Green Thumb Guidance

by Coastal Virginia Magazine | Apr 16, 2021

Keep your garden thriving all summer long with tips from our local expert Jack Frost Landscapes & Garden Center.

After a chilly winter, gardeners, both novice and experts, are eager to get outside and get their hands in the dirt. Summer is right around the corner and these warm spring days offer the perfect opportunity to prepare your garden for a new growing season.

With so many choices when it comes to home gardens, it can be tough to figure out where to begin. The experts at Jack Frost Landscapes & Garden Center share the latest gardening trends, mistakes to avoid and tips for producing bountiful blooms.

Gardening Trends for 2021

The local experts at Jack Frost note several trends in gardening.

Sustainable Gardening

As more people strive to live greener and cleaner, sustainability can also be applied to gardening. Sustainable gardens take organic gardening a step further by improving soils, using native plants, shrubs and trees, and utilizing renewable resources such as water and gravel.

Growing in Containers

Container gardening is perfect for those who don’t have a ton of space for a sprawling garden, including gardeners with just a balcony, small yard or sunny spot in the front yard or driveway. Flowers, vegetables and a wide variety of herbs are perfect for growing in pots.

Raised Garden Beds

Raised garden beds provide an easier way to plant, weed, water and harvest your seeds than in-ground beds. These above-ground beds also produce bigger and better yields in smaller spaces than traditional garden rows. Raised garden beds can be varying in material, dimensions and height.

Gardening Mistakes to Avoid

The knowledgeable staff at Jack Frost’s Garden Center often see customers come in searching for solutions to their gardening woes. Here are some common mistakes that you can avoid.

Choosing the Wrong Plants

When visiting Jack Frost’s Garden Center on Holland Road in Virginia Beach, be sure to learn about the plants you are considering. Size, along with water and light requirements, are all factors to keep in mind when choosing plants this spring and summer. Bloom times are also incredibly important to guarantee that you have a full and colorful garden throughout the season.

Not Prepping Soil

The experts at Jack Frost suggest that before digging into the garden, determine the soil type with a soil test. A soil test will help figure out the health and fertility of the soil by measuring the pH level and discovering nutrient deficiencies. After figuring out any issues, enhance the soil by adding fertilizers and organic matter. Thoroughly till the ground then add the specialty Jack Frost Blend, a mix of screened topsoil and mushroom compost, to improve the nutrient and organic levels of the soil.

Jack Frost Gardening Tips

The experts at Jack Frost suggests doing some research before planting and even picking out soil. Have a budget in mind and know what plant styles and colors are best for the gardening area.

Most importantly, consult the team of experts at Jack Frost. Whether you need advice for your DIY garden or would like their professionals to step in and take care of things for you, Jack Frost Landscapes & Garden Center has you covered, for both residential and commercial outdoor spaces.

About Jack Frost Landscapes & Garden Center

In 1983, David Dubinsky arrived in Virginia Beach and started Jack Frost Firewood, Inc. He quickly expanded his company, selling firewood and bulk materials in 1985 and adding landscaping in the ‘90s and the garden center in 2007. During this time, he proudly served the community as a Norfolk firefighter for 27-and-a-half years.

Today, Jack Frost is the premier provider of landscape construction and maintenance, providing services to commercial, multi-family, industrial, and municipal properties with the help of a team of experienced landscape professionals.

Visit Jack Frost’s Garden Center to find products and plants to fulfill all of your gardening needs.

For more information about Jack Frost Landscapes & Garden Center, visit

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