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Common Questions: What’s the best way to keep my Christmas Tree fresh?

7 December 2011

At Lowe’s Floral and Garden Center, we get many questions about how to keep a fresh cut Christmas Tree fresh and alive through the Holiday Season. The absolute best practice to keep your tree healthy is to ADD WATER DAILY. Fresh, clean water is essential for a fresh cut Christmas tree to keep its needles [...]

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Common Questions: Advice for new gardeners about planters.

27 May 2011

Q. Do you have any tips for a first time gardener of potted outdoor plants? A. Outdoor planters (also called container gardens) are a great alternative to traditional in ground or “flower bed” planting. There are a few key things to keep in mind when planting in containers. 1. Make sure the container you choose [...]

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Common Questions: Should I use skim milk to wipe off the leaves of my houseplants?

23 May 2011

I was invite to speak to the Minot Headstart educators during their end of year in service meeting. It was a great time interacting with the group and they had great questions! This was the most unique question I had ever recieved during a talk: “Should I use skim milk to wipe off the leaves [...]

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How often should I fertilize my flower beds?

25 March 2011

Q. How often should I fertilize my flower beds? A. Flower beds, garden plots and even container gardens (patio pots) need fertilizer at two critical times each year. When you first turn the soil in preparation for plating a flower bed or garden plot you can add well rotted manure (organic) or spread a balanced [...]

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Does Lowe’s Floral have any guarantee if I buy a tree, plant it myself and it dies?

20 July 2010

Lowe’s Garden Center and Floral does offer a guarantee on all regular priced trees and shrubs, even if you buy it and plant it yourself.  The guarantee is basically this:  All our high quality, Northern Grown Nursery plant materials should grow during the season in which they are planted and come back the next year.  [...]

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When is the best time to trim shrubs and trees?

28 June 2010

Shade trees and ornamental trees can be pruned any time during the spring summer or early fall. If you are pruning back whole limbs, keep in mind that if the cut left on the tree is larger than a Quarter, you should apply a pruning sealer, which acts as a bandage for the tree. Fruit [...]

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What is the difference between wave petunias and regular petunias?

28 June 2010

Wave petunias have a unique trailing growth habit and are highly prolific in their blooming. They drape over the sides of containers and raised beds and are great summer performers. A regular petunia has an upright or bush growth habit. It may spread slightly, but will not drape down as dramatically as a Wave petunia. [...]

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What “zone” are we in?

28 June 2010

Minot, ND is located in USDA climate zone 3a in well protected spots in the river valley and USDA climate zone 3b on the hills or the surrounding prairie areas. Minot Air Force Base (MAFB), ND is located in USDA climate zone 3b. The only perennial plant material that Lowe’s Garden Center carries is specifically [...]

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What does it mean when people talk about “zone” ?

28 June 2010

For purposes of garden planning, the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) has divided the country into bands, based on average low temperatures. Minot, ND falls into USDA Climate zone 3a in the valley and 3b on the hills or the surrounding prairie areas. Minot Air Force Base (MAFB), ND is located in USDA climate [...]

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When do I plant bulbs?

28 June 2010

There are spring planted and fall planted bulbs, depending on the bulb crop you were looking to raise. Tulips, hyacinth, Allium, Crocus, Daffodils, all flower in early spring and are all planted in the late fall before a frost. These bulbs are all cued into blooming by temperature changes. They require a period of cooling [...]

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