Archives for September 2014

Fall Events At The Family Tree

It's Fall, Yall

Leaves are starting to change, crispness is in the air and fall is officially here! Who is excited? The team at The Family Tree Garden Center is having events to keep you feeling festive and educated on new things going on in the gardening and landscaping industry! Join us:

Tabletop Gardening, Miniatures, Fairies, and Terrariums
Saturday, September 27 – 10am
Brighten up tables, mantels, patios and more with tiny gardens.  Change them out with each season.  Join expert Ariann Aken as she walks you through this fun miniature world.

Decorating for The Holidays
Saturday, October 4 – 10am
It’s never too soon to learn great new tips and tricks for decorating for fall, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s! Join decorating maven Regina Lewis for this fun, interactive seminar and learn new exciting design ideas.

New Plant Explosion with BUDDY LEE! So much more than the creator of the Encore Azalea! Buddy Lee
Saturday, October 11 – 10am
We are very excited that Buddy Lee will be back with us! In recent years, new plant  cultivars have become the “rage.”  Which plants will you have success with? Well-known plant breeder Buddy Lee, inventor of Encore Azaleas, will present some new plant introductions, including new releases from the Southern Living Plant Collection and Encore Azalea. Buddy will discuss proper placement, planting and care tips for each new plant release to ensure gardening success. Some of the new plants that Buddy will present are: Sunshine Ligustrum, Lemon Lime Nandina, and Dear Delores Hydrangea.

Quick Sketch Landscape Design
Saturday, October 11- 10am-2pm – Sign up for your appointment
Do you have an area in your yard that needs attention or a little sprucing up?
Sign up and spend 20 minutes one-on-one with our landscape designers.  You will need to bring 4-5 pictures of ONE AREA of your yard, measurement in feet, and sun exposure.  Our professional designer will draw a quick plan of the area and explain what plants will work best.  Call 770-972-2470 to sign up for your session.

Giveaway Time: Win A Terrarium/Fairy Garden!

Big News! We are doing an incredible GIVEAWAY for one lucky winner. The Family Tree Garden Center is giving away a gorgeous terrarium/fairy garden (see image below) valued at $65 and includes cloche, plants, miniature wagon, mushrooms and decorations. You could be the lucky winner by commenting in the comment section and “liking” The Family Tree Garden Center on Facebook.


terarriumHow to ENTER:

1. Comment on the blog below telling us “Where would you put this terrarium – deck, on the kitchen table, in a bathroom?”

2. Leave your name and email information.

3. “Like” us on Facebook!

We will pick the winners at random and announce them on social media on September 25th, 2014! 


Prepare Your Yard for Fall!

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Fall is finally here and that means it’s time to starting thinking about prepping your yard and garden for gorgeous fall plants, as well as for lush spring growth. The changing season of autumn can bring life into your garden as you prepare for a new planting season.

Plan ahead

Draft a garden map and mark any areas where you experienced frequent problems with weeds, pests, moisture problems, or non-producing plants. Then call The Family Tree to schedule a FREE 20 minute Quick Sketch appointment with one of our landscape designers. This meeting will give you many ideas to breath new life into your landscape! More information on this wonderful free service can be found here.

Take care of your lawn

Fall is the time to prepare your lawn to look golf-course fabulous come spring! You should put down your first round of crabgrass preventer now to keep any of those pesky weeds from taking root over the winter. In addition, if you’re looking to plant new fescue, now is the time to put down seed. However, do not put down seed if you also have applied crabgrass preventer, as it will also prevent the fescue seeds from germinating.

Apply fertilizer

Fall is the time to apply winterizer fertilizer to your lawn to keep it healthy and happy until spring. Brands such as Pennington® are designed to be used in the fall to give grass a boost of nutrients to help them weather the colder winter months.

Add mulch

If you are considering adding new plants from The Family Tree, now is a good time to replenish your mulch. A new layer will both help insulate the new plants’ roots and help retain moisture as we head into a drier winter season.

Take care of your perennials and annuals

Now that your container and flower gardens have endured the brutal summer heat, it’s time to refresh them with bright fall blooms! The Family Tree has beautiful Marigolds, Pansies, Ornamental Peppers, and Cosmos, just to name a few; be sure to stop by to browse our wide selection.

It’s a great time to plant trees and shrubs

Believe it or not, fall is the perfect time to plant those new trees and shrubs you’ve been eyeing! Not only are the more moderate fall temperatures kinder to new plants, but also to you as you work in the yard. Be sure to add landscape fertilizer to any new plants to give them that extra boost they’ll need to prepare for winter.

Protect yourself from pests

As the weather gets colder, ants and other outside pests are more likely to invade the rich soil in your garden and the warm climate inside your home. Either call in a professional or choose some good pest deterrent products at The Family Tree to prevent a normal nuisance from becoming an infestation.

Plant your fall vegetable garden

If you’ve enjoyed a fruitful garden over the summer, why not continue doing so throughout autumn? Turning your summer garden into a fall garden can be as simple as adding fresh fertilizer to the soil and switching out your tomatoes and beans for veggies that thrive in cooler weather. We have a wide selection at The Family Tree and would be happy to help you choose the best veggies for your garden!

We welcome you to come visit our team at The Family Tree! If you need information, direction or help please contact our office by calling 770-972-2470. Make sure to follow-us on Facebook ,Twitter,  Google+!