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Advice

Merrifield Garden Center is more than a store. We’re a learning center for gardeners of all abilities.

We believe in providing you with as many opportunities as possible to learn about gardening and landscaping. If you have a question, our plant specialists and designers are always available and eager to help you. We have the creativity, knowledge and experience to answer all your questions.

In addition to talking to our experts at our stores or visiting this website, our tips and advice are available in many other ways:

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So however you prefer to get your information, we’re here for you. We want you to be a successful gardener.

What you’ll need:

  • good sturdy shovel
  • Merrifield Planting Mix
  • Merrifield Starter Plant Food
  • pruners or a knife
  • mulch
  • garden hose
  • watering wand

 

Dig

a hole that is slightly shallower and at least 6” wider than the root ball on 1 all sides. Plant a little high!

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Mix

your existing soil with a soil conditioner such as Merrifield Planting Mix. The ratio should be about 1/3 Merrifield Planting Mix to 2/3 existing soil.

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Prep

the root ball for planting – for container grown plants, you must cut into and loosen the outer roots and gently pull them away from the root ball. Use pruners or a knife to cut into the ball at least 1” deep from top to bottom, spaced 3-7” apart. Balled & burlapped plants don’t need any preparation.

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Plant

with the top of the ball slightly higher than ground level(1-2”high for smaller plants and 2-4” high forlarger plants and trees). Then backfill the amended soil mixture around the root ball, gently tamping the soil as you go. When the hole is 2/3 backfilled, add Merrifield Starter Plant Food. Then continue backfilling the soil up to the shoulder of the root ball, but not on top. Top it off with 2” of mulch.

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Water

your plant slowly, deeply and thoroughly right after you plant to complete the planting process. Use a watering wand and completely saturate the root ball and the surrounding soil.

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The Golden Rule

Watering tips for beautiful and healthy plants

Check for moisture before you water!

Until the root system is well established – usually one full year – you should check the soil for moisture to accurately determine how wet or dry it is. If the soil is dry, water thoroughly until the root ball and surrounding soil are wet again. If it’s moist, don’t water the plant and check back later. The objective is to try to find that “happy medium”- neither too wet nor too dry. You should never water a plant unless it needs water!

Watering Methods

Handwatering ensures that each plant gets water where it needs to go – directly overthe root ball and surrounding soil. If you have a large number of plants, sprinklers and soaker hoses can be effective if used properly. Be sure they run long enough to water deeply! Gator Bags are also a great way to slowly applywater to trees and shrubs.

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Do

  • Use a watering wand whenever possible to deeply and thoroughly soak the root ball and surrounding soil of each plant. Once you totally saturate the root zone of your new plants, don’t water them again until they need water.
  • A few days after watering, check the root ball of your plant for moisture before watering again. Dig down about 4-5” and pull a small amount of soil from the edge of the root ball for close examination. If it’s moist, it doesn’t needwater.Cover the hole back up and check again in a couple of days.If it’s dry, water thoroughly.
  • Continue in this manner and only water your plants when they need water. In the spring and fall, check the soil moisture every 3-5 days. In the summer, check the soil moisture every 2-3 days for smaller plants and every 3-5 days for larger plants and trees.

Don’t

  • Don’t allow your plants to completely dry out! Not watering deeply or frequently enough will kill your plants.
  • Don’t over water your plants either! Too much water literally drowns the plants’ roots. Follow the golden rule-always check for moisture before you water.
  • Don’t forget to make arrangements for a friend or neighbor to water your plants when you go on vacation. Give them our number in case they have any questions.

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Approximate Coverages for Our Mulches, Soils, Stones and Other Products

Gardeners often wonder how much coverage they will get in their landscape from various size products. Listed below are some guidelines of what type of coverage you can expect from some common gardening products at various depths. If you have further questions about these or other gardening products available at Merrifield Garden Center, please see a member of our staff.

Bulk Mulches, Soils & Materials (per cubic yard)

1″ Deep (sq. ft.)

2″ Deep
(sq. ft.)

3″ Deep
(sq. ft.)

Shredded Hardwood Mulch
300
200
100
Virginia Fines Mulch
300
200
100
Shredded Topsoil
300
200
100
Builders’ Sand
300
200
100
Blue Stone Gravel
300
200
100
River Jack Stone (stones vary 2″ – 4″ each)
(avg. layer 3″)
80
Leaf Gro
300
200
100
Orgro
(Covers 1,000 sq. ft. at 1/4″ deep)

 

 

Bagged Mulches, Soils & Materials

1/4″ Deep

1/2″ Deep

1″ Deep
(sq. ft.)

2″ Deep
(sq. ft.)

3″ Deep
(sq. ft.)

Shredded Hardwood Mulch (2 cu. ft.)
24
12
8
Shredded Hardwood Mulch (3 cu. ft.)
36
19
12
Virginia Fines Mulch (2 cu. ft.)
24
12
8
Rappahannock Mulch (3 cu. ft.)
36
18
12
Silver Dollar Mulch (3 cu. ft.)
36
18
12
Topsoil (40 lbs.)
32
16
8
4
3
Peat Humus/Organic Peat (40 lb.)
32
16
8
4
3
Sphagnum Peat Moss (1 cu. ft.)
48
24
12
6
4
Sphagnum Peat Moss (2 cu. ft.)
96
48
24
12
8
Sphagnum Peat Moss (3.8 cu. ft.)
192
96
48
24
16
Sphagnum Peat Moss (5.5 cu. ft.)
288
144
72
36
24
Organic Compost (40 lbs.)
64
32
16
8
5
Composted / Dehydrated Cow Manure (40 lbs.)
8
4
3
Dehydrated Cow Manure (25 lbs.)
5
2
1.5
Leafgro (1.5 cu. ft.)
16
8
5
Sand – Play (40 lbs.) Builders (1/2 cu. ft.)
6
3
2
Blue Stone Gravel – Dust (50 lbs.)
6
3
2
Large Natural and Pea Gravel (1/2 cu. ft.)
6
3
2
Red Gravel – Seminole Chips (50 lbs. – 1/2 cu. ft.)
6
3
2
Marble Chips – Small, Medium, Large (1/2 cu. ft.)
6
3
2
River Jacks Stone 3/4″, 3/8″, 2″ (1/2 cu. ft.)
6
3
2
Timerlite (1/2 cu. ft.)
6
3
2
Straw (3 cu. ft.)
Covers 480 sq. ft. at 50% – 60%

General Notes on Lawn Care Products:

In addition, you will find many lawn care products that are packaged in bags that state how much area the product covers in terms of square footage. For example, you may purchase a lawn fertilizer that treats 10,000 square feet or a weed control that covers 5,000 square feet. Square footage of course is determined by multiplying the length times the width in a given area. For example, a 10 x 10 area has 100 square feet.

It is always best if you try to determine the square footage of an area before applying a particular product. This will help ensure that you apply the proper amount of product over a given area. It is particularly important that you not over apply most products. But sometimes it is not easy to calculate the exact square footage of large, irregular shaped areas.

But may people do know the approximate size of their property. For example, they may have a _ acre lot or two-acre lot. Although by no means exact, by subtracting the square footage for the foot print of the house (first floor), the dimensions of the driveway, the garage, all plant beds and any other areas that are not grass, you can get a rough idea of how many bags you might need.

Here is a breakdown on acreage as it translates to square footage:

1 acre = 43,560 square feet
1/2 acre = 21,780 square feet
1/4 acre = 10,890 square feet

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