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Three Tips for a Successful Trip to the Garden Center

November 14, 2014


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Garden centers often offer everything from a wide variety of trees and shrubs to landscaping services, such as garden design. This makes these businesses a natural source for plants, tools for gardening and more. However, how can you be sure that you are getting the most out of your trip to a plant nursery? Follow these tips for shopping at a garden center to get you on your way to planting trees and shrubs in your garden, instead of standing in line at the store.

Make a List
While you might not know what you’re looking for until you see it, being aware of the sun conditions, soil and other environmental factors can make your search much easier. Before you head to the garden center, look around your yard and make note of the different conditions and space available in each area you want to start planting trees and shrubs and other flowers. You can also jot down ideas for color, type of plant, and more to further simplify your trip.

Check the Plant
While many gardening centers are operated by professionals who know their flowers, that isn’t always a guarantee that their products will be healthy. Pick up plants while you’re shopping: a well-watered plant should feel heavy, while a light pot or even a plant that comes out of the pot is far too dry and might not be as healthy. Next, check to see if the plant has a healthy green color (not too dark or too light), growth buds, little dieback and no signs of disease, such as spots or discoloration. Also try to avoid buying plants in flower, as they will take longer to root in your yard.

Ask For Help
Most plants for sale at a modern garden center will have tags that list their basic qualities, such as how much sun they need. However, the more information you have, the better: don’t be afraid to ask employees questions or even for tips on the best way to start planting trees and shrubs you have found. The best garden centers will have hired employees who are passionate and knowledgeable about gardening and will be able to give you the helpful details you need to succeed.

A trip to the garden center means making dozens of choices, and it’s likely that you’ll leave with more than you intended. However, by following the tips above, you are sure to have a successful trip and get to the enjoyable part of the gardening process: the planting! Visit your local garden center and start picking out your plants today! References:

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