Spring Preparation
Spring Preparation

Spring is slipping up on us and many of us may not be fully prepared. While it has not been a particularly cold or snowy winter the last few weeks have been threatening on a daily basis. Every weather news cast seems to call for a chance of snow, freezing rain, cold days, cloudy, with very few days of warm sunny…

Lawn Care Calendar
Lawn Care Calendar

Some of the most asked questions we receive concern the proper time to apply fertilizer, lime, seed, etc. to the yard. With that in mind, we developed the following calendar.  It can be printed and saved for future use. Click here for a printable version: Gary’s Garden Center Lawn Care Calendar

Perfect Poinsettias
Perfect Poinsettias

A Holiday Hallmark What’s left to discover about Poinsettias? Well, for starters, Poinsettias are not poisonous, are available in colors besides red, and the finest are found in garden centers. Ironic, perhaps, that a plant with legendary, child-centered origins is often seen as one dangerous to children. According to the Poisdonex TM Information Service, a 50-pound child could eat 500…

Planting and Caring for Pansies
Planting and Caring for Pansies

Pansies grown in Central Virginia are a cool season annual. Pansies can be planted in the fall from late August until approximately Thanksgiving, and in spring starting in late February. Planted either time they should bloom until late May or early June. When the weather becomes very warm (mid 80’s) they usually start to become leggy and look pretty bad.…

Pruning
Pruning

Pruning is a such a broad subject that there have been entire books devoted to the subject. Obviously, it is hard to begin to answer all the questions we are asked on the subject in just a few paragraphs. The following is a few general tips. We are often asked when is the proper time to prune a specific plant.…

Medicinal Plants
Medicinal Plants

Just for fun, here’s a list of 15 popular plants with traditional medicinal properties, and their uses. Aloe: Fights Baldness and Wrinkles Anise: Cures Indigestion Basil: Relieves Headaches Bayleaf: Cures Deafness Chamomile: Relieves Upset Stomach and insomnia Fennel: Controls the Appetite Garlic: Increases Physical Strength Marigold: Improves Eyesight Oregano: Aids Digestion and Stimulates the Appetite Parsley: Sweetens the Breathe Rosemary:  Improves Memory Sage: Cures Fever…

The ABC’s of Composting
The ABC’s of Composting

Practice the ABC’s of Composting The American Association of Nurserymen (AAN) says that compost heaps cut down on landfill usage, and provide you with a rich and renewable source of nutrients for your garden. Starting a compost heap is something you can do any time of year, and with the three steps described below it’s as easy as A-B-C! Step…

Crepe Myrtles
Crepe Myrtles

Crepe Myrtles are one of the South’s favorite trees. Visit any old southern farm, and you may see crepe myrtles that exceed 100 years of age. They can be found growing from the Gulf Coast to as far north as Baltimore and Philadelphia. Crepe Myrtles offer full season appeal and are easy to grow. They have many outstanding features such…

Lavender
Lavender

A little whiff of fresh lavender or spirits of lavender oil is said to calm the soul, relieve tension, or cure a headache. Lavender-beautiful, fragrant, tasty and healthy! What more can you ask from a plant? Lavender, derived from the Latin “lavare” which means “to wash,” was long ago used for bathing, cooking and healing. Lavender is now one of…