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Pro Service Desk(618)463-4262
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Mon-Sat: 6:00am - 10:00pm
Sun: 7:00am - 8:00pm
Curbside: 09:00am - 6:00pm
Location
1710 Homer Adams Pkwy
Alton, IL 62002
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Grass Seed Calculator

Grass Seed Calculator

When you're ready to seed your lawn, our calculator helps you estimate the amount of grass seed you'll need to get the job done.

Mulch Calculator

Mulch Calculator

Enter your preferred material, the square footage and mulch depth of the coverage space for accurate results.

Fencing Calculator

Fencing Calculator

We'll calculate the amount of fencing you should purchase based on your property needs.

Frequently Asked Questions About Gardening

How do I treat weeds?

Weeds are likely poking through in the garden beds, even if you put down landscape fabric liner or mulch to keep them at bay. Pull out weeds from the root in vegetable or edible flower gardens, and dig up the roots if the weed snapped off without them. Be sure to get rid of weeds before the weeds' flowers dry out and and drop their seeds. If you'd like to treat weeds with weed killer, check that it's safe for pollinators and pets — and wear a respirator mask and heavy rubber gloves to ensure that the chemical doesn't touch your lungs or skin.

How do I fix sunburnt grass?

Simply rehydrate those roots. The solution for how to get burnt grass green again is easy: Fix the burnt spot with a good drink, then continue to water it regularly. It should perk up within a week. The method for how to treat grass from dog urine isn't as simple. Grass damaged by pets must be removed, neutralized, and replaced in fresh soil with new sod, or patch and repair grass seed.

Why should I use vertical gardening at home?

As the plants and veggies grow, keeping your harvest healthy is easier. You can see any pests or evidence of wildlife eating your produce and act accordingly. When your fruits and vegetables are ready to pick, you'll see them immediately, so you can enjoy them at their freshest. If these same plants grow along the ground, it's easy to miss your first harvest under the shadowy leaves. Supporting the plants as they grow upright means your upkeep will be less overwhelming when you harvest your garden veggies.

What are some tips to keep my plants healthy?

Once you've planted your flowers or plants, make sure they're hydrated and well-fed. Choose a synthetic or an organic fertilizer that fits your needs and give your garden a boost. You can even find one that's formulated for your plants, whether you need a tomato fertilizer, shrub fertilizer, or a general garden fertilizer blend. Only apply as often as directed on the packaging. Be sure to water immediately after, as directed, so the plants won't be burned by the fertilizer.

Can I make shady places to stay cool in the summer?

When you need a break from working in the yard, shelter beneath a patio umbrella or covered gazebo. Add awnings and shade sails to the shed or house to create shadowy spots to rest in. However, sometimes shade isn't enough because it's extremely humid out. That's when a patio mister or misting fan can help cool the air and turn a stifling afternoon into a refreshingly relaxing day. Go back to swinging in a hammock when that water-cooled air is ready.

How do I entertain on the patio?

Backyard entertaining is whatever you find enjoyable — it doesn't have to be a barbeque party. If you're focused on firing up the grill, make sure you know how to prep your grill for summer for a delicious outcome. Many people simply relax outdoors and chat. However you bond with friends, extend the fun into the evening with proper outdoor lighting. For best results, learn how to rid your yard of pesky mosquitos, too.

The Home Depot Garden Center at Alton, IL

As we continue deeper into summer, your landscaping and garden will weather more sun and heat than earlier in the year. You'll need to consider how to keep things cool with irrigation, shade, and proper tending. Just like we can get sunburned, grass can get scorched and trees can lose their leaves prematurely. Let us help. At The Home Depot Alton, IL Garden Center, we've got what you need to make it through the hotter months with flying colors.

Grow a Healthy Lawn
If you're worried that your lawn has brown and crispy blades of grass, don't panic just yet. It's possible that you've got a cool season grass that's going to go dormant and turn brown in the blazing summer sun. If that's the case, it'll be brown, but not in patches. See if the roots are alive by tugging on a blade of grass: If it comes right out, the grass is probably dead and will need to be replaced with new grass seed or sod. If the piece of grass doesn't come right out, it's dormant. That means it's resting but still growing underground. Water dormant grass deeply once or twice per week, but don't fertilize it.

For warm-season grass that stays green in the summer, water a bit every few days and deeply once a week. The amount of water should add up to about an inch, more or less, per week. Avoid overwatering, and let the lawn dry out after heavy rains before you get out the sprinkler or garden hose again. If it's especially hot out, water when the top two inches of soil is dry to the touch. It's ok to let the grass grow a little taller this time of the year, as cutting it too short isn't healthy for this kind of lawn.

Watch Your Garden Thrive
You'll need to water your garden to keep it alive between rainstorms and keep the summer flowering humming along. A general rule when watering plants and flowers is to aim the water at the roots. A garden hose, drip irrigation system, or sprinkler can get the job done. Contrary to popular belief, the blooms themselves don't need to be watered or even misted. Many flowers wilt when wet, but they'll recover just fine once they dry. Succulents are the exception to basic watering rules, so look up your specific types of succulents to optimize their care.

In addition to watering, monitor your plants' nutrient intake. Use fertilizer as recommended. We've even got fertilizers to match the plants you're growing so they'll absorb the proper nutrients.

Vertical Edible Gardening
Grow produce vertically to conserve space. Many vegetable plants are vines and well-suited to climb a fence or trellis, so plant them next to one. Support the stem itself, as well as the junctions right below where the branches grow off the stem. This is so the weight of the plant doesn't snap the stem or branches.

Fasten your plant to a pole or trellis with twine, plant ties and wires, garden wire, or fabric strips. Be sure to attach each plant loosely. Then the leaves and branches can sway in the breeze and the stem has room to grow wider. Strawberry, watermelon, squash, cucumber, and tomato plants need support as they bear fruit. Melons and squash require hammocks made of stretchy fabric, string, old nylons, or a sling to support the heavy produce. All of these plants take up less space on the ground this way, which allows you to fit even more plants or have walking room in between.

Trees as Natural Shade
Trees are a natural source of shade, and they can change the look of your yard. Whether you plant a few trees or a forest, keep in mind this is a long-term commitment. Trees live many decades when they're healthy. Before you shop, read up on how to plant a tree, whether they're evergreens, deciduous tree saplings, or more mature trees.

A house framed by beautiful trees can seem picture-perfect, but research the specific trees you want before planting them. Consider how deep the taproots go, how far the root ball extends outward, and the full-grown size of the trees you want. Trees will always find the most accessible source of water, so be sure to plant them away from the water lines so they won't be damaged by moisture-seeking roots. As majestic as trees are, it's essential to also consider how and where they'd fall if disease or a major storm weakened them. If you've planned accordingly, found trees you love, and know the ideal places to put them, get planting. That way, you can enjoy natural shade and the soothing sound of leaves rustling in the breeze sooner rather than later.

Find Your Summertime Lawn Care Supplies Today
No matter if your perfect summer includes gardening, relaxing, grilling, or finishing outdoor DIY projects, we've got you covered. Make the most of these early mornings and lengthy evenings to enjoy all the season has to offer. Shop online at your leisure, on our app anywhere you like, or in the aisles of your Alton, IL store.

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