As the temperatures get warmer and days get longer, people retreat to their back porches, verandas, decks, and outdoor living rooms. We gather around grills and firepits to tell stories and commune while we celebrate birthdays, engagements, and random Friday nights.
How can those areas can be enhanced to make evenings more interesting?
Use plants with variegated foliage.
White variegation on foliage will reflect off lighting and the moonlight, shining an ambient light into your space. Choose plants such as variegated hostas, variegated English ivy, or variegated pittosporum.
Choose white flowering plants.
White azaleas, vinca, sweet alyssum, phlox, white hydrangeas, gardenias, or shasta daisies will grab your attention as the light shines on the flowers, making them seem larger than life.
Enhance with lighting.
Outdoor lighting will finish off your night garden nicely. Lighting can be installed into your hardscape, but If you don’t want to install lighting, be creative! Use soup cans or old chandeliers to hold votive candles. Hang Christmas lights along the bannister or railing of your deck to give a twinkle to the area.
Weed prevention is one of the keys to having a vigorous, lush lawn. Nobody wants crabgrass and other pesky weeds invading their beautiful blades of grass. This is why pre-emergent use in the late winter/early spring is so important.
Pre-emergent herbicides prevent the germination of weed seeds, preventing them from ever seeing the light of day. When applied in the spring and fall, they are very effective in keeping crabgrass and other annual weeds at bay.
The suggested time period for applying the herbicide is between February 15 and March 15, with around March 1 being ideal for Georgia. Soil temperatures above 50º encourage germination and that milestone temperature typically occurs between those dates in our service areas.
Some of the pre-emergent herbicides we keep in stock at our Grayson location are:
0-0-7 w/ 0.22 Barricade (2-3 mo)
5-5-25 w/ 0.375 Barricade(4-5 mo)
20-0-10 w/ 0.375 Barricade (4-5 mo)
XL 2G 50 lb granular (Ornamental or Turf)
Contact our Grayson Location Landscape Supply Department at 770.963.8227 for more information.
10:00 AM — Keystone Wall systems with John Nolan of Tremron and Jimmie Hester of Keystone
John and Jimmiw will provide an overview of the Keystone products manufactured by Tremron. Stonegate, Country Manor, and Compac wall systems will be covered, PLUS a hands-on demonstration using Keystone blocks.
11:00 AM — Gator Base with Troy Respass of Alliance
Troy will provide an overview of the Gator Base system PLUS there will be a hands-on demonstration of a paver install using Gator Base. -An overview of the Gator Base system.
12:00 PM — Chicken and Pork Barbecue Lunch catered by Big Daddy Que
1:00 PM — Tandem Wall system with Grant Miller of Belgard
Grant will provide an overview of the Tandem Wall System and there will be a hands-on demonstration using the system.
2:00 PM — Pesticides with Art Assad and Sam Morris of Agrisel
Art and Sam will provide an overview of the Agrisel herbicide, insecticide, and fungicide lines. There will be a Q&A session, so come with questions!
RSVP for Classes by October 28 to
Josh@buckjones.com or 770.963.8227
Press Release from GGIA, August 1, 2016
With much of Georgia mired in drought conditions, members of the Georgia Green Industry Association are focused on promoting efficient outdoor water use and encouraging Georgians to save water in the landscape. Water saving tips aren’t just for professionals and can go a long way towards reducing water usage outdoors.
Georgia’s Water Stewardship Act limits spray irrigation to the hours between 4pm and 10am. This common sense measure eliminates watering during the heat of the day and reduces water lost to evaporation. More efficient methods of watering like drip irrigation and hand watering are allowed at any time. New plantings or landscapes can be watered any time of day for 30 days following installation allowing plants to become established in the landscape.
Currently no utilities in Georgia have mandatory water restrictions in place as the state is
operating in a pre-drought status as planned well in advance through the Drought Management Rules of the Water Stewardship Act of 2012. Georgians have shown a commitment to this culture of conservation and have reduced per capita water usage. Utilities must petition Georgia EPD in advance of enacting any change to the state’s outdoor water use rules.
GGIA members are distributing a flier titled “Make Every Drop Count” to homeowners and customers. This complimentary information piece includes more tips to help save water including having irrigation systems checked by certified irrigation professionals. An irrigation system checkup can help identify broken heads, leaky pipes of other inefficiencies. A copy of the flier can be seen below and/or downloaded here.
The Academy of Crop Production is a Southern-centric four day conference dedicated exclusively to sharing information on ADVANCED ornamental crop production and business management techniques for ornamental producers.
Hosted by the University of Georgia and the Georgia Green Industry Association, at the beautiful Indigo Hotel, Athens, GA. This is not a trade show, but rather a concentrated series of classes that focus on important current issues facing growers.
The event kicks off on June 12th with the GGIA Reception at the beautiful State Botanical Garden of Georgia featuring a keynote presentation from Dean Norton, Director of Horticulture at the historic Mount Vernon.
And you’ll want to stick around for the UGA Trial Gardens Industry Open House on Wednesday June 15th. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to be enjoy the classic city while learning from world class presenters!
For more info, go HERE.
The Allied Department at our Grayson Location is excited to carry NuPlay® Mulch, a high quality playground mulch made from 100% recycled, non-toxic, environmentally friendly rubber products. It exceeds standards set by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission for playground mulch.
Unlike other rubber mulches, NuPlay® will not float when heavy rains move through. It stays put and doesn’t attract ants, termites, or other pests. It inhibits mold and fungi, limiting allergy risks. It’s also 99.9% wire-free and doesn’t create dust, so your children stay safe and clean!
We carry the NuPlay® Mulch in Earthtone in 1.5 cubic foot bags.
Click HERE for more details.
Buck Jones Nursery is the exclusive Atlanta wholesale distributor for an exciting new product called the Green Living Fence. These screens of ivy are perfect for tight spaces or where a screen or espalier screen is typically needed.
Think about locations like around hot tubs, under decks, to make a private sitting area on a patio, or even privacy for parking lots. They’re perfect for townhomes and even apartment patios.
The Green Living Fence comes on a sturdy metal rack, completely covered with dark green English Ivy ‘Woerner’ (for exterior use) or Spanish Canary Ivy (for interior use). They are planted in a coco-coir trough and can be planted directly in the ground or placed in a container. Most units are 4’x4′ but some are larger, up to 6′ tall.
These lovely fencing options are available at our Grayson and Woodstock stores. Please call for pricing and availability.
Buck Jones Nursery is proud to sponsor the GGIA Spring Into Color 5k Dash again this year. It will be held on Saturday, April 23 from 9am – 11am at Town Center Park in Suwanee!
Experience some fun in the wildest 5K you’ve ever seen! This is your chance to support Georgia Green Industry Association (GGIA) and show your colors in this fun-filled event. Run, Walk, Crawl, Dance or Cartwheel your way through a bombardment of color and find yourself wearing a COLORFUL Dash of Spring Colors when you reach the finish line. You’re guaranteed to have a blast and benefit some awesome charities in the process! Make plans now to attend this colorful event.
To register or for more information, see the Spring Into Color 5k Dash website.