Fall is for Planting

It’s Fall! My favorite time of year! — cooler temps, outdoor activities, football — what could be better?  Well, the good, slow soaking rains our area received this week makes it even better. Most places are reporting about 4 inches. Fall means that your landscape plants are going to be transitioning to dormancy soon. Shorter days and cooler nights tell … Read More

Thank you, Daddy, for That Ugly Piano

So often, we don’t realize the sacrifices our parents made for us until it is too late to thank them. When my brothers and I were growing up in the 50’s and 60’s, we were POOR! Mother and Dad were working very hard to build their struggling business and there was no money to spare. I remember one Christmas when … Read More

Aren’t You Forgetting Something?

At Smith’s Gardentown, our cashiers are trained to ask a couple of questions as you are checking out (in addition to the usual polite conversation):  “Do you have compost to plant these with?  Do you have enough potting soil?  How about your mulch?” We ask these questions not just because we want to sell you more things (of course, we … Read More

The Age-Old Question

The Age-Old Question If you know what this photograph represents, then you also know the question I’m talking about. This is a twig from a mesquite tree, plucked this morning, March 12, 2017. The oldsters said that when the mesquite trees leaf out, that means we are done with killing frosts for this season. (I know of at least one … Read More

“. . . and Now I Are One!”

When we were small children, back in the 1950’s, our father had an old poster in the back of the nursery (when it was located at 1525 Beverly Drive) depicting four backwoodsmen in dirty overalls with raggedy beards and no teeth. The caption read:  Six Munces Ago I Couldn’t Even Spell ‘Nurseryman’. . . and Now I Are One! I … Read More

Enjoy Your Garden & Landscape

This is a great time to make some plans so you can enjoy your garden and landscape more this year. Here are some suggestions: Resolve to get your lawn in better shape by applying fertilizers and weed preventers at the right time. If you have trouble remembering what to apply and when to do it, you can sign up for … Read More

Local Bees Not Endangered

Here’s a good example of how headlines don’t tell the entire story, and can in fact, give a totally wrong impression. Last week, headlines trumpeted: “Bees put on endangered species list.” That is all of the story that most people read. I have had customers tell me with horror in their voices, “Bees are endangered.” Well, not exactly. Here is … Read More

Fall Is For Planting and Applying Pre-Emergent. Come to Smith’s Today!

Fall Is For Planting-What To Do Now! The first cold front and rain of the fall season bring a relief from the summer heat. They also signal two things homeowners need to do: Get that fall application of pre-emergent weed preventer down. Even though the ground may be wet, water it in right away to start it doing its job. … Read More

So you want to have a nice lawn?

So you want to have a nice lawn, but you really don’t want to have to think about it very much. And you don’t want your lawn care expenses to get out of hand. You know there are things you need to do, but can’t ever remember exactly when to do them. Relax. Smith’s wants to make your life a … Read More

Moisture Stress Cuts Both Ways

If you are noticing plants that have brown, crispy leaf margins and even yellowing leaves, they are probably experiencing moisture stress.  That means not enough moisture is getting to the leaves from the root system.  This could be because the soil is dry.  Or it could be because the soil stayed too wet and caused some roots to rot so … Read More