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Why Waterscape?

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Ponds, fountains, waterfalls, koi gardens… These types of waterscapes are living works of art that add a peaceful and Zen-like ambiance to your landscape while also helping our native wildlife.

Check out our top 3 reasons to add a waterscape to your yard in 2023!

  1. Water features serve as a rest stop for many species of birds and other pollinators, providing an opportunity to drink, bathe, and cool off in the heat of summer. The addition of a water feature may even entice some birds to stay – and nest – providing hours of visual enjoyment and functional appeal as they snack on pesky insects like flies, gnats, and mosquitoes. The most beneficial types of waterscapes for pollinators are reflecting pools, fountains, ponds with waterfall features, and water gardens. A koi garden is another great way to reduce insects from invading the backyard!
  2. Waterscapes create a relaxing and soothing place to unwind. We like to think of them as a peaceful getaway within the overall landscape. The sound of flowing water from a fountain, waterfall, or small stream can help to ease your mind after a stressful day, or provide a backdrop for enjoying a cup of tea or indulging in healing yoga and meditation practice.
  3. A water feature can help transform an outdoor space into the perfect destination for entertaining family, neighbors, and friends. Imagine enjoying a romantic brunch with your sweetheart while the soothing and refreshing sounds of a fountain splash in the background. Or – picture your grandchildren gathered around the water garden, observing goldfish, tadpoles and dragonflies together on a balmy summer day. A thoughtfully planned waterscape can provide a lifetime of enjoyment and serve as a learning tool that provides many teachable moments.

Our friends at Beaver Pond Lawn and Landscape are the area experts in waterscape design and installation! Contact them today to learn how you can improve an existing water feature or add a brand new waterscape to your backyard!

Visit www.BeaverPond.org

Cut Tree and Greenery Care

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Cut Tree and Greenery Care

Fresh cut trees and greens add a festive touch to the holidays. With proper care, you can enjoy them all season.

Here are a few tips:

Cut Trees

  • Make a fresh cut at the base of the tree and get it into water within one hour to prevent the sap from sealing, preventing the tree from taking up water.
  • Keep plenty of water in the tree stand. Your tree may use a gallon or more water a day and the stand may need to be refilled more than once.
  • Adding Prolong to the water will assist in the uptake of water and will help the tree retain its needles longer.
  • Place the tree away from heat vents and other heat sources.
  • Help prevent electric fires by inspecting all cords and unplugging your tree when you are not home.

Fresh Greens

  • Soak overnight or up to 24 hours and keep in a cool location, like the garage, until you are ready to decorate.
  • Keep away from heat vents and other heat sources. Temporarily remove greens from the mantle when the fireplace is in use.
  • Avoid placing wreaths and greenery between the main door and storm door. The heat and sun will accelerate drying out.
  • Daily misting will assist in moisture retention.
  • You may spray greens with an anti-desiccant such as Wilt-Pruf, which acts as a protective coating to prevent moisture loss. Always use outside and dry thoroughly before re-hanging them. Avoid using on junipers and berries as the product will cause them to turn black.

The team at Himmel’s Landscape and Garden Center wish you a joy filled holiday.

2022 Update: Tanyard Springs

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2022 Update from Tanyard Springs Food Bank

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Pounds of Food Donated to Food Banks in 2022
An update from our friends at Tanyard Springs:
“I’m writing to thank you and Himmel’s for another year of support for the Tanyard Springs Community Garden Committee’s food bank project.
The Tanyard Springs community has a garden where residents can rent garden plots for personal use. Garden beds that are either unrented or are rented and donated back to the food bank project are used by the committee to grow vegetables and herbs that are donated to local food banks.
This year, we were able to donate 491 pounds of cucumbers, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, squash and melons to area food banks [nearly double the 249 pounds we donated last year] using plants selected from Himmel’s in consultation with Himmel’s staff.
In addition, with your advice, we planted a pollination garden with perennials to attract bees and butterflies that will continue to enhance our community and support our garden project.
Again, our committee appreciates the support and advice Himmel’s has provided to our effort for the last three years.”

Himmel’s Supports Hunger Action Month 

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Himmel’s Mission is ‘Helping our neighbors build a better, healthier and more beautiful world’.
One way we do this is by supporting local nonprofits in their efforts to make a difference in the community. Himmel’s is proud of our partnership with the Anne Arundel County Food Bank whose Mission is ‘To fight hunger by assuring that all those in need, especially children, have access to food and other resources’.

September is Hunger Action Month, and Himmel’s participated as a passport location and food drive site. We also sponsored the Cruising Out Hunger event, which was a great time for a great cause! Join us in March for Nutrition Month events, or check out AAFoodBank.org/donate/ to learn more about how you can get involved!

Update from the Tanyard Springs Community’s Food Bank

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June 2022 Update:

Today was the Community Garden Committee’s first harvest and food bank donation of the 2022 season – 76.5 pounds of cucumber, eggplant, squash and green peppers!

This was the largest single day’s harvest in the committee’s history.

Here is an update from the Tanyard Springs Community’s Food Bank:

Thank you again for supporting the Tanyard Springs Community's Food Bank project again this year. I've attached some photos of the planted beds and our new pollinator bed, which I'm happy to report is already being checked out by at least a few bees. Our garden also includes berry bushes, sunflowers, a shared herb garden and a rose garden.

To date our Food Bank Project has donated nearly 250 pounds of fresh produce to local food banks. The support provided by Himmel's Landscape and Garden Center has been instrumental in our success. Lisa Winters pre-selected the plants for our order and other workers assisted in loading our plants at pickup time. We look forward to continuing our association with Himmel's as time goes on.

MichaelTanyard Springs Community's Food Bank