Plant For Spring!

Seeing trucks being unloaded all week with all new inventory was an experience of its own. Spring is so close and with it being right around the corner there is so much work to do. This week we stocked up on all new perennials. Bringing color to your garden is easy with the selection we have to offer.

Looking to add a tropical feel to your home? We have stunning Hibiscus and Mandevillas that will make you feel like you live in Hawaii. What about native plants? We have a beautiful selection of native plants from Lantanas to Bluebonnets! Our trees are getting back their leaves faster than ever. We have the cutest pottery and gift items for any occasion. There are endless reasons to come and see what we have in store for you!

All our new arrivals are specifically chosen to accommodate all kinds of vision you may have for your home. It’s not too late nor too early to start working on your spring garden.

Keeping up with all our promotions will be a great help in achieving your dream garden. This week we will be having a tool sale to get the new season rolling! Our plant of the week is any of our 4-inch annuals. If you buy two, you get one for free!
This is the best time to shop for spring. Don’t come when spring is already here. Be prepared and get to work on your spring garden! With a very knowledgable staff, any of our expert gardeners will be more than happy to help you find exactly what you need this spring. Come before it’s all gone! Once March rolls through most of our inventory will be flying off the shelves! Be smart and take a look while we are fully stocked in all our departments. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to give us a call or message us on social media! We’ll see you in the garden.

Go Native!

When choosing what to plant in your garden this year, take a step away from exotic plants and take a leap forward towards natives!

Let’s face the sad truth that we do not live in Hawaii or some beautiful rainforest in South America. Our weather is hot and dry in the summer sometimes too hot that it’ll burn most exotic plants you plant in your garden anyway. Winter may not be as cold as places such as Michigan but its definitely cold enough to wipe out the plants that aren’t used to weather below 60 degrees. Going through the hassle of adding extra products to your soil or attempting to maintain the correct conditions for a plant, in a habitat not native to what they are normally used to is nearly impossible. You are always gonna have to put in extra work that is never guaranteed to keep the plant alive.

Ditch all the extra steps and stress of maintaining exotic plants in Texan soil. Use a plant that will strive in this area. Native plants are already accustomed to the soil, water, and climate this area can provide for them to live.

Looking for a plant that is low maintenance, requires little watering, and is cold hardy? Go native! You don’t need to add extra nutrients to the soil for it to do well, no need to stress about watering, and digging up the plant and bringing it inside for winter is something you’ll never have to do.

The best part about going native is not only is it easier to maintain your garden you are also helping the environment. You are providing a habitat for many species of wildlife that are affected when exotic and invasive species of plants enter their ecosystem.

We have a huge section to choose from. Texas has beautiful plants to give color to your gardens such as Salvia and Trailing Lantana or breathtaking trees like the Live Oak. If you have any question give us a call or messages on social media. We’ll see you in the garden.

Gifts That Grow!

Valentine’s Day is only a couple days away. It’s time to start thinking about what to get your loved one to make this year unforgettable. Cut roses are a good start but to make this year memorable get a gift that grows.

Lucky Bamboo is perfect for those people in your life that want to get their green thumb on but don’t know where to start. This is a very easy plant to take care of. Give them a push towards a hobby they’ll learn to love!

Did you know some houseplants can even purify the air in your home? Peace Lilys are a perfect example. Not only does it purify the air it also does great in low light conditions and is a great beginner plant. No need to guess when to water because it’ll tell you through its leaves. Once you see its leaves start to droop its time to water!

Do they love to cook? Get them started with their very own mini herb garden! Cooking with fresh herbs from your own kitchen is an experience everyone should have. Start with a low maintenance herb such as Mint or Parsley. Then place them in one of our gorgeous pots to add decoration and function to their home! Make sure they have a good source of sunlight in their kitchen and you’re set! Your loved one will think of you whenever he/she adds flavor to their food or drinks.

What about those who love home decor? We have the perfect gift for you! A low maintenance plant such as Snake plant or Pothos is a great addition to any room. Combining plants and home decor is a trend you should definitely follow. Both of these plants are low maintenance, low light, and are perfect for beginners.

This year give them the experience of growing their very own plant. Gardening indoors or outdoors is a joy to be able to do. Any of these gifts that grow are sure to keep giving with the proper care for years to come.

If you have any questions or want to know if we have more recommendations on gifts for this year just give us a call or message us on Facebook or Instagram.

We’ll see you in the garden,

Round Rock Garden Center

Common Problems in Veggie Gardens

To successfully grow your own veggie garden you must also take in mind problems you may have along the way. Here are some common problems you may have in your veggie garden and how to treat them.

Knowing how to treat for fungus is a crucial factor to not getting early and late blight as well as verticillium wilt. Any of these types of fungi will wipe out your veggie garden before you even see it coming. The best tip we have for you is to fight it before it becomes a problem. Pre-treating your soil with “MicroLife” MicroGrow Bio Inoculant is the best way to eliminate any of these fungi from even showing up.

Aphids and spider mites are common and can result in a deadly ending to your once strong vegetable plants. “Bonide” Bon-Neem will do the job. Just spray it on the affected area and let it do what it does best.

Starting to notice small holes at the center of the leaves in your garden? “Bonide” Captain Jacks Dead Bug Brew will take care of your worm and caterpillar infestation. We have it in concentrate, RTU spray, and powder form. You can also use this to fight potato and cucumber beetles as well as squash borer by spraying it on the plant.

As the temperatures start to drop you’ll want to keep an eye on your vegetable garden. Although there are a variety of vegetables that do good in cold weather there is also a lot that unfortunately doesn’t. Having frost cloth handy eliminates the worry of your plants burning from the freeze when it gets 40 degrees or lower. Make sure to uncover them in the morning if the temperature rises above 40 degrees. Doing this avoids your plants from creating an unnecessary amount of heat which in the end is not good for any plant.

If you have additional questions about growing your vegetable garden we will be having a veggie class this Saturday, February 2nd at 10:00 AM with J. Thomas. If you are unable to make it be sure to message us on Facebook, Instagram, or just give us a call. We always have expert gardeners around to answer any questions you may have. We’ll see you in the garden.

Tips For Growing Tomatoes

If it’s your first time or your thousandth time planting tomatoes we have some tricks up our sleeve to get growing delicious tomatoes!

Refresh your soil! Add a variety of different types of compost to your pre-existing soil and mix it in. Adding more organic matter allows the microorganism to become active in your soil which means more nutrients added to your tomatoes. The more microbes the better. We recommend a variety of compost such as… “Nature’s Way Resources” Leaf Mold compost and Fungal compost, “Garden Ville” Elite Lawn compost, and “Back To Nature” Cotton Burr compost. These are all strongly recommended compost that we’ve personally tried and love!

Fight fungus and blight before it’s too late! To prevent fungus from wiping out your tomato garden use “Microlife” MicroGrow Bio Inoculant. This will help with early and late blight and also adding micronutrients and  trace minerals.

Once you prepare your soil with your choice of compost you want to get back inside and start preparing your seeds. “Planters Pride” Pellet Greenhouse Kit is a great product to start your seeds it’s easy to use and very efficient. It gives you all the tools you need to start growing awesome tomatoes and various other types of greens.  After watching over your seeds for 3-4 weeks you are going to gradually want to prepare them for the outdoors. Start with 4 hours outside then 6 hours and lastly 8 hours outside to ensure they are ready to be planted outdoors. While you allow them to get used to the outside weather, planting them in a large pot gives them ample space and gets them ready to grow in a similar environment like the one they will be planted in.

If you want tomatoes producing all season, we suggest planting 2 – 3 different varieties of tomatoes. Such as early, mid, and late blooming tomatoes. If you decide to grow an early blooming variety start growing indoors now. Mid and late season bloomers can be started indoors or outdoors after the weather is staying above 50 degrees.

If you have any question please stop by and ask away. There will be a veggie class with J. Thomas on Saturday, February 2nd at 10 AM.  All the amazing products listed above we do carry. Our veggie class is right around the corner, so make sure to stay updates on dates for classes and just to see what we are up too. We’ll see you in the garden.

Plant Your Seeds Now!

This is the perfect time to start planting your seeds indoors and get a head start on preparation for spring.

There are many benefits in planting seeds now rather than waiting for spring or buying young seedlings to reduce extra work. Starting your seeds indoors allows you to get a head start on the season, control the way your seeds grow as they get bigger, and be able to catch any issues that the plant is having before it gets worse.

You can also use this time to experiment. Try using different soil for one half of your seeds and another type for the other half. This allows you to see which products work best for growing seeds. A heating mat is optional but some of our expert gardeners recommend it because it keeps the seeds warm while also speeding up the germination period.

Keep in mind how much your growing to allow there to be enough space in your garden when you plant them. Make sure to also grow a little more than you need in case there are some failures. Labeling is important when you are growing seeds but even more important when you are growing large amounts of different things so you keep track of what is growing and where.

Keep the seeds in moistened potting soil made for seedlings. If you try growing it in soil that is too heavy and thick for the seed it won’t allow it to grow and develop roots properly. Seed pallets are a great way to start your seeds if you are new to the process of seed growing.

If you are unsure what and when to plant something stop by and ask an expert gardener to give you a print out of our planting calendar. Also if you are looking to buy a heating mat for your seeds or seed pallets stop by and pick some up. If you have any questions at all don’t hesitate to stop by and ask. There is always an expert gardener nearby ready to help you with any of your gardening needs. We’ll see you in the garden.

What To Do After A Freeze

The freeze has passed and while you pride yourself on the plants that survived the harsh weather you also hold close to your heart the ones that unfortunately didn’t. Now that you’ve prepared your plants for the climate change and the freeze has come through this opens up a great opportunity to do some after the freeze care.

Through this week you will realize that during the day the temperature will rise up and lower down at night. This is a great time to take out those plants you brought in for the winter back outside during those warmer hours of the day. If you decide you want to keep them inside for a little while longer make sure to keep them in a sunny spot that can allow them to continue growing at the speed they normally would if they were outside.

If you made the decision to cover up your plants over the freeze, you can now start to remove what you used to cover your plants to avoid adding unnecessary heat under that cover during those warmer hours. Do not remove the cover completely so when it starts to cool down you can give them some extra protection during the night time.

After the freeze, a lot of your non-native plants might have experienced some heavy damage or unfortunately died off completely. This is a very sad time for us gardeners but this is also a great time to do some cleanup work! Our recommendation is to wait about a week to prune/remove those dead and damaged plants. Why? Believe it or not, on some occasions, a plant may seem dead or badly damaged but is actually not. Wait a week to see if it shoots back up again. If not go ahead and remove or cut back the damaged areas. If you are hesitant about removing a plant you can wait till the second week of April to see if it revives itself

When pruning you want to cut down the healthy part of the plant. For woody plants scratch the surface off if you see it is green it’s alive. Pruning is more to give a neat look to your garden and not necessary. Unless parts of the plant are mushy. Go ahead and remove those areas to avoid it spreading to other areas of the plant.

Continue to maintain your garden by deadheading and for the areas of your garden that are empty due to you removing those dead plants, fill them back up with a variety of choices from our nursery. With a large selection of trees, shrubs, hardy ground covers, and some beautiful annuals you are sure to find something that fits your taste. As always we encourage you to stop by and ask us any questions you have along the way there is always an expert gardener ready to assist you as you walk in. We’ll see you in the garden.

Protecting from a Freeze

You get pretty lucky being a gardener in Texas; usually, the temperatures stay above freezing. However, on some rare occasions, the greater Austin area gets an overnight freeze or two. Protecting your non-cold tolerant plants is crucial to their survival through a winter freeze. Cover your plants in a frost cloth, a simple and commonly preferred method. A more serious gardener might build a cold frame or greenhouse, and others might wrap their plants in exterior lights.

A frost cloth doesn’t keep plants from getting rainwater, but when it freezes, the cloth keeps the frost and cold out, (as low as 28 degrees.) You can buy a frost cloth and cut it down to size, or you can use it on big plants/trees; citrus trees. A citrus tree should never be planted outdoors in Texas, but if it has already been placed into the ground, there are ways to keep it from freezing.

A cold frame or small greenhouse is one of the best ways to keep an outdoor planted citrus tree from freezing. A cold frame is a small unheated greenhouse that uses the sun to keep the plants inside warm. A greenhouse is a small glass or clear plastic building that traps the sun’s rays inside to keep the plants warmer. A greenhouse will keep your plants 10-20 degrees warmer and a cold frame will keep plants warmer by 5-10 degrees.

Exterior lights keep your plants warm by using an artificial heat source. Exterior lights work best if you use them in addition to a cold frame or underneath a blanket. During the day, turn the lights off and allow the plant to get fresh air. Only turn the lights on when the risk of a freeze occurs.

Freezing in Texas doesn’t occur more than a few times a year. However, when we do have freezes, it’s important to be prepared. Frost cloth, cold frames/greenhouses, and exterior lights are great ways to keep your plant from freezing and are even better when they are combined. As we continue through the coldest part of winter, be prepared to protect your plants. Round Rock Garden Center is equipped with high-quality frost cloth and knowledge of how to get you through the winter. We’ll see you in the garden.

Birds in the Winter

Everyone hears, “Birds go south for the winter,” but, “south,” is Texas. Regardless of how warm Texas winters are, birds are still susceptible to freezing temperatures. This article will help you to understand where birds go, what they eat, and the shelter they need to survive the winter.

During the winter months, birds fly south to Texas and Mexico from Canada and the northern American states. The birds that stay in Texas year-round are Blue Jays, Mockingbirds, Cardinals, and Blue Birds. Texas is warmer than the northeast, but we still get high winds, bare trees, dry conditions,  and temperatures below 32 degrees. The birds in the area are capable of surviving winter on their own, but they sure do appreciate a warm place to stay.

Just like humans, birds need food, water, and shelter to survive. Throughout the winter birds rely on food due to its calories. When birds get cold, their metabolism speeds up. If they don’t have enough food to eat they could freeze. Putting out a bird feeder on a nearby branch or the back porch is how so many people help the neighborhood birds.

Keeping the birds hydrated is another very important key to helping them survive winter comfortably. many people have fountains or ponds in their yards, but most people choose to help by providing a bird bath somewhere on their property. Bird baths are great for all seasons in the year; hot Texas summers can become just as taxing as a cold Texas winter.

You can provide shelter for a bird in a variety of different ways. Many people choose evergreen shrubs or birdhouses for birds to perch and hide away from high winds and rain. Many people assume that birdhouses are used for the springtime when birds lay their eggs. Although that’s true, birds use birdhouses in the winter to stay warm and dry. Round Rock Garden Center has a variety of birdhouses that completely block out heavy winds and rain.

If you live in an area with high construction or a new suburb with little to no foliage, it’s very important to provide food, water, and shelter for the birds in the area. Without a place to perch, stay dry, and hide from predators a birds life is bound to be short-lived unless they the necessities.

Staying Alive: Succulents

Christmas season is just around the corner! Which means for this year’s season of joy Succulents are the way to go for gift giving. Before you present these beautiful little plants to your loved ones make sure you know how to properly care for them.

Watering is a big part of their care (like most plants). The fastest way to kill a succulent is to overwater. To avoid this when you think it’s time to water your plant stick your finger one knuckle deep into the soil to make sure its dry. If it’s moist wait a couple days, if it’s dry you’re good to water! After watering, make sure the water has completely drained from the bottom. In doing this you save your plant from root rot or other major issues along the way. Make sure to empty out your saucer to avoid the plant from sitting in the water, which could cause it to take in more water than it needs.

Unlike water, succulents can never have too much light. Most succulents prefer six hours of sunlight a day. If you don’t have a spot indoors that gets at least six hours of sun per day, try a succulent that requires low light; Pearl Plant, Mother-In-Law’s Tongue, or Chocolate Soldier. If a succulent that isn’t meant for shade is placed in the shade, you will notice it stretching for the sun. This is you succulent’s way of telling you it needs more sun during the day.

When your succulent starts to outgrow its pot, it’s important to transfer it to a bigger bowl. Pick a container that has a drainage hole at least one to two inches wide. If you can’t find a container that meets these requirements, add a few rocks at the bottom of the container to encourage proper drainage. A lot of people like the way succulents look planted in the sand. However, succulents prefer rocky soil. If you plant in sand, over time, the sand will settle and retain water. Sand is an easy way to kill a succulent. Round Rock Garden Center suggests a loose rocky soil such as PROMIX Premium Cactus Mix. It’s ideal for planting cactus, succulents, and other tropical plants. It feeds your plants up to three months and keeps them healthy.

It’s all about getting to know your plant and knowing what it needs and when it needs it. After studying your succulent, you should start to understand its water, light, and soil needs.

This is a fun experience so enjoy it! If you have any questions don’t hesitate to come on down and ask away. There is always an expert gardener on hand that will be happy to help. We’ll see you in the garden.