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.
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.
Happy New Year! According to Blum’s Almanac, January is going to be a wet month, but hang on – Spring is coming. In the meantime you can prepare for it by doing the following:
- Start servicing your lawn equipment for spring. Sharpen blades, check tires for wear and air pressure, and of course, oil, plugs and filters.
- Make certain that your bulbs have a good mulch cover. Our up-and-down temperatures cause freezing and thawing conditions. Mulch creates insulation to break the cycle.
- If you need some inside color, bulbs can still be planted indoors. Paperwhites grow beautifully in a tall vase of rocks and warm water (throw bulbs away after their fragrant blooms fade) – However Amaryllis can be saved after bloom. They will rebloom for years. if stored properly.
- And, as always, January is a great time to start seeds indoors. They can be planted in pots, trays or with the sealed-lid method. Just be certain that the seedlings have warmth, light, and moisture. It’s a great entertainment for kids and helps us to pass the extra time indoors.
- Main Street will also be reducing inventory so as to make room for new merchandise. Come by and check out our sale items!