LIVE PICTURE GO FEATURED ON CITYLINE!

CityLine has redesigned a front porch for a lucky viewer who won the “Patio Primp” contest. The premise of the design is that even in the city, where every square inch of floor space is precious, there are ways to make a huge impact. The winner entry was sent in by the homeowner’s grandmother who wanted surprise her newlywed granddaughter with the makeover.

CityLine designer Shai Deluca approached Devron in order to find a solution that was small in footprint but also offered a “wow” factor to the homeowners front yard. There is a privacy wall between the two semis where CityLine wanted to feature an ingenious way to make the most of your vertical and often unused space. As the project was in a smaller area, the innovative self-watering Live Picture GO came to mind as the ideal solution.

During the day of installation, Devron provided and installed two of our brand new LivePicture GO – White on the winning viewers front porch. These are two self watering units that immediately beautified the look of the front porch all while providing a green accent that will only need to be watered about once a month!

Take a look below for the result of the installation and keep your tv’s tuned to CityLine on July 11th for the full episode!
Click here to read more on CityLine’s Website!

5 Garden Tasks to Complete Before Summer Arrives

Our gardens don’t get as much attention during the winter as they do in the warmer months, and spring is the right time to start preparing your garden for the growing season.

Beyond using an electric grass trimmer to prune your perennials and larger plants, you’ll want to check up on your garden tools to ensure you’re ready to take on the growing season. Ensure your small tools like trowels and rakes are in good shape, as well as larger ones like your electric lawn mower or wheelbarrow, are ready to go before you begin planting.

The projects you finish at this time can help your plants achieve more growth later on, so it’s important to start thinking about them early in the year. These are some of the gardening tasks you should prioritize in the early spring and summer.

Add Lime to Acidic Soil

Soil with a low pH can cause a number of problems for your garden, and adding lime to acidic soil will make it more alkaline and more conducive to growth. We recommend using lime on soil with a pH anywhere below about 6.

It takes time for new lime to have an impact on plants, so we recommend adding it to your soil at least a few weeks before you plan on planting. You should cover any soil that contains recently added lime with a plastic tarp during heavy rains to retain as much of the lime as possible.

Repair Fences and Trellises

It’s easier to fix these structures using your favorite multi tool and oscillating tool blades during the spring than at any other time o f the year, as there won’t be as many roots or as much growth to obstruct your work. That said, we recommend waiting until the end of spring to set new fence posts, as spring rains can raise the water table and make this job much more difficult than it needs to be. If a brand new, beautiful feature piece is what your looking vs. the traditional wooden or chain link fences, take a look at the unique Green Living Fences to do the job.

Remove Debris and Dead Growth

Raking your lawn isn’t the most enjoyable gardening project, but removing these obstructions will promote grass growth and prepare your garden for the summer. This is also the time to re-seed any bare patches you notice and apply any non-toxic herbicide you use in your garden.

Look Out for Slugs

Slugs are annoying garden pests that can cause significant damage to seedlings if left unchecked, and they often begin to come out during spring rains. Make sure to check regularly for slug damage.

If you’re having trouble with slugs, you can take more steps to keep them out of your garden. Check out these natural methods for ideas to get rid of slugs—many of them are possible with common household items.

Start Planting

Once your soil no longer contains any ice crystals, you should be able to begin planting seeds for your earliest crops! Some of the most common plants that should be planted early in the spring include lettuce, spinach, and peas.

Planting a range of crops with a variety of maturation dates will allow you to continue harvesting throughout the summer and fall. Make sure to cover any seedlings during hard frosts, which can cause irreversible damage to young plants.

Spring is the most exciting time of the year for gardeners, and these early-season tasks are even more rewarding when you consider the effect they’ll have on later growth. Start with these simple projects in the spring to prepare your garden for the summer and fall. Worx / Rockwell Tools

Want more information? Check out our line of green products to help get your next gardening task done.

Guest Editor: Rae Steinbach
Rae is a graduate of Tufts University with a combined International Relations and Chinese degree. After spending time living and working abroad in China, she returned to NYC to pursue her career and continue curating quality content. Rae is passionate about travel, food, and writing, of course.

LivePicture GO Red DOT AWARD WINNER

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Almost a year ago, the LivePicture GO product was presented with the prestigious Red Dot Award.

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The Red Dot Design Award is a renowned international design competition, which singles out products and projects with outstanding design and presents their designers with an award every year. The beginnings of the award go back to 1955 when the “Permanent exhibition of well-designed manufactured industrial goods” first took place in the Krupp company’s Villa Hügel in Essen (Germany). The Red Dot Award, in the form that we today know it, was initiated by design expert Professor Dr. Peter Zec. Under his guidance, the “Red Dot” label has become a brand in its own right that is recognized around the world.

Here are a few of the points that earned the LivePicture GO the Red Dot Innovative Design award.

The LivePicture GO bridges the gap between plant and art. Unusual and beautiful, it hangs on the wall as easily as a painting. LivePicture GO stands out with its minimalist design, so the plants get all the attention they deserve. Due to the innovative and patented capillary wick inside the plant cassette the plants can maintain themselves in perfect condition. There is no additional energy source needed for operation. Only once in every 4 weeks the tank needs to be refilled with water.

Technical details are almost completely integrated in the design, for the perfect finish. The product also features two detection systems. One indicates when the tank is about to be empty and the other indicates when the tank is almost full when filling it. The exchangeable plant cassette makes it possible to change the look of the product during the year, without getting your hands dirty. Based on the Circular economy idea all components are made of high quality plastics and possible to disassemble and recycle completely after disposal. LivePicture GO can be supplied in various colors.

Click here to learn more about our award winning LivePicture GO.

The Ultimate Guide to Growing a Vertical Garden

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The benefits of growing a Vertical Garden are plentiful. Getting this 12 month a year garden ready can be simplified in a few steps. Artisan Stone has featured an article outlining the main steps to getting your Vertical Garden set up. Take a look at the highlights of their article below.

Where you can grow your vertical garden

The beauty of a vertical garden is that it can be grown just about anywhere. The location will help determine growth time and plant selection, but providing you get the right plants for the right environment, your vertical garden will thrive, whether it’s on a garden wall, an indoor wall, an exterior wall, a balcony, a free-standing screen, a pool fence or rooftop. As long as you’ve got a blank space that needs beautifying, you can tend to edibles, annuals and perennials.

Choosing the right plants

The correct selection of plants plays a major role in achieving a vertical garden that thrives. A bit of homework into what’s right for your location will pay dividends. Plants you might consider are:

Growing vegetables and herbs

Not every vertical garden has to feature ornamental and ‘showy’ plants. Vertical gardens can also be practical with veggies and herbs. Given the chance, most people would admit to wanting to grow their own crisp vegetables and tasty herbs from home. It’s not so easy, however, when you have limited space. Luckily, veggies and herbs can thrive in vertical gardens just as well as the plants listed above.

To grow veggies and herbs in a vertical garden, you will need an area that sees at least six hours of direct sunlight a day. You’ll also need quality soil, so consider amending your soil with compost before you start planting. You should also have a good idea of what plant hardiness zone you live in, which will guide you towards the most suitable crops to grow. Lastly – consider what veggies and herbs you and your family like to eat.

 

Getting the right placement

In general, you want to try and mix plants with the same ‘habit’ and rate of growth. If you put a slow-growth plant next to a fast-growing plant, it doesn’t take a genius to know what’s going to happen.

As gravity pulls the water down, plants that don’t need much water are recommended for the top part of the garden, as this is the area that will dry out the quickest. Place the plants more suited for wetter conditions at the bottom of the system.

Establishing your garden

Ideally, you want to grow your vertical garden horizontally for a few weeks to let your plants, herbs and vegetables get established in their environment. If you are using a wooden pallet or a container with panels, lay them flat at first and plant vertically. This way, your plants still-delicate roots won’t have to compete with gravity pulling down your soil. Once plants are established, hang on the wall or your desired structure.

Click here to learn more about our line of Vertical Planters

Green Living Fences showcased at GTA Home and Reno Show!

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Get a head start on your reno resolutions at the first home show of the year, where you will find GTA’s top contractors and suppliers, celebrity experts and local designers all under one roof.

Be sure to look for Devron’s Green Living Fences being showcased throughout the show! Keep an eye out at Curb Appeal’s booth # 2232 to see our brand new Spanish Canary Indoor Ivy.