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Pro Service Desk(703)444-8465
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Mon-Sat: 6:00am - 10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am - 8:00pm
Curbside: 09:00am - 6:00pm
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46261 Cranston Way
Sterling, VA 20165
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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

What can I do about weeds?

Weeds are likely poking 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 the weeds' flowers dry out and and drop their seeds. 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 pets and pollinators — and wear a respirator and heavy rubber gloves to ensure that it doesn't touch your skin or your lungs.

Is brown grass dead?

It could be, but it's also likely just taking a nap during those soaring 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 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.

Is it good to have a vertical garden?

As the veggies and plants grow, it's easier to keep your harvest healthy. You can see any pests or evidence of wildlife eating your produce and act accordingly. When your fruits and vegetables mature and are ready to pick, you'll see them right away, so you can enjoy them at peak freshness. If these same plants grow along the ground, you may miss your harvest among the shadowy leaves. Supporting the plants as they grow upright means your upkeep will be less overwhelming when they're huge at the end of summer.

How do I keep my garden healthy?

After you've planted your flowers or plants, you'll need to make sure they stay 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 whatever you're growing, whether you need a flower fertilizer, vegetable fertilizer, or a general garden fertilizer blend. Only apply as often as instructed on the packaging. Be sure to water immediately after, as directed, so the plants won't be burned by the fertilizer.

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. If you have sturdy structures like a house or shed, create shade by attaching awnings and sun sails. 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 lounging in the sun when that water-cooled air is ready.

How do 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 a full backyard makeover or to create your own patio conversation sets 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 bring character to a backyard.

The Home Depot Garden Center at Sterling Park

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Greet Independence Day with a yard that's dressed to impress. Our huge 4th of July Sale can help you do it. Freshly pruned hedges, bright flowers flourishing in your gardens, and a beautiful lawn that's growing full and lush can make your great outdoors feel like home. It's time to enjoy the festivities with your friends and family. With a yard like this, it's easy to create holiday memories to look back on — whether it's a day-long feast of food cooked up just right on a new gas grill or a luxurious day of lounging on patio furniture.

Family enjoying a grilled dinner on a gently lit patio at dusk

As the calendar turns to summer, your landscaping and garden will weather more sun and heat than earlier in the year. You'll want to consider how to keep things cool with irrigation, proper tending, and shade. Just like we can get sunburned, bulb flowers can dry out and trees can lose their leaves prematurely. We've got guidance to make it through the hotter months.

Grow a Healthy Lawn
If you're worried that your lawn has brown and crispy blades of grass, don't worry just yet. It's possible that you've got a cool season grass that goes to sleep and turns brown in the heat of the summer. If that's the case, it won't be a patchy brown, but brown all over. Gently tug out a blade of grass to check the roots: If it comes right out, the grass is likely dead and you'll need to replace it with grass seed or sod. If the blade of grass doesn't pull right out, it's dormant. That means it's resting but still alive beneath the surface. Dormant grass should be watered deeply once or twice a week — if it doesn't rain — but not fertilized.

Warm-season grass stays green in the summer. If you have this kind of lawn, water it deeply once a week. Give it another drink every day or two, depending on your weather. Be careful not to overwater, and let the lawn 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 periods of drought or extreme hot spells. It's ok to let it grow a little taller this time of the year, as cutting your lawn too short isn't healthy for it.

Watch Your Garden Thrive
Much of your garden's upkeep comes down to balancing hydration and sunshine. You'll need both to keep your spirits high and greenery growing with summer flowering. A general rule when watering plants is to aim the water at the roots. A drip irrigation system, sprinkler, or garden hose can get the job done. You don't need to water or even mist the blooms themselves. Many flowers wilt when they get but recover once they dry off. Succulents are, of course, 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. Add fertilizer as recommended. We've even got fertilizers to match the plants you're growing so they'll absorb the right nutrients.

Grow Your Own Herbs
For savory flavors to accent your homegrown produce, try herb gardening. They grow easily in pots, both indoors and outdoors, and are generally 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 grow them in small decorative pots on a sunny porch, window sill, or even in wall planters. Herbs also work well in a hydroponic garden, which means they don't grow in soil. Instead, they grow in a mixture of sand, rock chips, or perlite.

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 hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. Morning glories, clematis, and honeysuckle are common options for creating a shady and beautiful archway or pathway. Remember to match your vine plants to how much sun you receive, as not all of them thrive in full sun. As a bonus, many vines put out sweet-smelling flowers with a delightful fragrance you can enjoy as you cool off in the shade.

Find Your Summertime Lawn Care Supplies Today
No matter if your perfect summer includes gardening, grilling, relaxing, 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 mobile app anywhere you like, or in the aisles of your Sterling Park store.

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