Frequently Asked Questions

Question:
Which perennials bloom in late summer/early fall?
Answer:

Late summer/early fall blooming perennials include New England aster (Aster novae-angliae), New York aster (Aster novi-belgii), boltonia (Boltonia asteroides), garden mum (Chrysanthemum x morifolium),...

Question:
What type of grass seed mix should I purchase?
Answer:

When purchasing grass seed, select a high quality seed mix that is best adapted to the site.  Kentucky bluegrass is the best choice for sunny areas that receive at least 6 hours of direct sun each day.  Choose a seed mix that contains...

Question:
How do I establish a new lawn from seed?
Answer:

The first step in planting a new lawn is the establishment of the rough grade.  Remove construction debris, then fill in low spots and level off high areas.  The ground should slope away from the foundation of the house, drive, and...

Question:
How do I harvest, dry, and store shallots?
Answer:

Harvest mature bulbs in late summer when the tops have turned yellow and begun to dry.  Cure the shallots in a warm, dry location for 1 to 2 weeks.  After the shallots have been cured, cut off the dry foliage, place the bulbs in a mesh...

Question:
Is it necessary to fertilize annuals growing in containers?
Answer:

Plants in containers need to be fertilized on a regular basis as nutrient levels in potting mixes quickly fall due to absorption by plants and leaching during watering.  

Many commercial potting mixes contain a slow release fertilizer...

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