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Learn How to Use a Sprayer

Hose End Sprayer Step 1 Attach the sprayer to the water hose. Step 2 Set the dial to the correct number by reading the number of tbsp. or tsp. are recommended per gallon. The default is tbsp. but moving the pin to the inside of the sprayer hose will restrict the flow and allow you to… Read more »

Prepping a Bed for Annuals & Perennials

Step 1 To produce an optimal growing area is to break up the soil and get rid of any weeds. Step 2 Lightly work in the soil amendments. We suggest Good Earth brand Professional Growing Mix. Step 3 Add Espoma Bio-tone Starter Plus into the root zone at planting. Tips The most overlooked aspect of… Read more »

How to Mulch Like a Pro

  Tips We recommend wood or bark mulch. Mulching should be done at least once a year. The proper depth of mulch is 2-4 inches with no more than 3 inches against the base of the plant. Avoid mulch volcanoes.

How to Prune Perennials

Tips A perennial is a plant that blooms more than 2 years. Dead heading means removing spent blooms. Trim the plant back a little to promote new spring growth. Trimmings with roots still attached can be started as new plants. Clean dead leaves from underneath the ground plants. The best place to cut is above… Read more »

Why to Use Spreader Sticker

Step 1 Prepare and add your solution to the sprayer. Step 2 Add two to four tablespoons of spreader sticker. Step 3 Spray like normal. Tips Water soluble control solutions (pesticides) aren’t nearly as effective as they could be. They aren’t really connecting with the leaves’ surfaces. Adding a spreader sticker to the solution is… Read more »

How to Prune Crepe Myrtles Correctly

When to Prune? Crape Myrtles should be pruned mid February to improve the shape. Severe Pruning (crape murder) weakens the plant making it more susceptible to disease and insect infestations. What is the correct method? Thinning branches to limb up the crape myrtle is the correct method. Prune lower limbs that are thinner than a… Read more »

How to Create Perfect Combination Pots

  Step 1 Put a small amount of drainage rock in the bottom of the planter, and fill the planter most of the way up with good potting mix. Then mix in the appropriate amount of espoma biotone starter plus. Step 2 Choose a plant that has height to add vertical drama. This is the… Read more »

How to Create a Living Topiary

Step 1 Gather your succulent cuttings. Step 2 Soak the topiary form for at least 2-3 hours or as long as over night. Step 3 Pick a starting point depending on which form you are using. Use a pen or pencil to make a hole for the cutting. Step 4 Secure the cutting by inserting… Read more »