What would you like to see in your yard and garden this year?

This year, the first day of spring occurs on March 20th. This day marks the start of the season and a bustling year of activity for us at TLC Nursery & Outdoor Living. As we await this day and watch the temperature rise and the rainfall, we have time to think about what we want for your gardens and yard this year and how to achieve those goals. It is our goal at TLC to make your goals our own and do everything we can to make them come true. In this blog, we’ll go over some garden and yard goals you might want to make your own! Give us a call if you need a consultation. We’d be happy to come out and help you plan out your goals.

Lawn Care for a Green Lawn all Summer Long

If you want a thick, healthy green lawn for your August parties, the time to start a lawn care regimen is now. To have a weed free lawn, now is the time to schedule aeration, dethatching, and seeding. Weed killer and pre-emergent weed control can be applied when your forsythia and daffodils come up. Call us, and we can schedule maintenance for your lawn to get it green and keep it green. If you have a large area of lawn to care for, call us! We are turf maintenance experts!

Vegetable Garden

Is this the year you’ll put in that vegetable garden and have home-grown tomatoes and way too many zucchini? Draw out a plan and chart the timing of planting the seeds or seedlings that you can buy at our fully-stocked garden center. We have everything you’ll need for your garden, from the fertilizer, mulch, and compost to the best muck boots money can buy. Stop in and start turning your veggie garden dreams into reality! Our staff is a great resource if you have questions.

Plant Edible Plants

You don’t need to limit edible plants to your garden! Plant fruit-bearing trees that also act as ornamental and shade trees!  There are berries, herbs and flowers such as echinacea that are gorgeous, and medicinal herb. Our helpful staff at the garden center can help you with building a selection that will work for you.

Bee Friendly Flower Garden

As honey bee colony collapse continues to make headlines, there are things that all of us can do to help local honeybee populations. If you are not up for having your own hives, which is a rewarding and fun hobby, you can plant flowers that help bees. We’ll cover honey bees in future blogs, but for now, we’ll keep it short and recommend that you leave them a few dandelions (somewhere you don’t mind them, such as behind the garage) because dandelions are the bees’ first food in the springtime. Flowers such as Russian Sage, Bee Balm, Lavender and all mints are great sources of pollen for honey bees. Be sure to make sure your flowers are certified as Neonic free, as this insecticide has been linked to colony collapse.


Whether you have a plan for the year or don’t even know where to start, we can help! Stop in our garden center at 1000 South 10th Street in Independence, and we’ll help.