give your mower a thorough tune-up, replace your chainsaw chain or sharpen lawn mower blades. We work on all size mowers, including push mowers and riding lawn tractors.

Don’t know when you can drop off your mower at our 513 Third Street, Ellwood City location? Call 724-752-5551 to arrange pick-up and delivery in Ellwood City, PA!

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Five Reasons Why Poly Flooring is the Perfect Way to Upgrade Your Garage

Garage floors take a real beating from most homeowners. The concrete cracks over time and quickly becomes stained by oils, gasoline and more from cars and trucks. Most homeowners don’t think much about the appearance of their garage flooring until it’s time to sell their home, and then they’re dismayed to realize just how bad the concrete flooring looks. By then it may be too late to clean and patch the worn concrete. That’s why more homeowners every year are coating their concrete garage floors with a durable, poly coating that protects and beautifies.

All AmGuard products

American Guardian Protection offers an outstanding, spray-on poly elastomer coating that was originally developed for use on bed liners and heavy equipment, so you know it can stand up to just about anything you can dish out. This innovative product seals concrete floors and adds an extra layer of protection that’s attractive and lasts for years.

There are several benefits to coating your garage floor with liquid bed liner from American Guardian Protection:

  1. It’s durable. The poly elastomer coating will provide years of protection and will won’t stain or crack. You won’t have to worry about repairing crumbling concrete or trying to remove stains.
  2. It’s easy to install. You can paint on American Guardian’s poly flooring with a paint gun or paint brushes and let it cure over the weekend.
  3. It’s attractive. American Guardian Protection now offers their poly coating in black, antique white and sky blue so that you can choose the color that works best in your garage or workshop.
  4. It’s safe. If you install a poly floor by American Guardian Protection, you can choose a formula with grit, which will give the garage flooring a skid-free surface that provides traction and decreases the chances of someone slipping and falling on your floor.
  5. It’s easy care. All you have to do to clean your poly flooring is hose it down occasionally. It’s also waterproof, so you won’t have to worry about water seeping underneath the flooring and damaging the concrete underneath.

Ready to upgrade your concrete garage flooring to a durable, poly flooring? Call American Guardian Protection and ask for more information about how you can use our liquid bed liner to finish your garage flooring and add years of durability, safety and beauty to your garage in one easy application!

 

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Four Unexpected Uses for Spray-On Bed Liner

Spray-on truck bed liners have been popular for years to protect pickup truck beds from wear and tear while improving the looks of the truck bed. But there are plenty of others uses for this versatile material, particularly if you’re looking for a product that meets a lot of durability requirements. A top quality, spray on bed liner like that offered by American Guardian Protection gives you all this:

Good looks. The black finish covers up scratches and dings and can easily be hosed clean whenever it gets dirty. It doesn’t show wear and tearing, keeping its good looks for years.

Stain coverage. So you spilled a bucket of paint or varnish in your truck bed? No problem – our spray-on bed liner will cover the entire area, making it look like it’s brand new.

Corrosion control. You’ll never have to worry about corrosion from salt or the elements when our liner covers your truck bed.

Do these advantages translate to other applications?  Absolutely! Think about the many kinds of equipment that could benefit from a waterproof coating that protects from the elements:

You can protect your boat against moisture damage or wood rot by applying American Guardian Protection’s liquid protective coating, and it will give you improved traction on deck.

Do you use an ATV with a dump bed for hauling loads where trucks can’t go? Our spray-on bed liner can protect your ATV’s dump bed just like it protects your pickup’s bed.

Horse and livestock trailers take a lot of abuse.  Acids from urine and feces can corrode metal quickly. A spray-on bed liner will protect against that kind of damage and is easily cleaned with a garden hose.

Your garage, basement or barn floor. That’s right! By applying American Guardian Protection’s spray-on protective coating, you can instantly update an old concrete floor that can be quickly hosed down. There’s no need to worry about cracking or peeling and it will resist stains, looking great for years to come.

American Guardian Protection prides itself on providing the most versatile and easy-to-apply bed liner product on the market. It’s easy to apply and you can do even a sizable job in a weekend. For more information, visit American Guardian Protection or call 800-346-1116.

 

Prepping for Spring: 5 Indoor Chores to Get You Ready for Warmer Weather

The unusually warm weather and sunny skies this winter may have you looking forward to spring, but it’s still too early for most outside chores. Instead, focus on a few indoor chores that can brighten your home and get you ready for summer. The bonus? Your house will look and feel fresher.

Deep clean your kitchen. Pull out and clean behind your appliances, scrub off the counter tops and clean the front of your cabinets to get rid of any residue left by sticky hands. Clean out your pantry and fridge, tossing any expired products and organizing the rest.

Check the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. If you don’t have these, now is the time to purchase and install them.

Clean the window coverings. Wash the drapes and curtains or take them to the dry cleaners and clean off your window blinds. If you have windows that are framed by both sheers and heavy draperies, consider using just the sheers during the summer months for a breezy look that will let in more sunshine.

Switch to lighter bedding.  If you have the option, switch out your winter bedding for lighter, airier coverings. Replace flannel sheets and duvets for cotton sheets and gauzy throws.

Declutter. Less is more, particularly in rooms with lots of summer foot traffic. Do one room at a time and separate items into “throw out,” “store,” and “yard sale” groups. The bonus? When warmer weather and sunny skies arrive, you’ll have lots of stuff ready for a yard sale.

 

Six Great Reasons Why Outsourcing Your Company’s Lawn Care Is A Smart Idea

“Your company will appreciate not having to deal with the many problems that can arise if you’re doing your own grounds keeping.”

Your business’s outward appearance can make an instant impression on clients and customers. If you’re properly maintaining the grounds and keeping the plant life thriving you can make an excellent first impression, but this can be time-consuming and expensive. Outsourcing the grounds keeping to a professional lawn service may be the ideal solution, particularly if you need year round grounds work such as mowing in the summer and snow shoveling in the winter. There are six great reasons your company should outsource your lawn care that can save you time and money:

 1. No Need to Tie Up Capital – The cost of purchasing, fueling and maintaining lawn tractors, edgers, a snow plow and other equipment can be significant. Add wages and benefits for a grounds crew and you’ll be tying up a significant amount of money.

2. It May Be Tax Deductible – Because maintaining your property is a business expense, the cost of hiring a professional lawn care service is tax deductible in most cases. You’ll love the deduction when tax time rolls around. Be sure to ask your tax consultant how much you can deduct.

3. No Training Necessary – Properly training your grounds crew and keeping them up to date on the latest innovations in everything from weed control to irrigation can be expensive. You also won’t have to worry about providing safety gear or the appropriate clothing to your grounds keepers.

4. No Workers’ Compensation Concerns – A worker’s compensation claim can put your company in a bind if someone on your grounds crew is seriously injured on the job. There is a relatively high rate of workers’ compensation claims filed by grounds keepers because they do heavy lifting and repetitive tasks.

5. Compliance Issues – Lawn care is expensive in part because you have to keep up to date on current compliance issues. Your company will need to know what the current regulations are on proper use of fertilizers, weed killers and more so that you are in compliance with federal and state laws regarding potentially hazardous chemicals.

6. Lower Cost of Supplies – The cost of fertilizers, weed control products and other products needed to maintain an attractive lawn can be cost prohibitive. Professional lawn services, however, buy these products in bulk at reduced prices and they will pass some of that savings on to you.

In addition to the six great reasons outlined above, your company will also appreciate not having to deal with the many problems that can arise if you’re doing your own grounds keeping. No need to make sure your employees are mowing the grass regularly, no need to call someone in the middle of the night to get a snow plow out to clear your parking lot after a heavy snowfall. Simplifying your lawn care has never been easier – just contact Mr. B’s Lawn Service or Penn Turf to schedule a time for a free estimate. We’ll do the hard work for you!

Mr. B’s Lawn Care is a full service company providing year round grounds maintenance, landscaping and snow removal.  Call Mr. B’s at 724-752-5551 to schedule an appointment for a free, no obligation quote.