Mike’s Tips

If you’re a gardener you know how valuable good ideas can be. Mike McGroarty has been gardening for 25+ years and giving advice (probably) longer than that. His common sense and regular guy personality make him a natural for his line of work. As you’ll see below, the ideas can cover a wide range of subjects so you’re likely to find something that you can use.

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Waterfall Japanese Maple.
by Mike
23 Nov 2017 at 4:07pm
Wow!  That’s what I say every time I see one of these spectacular trees. Waterfall Japanese maple, also known as Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Waterfall’ is a spectacular specimen plant for any yard.  Being a weeping Japanese maple ‘Waterfall’ does not grow tall, most that I see are less than 48″ tall but quite wide.  The... Click here to read more.....

Backyard Growers Tour Brotzman?s Nursery
by Mike
5 Nov 2017 at 6:54pm
We have to say a huge “Thank You!” to Tim Broztman of Brotzman’s Nursery in Madison, Ohio for taking time out of his extremely busy and demanding life to take a “wagon load” of our members on a tour of their most interesting and impressive nursery. Before I tell you a bit about Brotzman’s, I... Click here to read more...

How to Get Rid of Standing Water in Your Yard.
by Mike
4 Nov 2017 at 10:17pm
If you have a place or places in your yard that have standing water and I know a lot of people do, there are ways to make that water disappear and in this post and video I’m going to explain how you can go about that. Filling with Topsoil Seldom Works. Typically people try and... Click here to read more...

It?s an Exciting Time to be a Member of our Backyard Growers Business Center!
by Mike
18 Jul 2017 at 1:37pm
Wow!  That’s all I can say. We have so many fun and exciting things happening in Our Members Area right now and we are accepting new members, but only for a short time. Look at this Purple Ghost Japanese Maple.  Would you like one?  Two or Three? When I posted these photos a few weeks... Click here to read more...

Rooted Cuttings. Heeling them in, storing them until you can get them potte...
by Mike
25 Jun 2017 at 4:52pm
Human beings love to take simple things and make them as complicated as possible! My job as your gardening/growing mentor is to get you back to the basics so you can focus on what works and get more done. There are a lot of different ideas about how to go about any given task, but... Click here to read more...

The Correct or Proper Way to Trim Shrubs.
by Mike
25 Jun 2017 at 4:03pm
I made you a movie about trimming shrubs.  Enjoy! When pruning shrubs in your landscape it’s important to understand a few things.  It really makes no difference when you prune most plants.  The plants flat out don’t care and the sooner you prune them, if they need it, the sooner they can be on their... Click here to read more...

How to Prune Flowering Bushes the Easy Way
by Duston
13 Jun 2017 at 2:02pm
Here’s a quick lesson on how to easily prune Tango Weigela and other flowering shrubs. I’ve also included a crash-course on how to make softwood cuttings. People All Over the Country Are Getting Paid to Grow Plants Right In Their Own Backyards! It’s Easy to Get Started… Here’s How… The video below shows how nicely... Click here to read more...

Purple Ghost Japanese Maple, Acer palmatum ?Purple Ghost?.
by Mike
23 May 2017 at 1:09pm
A few years ago I went absolute crazy buying small Japanese maples.  I bought thousands of them!  We planted them in beds, in rows, we planted them everywhere.  Today I only have one bed left in the ground and it has some of the most amazing Japanese maples you can imagine.  I knew that I... Click here to read more...

Valve Trouble Shooting.
by Mike
18 May 2017 at 9:41pm
This post is really for those who have purchased this product, http://mikesbackyardnursery.com/mikes-plant-propagation-kit/ and need a little help getting it set up. The wiring is pretty simple.  The two black wires coming from the power supply pack (see the video) connect to the two terminals on the left that are marked as “AC”.  The low voltag...

Growing, Selling and Propagating Creeping Phlox.
by Mike
10 May 2017 at 12:48pm
Creeping Phlox is easy to grow, easy to propagate and sells like crazy!  We potted the phlox in this pot last summer and they over wintered perfectly and bloomed like crazy this spring. Creeping Phlox can be propagated in the early spring via division, simply dig up a clump and separate the roots into small... Click here to read more...

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