fall planting

Monkey business: How to grow your monkey grass this season

Monkey business: How to grow your monkey grass this season

Cool weather is creeping in, and now is the perfect time to consider some new additions to your garden. Monkey grass is a great, low-maintenance form of ground cover. It’s also perfect for bordering flowerbeds or the walkway to your front door. Monkey grass also provides color through the winter, ranging from deep greens to lighter shades of green.

Garden to Table Recipe: Creamy Chia Carrot-Ginger Soup

Garden to Table Recipe: Creamy Chia Carrot-Ginger Soup

Nothing beats homemade soup of the day when many of the ingredients come straight from your own garden. Try this delicious recipe for one of our favorite soups using as many fresh vegetables and fruits as you can from your own yard and home. 

She's a beaut! All about Beautyberry

She's a beaut! All about Beautyberry

When Fall has set in, we tend to grab flats upon flats of pansies and violas as well as carts full of mums to provide pops of color in our gardens. But why not think out of the box? Fall gardens in North Carolina don't have to look drab or generic. 

The perfect pansy: A recipe for planting success

The perfect pansy: A recipe for planting success

Pansies are a staple for every Fall garden. Not sure how to plant pansies for maximum color and growth? Use this easy recipe for planting success to be sure you're using the proper soil, fertilizer and technique for your Fall pansy plot this year. Our short video below will walk you through this quick tutorial. Happy planting!

Pumpkins are for potting: How to make your own Jack-o-pot

Pumpkins are for potting: How to make your own Jack-o-pot

October is here and there aren't many front porches or stoops that won't soon be graced by gourds and bright orange (or white!) pumpkins making way for the season of candy corn, scary movies and children dressed up as cheery princesses or creepy ghouls. And while we love the tradition of carving faces into pumpkins–creepy or cute, we have another idea that might just tickle your Halloween decor fancy. Why not make your pumpkin your fall front porch pot? Here's how:

Mum's the word: An easy guide to caring for your mums

Mum's the word: An easy guide to caring for your mums

We have just two days before Fall falls upon us and nothing says Autumn like the warm hues of mums gracing our gardens. So how do we keep our mums happy and colorful? Follow this easy guide.

Fall is the Perfect Time to Plant Trees and Shrubs

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trees and shrubs

trees and shrubs

As we begin to transition from summer to fall, now is prime time to plant trees and shrubs. If planted now, trees and shrubs will put all their energy into root growth.  Roots will grow throughout the winter months to store nutrients for next season. Trees and shrubs need less water during winter, because shorter and cooler days decrease the rate of photosynthesis. Trees planted in the fall are better able to withstand the heat and drought of the next summer. Soil is warmer now than it was in the spring, and it will remain warm even after air temperatures start dropping. Pick a good location for your tree or shrub that will provide it with the appropriate amount of sun or shade and meet its moisture requirements. Dig a hole that is twice as wide as the root ball and no deeper (the top of the root ball should be above soil level). The root ball will lower a bit as the soil settles, and you don’t want it to end up too low in the ground. If planted too deeply in the ground, the plant can suffocate because not enough air will reach the root system. Break apart and loosen the roots if they are pot bound, so that they can more easily spread out once in the ground.

Once your hole is dug, use the shovel a few times in the bottom to loosen the soil and make it a little easier for the roots to expand outward. Amend the soil with composted cow manure, soil conditioner and organic fertilizer. Organic fertilizer is good to use in the fall because it contains a healthy dose of good bacteria and micro-nutrients, so it isn’t going to drive a lot of foliage growth, but will help the root system immensely. The mixture should end up being composed of a third of the existing soil, a third cow manure and a third soil conditioner. In addition to that mixture, we suggest using Espoma Bio-Tone. This is a starter fertilizer that contains myccorhizae (a type of fungi that roots rely on to help them gather nutrients) and other beneficial micro-nutrients that will help the plant establish a bigger and healthier root ball.

Spread a couple inches of mulch over the area to protect the roots and water well. Trees and shrubs have high water needs as they attempt to establish a strong root system.

Any tree or shrub that has been grown in a container or has burlap around its root ball can be planted in the fall. Do you have more questions? Stop in and see one of our friendly staff members who would be glad to assist you with your fall planting needs!