Edward's Garden Center

Forty Fort, PA

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Invite your feathered friends over to your garden

Edward's Garden Center offers birding supplies

Invite your feathered friends to stay for the season with tips from Edward’s Garden Center!

Birds chirping. Baby birds learning to fly. Birds swimming in the bird bath. Can you think of more enjoyable signs of spring and summer in NEPA?

Hopefully, your feathered friends have already come back to your garden. If not, you may want to make sure you have the items that entice them to a specific place.

1. Food
Is your bird feeder out? Have you cleaned it recently? If not, you should probably take it down and give it a good scrub. Some of the high acid seeds in common bird foods can go rancid if left out in the sun. It can also cause the food to clump and get stuck where the birds can’t reach it.

If your bird feeder is ready, make sure you purchase the right type of food to attract the birds in our area. TIP: Make sure the feeder is not stationed in an area where your dog or cat sits. This will keep many birds from stopping in.

2. Water
Make sure your bird bath is a good source of fresh water for the birds in your area. Clean the birdbath and fill it often with fresh water. During the warm weather drinking and bathing are very important to birds. Watching them frolic in the bird bath is a good reason to provide water too.

3. Shelter
Birds will not stay long in an area where they feel anxious. Make sure there are trees, shrubs and high grasses for birds to hide in if they feel threatened. Providing shelter at multiple levels (high and low) will attract a variety of birds to your garden. Shelter near feeders is especially helpful so birds can quickly retreat if they feel threatened while eating.

4. Nesting sites
Sites available for nesting are especially important during the spring. Birds will be searching for a safe place to start their family. Do a little research on what type of birds you hope to attract and provide nesting boxes or bird houses that suit their lifestyle. Our gift shop has a wonderful selection of handmade bird houses and our staff would be happy to help you chose the correct one.

For more tips on how to invite your feathered friends to frequent your garden this season, visit our birding FAQs page.

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Enjoy more beautiful roses thanks to organic food

Who doesn’t love a fully blooming rose bush? Roses are definitely one of the more elegant and beautiful flowers that grows well in our area. Did you know that with a little help, you can enjoy more blooms on your rose bush?

Edward's Garden Center sells organic plant food

Feed your roses monthly with organic plant food and you’ll enjoy the most gorgeous flowers this season!

Our friends at Espoma know how to get the most out of their rose bushes and they decided to share some helpful information.

All you need for a beautiful blooming rose bush is a well fed plant. Roses are one of the hungriest plants so a well-balanced meal will go a long way.

Your roses are waking up now since spring is just beginning. They’ve made it through a long winter  and they are starving! Feed them the most nutritious meal you can.

Espoma’s organic Rose-tone includes more nutrients than any other rose food. Most rose fertilizers contain three nutrients — nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium (N-P-K). Rose-tone goes far beyond that. This organic rose food contains 12 more micronutrients roses need, including iron, calcium and magnesium. Don’t forget you, Edward’s has all the plant food and fertilizer you need this spring so stop by.

Rose-tone is not only superior for its nutrients, but also because gradually release those nutrients. Due to its slow-release formula, Rose-tone will never burn or leach plants. Plus, this is the only organic rose food that improves soil structure.

For established roses in beds, spread 6 pounds of Rose-tone per 100 square feet. For individual roses, use 1¼ cups of Rose-tone per plant.

Sprinkle the granular organic rose food around each plant out to the widest branch. This encourages your roses to stretch their feet and grow a little!

Then, scratch the food into the top 1” of soil.

If you’re planting new roses, add a mixture of peat moss and 3 cups Rose-tone to the planting hole.

Either way, feed your roses monthly from early spring to mid-September to keep them producing beautiful blooms.

Information for this post came from Espoma.com.

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Spring flowers and plants arrive

Our employees at the Garden Center have been busy getting everything ready for spring. Today and various other days over the last few weeks, we’ve received many plant, flower, tree and shrub deliveries. We took a walk around the Garden Center today and took some photos to share with everyone. Make sure to stop by this weekend and pick up whatever you need to get started on your garden this spring.

Our gift shop is full of exciting new garden items as well. If you are looking for a gift for the gardener in your life, our gift shop is the perfect spot! We have new wind chimes, plaques, welcome signs, planter decorators and more! If you’re still not sure, a gift certificate is the perfect idea.

No matter what you need for your garden this season, Edward’s has it! Stop by for fertilizer, mulch, gravel, annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, pond supplies and much more!

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How to Plant Colorful Flowering Azaleas and Rhododendrons

Spring is in the air and colorful flowers will soon be everywhere! Looking to add some color to your yard? Try planting some azaleas and rhododendrons.

Edward's Garden Center will soon be filled with beautiful Rhododendrons!

Edward’s Garden Center will soon be filled with beautiful Rhododendrons!

No garden is complete without these easy to care for beauties. You can use them as feature pieces in your garden or use them to fill gaps in between other trees and flowers.

According to our friends at Espoma, Azaleas and rhododendrons are some of the most popular flowering shrubs. Blooming from late spring to early summer, these shrubs thrive in almost any garden. They come in so many colors and as and added bonus, they attract bees and hummingbirds.

For Established Shrubs:
Spring feeding helps develop new growth and the production of new flower buds. Sprinkle one cup of Holly-tone per foot of branch spread now. Holly-tone is long-lasting so you’ll only need to fertilize twice in a season. Don’t wait too long, or you risk encouraging green vegetative growth at the expense of flower bud development. Once now, and again in the fall will ensure a perfect Rhody!

For New Shrubs:
Spring is the perfect time to plant so pick your favorite color and variety. The Garden Center will soon have many for you to choose from. Before buying, check the plant tag to see if you have enough space for a full-grown shrub. Azaleas and rhododendrons can range from 2 feet to more than 20 feet tall. If planting shrubs in a row, ensure you have enough space to plant 2 feet to 6 feet apart depending on how big your shrubs will get.

Choose a spot for your shrub and envision the great impact these plants will have on your landscape! Both these flowering shrubs like to hang in the shade and do not grow well in full sunlight. So, make sure you’ve selected a perfectly shaded spot

Before you start digging think about how large this shrub will get. If planting shrubs in a row, ensure you have enough space to plant 2-6’ apart depending on how big your shrubs will get.

To ensure healthy, beautiful flowers all season long, test the soil.

These acid loving shrubs need a soil pH of 4.5-5.5. If your soil test reveals a higher pH, your soil is alkaline. Solve the problem by amending with Espoma Organic Soil Acidifier.

Once your soil is ready, it’s time to plant.

Dig a hole as deep as the root ball and twice as wide. Then, remove the shrub from its original container, loosen the roots and dip in a bucket of water.

Next, arrange the shrub in the hole, so the top of the root ball is slightly about the ground’s surface.

Fill half the hole with compost, peat moss or humus, and mix in 1 cup Holly-tone fertilizer for better blooms. This organic plant food is specially crafted for acid loving plants, like azaleas and rhododendrons. Feeding new shrubs with an organic fertilizer now keeps them well-fed for months, spurs deep evergreen color and dynamic blooms.

Fill half the hole with Espoma Organic All Purpose Garden Soil.

Now finish planting your shrub by filling the hole with Espoma Organic All Purpose Garden Soil, and add 2-3” of mulch.

Water now, and tomorrow, too. And don’t forget to enjoy them all season long!

Information for this post came from Espoma.com.

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Who knew working outside has so many benefits?

As avid gardener you know working in your garden has many benefits. The main benefit is that it makes you happy, of course. Besides putting you in a better mood, gardening is beneficial in many other ways.

Soak up that vitamin D
Did you know that the Scranton area is one of the most sun deprived areas in the country, according to multiple almanac and weather sites? The entire Northeast PA region gets less sun than most of the country. This is main reason we should soak up healthy doses of vitamin D when we can. Of course, we need to be smart about it. Wear sun screen, sun glasses and a hat when working in your garden on sunny days. Our bodies can still reap the benefits of vitamin D with all our protective gear. If it’s sunny tomorrow, get out there an enjoy it… you may only have another 100 or so days this year.

Benefits of working outside - Edward's Garden CenterSkip the gym and still get a workout
Maybe you would have done 40 squats, 40 bicep curls, a few bench press reps and spent 20 minutes on the treadmill. Head outside to your garden instead and you’ll probably burn even more calories than you would have at the gym. Not sure about that? Think about it. How many times do you squat down to the ground and get back up while working in the garden…50…80? How many bags of mulch or potting soil will you carrying around the yard? How many times will you walk back and forth to the shed for tools or to the house for a drink? One of the great benefits of gardening is that it’s physical! You get your workout in for the day and you get to enjoy it. 🙂

Give your future a helping hand
One benefit of working in the garden that is not thought about often is increased hand strength and dexterity. Not many people realize that as we age, we can lose strength in our hands, causing difficulty with every day tasks. Working with your hands in the garden is a great to keep hand muscles agile and in good working order.

Forget all your troubles
A well known reason why many people garden is because it relieves stress. Working on a project in your garden that is all your own can be very relaxing. Pull up a kneeler, a bag of bulbs and let the stress of the day fade away. When your finished planting or weeding for the day, pull up a chair and just enjoy all that you have accomplished while the birds chirp and the butterflies fly around.

Happiness can be found there
You garden because you love it. You get enjoyment out of the activity itself and out of the result. You created a beautiful space to enjoy with your family and friends and that alone a wonderful benefit of gardening.