Archives for May 2015

Boost Your Curb Appeal

The experts at The Family Tree want your home & garden to the best it can possible be and if you are looking for a way to give your home a distinctive look, then you are in luck! Here are five high impact projects that boost your home’s curb appeal:

A gate

A gate makes a real statement about your home can be many styles. But, if it’s charming and attractive, it puts visitors at ease, inviting them to come in. An arch, making the entrance to your front yard, offers instant cottage charm. Grow a flowering vine over it to create a beautiful, inviting focal point.

A small fence

A small fence, or similar structure at the corner of the front yard provides an immediate sense of space. For a featureless front lawn, plant flowering annuals and perennials around it for a welcoming display of color.

A small garden at the mailbox

At most homes, the mailbox is literally at the curb. So a small garden around the mailbox is the most visible way to improve curb appeal. Mailbox plantings should consist of small plants that won’t overwhelm the mailbox itself. They also need to be tough plants. Varieties that can take reflected heat, road salt, and the like. If you can’t supply water, then they need to be very drought tolerant as well. Keep in mind that bees can be a nuisance to mail carriers, so don’t overdo it with plants that attract pollinators.

A bench garden

A bench instantly creates a visual focal point and beckons you into the garden. Such a welcoming feature is one of the easiest and most economical ways to add curb appeal. A bench can go almost anywhere. But it should be visible and accessible for the greatest impact. A spot was created for this bench, with a small bump out of the paving, leading to this home’s front door. A simple, beautiful idea.

Container gardens 

Place containers along the path, or on steps, for a big boost of color. Window boxes also make a big statement.

Call or visit our experts today. They are ready to assist you on the journey of creating the perfect curb appeal.

Growing Mosquito Repellent Plants

Citronella Geranium
(Pelargonium graveolens Citrosa)mosquito-plant-citronella

  • Type:Tender perennial
  • Planting time:Spring, after the last frost
  • Features:Strongly lemon-scented leaves
  • Light:Part shade
  • Soil:Light, well drained, on the dry side
  • Spacing:18 to 24 inches
  • Plant size:24 to 36 inches tall
  • Garden use:Herb garden, flower border, containers

A scented geranium is a great patio plant, especially in containers. Do not over-fertilize because too much nitrogen reduces leaf fragrance. Sometimes called citronella, but actually a citrus-scented geranium. For natural insect repellent, place them near a gate or path where you brush against the leaves as you walk by, or in a pot where children can rub the leaves to enjoy their fragrance. Plants are vigorous growers and drought tolerant. Move indoors before frost.

Cymbopogon citratus

  • Type:Tender perenniallemongrass1
  • Planting time:Spring, after the last frost
  • Features:Strongly lemon-scented leaves
  • Light:Full sun
  • Soil:Loves very well drained soil
  • Spacing:18 to 24 inches
  • Plant size:24 to 36 inches tall
  • Garden use: Herb garden, grassy look in summer gardens, containers

Lemongrass is a tropical herb packed with strong citrus flavor. The lemon taste is prized in Asian cooking, as well as in teas, sauces, and soups. In the garden, lemongrass forms a tall, grassy clump 3 to 5 feet tall. Its appearance rivals that of many ornamental grasses and can easily fulfill a similar role in the landscape.

Grow lemongrass as an annual in planting beds or tucked into pots. This citrus-flavored grass overwinters well in a dormant state in a cool, dark spot indoors, or you can grow it as an indoor herb through winter in colder zones.

Harvest lemongrass for its bulbous stem bases, rich with lemony flavor, or clip leaves for infusing tea and soup stock. Lemongrass thrives in full sun, even in hot Southern locations. Give this herb rich, well-drained soil. Amend planting holes with composted manure to improve fertility and enhance the soil’s ability to hold water. If you’re adding several lemongrass plants to planting beds, space plants 24 inches apart.

Provide a steady supply of moisture for best growth—don’t let lemongrass roots dry out. Fertilize plants during the growing season every couple of weeks.

Plant lemongrass in a large pot that is at least 12 inches across, or use a 5-gallon bucket. Be sure to use a premium quality potting soil when growing lemongrass. Lemongrass grows tall, and pots can easily tip in windy weather, so place containers in a slightly protected location.                                                                                     Info provided by Bonnie Plant Farm

More Mosquito Repellent Plants To Consider
Basil Not only can you plant basil to keep the mosquitoes away, you can also use the leaves in your cooking. The pungent smell the basil leaves give off will also keep flies and other pests at bay.

Lavender This plant is part of the mint family, which is probably what helps make it a wonderful bug repellant. It is easy to grow and very hardy.


Mother’s Day gift card deal! Mom will love this!

When you’re at The Family Tree shopping for a gift for Mom this week, consider buying her a gift card. You can get a gift for yourself along with one for Mom! We’re running a fabulous offer from May 7-11 only:

Buy a $50 gift card

Get a $10 gift card FREEmothers day graphic

Buy a $75 gift card

Get a $15 gift card FREE

Buy a $100 gift card

Get a $20 gift card FREE

That’s right, if you buy one gift card for Mom, you will receive a second gift card for yourself! The Family Tree wants to encourage you to remember your mom this Mother’s Day, as well as thanking you for being a great mom. Don’t forget that this sale will only last for a short time, so hurry in to take advantage of it before Mother’s Day

*FREE gift card valid May 24, 2015 – September 1, 2015.

It’s Mother’s Day Week. Your Mom Loves Gifts From The Family Tree!

Have you thought about what you’re going to get your Mom for Mother’s Day? It’s right around the corner on May 10! If you haven’t, The Family Tree has you covered; not only do we sell a wide selection of beautiful flowering plants, but we also have an upscale gift shop that carries a dazzling array of home décor and gift ideas. Please allow The Family Tree to help you show your mom how much you love and appreciate her this Mother’s Day.

We have a beautiful collection of blooms for you to choose from, you’ll be sure to find your mom’s favorite! Choose from plants that will brighten your mom’s home inside or out, such as our mini roses (perfect for small sunny places and containers; on sale for $9.99) or any of our tropical plants, such as hibiscus, which are a steal at $6.99!

mothers day mini rosesmothers day hibiscus



If you’d rather give Mom a gift that’s ready to place wherever she’d like, consider a container garden. These gardens can be large or small; we have some adorable little succulent gardens in stock, as well as larger perennial planters.

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The Family Tree also has a lovely selection of jewelry, ranging from sophisticated necklaces to handmade earrings.

mothers day necklace

If your mom prefers more decorative items that don’t require any maintenance, we carry a multitude of Lampe Berger™ scents and decorative lamps. These gorgeous lamps catch the eye wherever they are placed in the home.  Lampe Berger™ fragrances not only offer wonderful aromas, they also clean the air in your home and office. Another option is one of our musical windchimes, which bring joy all year round.

mothers day lampe bergermothers day windchime

So you still can’t decide?  Our gift card sale is the perfect gift for a hard-to-buy-for mom! Not only will a gift card allow her to choose exactly what she would like, but if you buy a card worth $50, you’ll receive a $10 card FREE. That’s right, buy a gift card for Mom and get one free for yourself from The Family Tree, just because we love you! So stop by The Family Tree soon to pick up a gift for your wonderful mother to thank her for everything she’s done for you.

Steps to Achieve a Green & Healthy Lawn

Spring is in full gear at The Family Tree Garden Center! But before you start hosting those outdoor parties or enjoying a refreshing beverage in the backyard, we’ve got some work to do.  To achieve a greener, more healthier lawn, here are a few steps you should take to get your lawn looking it’s best!

Rake (Yes, even in the Spring!) grass

It might sound strange but raking in the Spring is just as important as it is in the fall. Spring raking helps remove unwelcome thatch, which could be the explanation of those unwanted pests. Raking will also help you recognize the areas of your lawn that need special attention.

Aerate High Trafficked Areas of Your Lawn

Once you have finished raking, you will have a better view of your yard. Aerate the areas that have had heavy traffic during winter. Those high trafficked areas have increased the density of your soil, making it difficult for roots to take. Aerating helps loosen the soil and allows your grass to breathe.

Overseed Those Bare Areas

Revive those brown, bare patches of your lawn by overseeding.

Pull those Weeds

Start weeding as soon as you can, pulling weeds from the root. Watch out for those dandelions, as they are stubborn and will come back year after year. Keeping your lawn clear of weeds will allow your green turf spotless!

Follow these simple steps and soon enough you’ll see greener, healthier grass! Can’t fit these steps into your daily routine? Then give us a call to schedule an appointment with one of our professional landscapers.