Spring has sprung and it is time to get out and feed those plants. But with so many types of fertilizer, it can be confusing. Which fertilizer should you choose? How much fertilizer do your plants need? What do those numbers on the fertilizer bag mean? Is it safe to feed all your plants the same food?
Let us help take the confusion out of your landscape’s nutrition needs. We carry a handful of fertilizers that work great, and we can provide you with easy, straight forward directions for applying each. Come see us at our Garden Center location where we can help with your spring fertilizing needs.
Planting Guide for Container Plants
Proper plant installation
· Dig hole 2-3 times wider, but the same depth as the root ball. This will promote roots to expand vigorously, but keep plant from settling lower in the ground over time.
· If the root ball has a flat bottom, the hole should have a flat bottom so there are no air pockets under the plant.
· Remove plant from pot as gently as possible. On larger material, it might be necessary to lay the plant on its side and pull the pot off. With smaller material, you may turn the plant upside-down with stem between fingers, and pull the pot off with other hand. Always handle plant material by the pots as much as possible to help prevent damaging the plant.
· At this stage, examine the roots. If any are circling the root ball, lightly loosen them with your hand, claw or rake. This practice will help promote roots to start reaching out rather than staying balled up. Keep this practice to a bare minimum if installing during late spring or summer months because plants are more prone to shock during that time of year.
· Set plant in hole. Be sure the top of the root ball is level or slightly higher than the surrounding ground level.
· Begin to back-fill 1/3 of the depth at a time. (The larger the root ball, the more important this is.) Pack every layer very firmly leaving no air pockets. An old broken shovel or rake handle works well to pack the soil; or this may be done by hand as well. Lightly watering as you back-fill will help the soil settle properly.
· If the plant is located in an irrigated location, or is easily accessed to be hand watered, DO NOT build a watering burm around it. These burms can inhibit top feeder roots from vigorous expansion and oxygen, resulting in a slower growing plant. Only make a small watering burm (mounding soil just outside root balls surface area) if plant is in a rural location that has to be hand watered. Fill burm up with water, allowing it to seep slowly into the ground.
Many gardeners are not aware that fall and winter are the best times of year to plant trees and shrubs. Catching "spring fever" in the fall has major benefits for establishing new plants in a landscape. Of course, container grown plants may be planted any time of the year, if properly cared for. But fall and winter installation give them the best start.
5 key questions to help guide you in plant selections:
1- Purpose of plant material
2- Sunlight conditions
3- Soil conditions
4- Other factors
5- Size of plant upon purchase
Christmas has passed, and 2014 is busting through the door... time sure does fly! With another year behind us, we would like to give a little insight into what to expect in 2014 as far as plant trends and concepts. The buzz these days is definitely landscapes with purpose; including edibles, natives and xeriscapes. Learning and implementing these concepts will put you on the cutting edge of the plant industry in 2014.
Edible Landscaping is the fastest growing trend in the industry. People are finding out how easy it is to design a landscape that not only adds beauty, but also gives back, putting healthy, high-quality, delicious food on the table. These concepts intrigue people, and give them the opportunity to be more connected to their yards. Edibles give people an interactive experience with their landscape. Consider also the ornamental qualities of a particular edible when plugging it into the landscape. Peaches and plums put on quite the show in the spring that could match any flowering cherry. Pears are not only loaded with spring flowers, but also have gorgeous red and yellow fall color. Use the new 'Veinte Cohol' banana plant to add a lush tropical look during the summer, while also growing tasty bananas. Blueberries make great hedges with spring flowers and fall color. Collards, kale and mustards make beautiful fall and winter annuals where accents are needed. The sky is the limit when landscaping with edibles; it just takes a little outside-the-box thinking.
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