We receive many questions regarding the treatment of trees,
shrubs and plants. If you don't find the answer below,
please give us a call at 845-896-6880.
When is the best time to plant a tree?
should be planted in the spring or early fall for the best
results. This allows them time to develop roots, and get
acclimated to their surroundings before the harsh winter or
blazing summer sets in.
often should I fertilize my plants?
your plants is probably one of the most important things you
can do to help your plants thrive. You will need to
fertilize your shrubs, groundcovers, perennials, and trees
at least once a year.
We suggest you fertilize in the spring and fall but do
not simply dump the fertilizer on the plant; spread the
fertilizer around the drip line of the plant using a cup.
Please follow the instructions on the bag of fertilizer for
are hardiness zones?
Basically, plant hardiness
zones are a guide to help you know which
plants will grow where you live, so you don't plant
things that will soon die just because they can't manage
your region's temperatures
What zone are we in?
The USDA plant hardiness map divides North America into 11
hardiness zones. Zone 1 is the coldest; zone 11 is the
warmest. NY is located in Zone 6.
Do you deliver?
We offer convenient delivery service to your home or
business at a reasonable price. Our trucks are always ready
to bring small or large loads where they need to be in a
have a new tree that is having trouble, what should I do?
New trees should be watered once a day for 30 days.
Trees can also get fungal diseases which should be treated
What are the
watering guidelines for new trees and shrubs?
Water plants thoroughly when
natural rainfall is less than one inch per week. To check
the weekly amount of rainfall, you can buy a rain gauge or
use something as basic as a coffee can.
When watering becomes
necessary, plants should be thoroughly soaked once a week.
Apply water slowly and repeatedly to allow time for it to
soak into the ground.
What is the best type of potting soil to use on my plants?
Any ready-to-use potting soil mix will suffice, as long as
it is coarse enough to provide good drainage. For best
results, we recommend Proven Winners-branded potting soil,
which is specially formulated for superior results with all
flowering plants. Available inside the store.
Tips from the Pros
Experts recommend you wait to plant annuals
Spring is a tricky time of year for
gardeners. One day it's 91 degrees, the next morning it's
"It's a very 'hold
your breath' kind of time for gardeners," said Wendy Tremper
Wollerton, a master gardener and horticultural lab
technician with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Dutchess
Plants will grow
"tremendously" during an early spring heat wave, then get
killed by a late frost, Wollerton said.
"As long as it
stays cool, spring blooms will stick around for a while,"
said Grace Elder, also a master gardener, from Wappingers
Mid-May is still a
little early to plant annuals, but perennials should be
pretty hearty," Wollerton said. "Annuals are fragile."
Annuals should be
planted sometime after Memorial Day, or when nighttime
temperatures are at least 40 or 50 degrees for 10 nights.
"Glue yourself to
that weather station," Wollerton said. "I planted some
impatiens too early, and they all got killed."
If a cold snap
comes by surprise, row covers typically used for vegetables
can protect them.
If it gets too
hot, keep flowers watered and well mul-ched, she said.
Melanie Whaley, a
Millbrook resident who enjoys gardening, also advocates
covering plants with a light fabric to protect them from
gardening four years ago. Before she started, she spent the
winter reading up on the topic. Now, she keeps an Excel
spreadsheet with information such as where she got her
"It's kind of nice
to keep a record. If something works, I know where I got
it," she said.
• Wait until it's at least 40 or 50
degrees at night for about 10 days, usually sometime after
Memorial Day, before planting annuals. These plants are
fragile and could get killed in a late-spring frost.
• If it does get cold at night, delicately cover the
plants with row covers or an upside-down basket to protect
them from frost.
• Outdoor plants can also be
kept in a "cold frame" to protect them from a frost.
• If it gets hot during the day, keep the flowers well
watered and the ground below them covered in mulch.
• Perennials, which return each year, are heartier but
bloom for a shorter period of time. These need less
protection from the elements.
• Read the label
before you plant. Plants that require shade or partial
sunlight can burn or die if placed in full sunlight.
• Put in deer-resistant plants and high fences. This
is largely trial and error, as deer have changing tastes and
an ability to get over some ambitious fences.
Test your soil's PH balance before you plant. Most plants
like a neutral PH, around 6 or 7. If soil is acidic, add
lyme. If it's alkaline, add sulphur. Cornell Cooperative
Extension of Dutchess has a chart which calculates how much
• Dutchess County had clay-like soil,
which holds water when it's wet and becomes brick-like in a
drought. Before you plant, add organic material such as
compost, shredded newspaper, aged wood chips or leaves.
• Some annuals, such as morning glories, don't like
• Start your garden on paper. This
will help you avoid mistakes later on.
Gardening is largely trial and error. And Mother Nature
always has the upper hand.