11 Garden Marker DIY Guides To Help You Label Like A Pro

Add a splash of color and creativity into your garden with any of these unique, personalized garden marker ideas!

1. Lean into your mason-jar obsession with these simple but trendy markers.

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Traditionalists know that in the days before Pinterest, gardeners marked their produce with the empty packets of seeds stuck onto a stick. It was a simpler time, before aesthetic became so important, and yet this theme lives on with these mason jar markers. These are truly just the same seed packet on a stick, with the added bonus of protection from the elements by encasing the packet it in a glass jar. Find more about making these on MarthaStewart.com!

2. Spell out success with these Scrabble-inspired markers.

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Utilize your old board game pieces to spell out the names of your fruits, veggies, and herbs hiding below the ground! Materials include: Scrabble Tiles, Paint Paddle Stirring Sticks, Red Decorator Spray Paint, and Glue! Find the full guide on The Farm Girl Gab’s!

3.  Add a rustic vibe to your garden with a basic brick marker.

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All you need are some bricks and an Expo marker to create these crisp and clear garden pieces! The writing runs the risk of fading due to exposure to outdoor elements, and although some homeowners may prefer the weathered look, you can avoid fading by investing in a layer of clear topcoat paint to hold the color in place. Find the full DIY guide on the Simple Details Blog.

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Creative Flower Displays For Fall

Whether we want to admit it yet or not, fall is on its way; The air is getting crisper, the leaves are starting to turn, and the sky is getting dark at 7:00pm. While that might mean saying goodbye to full days spent in your yard enjoying the outdoors, it doesn’t mean you should stop finding new ways to make your landscape unique.

Last year, we shared our expert guide to Fall Flowers (Part I. and Part II.), which outlined some of the most vibrant and season-appropriate flowers to feature in autumn. This year, we want to show you some exciting and innovative ways to arrange and display them outside your home!Petunia Flowers

One of the funnest ways we’ve come across of displaying fall flowers, is actually within the hollowed out trunks of old trees. The easiest way to create this unique arrangement is to locate a broken tree with a very thick trunk that is already living in your yard and prep it for the flowers. Hire a qualified tree specialist (like those at Twin Pines) to remove any excess branches or pieces of the tree that crowd the broken trunk and level out the surface. The specialist should also carve out the hole in the center of the trunk which the flowers will grow in.

Next, simply use the hole in the trunk as a flower pot! Spread nutrient-rich soil within it, plant the flowers, and watch them grow in this natural display!

climbing-hydrandra-creative-solution-to-hide-old-lamp-post-urell-1Another great way to highlight the fall florals in your yard is around a lamp post. The expert Landscape Design team at Twin Pines has years of experience with shrubs like these, which can grow upwards and out when cared for correctly. This tip is ideal if you happen to have outdated or mismatching posts; instead of investing in a full light post remodel, use pretty plants to spice up the look!

Lamp posts and tree trunks aren’t the only items in your yard that can act as a useful base for flower displays. Old wheelbarrows make great containers for featuring plants and Simply Swissflowers. While some feel that the more vintage the wheelbarrow the better, we’ve found that its all based in style. Wooden carts like the one featured in the photo here make for a more rustic look, where a more contemporary, painted one could give a modern-feel. Either way, this simple and pretty display choice can act as a great focal point for your landscape!

Another common household item often utilized in flower displays is a ladder. Trends lately have shown wooden ladders being used more as shelves than actual steps in homes across the country. Used as both an indoor or outdoor display case, each rung of the later can be transformed Harvest timeinto a multi-level shelving unit, maximizing display opportunities! What’s more, because ladders comes in a variety of colors and finishes, the ladder can be customized to compliment the look of your unique home!

Overall, the best advice the experts at Twin Pines can give for making your flower displays stand out this fall, is to add a little creativity into the mix! Combine types of flowers, mix and match colors, and find a fun and innovative way to arrange them! These simple steps will take your designs to the next level.

Keep mind, you don’t have to stick to these few ideas either; there are a plethora of options out there for you to play with. Switch out a flower pot for an old painted watering can or use an old barrel or basket to grow your plants in; try something new and innovative to help your landscape stand out!

Whatever display option you chose, make sure you have some fun with it! Your landscape is a great way to show off your personality, and adding statement pieces like these are a simple and fun way to do that! And if you need a little help along the way, feel free to reach out to our experts at Twin Pines! We would be happy to provide you with a consultation on your landscape this fall, and help make sure it reaches all of its potential. Give us a call today at (508) 358-4231, or email us at sales@twinpines.biz!

Twin Pines’ Guide To Holiday Decorating

The holidays can be a stressful time, especially for homeowners. You, of course, want to keep your yard and home looking festive, but that isn’t always possible given the chaos that surrounds this time of year.

This season, get a jump start on decorating for the holidays! Read through the expert tips from Twin Pines and get started on spreading the holiday spirit today!

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Christmas trees are often thought of as a pivotal plant come winter, but they aren’t the only one that can be featured! There are many gorgeous holiday flowers, trees, and decorative plants that can be added to your home and yard to help bring out the spirit of the season.

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Setting Your Spring Maintenance Plan In Place: Expert Guidance From Twin Pines Landscaping

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Spring has finally hit New England, and with all that warm weather comes a lot of new landscaping ideas and projects for homeowners. Whether looking to install a fence, walkway, water feature, new plants, or even add a hardscape to your yard, the end goal during this time of year is to make your recently snow-covered lawn as unique and beautiful as it can be.

The truth of the matter is that while making large changes like these do tend to shift the overall feel of a landscape, there are actually many simpler ways to improve your yard, many of which revolve around your lawn maintenance plan!

Irrigation Work

Pairing Irrigation work with an effective fertilizer and preference program is one easy way to maximize your lawn maintenance service.

Seeding, pesticide applications, and fertilizer programs all often require correct timing of irrigation settings to maximize their effectiveness. For example, having one company come and apply a pesticide to your plants right before your separate company comes and runs your irrigation system, could cause the two actions to cancel out, as the water would wash away the pesticides. Getting one landscaping company that handles both fertilization and irrigation like Twin Pines, will help save you a lot of trouble when the busy season gets underway.

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If getting one company to manage both of these services is impossible, the experts at Twin Pines suggest, at the very least,
having a very open communication with each company. This way lines will not get crossed, and your yard can continue to thrive!

A second simple maintenance-preparation step that you can take yourself, is installing a wireless receiver to your irrigation controller. This will allow your technician to access your system without having to bother you for access to the controller itself. Additionally, with a wireless controller, you can actually adjust the irrigation settings from anywhere in your home.

If you’re not interested in installing an entire new component to your system, a second option is to try out an irrigation-controlling App on your phone. (We at Twin Pines are actually in the process of helping a customer implement one of these Apps this season. Check back with us for updates on the quality and effectiveness of this app!)

Pre-season preparation for your irrigation system doesn’t stop at convenience, however. There are specific requirements set forth by many towns which regulate your irrigation process. Ask your irrigation company to look into these regulations for you, as they will help determine your maintenance plan for the season.

Fertilization

While the fertilization component of lawn care maintenance may seem much more straightforward than that of your irrigation system, there are also a lot of decisions to be made in this regard, as well.

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One such decision is about the fertilization plan for your yard. For example, Twin Pines Landscaping uses a fully customizable, 5-step fertilizer program, which we utilize in order to feed and maintain your lawn while also controlling weeds and harmful insects.

This program includes the following steps:

Steps 1 & 2: Feed your lawn while preventing and controlling weed growth.

Step 3: Feed you lawn and control grubs. *This would also be the step in which to apply tick control substances

Step 4: Feed your lawn while spot spraying for weeds.

Step 5: Feed your lawn with essential nutrients for winter, paired with optimal Liming services.

If you feel passionate about remaining organic with your lawn care maintenance, look for a service provider with organic fertilizer options, like those offered by Twin Pines. These options also often are paired with organic pest control, shrub fertilizing, and “Roundup Services.”

Pest Control:

Pest control is a very important part of maintenance that needs to be considered when planning for the season. Ask your landscaping professional if they apply Mosquito Control, Tick Control, or Ant and Surface Insect Control.

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The landscaping experts at Twin Pines know how vital proper pest
control is, which is why this season they have added a recurring roundup service for customers, as part of our maintenance contract. We make sure that these treatments coincide with fertilizer applications, which add another level of consistency to your lawn care. Application is done on walkways, patios, driveways, and open planting beds to ensure every area of your yard is protected.

See if your maintenance provider provides similar services, and if so,make sure to sign up. Proactive pest control is vital to a healthy lawn.


After the winter that we in New England have lived through, lawn care this spring has to become a priority! If you do not have a quality lawn maintenance plan in place, now is the time to start looking and locking in a company that will provide consistent service which exceeds your expectations!

Living in the MetroWest MA area? Consider Twin Pines Landscaping for your irrigation system and fertilizer needs! Contact us today to set up a free, no obligation quote on your service, and check out our website at www.twinpines.biz for a full list of services our company offers!

Twin Pines’ Winter Landscaping Guide

Twin Pines Landscaping has been compiling daily Landscaping Tips this winter and sharing them with our followers on social media. Throughout this process, we realized that we have a lot more insight to offer than just a single tip per day. So, we have created this Twin Pines Winter Landscaping Guide to help all of you landscaping enthusiasts make the most of your yard year-round!

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There are lots of easy ways to keep your yard interesting in winter, even when trees are bare and everything seems like a bland wash of gray. All it takes is a little bit of planning!

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How Twin Pines Interprets Your Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and often most significantly, food. With this idea in mind, Twin Pines decided to take a hand in sharing recipes for Thanksgiving foods that make the holidays great in your home. We collected recipes from over 60 blogs, websites, and personal cookbooks, and compiled them into an album on our Facebook page titled Twin Pines’ 2014 Thanksgiving Recipe Book, which gave us an easy way to share these tasty treats with all of our followers!

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Twin Pines Gardening Guide

In case you missed our last post How Twin Pines Interprets Your Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes, Twin Pines has decided to create this Gardening Guide primarily as a way to teach our readers how to start growing their own fruits and vegetables, after collecting many Thanksgiving recipes that featured specific and easy-to-grow produce.

However, we at Twin Pines know that gardening, for all intents and purposes, is a hobby which people can take up for many reasons, including to spend time outdoors, bond with their children, or even to experience cultivating their own land.

At the end of the day, we think any reason to start a garden is a good reason! So, throughout this post, we will be walking you through the first steps in creating a vegetable garden, and maintaining it.

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How To Grow 2014’s Most Popular Thanksgiving Fruits and Veggies

As you may have seen in our last post How Twin Pines Interprets Your Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes, Twin Pines collected a variety of recipes for our Twin Pines 2014 Thanksgiving Recipe Book After gathering all the results, we have narrowed down the most-used produce of 2014 to four delicious ingredients: onions, pumpkins, squash, and cranberries! Use this special edition of the “Twin Pines Gardening Guide”—the first edition of which can be found here—to help you grow these fruits and veggies for next Thanksgiving!

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