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Pro Service Desk(406)268-3284
Store Hours
Mon-Sat: 7:00am - 9:00pm
Sun: 8:00am - 8:00pm
Curbside: 09:00am - 6:00pm
Location
1500 Market Pl Dr
Great Falls, MT 59404
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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

What can I do about weeds?

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

Is brown grass dead?

It could be, but it's also likely just taking a nap during those soaring summer temps. Cool-season grass goes dormant in the summer, so it's alive but sleeping. Here's how you can check: If you tug on a grass blade and it pulls right out, it's time to plant new sod or seed 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.

When should I water my shrubs?

Ideally, water early in the morning. The next best time is in the evening, when the sun is setting. A noon or mid-day watering will evaporate quickly, so come back with an evening watering if possible. This applies to whatever you're growing: plants, trees, grass, and veggies. Whenever you water, give all the plants a thorough drink. The plants still need hydration regardless of the time. Depending on your grass type, climate, and lawn health, you may also want to look into applying an organic lawn fertilizer.

When do I fertilize my plants?

Once you've planted your plants or flowers, ensure they stay 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 the plants you're growing, whether you need a flower fertilizer, veggie 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 fertilizer won't burn the plants.

How can I cool off my patio?

When you need a break from working in the yard, shelter under a patio umbrella or covered gazebo. Add awnings and shade sails to the shed or house to create shady spots. However, sometimes shade isn't enough because it's too humid. 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 enjoying the sun when that water-cooled air is ready.

How do I make my patio look special for entertaining?

Spending time with friends in gorgeous summertime weather makes the season even more special. But you don't need to do a full backyard makeover or to create your patio collection from scratch to do it. Even a minor backyard refresh can make a big difference. A new outdoor rug, outdoor lounge furniture, or even outdoor string lights can add character to a backyard oasis.

The Home Depot Garden Center at Great Falls

As we stretch into the dog days of summer, your garden and landscaping will weather more heat and sun than earlier in the year. That means you'll want to consider how to keep things cool with irrigation, proper tending, and shade. Just like we can get sunburned, grass can get scorched, perennials can dry out, and trees can lose their leaves prematurely. Let us help. At your Garden Center in Great Falls, we've got what you need to make the most of summer.

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

Water scorched grass well and wait a week or so. 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 kind of grass to how much sun your lawn gets — or to the existing grass type if you're doing patch repair. For example, if your lawn gets full sun, make sure you plant grass that thrives in the sunlight instead of a type that likes shade or dappled sun.

Watch Your Garden Thrive
Summertime garden upkeep comes down to balancing water and sunshine. You'll need both to keep your spirits high and your flowers growing with summer flowering. A general rule when watering plants and flowers is to aim the water at the roots. A drip irrigation system, sprinkler system, or garden hose will work well. The blooms themselves don't need to be watered or even misted. Many flowers droop and wilt when they get 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 them regularly, monitor your plants' nutrient intake. Apply fertilizer as recommended. We've even got fertilizers to match the plants you're growing so they'll absorb the right 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 trellis or fence, so plant them next to one and watch them climb. The key to success is supporting the branches, stem, and fruit. This is so the weight of the plant doesn't snap the branches or stem.

Fasten your plant to a fence, trellis, or pole with string, 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 old nylons, string, a sling, or other stretchy fabric to support the weighty produce. These plants take up less space on the ground when grown vertically, which allows you to have walking room in between plants or fit more of them.

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 small 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 deciduous trees, evergreen saplings, or more mature trees.

A backyard woodland can be the stuff of dreams, but research what you're planting beforehand. Consider how deep the taproots go, how far the roots extend 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. Leave a safe distance from your home, as large trees can catch the wind if not properly pruned. If you've planned accordingly, found trees you love, and know the best 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 Landscaping Supplies Today
No matter if your perfect summer includes grilling, relaxing, gardening, or finishing 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 mobile app anywhere you like, or in the aisles of your Great Falls store.

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