Gardening Tips From the Growers

People often ask us how we keep our plants and flowers looking so beautiful.  Here you will find the best gardening tips and helpful hints that we've collected over the last 90+ years of growing.  You can also give us a call or stop in we'd love to help make your garden the envy of the neighborhood!!


Improve your soil by adding peat moss or a 50/50 mix of peat moss and good top soil.  This can be done anytime, but it is especially important when you are planting a new bed or a new shrub or tree.  Adding extra peat moss helps your plants off to a faster start and helps them adjust to their new home much quicker.


The key to success for all of your plantings is correct watering, the right amount at the right time. All plants need to be well watered until they are planted in the ground and must be watered deeply and thoroughly by hand immediately after planting. Use a hose or watering can as sprinkler systems and soaker hoses do not soak deeply enough.  

Allow the soil to dry slightly between waterings then water deeply and thoroughly. The goal is to encourage the plant's roots to grow deep so they are better able to withstand dry spells in future seasons. Deep, thorough waterings will accomplish this goal, beautifying your garden with each watering.  Don't forget to keep watering your plants into the fall.  They still need plenty of water even though the weather is cooler.


Transplanting is best done in early Spring, just after the ground has thawed. Start by preparing the new bed where your plants will be moved to. If you have questions on this see Soil Preparation above or call us at 231-347-3366. The next step is to dig around your plant getting as much of the root system as possible. There is no need to remove the soil from the roots before moving your plant to its new home. Place your plant at the same level it was in its original location and build a berm of earth around to form a basin for water. Now you can water the plant just as though it were a new addition to your garden.


For best results, improve your soil and follow the watering guidelines described above. Some annuals such as Pansies and Snapdragons can tolerate cooler weather and may be planted earlier in May. Others, like Begonias, Coleus, Impatiens, and Zinnias dislike cool temperatures and are best planted later. Early in the season, if cold night temperatures are forecast, cover your tender annuals at night with a cloth covering, old bed sheets work well. Avoid plastic, it lets the cold through to your plants.  Water deeply and thoroughly as needed.