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    Design and Build Your Own Landscape

    by Administrator 15. October 2013 13:57

    Bzak can help you design and build your own custom landscape design! So where do you start?

    We'd suggest starting by looking at sample landscape design ideas both within our portfolio gallery and by doing a simple internet search for even more ideas.

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    After looking through the portfolios and galleries, we suggest writing down every design element you liked and then comparing it to your own property. Separate the list into "needs" and "wants" and set up a minimum and maximum budget.

    Consider these elements when setting up a landscape design plan:

    • Do you want a family patio where everyone can gather and eat?
    • Do your children need a play space?
    • If you have a pool, do you need a re-design of the poolside area?
    • Do you need an area with more shade?
    • What do you want as the "focal point" of the design?
    Here are some general tips:
    • Start small. Watch and/or read blogs, home & garden magazines, and consult a landscaping design company.
    • Keep an open mind, and don't choose something on a whim. If you do that, you might fall out of love with it and begin hating it after a while.
    • Stay within budget.
    • Realize that landscape design does take some work. Even after it's installed, you're going to either have the landscaping company do regular maintenance, or have to devote a good amount of time re-potting, watering, laying down mulch, etc.


    Deadly Carnivorous Plants

    by Administrator 11. October 2013 11:45

    #1 - The Infamous Venus Flytrap

    If you asked someone for an example of a carnivorous plant, they'd probably say "Venus Flytrap." That's because the way the flytrap works is just cool - it can fold its flaps inward to actually catch its prey, which is then used for nutrition (but not for its energy. That's what photosynthesis is for.) Its diet might include flies, but flies aren't the #1 type of insect it eats. The flytrap feeds very selectively, actually choosing to eat more ants and certain spiders over anything else. It also eats grasshoppers and beetles on occasion. Less than 5% of its feed consists of flying insects. I suppose whomever gave this plant its common name should have done more research!

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    #2 - The "Pitfall Plant," Nepenthes

    This plant has many different types - over 130 different species of it have been discovered, in fact, spread throughout all of Asia. It has many nicknames - from the pitfall plant, the pitcher plant and "monkey cups." People call it monkey cups because monkeys have been seen drinking water from them. Most of the species of nepenthes tend to only trap insects, but the bigger types will even catch and digest small mammals such as mice.

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    The Sundew Plants (Drosera spatulata)

    Another type of carnivorous plant many people know about (because of its usefulness) is the drosera sundew plants, with over 194 species. Many are known for trapping and digesting fruit flies with their glands. The insects supplement their diet, and they are needed to release minerals into the dirt in which they grow in. 

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    The Pinguicula gigantea

    This simple-looking (but pretty) genus of plants would look a lot prettier if it didn't have bugs swarming all over it! Gnats are caught by this type of plant en masse due to its sticky leaves.



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    Plants that Attract Hummingbirds

    by Administrator 20. September 2013 18:04

    Plants that Attract Hummingbirds

    This article will explain which types of plants hummingbirds like and how to create an environment for these magnificent creatures in your garden.


    Bee Balm – Monarda didyama

    Butterfly Weed – Asclepias tuberose

    Cardinal Flower – Lobelia cardinalis

    Columbine – Aquilegia

    Coral Bells – Heuchera sanguinea

    Delphineums- Delphinium elatum

    Acanthus – Acanthus mollis

    Foxglove – Digitalis purpurea (biennial)

    Hollyhock – Althea rosea (biennial)

    Lupine – Lupinus hybrids

    Penstemon – Penstemon

    Red Hot Poker – Kniphofia uvaria

    Sage – Salvia officinalis

    Scarlet Sage – Salvia splendens

    Speedwell – Veronica hybrids


    Four-o’clocks –Mirabilis jalapa

    Fuschia –Fuschia tricolor

    Geranium – Pelargonium


    Flowering Tobacco – Nicotiana alata


    Nasturtiums – Tropaeolum ajus


    Spider Flower- Cleome hasslerana



    Tuberous Begonia




    Montbretia - Crocosima



    Trumpet Vine

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    Abelia – Abelia grandiflora




    Butterfly Bush – Buddleja davidii


    Flowering Quince – Chaenomeles


    Lilac - Syringa

    Hummingbirds can be a great accent to any garden!

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    Find hummingbird-attracting perennials, annual, vines, bulbs, shrubs and even trees in our garden store in Cincinnati!


    Air Quality & Houseplants

    by Administrator 6. September 2013 15:41

    Achieve Cleaner Air Quality With Your Houseplants

    Unfortunately, everything that's outside in the air can get into your home and pollute it through open doors, windows and even the ventilation system. Not only that, but new linens, carpet, cleaning supplies and other chemicals used in the manufacturing of many common household products seep into your home every single day - and many times they do it without your knowing it. Even something as simple as unbagging your dry cleaning can (and probably will) expose you to harmful chemicals.  These chemicals are referred to as Volative Organic Chemicals (VOCs), and they are a part of the air pollution that exists inside the home. Thankfully, there are things you can do to combat the chemically-produced environment we all live in.

    One of those things is to invest in a number of "clean air" household plants. Research has been done by NASA to indicate that the "antidote" to many of the unhealthy VOCs are household plants because they soak them up, break them down and use them for food. So, essentially, the plants will take the harmful chemicals away and use them productively.

    Choosing Houseplants, Placing Houseplants

    To avoid VOCs, put 2-3 houseplants into 8-10 inch planters and place them every 100 square feet. If you place 4-5 houseplants and double that amount, you can breathe fresher air within just a week's time. A "breathing zone" is considered 6-8 cubic foot around where a person sits, and the plants should be placed within the breathing zone.

    Some plants that help us breathe better include:

    • Lady palm
    • English ivy
    • Boston fern
    • Corn plant
    • Weeping fig
    • Janet Craig dracaena
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    We have a multitude of "healthy breathing" plants for sale in our garden center. Speak with a specialist for the full scoop.


    Sprinkler Systems for Gardens & Landscapes

    by Administrator 15. August 2013 16:17

    Sprinkler Systems for Gardens & Landscapes

    Garden & Landscapes Sprinkler Systems

    Bzak installs custom yard sprinklers. We cover both the design and installation for your custom yard sprinkler system. Our landscaping experts have been providing sprinkler system installation for decades. It’s up to you; we can install a standalone yard sprinkler system or include the sprinkler installation along with your overall landscaping project. If you’re not sure how to install a sprinkler system, we recommend that you go through a professional. Over-watering and under-watering are a major concern when dealing with sprinkler systems, but we can guarantee that we’ll get it right the first time. We have partnered with several sprinkler system vendors to offer you a great selection. We also offer affordable pricing on your sprinkler system.

    Sprinkler Systems for Custom Landscapes

    We can install sprinkler systems for your yard; a sprinkler system that covers your entire landscape without over-watering or under-watering. Your custom sprinkler system can be complex or simple, depending on your own unique setup. We will ensure proper timing, watering and amount.

    Proper watering is crucial to keep your landscape thriving.  We keep your soil, grass, grade and overall landscape in mind while installing.

    As a recap, our sprinkler systems can:

    •   Be customized to suit your garden or landscape

    •   Provide water for hundreds of square feet

    •   Includes hose

    •   Saves 100% time on watering!

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    Largest Cincinnati Garden Center

    by Administrator 23. July 2013 15:21

    Bzak – The Largest Garden Center in Cincinnati

    Our garden center and showroom is a great place to find what you’re looking for. We have a huge selection of plant material, including those hard-to-find plants or flowers. We’re proud to call ourselves "the usual place to find the unusual."

    Here is a list of some of our more popular items (noting that we carry a lot more than just what’s on this list!):

    • Shrubbery

    • Annuals and perennials

    • House plants

    • Garden seeds

    • Grass seeds

    • Vines

    • Tropical plants

    • Topsoil

    • Fertilizer, mulch and bag soil

    • General gardening supplies

    • Gravel, sand and stone

    • Pesticides and herbicides

    Our garden center is so big that sometimes we worry about our customers getting lost down the aisles of plants, trees and shrubs! We also offer several services – from maintenance programs (lawn mowing, landscape maintenance, etc) to snow removal or even hardscape installation – we can fix your lawn into a beautiful piece of art. Check out our services page for more information.

    Visit us at: 931 Round Bottom Rd Milford, OH 45150 United States

    Store hours: Monday-Friday 8 AM - 6 PM   Saturday 8 AM - 5 PM   Sunday 11 AM - 4 PM

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    Annual and Perennial Difference

    by Administrator 17. June 2013 14:16

    Difference between an Annual and Perennial Plant

    Chances are, you’ve heard that a flower or plant is either an annual or perennial. But what’s the difference between the two? The difference lies in the plants’ genetics.

    The biggest difference between the two is that an annual plant or flower will live for one growing period and then die, whereas a perennial will regrow and spurt back to life every spring. A perennial, if maintained properly, can (theoretically) last forever. Both types of plants have their place in the garden; it’s completely fine to grow annuals alongside perennials.

    Other Key Differences

    Annuals, as a general concept, don’t grow to be very tall. They stick between 10 and 15 inches, but can sometimes grow 30+ inches in height. Annuals will usually grow to produce many flowers and new blossoms. Well-known annuals include pansies, ferns, begonias and poppies. You can bring your annual plants and flowers inside during the cold seasons and some might continue to live.

    Perennials will either go dormant in the cold weather like trees and shrubs, or they’ll continue to grow (but not blossom). Their genetic structure allows them to persevere in the cold seasons. Popular perennials include baby breath, cattails, chamomile and chives.

    Do you know how to tell an annual from a perennial? Tell us about it in the comments section below!


    How to Save a Dying Plant

    by Administrator 4. June 2013 16:16

    Is your precious plant dying and you want to know how to save it? Look no further. Below we've provided several tips on how to save your dying plant - don't lose hope yet.

    • Make sure it's getting enough water. Every plant needs a different amount of water. Are you watering it too much, or not enough? If you know the name of your plant, try looking up how much water it needs daily or weekly. Feel free to visit our garden center if you have any questions about watering a specific plant.
    • Make sure it's not getting too much or not enough shade. Some plants need indirect sunlight, while others enjoy a multitude of sunlight (and require it to grow).
    • Check for discolored leaves. "Discolored" can mean a number of colors - but dark brown or yellow leaves are usually not a good sign. While it depends on the type plant itself, try to match the color of the plant when you got it to the color it is now. 
    • Re-pot the plant if it doesn't have enough room to grow. If the plant is leaning or outgrowing its pot, it will need re-potted immediately.
    • Prune the plant if it needs it. Pruning, when done correctly, can remove harmful or dead leaves and branches. We wrote a blog on pruning; you can find it here.
    • Add a specialty fertilizer if nothing else is working. (Miracle Grow is a popular choice.) Check out our Garden Center for a number of options.


    Shade Friendly Plants and Flowers

    by Administrator 20. May 2013 15:07

    Plants and Flowers that Grow Well in the Shade

    If you have a shady backyard garden covered with bushes and trees don’t fear: we’ve put together a list of colorful plants and flowers that thrive in the shade. Keep in mind that most of these plants and flowers actually do like the shade more than the sun—don’t put them in direct sunlight.

    1. Amethyst flower – a star-shaped annual flower that can take on the colors of purple, blue or even white. These flowers fit well in hanging baskets and love filtered sunlight or shady locations.

    2. Begonia – a vibrant-colored flower that will spruce up any garden. This flower grows best in rich, moist soil and of course, in the shade.

    3.Creeping Jenny – this perennial plant has burgeoning round leaves and looks great as an accent to flowers in a hanging basket. It’s very easy to grow as long as it has filtered sunlight to help it expand.

    4. Flowering Maple – this shrub has ‘maple’ in its name for a reason: it resembles maple leaves. Partial shade is recommended for this plant. It can thrive in even the hottest temperatures.

    5. Garden Hydrangea – a huge flowering shrub that resembles several clumped flowers to create the illusion of a ball. Make sure that you have enough space to let the garden hydrangea grow – it’ll need it.

    6. Meadow Rue – this beautiful yet small flower flows down like it’s going to kiss the earth. It thrives in the shade and will start blooming in the summertime.

    7. Persian Shield – an exotic shrub that cascades out much like a fern and comes in many different colors. The Persian shield is great as an accent plant.

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     Above: Hydrangea


    Animal Resistant Plants

    by Administrator 13. May 2013 13:36

    Top 10 Rabbit and Deer-Resistant Plants and Shrubs
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    It doesn’t matter how well-maintained your garden is if deer, rabbits and other small critters won’t leave it alone. If you have a deer or rabbit problem, you might want to check out our top 10 critter-resistant plants and shrubs guide below. There are also products that can discourage critters from eating your plants, nibbling at your trees, and destroying your shrubs—check out our garden center to find some.

    Keep in mind that the diets of deer and rabbits can change depending on season and availability of food. It’s hard to predict what they will eat, but the plants below are a few of the greenery that we have found to be undesirable to them.

            1.       Veronica – best known by its purple color and spiky, spiraling head, Veronica is a flower that will stay in bloom all summer long.

            2.       Daylily – Daylilies vary by color and form, and they are perennial plants. The name Hemerocallis (daylily's genus name) comes from the Greek words "day" and "beautiful".

            3.       Ferns – Surprisingly, rabbits don’t tend to like ferns. Ferns grow best in shady, wet woodland areas.

            4.       Sage – also called salvia, sage is a perennial and evergreen shrub. Throughout history, the common name “sage” has been used to categorize many different plants that have nothing in common.

            5.       Foxglove – this plant is best known for its unique bell-shaped form and pison. Although this plant is deer-resistant, it has been known to attract bees and hummingbirds. Most animals will not eat it because it’s highly toxic. It is not recommended to grow this plant near children, elderly, or pets; and it is not recommended to keep it inside the home.

            6.       Lavender – this plant is usually grown for its ornamental look and culinary purposes. Oils are often times extracted from lavender and used for sale.

            7.       Allium – this plant isn’t very well known, but it takes the form of a spiked flower – and it is extremely deer, rabbit, and squirrel-resistant.

            8.       Butterfly bush – also known as Buddleja, this plant will attract butterflies but keep critters at bay.

            9.       Holly – holly best known around Christmas time, and is usually left alone due to its poisonous properties.

           10.   Lamb’s Ear – this unique-looking plant is ornamental in most gardens and is very easy to grow. Animals tend to dislike lamb’s ears.