How a long, strange spring turned into something beautiful, and what to do next

Nothing about this year has been ordinary.

And we’re learning to adapt and change, finding joy in new places and ways to calm our racing minds and relax. June magically appeared out of nowhere and we’re just catching up.


It seems that this spring a lot of people discovered for the first time what many of us in the garden center have believed all along: plants make almost everything a little bit better. And even though our garden center’s doors were closed to the public for a few weeks, we were working behind the scenes to bring spring to you online and in curbside pick-up.

Our worlds had contracted into smaller spaces, and we wanted to make those spaces as beautiful and comforting as possible. Plants have a way of doing that.

So people visited online—and now, in-store—by the hundreds, finding comfort and calm in plants and sharing them with family, friends and strangers. You planted up containers, hung baskets, planted your beds, perked up your patios and filled empty spaces with beautiful trees, shrubs and perennials.

What you did was important. And so is what you do next.

June is a great time to do some of the behind-the-scenes work that keeps your plants thriving and beautiful. Because that’s just as important.


Regular watering is one of the most important things you can do to give your plants a healthy start. Pretty simple, really, but there are a few guidelines to help you get it right.




We’ve all been taught to water our plants. But somehow, so many of us have forgotten that they need to eat, too. Which is why we try to send everyone home with fertilizer when they buy plants from us. Not because we’re trying to sell you something you don’t need, but because we use fertilizer when we plant for you and in our own yards because we know how important it is. You will truly see the difference.

One of our hands-down, flexible favorites is Elements, an organic plant food and soil enhancer that is alive with microorganisms. Elements Fertilizer comes in a granular form or concentrate and is like a power shake for your trees, shrubs, and perennials.




First and foremost, June is the time to prune your spring bloomers. Flowers are spent and now is the time to trim spring-blooming trees and shrubs for shape and to control size if needed. You’ll want to have sharp tools and follow a few simple guidelines to give you the best results.



We’re in the garden center if you need us. And we’re excited to be able to spend more time with you. Let us know if you have questions. With moisture and heat sometimes comes fungus and disease, which can be frustrating. But there are solutions and we’re here to help.

Remember, you can email us, chat with us, call or stop in anytime. Thanks for sharing your spring and summer with us.

5 responses to “3 Things You Can Do In Your Yard Right Now”

  1. Dorothy says:

    This is so helpful!

  2. Mike Newman says:

    Thanks for the “Guides”….always very helpful. I use Elements…really can see great results.

  3. Marylouise M. Bullington says:

    Dear Altum’s, My home is filled with beautiful items inside and out from your nursery through the years. Thank you for the memories from the Seasons.

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