GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2014-4-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — Winter may still be in full force in some parts of the Midwest, but Meijer is thinking spring with the opening of its Garden Centers this past weekend. Despite the snow, there is still plenty that restless green thumbs can do to get their garden prepped for planting. Bill Stechebar, divisional merchandising manager over outdoor and indoor garden and floral at Meijer shares the following tips:
1. Start seeds indoors.
Can’t wait to feel the soil between your fingers? Get your fix by starting your seeds indoors. The seeds will need lots of light. Florescent lights are recommended but strong lights from other lamps will work too.
2. Build a raised-bed garden.
Raised-bed gardens have grown in popularity and with good reason. Using a raised bed can help prevent weeds if constructed and maintained properly. For gardeners struggling with poor soil quality, it can help boost the nutrients. Novice to carpentry? No worries. You can find affordable and easy-to-assemble cedar raised-bed garden kits at your local Meijer for just $39.99.
3. Nip crabgrass in the bud.
Crabgrass has been a nemesis to many gardeners for years. One solution is to prevent it before it becomes a problem. “If you don’t want crabgrass, one solution is a crabgrass preventer and fertilizer that can be sprinkled before the thaw,” said Stechebar. But don’t wait too long. “If it’s not applied before crabgrass starts growing, you have a battle on your hands. “
4. Trim ornamental grasses.
For those who have a hankering to be outside, trimming ornamental grasses is a great pre-thaw task. According to Stechebar, trimming and pruning makes way for new growth when the warm weather arrives.
5. Spread new mulch.
After the ground begins to show but before the weather is warm enough for planting, get outside and spread new mulch before your perennials start to remerge.
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 204 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As a pioneer of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive electronics departments, garden centers and apparel offerings. Additional information on Meijer and the ability to shop for more can be found at www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.
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