Plant Care

Soil Amendments, Mulch & More!

We recommend our Growing Place Choice Garden Mix, which is a blend of pine bark fines, garden and leaf compost and topsoil mixed to our specifications. It is great for top dressing or amending your garden beds.
Our Growing Place Choice Potting Mix is perfect for your containers. Our potting mix is the same mix of pine fines, coir, sphagnum peat and perlite with a starter fertilizer and a wetting agent that we grow our annuals and perennials in.
Amendments available: aged pine fines, blended mushroom compost, earthworm castings, Espoma® Bio-tone Starter Plus and Just Natural Organic Garden Soil.
Mulch available: aged pine fines, cedar bark, shredded hardwood and pine bark.
We also carry a selection of natural and synthetic fertilizers, fungicides, insecticides and repellents. Please make sure to read label directions for application instructions and plant compatibility. We are also happy to answer any questions you have regarding these products to ensure proper application.

Planting Tips for Success

We receive many questions about proper planting techniques; some of the most common questions are about trees and shrubs. We recommend reading this terrific article from The Morton Arboretum that offers great advice on planting containers and balled and burlapped woody plants.
Perennial plants can be planted in the same manner as the trees and shrubs mentioned in the article.

  • Prior to planting, amend your soil with organic matter to help the roots get established.

  • Remove the plant from the container and gently tease the roots apart and spread them in your planting hole. Make sure you plant the perennial no deeper than it was in the container.

  • Water thoroughly after planting. Check daily for watering needs and water only when the soil is dry to the touch one inch below the surface.

  • A light application of mulch, about one to two inches, will help control weeds and keep the soil moist.

Additional Hints

Remember to call J.U.L.I.E. (Joint Utilities Locator) three working days prior to digging so underground utility wires can be marked. Simply dial 811.
Whenever possible, we encourage you to plant in an amended bed. It is best to add three to four inches of organic matter and till them into a depth of six to twelve inches.
If planting is not in a bed, we do not recommend adding amendments to the hole.
When planting rhododendrons or other acid loving plants, see our Growing Acid Loving Plants handout for additional care information.
We recommend giving your transplants a good start with Espoma® Bio-Starter Plus. See package for application rate.

Watering Instructions

Proper watering procedures are crucial to the well-being of your plants. A general rule of thumb is one inch of water per week, provided by you or Mother Nature. Too much or too little water can be detrimental to your plants.

  • Water the day of installation

  • Do not water on a set schedule

  • Check soil every three to four days by putting your finger (or soil probe) down one inch into the soil

  • Water plants only when soil feels dry one inch under the surface

  • Trees and shrubs can be watered easily if you build a shallow basin surrounding the root area. Slowly fill soil basin around the base of the plant two times with water, allowing water to soak in and not run off

  • Do not use automatic sprinklers on newly planted trees and shrubs because set schedules do not adjust to plant needs and weather changes

Two to three inches of mulch will keep your trees and shrubs from drying out as quickly. A very light mulch, no more than one inch will help groundcovers, perennials and, annuals. Do not let mulch reach the base of the plants. You can download our full watering instructions here.

Aurora Location

2000 Montgomery Road,

Aurora, IL 60504

Phone. 630-820-8088

Naperville Location

25w471 Plank Road,

Naperville, IL 60563

Phone. 630-355-4000

Spring Hours

March 30-June 30

Monday-Friday: 9am-7pm

Saturday: 9am-5pm

Sunday: 11am-5pm

Memorial Day Hours

Monday, May 27


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right plants in right places.