Hello everyone, and welcome to the start of a brand new weekend! And what a beautiful weekend it is predicted to be, with warming temperatures and blue skies. Sounds like the perfect time for a bit of gardening. And in honor of Arbor Day today, we have a few specials and promotions going on down at Garden Supply. While the locally-owned family farms we get our plants from are doing well delivering to local garden centers like us, they are still not catching up because of the decline in "new home" building. The landscapers fuel this inventory buy and they aren't installing much right now....see the trickle down of the economy? I know you get this and see the importance of continuing to buy local when you can! We feel so strongly about it and want to continue to bring you the freshest plants at the best prices. So, all day Friday and Saturday until noon, come in with this blog post to receive 20% off all your trees and shrub purchases. We want to give our growers a BIG re-order Monday! Take advantage of this great offer to purchase that commemorative tree for Arbor Day!
We also are bringing back our perennial sale from last weekend. Purchase 10 perennials and receive 10% off, 20 perennials and receive 20% off, and 30 or more perennials and receive 30% off. And just in time for your spring clean-up projects, we are reducing the price on some of our mulch. Our triple shredded hardwood mulch is now $22.00/yd., and our N.C. long-leaf pine straw is $4.40/bale. These sale prices are good through May 15th.
When you get ready to plant your new trees and shrubs, here are a few handy planting tips to keep in mind.
Handle balled & burlapped (B&B) plants by the ball and container plants by the pots as much as possible. If your new plants must be held for several days before planting, put them in an area where they will be protected from excessive sun or drying winds. Water thoroughly every 2-3 days until planting. Check daily, as more or less frequent watering may be necessary depending upon weather conditions and the size of the plant.
Consider the mature size of the plant and be familiar with sun and moisture requirements as well. Pick an area that will accommodate these requirements. Do not plant in excessively wet or dry soil.
Your hole should be dug at least 1 1/2 times the width, but NO deeper than the size of the root ball. Mix existing soil in equal parts with soil conditioner and composted cow manure. An adequate amount of Bio-tone, Plant-tone, or Holly-tone and Dynamite fertilizer should be added to insure nutrient content.
Remove plant from pot by placing hand on top of root ball and turning over. Tap and pull the pot until the root ball slips out. Loosen any roots if necessary on pot-bound plants. On B&B plants, do not remove any wire, string, or burlap.
Place a portion of your amended soil mixture in the bottom of the hole so that 1/4 of the height of the root ball is above ground level, depending on the moisture content. Backfill around root ball, using soil mixture. Lightly tamp soil to hold plant in position and help insure good root-to-soil contact.
Mound remainder of amended soil mixture up to the edge of the root ball to produce a "ring" for water retention and root insulation. See photo above. Place mulch at a maximum depth of 1 to 2 inches on top of root ball and 3 inches elsewhere. Soil conditioner or hardwood mulch is best for trees.
You can find these full instructions, along with other helpful tips on watering and lawn care, in our handy Planting Guide, available for free in the Greenhouse. And as always, our helpful staff is on hand 7 days a week to assist you with all your gardening plans.
So get out there and get planting! And happy Arbor Day everyone!