After this past winter we are so ready to be outside and gardening! As you pick out your flowers, shrubs and trees, take a little time to plant them right. Give your plants a great start and they’ll reward you with months, if not years of gardening pleasure.
Make sure you are planting the right plant in the right place! Full sun plants need at least six to eight hours of sun, part sun plants thrive in four to six hours and full shade plants grow in four hours or less of sun. Consider your soil moisture and drainage where you plan to plant. Some plants thrive in consistently moist soils, some prefer dry and some like to be well drained. The Growing Place Sales Associates are good resources if you have any questions on the culture a plant prefers. (more…)
We love vegetables, flowers, shrubs and trees, but we may not love the time it takes to maintain them. To truly enjoy your garden this year, take a little time to think about your expectations for your yard and what you want to get out of it.
If you’re doing a vegetable patch, grow the crops your family likes best. This way you’re not spending precious time and resources on food that goes uneaten. Decide what to start from seed and what to purchase as plants. If your family loves salads, plan on starting new crops of quick-growing lettuces from seed every couple of weeks for a fresh supply. For crops that take longer to ripen, like tomatoes, sometimes it’s worth it to begin with plants so you get fruit sooner. Love herbs for cooking? Herbs are undemanding in the garden and many do well in containers. Place them right outside your kitchen door or near the grill for easy harvesting. Most herbs are rabbit resistant, so they can be excellent groundcover options or planted throughout your beds. (more…)
Redbud in bloom
Bare root plants are lightweight, easy to handle, transport and plant. They often adapt quickly and begin growing right away. Check out the list of bare root trees now available. Quantities are limited. Please call the Tree and Shrub Department at either location to reserve your tree. Trees should be planted immediately (planting instructions included). Planting services are available for a fee. Bare root trees are warranted for one year for the purchase price. Click on the tree name for more details. (more…)
Our world is loud with birds returning or migrating through. A welcome sign of spring, attract birds to your yard and keep them healthy and happy, with these tips:
- Clean and scrub your bird feeders, houses, and baths with a 10% bleach solution. This removes leftover winter detritus and reduces the chances of passing on parasites and diseases.
- Keep feeding birds if you are already. Birds are returning or migrating through and need precious calories to make the journey. (more…)
Bare root trees are a great way to plant a tree as it is easy to spread the roots correctly and judge proper planting depth. Because the roots are in direct contact with the soil, bare root trees start growing quickly and do not require additional amendments. Here’s a step-by-step guide to planting a bare root tree correctly. (more…)
Late March is the time to examine shrub roses and uncover tea, floribunda and grandiflora roses as temperatures rise above 40 degrees. This keeps fungal diseases from getting a head start. For shrub roses, look for winter-killed canes or rabbit damage. Rabbit damage resembles clean cuts, as if pruned, and roses are one of their favorite winter snacks. Winter-kill resembles dry, dark stems instead of woody or green canes. You can also trim off rose hips that were left for winter interest. (more…)
One of the questions we get the most in spring is “How do I prune my hydrangea?”. It seems like we all have one somewhere in the yard adding much needed summer flowers and winter interest. There are a couple of questions to ask yourself before you pick up the pruners. (more…)