Growing Roses in the Mid-South

Growing Roses in the Mid-South

  A rose is a rose is a rose­ Throughout history the Rose has had many meanings. It’s divided the great houses of Royal England, and was a symbol of revolution during Scotland’s quest for independence. They stand for love, friendship, purity, and sometimes, giving a...
Crape Myrtle Bark Scale

Crape Myrtle Bark Scale

  Crape Myrtle Bark Scale Crape Myrtle bark Scale (CMBS) is a serious threat to our favorite Mid-South tree, the Crape Myrtle. It threatens to turn what has historically been a beautiful, low maintenance tree into an unsightly high maintenance tree. This non-native...
The Do’s and Don’ts of Fescue

The Do’s and Don’ts of Fescue

Fescue is a cool season grass best planted late September or early October. We have a window in the spring, weather permitting, late February through early April, when soil and air temperatures are right to overseed those areas not covered well in the fall. The...
Looking forward to spring

Looking forward to spring

For all you gardeners out there, winter can be a rather boring time of the year. Cold weather forces us to spend more time indoors and our motivation to dig in the cold earth is at a minimum. A fun project we can all enjoy this time of year is starting seeds that will...
Cold weather protection

Cold weather protection

  History tells us our coldest weather comes to the mid-south in late January and continues thru early March. Here are some tips to help keep your tender plants safe from the cold. Desiccation kills – When soil temperatures drop in winter, water absorption by the...
Christmas at Dan West

Christmas at Dan West

At Dan West, Christmas is a very special time of the year. The garden center comes alive with the sights, sounds and smells of the holiday season. What most people don’t know is that Christmas for us starts in August.  When most of our customers are on vacation,...
Time to buy fall bulbs

Time to buy fall bulbs

It is time to buy fall bulbs like Tulips and Daffodils (and there are so many minor bulbs to choose from also). Buy them now while the selection is good. Bulbs should be firm and free from grey or black mold.  Always buy the largest bulbs you can find.  Small Tulip...
The Perfect Time to Plant a Tree

The Perfect Time to Plant a Tree

Fall is the perfect time for you to plant trees and shrubs, and this is why. As the air temperature rises in the spring, plants leaf out but the ground temperature is still cold, so there is slow root development. As summer comes, the “top growth” slows...