Unique Garden Solution Products

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.

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Three Days in November

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.

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A Tree Holiday

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.

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It’s Lawn Time!

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.

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Throughout this site, the following are used as guidelines for watering established plants:

water_drops_icon  These truly xeric plants can live with our 12 inches of natural annual precipitation and only need a winter watering during a multi-year drought, but they will thrive with a monthly watering. Overwatering will kill some of these.
water_drops_iconwater_drops_icon  These plants are adapted to intermittent deep watering with soil drying to a depth of a few inches between waterings. Watering frequency may be every couple of weeks during the active growing season and maybe only one winter watering for optimal care.
water_drops_iconwater_drops_iconwater_drops_icon  These plants need regular watering somewhat like a bluegrass lawn so that they never dry to depth in the root system during the active growing season, and need occasional winter watering to prevent root dessication and resultant plant death.
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