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Pro Service Desk(860)620-5415
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Mon-Sat: 6:00am - 9:00pm
Sun: 8:00am - 8:00pm
Curbside: 09:00am - 6:00pm
Location
89 Interstate Park Drive
Southington, CT 06489
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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 do I treat weeds in the grass?

Weeds are likely poking through in the garden beds, even if you put down landscape fabric liner or mulch to keep them at bay. Be sure to get rid of weeds before they go to seed. Pull weeds from the root in vegetable or edible flower 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 pets and pollinators — and wear a respirator and heavy-duty rubber gloves to ensure that the chemical doesn't touch your skin or your lungs.

Is my lawn dead?

It could be, but it's also likely just taking a break during those soaring temps. Cool-season grass goes dormant in the summer. It isn't usually dead — just crispy and brown. 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 but not often. Warm-season lawns need water every few days in the summer. Those lawns stay green if they're healthy.

When should I water my lawn?

If you can water during the early morning or in the evening, that's ideal. Watering during the heat of the day means a lot of the moisture will evaporate. This applies to whatever you're growing: plants, trees, vegetables, and grass. Whenever you water, give all the plants a thorough drink, and don't skip it because it's not the best time. The plants still need hydration regardless of the time on the clock. Depending on your grass type, lawn's health, and climate, you may also want to look into applying a liquid lawn fertilizer.

When do I fertilize my flowers?

After you've planted your plants or flowers, you'll need to make sure they're well-fed and hydrated. 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 the plants you're growing, whether you need a tomato fertilizer, shrub fertilizer, or a general garden fertilizer blend. Only apply as often as suggested on the packaging. Be sure to water immediately after, as directed, so the plants won't be burned by the fertilizer.

How can I create shade?

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 house or shed to create shadowy spots to rest in. However, sometimes shade isn't enough because it's just too humid. 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 enjoying the sun when that water-cooled air is ready.

How can I do a quick backyard makeover?

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 own patio furniture collection from scratch to do it. Even a minor backyard refresh can make a big difference. New outdoor lounge furniture, strings of outdoor lights, or even an outdoor rug can breathe new life into a patio.

The Home Depot Garden Center at Southington

As summer stretches on, your garden and landscaping will weather more sun and heat than earlier in the season. You'll need to consider how to keep things cool with proper tending, irrigation, and shade. You might also need ways to beat the heat. We've got guidance to make it through the hotter months with flying colors.

Grow a Healthy Lawn
If you're worried that your lawn has dried out 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 won't be a patchy brown, but brown all over. Give a grass blade a gentle tug to check if it's still got live roots: If it comes right out, the grass is probably dead and will need to be replaced with new grass seed or sod. If it doesn't come right out, it's dormant. That means it's growing and resting underground. Water dormant grass deeply once or twice every week, but avoid fertilizer.

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 each week. Make sure not to overwater, and allow the lawn to dry out after heavy rains before you get out the sprinkler or garden hose again. Water your lawn when the top two inches of soil is dry to the touch. You can check with your finger. This might happen quicker than you'd think during heat waves. It's ok to let the grass grow taller this time of the year, as cutting your lawn too short isn't healthy for it.

Watch Your Garden Thrive
Summertime garden upkeep comes down to balancing hydration and sun, as outlined in these garden watering tips. You'll need both to keep your garden growing and spirits high with summer flowering. A general rule when watering plants is to aim the water at the roots. A sprinkler system, drip irrigation system, or garden hose can get the job done. Contrary to popular belief, the blooms themselves don't need to be watered or even misted. Many flowers droop when wet, but they'll recover just fine when they dry off. 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 get the correct nutrients.

Grow Your Own Herbs
For fresh flavors to accent your homegrown produce, try herb gardening. They grow easily in pots, both indoors and outdoors, and are usually low-maintenance. If you grow herbs outdoors, stick to heat-loving herbs that'll endure the summer temperatures, and consider a hanging herb garden.

It can be tricky to plant herbs in the ground, as many of them — especially mint — are invasive and will take over your yard. So keep them in small decorative pots on a sunny window sill, porch, or even in wall planters. Herbs also work well in a hydroponic garden, which means they don't grow in regular black dirt. Instead, they grow in a mixture of perlite, sand, or rock chips.

Trees as Natural Shade
Trees are a stunning and natural source of shade, and they can change the look of your yard. Whether you plant a few trees as accents, a few more to bear fruit, or a whole mini-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.

Although trees framing a house may look picturesque, you should research the specifics of those trees before you plant them. Consider how deep the taproots go, how far the roots extend outward, and the full-grown size of the trees you want. Plant your trees far from water pipes, as their strong roots will seek water and wend into piping to get it. 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 perfect 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, gardening, relaxing, or finishing those 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 Southington store.

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