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Pro Service Desk(850)857-0362
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Mon-Sat: 6:00am - 10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am - 8:00pm
Curbside: 09:00am - 6:00pm
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5309 N Davis Highway
Pensacola, FL 32503
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The Home Depot Garden Center at Pensacola

Spring Black Friday Is Back
Find some of the best savings of the season with our Spring Black Friday sale. Level up your patio or yard with patio furniture to fit any decor style. Spring cleaning applies both outdoors and indoors, so refresh your lawn and garden with gorgeous flowers. Remember to check out our outdoor power equipment, too. Get it all done when you save during our spring sale, which runs only from April 4th through April 28th. Don't miss these deals.

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On those beautiful days, clean up the yard before everything blooms in earnest. Many people feel inspired to refresh their outdoor space for entertaining, as well. Plan your garden to make the most of your time and space. Remember to measure your garden so you can find fresh mulch near you as soon as it's available. No matter what outdoor projects you choose to tackle, The Garden Center in Pensacola can help you enjoy your spring activities to the fullest.

Plant Hardiness Zones Explained
The first thing to know when planting spring flowers, vegetables, and other seeds is your planting zone. Every location in the U.S. and its territories is sorted by climate. Find your zone on the USDA plant hardiness zone map and learn when to plant seeds.

For example, you could transplant bell peppers outdoors in mid-March in Zone 10, but not until the end of May in Zone 4. For best results, choose plants in your zone number or less. In other words, a Zone 5 garden can support plants listed as Zones 1–5. The timeframe to direct sow outdoors in your garden is often around a month later than the indoor start date. Always read your seed packet for details. If you start plants later than recommended, it's not ideal, but it will even out as time passes.

Gardening in Your Growing Zone
In the areas of Zones 9 and 10 stretching across the Southeast, you can plant indoors early in the year. Your odds of frost are low in this part of the country, but not zero. Be mindful of cold snaps and cover any early-riser bulb plants or sprouts during cold times.

Growing season begins early and ends late in this part of the country. The weather and climate make it easy to get and keep a beautiful garden going. A wide variety of flowers, veggies, and plants thrive in Florida and southern Georgia. You can even grow citrus trees for fresh fruit when you plant somewhere with good soil drainage. You'll have excellent results with peppers of all heat levels and colors, including jalapeños, bell peppers, and more. Zucchini, cucumbers, squash, and pumpkins, which are direct sow only, will flourish. Tomato plants will yield thriving fruit and leaves, as they're tropical in origin and love the heat.

Plant Seeds Outside With Direct Sow
Planting seeds with the direct sow method, right into the soil, is another option. It doesn't give you as much organized planning in terms of space and reliability as starting indoors. However, if you like to go with the flow, follow the instructions on your seed package and try it.

Prepare to deal with whatever hand nature deals you: Be ready for none of your seeds to sprout, all of them to come up, and anything in between. Your seedlings will need to survive rain, wind, critters and insects that want a crunchy green snack, and sudden cold snaps. But if you're lucky, you'll get strong sprouts that are ready to grow all spring.

Start Seeds Indoors
If you'd like more control over your seedlings' journey or you're eager to get growing, start your seeds indoors instead. In general, you can plant seeds indoors about a month before you can do it outside. Like direct sow, you push the seeds into the soil as directed on the seed packet, but that's where the similarities end.

You're responsible for giving them quality substitutes for sunlight and rain. Keep your seeds warm with heat mats and grow lights, water them carefully with a spray bottle or watering can, then thin them as they germinate in groups of three. Give them a boost with a gently blowing fan as they lengthen into sprouts if you'd like. Harden them off to get them used to outdoor conditions, then transplant them into your garden when they're big enough.

Transplant Young Plants Into Their New Homes
Carefully take your seedling out of the container. Turn it upside-down or sideways and gently squeeze the plastic to break the seal. If your transplant grew in the garden, leave plenty of room around the stem and dig deeper than you think with your garden trowel. You don't want to damage the root ball. Put the plant in the hole and ensure it's even with the surrounding soil.

Protect Your Garden With Mulch
Finish your flower bed with mulch and compost. Mulch controls weeds and keeps your soil from drying out. Compost enriches the soil so your garden can grow even better. It may help foster larger and stronger plants that bear more flowers and fruit. Mulch and compost can be purchased in-store or created at home. The next time you're looking for "mulch near me," stop by the Garden Center to get the right amount.

Greet the Spring
Early spring is an exciting time in the world of gardening. Don't miss a minute of growing season. Plan your garden and landscaping, prepare to fertilize your lawn, and browse our garden center pages to find inspiration on what to plant when the weather warms. Shop for the fertilizer, soil, and seeds you need in the aisles of your Pensacola Garden Center, online, or on our mobile app. Let's get growing together.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Gardening

Which planting zone am I in?

Check the USDA planting zone map, as planting zones have shifted over the years. Planting zones with higher numbers can plant earlier in the year. Increase your odds of successful gardening by choosing plants that are meant for your zone.

What does direct sow mean?

If the soil is warm and pliable, consider planting your veggie, flower, or fruit seeds directly into your garden. This is called the "direct sow" method. Plant after the threat of frost is gone for the season, as sprouts and seedlings can't weather those conditions. You can also start your seeds indoors if you'd like. Consult your seed envelope for how and when to sow seeds.

Do you carry organic seeds and plants?

We offer many organic gardening options, including organic veggie seeds and fruit seeds, and organic flower and herb seeds which are subject to availability. We carry the organic soil to plant it in as well as the organic fertilizer to feed it.

Should I harden off my seedlings before planting them outside?

Yes, if you raised plants indoors from seeds, harden them before you transplant them. Hardening allows your seedlings to adjust to outdoor life, spring rains, and temperature swings, making them more resilient against cold snaps. It slows their growth until they're strong and ready to take off during a spring warm front.

How do I prep for planting seeds or transplants outside?

Before you plant, make sure that your plant will have the right amount of sun, it's warm enough outside, and the soil is healthy. Check your seed packet to see if it likes full sun, shade, or partial sun, as well as what time of year it should be planted. Space your plants as described on the seed package for best results so your plant babies have room to flourish.

Should I use peat moss starters or coir starters?

Seed starters, full of nutrients in pots or pellets, work for new and experienced gardeners alike. You don't have to use these starters if you're planting in soil, but you may want to. Starting seeds in peat pots works best for delicately rooted plants like cucumbers and eggplant, as well as flowers that need acidic soil. Some people prefer coir starters instead, as they have a neutral pH. Check what type of soil your plants need to help narrow it down, and chat with a garden center associate if you need more info.

Nearby Stores

4525 Mobile Hwy

Pensacola, FL 32506

4.15 mi

Tool & Truck Rental

(850)454-2608

Pro Service Desk

(850)454-2602

Mon-Sat: 6:00am - 10:00pm

Sun: 8:00am - 8:00pm

541 W Nine Mile Road

Pensacola, FL 32534

5.04 mi

Tool & Truck Rental

(850)857-5110

Pro Service Desk

(850)857-5104

Mon-Sat: 6:00am - 10:00pm

Sun: 8:00am - 8:00pm

4829 Highway 90

Pace, FL 32571

10.74 mi

Tool & Truck Rental

(850)995-2230

Pro Service Desk

(850)995-2234

Mon-Sat: 6:00am - 10:00pm

Sun: 8:00am - 8:00pm

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