Choosing a garden center for your gardening needs can sometimes be a difficult process. There are many garden centers attached to large box stores and hardware stores and even the grocery stores carry garden center type areas for everything from tomatoes to potted plants. So how do you know what is best for your garden or flower area?
There are a number of ways to choose the correct garden center for your needs. You could go by price, but some places, you get what you pay for. Make sure that the garden center you choose has fresh, hardy, good looking plants in all sections, not just the flowers or the vegetables. If only one area has good looking plants, move on to another garden center. This means they only water or feed certain plants and ignore the others. You want to be able to choose from a wide variety of plants that are healthy and blooming and not droopy or dying.
There are several independent garden centers that are also willing to give you advice or help with a problem garden or flower garden when you ask them. Most of the big box stores with garden centers attached have regular store workers or kids who know nothing about gardening working in them and all they can do is read what is on the card or ring you up when you have decided what you want.
With an independent garden center, you get experienced gardeners who have their own gardens and who know what works and what does not. They know where to place certain vegetables so they grow better and where they will not grow next to other vegetables. You might be paying a little more at an independent garden center, but you get much more in return. You get quality, full grown plants and expert advice and experience from people who know what they are doing.
Depending on where you live, if you live in the dryer or warmer weather climates, then the garden centers that are open year round and can provide you with everything you need to protect your garden from whatever it is the climate demands of the soil and plants. If you live on the east coast or in the mid-west, the garden centers usually close during the winter months, unless they sell Christmas trees, however they begin to spring to life in the early months of good weather such as March and April for the early season of planting.
A full service garden center will carry everything from seeds to soil and plants to hoses and outdoor furniture for everything you need to enjoy your garden, flower beds and plants. They will be able to tell you what you need to know about when to plant, water and feed all of the plants they carry and what not to do to each one. So going with a true garden center rather than one from a store that sells everything and then plants or groceries is a good choice because experience counts and it will always help you in the end.
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