Garden Centers are, of course, a place to go when you are looking to plant anything from veggies to trees—that’s a given. What isn’t so widely known is that garden centers often keep in stock little-known yet highly valuable products for unique problems gardeners from time to time run into. Let’s explore and highlight these products. Gardeners love their flowering crabapple trees this time of year as they swing into flower production. What most gardeners absolutely hate is crabapple production.
At first I sadly chuckled to myself when I read that this past winter was the mildest on record for Wyoming. I’m not arguing it. But back in early November, six weeks before the official start of winter, much of Wyoming experienced one of the most dramatic temperature drops in history for that time of year. All of Wyoming was enjoying a superlative Indian summer throughout October and the first two days of November with pleasant temperatures approaching seventy degrees. Then the bottom fell out.
Arbor Day this year falls on April 24. Arbor Day is considered a tree holiday, a time to celebrate trees in our environment and to plant them for future generations. The first recorded Arbor Day was recorded in a small Spanish village in 1805 where villagers celebrated tree plantings, feasts and dances for three days.
Locally owned garden centers like mine and others across the state are a bee hive of activity these days. We’ve been receiving shipments of trees and shrubs along with soil amendments, gardening tools, bug and weed control products. You name it, chances are we’ve received a shipment of it. It’s all in preparation for the gardening season to begin.