Upcoming Garden Events in WNY

Buffalo is well known for its wings and its snowy winters, but one thing that the people of western New York don’t get enough credit for are their beautiful gardens. In fact, thanks to these gardens, Buffalo is currently home to the largest garden walk event in America!

Garden Walk Buffalo will bring together thousands of people over two days – July 28th and 29th – to tour over 400 urban gardens. This family-friendly event brings many Buffalo neighborhoods to life. But this isn’t the only event taking place this year. There are a number of upcoming garden-focused events throughout western New York in the coming months. Here are some of the most popular upcoming local gardening events:

-Lewiston GardenFest, June 16-17

-Town of Amherst Garden Walk, July 7

-Grand Island Garden Walk, July 8

-City of Tonawanda Garden Walk, July 13-14

-Garden Walk of Niagara Falls, July 14

-Village of Williamsville Garden Walk, July 21

-Garden Walk Buffalo, July 28-29

Have you signed up your garden for one of these garden walks? Dave’s has all the supplies you need to make sure your garden is looking great when visitors arrive! Stop by one of our locations for gardening tools, flowers, topsoil, mulch and more.

Want to find out more information about these events? Gardens Buffalo Niagara has all you need to know about upcoming garden events including maps, parking and more. Take a look at its events page for more information.

Father’s Day Gifts He Really Wants

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Are you trying to find a little inspiration for Father’s Day? Struggling to find the perfect gift? Dads can often be the hardest people to shop for, but we’re here to help! Take a look below for a few Father’s Day gift ideas:

A Fire Pit:

Who doesn’t love to sit around a fire and enjoy the flickering flames or roast some marshmallows? Give your dad a fire pit so that he can relax at night in his own backyard.

Grilling Accessories:

It seems like dads always have their eyes set on a new grill, but what’s often overlooked are all of the grill accessories! A BBQ tool set, an apron, or a hamburger press could be all that’s needed to complete the grilling experience.

Lawn Furniture:

Every dad needs a spot to kick back and relax. We’re sure your dad already has his favorite seat inside the house, but what about the outside? With the nice weather, we’re sure he would love a good piece of outdoor furniture. Perhaps your dad like to lay in a hammock. Maybe a nice wicker patio chair or furniture set is exactly what he needs. Whatever he would prefer, we always have a great selection of outdoor furniture available to choose from at our Dave’s Christmas Wonderland locations.

Quality Time:

Above all else, what your dad might really want is just to spend time with the people he loves most. Spend some quality time with your dad, and take him out to do an activity that he enjoys. Maybe he would like to go fishing or catch a baseball game. Take him out for a meal at his favorite restaurant. Your father will appreciate the company and the new memories made.

The Benefits of Indoor Plants

Living in an area that sees four seasons, you might miss the garden views a few months out of the year. Why not bring a few beautiful plants inside so you can enjoy greenery all year-long? Aside from improving the overall appearance of a room, adding a few indoor plants to a home or office can provide a number of other benefits.

Prevent Illnesses:

Dry air and dust have a tendency to irritate the senses, which can lead to sickness like a cold or sore throat. Having houseplants around can help to filter out dust and can increase the air humidity in your home, which can help to prevent certain illnesses.

Purify The Air:

Indoor air quality is generally worse than outdoors. But having plants in your home can help improve the quality of the air by converting carbon dioxide into oxygen and providing detoxification benefits.

Increase Productivity:

Aside from the physical benefits of having cleaner air, plants can also provide you with mental health benefits. A little greenery in a home or office can be a natural life hack and a proven mood enhancer! Plants can help improve your emotional state by decreasing stress, anxiety and depression. Additionally, having plant life around can also help people increase creativity, productivity and memory retention.

With just a little upkeep, plants can make a wonderful addition to any home or office. Dave’s has a number of great plants available to choose from. For example, our pansies and our potted grasses can make for great indoor plants. These are easy to maintain and only need a light watering. Come on down to Dave’s and check out our plant selection today!

6 Tools To Make Gardening a Breeze

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Whether you’re looking to try your hand at gardening, or you’re just looking to make gardening work a little easier this year, it’s important that you have the right tools for the job. Below are 6 gardening tools that gardeners of all levels should own.

Gloves:

Why would you try to tough it out with your bare hands? A good pair of gardening gloves can keep away blisters and protect you from thorns. And do we even have to mention the bacteria and fungus that can be in your dirt and fertilizer? Keep yourself safe by investing in a pair (or two) of quality gardening gloves.

Pocket Knife:

Often overlooked, the ever versatile pocket knife can get you out of a jam.
Need to cut some twine or open a bag of fertilizer? Maybe dig a small spot of soil? The pocket knife can get the job done in a pinch.

Spade:

Sometimes dry dirt and rocks can make digging a little tougher than usual. That’s when a spade comes in handy. With its sharpened edge, this tool can make easy work out of digging through roots and hard soil.

Hand Trowel:

A favorite tool for many gardeners, the hand trowel is great tool to use for precision digging around other plants and can be used for aerating and weeding as well.

Hand Pruners:

Want to remove excess branches or stems? Are there any rotting or dead leaves that need to be removed? Pruners are the way to go. Use these to carefully snip and shape your plants to keep from damaging them.

Hand Rake:

Your soil is an essential part of your garden. Make sure you are turning and smoothing out your soil. A small hand rake will help you clear out dead leaves and dried roots with precision so you don’t damage your plants.

You can find a selection of gardening gloves, pruners and more at Dave’s, but why stop there? With everything from hoses to hand rakes available, you’re sure to find all of that you need to make gardening an easy and enjoyable experience. Visit one of our locations today!

The Benefits of Cedar Mulch

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Gardening season is finally here! It’s time to put on your gardening hat & gloves and get to work.  Here at Dave’s, we have high-quality cedar mulch available just in time for gardening season. Mulch is an easy way to enhance the look of a garden or landscaping project, but that’s not all. Mulch can provide your garden with a number of benefits as well.

Acting as a barrier around your plants and soil, mulching is one of the best things you can do to keep your garden protected. With just a couple inches of mulch layered over your soil, you can minimize weed growth, prevent soil erosion, maintain moisture and keep your soil insulated to protect your plants from changing weather.

What makes cedar such a great choice for mulch?  Cedar mulch tends to last longer than other mulch options. This can save you time and money as your mulch won’t have to be replaced as quickly. It’s also an organic option, meaning that it will add nutrients to your soil while it breaks down.

Keep your garden nourished and looking great this year with high quality mulch from Dave’s. Available in colors of black, brown and red, our cedar mulch is the perfect way to bring your garden to life. Measuring at 2 cubic feet, our mulch is available at $4.99 each or 4 bags for $18. Stop by one of our Dave’s locations today to pick up all the mulch you need for your garden!

3 Great Short Hikes in WNY

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Sometimes life can get hectic. The busy schedules, the crowded supermarkets, it can all get a little stressful from time to time. Sometimes it’s nice to just get away from it all for a while. Luckily, western New York is filled with trails where you can take a walk and be separated from all the hustle and bustle of everyday life. You can head out and enjoy the gorgeous views of forests, waterfalls and more! Here are a few of our favorite shorter hikes that WNY has to offer:

Tifft Nature Preserve:

Just minutes from downtown Buffalo, the Tifft Nature Preserve was once a landfill. Amazingly, it has since been turned into a beautiful 264-acre preserve that is perfect for hikers, birdwatchers and even fishermen. Take a walk along the trails and boardwalks to get a unique glimpse of nature along a backdrop of industrial buildings and Lake Erie.

Knox Farm State Park:

Located in East Aurora, Knox Farm State Park has trails that weave in and out of the woods. Formerly the estate of the Knox family, this is a great place to hike, horseback ride or cross-country ski in the wintertime. Best of all, Knox Farm is dog-friendly!

Eternal Flame:

Located at Chestnut Ridge, this short but challenging hike provides some great views and scenery along the hike, but it is most well known for the breathtaking view of the eternal flame. A natural gas leak within a waterfall base, this beautiful naturally fueled flame is one of a kind.

Inexpensive Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother's Day

It’s easy to just get your mom a card and some flowers for Mother’s Day, but everyone does that! Your mother is one of the most important women in your life. Instead of going with the usual this year, show your mom how much she means to you with a more personalized gift. Remember that a gift doesn’t have to be an item, it can be an event too! Here are gift some ideas:

Bring The Flowers:

Sure, we may have just said that everyone thinks of buying them, but who doesn’t love flowers? Instead of just buying a bouquet though, why not bring some of her favorite flowers to plant? Set aside some time, bring some extra gardening tools if need be, and spend some quality time with your mother by helping her work on her garden.

Make Your Own Gift Basket:

You could just go out and buy a gift basket, but who knows your mother better than you do yourself? What is it that your mother likes? Does she have a favorite candle or bottle of wine? Is there a book that she’s been dying to read? Use some of these ideas to create the perfect personalized gift basket for Mother’s Day.

Give Them The Day Off:

It’s hard work being a mom. Maybe it’s time for them to take a break. Instead of spending the day celebrating with the kids and family, why not let the mom’s be by themselves for a change? Schedule a relaxing spa day experience for them and let them get away from the everyday struggles while you take care of the kids.

4 Simple Ways To Go Green For Earth Day

April 22nd is Earth Day. It’s a time for people to give back and do their part to care for the planet. A number of events across the world are held each year. If you would like to do your part, here are four simple things that you can do to help the environment. Use these ideas for Earth Day and year-round!

Turn Off Those Lights:

If you’re not in a room, why would you keep it lit? We’re all guilty of doing it, but leaving lights of when they’re not needed is simply a waste of electricity. By simply flipping the switch when you leave a room, you can decrease your impact on the environment.

Unplug Your Appliances:

Did you know that your appliances can still use electricity even when they’re not in use? Be sure to unplug your phone charger, toaster and other non-essential appliances and devices when you’re not using them.

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Bring Your Own Shopping Bags:

Those grocery bags you use can really take a toll on the environment. Once you’ve unloaded your groceries, these bags generally go straight to the trash and eventually fill up landfills. Avoid using those paper or plastic bags at checkout and help the environment out by bringing your own reusable shopping bags.

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Plant a Tree:

It may seem like a pretty generic activity for Earth Day, but that’s with good reason! Trees offer a number of benefits to the environment, including absorbing carbon dioxide and providing a natural habitat for wildlife. Planting just one tree can make a difference.

A Great Outdoor Selection Available At Dave’s

It’s finally starting to warm up outside, which means we can enjoy the fresh air and take in the sun without wearing so many layers! There’s no better place outside to relax than in your own backyard, but just like the inside of your home, you don’t want your yard to be an eyesore.

Luckily, Dave’s All -Season Store has everything you need to complete the look of your yard. Each of our locations has a great selection of pool, patio, garden & outdoor decor. Bring your patio to life at night with some patio lights or add some wicker furniture to your patio and get it ready to invite over some guests.

Are you looking to improve your garden? Come and browse the garden centers at our Cheektowaga and Depew locations. We have a supply of gardening tools as well as garden gnomes and hanging baskets to complete the look.

Do you lack a green thumb, but still would like to add a few plants to your home? Not to worry, we also have artificial plants available! You can enjoy all the beauty, but skip all the upkeep with our selection of life-like greenery, perfect for decorating your patio, kitchen and more.

With the selection of pool, patio and garden supplies available at Dave’s, you’re sure to find what you need to complete the look of your yard. Stop by and browse the outdoor selection at one of our locations today!

Spring Cleaning Tips From Dave’s

It seems like it took forever for it to come, but spring is finally here! Pretty soon you’ll be able to fill your weekends with fun outdoor activities. Before that though, it’s time for a little bit of spring cleaning. Although it’s not the most exciting thing to do, spring cleaning can be a satisfying and rewarding activity. Here are a few tasks to help you clean and declutter your home.

Thoroughly Dust Your Home

Floors, tables, bookshelves, ceiling fans, you name it and it’s sure to have some dust on it!  Not only will dusting help your home look better, but it can reduce the amount of allergens in your home as well.

Take Inventory

Over time your fridge, freezer and pantry are sure to become cluttered and unorganized. There may be some food hidden that you just forgotten about! Go through your food supply and organize everything you have. While your at it, check the expiration dates and throw out anything that has gone bad.

Raid Your Wardrobe

As you transition from winter to summer gear, this is the perfect opportunity to get rid of some old clothes. Go throw your closet and drawers and see if you have anything that you can get rid of. Some of your clothes may be out of style and haven’t been worn in years, while others might not even fit you anymore! You can set aside the clothes you no longer need and donate them.

Give Your Home A Deep Clean

Floors, counters, sinks, windows, everything in your home is sure to need a deep cleaning. Take out the vacuum, mop, polish and degreasers and clean every nook and cranny! There may be corners of your home that you have neglected to clean for a while. If it seems like too much, just take it one room at a time and see how much you can get done. It doesn’t need to all be cleaned in one day!