GARDEN CENTRAL

248-542-6640  |  2682 W. 12 Mile Road Berkley, MI 48072
TIPS FOR HEALTHY PLANTS


The following tips are for the do-it-yourself gardener and for customers maintaining new professional landscaping.  Expert advice, plant material, and garden accessories are available at our garden center.  Please call for a design consultation and retail hours: 248-542-6640.

PLANT SELECTION
Purchase plants which are appropriate for your site.
Note specific light conditions, moisture levels, and direction of exposure.
Consider desired size of material at time of planting as well as at maturity.
Acquaint yourself with special features, such as, flowering, fall color, & winter appearance.
Anticipate future maintenance associated with your selection (watering, pruning, fertilizing, etc.)

PLANTING
Dig hole twice as wide as the root ball and of equal depth.
The top of the root ball should be level with or higher than the existing soil level surrounding the hole.
If the existing soil is in fairly good condition:
mix 1 part sphagnum peat moss + 1 part sheep manure + 2 parts existing soil from the hole or
mix 2 parts planting mix + 2 parts existing soil from the hole.
If you existing soil is in poor condition:
mix 2 parts top soil + 1 part sphagnum peat moss + 1 part sheep manure and dispose of existing soil from the hole.
Use soil mixture to back fill hole around root ball, tamp soil down with your foot.  If hole is dug to the correct depth, there should be minimal soil applied to top of root ball.
Soak with water after planting is complete.
Optional cedar bark mulch application to soil surface (approx. 2" depth) helps to retain moisture and to discourage weed growth.
*It's better to plant material high and mound up than to bury roots too deep.

WATERING     ( DO NOT LISTEN TO THE WEATHER REPORT)
Newly planted material requires additional watering until the roots are established.
Check soil 3x/week beween April 1st - December 1st.
As a general rule, check soil moisture frequently and water as needed.
Put your finger a few inches into the soil; if it is cool and moist no water is needed; if it is dry water now.
Certain areas in your yard may dry out faster than others, especially in sunny areas and mounded beds.
Soak root areas well; there is no need to wet leaves.
Adequate watering 2 or 3 times per wek is preferred to a light watering every day
If the leaves are wilting or tired looking, water immediately.  If leaves continue to wilt, there may be too much water.

MAINTENANCE
Enable your plants to thrive by offering care.
Spring & Fall:
feed with plantone or hollytone, follow directions for application rates.
Prune off undesireable growth or broken branches; pruning encourages a full growth habit for the future.  Inquire about pruning your specific plants.
End of November:  Spray wilt pruf on broad leaf evergreens (holly, boxwood, rhododendron, azalea, pieris, etc.)
Note: Temperature must be over 35 degrees to spray wilt pruf.
Mulch root areas for winter protection.
Spray dormant oil on deciduous material in early Spring.
If you notice holes in the leaves, insects, powdery mildew or black spots, wilting, etc. please put a leaf in a bag and bring it to Garden Central so a remedy can be suggested.
*Your attention could save a plant's life.

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