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War on Garden Weeds

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You step outside to breathe in the fresh air and admire your garden but then you see it: Weeds everywhere! Plants versus weeds – it’s a constant battle, fighting for territory over your garden but who will come out on top? Read these tips to win the war on weeds!

Keep Your Garden Weed Free

If your garden is already weed free, this is a good time to prevent an invasion! Weeds grow like… well… weeds. Once one or two weeds sprout, your garden is already under attack. Why spend your day hunched over in the hot sun digging for roots all day when you could be relaxing in the sun on a lounge chair amidst a beautiful garden? Preen® Weed Preventer prevents weeds from growing for 3 months. Simply spread it over your weed-free garden and give it a little, soft shower with the hose for it to take effect. Taking preventative measures to ensure that your garden stays healthy will save you a lot of time and effort when weeds do try to grow in your garden.

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Get Rid of Pesky Garden Weeds

Getting rid of those pesky weeds can be annoying and time-consuming. Truper® Weed Cutter will help dig up your weeds faster and in larger quantities. Use the weed cutter to pull up surface level weeds but try not to dig deeper than a couple inches. There may be more weed seeds waiting to be brought to the surface for sunlight. Ortho® Weed B Gon® Weed Killer Concentrate For Lawns kills stubborn weeds immediately, down to the root. It is safe for lawns and easy to spread, saving you a lot of time and strain.

Don’t Cut Until You See the Green of Their Leaves

If the weeds in your garden are out of control and digging them out is simply not an option, your best answer is to start clipping! Wait until the opportune moment to strike. When pulling out weeds, the sooner the better but if they’ve grown into your plants, it’s not too late. Cutting the tips off of weeds will effectively stunt their growth.

Divide and Conquer

Strive to be strategic and ‘keep it close to the chest!’ In this case, the strategy is to block out weeds by planting close to the rest! If your plants are in close quarters with one another then there isn’t enough room for weeds to grow. Make sure to give your seedlings a couple inches (or what is suggested) from each other so that they have room to grow but take up the areas where weeds could flourish.

And Keep Them from Coming Back!

After removing surface level weeds, there are still weeds a few inches under the soil waiting to reach enough sunlight to grow. Consider adding mulch to help nourish your plants and keep moisture in, while blocking weed seedlings from sunlight. Pick up a bag of Scotts® Nature Scapes Color Enhanced Mulch and lay a generous layer on your garden or landscape! Master Gardner Company Weed Ender 10 Year Landscape Fabric effectively controls weeds, without chemicals, letting nutrients, water and air in and keeping weeds out.

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We want you to win the war on weeds! Try these helpful methods and take back your garden! Weeds grow fast and are stubborn enemies but they are no match for us. Stop by Big R and pick up your weapons against weeds.

Common Gardening Tools and Their Uses

Common Gardening Tools and Their Uses

Common Gardening Tools and Their Uses

The sun is shining and the birds are chirping! Spring has sprung and it’s time to get those flower beds cleared out and the garden ready to plant! When it comes to gardening, every tool has a purpose. The amount of actual tools associated with gardening activities can be overwhelming, especially for beginner-level gardeners who are just getting started. Determining which tools are most essential for your personal garden and lawn will ensure that your plants and vegetation are well-maintained and are as healthy as can be. Get the scoop on which tools can make your gardening life easier!

Maintaining & Fertilizing Soil

Because the soil is the foundation of each and every one of your plants, it is single-handedly one of the most important tasks in gardening to ensure that your soil is tilled, nourished, and properly prepared for planting. While the specific fertilizer mixture is up to you, it is crucial to tend to your soil, no matter the mixture. Even if you don’t have a garden, these tools are still essential for getting the job done efficiently:

  • Gloves: Essential for most, if not all, gardening tasks; protect skin on hands from drawbacks such as blisters, calluses, cuts, and sun damage; keeps pre-existing wounds from becoming contaminated or infected
  • Garden Hoe: Great for moving and digging soil as well as uprooting unwanted weeds
  • Digging Fork: Useful for loosening up soil and mixing soil amendments
  • Ground Rake: Helps smooth new and existing soil surfaces and removes clumps
  • Rotary Blender: Highly useful for blending fertilizer mixtures
  • Sprayer: Applies liquid fertilizer easily and effectively in smaller areas such as residences

Planting

Interested in expanding the range of your garden with some new plants or vegetation? Take a moment to familiarize yourself with some of the best tools for planting new fruits, vegetables and flowers:

  • Garden Hoe: Great for hilling and drilling soil in preparation for planting
  • Hose: Essential for the watering of plants; also useful for cleaning, has numerous mounts, nozzles, lengths, and adapters pertinent to your specific needs
  • Watering Can: Useful for the watering of plants on a smaller scale
  • Trowel: Facilitates the digging of holes; useful for transplanting plants and vegetables whose roots are still intact
  • Spade: Essential for digging and moving soil for planting

Weeding

Weeds have a tendency to take over everything if not managed properly. If you are looking for an alternative to the traditional do-it-yourself weeding, there are a number of tools that can make your task easier and complete it more efficiently. Try these tools for your arduous weeding tasks:

  • Garden Hoe: Removes weeds by first agitating then grooming the surface of gardening soil
  • Scuffle Hoe: Cuts the roots of shallow weeds closer to the soil’s surface
  • Weeder: Removes weeds from lawns while preventing grass damage; effective for use in small places
  • Hand Cultivator: Removes weed roots that are in tight areas and close to the surface of soil without disturbing nearby plant roots

Pruning

To maximize plant growth, it is incredibly important to tend to your plants frequently and prune them. It’s also vital to trim stems, leaves, or branches that are either dead or overgrown. Not doing so will impact your plants in a negative way and stunt their continued growth. Prevent your plants from overgrowth with tools like:

  • Pruning Knife: Useful for delicate pruning based on various blade shapes and sizes, i.e. cutting flower stems and trimming small branches
  • Pruning Shears: Cut thin branches from small trees, bushes, and small plants
  • Loppers: Extend to cut thicker, higher branches on trees
  • Pruning Saw: Uses power and larger teeth on its blade to cut small branches

Maintaining Garden & Lawn

  • Shredder: Recycles gardening waste; helps to make waste easily containable; provides useful material from accumulated waste, such as compost
  • Round Point Shovel: One of many types that digs large holes; transports heavier materials like rocks
  • Leaf Rake: Removes light debris from lawns and gardens, such as leaves and sticks
  • Pressure Washer: Cleans objects and surfaces by adding power to the flow of water; removes layers of undesired buildup
  • Lawn Mower: Cuts grass to even lengths
  • Leaf Blower: Blows light debris, like leaves and dirt, from lawns and walkways

In short, your choice of gardening tools can make or break your plants’ growth! Therefore, it is very important that you choose the right vendor for your gardening necessities. Discover some essential tools you need to add to your gardening collection? Still have some questions about gardening dos and don’ts?  Head over to your nearest Big R location to ask one of our garden experts or view more gardening tips here.

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Planning Your Vegetable Garden

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Save money and save time by producing your own vegetable garden oasis. There’s nothing like plucking a sun-ripened tomato right off the vine to create a BLT sandwich masterpiece. Fresh, quality produce right out your back door? Yes, please! Forget the bi-weekly trips to the grocery for the farm fresh produce! Bring your garden to life with these simple tips and tricks:

Choosing Vegetables for Your Garden

Before starting your garden, think about the products you purchase frequently at the market. Although cucumbers may be an easy vegetable to grow, it may not be a family favorite. Cucumber plants produce quite a bit so be sure to choose veggies that the entire family will enjoy! Look up recipes for ways you can fully utilize your fresh produce, like making tomatoes into pasta sauce or salsa.

Once you’ve decided on your vegetables, be sure to read the seed label to know exactly what you’re buying. One type of vegetable can have thousands of varieties. Ensure that the variety you choose is best for your space, soil, weather, etc. If you’re new to gardening, seed pods and Jiffy Mix are great options to get you started. Although the selection may be limited, the growth process will be hassle-free and your vegetables will be ready to harvest in no time.

Picking the Garden Space

The most important part to picking a garden space is the availability of sunlight. Most vegetables need 6-8 hours of sun to fully flourish. Monitor your backyard throughout the day to find a location that is ideal for these conditions. Be sure to consider the proximity to water as well. The last thing you want to be doing in the heat of summer is lugging around watering cans. If a hose is nearby, be sure to have a nozzle with a low-pressure water option. Too much water at once can be harmful to your new garden.

Preparing Your Garden Space

Once you have your space, clear out all excess weeds or plants. To give your garden a fresh start, add new soil that’s moist and full of nutrients. This will help provide your vegetable garden with the optimal amount of water. Next, plan out rows to plant your seeds. Know that each plant grows differently, with some needing more space than others. It’s best to label these rows so that you know exactly how to plant and care for each type of vegetable. Once your planning and preparation are done, you’ll be ready to start planting those seeds!

It’s easy to want to jump right into starting your new garden, but planning is vital. Remember that every garden and every vegetable is different, so research and preparation is key. Need some extra assistance? Ask one of our friendly garden center experts or view more tips on building a bountiful garden! If all goes according to plan, your patience and hard work will pay off with beautiful, savory produce in no time!

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Why Fall is a Great Time for Lawn Fertilization

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You’re probably thinking something along the lines of…

“Fertilizing your lawn in fall? It’s going to snow in a couple months!!”

Well, maybe it’s time to rethink what you know about lawncare. Fall is a great time to fertilize your lawn and has greater benefits than fertilizing in the spring. If you want healthier and deeper roots, grass with stronger growth and disease tolerance, and a greener yard – start fertilizing as soon as the season changes. The sweetest month to start? October! So before your lawn goes into hibernation, follow these fall fertilization tips to prove that the grass really is greener in your lawn. Read more