Welcoming the New Year

Once again the holidays have come and gone. We still have great Christmas items that will be offered at 60% off through the end of January. It never hurts to prepare for next year. When you are checking out the bargains you can also check out our new selection of spring garden flags.

While the recent warmer weather promotes urges to get out into the garden or yard, it is still a little too early to start putting plants out.  Turn your thoughts to the inside of the house. Adding plants throughout the house can liven this dreary time of year. We have a nice selection of houseplants arriving weekly to perk up any decor. Now is also a good time to repot and/or fertilize your indoor plants and give them the attention they don’t usually get when the weather allows you to spend your time outdoors.

There are a few things you can do outside right now. With less naturally available for birds right now, feeding the birds helps them through this potentially difficult time of year and can be very entertaining. We have a large variety of bird seed and feeders to keep our feathered friends happy.

Temperatures have been warmer sooner over the past several years. Insects have been active earlier and we have been recommending applying pre-emergents earlier in the season. If you have any questions about timing of applications stop in we are always available to help.

Time to get your yard ready for Spring!

Gardeners are always busy. The weather is starting to warm and there is much to be done in preparation for the growing season. Now is the time to put out grass seed, fertilizer and lime. We have multiple varieties available depending on your lawn’s specific needs. This is also the time of year to prepare your garden and flowerbeds. Soil needs to be amended before planting with compost, sand or topsoil based on your soil composition and the type of plants you want to grow. Main Street has a wide variety of bagged items by  Daddy Pete, Fox Farm and others including soil enhancers, mushroom compost, cow manure, nursery blend and planting mix.

This is a great time to plant your spring garden. Vegetables like broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce, kale and spinach grow well in the cool weather as do herbs like sage, cilantro, parsley, lavender and oregano. Snapdragons, pansies, dianthus and violas also like this weather and will add a pop of color to your beds.

BIG NEWS We welcome our new employee Lauren Campbell. She comes to us with 10 years plant experience as a former employee of L.A. Reynolds. Married with 4 children and 3 grandchildren, she enjoys designing container gardens, photography and painting. She is a great addition to our team. Stop in and see her soon.

Most important do not forget to service your equipment before the growing season is in full swing. We will have our annual Open House on Saturday, March 23 which will include 15% off on ECHO Power Equipment. The perfect time to buy your new equipment for the season.

Spring is finally here!

Ready or not Spring is almost here. Even though lately the weather has not been very spring-like, the official start date is only a few days away.  Now is the time that your thoughts turn to a beautiful, healthy, green lawn. Many of you planted tall fescue in the fall. If you haven’t, you will want to put out your seed soon. Bear in mind that your spring planting will require more attention with the onset of summer heat.

Another option that has become very popular with homeowners, especially after a soggy winter is laying sod. Main Street Lawn and Garden can help you calculate the amount of tall fescue sod that you are going to need. Once you have placed you order some preparation will be required. Sod must make contact with the soil in order to root. If the grass in the area is not extremely sparse you will want to add some dirt before laying your sod. You will want to install the sod as soon as possible after it is delivered. Store it in a shady area until you are ready to install to prevent drying out.

It is not too early to start “getting your hands dirty”. If you can’t resist the urge, try planting “cool weather” flowers from seed. Pansies, violas, snapdragons and alyssum seeds can be planted before many of the other flowers. If you intend on adding spring blooming bulbs to your beds in fall, now is the time to take pictures of your spring blooming plants. The photos will help you decide which bulbs, what colors  and where you need to add bulbs in the fall.

This is a good time of year to mulch plants and prepare beds for planting. We have gorgeous pine needles, hardwood mulch, topsoil and compost. For accents to your yard and beds we have a large selection of NC mined stone including our latest addition of a red rock variety. Many people are using this in place of brick chips – it is beautiful! Visit us at Main Street Lawn and Garden soon.

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