Although we are known as Salt Lake City’s go-to spot for outdoor plants, houseplants and anything garden-related, come fall, Millcreek Gardens is HQ for Festival Transylvania, a spooky, fun event for kids and adults alike.

Purchase your timed tickets online, then head out to Millcreek Gardens between 6:30 and 8 p.m. most nights Oct. 16-31 for some much-needed outdoor fun with the kids.

Walk along a path flanked with silly, mischievous Halloween characters who take on an air of spookiness after dark. Enjoy tasty seasonal beverages at the Spooky Hollow Munchery, and bask in the beauty of fall in Salt Lake City and all its golden glory.

Download and print out a page for your kids to color before your visit, and bring it with you to enter into a contest. Millcreek Gardens is also sponsoring a pumpkin decorating contest — stop by ahead of time to buy pumpkins for the whole family.

Safety First at Festival Transylvania

We know that it may have been some time since you have been to a festival. The challenges that come with living in the era of COVID-19 are many, and sometimes it seems like we can hardly remember the days when we used to have fun. But rest assured, the team at Millcreek Gardens is taking every precaution to ensure the safety of our guests and employees throughout this 14-day festival.

At the festival:

  • Everyone must wear masks.
  • Groups are limited. Although you may buy tickets in groups up to 50, when you arrive at the festival, your party will be broken up into smaller groups for safety reasons.
  • Millcreek Gardens employees practice social distancing, keeping 6 feet away from guests as well as wearing masks.

In the last six months, we have canceled many of the events we usually hold throughout the year in an abundance of caution. The reason we decided to go ahead with this one is because it is traditionally held outdoors. We felt that, combined with our dedication to limiting group sizes and ensuring guests wear masks, the event will be safe.

Moreover, we want to acknowledge that practicing social distancing all these months has been extraordinarily difficult for everyone, so we are rejoicing in our ability to be able to offer the chance for families to participate in a fun, safe experience again. It is not often we get the opportunity nowadays to forget what’s going on in the world for an hour or so and remember what life used to be like. The fact that we can help the people of Salt Lake City this way is truly an honor.

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We hope you and your family will have fun at Festival Transylvania, and remember us for all your gardening supply, nursery and outdoor and indoor plant needs.

As August draws to a slow, lazy close in Salt Lake City, it’s time to start thinking about getting your outdoor plants ready for fall. It may be hard to believe because it’s still so hot, but trust us, now the time to get out of the hammock and grab your gloves and shears.

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Deadhead Outdoor Plants

Start by deadheading all your flowers, both perennials and annuals. Deadheading redirects the plant’s energy from producing seeds to growing new blossoms in these last few weeks. Plus, it looks so much prettier and more cheerful than all those drooping flowers!

While you can pinch some blossoms off with your fingers, others require a heavier tool. You can find a wide variety of clippers and shears at Millcreek Gardens, suitable for cutting the tiniest gnarly stem all the way up to small tree branches.

Prepping Trees & Shrubs for End of Summer

Give your trees and shrubs a last long drink. They’ll need it this month, but in September they’ll be preparing for dormancy.

Remember not to prune trees and shrubs that flower in the spring — you may cut off potential blossoms. The right time to prune trees and shrubs depends on the type you have. Don’t know what’s right for your outdoor plants? Just call and talk to one of the experts at Millcreek Gardens. We’ll help you make the right choice.

If you don’t have any trees or shrubs, now’s the time to think about planting some this fall.

Fertilize Outdoor Plants

Once you’re done deadheading and pruning, you’ll want to fertilize. It can be hard to cut plants back in August because you still enjoy their color so much. But in some cases, the bloom is off the rose — literally.

Encourage quick regrowth with a dose of fertilizer. Millcreek Gardens sells many brands and varieties. Tell us what you want to fertilize and we’ll tell you what type you need.

Protect Your Garden Plants

You’ve been good all season about protecting your garden plants from pests — don’t stop now! Keep an eye out for aphids, codling moths and mites on your apple and pear trees, and look out for turfgrass bugs, wasps and borers.

Our plant store sells a variety of disease and pest control solutions, including an entire line created just for organic gardens. If you’re not sure what’s attacking your plants, take pictures of the damage and consult with one of our experts when you come in. We can help you identify the problem.

Did you start vegetable seeds this year? Now is the time to get those fall vegetable plants in the ground. Pumpkins, butternut squash, radishes and more will thrive in the cooler weather.

Whenever you’re looking for garden plants for sale in Salt Lake City, or just some advice about the care and feeding of either outdoor or indoor plants, come see the knowledgeable staff at Millcreek Gardens. We’re here to help you grow.

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basics on watering your plants in the garden this summer. This is the period of the year where watering is most important due to the heat plants are facing, and there are a few conditions and themes to keep in mind when performing this basic duty.

At Millcreek Gardens, we’re happy to offer not only a wide range of garden plants, shrubs and other products, but also expertise on how to care for and nurture the various elements of your garden this summer. In today’s part two, we’ll hone in on some specific tips we can give our clients on when to water, how to water and some of the other important themes associated with this process.

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Root Zone

As you water various plants in your garden, it’s vital to remember that it’s not the visible leaves or flowers that need the water – it’s the roots of the plant, generally located inside the soil in which it’s planted. You’re wasting water if you only focus it on the various foliage elements, plus could be promoting disease formation.

Water should be targeted for the soil, which should be composed in way that allows moisture to seep down and be collected by the roots. We’ll talk more about watering depth in a moment.

Watering Timing

In many cases, automatic watering timers will be ideal for gardens. However, it’s also important to be careful here – watering should be done when needed, and there is such thing as too much water when there are periods of rain. You can damage plants with too much water.

Generally speaking, we recommend watering in the morning in most cases. This gives and moisture on leaves or other foliage time to dry out, which as we noted above will help prevent certain diseases.

Thorough Watering

When watering, be sure moisture is able to seep well into the soil area. Lawns and various annuals tend to maintain roots about six inches into the soil, while perennials, shrubs and trees are a bit deeper. The heavier the soil, the longer it will take for water to penetrate each level.

Mulch Themes

Mulch is a valuable substance for a garden when it comes to watering themes. It helps reduce surface runoff and also covers the soil from the sun, allowing water to go to root systems rather than being evaporated.

Equipment

Finally, ensure you have the proper equipment present for watering a given plant or area. Soaker hoses or drip irrigation systems are often ideal tools here for many situations.

For more on watering your garden this summer, or to learn about any of our garden supplies or plant nursery solutions, speak to the staff at Millcreek Gardens today.

As summer begins in earnest, gardeners around Utah and other high-temperature states are focusing heavily on watering themes for their various plants. The summer is the period of the year when watering is most vital for a variety of plant and flower types, particularly those that are exposed to heavy periods of sunlight in the Utah desert climate.

At Millcreek Gardens, we’re proud to provide not only a huge range of garden plants, shrubs, trees and other materials, but also expertise on the care of any of our gardening elements. In this upcoming two-part blog series, we’ll give you a primer on everything you need to know about watering your plants during the summer – part one will go over some standard conditions and planting situations to be aware of, while part two will dig into specific recommendations we can give on how to water properly.

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Checking Moisture Levels

One of the key themes throughout this series as we discuss plant watering in the summer: Checking water levels. This is one of the simplest and easiest ways to tell if you’re watering the garden properly – it involves digging down into the dirt surrounding plants after watering them.

If you’ve watered properly, you should see moisture at least three or four inches beneath the garden surface. If this soil is dry, on the other hand, it’s a clear sign that the roots of your plants are not getting enough water access, and you should increase your watering frequency or amounts. On the flip side, if water is leaking out from below the soil’s surface and pooling visibly in above-ground areas, this is a sign you’re over-watering and should tone things down.

Hot Conditions and Wilting

One common summer occurrence with some plants, including annual flowers and others in the garden, is mid-day wilting. This is a form of water conservation many plants take during the hottest period of the day, a shut-down that allows them to protect themselves from the heat while retaining as much previous moisture as they can.

So if you see this mid-day wilting, it is not necessarily a sign that plants need water. Watering may help some leaves perk back up, but you should only carry out additional watering if you’ve checked the soil and confirmed it has not received enough.

Veggies and Flowers

There are a few plant types where over-watering is a significant risk, and various vegetables and flower types are good examples. Tomato plants, for instance, may look rough or scraggly during parts of the summer, causing their owners to attempt to water them repeatedly – but this look actually doesn’t signal a need for more water, and over-watering won’t help. This look is due to the plant devoting all its energy to producing fruit, not any issue with water, and you’ll just be wasting your supply if you continue to water this area.

For more on summer plant watering, or to learn about any of our garden or nursery supplies, speak to the staff at Millcreek Gardens today.

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basics on spring wasp prevention – why it’s important and some basic initial tactics to consider. Spring is an especially valuable period of the year for limiting wasp presence around your property or within your garden, as it’s one where queens become more active and begin building their nests and colonies.

At Millcreek Gardens, we offer a wide range of plant nursery and garden supplies, including several disease and pest control products and services at your disposal. In today’s part two of our series, we’ll go over a few other wasp prevention and removal techniques to consider around your garden and property this year.

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Entry Patching

One of the simplest ways to prevent wasps from entering your home, even if they may be present outside: Seal all potential entryways, such as cracks or other gaps that have formed in doors, windows or other related areas. Wasps can squeeze through some pretty small cracks, and will also enter through any holes in your window screens. Ensure all these areas are covered properly.

Sealing

One additional tip to help ensure wasps never even invade your property at all, much less attempt to enter the home, involves properly sealing outdoor waste bins, compost piles and related areas. Wasps are attracted to these and the food sources they offer, but if lids are tightly sealed at all times, they’ll go elsewhere in many cases.

Peppermint Oil

Another strong prevention method for wasps is the use of peppermint oil, which can be easily mixed in with some water and dish soap in a spray bottle. Research has shown peppermint oil to be effective at limiting the presence of wasps – to the point that there are actual wasp and hornet repellants or killers on the market based on mint oil.

Wasp Traps

For situations where your property is already dealing with a significant wasp infestation, wasp traps are often a good method for ridding yourself of them. These involve a small container that has a desirable material for the wasp inside, but that does not allow the wasp to come back out once they’ve entered. There are several DIY methods available here for those who are handy, but also many pre-made traps you can purchase.

Wasp Spray

Finally, in cases of significant wasp infestations you cannot get rid of in other ways, wasp spray products may be a last resort. Make sure to choose an eco-friendly option – there are several on the market. We recommend spraying wasp nests at sunrise or sunset, periods where wasps tend to be less active and will not risk stings. Soak the entire nest and try to spray out as many wasps as possible, including ensuring beforehand that you have enough spray in the can to finish the job completely.

For more on spring garden wasp prevention and removal techniques, or to learn about any of our garden products or services, speak to the staff at Millcreek Gardens today.

At Millcreek Gardens, one of our top service areas for gardeners throughout the state is pest control and disease prevention. From areas like fertilizer application to identifying harmful pests and working to remove them, we’ve helped numerous Utah gardeners keep both their gardens and overall properties free of harmful pests and related diseases or other concerns they bring with them.

One pest type that may not directly damage plants, but that can be dangerous to human health and scary to many children, is the wasp. Did you realize that spring is a particularly valuable time period for identifying and remedying potential wasp infestations on your property or within your garden? This two-part blog will go over why spring is such a notable stretch when it comes to wasp prevention and removal, plus some basic spring tips on keeping wasps far away from your property or garden.

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Spring and Wasp Prevention

Wasp prevention is a task that comes down to understanding the behavior of wasps, which – like many other insects – fluctuates based on the season we’re in. In winter, for instance, wasp queens remain in sheltered locations, protected from any threat but also not causing much of a nuisance.

During spring, however, wasp queens will begin venturing out of their hiding spots and looking for new nesting locations. This means that if you catch a queen in your area early enough during this part of the year, you will stop an entire nest from forming and cut off the issue at its knees.

Our next several sections will go over some of the methods available to you when it comes to either preventing or removing wasp nests.

Soap and Water Option

In cases where you don’t get to your wasp prevention until certain small hanging nests are already present on your property, one of the best and least costly methods for removing these is using basic soap and water. Mix two tablespoons of dish soap into a spray bottle, then fill the rest with water and spray the nest – be sure to wear proper protective equipment if there are active wasps. The soap will clog wasp spiracles, killing them virtually immediately.

Nest Decoys

Wasps do hold value in an ecosystem – they feed on many other pest types, including some that bring disease to plants or even humans. For this reason, many gardeners and homeowners prefer to redirect them rather than killing them, and a decoy nest is a great method here. This is not a fake wasp nest – it’s actually a decoy nest of one of their predators, functioning similarly to a scarecrow on a farm. They make wasps think a natural predator is nearby, which incentivizes them to naturally move to a different location.

For more on removal methods for wasp nests and why spring wasp prevention is important, or to learn about any of our gardening supplies or other services, speak to the staff at Millcreek Gardens today.

The early elements of spring are upon us, and for gardeners around Salt Lake City and the rest of Utah, that means several things. Spring is a vital season for gardeners and landscapers everywhere, important for activating many areas of the garden and stimulating healthy growth as plants begin a new cycle following the cold winter.

At Millcreek Gardens, we’re here to help in a variety of ways. From our numerous plant supplies like garden fertilizers to garden plants themselves, garden products for disease control and several areas of expertise, we’ve assisted a range of different homeowners as they prep their gardens during the early spring period. Here are a few specific tips we can offer on preparing your garden during the early spring.

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Irrigation and Sprinklers

One area you should take a good look at during early spring is your irrigation system, whether you utilize traditional sprinklers or another form of irrigation. Ensure there are no leaks or other damage issues present, plus confirm your timers are still working properly.

If you’ve had issues with irrigation in the past, this could also be a great opportunity to upgrade your system. Drip irrigation is an excellent method, slowly applying water to root zones and avoiding runoff.

Weeds and Pre-Emergent

Early spring is also an ideal time for getting a head start on weed prevention in your garden. This involves first pulling existing weeds, then applying a pre-emergent that will control things like crabgrass, purslane, spurge and many other weed species. Speak to our pros about which pre-emergent is best for your garden.

Dividing Bulbs

Generally speaking, most gardening pros agree that overgrown or clumped-together flowers and bulbs should be reviewed and divided every three to five years. If you haven’t done this for a few seasons, early spring is a great time of year – if you do end up removing certain bulb types, spring offers several new available plants to fill this space.

Fertilization

Spring is great for several areas of fertilization, and one we specifically recommend during early spring: Fertilizing roses, annuals and berries as soon as growth begins. This stimulates new growth and promotes proper flowering.

Other Tips

Some other general tips to consider:

  • Based on weather, cut down cover crops and add soil and compost.
  • Look for early signs of powdery mildew on grapes, roses and ornamentals, and treat these with copper fungicide.
  • Check for aphids on roses, using neem oil or insecticidal soap to remove them if needed.
  • If you have pear or apple trees, consider hanging pheromone traps to prevent codling moths.
  • Feed young citrus trees monthly until June.
  • Add a mulch layer to soil to retain moisture and keep it cool.

For more on early spring gardening tasks to consider, or to learn about any of our gardening supplies or services, speak to the staff at Millcreek Gardens today.

A locally owned plant nursery or garden center is the best place to shop for new indoor and outdoor plants. Compared to big box stores, nurseries have far more varieties available – plus, thanks to the dedicated attention of the garden-loving staff, nursery plants are much healthier.

Whether you’re starting a new garden or upgrading the look of your landscape, visiting a local plant nursery simply makes sense. Here, we share our best tips for shopping at the garden center.

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Shop on a Weekday

It’s safe to say that just about every plant nursery is swamped with customers on the weekends. If at all possible, plan your garden center visit during the week. By avoiding the weekend rush, you’ll have an easier time getting your gardening shopping done – plus, the experience will be less stressful.

Take Your Time

When you’re planning your plant nursery shopping trip, make sure you carve out a decent amount of time. Garden centers often have a wide selection of indoor and outdoor plants spread across a vast area, and if you’re in a rush, you may not even get the chance to see all of them.

Look for Buds – Not Blooms

Plants in full bloom are undeniably attractive, but they’re more likely to suffer transplant shock – which means they may not be looking lovely for long. Instead the brightest blooms, go for those with more buds. They’ll bloom after replanting, boosting the color and beauty of your garden and landscape.

Check the Roots

Gently slide each plant you’re considering purchasing out of its pot to make sure the roots aren’t in a dense, thick mass. If they are, you’re looking at a root-bound plant – and because the issue can hinder future growth, you may want to make a different selection. That said, with a little TLC before and after planting, root-bound specimens can become healthy and strong.

Ask for Advice

The staff at your local garden center has extensive knowledge and expertise in caring for indoor and outdoor plants. Don’t hesitate to ask questions – gardeners enjoy helping fellow gardeners, and the plant nursery staff can tell you much more than what you’ll learn from the care labels on the pots.

If you live in northern Utah and want to shop at the best locally owned plant nursery in the region, head to Millcreek Gardens. As the leading Salt Lake City area garden center since 1955, we offer a wide array of healthy, high-quality indoor and outdoor plants.

At Millcreek Gardens, we’re passionate about gardening, and our staff is always happy to offer tips and advice to northern Utah gardeners. Stop by our plant nursery today!

Trying to get started as a new gardener? A seemingly infinite amount of gardening supplies are available, all of which promise to make taking care of plants much easier. And, while you know buying every tool you can find isn’t necessary, you likely don’t know which supplies you should purchase.

The friendly staff at Millcreek Gardens in Salt Lake City is always happy to offer advice, and we welcome questions from new gardeners. Here, we share our list of essential gardening supplies for taking on any type of home garden project you may have in mind.

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Gardening Gloves

You’ll need a good pair of gardening gloves to protect your hands. Look for durable, lightweight gloves in a breathable, water-resistant fabric, and make sure to choose a pair that fits well.

Hand Pruners

Pruning is a task you’ll need to perform quite often, so investing in hand pruners makes sense. Bypass pruning shears are an excellent choice for most new gardeners, but if you have reduced hand strength, you may prefer ratcheting pruners.

Hand Trowel

For taking out weeds and planting seedlings, you’ll use a hand trowel, which is basically a hand shovel with a pointy end. Choose a trowel forged from stainless steel for optimal durability, and make sure it fits comfortably in your hand.

Hand Rake

Also called a hand fork, this gardening tool is ideal for turning and breaking up soil. For an easier time digging, look for a hand rake with straight, square tines and an ergonomic handle with a non-slip grip.

Spade

A short-handled square shovel makes quick work of digging holes, moving small mounds of dirt and creating garden bed edges. A sharp cutting edge and hardwood handle are essential, as is a comfortable, ergonomic design.

Rake

When it’s time to clear away fallen leaves or clean out your garden beds, you’ll need a sturdy rake. Steel tines are stronger than those made of plastic, and you may want to select an adjustable rake to easily reach into narrow areas.

Wheelbarrow

As you’ll be moving heavy soil, mulch and plant waste when you’re working in the garden, a wheelbarrow may be one of your most-appreciated gardening supplies. For easy use, choose a sturdy model with a rubberized grip handle and pneumatic tires.

Are you ready to shop for gardening supplies? Millcreek Gardens has everything new gardeners need – our Salt Lake City garden center is stocked with high-quality tools of all types. And, we’re known for our competitive pricing, so you’re sure to find gardening supplies that fit your budget.

Millcreek Gardens, northern Utah’s leading plant nursery and garden center, is here to meet the needs of both new and master gardeners. For superior gardening supplies, stop by today.

Northern Utah winter weather may make working outside in the garden impossible, so why not try a fun and rewarding indoor gardening project?

Starting seeds is easy, and growing your own plants costs much less than buying seedlings in the spring. Plus, you can grow unusual, hybrid and heirloom varieties that are rarely available at the local garden center. And let’s be honest – a great gardening project might just help you keep from going stir-crazy as you’re stuck indoors this winter.

You don’t need much in the way of gardening expertise to grow plants from seed. Just follow these simple instructions to get started.

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Select Your Seeds

Though you can find seeds for outdoor plants online or purchase them through a mail order gardening catalog, but you may want to get yours from a local garden center. The staff can offer expert advice on starting seeds indoors, and any seeds sold locally are typically well-suited to the climate and growing zone.

Gather the Supplies

While you’re at the garden center to buy your seeds, grab up the other gardening supplies you need for the project. This basically consists of a growing medium designed for starting seeds and some sort of containers – you can use cell flats, small individual pots or peat cups.

Get the Timing Right

The goal in starting seeds indoors is to have seedlings that are ready to plant when the weather is favorable. So, you need to begin the gardening project at the right time – and to know when to start your seeds, check the back of their packets. Or, simply ask the staff at your local garden center.

Prepare for Planting

When it’s time to start your seeds, place the growing medium in a tub and moisten the mixture – but don’t get the soil sopping wet, you still want it to be crumbly. Fill the containers with the moist soil, and pack it down firmly. Choose a sunny spot for starting the seeds, as seedlings need plenty of daytime light to grow strong.

Start the Seeds

Your seed packets should tell you the depth for planting, but you can always ask the garden center staff if you aren’t sure. Some gardening experts recommend placing two seeds in each container as a bit of insurance, but if you go that route and both sprout, only allow one to grow.

Care for the Seedlings

To speed up the growing process, you can cover your containers with plastic wrap and remove it once you see the seeds sprout. As the seedlings continue to grow, use a mister to keep the soil moist and feed them liquid fertilizer on a regular basis. For advice on which fertilizer to use, stop by the local garden center.

You can get all of the gardening supplies you need for starting seeds – and expert answers to your questions about the winter gardening project – right here at Millcreek Gardens.

Our friendly and knowledgeable garden center associates are more than happy to help northern Utah gardeners achieve their gardening goals. For more tips on starting seeds indoors, head to Millcreek Gardens in Salt Lake City today.