Hello Friends,

Love, love, love this time of year.  The color is breath taking.  Something new pops open every day.  Such a changing palette.  If "the earth laughs in flowers," as Ralph Waldo Emerson would say, then it must be laughing hilariously right now!  Happy Spring!
Wally & Delores Steinhauser
kids day
Carolina Wildlife Center Kid's Day 
Wednesday, April 4 | 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Possums...turtles...owls...snakes, oh my!
Give your kids something different to do on Spring Break besides TV and video games!
wings and things
hummingbirds
What You're Seeing in Your Yard
Hummingbird Season is upon us!! Be sure to put out your hummingbird feeders & plant some bright showy flowers to bring the hummers home!! 

Ask Zach
"Is Red Dye harmful to Hummingbirds?"
Answer: Yes & No. If your hummingbird food contains artificial dyes, then that can harm your hummingbirds, but if the food is dyed with natural ingredients, then your hummingbirds will have nothing to worry about. Make sure to read your labels.
hummingbird shaker
 
What's new at Wings & Things
Super Shaker Nectar Maker
Its a standard water bottle size. Measurements are already laid out so all you have to do is pour, shake, &
fill your hummingbird feeders!!

 
governor_s mansion project
Help us support the SC Audubon Society
Build a Native Plant / Bird Friendly Garden at the Governor's Mansion in Columbia
If you would like to donate a birdhouse or native plant to this project, contact zach@wingardsmarket.com.  He will give you the details on how you or your organization can contribute to the materials needed for this project.   All donors, partners, and contributors will be included on a GIS story map they will put together.   The Audubon Society is also looking for volunteers to work on planting the garden on April 10. 
 
wildlife habitat
SCWF Backyard Habitat Challenge
Register your yard and we will enter your name into a drawing for a Wing & Things prize bundle

We challenge all Wingard's Customers to encourage native wildlife to your yards whether you  plant a pollinator gardenplant native plants for birds, or build log piles for other backyard critters to make their homes in your yards.  Register your yard as a backyard habitat with SCWF,  which will automatically enter you into a drawing for a Wings & Things prize bundle.
garden center
curb appeal
Top 10 Ways to Add Curb Appeal
to your Home
A well-kept home is a joy to behold.
Curb appeal is that undefinable something that draws you to a home at a glance. It is a combination of visual charm, good upkeep, and attention to detail. And often will be the thing that makes you the envy of the neighborhood.
landscape design
Did you know?
Our homes represent 25% of our personal wealth.
Well-landscaped homes are more valuable.

We offer Landscape Design Service
 

Now's the time to get your design done while the designer is not so busy. Do it now, so you can get your plants in the ground well before summer.
Garden To-do List
Spring is in full swing, and it's time to get out in your garden and work those muscles that have been asleep all winter long. 
  • Apply fertilizer and weed killer to your lawn, after you have mowed your grass twice, usually mid-April to May 1. This is Step 2 in our DIY Lawn Care Program.
  • Chamberbitter
    If you had Chamberbitter Weed in your lawn or flower beds last summer, you should consider applying Fertilome Broadleaf Weed Control with Gallery mid-April to May 1st to keep it from germinating this year.  Chamberbitter Weed looks like a little Mimosa tree.  Regular pre-emergent won't take care of it, so you have to apply this extra step.  If you are signed up for our DIY Lawn Care Program, this is an optional step, which you may not have paid for in advance.
  • Fertilize trees and shrubs if you haven't already.
  • Apply Fertilome Tree and Shrub Systemic Insect Drench to plants in your landscape that typically have insect problems.
  • Spray ornamental cherry trees, Japanese maples and dogwoods with Fertilome Triple Action. These trees are most susceptible in the month of April to wood borers, which will kill the tree.  Triple Action contains Pyrethrins, which is the only chemical that is currently available to protect against wood borers.
  • Clean debris from plants and apply fresh mulch to landscape beds.
  • Plant now, before the really hot weather sets in. When you plant, use Natural Guard Organic Plant Starter Food to stimulate root growth.  It contains mycorrhizae, which are fungi that handle underground nutrition-gathering and protect the roots.
  • Get your vegetables planted by the end of the month!
april bloom
What's In
Tropicals from Florida
(1)Hibiscus, (2)Mandevilla, (3)Banana Trees, (4)Elephant Ears, Canna Lilies, Firecracker Plant, Plumbago, Crotons, Eugenia, and so much more! Turn your yard into a Tropical Paradise for the summer!
What's Blooming  
AZALEAS - A Southern landscape must-have.
Make your yard, or at least a corner of it, an image of the
Augusta National Golf Club..... and pretend you are at the Master's Golf Tournament.
 
We have both the traditional once-a-year bloomers and the newer Encore repeat bloomers. Here is a picture of an older variety, Formosa, blooming at Wingard's right now. Delores' dad, Judson, grew this plant from a cutting years ago. Most of the old azaleas you see blooming around Lexington probably originated right here at Wingard's.
ordering sod
Have the lawn of your dreams!
Why wait any longer to have a lush green
carpet under your feet?
 
When it comes to getting a thick, healthy lawn, nothing beats sod for instant gratification.  Purchasing the right sod the first time does wonders to your homes curb appeal.  
 

We work with Super Sod, one of the highest quality sod farms in our area to provide you the freshest and healthiest sod available.  If you are thinking about giving your home a facelift this year, the first place to start is your yard.
 
We offer three different types of sod;
Bermuda-Tifway, Centipede, and Zoysia-Zenith. 
  • Sold by the pallet, delivered to your location.
  • One pallet covers approximately 500 square feet.  Please calculate your needs prior to ordering. 
  • A roll, or piece of sod, covers 10 square feet. Individual sod rolls are not available for delivery  but rolls of Centipede can be purchased beginning mid-April.
  • We only deliver sod to zip codes; 29072, 29073, 29063, 29054, and 29212. 
  • If you live outside these zip codes please call the office at (803) 359.9091 for delivery options.
  • Delivery will be made on Thursday, Friday or Saturday, the week following placement of your order.
Please be aware that if you order sod, your delivery may be delayed due to weather conditions;  when sod fields are wet, sod cannot be cut.  We will make you aware of any delivery delays when we call to schedule delivery. 
gift shoppe
april specials gift shoppe
What's new in the Gift Shoppe
  1. Para Kito - attach them to your bag, purse, clothing. They are a mosquito repellent clip, natural active ingredients essential oils diffusion, great for the entire family, works in all climates, waterproof. 
  2. We have new magnetic succulents. The back is flat so that it can be attached to your fridge, chalk board, file cabinet or other magnetic surface. 
  3. We now carry a line of Optimum Optical Sunglasses, they are 100% UV protection. They are cute, light and comfy to wear! 
produce market
springtime at wingards
Spring has arrived in the Produce Market!
It doesn't get fresher unless you live on the farm!
Fresh Local Strawberries and Asparagus are in from our Lexington County farms.  A true sign that spring is here and they won't last long, so stop in soon!

joanns kitchen

While you are here don't miss picking up a fresh homemade pound cake to go along with those fresh strawberries from JoAnn's Kitchen.

The following are coming in fresh from Florida: 
citrus, cucumbers, green beans, green peppers, sweet corn, squash (yellow and zucchini), potatoes, onions, and tomatoes.
april produce market specials
Do you suffer from springtime allergies?
Try our Local Bee Trail Farm honey, Roots & Leaves Organic Elderberry Syrup, or Roots & Leaves Allergy +C Herbal Tea.
workshops _ events
kids day
Carolina Wildlife Center Kid's Day 
Wednesday, April 4 | 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Possums...turtles...owls...snakes, oh my!
Give your kids something different to do on Spring Break besides TV and video games!

Pay at the door.  $5.00 Per Person Fee - (Fee goes to at-risk wildlife care at Carolina Wildlife Center (a 501c3 organization). Park in our lot, Pilgrim Lutheran Church or in the front yard of 1367 N. Lake Drive.
newcomers
Newcomers Workshop
Saturday, April 7  | 10:00 AM 
Come learn all about planting and caring for your landscape from our experts.
Newcomers Workshop
Saturday, April 7  | 2:00 PM 

There is a $10 fee for this workshop, and you will receive a $10 coupon to use at Wingard's.  Register online below or call 803-359-9091.
bird walk
Bird Walk - Riverfront Park
Saturday, April 14 | 8:00 AM
Walk the trails with our wildlife specialist, Zach Steinhauser, who will point out various species and discuss habitat, migration patterns, and answer any questions you may have.

Directions to meeting place will be emailed to you upon registration. $15 fee person; must register in advance; space is limited, so please register early. Children 15 & under free; must be accompanied by a registered adult.
earth day
Earth Day - Free Milkweed Plant with Every Purchase
Saturday, April 21 | All Day
Carolina Wildlife Care, South Carolina Wildlife Federation,  SC Native Plant Society, and SC Bluebird Society will all be here educating everyone about their particular organizations. We're giving away a free milkweed plant with every purchase, to help you attract Monarch butterflies to your yard.  Limit one per person.  While supplies last. 
birds butterflies bees
Birds, Butterflies & Bees Love Native Plants
Saturday, April 21 | 10:00 AM
Enjoy birds, butterflies, and bees in your landscape, while playing a vital role in protecting many of our endangered species from extinction. 

There is a $10 fee for this workshop, and you will receive a $5 coupon to use at Wingard's.  Register online below or call 803-359-9091.
bluebird nest box
Build a Bluebird Nest Box - Kids Activity
Saturday, April 21 | 1:00 PM
Great activity for kids, with an adult. Build your own bluebird nest box, just in time for nesting season.

There is a $25 fee for each box made, which covers the cost of the materials. Register online below or call 803-359-9091.  $5 of your registration fee will be donated to the SC Bluebird Society.
sc jamboree
Lexington County Master Gardener
Volunteers Proudly Presents
Sowing Seeds for the Miracles of Tomorrow
SC Garden Jamboree
Friday April 20, 2018 | 8:30 a.m. til 3:30 p.m.
Saluda Shoals Park |  5605  Old Bush River Road |  Columbia SC 29212
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