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Plant These Perennials to Make Your Own Backyard Arboretum

Backyard Perennial Arboretum
Backyard Perennial Arboretum

Perennial flowers give you the opportunity to try out new aesthetics in your yard while also supporting local wildlife. Utah provides a rich environment for a range of native flowering perennials, and The Dirt Bag provides all of the garden soil and mulch you need to help create a gorgeous and environmentally friendly yard for the summer. Plus, when you’re attracting so many local critters that are good for your yard, it will definitely not be the “summer of isolation” for savvy gardeners.

The Butterfly Weed flower grows up to 36 inches tall, and the orange blossoms are known for attracting butterflies. You can pair it with the Desert Marigold, a yellow flower that grows up to 24 inches tall, which is drought tolerant and a showy complement to anything else in your garden. For gardeners who want a challenge, the Indian Paintbrush is a red flower that grows 12 – 40 inches tall. It’s difficult to establish, but if you succeed, hummingbirds will be flocking to your yard.

Your Own Slice of Garden Paradise

Prefer a flowering perennial that’s a little easier to manage? The Skyrocket Gilia is an orange beauty that grows 12 – 18 inches tall and also attracts hummingbirds. You can place it near a Rock Mountain, whose pink and purple petals are irresistible to bees. It grows up to 36 inches tall, so it’s a real showstopper. Some gardeners prefer to use ground cover, which looks beautiful next to mulch. The Sulphur Buckwheat is a great option, and the beautiful little pink blossoms are sure to make your garden the best in the neighborhood.

Plant the Prairie Aster for a burst of purple that grows 12 – 18 inches tall and you’ll draw even more butterflies to your yard. The Bee Balm looks lovely next to it with a combination of white and pink flowers. It’s a shorter perennial maxing out at 8 inches, but this ornamental is a favorite for hummingbirds. Gardeners looking for a perennial that attracts more than one kind of creature might choose the Wasatch Penstemon, which is known for bringing bees and butterflies to the yard. 

Flower Power

The Scarlet Globemallow is a red and orange perennial that can grow up to 36 inches tall, and hummingbirds are especially fond of this flower. They can be centerpieces for the Silvery Lupine with its purple flowers that grow quickly up to 18 inches and can be used in larger areas. If you’re worried that you might fall in love with a perennial and want to enjoy some a little longer, the Wild Geranium is a stunner with yellow blossoms towering up to 72 inches tall and offers a longer blooming season. Of course, sunflowers are also eye-catchers at 72 inches on average, and they provide bird seed for the fall and winter (the Western Sunflower is shorter at 24 inches but still offers birdseed).

Remember that the best way to ensure healthy, beautiful flowers is with the right ground soil. The Dirt Bag has you (and your yard) covered. Contact us today for free deliveries.

Why Do I Need Sod?

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Kentucky Bluegrass Sod

If you’ve ever seen a neighbor’s yard go from completely dead and full of debris to stunningly gorgeous, that’s the magic of sod. The term “sod” simply refers to grass with a small layer of soil held together by a root system. Sometimes there is also a thin layer of a biodegradable material. Sod can (and is!) used just about anywhere including private lawns for homes and businesses, on golf courses, sports stadiums, and schools. It’s the only way to get instant, perfect, weed-less grass.

There are many reasons homeowners and business owners choose sod rather than waiting for grass to grow the old-fashioned way. Sod is the quickest way to establish a lawn, especially in cases where laying seeds would just be too expensive and time consuming. Sod also helps reduce erosion on hillsides and on new construction sites. It helps to keep the ground a moderate temperature, and considering the instant grass sod provides, it also improves water and air quality of the surrounding area. Sod can even help prevent flooding by draining water and diverting it into the ground.

In some places around the world, sod is even a popular roofing material! You’ll find it on homes in Scandinavia and Iceland. Sod used to be used in the western region of the US many years ago, but that has fallen out of favor. (Of course, you could always be a trendsetter and bring it back!)

Where Sod Comes From

Sod is a crop, which means it’s harvested and then transplanted to the desired site. It’s estimated that 1,500 sod growing farms are active in the US and take up 370,000 acres of land. The US Department of Agriculture has certain rules for growing and selling sod, which keeps sod largely grown and sold locally. Most sod is harvested 10 – 18 months after it’s planted. Fertilizer, climate conditions, and other factors play a role in how quickly this process progresses. You can buy sod as a square slab (best for homeowners) or in a rolled rectangle that is common for new lawn installs or larger projects.

Right now, a hydroponic (no-soil) type of sod is being created at Mississippi State University. This will make sod lighter and easier to travel. It might even make international shipping doable. When it comes to choosing the right sod for you, there are plenty of options. Some of the most popular sods include Bermuda Grass, Bella Bluegrass, St. Augustine, and Centipede Grass. It’s important to choose a sod that’s native to your area and aligns with the kind of future care you’re able to provide.

Not sure which sod is best for you and your lawn goals? Give The Dirt Bag a call! We can help you select the best sod for you and answer all your questions about sod type, placement, and what’s needed to ensure a positive experience. Whether you’re looking to place sod in a small area or want a total lawn installation, sod provides instant gratification.