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If you have a tree in Utah, you most likely know who James Batton is. If not, you should! We are super grateful to James for joining us in May, live in our Facebook Group to share his knowledge of trees and using them to create waterwise landscapes. 

If you missed the live, you can watch the video here, or keep reading for our main takeaways. 

But first, a little more about James:

James Batton, a locally famed arborist, started his horticultural journey at 19 working for Oregon State University at their horticultural and agriculture research facility. 

Over a career that has spanned 40 years, he has learned a great deal about the health, longevity, propagation, and care of plants. His experience as a certified arborist, estate gardener, and landscape contractor has provided him with first-hand knowledge as to where a plant will thrive as well as where it fits in a well-designed landscape. 

Simultaneously he has dedicated his time to volunteering as a teacher, instructor, guide, and advisor in settings amongst nature. He had a natural draw from childhood to the way all of nature, especially trees, reflect life lessons for us all and are continually used in ancient wisdom’s teaching.

With all of James’ knowledge, we knew he would be the perfect guest to answer some of the questions we have been receiving regarding trees and waterwise landscapes. 

Here are some of his main take-aways: 

How Trees Save Water

Trees provide shade. Shade brings down the temperature of your yard.  A landscape with more shade greatly reduces the amount of water you will need because plants within the shade of the tree don’t need as much water as those in the sun. Shady and sheltered areas dry out more slowly. 

A perfectly manicured, green, grassy lawn has been established as an ideal but the truth is, grass & turf are an expensive, time-consuming, high-maintenance ground cover. And they require a lot of water!

Once established, most trees will require much less water than a grassy lawn. Instead of running a sprinkler every day, trees will only require watering once a week or even every few weeks. 

Some of James’ favorite waterwise trees are conifers. Not only do they provide beautiful, year-round foliage, but they don’t require frequent waterings once they are established. 

While we are on the subject though, James shared some best practices for watering trees:

  1. Roots spread out laterally 360° around the tree. They tend to stay closer to the surface because they need oxygen. When watering an established tree make sure that you water all the way around the tree and out as far as the canopy reaches. 
  2. Don’t forget that trees need water in the winter too. Typically, established trees will need a deep soak once a month from November-March. One of the major issues James sees over the winter months with tree owners is the effects of Winter Drought Stress as people forget to water during those months. 
  3. Make sure you select the right tree & plant it in the best area for it. This brings us to his next big take-away. 

Do Your Research First

No two trees or shrubs are created equal. As James points out, we live in a desert and many of our trees are shipped in and are used to different climates and weather conditions. Will you and your yard be able to care for the tree in the way it will need?

One of the biggest mistakes James sees when it comes to tree planting is that the right tree is planted in the wrong place because it was:

  1. Planted too close to a structure, sidewalk, or driveway.
  2. Not planted in soil that is conducive to it thriving. 
  3. It’s not accessible to the amount of water that it will need.

When it comes to planting trees, planting depth is paramount. If it's too deep all the proper watering in the world won’t help the tree establish itself.  

For waterwise landscapes, you must select the right tree for your yard and know the best place to plant it. 

Every yard is unique so there isn’t a one size fits all option. Arborists like James Batton and the experts here at Glover Nursery are always happy to help you on your waterwise landscape journey. We are always here to answer your questions!

James releases new episodes of The James Batton Show on his Youtube Channel every Wednesday. The weekly videos address relevant and current information about all things trees and gardening. You can also get in touch with him about his services and classes on his website JamesBatton.com.

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Do I need a Landscape Design?

Top 7 Waterwise Perennials for Summer

The heat is here and it reminds us how lucky we are to have beautiful, waterwise perennials in our garden. With the increasing population here in Utah, conserving water is definitely a top priority.

There are many great resources in Utah for guidance on water conservation while gardening.  We've shared many of these programs with you over the years: Utah Department of Water Resources, Conservation Garden Park, USU Extension Services, Red Butte Conservation Garden and Localscapes are all programs or resources we love.  They all have Utah specific guidance with truly beautiful results.

Glover Nursery’s own landscape department participates in the Localscape design program.  If you have done a Localscape design, you might have even worked with one of our experts to create your own waterwise oasis!

Our Top 7 Waterwise Perennials

These make our top 7 for a number of reasons: beauty, aromatic, quick to establish, pollinators love them, season round interest, and of course, water-wise.  We were going to just do 5, but it was impossible to narrow the list down that far.

  1. LavenderLavender -

    Commonly used for aromatherapy, Lavender is also an amazing plant for attracting pollinators.  The purple flower wands bloom prolifically. The flowers create a lovely compliment to their grayish-green leaves and stems. Lavender loves the full sun and, once they are established, can tolerate a great deal of heat and drought.

  2. Upright SedumUpright Sedum – 

    Distinctive, fleshy foliage combined with bright flowers, Sedum is a great, waterwise addition to your garden design. They do better with more sun, tolerate low water well, and add a bright pop of color later in the season.  The texture and color of the leaves prior to flowering add some visual interest and contrast in the mix.

  3. Agastache Agastache (Hummingbird Mint) –  These aromatic, showy, long blooming plants may as well be called “Hummingbirds love me”.  They attract those elusive birds the second they start blooming.  There are many varieties of Agastache available, some of them with very distinct black licorice smelling flowers in bright reds, yellows, purples, oranges and pinks. 
  4. Echinacea Coneflower – This waterwise flower is a classic for a reason, Echinacea (aka Coneflower) makes top 5Echinacea Coneflower lists frequently.  The blooms are beautiful, they are easy to grow, available in all sorts of colors (we have 28 varieties of Coneflower right here at Glover’s!).  Plus, it is well known for it’s healing medicinal properties – an effective immune system booster, very welcome these days!
  5. CoreopsisCoreopsis – A repeat bloomer is a great addition to any area needing summer color.  The bright flowers pop all season long and, added bonus, in addition to being water-wise, is extremely low maintenance. Blooms come in a wide variety of colors make this an easy choice for any color scheme.
  6. YuccaYucca – Rosettes of evergreen, tough, sword-like leaves are extremely popular in desert areas for a reason, these are water-wise superstars.  The come in a variety of colors and sizes and make a unique accent piece, especially when they bloom.  During their bloom season, though it is shorter than the others on this list, the spectacluare sight of the tall stalks with bunches of white or cream flowers seem to hover above the leaves. 
  7. HelianthemumHelianthemum – This waterwise flower is also commonly known as Rock Rose or Sun Rose. This is a great ground cover style perennial that resembles a flower carpet in mid to late summer.  When this flowers, it is a show stopper. Deer resistant, disease-resistant, easy to prune, beautiful foliage when it isn’t blooming and truly breathtaking blossoms when it does, added to that list it is also a water-wise perennial…it is clear to see why we couldn’t leave this off the list.   

One other plant category to consider are perennial grasses – while it is ‘grass’, they are not the lawn.  Perennial grasses are waterwise and they add striking visual interest with nice contrast that compliments the blooming perennials listed above. 

Of course, there are loads more waterwise plants to choose from than just these 7 (ok, 8) that will work for your project.  Still, we hope this gives you a good starting point for your new park strip. 

If you're interested in learning more about waterwise solutions for your garden check out the “Flip Your Strip” rebate program. This wonderful program gives an easy way to start moving toward a waterwise yard. You can check out the guidelines and qualifications here.  If you are eligible, you even get money for swapping out your lawn for some truly beautiful perennials.

While they do have a few fantastic examples of how you could design your park strip, the design options are limitless.   

And, as always, if you have any questions, we are here to help.   Come on down and see us at 9275 South 1300 West.

Happy Gardening!

Other useful links and resources:

5 Things To Do In Your Summer Garden

Top 5 Summertime Favorites

The Very Real Benefits of Gardening Therapy

As a family business that has been part of the Salt Lake valley for over 130 years, one of the things we are constantly evaluating is what we can do to help our community. We want to be able to provide you with helpful, relevant, and insightful knowledge having to do with all aspects of gardening. We are all working very hard to be safe and stay healthy during this unprecedented time as we all adjust and grow with this "new normal".

As gardeners, one thing we keep coming back to to stay grounded during this time, is the very real therapeutic benefit of gardening.

Garden Therapy

The phrase “Garden Therapy” is one that’s been used for decades for a variety of reasons. Often it was a bit tongue-in-cheek when we bought a few more perennials than we told our spouse we would. However, these past few years has brought the THERAPY of gardening to the forefront of our minds. We know from experience the benefits of garden therapy.

There are untold benefits from gardening for our mental health. From digging in the dirt, caring for plants, watching them grow, harvesting our own food or maybe even creating beautiful bouquets to enjoy around the house.

Entire programs have been built around the physical and psychological benefits of working in a garden. There are some truly interesting studies being done in the field of horticultural therapy. This article from Psychology today hits the nail on the head.

Though we are not trained therapists, we are trained gardening experts. Within the overall theme of “gardening therapy” are dozens upon dozens of reasons that we’ve found create a sense of peace and wellbeing.

We did a poll recently in our Glover Gardening Group on Facebook to see what people found to be the most beneficial aspects of gardening. Here are the top 4 answers from you our gardening community.

1. Gardening is Your Personal OasisGardening with family

Be it English style or traditional Japanese Zen, your garden reflects your own tastes and preferences. Whether you grow at home or in a community garden, your garden is your own. This makes it much more enjoyable to spend time outside in the yard. If you’re new to gardening, we highly recommend working with a landscape designer to give some expert guidance and avoid costly mistakes. Garden design is personal but a landscape architect will work with you to create your dream landscape.

2. Gardening Is Beautiful

From early spring blooms like Crocus or Pansies to late fall blooms like Coneflower or Mums, there is something that will bring color and texture to your garden all season long. Flowers bring a sense of joy with their blossoming. There are other benefits to be had as well – tinctures, cooking, aromatic satchels, or just a bright bouquet on the dining table.

3. Gardening Allows You to Grow Your Own Food

During a regular year it is nice to pick your own tomato or gift a neighbor with some of the extra zucchini you’ve grown by hand. But during times like this, there is something deeply comforting in growing your own veggies, herbs and fruits.

It’s a fun experience, but also a deeply satisfying one. When your first harvest is ready and you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor (pun intended) you will not regret the time spent in your garden.  Check this link to see what veggies and herbs are available and ready to plant now at Glover Nursery.

4. Gardening is a Good Workout

With everything going on the gym may not be a viable option for many people right now so as we wait for things to normalize, there is always exercise in the garden. Being in the garden, digging, pulling weeds, and planting all are great forms of exercise. You'll be working different muscle groups and burning some calories. No, it’s not the same as a Crossfit session, but it’s better than nothing!

A study in the Preventative Medicine Journal reported the results of a meta-analysis of research examining the effects of gardening, including horticultural therapy, on health. They found substantive evidence to suggest that gardening can "improve physical, psychological, and social health, which can, from a long-term perspective, alleviate and prevent various health issues facing today's society."

If gardening is something that appeals to you, we are here to help. No matter your experience level, whether you are a novice who has no idea where to get started or an expert that would love something new to bring to your experience, there's the perfect gardening task for you.

We will keep you updated on everything we have coming in this spring to make your 2022 gardening season, the best yet!

We look forward to seeing or speaking with you soon. Happy Therapy!

 

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June is Perennial Gardening Month

Gardening It's All in the Family

Ahh, Spring.  We can feel it coming though it is still a few weeks away.  But, we are eager to be back in the garden!  So, in anticipation of the season, here are a few things you can do to prep your yard for a great start to growing in 2020:

And, as always, we are here for you.  Stop by or give us a call, we look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Other useful links and resources:

Glover Nursery on Good Day Utah: Early Spring Edition

Get Ready for Spring: March Gardening Tips

Busting the Myths!

Why Autumn is a great season for planting.

Myths about planting in the fall:

These are a few myths we want to bust about planting trees and shrubs this time of year.  They aren’t true!  Fall is one of the BEST times of year to get those beauties in the ground. We are going to share the nitty gritty of why with you right here, right now.

Myth #1 - I don't know if the tree is alive.

The leaves, yes, will be falling off deciduous trees and shrubs over the next month or two.  But your plant is still alive.  In fact, Trees and Shrubs do 80% of their rooting in the fall!  80%!!!  Fall is a great time to plant.All that energy that had been going into keeping those leaves green and strong is now being directed into the root systems.

Planting new items in the fall, with proper watering techniques, ensures that you are giving the best possible focus on establishing those new plants faster. And because the plants are focused on rooting they will have stronger and deeper roots. Come spring, the leaves will be back – better, stronger and faster for having given the roots some focused time to proliferate.

Myth #2 – If the tree is going dormant, I should wait and plant in the spring.

While you can plant any time of year, and spring is a great time to do so, we highly recommend planting in the fall.  New plants focus their energy into the root system rather than the leaves. This means they will establish themselves more quickly in the fall.  The main difference between fall planting and spring planting is the price. In the fall you have an amazing selection to choose from, but it’s all on sale.

Glover Nursery brings in truckloads of fresh product specifically for fall and we immediately put it on sale.  Why do we do this?  Well, we love our customers.  We love having a huge selection year-round for our beloved customers.  And, we LOVE helping give these beautiful plants the best possible start to their new life in your yard (and as we mentioned they do 80% of their rooting in the fall, so…..it’s a win-win-win, major, jumbo, love-fest for us all).

Myth #3 – I won't know the shape of the leaves.

The shape of the tree with or without the leaves on it is going to change, drastically so, over the next few years.  No matter what size tree you buy now, the canopy will develop, branch out and expand.  The full-grown shape for a tree will always be the direction the tree grows, but the tree you buy today will not be the same in a year – it will literally branch out.Trees and plants to 80% of their root growth in the fall

We find that choosing the tree without leaves better allows you to select a tree with strong structure and balanced branching. This bare bones beauty will only be enhanced when the leaves come on in spring.  And, the faster it establishes a strong, healthy root system, the faster it will grow those leaves. (we are noticing a theme here now, aren’t we?  Spring=flowers, Fall=rooting powers)

Myth #4 – It’s too cold to plant.

Is it though?  Unless the ground is frozen and you can’t dig a hole, you can still plant a tree or shrub.  If you are able to dig up the soil, those roots will be able to grow into the soil.  And, maybe this is TMI, but I sure do prefer all that sweaty work when the temps are lower. Actually, I have my brothers do it for me because they are the best….but, even still, cooler weather makes them happier to help.

There really isn’t a reason to let the cooler weather stop you from planting. Unless, that is, you just do not like being outside if it dips below 60 degrees.  In which case, we raise our cup of hot cocoa to you. We will be here in the summer when you are ready to be outdoors again.

Myth #5 – You don't need to water in winter.

Winter watering is a concern.  Many people think that snow melt is enough to water trees and shrubs, but it really isn’t.  That soft, fluffy snow melts down into very little water and does not reach those roots.

use ice to water in winterIt’s important to remember that the ground does not stay frozen all the time, it thaws and refreezes throughout the season. When it thaws, those little roots are active and searching for a water source.  Even trees you planted in spring will still need winter watering.  The snow melt won’t do the trick.

Turning your sprinklers on in winter isn’t necessary, in fact it is detrimental. However, getting some deep soaking into those roots at least once a month is imperative. If you don’t want to hook up your hose in winter, there is a great trick that Rod Glover recommends: dump a few tumblerfuls of ice around the root zone – this way, when it does thaw enough to melt, the ice will water the tree at the exact right time.  And, most folks have ice makers that keep those glossy cubes coming all day, so it takes barely any time or effort.

SO, there you have it.  Myth-busting complete.  Combine this with Ryan's video on water saving techniques, pop in some gorgeous fall blooming perennials, and you have the powerful formula for true fall gardening success.

And, as always, we are here to help with any questions you may have.

See you soon!

 

Other useful links and resources:

How Planting Trees Affects Air Quality

It’s Planting Time: Start Seeding Indoors!

Are you considering planting in the heat?

A lot of people think that you can't plant in the summer/early fall. We have a lot of people ask us is it safe to plant in the heat? Can I still plant? The answer is yes you can! And, you can be very successful. As Ryan Glover likes to say, "if you can dig, you can plant." If you like to dig in the late summer/early fall then why not add some instant shade?

All of the plants and trees we have in the nursery are ready to plant. If you're looking to add a few more trees and shrubs to your yard for some cooling shade, now is a great time to do it. You will want to keep in mind Ryan's 5 tips for planting in the heat.

Ryan's Quick Tips for Planting in the Heat

  1. Dig the hole as deep as the rootball, no deeper.  But 1.5x as wide.
  2. When backfilling the hole after placing the tree (or shrub) use 80% soil to 20% mulch.
  3. Use the hose to settle the soil and saturate the root ball when you first plant.
  4. Hand water with your hose on a slow for 15 to 20 minutes 3x's a week in the heat. (drip systems and sprinkler systems do not tend to saturate the root ball properly)

Learn more about watering techniques here....Remember slow, deep watering is best to give your new plants a great start.

 

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Garden Plant Helleborus: The First Blooms of Spring

Planting a Tree 101

Don’t Water More, Water Smart

Reduce Water WasteGlover Nursery's Top 5 Water Saving Tips to Reduce Water Waste

Summer is here and that means so is the heat. We get a lot of people wanting to reduce wasted water, which is awesome. We have five easy water saving tips for you. Don't be nervous about depriving your much-loved plants and potentially causing them harm. Our top 5 tips to help save water will have both your water bill and your plants happy.

There are many small adjustments that add up to significant progress for water conservation. Some big tasks like installing a drip system may be more of a long-term goal project. However, there are also many small things you can do today to make a large difference in saving water.

Helping our water supply while saving money on your water bill…that's the goal. AND, extra bonus, you'll be giving your plants the best possible support. Many of these recommendations are actually the best thing for your plants.  That’s like winning the plant lottery and water lottery at the same time! Here are our top 5 ways to help you save water.

1. Water Early

Water EarlyWater your lawn early in the morning, between 4-7am.  When we water lawns in the middle of the day, the majority of that water goes straight into the air and evaporates before it ever hits your lawn. Many sprinkler heads turn water into tiny drops and those tiny drops evaporate fast in the heat.

When you water before the air is hot more of the water will actually reach the lawn, and therefore the roots, where the water is needed. The result, less time is needed to water and therefore less water is used (and wasted).  For more lawn specific ideas, check our last blog post, Summer Lawn Tips.

2. Check Your Sprinkler System

Your sprinkler system can be adjusted to work smarter. You can make quick changes to your sprinkler system like correct where the heads spray, adjust clocks throughout the year as seasons change and make sure none of the lines are broken. These quick changes will Glover Nurserysave hundreds of gallons of water in one season. The simple things can really add up! Monitoring your sprinkler system is the simplest way to start.

    Some quick questions to ask yourself:

A great resource for other sprinkler related recommendations to reduce water waste can be found at scienTurfic Sod.

3. Water Low

Water at the base of your trees, shrubs, and perennials to save water.  Spraying the leaves and trunks can actually cause damage in the heat. Plus, it doesn’t solve the problem of the water reaching the roots where it is needed.

New Plants

Established PlantsIt is extremely important to deep soak new plants during their establishment phase.  To deep soak new plants, turn your hose to a very slow trickle. Place the hose about 4-6” from the base of the stem or trunk of your new plant. The length of watering time needed depends on the size of the root ball. For smaller 1-5 gallon size plants, 10-15 minutes twice a week should be sufficient. For larger trees and shrubs, we recommend 10 minutes per inch caliper on the tree (i.e. a large 4” caliper tree requires 40 minutes of soaking).

Established Plants

Established plants are plants that have been in your landscape for a year or more. Two years or more for larger trees. We recommend installing a drip system or micro-emitter. The benefit of these systems is there is zero water waste. All of the water is put directly into the soil where it is needed. These systems emit water at such a slow rate that the water absorbs deeper and deeper into the soil. Achieving our ultimate goal, getting the water to those grounding roots.

    By watering your plants directly at the roots you will:

4 . Don’t water wet soil.

This might seem obvious, but if your soil is still wet from previous watering it likely can wait another day or two. This includes rain-storms. The recommended way to check if your soil is wet is what my grampa called “the finger test”.  It is a very simple water saving test. Stick your finger in the soil up to your second knuckle. If you feel moisture, no need to water. This simple check will save you hundreds of gallons of water waste.

5 . Know your soil type.

Clay soil holds more water, sandy soil dries faster. If you have more clay base, you do not need to water as often. Clay base soils do need to be watered deeper.

Sandy soil needs less watering at any given time. But it will need slightly more frequent watering. Knowing your soil type will save you water, time, money and hassle. And, your plants will thrive when you combine proper watering technique with the appropriate soil type.

There are loads more ways you can reduce, or even eliminate, water waste.  looking for even more ideas to help save water? There are wonderful local resources available. Check out some of the following.

If you have any great tips that you don’t see, let us know!  There are probably loads of great water-saving inventions out there we haven’t seen yet and would love to share.  After all, when it comes to reducing water waste, we are all in it together.

 

Other useful links and resources:

How Trees Can Help With a Waterwise Landscape

Watering 101: How to Water Your New Plants

Hummingbird Season is Upon Us!

We love these jewels of the sky! These beautiful birds arrive in Utah in late April/mid-May and stay through September. It's best to prepare your habitat before hummingbirds arrive. However, it's not too late to attract these fascinating birds to your yard.

Hummingbird HabitatMany migratory hummingbirds, the breeding natives, arrive in Utah sometime in April or early May. It varies year to year depending on changing environmental factors. Like many wild animals, the male of the species is much more flashy than the female. They normally have colorful throats and tails and sometimes will whistle as they fly. 

The best way to attract these jewels of the sky is to provide the necessities for their perfect habitat. The more of these you can provide in your own backyard the better chance you will have of daily hummingbird visitors. We've put together 5 guiding principles to make the perfect Hummingbird Habitat in your Utah yard.

Nectar

When you bring up hummingbirds most people think immediately of red sugar water. But, that's not the only way to attract hummingbirds. A hummingbird feeder is a great way to supplement native sources of nectar in your yard. However, using native and non-native plants is the best source for these active birds.

Thoughtful plantings of native nectar sources can provide an uninterrupted food source throughout their stay. Because hummingbirds are well adapted to native plants they are the best way to invite hummingbirds to your yard. Native plants also make your yard a perfect nesting spot year after year.

Consider adding the following fantastic sources of nectar to your landscape.

Native Nectar Sources

Excellent non-native Nectar Sources

Hummingbird Feeder SolutionThe Best Hummingbird Feeder Recipe

We have the best Hummingbird Feeder Recipe. Again, we want to make sure and point out that a hummingbird feeder should be used as a second source of food for these busy little birds.

Supplemental feeders should be filled with a solution of four parts water to one part white sugar. Feeders can ferment if left too long. Keep your feeder fresh by cleaning them well and replacing sugar water before it begins to ferment.

Sometimes hummingbirds become territorial of a feeder. To avoid this behavior feeders should hang at a distance from each other or out of sight from one another.

Water

Shallow water attracts hummingbirds. Traditional birdbaths tend to be too deep for these tiny birds. As a solution, you can fill your birdbath part way with pebbles and rocks to make them more suitable. We have a variety of birdbaths available at the nursery and filler too! 

Attract Hummingbirds With WaterHummingbirds also like moving / natural bird baths. They will bathe in sprinklers, misters and water droplets that have collected on large leaves. Planting Cannas and Hostas in your yard will create a natural birdbath for hummingbirds.

Perching Sites, Nesting Sites and Nesting Materials

Hummingbirds will create their home in a place with natural materials readily available. Providing perching sites, nesting sites and nesting material is a great way to encourage hummingbirds to take up residence in your yard. And keep them from using your yard as just a pass through.

Trees, shrubs and vines offer protection from predators. These are also the perfect place to build a nest. Preferable nesting materials include moss, lichens, and fur. Pappus from seeds such as dandelions, thistle, aster and asclepias cotton also make great nesting materials. Surprisingly, spider webs are an especially important nest component. 

Organic Gardening Practices

Nature is it's own best exterminating system. Spiders and insects are a protein-packed meal for hummingbirds. We knew we loved these busy little birds!

Hummingbirds also use spider webs for nest building. Keeping an organic garden will allow nature to work at it's best. A well-balanced backyard ecosystem is essential for providing sources of protein. 

For more information on hummingbirds visit

www.worldofhummingbirds.com

www.hummingbirds.net

www.hummingbirdsociety.org

www.extension.usu.edu

 

Other useful links and resources:

Create a Backyard Wildlife Habitat

Your To-Do List: April Gardening Tips

Passing the love of gardening on to the next generation.

My 3-year old niece came tearing into gramma’s house the other day screaming, with delight, “My plants are growing, Gramma!  My plants are growing!!”.  She was so excited she could barely contain Glover Nurseryherself. She kept running around the house in circles, absolutely over the moon that “her” plants had grown.

It was one of those moments that, as a 5th generation member of a family whose business it is to help gardens thrive, made we wonder...how do we get kids to have this kind of love for gardening at such a young age?  What was it that made my little niece want to jump back out into the dirt with her colorful shovel and help gramma grow her tomatoes?

We did a bit of polling among our gardening experts. Drumroll Please! It seems like there are a few ways to get the entire family gardening, and actually enjoying it, together!

Top 4 Ways to Get Your Kids to Love Gardening

Involve the kids in the planning.

Whether you are laying out an entirely new landscape design, planting a veggie garden or just refreshing a flower bed with a few annuals, let the kids be involved.  If they get to select the tree you take home, or even just one small annual, they feel important. That feeling of ownership will have them more invested in the success of that plant.  Plus, with their creative minds, they may pick a color or texture you would never have thought of. Sometimes a new perspective can make the landscape stand out even more beautifully.

Own Kid-Size Plot.Give them their own kid-size plot.

Let your kids plot out a bit of dirt to take care of themselves.  Even if they are too little to properly plant something, they can help in small ways. Suggest they pick up little sticks or debris (leaves, etc.) that may have fallen in the garden.  If they are a little older, and with a bit of direction, they can help with weeding, cutting flowers for indoor décor and harvesting when the time has come. Then, of course, for the eldest, there is the all-important mowing of the lawn.

Kids will love being part of the process from start to finish. They might even be more excited about eating the veggies they have taken such good care of throughout the season.

Kid-Size Gardening ToolsKid-Size Gardening Tools

Little hands need little tools. Gardening tools that fit their hands and are easy to use will make your kids excited to get dirty. There are some really cute gardening toys out there that are light-weight, durable and actually work!  Kids can truly help with digging without yielding an overly heavy shovel designed for big hands.

We love and use Melissa & Doug for our little gardeners, they make great, long-lasting products.  We even started carrying them, available now in our main store.  However, there are others available on the market that will work and make it fun. We've seen good sets at local drug stores and Target.

Everyone Loves a Challenge

Make the project a good challenge for their age, but not so overwhelming they end up unable to finish.  While this is different for every family and every child, you'll know your child's skill level best.

Of course, there are some givens, a 3-year old won’t be able to mow the lawn and a 14-year old will likely get very bored picking up sticks.  Find a project that challenges them enough to make them feel successful.

The Family That Gardens Together...

Family That Gardens Together.Grows together! Enjoy the side effects of spending time with your family in the garden. You will have given your kids something to be proud of while exposing them to nature, taught them where their food comes from and instilled in them a sense of accomplishment and pride. And, maybe just shortened your personal chore list a bit in the process.

Nest step? Use that extra time to cuddle up and watch a movie together before a rest-filled bedtime. Because, as we all know, physical activity helps promote deeper sleep and better rest.

Give them the gift of gardening and build their love of gardening right alongside yours.

We hope this short list triggers some ideas. We'd love to know how you get your kids involved in the garden in a fun and easy way.

As always, if you have any questions, we are here to help.

Monday - Saturday 8am-6:45pm

Sunday 10am-5pm.

Happy Gardening!

 

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We know, it's spring, and it's so easy to get caught up with all the beautiful spring flowers that add an instant pop of color to your yard. However, with a little bit of prep work on your lawn, you can have the perfect, lush green yard as a backdrop for your garden beds.

We'll be doing a quarterly blog about lawns this year to help you make the most of your yard in every season here in Utah. Here are our top 7 tips for a lush green yard in Utah.

Glover Nursery

1. Rake

This may seem self-explanatory but the best way to start your lawn off for spring is by exposing it to the sun! Leftover winter debris can create problem areas on your yard and welcome bacteria and disease.

2. Aerate

Let your lawn breathe. Aerating your lawn keeps the soil from compacting and gives the grass roots room to expand as they grow.

3. Check Your Sprinklers!

Sprinkler systems, just like AC and heating units have a tendency to break right when you need them the most. It's a good idea to check your sprinkler system for any weak spots or breaks that happened over the winter. A broken sprinkler system won't help your grass and you'll end up

Battle Those Weeds

wasting water. It's also a good idea to check where your sprinklers

are spraying. Try and keep the water off of driveways and sidewalks.

4. Battle Those Weeds

Late March / Early April is a good time to apply pre-emergent and fertilizer to your lawn. Pre-emergent will prevent perennial weeds like dandelions, morning glory and thistle from taking root in your lawn.

Weed Out Pro Turf

We love Fertilome Weed Out Pro Turf because it feeds the lawn, kills Dandelions and stops Crabgrass germination in one easy application.

5. Over Seed

The beautiful white blanket of snow that was here this winter may have left some brown spots on your lawn. Mid-April is the perfect time to over seed these brown spots in your lawn. If you are going to over seed you should not apply a pre-emergent.

6. Water Sparingly

Early springtime in Utah is a fairly wet season and nature will provide most of the water that your lawn needs. In general, you should not need to water your lawn in March and very little in April unless you are watering in fertilizer. If you think your lawn seems dry you can water every two weeks. A good test to see if your lawn is dry is to use a screwdriver to test your lawn. If the screwdriver comes out with a little soil attached it's good.

Glover Nursery7. Sharpen Your Lawnmower Blades

Grass tends to grow quickly in early spring and a good trim once a week will help your lawn focus it's energy on growing a strong root system. Well-sharpened lawnmower blades help make a clean cut of your lawn and prevent tearing of the blades and roots.

With these 7 tips for a lush green yard under your gardening belt, you should be well on your way to the summer-perfect green football lawn that we all love. Have a lawncare secret to share? We'd love to hear it! Join us on our Facebook page and share your top lawncare tips.

 

 

 

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K B
K B
19:04 15 May 22
Huge selection and very helpful and knowledgeable staff. I’ve bought may plants from them and all... but one have survived, and it was hassle free to return the one that didn’t. I love that they have multiple size selections for plants so that I don’t have to get a tree that’s huge already if I don’t want to. I also appreciate that they label where things are at so that you can find things if you are looking for something specific.read more
Amy Bauman
Amy Bauman
17:54 13 May 22
I highly suggest this nursery - the only reason it only got a 4-star is because they are very... pricey. Great help, great products, just way too expensive. Parking is a real bear too - I'd suggest going off-hours for the best parking. Even on the busiest weekend, the employees keep up with the check out lanes so the wait to check out has never taken more than 10 minutes.Best nursery I've found in Salt Lake County.read more
s c
s c
21:51 23 Apr 22
Great plants, shrubs and trees! Awesome staff! Great warranty! I've purchased ... everything...soil, annuals, perennials,shrubs and trees I will always purchase from Glover!Awesome staff! Best selection!read more
Tia Johansen
Tia Johansen
21:30 17 Mar 22
Picked up some seeds today. Everyone was very helpful.Three years later this is still a place I... visit very couple of weeks. Great selection and staff.read more
Bill Thompson
Bill Thompson
18:26 09 Dec 21
I have bought everything from garden supplies, bedding plants, trees and even Christmas trees from... Glover's for more than 30 years. They have a great selection, are honest, and stand behind what they sell. They are the best of the best!read more
Alexis Nixon
Alexis Nixon
20:47 02 Oct 21
Rett was AMAZING! So helpful and knowledgeable. He helped us pick the best tree, we're so... excited!!! Definitely come here. 10/10read more
Rhonda Roth
Rhonda Roth
19:18 18 Sep 21
We have been frequenting Glover Nursery quite a bit while we are re-landscaping out back yard. We... have found their staff to be extremely helpful and very honest. Their staff have guided us toward better plant selection many times to help meet our desire to have low-water plants as much as possible. They also offer up to 5-year warranties on many of their larger plants and trees, if you use certain products when planting. We will continue to return to Glover time and time again for our landscaping needs!read more
Nathan McCleery
Nathan McCleery
16:58 18 Sep 21
They could do a little better on approaching customers and offering to help, especially in the tree... section. They carry lots of healthy plants and have good advice. They offer services to help you if you aren't ready to do it on your own.read more
Deborah Sax
Deborah Sax
13:23 07 Sep 21
Amazing selection- prices are competitive with Home Depot and Lowe’s. They keep the native plants... out much longer in the season- once Home Depot and Lowe’s have cleared their shelves. They have way more choices than you’ll find anywhere else for all variety of plants and trees.read more
LANCE SAUNDERS
LANCE SAUNDERS
23:53 03 Sep 21
After shopping six different nurseries in the last couple of days looking for specific trees I... wanted, I visited this place. This is really a gold-star type place. Great variety and reasonable prices in a beautiful setting. Their customer service was very good. Helpful people willing to assist and answer questions. I’m sure I’ll be a regular customer here. Well done.read more
Jason Harris
Jason Harris
17:22 07 Aug 21
They have an amazing variety of plants, and the nursery is so easy to navigate with signs pointing... you to where you need to go. Ordered 77 plants and 3 trees from them and they all arrived looking healthy and vibrant.Ordered mulch this summer as well, and they gave a quick refund when we accidently ordered one too many truck loads of mulch.Have a few plants that are struggling after being planted. If they don't make it I am anxious to see how seamless the plant warrantee is.read more
Natalie Barnes
Natalie Barnes
03:27 21 Jul 21
Tons of beautiful plants: flowers, trees, shrubs, and more. Lots of decor, statues, fountains, etc.... Helpful staff. Love coming here.read more
Kenneth Hixson
Kenneth Hixson
02:52 09 Jul 21
Fantastic nursery. Every tree we have gotten here has done really well. Very knowledgeable and... polite staff!read more
vivian Dowsett
vivian Dowsett
04:26 22 Jun 21
If you are fortunate enough to have Bret help you, he's the man! I had a list of plant material... for my xeriscaped front yard and he helped me find the best looking plants and was very patient and knowledgeable when I wanted to change the plan a bit. I found all the 50+ plants I was looking for. Highly recommend.read more
Sheila Passey
Sheila Passey
19:11 19 May 21
We love Glover because they have pretty much whatever you might need. The employees are always very... courteous and helpful as well as knowledgeable. The price point might be a little higher than WalMart, Costco, or Home Depot but the quality of product and service are likely a little higher, too. Choose carefully what time of day you go because they are always so busy!!read more
Aymee Renissa
Aymee Renissa
18:08 15 May 21
Beautiful nursery but everyone still has the bug to garden so a lot of items were out if any at... all. No fault to their own. Watched an employee getting upset with a man because he did not stop to show her his receipt instantly. Perhaps had she been doing more than sitting in a corner she would not have to yell at him.read more
Claire Donnelly
Claire Donnelly
03:50 15 May 21
The best nursery in Utah. Good customer service. Fair prices and high quality plants and goods.... Love it here.read more
Jonathan Williams
Jonathan Williams
02:46 07 May 21
Very helpful and their selection of plants and trees is HUGE! We purchased trees here last week and... they had many employees who were knowledgeable and helpful. Loading was easy too. This place is the best for plants and trees.read more
Jenny Walsh
Jenny Walsh
05:44 16 Apr 21
Glover is by far my favorite nursery in the valley. Not only do they have a huge selection of... perennials annuals and trees, but everything is organized and labeled in a way that makes it easy and fun to shop and find what you need. I don’t even live close to Glover, but I happily drive past 5 closer nurseries to get to them!read more
Charami Boyter
Charami Boyter
06:08 05 Apr 21
Hydrangea Heaven! I love this place and have spent hours roaming around their grounds. I love that... the employees are knowledgeable but not pushy, friendly but not overbearing and that the prices are reasonable. They also have lots of hard to find varieties, like the yellow raspberry plant I was searching for last year. Also, lovely fountains and unique statues. I can't wait to get there this year and start planting!**Would also like to give a huge shout-out to Jessica for helping me out and saving me hours of time the other day! She really went above and beyond and it was SO helpful to have someone fun and knowledgeable to shop with. Thanks Jessica!read more
Robert Noble
Robert Noble
05:13 05 Apr 21
Great quality plants and service. Will give you a five year guarantee on some plants if you use... their mycorrizae (Mykes) product. Definitely worth it. I've only had to return one plant out of many. Can't beat that!read more
Anthony Duncan
Anthony Duncan
01:11 04 Apr 21
Always very knowledgeable about whatever questions I have about landscaping. Also very helpful in... assisting me to get the right plant or product.read more
Trae Collier
Trae Collier
03:25 03 Apr 21
Great selection with an easy following layout to find exactly what you need. Unique and interesting... garden ornaments at reasonable prices to decorate your gardenread more
Michael Hudson Jr
Michael Hudson Jr
04:21 26 Mar 21
They had everything we needed, and some things we did not ! Great experience all around! Will... return to get all of our gardening needs!read more
Stephanie Bergeson
Stephanie Bergeson
17:16 16 Mar 21
This is our favorite nursery. The staff is always helpful and knowledgeable. They have an awesome... selection of cool plants, bushes and trees that varies throughout the season. Good warranties on a lot it too. We're rookie gardeners and most of we've planted from here has done well so far.read more
Trisha Kingston
Trisha Kingston
12:44 16 Mar 21
Awesome selection. Higher prices than most places on trees etc, prob because they sale to prof... gardeners, but decent on some smaller plants. Go to for hard to find plants.read more
Brian Gull
Brian Gull
22:27 16 Jan 21
Love this place! Great people, great selection of trees and plants.
Amy Reed
Amy Reed
04:02 06 Dec 20
This is the third year in a row that we have purchased our Christmas tree at this nursery. We have... had very few issues with the trees themselves and the customer service here is top notch.The gentlemen who help take the tree to our car and tie it down are always very kind and professional. They do a great job every time. We haven't had any issues with the trees sliding around on the car and they have never caused any damage to our cars.The customer service has always been very professional as well. They are considerate people who always make sure we are happy with our trees.The only issue we had was the first tree we purchased from them. It did dry out a little quicker than we had planned but luckily it was very close to Christmas, so it was no problem. They have a good selection of trees and carry everything from little tiny two foot trees to enormous 10 foot plus trees.I highly recommend this nursery, not only for Christmas trees, but also for gardening all year long. The staff is always knowledgeable and great to work with.read more
Ryan Haroldsen
Ryan Haroldsen
06:20 15 Nov 20
Definitely the best place I've ever worked. All the people here are great and it's great visiting.... No other place with such friendly employees. All in all, this is absolutely the place to go if you are in need of plants.read more
Tenzin Lhanzey
Tenzin Lhanzey
00:18 03 Nov 20
I love this nursery. Stopped by today to pick up a tree from there. Ryan was very helpful with... picking the right tree for our backyard. Thank you!!read more
Tanya Hales
Tanya Hales
20:05 22 Sep 20
We've loved the trees we've bought here. We are looking at other plants and water features now. The... selection is amazing.read more
Jaana Bess
Jaana Bess
20:30 18 Sep 20
Ask for McKayla she knows evwrything about trees amd she is super nice.
Lyle Odendahl
Lyle Odendahl
15:10 14 Sep 20
This is a great local nursery. When you are ready to get better service and products than you can... find at the big box stores, great over to Glover. You'll find better service, better expertise, and surprisingly competitive prices. The plants are localized to our climate, instead of the Bonnie brand that everybody else sells and who knows where are grown. You'll find a large selection of fruit and ornamental trees, bulk soil amendments (bagged too), bedding plants, and the great variety of goods you'd expect to find at a large local nursery. I'm glad a rediscovered this nursery after Western Gardens closed our local store.read more
Jace Copier
Jace Copier
20:12 08 Sep 20
Beautiful layout, friendly employees with vast knowledge about plants and gardening. I love this... place!read more
Nathan Harris
Nathan Harris
13:38 08 Sep 20
They didn't have Marijuana, no weed!
Andra Meyer
Andra Meyer
15:33 07 Sep 20
They have the largest and best selection of plants! I drive from Lehi because there’s nothing that... compares anywhere closer.read more
Nate Brown
Nate Brown
02:29 06 Sep 20
Huge selection. This place goes on forever!
Randy Jarvis
Randy Jarvis
22:00 02 Sep 20
Great selection of all your gardening Landscaping needs. Friendly staff always willing to help
Anfaney Gladwin
Anfaney Gladwin
17:39 02 Sep 20
They have a decent selection of things you can buy at any other garden center at a slightly... inflated price. They are starting to carry more hard to find items. I wish they would carry more native/drought resistant plants.read more
Jim young
Jim young
14:05 01 Sep 20
Found employees to be very helpful, they have a plant selection wider and better than most, if you... are looking for a unique company that offers all the experience and materials with great service check them out, oh they even help you out to your vehicle with your purchase..old school service done right!read more
Jeremy Schow
Jeremy Schow
23:45 29 Aug 20
Best nursery in the valley! Seriously beautiful with many different plant species, it's a must see!
Amber Shaw
Amber Shaw
17:03 03 Aug 20
We've been to many garden centers over the years and BY FAR Glover is the best around. Everything... we've purchased from them has been high quality and has done very well in our garden. We've also used their delivery services and well as their planting services- both of which were wonderful! They arrive on time and the work is done very professionally. They also have staff that are very knowledgable about the plants and products they sell, which is something other nurseries are seriously lacking with their employees, so that's something I appreciate! All of our purchases from trees, to flowers to veggies have always done great, I couldn't rave about them more!read more
Christopher Colling
Christopher Colling
18:49 29 Jul 20
Absolutely outstanding service! Val & McKayla were extremely helpful, going above & beyond to take... care of me today. I am a landscape contractor & I appreciate being taken care of so well. Wholesale or retail, I recommend Glover Nursery! 10/10.read more
Joan Dorney
Joan Dorney
01:43 28 Jul 20
They are fantastic to deal with. Very courteous and friendly. Went out of their way to help us get... our Japanese Pagodaread more
Garrett Marshall
Garrett Marshall
00:44 14 Jul 20
My girlfriend and I decided as first time plant buyers to make this the first nursery we visited in... our quest to find the perfect ensemble of pet safe, shade friendly, and easy to maintain plants because of the rave reviews Glover's has (which I spent an hour reading through simply because they were pleasant to read). Rett kindly greeted us within about 2 minutes of us starting to browse the rows and rows of plants. He asked what we were looking for. We explained and he quickly pointed us to which spots of the nursery would have plants fitting our criteria. He taught us where to look to find plant information which was very helpful to us newbies. He provided wise words: to start small with our plants and to grow our garden as we became more comfortable with our green thumbs. He answered every question we had with knowledge and the occasional--and very welcomed--joke! We will always come back to Glover's after this amazing experience on our very first visit. Thanks Glover's and thanks Rett!read more
Clifford Sackett
Clifford Sackett
16:21 03 Jul 20
They have some native plants that you can't find anywhere else. And a good selection of trees
Rhiannon L
Rhiannon L
01:02 01 Jul 20
This is my preferred nursery. There are so many people who offer tips and advice and you can return... stuff and get your money back. There are so many options of different plants too! I was looking for bushes and OMG -- so many varieties. Worth the trip across the valley to visit Glover's.read more
Kat Child
Kat Child
16:42 01 Jun 20
I love this nursery SO much. Every time I come here the staff is friendly and helpful and if they... don’t know the answer, they find someone who does. I will only purchase my plants from Glover, they absolutely thrive! And their soil is incredible! Not to mention it’s good for the soul to just walk around and take in how gorgeous this place is. Thank you Glover Nursery!!!read more
Steve Hanson
Steve Hanson
22:44 23 Apr 20
This is a good place to go for some of your less-common trees. Great variety. Knowledgeable staff.... And beautiful grounds.read more
Matt Connors
Matt Connors
17:04 23 Apr 20
Incredible selection. A sales rep. named Lynn was incredibly helpful to me and took an hour to... listen to what I wanted, present options, and seemed very knowledgeable. He even made sure everything was loaded properly and protected from wind during transport. I appreciated this because it's such a busy time for them! I'll definitely be back and thank you, Lynn!read more
Alexandra McCauley
Alexandra McCauley
04:37 29 Sep 18
My first time visiting, and I had a great time! The staff was nice, very attentive, and willing to... answer all of my questions!! I LOVE the plants we got! 🌼🌼 I can't wait to go back!read more
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