It is spring and we couldn’t be happier!
There is nothing a garden center loves more than filling up the aisles, table and shelves with beautiful new stock for our customers to take home and turn into their own incredible creations. From first-time home owners to established horticulturists, we have everything you need to help your garden grow (and, we LOVE helping!)
While there are many that enjoy wandering around and just relaxing with all the beautiful plants we have onsite, there are just as many that want to get in and out of the store as quickly as possible in order to get home and get planting.
One thing we are often asked this time of year is how customers can have the greatest experience when everyone is shopping for their gardening needs at the same time. There is no doubt, a sunny Saturday in May is as busy as can be. And, while we are always striving to help each and every customer that walks through our gates, to ensure you have the absolute best experience possible, below are a few strategies that will help maximize your time and minimize unnecessary spending.
Sketch of a Garden Design
Have an idea of what you are seeking. For some people this might be a full landscape design they are filling in, while for others it might be a photograph and a few measurements of an area needing something to fill in a small space. Whatever your needs, if you have some measurements of the area and an idea of what you might like, our team will be able to help you find the perfect fit.
Know the type of soil you have, the type of water source you use and a general idea of the amount of sun an area gets. There are some plants that will absolutely thrive in the sandy benches of the mountains that will not survive in the alkaline clay soil of the valley floor. And, while there are ways to amend soil, it is best to know what you have to start with so we can make sure you don’t walk out with plants that will not do well in your area. There are options in the nursery for all soil types, water types and light sources, let us help make sure you get something that will be happy in your yard (and, that you will be happy to have in your yard).
While we all love weekend gardening, and Saturday is the best day for this activity, it is by far the busiest day of the week at any garden center. Though we do everything we can to keep our lines moving as quickly as possible, and to ensure that everyone gets the attention they need, it can be a long day for a customer wanting to just get home and plant their beautiful new items. So, if you are able, try to come during a time that might be a little outside the box. We have a great team available at all times during weekday business hours, and their expertise can be utilized more when the lines waiting for them are shorter. If you are able to stop by the nursery during a weekday, you will find shorter lines and the best in the business eager to help you with everything you need; the best times are 10am-2pm, Monday through Thursday.
Bigger pots means bigger plants. Obvious, yes, but this also means they will have stronger root systems which allows for faster establishment and therefore quicker results for a finished landscape. There is often a debate of which size plant to buy, and it can be tricky with budgets vs. growing time. One thing to consider, larger plants have been growing their roots for a longer time and will establish faster. Though this does not necessarily apply to annuals as they will fill in quite quickly, with perennials, shrubs and trees, they are slower growing (depending on the variety) and larger plants will more quickly fill in and flesh out. This might not seem like a time saver, but depending on your gardening goals, it very well may save you a few years of aggravation – especially if you are trying to create something like a natural privacy screen or a classic English garden.
So, that’s it. Some strategies to help you have a great experience during the most wonderful time of the year – Spring gardening season!
We look forward to seeing you soon.
9275 South 1300 West, Monday-Saturday 8am-7pm, Sunday 10am-5pm