The King of Ponds              The Salmon Family Garden Center since 1968
Arbordale Nurseries & Landscaping

Arbordale Nurseries & Landscaping

The King of Ponds                         The Salmon Familu Since 1968


Welcome to Arbordale Nurseries Landscaping and Garden Center. We are a family-run full-service nursery garden center located just 15 minutes from downtown Buffalo, NY. Visit our blog regularly for tips on lanscaping, ponds, plants and gardening.

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pond winterization

Posted by jeff on November 5, 2018 at 4:45 PM

Northern Winter care of the pond

Care is different for Lily ponds versus goldfish ponds versus koi ponds. We present here a generalized look at winter care, please keep in mind your special situation in regards to your fish load and your climate, I'm sitting in Buffalo, NY so my low temperature and ice thickness is lighter than those of you in Minnesota for example.

1. Fish inside or out? small goldfish can be easily over-wintered in most ponds, even 18" preformed pool...

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Avoiding Rabbit Damage

Posted by jeff on November 2, 2018 at 4:30 PM

Rabbit Resistant Plants

While no plant is absolutely resistant to rabbit browsing, the following are the plants that appear to be seldom chewed in Upstate New York:

Annuals: Begonias Impatiens

Perennials:Achillea (Yarrow) Anemone Aquilegia (Columbine) Artemesia (Sage) Coreopsis Digitalis (Foxglove) Ferns Geraniums (Hardy Gaillardia (Bla...

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Quality Bird Food help birds survive cold weather

Posted by jeff on January 5, 2018 at 5:10 PM

Quality Foods Provide More Calories to Help Birds Survive the Cold Weather 

Buying bird feed can be confusing - there are so many different varieties! The following are some questions you may have about the ingredients in bird feed mixes. 


Q. Should I get German millet?

A. It's something to avoid and is less attractive to native birds than white proso millet.


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Indoor Low Light Plants

Posted by jeff on October 26, 2017 at 2:20 PM

Indoor Low Light Plants

Botanical Name Common Name Height Comments

Aglaonema spp. Chinese evergreen 1-2’ Several species .

Aspidistra elatior.  cast iron plant 1-2’ Tough in every way; 

Beaucarnea recurvata. ponytail palm 1-6’ Will grow in all light conditions

Chamaedorea elegans ‘Bella’ parlor palm...

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Do I need to put enzymes in my pond if I put bacteria in there?

Posted by jeff on March 9, 2017 at 2:40 PM

Do I need to put enzymes in my pond if I put bacteria in there?


Bacteria and enzymes may both be microscopic heavyweights when it comes to breaking down decomposing organics in your pond, but they play distinctly different roles. Here's what you need to know about them – and how they complement each other.


Natural Bacteria: The Leading Role

Aerobic and anaerobic bacteria already live yo...

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When is the best time to install underwater pond lighting?

Posted by jeff on February 20, 2017 at 9:05 AM


Whether it's illuminating a patio, a landscape or a water garden, outdoor lighting can have a dramatic impact on the area's space. It creates a special mood and spotlights stunning features while adding ambient light to the environment.


Underwater lighting is best installed when your pond is empty, like while it's being constructed or – in most cases – while you're doing your annual spring clean...

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Black Walnut Tree - what not to plant underneath

Posted by jeff on January 6, 2017 at 1:20 PM

Black Walnut Tree Toxicity

The Black Walnut (juglans nigra) is a vigorous hardy tree. Unfortunately, the black walnut’s roots, which may extend 50 feet or more from the trunk, do exude a natural herbicide known as juglone that prevents many plants from growing within their reach.

Tomatoes, potatoes, apples, pears, berries, and some landscape plants such as rhododendrons, azaleas, and lilacs may be killed or stun...

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Easy Plant Protection with Wilt Stop

Posted by jeff on December 3, 2016 at 1:50 PM


Wilt Stop is one of the most under rated garden items in New York. This natural, non-toxic product, derived from the resin of pine trees, has the unique ability to form a soft, clear flexible film on treated plants. This film protects plants from drying out, drought, wind burn, sunscald, winter kill, transplant shock and salt damage. WILT STOP also extends life of cut flowers and Christmas trees. We soak our christmas wreaths at ...

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5 Health Benefits of Houseplants

Posted by jeff on October 21, 2016 at 2:30 PM

Bringing plants into your home beautifies the space, but it also helps beautify you, inside and out. From breathing healthier air to increasing your concentration, house plants offer many health benefits. Our local garden center can help you find houseplants that provide the following benefits:


1. Easier Breathing


When breathing, you inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dio...

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Preparing for Winter a Guide for Cold Weather Pond Care

Posted by jeff on September 26, 2016 at 9:25 AM

As winter approaches, it's important to take the right steps to preserve the health of your garden pond. Here are some things you can do to maintain your pond all winter long, ensuring a good comeback when spring arrives.


1. Remove leaves and debris.


It's easier to simply allow leaves that fall in your pond during the Autumn months to rot and decompose in the wa...

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