Frequently Asked Questions:

When is the best time to plant?

We think Fall is the best time to plant shrubs and trees because the cooler fall weather allows them time to establish their roots before winter. When they are dormant their energy is going to the roots not into the production of leaves. By spring you should have a tree or shrub that is well on its way to being established enough to survive the hot summer.

Of course Spring is the best time to plant annuals but rule of thumb for perennials is this: if they bloom in the spring, plant them in the fall. If they bloom in the summer (Gladiolas) or late fall plant them in the spring.

What is the best thing I can do for my plants?

Keep them well watered during the hot summer especially if there is a drought in your area. Make sure however they have good drainage or you will cause them to have root rot. During Spring and Summer you can fertilize most plants once a month (some may require fertilizer every other week) but when plants go dormant you should stop fertilizing.

Tip: The best way to plant a tree or shrub is to make the hole twice as big around as the container in which you purchased it. Mix the soil you take out with good soil such as Miracle Grow. We also suggest aerating the inside of the hole before you plant especially in areas that consist of clay and rock. Place your tree or shrub in the hole making sure it doesnít sit any lower than it did in the container your purchased it in. In other words donít bury your plant. Back fill with the soil mixture and apply two inches of mulch. Leave approximately one inch between the trunk of the shrub and mulch so air can circulate. Also, using more than two inches of mulch will keep the air from circulating properly and can cause mold to form.

When is the best time to prune my shrubs and trees?

Spring blooming shrubs should be pruned right after they bloom. Summer and fall blooming shrubs can be cut back in late winter or early spring while they are still dormant. Evergreens can be trimmed almost any time but remember that if you prune during a hot summer your plant may experience foliage burn. Pruning after September could result in an explosion of new growth that will not harden off before winter causing freeze damage. But REMEMBER no matter what size your tree or shrub is NEVER prune more than 1/3 of its size.

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960 Hwy 68 East
Benton, KY 42025 USA
Phone: 270 527 1884

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