water cascading from a sprinkler onto a plant

Now that your plants have been planted for this season, it's time to turn your attention to watering. Proper watering techniques will ensure success in your yard and garden all summer long. Here are a few recommendations from Al's Experts for when and how to water to achieve the best water-wise results.

Spittle Bug in white foam on a leaf

Spittlebugs are easily recognized by the white foamy 'spittle' produced by nymphs.  After consuming the sap from their favorite plants, spittlebug nymphs engulf themselves in a foamy excrement that makes them less desirable to predatory ants.  This "fecal foam" protects the spittlebug from becoming a meal.  Adults are less often seen but are commonly known as froghoppers.  All feed on plants, including woody and herbaceous types.

a lush and colorful hanging basket full of blooms

Come celebrate Mother's Day with Al's.  Make your own memories by choosing a beautiful hanging basket she'll enjoy all summer long.

Amari Patio Furniture set and fireplace in front of a Saber grill center

Now is the time to get your patio or deck ready!  With the weather starting to cooperate, it won't be long before you'll want to make sure that you have enough seating for all your guests, and enough grill space for every tasty treat on your menu.

white Clematis blooms

Whether you pronounce it Cle-MA-tis or CLE-matis, our Grown by Al's clematis are growing strong at our Farm in Hubbard, and available at Al's.  They are perfect for encouraging up your trellis, along the fence, or over arbors.  Some clematis have double blooms, and some have two bloom periods in a single year.  They are easy to care for, and very low maintenance.  We love clematis at Al's, no matter how you say it.  Here are some of our favorites.

Cherry tomatoes on the vine

Every year we plan our gardens with great care, choosing only the varieties that we have come to know and love.  But when it comes to tomatoes, making sure you plant and water them correctly can make all the difference in the world.

Blue pottery filled with blooming flowers

It's time to plant up those beautiful container gardens with confidence.  With a little preplanning as to which plant combinations will work best for your outdoor space, container gardens offer an endless number of possibilities.

close-up of several white blooms of a cherry tree

With Easter right around the corner, everything seems to have come into bloom, but the flowering trees always take center stage!

pink and purple spring flowers blooming in front of a blue sky

Spring is finally here, and the days are starting to warm up. It's the perfect time to get out of the house and into your garden. There is plenty to do, and a little preparatory work now can insure gardening success in the months ahead.

Onions are one of the easiest vegetables to grow. A member of the Allium family, onion plants can be started from seed, seedlings, or onion sets. Onion sets eliminate a lot of guess work, and is one of the easiest methods of planting onions. We recommend onion sets because they are perfect for the home gardener as they produce onions for immediate use and for storage.