Grown Here at Home: Tips to help with outdoor landscaping

Published: Jun. 22, 2020 at 9:34 AM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - If landscaping is on your list of things to do this summer, you’ll probably find yourself at a place like Townside Gardens in Roanoke. They have a bunch of flowers, shrubs and trees to choose from. What you have to keep in mind is what will work for the area you want to plant in. Figuring that out can be tough, but that’s why you have people like Becky Balzer to help you out. She’s been working at Townside Gardens for 25 years. She says there are two main things to keep in mind. First, know your soil.

“It’s crucial to have really good soil. Improve, amend your soil. Add as much organic matter as you can. There’s a product that’s kind of a starter fertilizer that helps them get off on a good foot, that we carry and other places carry. But it’s a good thing to get in your soil to get those plants going, initially,” said Becky.

Becky says it’s also important to know your light.

“It’s really important to know what your sun exposure is. Sometimes people think that they have full sun when it’s morning sun and it’s from nine until 11 or 12, and that’s not sufficient for many shrubs and many trees. Four to six hours or more we would consider full sun,” Becky explained.

Overall, whether you’re planting in the sun or shade, there’s a plant out there that will suit you just fine, but it first starts with understanding the sun and soil where you live.

“I think if you give these plants a good start, you’re going to be way ahead of the game,” Becky said.

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