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Designing with Color: Mastering the Summer Garden with Vibrant Perennials

6/3/2024byMNI Direct

How could your landscaping clients not be impressed by the huge range of summer colors that perennials offer? Picasso himself would be blown away by today’s vibrant options.


Perennials are plants that live for two or more years, so they’re an ideal way to stretch a landscaping budget. Be sure to highlight this fact for your customers so they understand how much long-term value they’re getting from perennials.


Still, there are more layers of benefits and features these plants bring to landscapes. We’ll cover color aspects, texture opportunities, and best use cases for some of MNI Direct’s most popular perennials. 

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Battling Bugs: Top 3 Plant Pests in the Southeast

5/1/2024byMNI Direct

What are three costly and pesky problems for landscaping professionals in the Southeast? Japanese beetles, scale, and ambrosia beetles. 


These three little pests pack a big punch when it comes to the damage they cause in landscapes. But don’t worry. We’re giving you a battle plan to avoid that trouble, aggravation, and costly harm.


Let’s begin with the Japanese beetle, which plants to worry about, and when.

Read more

Shade Lovers: Top 5 Shade-Friendly Plants in the Southeast

4/1/2024byMNI Direct
Discover the Top 5 Shade-Friendly Plants in the Southeast with MNI Direct. From vibrant Camellia japonica to graceful Cornus florida, find solutions for shady landscapes. Learn maintenance tips and styling suggestions to create stunning low-light gardens. Order now at exclusive contractor prices!

Read more

5 Drought-Tolerant Shrubs with Serious Survival Skills

3/8/2024byMNI Direct
One of the biggest concerns for landscape contractors and designers is having to replace plants that die off. After all, no landscaping business wants unhappy clients. Plus, replacing plants can cost your business time and money and wreak havoc on your schedule.

To prevent those issues, we’re going to review five fantastic shrubs that are incredibly drought-tolerant. Being able to thrive in super-dry conditions is just the tip of the iceberg with these amazing plants, though.
Read more

4 Tips to Keep Your Clients Satisfied After a New Landscape Installation

2/19/2024byMNI Direct

As a landscape contractor or designer, your work doesn't end when the plant goes into the ground – it's just the beginning. And while the initial planting may be the simplest task, the true challenge lies in ensuring the plant thrives in its new environment.

After installation, the responsibilities like watering the plants may shift to the client. Providing them with the necessary landscape knowledge is essential for their success in maintaining your design. By arming them with the right tools and guidance, you ensure the continued beauty and health of the landscape.

Here are the top four tips that you should use to keep your clients satisfied after a new landscape installation. 
Read more

5 Signs of a Dying Tree That You Shouldn't Ignore

1/8/2024byMNI Direct
Trees are more than just aesthetic elements in our landscapes; they're vital to our environment and valuable assets to our properties. However, like any living being, trees can also suffer from decline and disease. 

Follow along as we explore five critical signs of tree distress, ranging from root disturbances to canopy issues so you can understand the importance of timely intervention for the health and safety of your trees. 

Read more

4 Tips to Avoid Frost and Freeze Damage on New Plantings

12/21/2023byMNI Direct

As a landscape designer or contractor, the colder months present a unique set of challenges that revolve around working with, or often against, the chilly climate. 

This period is crucial, particularly when it involves safeguarding your new plantings from the harsh realities of frost and freeze conditions. Ensuring the survival and thriving of these plantings through the winter is not just a task—it's an essential part of your commitment to your clients and the landscapes you create.


We've put together four essential tips to help you tackle frost and freeze damage in new plantings, ensuring your plants thrive under your expert care!

Read more

A Landscaper’s Guide: How to Plant and Transplant Trees this Fall in Atlanta Georgia

11/18/2022byMNI Direct
Fall is the perfect time to plant or transplant trees in Atlanta, Georgia. The cooler temperatures and increased rainfall create ideal conditions for trees to establish themselves. Follow our expert tips to successfully plant or transplant trees in Atlanta this fall!
Read more

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Designing with Color: Mastering the Summer Garden with Vibrant Perennials

6/3/2024byMNI Direct

How could your landscaping clients not be impressed by the huge range of summer colors that perennials offer? Picasso himself would be blown away by today’s vibrant options.


Perennials are plants that live for two or more years, so they’re an ideal way to stretch a landscaping budget. Be sure to highlight this fact for your customers so they understand how much long-term value they’re getting from perennials.


Still, there are more layers of benefits and features these plants bring to landscapes. We’ll cover color aspects, texture opportunities, and best use cases for some of MNI Direct’s most popular perennials. 

Read more

Battling Bugs: Top 3 Plant Pests in the Southeast

5/1/2024byMNI Direct

What are three costly and pesky problems for landscaping professionals in the Southeast? Japanese beetles, scale, and ambrosia beetles. 


These three little pests pack a big punch when it comes to the damage they cause in landscapes. But don’t worry. We’re giving you a battle plan to avoid that trouble, aggravation, and costly harm.


Let’s begin with the Japanese beetle, which plants to worry about, and when.

Read more

Shade Lovers: Top 5 Shade-Friendly Plants in the Southeast

4/1/2024byMNI Direct
Discover the Top 5 Shade-Friendly Plants in the Southeast with MNI Direct. From vibrant Camellia japonica to graceful Cornus florida, find solutions for shady landscapes. Learn maintenance tips and styling suggestions to create stunning low-light gardens. Order now at exclusive contractor prices!

Read more

5 Drought-Tolerant Shrubs with Serious Survival Skills

3/8/2024byMNI Direct
One of the biggest concerns for landscape contractors and designers is having to replace plants that die off. After all, no landscaping business wants unhappy clients. Plus, replacing plants can cost your business time and money and wreak havoc on your schedule.

To prevent those issues, we’re going to review five fantastic shrubs that are incredibly drought-tolerant. Being able to thrive in super-dry conditions is just the tip of the iceberg with these amazing plants, though.
Read more

4 Tips to Keep Your Clients Satisfied After a New Landscape Installation

2/19/2024byMNI Direct

As a landscape contractor or designer, your work doesn't end when the plant goes into the ground – it's just the beginning. And while the initial planting may be the simplest task, the true challenge lies in ensuring the plant thrives in its new environment.

After installation, the responsibilities like watering the plants may shift to the client. Providing them with the necessary landscape knowledge is essential for their success in maintaining your design. By arming them with the right tools and guidance, you ensure the continued beauty and health of the landscape.

Here are the top four tips that you should use to keep your clients satisfied after a new landscape installation. 
Read more

5 Signs of a Dying Tree That You Shouldn't Ignore

1/8/2024byMNI Direct
Trees are more than just aesthetic elements in our landscapes; they're vital to our environment and valuable assets to our properties. However, like any living being, trees can also suffer from decline and disease. 

Follow along as we explore five critical signs of tree distress, ranging from root disturbances to canopy issues so you can understand the importance of timely intervention for the health and safety of your trees. 

Read more

4 Tips to Avoid Frost and Freeze Damage on New Plantings

12/21/2023byMNI Direct

As a landscape designer or contractor, the colder months present a unique set of challenges that revolve around working with, or often against, the chilly climate. 

This period is crucial, particularly when it involves safeguarding your new plantings from the harsh realities of frost and freeze conditions. Ensuring the survival and thriving of these plantings through the winter is not just a task—it's an essential part of your commitment to your clients and the landscapes you create.


We've put together four essential tips to help you tackle frost and freeze damage in new plantings, ensuring your plants thrive under your expert care!

Read more

A Landscaper’s Guide: How to Plant and Transplant Trees this Fall in Atlanta Georgia

11/18/2022byMNI Direct
Fall is the perfect time to plant or transplant trees in Atlanta, Georgia. The cooler temperatures and increased rainfall create ideal conditions for trees to establish themselves. Follow our expert tips to successfully plant or transplant trees in Atlanta this fall!
Read more