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Saint Francis de Sales once said, “bloom where you are planted”. Meaning – make the most of whatever situation you are in! We can apply this quote to renting a house or living in an apartment because maybe you haven’t found the perfect house yet or maybe you love the coziness that an apartment or small space can bring. Whatever the reason – plants can make the perfect addition to any small living décor! This blog will give you a few ideas of different plants that can bloom in your small space.

Succulents are a low maintenance houseplant that need direct or bright indirect sunlight. They need moderately dry soil because they store moisture in their leaves, stems, and roots. There are many different species of succulents so you can mix and match with various plants to bring out your style.

Aloe Vera is another low maintenance houseplant, from the succulent family, that needs bright light and moderately dry soil – we love the simplicity of not needing to water them every day. The gel from the inside of the plant can be used to relieve pain from burns and abrasions when applied topically. Please note the gel is not to be ingested by humans or pets.

Begonia rex have beautiful colored leaves and are easy to care for. They need low to medium sunlight and moderately dry soil – so again, no need to water them every day. You can read an article found on the Farmer’s Almanac (here) about Begonia rex and other low maintenance house plants.

Neon Cacti can provide that pop of color your small space needs! They are low maintenance and again, do not need to be watered every day because they grow best in drier soil. Cacti prefer direct or bright indirect sunlight. A Neon Cactus also mixes well with succulents if a dish garden is right up your ally.

(L-R: Fittonia argyroneura, Polka Dot Plant, Hemigraphis alternata, Succulent)

The delicate veining on the leaves of the Fittonia argyroneura (also known as the Nerve Plant) is stunning. This plant needs low light with moist soil and is a great choice for terrariums – if they are your thing. And fun fact – Fittonia argyroneura are natively from Peru!

The Polka Dot Plant is a colorful houseplant with varied leaf colors (pink, red, or white – mixed with green). Polka Dot Plants need their soil to be moist but not too wet and prefer indirect sunlight. You can tell by the plant’s leaves if they are getting enough sunlight – due to the “polka dots”. If the leaves are solid green, they need some more light.

Hemigraphis alternata (also known as the Purple Waffle Plant) has lovely foliage and are easy to grow in apartments. These Purple Waffle Plants need medium sunlight and moist soil. And again, you can tell if your plant is getting too much sunlight or not enough by how the leaves react. The leaves will appear bleached with too much sunlight and they will lose the purple coloring with not enough.

At Indian Run Landscaping, we do more than just lawn care and constructing outdoor living spaces for properties – we can also create a planter for you! Give us a call at 717-275-2850 today to schedule or click here for an estimate! Let us create something beautiful for you!

What are your favorite houseplants? Comment below or share pictures and tag us on social media! We would love to hear from you!

All of these plants were purchased from Ken’s Garden in Ronks, PA and Lowe’s in Lancaster, PA.
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Indian Run Landscaping by Nicole Sandman - 2w ago
We have all heard of birth stones – you know – the gems or stones that are associated with a specific month. But did you know that there are also flowers linked with each month? This blog is quite simple – go to the month you were born to see its corresponding flower (and then check out all the other months, just for fun)! We all have a birthday one day a year – unless you are a leap year baby! But wouldn’t it be enjoyable to have a planter or garden FULL of flowers that make you think of your birthday? That way you could celebrate all season long!
JANUARY – Carnation

Carnations come in a variety of different colors – so of course, those different colors have different meanings. Check out the Flower Experts blog with the full list of colors here but to name a few – pink means affection, red means “I love you”, and white means pure.

FEBRUARY – Iris and Violet

Irises are perennials that need lots of sunlight to grow. They attract butterflies, hummingbirds and come in lots of stunning colors such as blue, purple, white, yellow, pink orange, red, and even brown.

There are hundreds of species of Violets in counties around the world. The most common species – blue violet – is found in the United States. Violets are known for their smell – if having a sweet-smelling flower is important to you – February guys and gals – keep Violets in mind!

MARCH – Daffodil

Daffodils are bright colored flowers that bloom in the Spring. They need partly or full sun exposure and are a hardy perennial flower making them an ideal, long lasting, plant.

APRIL – Daisy and Sweet Pea

Daisies are also perennials and need full sun exposure. They also need to be well watered and like most plants – grow the best in a well manicure lawn.

Sweat peas can be found in blue, pink, purple, red, white or yellow colors! What a fun way to say “happy birthday” all season long by seeing such bright colors in your garden. Sweet peas need full sun and bloom in the summer and fall months. For more history on the sweet pea check out this here article from the Farmer’s Almanac.

MAY – Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley looks dainty and beautiful, but it can be a tough and invasive plant that can also be harmful to animals and humans according to David Beaulieu. The botanical name is Convallaria majalis which translates to “May valley”- no wonder it is the flower for the month of May!

Read Beaulieu’s full article about this poisonous perennial here.

JUNE – Rose

Ah – the rose – the flower we associate Valentine’s day and “love” with. The flower that might seem simple to grow as it is on a bush but there are lots of guidelines to follow for sweet results. Roses bloom throughout the Spring, Summer and Fall months and can come in a variety of colors; orange, pink, red, white and yellow. Roses have a lovely scent to them and if you are a June baby – check out the article on the Farmer’s Almanac here for details on how to best grow roses.

JULY – Larkspur and Water Lily

Interestingly – larkspurs are simple plants, once the seeds are planted. However, to get them to grow from seedlings can be a difficult task. Larkspur seeds need to have a “cold period” before they start growing. Becca Badgett of Gardening Know How recommends chilling the seeds in the refrigerator, with some damp soil, for a two-week time period prior to planting them. (You can check out her full article here.) Fun fact about larkspurs; their different colors means different things – pink means fickleness, white means happy and purple means first love.

If you have ever visited Longwood Gardens you may have noticed their water lily display! Water lilies symbolize purity and majesty. Water lilies are commonly found in the water and they look stunning floating on top of a pond! They grow well in the shady, cool environment a pond provides.

AUGUST – Gladiolus

The gladiolus is a timeless perennial that does well in full sun exposure. They bloom during the summer months and can be found in an array of colors; orange, pink, white and yellow. They can grow to be between two and five feet tall and their height compliments well with other flowers in a garden.

SEPTEMBER – Aster

Asters resemble a daisy with their winged petals and bright colors. Asters bloom in the late summer and can grow well in either full or partly sunny areas. They are also a great plant if you have a rocky terrain. Fun fact about asters is they also attract butterflies and bees which is a great source of nectar for the late summer, early fall season.

OCTOBER – Marigold

Marigolds are the classic fall flower with lots of gold and warm tones. Fun fact about marigolds is that they deter rabbits from being in your flower garden as rabbits do not like the scent of the flower!

Marigolds are easy to grow and will bring color to your garden throughout the Spring, Summer and Fall. If you simply plant them where they get full sun exposure and water them at the base of the plant – you will have brass and copper tones to carry your garden right throughout the Fall months!

NOVEMBER – Chrysanthemum

When you think of Autumn and Thanksgiving, do you think of mums? We do! “Chrys” means golden and “anthemion” means flower – put it together and you have the golden Chrysanthemums we have grown to love. (Grown – get it? Ha!) Mums can be kept indoors or outdoors. And it is important to remember that they do not do well once the frost starts so if outdoors – it is then best to move them into a covered area.  Mums come in array of colors and be the perfect addition to your fall décor!

DECEMBER – Holly

Holly represents happiness and what a better way to celebrate your Christmas birthday month then with some splashes of red and green against an otherwise dormant garden environment. Keep in mind that the female holly bushes are the ones that produce berries so make sure when purchasing your bush, you make it know if you want berries or not to the professional you are working with.

The best time to plant a holly bush is in the Spring or Fall – the higher chances of rainfall make the bush settle into its new garden. Add a little mulch to keep the bush moist and come December – you’ll have a festive plant ready to go for your birthday!

Did you enjoy reading about your birth month and flower? Did you already know what flower corresponds with your birth month? Check out HGTV’s blog about birth month flowers here and the Farmer’s Almanac’s article here. Would you love to have your birthday month flower in view all season long? Give us a call (717-285-2750) and let us create a colorful garden or planter for you!
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Are you in need of some ideas of how to celebrate your father, husband, grandfather or uncle? Does your dad spend a lot of time outdoors and keeping up with the property? Does your dad wear the title of “grill master”? If you said yes to any of these questions, this blog is for you! This Father’s Day – a patio, fire pit, seating wall, or outdoor kitchen – is a gift that will keep on giving! Get together with the family and give your father the gift of a stunningly designed outdoor space.

A beautifully designed patio is the main feature! It is what the grill and furniture will most likely sit on so the size of the patio will be designed for how you want to utilize the space. You can simply have a patio to add function to your outdoor space or you can add the fire pit, seating wall and outdoor kitchen to really design your space the way you want. The patio is the the first thing family and friends will notice and when designing the patio you can choose what finishing materials will be used such as natural stone, pavers or bricks.

A fire pit provides a relaxing element that brings family and friends together. Lots of fun memories can be made while roasting marshmallows and making s’mores with those you love. Our professionally built fire pits can be designed with natural stone or bricks. It would be manufactured to withstand the weather elements and you would not need to worry about it going anywhere.

A seating wall is a low wall that is usually built on top of a patio. It is made to the height where someone could sit comfortably. Seating walls not only add functional seating but they also provide some separation from the garden or lawn. Best of all – they are visually pleasing to the eye. Don’t believe us? Check out Capital Landscapes blog here for more on the benefits of seating walls.

As Penn Stone elegantly puts it, outdoor kitchens steal the show in outdoor spaces. When designing an outdoor kitchen, there are two styles to choose from; masonry style with brick, stucco, or stone veneer or there is the indoor kitchen style of cabinetry. Once you choose your style, the rest of the choices fall into place – how many grills do you want, appliances, pizza ovens, storage, etc.

Check out Penn Stone’s blog about outdoor kitchens here.

Picture is from Better Homes and Gardens and can be found here.
We, at Indian Run Landscaping, are here to help deliver on your dad’s perfect outdoor space! Did you know that we offer gift certificates? Let your dad work with our design team in building the outdoor “man cave” of his dreams. Give us a call (717-285-2750) or click here to schedule an appointment online and let us help you give your dad a special and long-lasting gift!

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Indian Run Landscaping by Nicole Sandman - 1M ago
Are you noticing mushrooms popping up in your mulch? Are you worried about what that might mean? Well, you can take a deep breath and relax because they are a good thing. Finding mushrooms in your mulch means that there is healthy organic matter growing which is vital for the ecosystems beneath the mulch. Lisa LaPaso, is an organic landscape designer, she states that your plants actually benefit from the fungi and bacteria. She goes on to say that, mushrooms are the “reproductive structures of fungi” and are a sign of healthy soil. Sandra Mason, is the Master Gardener Coordinator for the University of Illinois, she and LaPaso both state in their articles that mushrooms may also be found if there is a decaying, dying tree root that they are living off. Organic mulches (such as hardwood chips, softwood chips and grass clippings) are where you are more likely to find mushrooms sprouting versus the inorganic mulches (such as stones and pebbles) due to the ability of organic mulches to decompose over time. If you would like to read more about the different types of mulch, read our blog all about mulch here.

Sprouting mushrooms are usually the result of heavy rainfalls. If you are not liking the look of the mushrooms, till them back into the mulch. LaPaso states that plants thrive from fungal action which is why she recommends composting to boost the growth of your plants and trees. Mason says the bottom line is that these mushrooms are not damaging to “plants, people or pets” unless consumed. It is discouraged for people to eat any type of mushroom without knowing its origin.

So, are you spying mushrooms in your garden? Quick answer – they are not harmful, and the mushrooms will usually dry up within a week or two. For immediate results, tilling the soil or mulch will hide the toadstools if you aren’t wanting to wait for them to dry up on their own. Have additional questions about those mushrooms popping up in your garden? Need help getting your property mulched for the season? Give us a call at 717-285-2750 or click here to schedule an appointment directly from our website.
You can read Lisa LaPaso’s full article here and Sandra Mason’s article here.
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Indian Run Landscaping by Nicole Sandman - 1M ago
What does outdoor living mean to you? Does it mean… Walking out your back door to a beautiful patio, where on the evenings you can relax from a long work week? Sipping your favorite chilled beverage while sitting around the natural stone fire pit in your backyard? Drinking your morning cup of coffee while watching the sunrise?

At Indian Run Landscaping, we want to create that experience for you by designing the patio, fire pit, retaining wall, water feature you are dreaming of. We can also finish off your new outdoor living space by giving your landscape a polished look with trimming, mulching and planting. When the job is complete, all you have to do is place your outdoor furniture on your new patio and start living outdoors.

Patios and hardscapes, in general, are an investment – we know that! That is why we build the hardscapes with professional materials and hold the project to the highest manufacture standards. During the design stage, a meeting would be held with the company designer. You can then see an animated visual of your patio. Seeing a digital copy will ensure, you as the customer and us as the professionals are on the same page before the installation begins.

(Example of computer design program)

There are various finishing materials, for your hardscape project, that you can choose from; natural stone, pavers or bricks.

Natural Stone creates a beautiful design to patios! Many other companies no longer work with natural stone simply for ease but at Indian Run, our crew enjoys the look and uniqueness natural stone provides and have been working with natural stone for years. Each stone has different detail from one to the next and, we feel, it is worth the extra effort!

Pavers are manufactured to last for decades and there are many types to choose from. Pavers are used for more then just patios. They can also be used for steps, walkways and driveways.

Another material used is wall block. Wall block would be used for steps, seating walls, decorative walls and retaining walls.

If you have a concrete slab patio, we can use an overlay paver method to create a revamped, stunning, paver or natural stone patio which would transform the look of your outdoor space. It is a great way to make use of the concrete base that is already there and save on installations costs.

The fire pit provides another element that we find brings family and friends together. You will love entertaining around a professionally built fire pit.  It is sturdy, aesthetically pleasing and the sound of the crackling fire will relax you immediately.  Your fire pit can be designed with the same natural stone or bricks as used for patios. It would be manufactured to withstand the weather elements and you wouldn’t need to worry about it going anywhere.

Water features can provide a tranquil and serene atmosphere to your outdoor space. The sound of trickling water or the splashing of the fish can put anyone at ease. Water feature is the professional umbrella term for pond, waterfall, pond-less waterfalls, pool waterfalls and fountains. Indian Run has trained professionals on staff that can update your existing water feature or when starting from scratch – design, install, and maintain a new one.

Need some design inspiration? Check out some of the various types of hardscape projects Indian Run has completed in the past.

Ready to get the outdoor space you have been dreaming of? We are here to answer all your questions! Give us a call at 717-285-2750 or click here to schedule an estimate with our designer today!
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Indian Run Landscaping by Nicole Sandman - 1M ago
Did you remember that Mother’s Day is quickly approaching? If you did, good for you! If you didn’t, no worries – there is plenty of time! After a dormant winter, our schedules seem to fill up quickly once Spring arrives! Warm weather usually means everyone is wanting to be outdoors, kids sporting events start, there is Passover and Easter. Then, out of nowhere, it is May and Mother’s Day is here! What if, this Mother’s Day – instead of giving your mom, wife, or sister fresh cut flowers that will maybe last the week, you gave her flowers that she can plant in her garden or planter that will make her think of her family every time she looks at those b e a u t i f u l plants? Here are a few suggestions if you are thinking a gift that will smell lovely, is simple but meaningful and will bring color to her world is perfect. Salvia farinacea

Salvia farinacea is a perennial from the Sage family. Their slenderness and blue/purple hues are what draw us to them. They provide a nice contrast in a planter or garden next to the other flowers you’ll see below. According to Missouri Botanical Garden; Salvia farinacea are deer resistant and they attract butterflies. Salvia farinacea can handle full sun or partly shady areas. For more details about the difference between perennials and annuals check out our past blog here. Geraniums

Geraniums have beautiful bright color to them that would make any woman happy to receive these gorgeous perennials. Geraniums can be planted as a house plant or planted outdoors. During the winter months, however, they would need to be moved indoors so if they are outside it is best to have them in a planter for easy mobility. As long as these beauties get lots of sun exposure and water – they will bloom! Petunias

Petunias also provide that stunning color you may be looking for. They are perennials but often treated as annuals and can be found in a variety of colors including pink, purple, red, white and yellow. There are many kinds of Petunias: Grandiflora, Mulitflora, Wave, and Supertunias. Grandiflora petunias (pictured above) have large flowers and would grow great in a hanging basket or window box as they are more delicate. Multiflora petunias are a little smaller and would work well in flower beds. Wave Petunias provide that bright color and spread easily in a garden so – make sure you have lots of room for them to grow! Supertunias are less aggressive then the Wave and they are great for hanging baskets and window boxes just like the Grandiflora petunias. The whole Petunia family needs watered regularly and full sun exposure to look their best. Begonias

Begonias are annuals that are easy to grow. They do well in partly sun, shady, and full sun exposures and needs lots of water. Begonias are another great flower for planters and they bloom throughout the Spring, Summer and Fall. Begonias are a beautiful choice if you are looking for a colorful but low maintenance plant! Are you wanting more assistance in getting a planter ready for Mother’s Day? Give us a call at 717-285-2750 or contact us online and let our professionals design the perfect planter arrangement for you!
Pictures of the plants were taken at Cherry Hill Orchards in Lancaster, PA.
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When you step outside your door, do you envision a beautiful garden filled with sweet smelling flowers? God made this world so colorful! Shouldn’t we take advantage and enjoy the special world around us? We say, yes! This blog will provide you with some basic information on annuals and perennials as well as some plants to make your outdoor space c o l o r f u l!

Annual plants have a life cycle that lasts one year. They grow from seeds, bloom, produce seeds, and die – all within one growing season. Annual plants need to be replanted each year. Perennial plants have a life cycle that will continue to grow year after year. Perennials become dormant over the winter months. Some perennial’s last for 3 – 4 years, some last up to 15 years, and some flowers, – like peonies – could last forever.

When planning your garden or planters keep in mind if you are wanting annuals or perennials and note that there are many different species of each plant we are talking about, as that can make a difference as well.  If you want to have colorful plants blooming throughout the Spring, Summer and Fall – try having a mix of annuals and perennials. The Farmer’s Almanac is a great resource to use for a planting calendar and more information about all things plants and flowers. With that said, let’s move on to flowers!

Annuals

Violas

There are over 500 species of Violas, some of which are “short-lived” perennials – according to Marie Iannotti (you can read her blog on Violas here). Not only do Violas have a beautiful purple hue they are also edible and used as a garnish or in salads.

Sweet Peas

Sweet Peas are easy to grow and care for. Sweet Peas thrive in cooler temperatures, so it is important to plant them in the early Spring! Most Sweet Pea plants are considered annuals and they come in a wide array of colors!

(See Everlasting Pea below)

Cosmos

Cosmos like full sun exposure and they commonly bloom in the Summer and Fall as they tolerate dry weather and dry soil. Butterflies, bees and birds are attracted to Cosmos. Their beautiful light purple color pairs nicely with other bright flowers such as Zinnias.

Zinnias

Zinnias also like full sun exposure. They come in an array of colors such as orange, pink, red, white and yellow! And they too attract butterflies. Zinnias are considered one of the easiest plants to grow.

Marigolds

Marigolds have cheerful yellow and orange hues to them. They like full sun exposure, can handle being planted in any soil type and bloom throughout the Spring, Summer and Fall.

Gernaiums

Most geraniums are grown as annuals, but they can become perennials if you want them to be a houseplant versus planted in your garden.  Geraniums prefer full sun exposure and come in many different colors.

Impatiens

Impatiens need to be planted in a shady or partly sunny area. Some species of Impatiens can be perennials, but most are grown as annuals due their inability to withstand frosty temperatures. They bloom in the Summer and Fall and come in a wide variety of beautiful colors.

Dahlias

Dahlias like full sun exposure and bloom throughout the Summer. Dahlias can be found in orange, pink, purple, red, white, and yellow colors. They need a moist climate so keep them watered regularly – especially if you find yourself in the middle of a drought season.

Perennials

Lavender

Lavender is a beautiful herb that can be found in blue, pink, purple or white. Lavender is that plant that many find to have a calming scent to it and can be used in cooking as well as for potpourri. This plant needs full sun exposure and attracts butterflies.

Roses

Rose bushes can be found in a variety of colors and forms. They bloom throughout the Spring, Summer and Fall and require full sun exposure. Roses make for a beautiful centerpieces or gifts when cut fresh from your garden.

Everlasting Pea

Everlasting Pea is the perennial version of the Sweet Pea. They have climbing stems that produce white flowers on them and bloom over the Summer. Everlasting Pea like full sun or light shady areas and need to be fertilized regularly. Everlasting Pea easily “self-seed” according to the Gardenia Creating Garden’s website. And unlike the Sweet Pea, the Everlasting Pea does not have the sweet scent but are gorgeous in their coloring!

Mums

There are hundreds of species of Chrysanthemums (or “mums”) according to Iannotti. If they are planted in the Fall there is a good chance the Mums will not make it through the winter but if planted earlier in the season and cared for they will be a beautiful addition to your garden. Mums come in a variety of shades and need full sun. Because Mums bloom later in the season it is best to mix it up with some other flowers in the garden to compensate for their lack of color in the Spring and Summer.

Peonies

Peonies are easy to grow and bloom in the Spring and Summer seasons! They can have full sun or partly sunny exposures. Peonies are the perennial plant that can come back year after year after year after…okay, you get it! Hardy and beautiful – peonies are a favorite of the perennial family!

Pansies

Pansies are considered perennials; but they can be grown as annuals as well depending on where you live. They need full sun exposure and can bloom all year long. Butterflies are attracted to this plant and they can be found in an array of colors.

Gaillardia

Gaillardia (Blanket Flower) spread throughout a garden (hence the nickname of “blanket flowers”). These bright plants need full sun exposure and are another plant that will attract butterflies. Gaillardia go well with other flowers like Cosmos and Daylilies for their contrast.

Daylilies

Daylilies are considered one of the easiest flowers to grow as they low maintenance, pest-free and can survive soil types and sunny or shade conditions. Daylilies are commonly used in gardens because their height and yellow hues compliment well with other plants and colors.

Before planting in a new area, we recommend testing your soil. By knowing the pH balance of your soil, it will tell our trained professionals what plants will blossom best (pun intended) in your garden.

From step one of testing your soil to the final step of mulching – we do it all!

Give us a call at 717-285-2750 today to schedule or click here for an estimate!
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Are you sick of us talking about Spring and all the glorious sunshine and fun outdoor things that come with the change of the seasons? You’re not? Okay, great! Moving on then to more Spring things – Easter is an important religious holiday to many people that occurs during the Spring season. I would never want dying eggs to take away from the true meaning of Easter but by doing Easter activities – such as dying eggs – it then gives us a reason to get together with family and friends, celebrate the real meaning of Easter and have a fun activity. Since we are a landscaping company, I thought we would take a spin on this common Easter activity and go natural! There are a couple of different ways you can dye Easter eggs naturally. But before we get to that remember to hard-boil the eggs first and when working with dye, it is important to put down newspaper or something to keep the table from staining. Now – onto the recipes! Option One 1 teaspoon of food coloring 2 Tablespoons of vinegar 2 Tablespoons of water Dip the hard boiled eggs in the bowls of food coloring, for desired amount of time, and set in an egg carton to dry. McCormick sells a natural food coloring set that works great if you like the first option!

We used McCormick’s Green food coloring and they sat in the dye for one hour (they turned out looking more teal than green). The longer you let the eggs sit in the dye the brighter they will become!

Option Two If you are looking for a use for fruits and vegetables you have lying around, then this next choice might be for you. 2 cups of water Add your dye ingredient (see below) and bring to a boil. Strain the dyes into bowls – if necessary. Add 2 Tablespoons of vinegar to each bowl of dye. Dip the hard boiled eggs the bowls of dye for desired amount of time and set in egg carton to dry.

We dyed the two bottom eggs with two tea bags and the top one with coffee. The coffee made the shell darker then the tea bags and again – depending on how long you leave the eggs in the dye will then determine how dark (or bright) they get.

Food Dye Guide: Blue or Purple: purple cabbage or frozen blueberries Green: spinach Pink or Red: beets or pomegranate Brown: brewed coffee or tea bags

We hope you have fun with your Easter traditions this year and make lots of memories! Let us know how your natural dyed eggs turn out! And if you need any help getting your yard ready for all the Easter egg hunts and celebrations this year – give us a call at 717-285-2750 or click here to schedule an estimate.

Coffee (top), green food coloring (bottom left), and tea bags (bottom right)

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Mulch is a pretty common word – especially in the early Spring, when the weather gets nice and the yard work begins. I would imagine the general public has pretty good understanding of the word. But have you ever read the definition of mulch? The word itself is a noun that, according to Webster Dictionary, means “a protective covering spread…to reduce evaporation, maintain even soil temperature, prevent erosion, control weeds, enrich the soil…”. There are many reasons to mulch your property. This blog post will give you details on the different types of mulch and the benefits of doing so.

Organic vs Inorganic

Organic mulches are made with materials that decompose over time and have nutrients for the soil. The mulch is made up of hardwood and softwood chips, bark, evergreen needles, and grass clippings.

Organic mulch

Inorganic mulches are made with materials that do no decompose such as rock, stone, lava rock, crusher dust, rubber, and other man-made materials. These materials do not add any nutritional value to the soil. Bob Villa reports that rocks and man-made materials hold more heat which has it benefits during the Spring for planting fruits and vegetables but has its disadvantages during the hot Summer months due to holding the heat and drying the soil out.

Inorganic mulch Benefits of Mulching

As Webster stated in his definition of mulch, there are many benefits to mulching including soil moisture, added nutrients, and weed control. The curb appeal of your home or property is also higher when your landscape is beautifully pruned and mulched. It provides a refined, clean and polished look – which is appealing to the eye. The nutrients that mulch provides to the soil will impact your garden; whether that be flowers, plants, fruits, or vegetables.  Weed control, I think, speaks for itself. If you do not want to be pulling weeds on a weekly basis – a mulched garden makes for a great option!

Premium Mulch vs Dyed Mulch

Dyed -or colored- mulches are usually made of recycled wood. David Beaulieu wrote a blog focused on dyed mulches. If you would like to read his post, you can find that here. There are a few ways the color in dyed mulch is often achieved. Beaulieu writes that an “iron oxide” is used to dye mulch to give it that red and rusty hue and that the black mulch you see is commonly dyed with “carbon”. The problem lies in how the recycled wood was treated. If it was treated with creosote, then it is carcinogenic. Additionally Beaulieu go on to say, if the recycled wood was used as a former pallet then there is no way to know if it was used to carry chemicals or other dangerous products. Professionals are not going to risk using dyed mulch from an uncertified supplier because there are too many unknowns.

For all of our mulching projects, Indian Run Landscaping uses Kreider Mulch in Lancaster County. Their mulch is made on site from start to finish and certified by the USDA. Kreider Mulch  “triple” cuts their premium mulch – by doing so this helps keep the soil moist and will add those needed nutrients faster because of its fine texture. Indian Run recommends using premium mulch to our clients due to the quality of the product. However, if a client is looking for dyed mulch, we know that by using Kreider Mulch – it will be a safe option for our clients and their families.

Check out these pictures of just a few of the many finished mulching projects Indian Run has completed.

Have questions? In need of some help getting your outdoor space mulched and ready for the upcoming seasons? We are here to help! Give us a call at 717-285-2750 or click here to schedule an estimate.
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Indian Run Landscaping by Nicole Sandman - 3M ago
The Susquehanna Valley has gotten quite a bit of snow this winter season, add the blustery wind to that picture and if you are like me – you might be wondering if Spring will ever get here.  Hopefully Punxsutawney Phil will be correct and we will have an early Spring.  As you know, with Springtime comes longer days and more time spent outside. After all this snow melts, your outdoor space will need some sprucing up. Spring clean-ups give your home the curb appeal it deserves and the fresh slate it needs. Now that we have Spring on the mind – you may be wondering what your outdoor to-do list should look like. If there are snow or road salts on your lawn for too long, they can cause mold and become problematic. Additionally, raking and cleaning up the leaves and debris will allow the sun to shine on your yard and prepare for the new growth. Next, pruning and trimming shrubs, plants, and weeding should all be a part of preparing your yard for the seasons ahead. Check out these before and after pictures of spring clean-ups completed by the IRL team.

   Did you know that weeds have shallow roots in the early spring so by pulling them early, not only will make it be easier to get rid of them – it will help keep you ahead of the game. Aerating the yard helps with better movement of water and stimulating grass seed growth. Additionally, knowing your soil’s pH balance will help determine what treatments are needed. A simple testing of your dirt will tell our team what your soil needs and does not need. Lastly, is mulching. The benefits of mulching your garden are great. Not only does it retain moisture in the soil and help control the weeds from growing back as quickly but it also gives your yard that beautiful polished finish it needs. And if you don’t want to take our word for it – our friends over at Scott’s agree. You can read their article about the importance of mulching here. If these tasks are sounding daunting, the team at Indian Run is ready to help check things off your Spring to-do list! Call 717-285-2750 or click here to schedule an estimate.
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