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Pro Service Desk(515)289-3824
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Mon-Sat: 6:00am - 9:00pm
Sun: 8:00am - 8:00pm
Curbside: 09:00am - 6:00pm
Location
2335 Se Delaware Ave
Ankeny, IA 50021
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Garden Project Calculators

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 can I get rid of weeds?

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

Is brown grass dead?

It could be, but it's also likely napping during those soaring temps. Cool-season grass goes dormant in the summer, so it's alive but sleeping. Here's how you can check to see if it's dormant: If you tug on a grass blade and it pulls right out, it's time to plant new grass seed or sod because the grass is a goner. Water dormant lawns deeply once every week. Warm-season grass needs water every few days in the summer. It should stay green if it's healthy.

What are some vertical gardening benefits?

As the veggies and plants grow, keeping your harvest healthy is easier. You can see evidence of wildlife or other pests eating your produce and treat the issue as you see fit. When your fruits and vegetables are ready to pick, you'll see them immediately, so you can enjoy them at peak freshness. If these same plants grow along the ground, it's easy to miss your first harvest among 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 garden healthy?

Once you've planted your flowers or plants, you'll need to make sure they stay hydrated and well-fed. Choose an organic or a synthetic 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 fruit tree fertilizer, shrub fertilizer, or a general garden fertilizer blend. Only apply as often as recommended 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 gardening in the sun, shelter under a patio umbrella or covered gazebo. Attach awnings and shade sails to the shed or house for shade. 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 make a stifling afternoon into a 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'd like it to be — it doesn't have to be a barbeque party. Some focus on the grill or fire pit, while others concentrate on DIY lawn games. Many people simply relax outdoors and chat all day. 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 Ankeny

As we stretch into the dog days of summer, your landscaping and garden will weather more intense heat and UV rays than earlier in the year. That means you'll need to consider how to keep things cool. Just like we can get sunburned, annuals can dry out and trees can lose their leaves prematurely. We've got advice to make it through the hotter months with flying colors.

Lawn Repair and Patching
Scorched, or burnt, grass has a distinctively shaped discoloration that isn't green. It happens when a reflective surface shines continuously on your lawn or metal or plastic sits on the grass and bakes in the sunlight. You'll often discover it once you disturb something that's been sitting out in the yard, like a garden hose. Car windows or mirrors can also scorch grass when the sun angle is right.

Water scorched grass well and wait a week. You should see the signs of life returning by then. If it's damaged by pet urine or otherwise unsalvageable, you'll need to use patch and repair seed to fix it up or replace the grass.

Whether you're patching a lawn or doing upkeep on your current one, keep in mind which type of grass it is. Match the grass type to your lawn if you're doing patch repair. When planting new grass, choose a variety that works with the amount of sun your lawn gets. In other words, if trees shade your lawn so it gets partial shade or dappled sun, make sure you plant grass that's not meant for full sun.

Watch Your Garden Thrive
You'll need to water your garden to keep it going between rainstorms. A general rule when watering plants and flowers is to aim the water at the roots. A garden hose, sprinkler, or drip irrigation system will work well. You don't need to water or even mist the blooms themselves. Many flowers wilt and droop when but recover once they dry. Succulents are an exception to basic watering rules, so look up your specific types of succulents to optimize their care.

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

Vertical Vegetable Gardening
If you like to grow your own food, take it vertical and consider growing organically. Many vegetable plants are vines and well-suited to climb a fence or trellis, so plant them next to one. The key to success is supporting the branches, fruit, and stem. This is so the weight of the plant doesn't snap the stem or branches.

Fasten your plant to a pole, fence, or trellis with twine, plant ties and wires, garden wire, or fabric strips. Be sure to tie each plant loosely. Then the stem has room to grow wider and the leaves and branches can sway in the breeze. Strawberries, pumpkins, squash, cucumbers, and tomatoes 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 when grown vertically, which allows you to fit more plants or have walking room in between.

Vines as Decorative Shade
Set up vines to climb an arched arbor or trellis to provide both beauty and shade. Vines that are native to your area are a good choice for success and attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Grape vines are a classic choice, but they take time to mature, so you'll have shade without grapes for a few years. Remember to match your vine plants to how much sun you receive, as some like full sun and others don't. As a bonus, many vines put out sweet-smelling flowers with a delightful fragrance you can enjoy.

Find Your Summertime Landscaping Supplies Today
No matter if your perfect summer includes relaxing, grilling, gardening, or completing outdoor DIY projects, we've got the supplies you need to keep your days flowing with ease. 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 Home Depot mobile app anywhere you like, or in the aisles of your Ankeny store.

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