The Outback Blog

Right plant, right place. 

Sounds easy enough. 

Choose plants that are well suited and happy where you plop them, and they’ll flourish, with healthy root systems and just the right amount of light and water. 

Miss the mark, and you’re setting your green friends up for overcrowding, disease, insect damage or just plain dying of thirst. 

Need some tips on proper plant placement and selection?

Here you go:

Got bugs?

Don’t freak out, but you probably do. 

And maybe a couple plant diseases, too. 

Chomping aphids. Slimy white lawn grubs. Sticky goo. 

You don’t have time to peer under all your plant leaves looking for suspicious activity.

We do.

Here’s a look at a few of the top plant pests and plagues we can make go away. 

Some days, you just want to grill burgers in your robe.

Or lounge on the deck with your hair a mess.

And even if you love your neighbors, you don't necessarily want to watch them skim their pool or wash their dog.

Maybe you love living in the city, but the street noise interferes with your backyard chill.

You need some privacy.

Brick wall? Too fortress-like. Tall wooden fence? Too much work.

Plants might offer just the privacy you need.

Here's a look at some of the best plants to use for privacy, from trees to shrubs, grasses to vines.

One of the latest trends in planters and containers is perfect for commercial properties.

Big planters. Really big.

These giant pots filled with dramatic, impressive plants, flowers — and even trees — make an instant impact.

Imagine them flanking your entrance, lining your walkway or holding court in your courtyard.

They’re impossible to ignore.

We know what you’re thinking. What to plant in large containers? Do they change with the seasons? Who waters them?

We have all the answers.

There’s nothing like stunning beds of beautiful, colorful flowers. They brighten up the landscape like nothing else.

But you know, those bright blooms don't just flourish on their own, right?

Somebody plants them, carefully and with specific steps. Somebody waters them, fertilizes them, weeds them and makes sure pesky pests aren't treating them like an all-you-can-eat buffet.

There’s more to those beds of striking seasonal flowers than meets the admiring eye. So when you talk about cost, you need to factor in a lot of care.

The trend to buy local is ramping up across the country. And what’s more local than native plants that have been here since before us?

Here’s how (and why) to go native with your landscaping.

Ever wanted to have a great early spring flower bulb display? Well, here are some tips, tricks and ideas to get the ball rolling. 

  1. Spring flowering bulbs must be planted in the Fall for a Spring bloom
  2. Spring flowering bulbs make their roots in the fall, wait out the Winter, and emerge in the Spring to bloom
  3. It is important to let the leaves die back naturally after bloom. During their brief blooming period they must store up enough energy for their long dormancy. If you cut the leaves early, the bulb will not be able to store up enough energy to bloom again the following Spring. 
  4. In Idaho Falls prime time for planting bulbs is Late September - October, or as the ground temperatures approach 55 degrees.

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