How to Plant Bedding Plants

petunias_yllw_10smWhen planting bedding plants be sure to loosen the soil sufficiently where you are  planting them for ease in their ability to root out and establish themselves. Plant at the same depth they were growing in the pot or pack to avoid stem rot disease.

Annuals are heavy feeders. Ideally, mix the recommended amount of dry slow release food thoroughly with the soil where you are going to plant. Mulch to prevent weed growth. Water in thoroughly and then when the plants indicate need thereafter. Enjoy your garden!
-‘Plant Doctor’ Bob


Are Dandelions Taking Over Your Lawn?

dandelions_06The dandelions are blooming in our lawns along with other broadleaf weeds. This reminds us it is time to apply broadleaf weed killer to our turf areas to restore our lawns to a beautiful state. Be careful to apply the specific amount of diluted or granular product to the recommended square footage or you will not get the results you were expecting. Read the labels carefully and measure to be sure! – ‘Plant Doctor’ Bob

Health Benefits from Gardening

gardening_senior_couple_09Gardening has the obvious benefit of creating beautiful outdoor surroundings for your home but there are additional advantages you may not realize.

Digging holes for planting, pushing around your lawnmower, pulling weeds, and the many other movements that yard work necessitates provide the weight-bearing exercise needed to strengthen your bones and prevent osteoporosis. An added bonus to gardening is the effect of being outdoors. Fifteen minutes of sun exposure daily gives you all the vitamin D your body requires.

Before you work in your garden, walk around and warm up your muscles just as you would before exercising. Remember to use sunscreen if you plan to be in the sun for more than fifteen minutes. Then enjoy all the fruits of your labor!

It’s Time To Plant Summer Bulbs

April is the month for planting your summer bulbs like dahlias, gladiolas, and lilies. Mix bulb fertilizer together with your planting soil to give the bulbs a good start. Visit us soon for the best selection and all the tools needed for easy planting.

Spring blooming bulbs should be deadheaded when the blossoms fade, but do not cut off the green foliage yet. The leaves continue to grow for a few weeks and provide the bulb with nutrients for good flowering next year. If you find the foliage unattractive, plant other perennials close by which will give you color and hide the deteriorating look of the bulbs.

Learn About Creeping Phlox

creeping_phlox_10April is the month each year that we carry creeping phlox in abundance. Also known as moss pinks or mountain pinks, this herbaceous perennial is easy to grow in full or partial sun and performs beautifully as a groundcover or rock garden plant. Hardy in zones three to nine, this short and sturdy plant stays evergreen in a mild winter and bounces back quickly even in regions where the weather dips well below freezing during the coldest season.

Creeping phlox need plenty of sun and should be planted in evenly moist but well drained soil which is organically rich. After they finish blooming, prune back the foliage. This pinching back will result in a denser and more attractive plant. If you wish to propagate your phlox, divide them immediately after they bloom and pay careful attention to watering until they become well established.

Visit us at Waterloo Gardens today where you will find a nice selection of this gardening favorite.

April Gardening Tips

ranunculus_white_12April is the first full month of spring in the garden and if you have just gotten outside, you have probably discovered that many of your plants have begun to grow. Don’t let that allow you to make the mistake of planting annuals (except cool weather annuals like pansies, primrose and ranunculus) just yet. Wait until the danger of frost has ended, usually about Mother’s Day.

It is advantageous, however to plant perennials, flowering shrubs, vines, and any deciduous or evergreen trees. The weather is ideal for laying sod and patching bare areas by over-seeding and starting new lawns with seed.

You can safely transplant all hardy plants at this time without the stress that summer brings. The watering needs will be less and it is easier to work in these moderate temperatures than in the heat and humidity that inevitably comes.

We are just beginning to fill our outdoor departments with plants. The very cold dreary winter set us back a few weeks but the delightful April weather is changing everything quickly. This is an ideal time to make frequent visits to Waterloo Gardens as inventory increases every week. Don’t miss the many colorful plants that arrive almost daily and talk to one of our excited sales associates about your spring garden!

It’s Time to Prune

hedge_trimmer09Now is a good time to perform any needed pruning on deciduous trees, evergreens, bramble fruits, grape vines, and late summer and fall blooming shrubs. This is an ideal time to prune as we can see the branch structure clearly. Be sure the wood is above freezing when you prune or splitting will occur.
– ‘Plant Doctor’ Bob