FIELD NOTES

    Acres of Wisdom from Morrison's.


    The Inside Scoop on Melting Agents

    Nobody wants to be "that neighbor" that didn't shovel or de-ice their property, but what's the difference between rock salt and other de-icers? I've put together a primer that will tell you what melting agents are plant-safe, kid-safe and how to keep your walkways safe for everyone.Read more...

    Winter Care for Laying Hens

    When winter arrives, one of the most common questions we are asked is, "how do I care for my chickens, and how do I keep them laying?" While a decline in egg production is inevitable once the days get shorter and temperatures drop, there are things you can do to keep your hens happy, healthy and providing some home fresh eggs during the winterRead more...

    Who Says There's No Gardening in January?

    While there isn't much gardening to be done outside, there are still some tasks you can do to help prepare your garden for spring, and your houseplants could always use a little TLC. So, don't despair. While you won't be doing much digging in the dirt this time of year, there is still plenty of gardening to be done.Read more...

    Protect Those Paws!

    When the temperatures drop it’s important to remember that our four legged friends are just as susceptible to the cold weather as we are, and it’s important to give them a little extra care during the cold winter months.Read more...

    Feeling Under the Weather?

    Remember what happened last winter? It's hard to forget pulling feet of snow from your roof, and while this winter has been mild so far, it's never a bad idea to hope for the best and prepare for the worst.Read more...

    Don't Forget About our Feathered Friends

    Winter has arrived and has brought with it snow and freezing cold temperatures. While for us this means bundling up and dealing with that headache of shoveling, for our feathered friends, winter is a time where food and water are scarce, and survival is difficult. So, what can we do to help the wild birds survive the harshness of winter?Read more...

    Protect Your Chickens from Frostbite

    Winter is here, the temperatures are dropping and if they continue to fall the threat of frostbite can become a real threat to your flock. So, what do you do if your chickens do get frostbit, and more importantly, how do you protect them from frostbite in the first place?Read more...

    The Basics of Beekeeping

    We have a major increase in interest for backyard beekeeping, and while we strongly encourage this, and have recently increased our beekeeping supply inventory, we want to make sure that before you order your bees, or build the hive you have a good understanding of what beekeeping consists of.Read more...

    The Benefits of Beekeeping

    You’ve done some research and you’re considering getting bees, but when weighing the pros and cons of having a backyard hive are you really taking into consideration all of the benefits that beekeeping can provide?Read more...

    Some of Our Favorite Houseplants

    With the arrival of cold weather, it's important to keep some green around the house to keep those winter blues away. So, we've compiled a short list of some of our favorite houseplants that are sure to keep the spring alive in your home this winter.Read more...

    Feed Your Pets Only the Best

    Start feeding your fur-babies with foods that contain ingredients that you would want to eat yourself and you’ll start to notice a difference immediately. Your pets will have healthier skin and a shinier coat, but the best part of all is you’ll notice an increase in energy and overall well-being.Read more...

    Thinking of Switching Your Pet to a Raw Diet?

    You’ve heard of the potential benefits that a raw diet can have for your pet, and now you want to make the switch. So, how do you transition your pet in a healthy way and how do you ensure that you are handing the food properly?Read more...

    Erosion and Living by the Ocean

    Living by the sea is beautiful, but every year we must deal with beach erosion. This year was particularly bad for many waterfront owners, here are some steps that can be taken to help minimize the loss of sand.Read more...

    We are a 2016 Proven Winners Certified Garden Center

    We are proud to announce that we have been named a 2016 Proven Winners Certified Garden Center. This high level distinction signifies that our employees have completed a comprehensive training course to develop the expertise in assisting our customers in choosing and growing Proven Winners plants successfully.Read more...

    Train Your Dog to Herd Backyard Chickens

    Backyard chicken herding can be a relief for the hobby farmer for two reasons: first, it allows your chickens to range freely in the yard without hassle from predators; and second, it provides stimulating exercise for your pooch.Read more...

    Eliminating Japanese Knotweed

    Japanese knotweed is not only invasive, it’s also one of the toughest weeds to eradicate. So, what’s the best way for you to eliminate this destructive plant from your landscape?Read more...

    Tree Profile: Cornus kousa ‘Summer Gold’

    Our tree profile this week is focused on one of the most unique dogwoods in the garden. Cornus kousa ‘Summer Gold’ features gorgeous variegated foliage that not only provides beauty in the spring and summer, but changes providing a burst of fall color that truly makes it a stand out in any landscape.Read more...

    Native Bayberry - An Ideal Candidate for Erosion Control

    When it comes to erosion control the first thing that pops into your mind is probably Dune Grass or Beach Rose, but what many people don’t know is that there is another plant that also performs well as an erosion control. Myrica pensylvanica, more commonly known as Bayberry, is tolerant of high winds and salt sprays making it the perfect candidate for an erosion control plant.Read more...

    Buxus - Mountains of Lush Green Foliage

    Ok, so this plant may be more of a mound than a mountain, but when you’re looking for that ideal hedge shrub, there is no better choice than Buxus sempervirens ‘Green Mountain.’ More commonly known as the ‘Green Mountain’ BoxwoodRead more...

    Vinca Minor – Covering Major Ground

    Looking for a low maintenance and versatile ground cover? Then we have the perfect plant for you. Vinca minor is an evergreen groundcover that will thrive in almost every soil and sun conditions. It also provides beautiful periwinkle blue flowers in the spring that are back dropped by glossy, dark green, evergreen foliage.Read more...

    What's With My Lawn? Red Thread.

    With humid weather back, the number one question from our customers is “what are the pink spots on our lawn?” On close inspection of the grass, you can see tiny little red threads coming off the grass tips that give the common name to this lawn disease, Red Thread.Read more...

    Gypsy Moths

    It was almost impossible not to notice those fuzzy caterpillars that covered and defoliated trees, and it's even harder not to notice the moths that are now seemingly everywhere.Read more...

    Radrazz - A Real Knock Out

    Gorgeous red to pink blooms, that continue until the first sign of frost, along with unparalleled disease resistance, makes the Radrazz Rose a real knock out in any garden.Read more...

    Japanese Maple - Crimson Queen

    Japanese Maples have become a staple in the landscape. With their gorgeous foliage that adds either a red or green color to the landscape through the summer it’s easy to see why. One variety, however, seems to stand out when looking at the numerous options in the Acer palmatum family, and that is the Crimson Queen.Read more...

    Stop the Grubs Before They Start

    You have spent time and money making your lawn beautiful. You’ve applied fertilizer every four to six weeks, and even set up an irrigation system to provide your turf with the proper amount of water at the correct time of day. Now, you’re starting to notice irregular brown patches spreading throughout the lawn. How could this be happening? What could you have done to prevent this, and how can you stop it before it ruins the whole lawn?Read more...

    The Daylily: Sending June Out in a Burst of Color

    This Daylily ('Hemerocallis') is one of the most colorful and popular perennials we sell here at Morrison's. It will thrive in a wide range of growing conditions and is hardy from zones 3 through 7. While it does prefer full sun, it will still flower and grow in partial sun conditions.Read more...

    Acclimating Fish to Your Pond

    You've selected some beautiful Koi and Goldfish to add to your pond, and now it's extremely important that you acclimate them properly in order to get them off to the best possible start in their new home.Read more...

    Featured Plant: Clematis

    Whether it's the large, brilliantly colored flowers of Starry Nights, or the fragrant masses of showy flowers on the Sweet Autumn, Clematis vines make for a perfect, eye catching focal point in any garden.Read more...

    Endless Summer Hydrangeas: A Collection of Continuous Color

    From early summer through early fall, with prolific flowers and a background of lush green foliage, there is no shrub in the garden that draws your attention quite like an Endless Summer. With four varieties, that each have a unique quality, no garden is complete without at least member of this magnificent collection.Read more...

    Protecting the Bees

    It’s alarming to read the reports colony collapse disorder (CCD) and know that the honeybee populations are declining. We all want to know what is the cause, and more importantly how do we stop it? Many people believe that eliminating the use of Neonicotinoids will solve the problem, but can cutting out one class of pesticides really be the solution?Read more...

    Attract Hummingbirds to Your Yard

    The Ruby Throated hummingbird is Massachusetts’ smallest bird, and with its unmistakable coloring and rapidly moving wings it’s also one our favorites. So, what do hummingbirds prefer to see in your yard?Read more...

    Attract Cardinals to Your Yard

    With its gorgeous, bright red feathers the Northern Cardinal is one of the most sought after birds for any back yard. So, how do you attract these beautiful birds to your feeders?Read more...

    Attract Chickadees to Your Yard

    Black-capped chickadees are our state bird, and with its signature song and small stature it’s easy to see why everyone wants them to come visit their yard. So, how do you attract these active little birds to your feeders?Read more...

    Morrison's & Monrovia: What it Means to be Green

    Being in the gardening and nursery industry we tend to think of ourselves among the 'green' pioneers. We try to grow as many of our products as organically as possible and, at the very least, we use integrated pest management in raising our plants. One blemish on our industry has been the continued use of plastic in delivering plants to the public.Read more...

    Every Picture Tells a Story

    One of the best new toys of the digital age to benefit gardeners has been the digital camera. Those who know me know I would prefer to have a splitting maul or a shovel in my hand any day of the week but for us here at the garden center, today the person who comes into us with the digital camera and a few pictures is the easiest person to help.Read more...

    Dig Deep, Wide and Get Off to a Great Start

    Picking the right plant for the right spot is the first step in getting a new plant established in the landscape. After that, the quality of the planting job goes a long way towards a successful addition to your landscape.Read more...

    The Panicle Hydrangea: A True Summer Champ

    Hydrangea paniculata is a very adaptable plant, growing in full sun to partial shade, and performing like a champ every year. We have over 10 cultivars at Morrison's ranging from the true dwarfs like ‘Bobo’ to ‘Little Lime’ that remain small, tight, compact bushes, to giant tree forms like ‘Pink Diamond’ that can grow up to 10’ tall!Read more...

    Mixing Up Some Proven Container Recipes

    Great cooking is all about complementary colors and flavors, balance and textures. In our eyes, however, few recipes match the vivid color and sheer thrill of a well-designed hanging basket, container or window box. From spillers to fillers to thrillers, the possibilities are nearly limitless.Read more...

    How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Lawn

    The infestation starts to appear sometime in April. One by one you notice the ominous signs of activity in your neighborhood. First they gain a noticeable foothold up the street, then you spy them in your neighbors lawn. Finally they are poking and prodding in your own front yard. No, these aren't grubs, they're lawn service technicians.Read more...

    Flowering Blooms that Hang Around All Season

    There's certainly no shortage of spectacular annuals to brighten your home this spring, the trick is keeping that color deep into the season. Proven Winners suggests for the best looking hanging baskets that you fertilize regularly. Annuals bloom off new growth and to promote that growth they need constant feeding.Read more...

    Harringtonia: As Yew Like It

    We've all been taking stock of our yards this spring, what was damaged with the snow, what plants might rally after a late start, what beloved perennials might not have survived. As we survey our own deer marauded landscape at home I'm now aware that our local deer don’t particularly like Japanese Plum Yew (Cephalotaxus harringtonia) and left it alone this past winter.Read more...

    Japanese Skimmia: Four Seasons of Beauty

    20 years ago when planting the front of our new house nestled in the shade of big White Pine trees we needed a low growing plant that wouldn’t block our view to the garden. We decided on the Japanese Skimmia (Skimmia japonica). This beautiful, broadleaf evergreen has thrived and grown to be a bush that is 3′ x 3′ and only 18″ tall.Read more...

    Raising Chicks

    You put your name in the book in February and have been counting down the days until the chicks arrive. When you finally get that phone call that your babies are here, it suddenly hits you that you’ve never raised chickens before and you have no idea what you’re doing. Take a deep breath, because caring for chicks is actually quite simple and we’re here to help you every step of the way.Read more...

    It's Tree Time.

    You can trust our quality selection of trees and ensure that the only thing under the tree on Christmas morning are presents and not dry needles. Here are a few tips to picking out the perfect tree for Christmas and how to keep it fresh and looking majestic all through the holidays.Read more...