When should I start my vegetable garden? By growing your own vegetable garden, not only are you reducing your carbon footprint, but you are controlling what goes into growing the vegetable yourself. Start by sowing seeds in early spring. Or you can come to Lacoste Garden Centre for a full compliment of vegatables that have already been started. When you are planting vegetables, pick no more than half a dozen for your first go round. Even if you don't have a back yard you can still start a container garden on a balcony or patio, or contact your city hall and ask about community gardens in your neighbourhood.

How do I care for my hanging baskets and planters? At Lacoste we plant all of our baskets and planters in a soilless peat-based mixture. There is no nutrition in this mixture so you need to fertilize regularly. Using an all-purpose or a bloom fertilizer is recommended. Follow the directions on the container for when to apply.

Is it too early/late to plant? It depends on what you are planting. It's not recommended to plant anything in the ground before the begninng of June. A lot of gardeners use May long weekend as a guideline but some years it is still too cold. For trees, shrubs, and perennials you can plant right from the beginning of the season up until 2-3 weeks before freezing. Just keep in mind the longer they have to establish themselves the easier it will be to over-winter. Annuals can be planted anytime as well but the later you plant the less time you have to enjoy them. And finally, vegetables can be planted at any time during the growing season as well but need time to mature in order to produce. If planting them later in the season, plant already started vegetables.

Can I plant my shrubs and perennials in planters? Unfortunately no, you cannot. Our climate has too cold of winters to have anything survive above the ground. The insulation the ground provides is what is needed to over-winter. Sometimes you may have success with very hardy perennials/shrubs in raised beds that are right against the foundation of the house. Growing perennials and shrubs in planters can be done for the season but must be planted in the ground before freezing.

What are the best known organic fertilizer options? Manure, fish, kelp, and bone meal are examples of some the best known organic fertilizer options but, there are many alternatives available to today's modern gardener. Ask our knowledgeable staff to help you find the organic fertilizer that's best suited for your green gardening needs.

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I want a healthy lawn but don't want to use harsh chemicals, power mowers, or phosphate based fertilizers? Getting rid of your grass is not the greenest option. Remember, the more plants we have cleaning the air the more we can reduce our carbon footprint. There are many Earth- friendly alternatives for keeping a healthy lawn from push reel mowers to organic phosphate-free fertilizers. You can find everything you need to keep an eco-friendly lawn at Lacoste Garden Centre.

Do you carry organic and sustainable options for controlling insect populations? Many plants and insects require different courses of actions. It is recommended that you bring any affected leaves or branches, contained within a sealed bag, to Lacoste Garden Centre so we can properly diagnose the problem and advise you on the proper treatment.

How often should I water my lawn? Mother Nature is neither predictable nor reliable when it comes to watering a lawn, we often have to provide additional moisture by watering. Lawns require an inch or two of water per week. A rain gauge is a helpful way to determine how much water your lawn receives. Watering your lawn in the early morning prevents disease and long deep waterings encourage deep root growth.

When is it best to fertilize my lawn? Manitoba lawns generally require at least three feeding per year. It is best to fertilize a lawn when it is actively growing. Fertilizing during this time will enhance both root growth and nutrient storage. Manitoba lawns grow most actively during the spring and the fall.

How do I apply fertilizer to my lawn? Fertilizer can be applied in either liquid or granular form. Liquid fertilizers are often applied with a garden hose attachment while dry fertilizers are applied with a broadcast, drop, or hand held spreader. When applying dry fertilizer fill the spreader on pavement to avoid spillage. Weaving one way and then in the other direction will ensure an even spread of fertilizer.

What are the common types of lawn seeds for Manitoba? When it comes to choosing lawn seed Manitoba is considered a cool season climate. The most common grass seeds for this region are; Kentucky Blue Grass, Perennial Rye Grass, and Creeping Fescues.

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Why type of trees develop pretty fall colours? There has been some excellent progress in developing exciting new trees with beautiful fall color. Manitobans are no longer limited to yellow leaves in autumn. Trees such as the Amur Maples and Tatarian Maple have proven themselves to be hardy in Manitoba winters and produce rich vibrant red leaves in the fall.

What is a standard? Quite often you need a feature tree in a garden, but even the smallest trees may be too large for the space you are trying to fill. To fix this problem nurseries have developed what are called 'standards' by taking desirable shrubs, removing the roots and grafting the shrub onto a small tree stalk . By doing this, you can have a beautiful little tree that won't overtake a small garden.


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