Archives for February 2015

Benefits Of Preventing Weeds

Timing for Pre-Emergent Weed Preventercrabgrass preventer
It may sound strange to think about lawn weeds while it’s still so chilly outside.  Just remember, “the minute” ground temperatures reach around 50 degrees, Poana, Crabgrass and other weeds start to sprout.  The key is the timing. Pre-emergent herbicides MUST be applied BEFORE crabgrass seeds germinate.  The end of February to March 5 is the general rule for application.  An application at the beginning of April may be necessary as well as the first application may dissipate over time.

How to Apply/Can I Apply With Grass Seedcrabgrass
Pre-emergent weed preventer should only be applied to established lawns that will not be over-seeded.  Pre-emergent herbicide, designed to prevent grassy weeds from germinating,  also prevents desired grass seed from germinating. If you have bare areas that you plan on seeding into, do not apply pre-emergent herbicide. Generally speaking, once a pre-emergent herbicide/crabgrass preventer is applied in spring, you cannot effectively seed until fall. (Technically you could 16 weeks from application, but that puts you smack in the hottest part of summer, where seeding would not be advisable.) If you have a poor stand of grass overall to begin with, where seeding a good portion of it would be helpful, you might skip the pre-emergent completely, seed the area, and treat grassy weeds with a post-emergence herbicide as they come. You can use the pre-emergent next spring on your established lawn.

REMEMBER: Read all herbicide labels thoroughly to be sure the product can be used on your particular turfgrass and that it controls the weed(s) you are trying to manage.

Health of Your Lawn
While applying pre-emergent to prevent weeds from sprouting is very important, weeds tend to indicate a breakdown somewhere in your yard’s health.  Quality fertilizer, proper watering and adequate air flow around the roots (earthworms) is very important.

Speak to a Georgia Certified Plant Professional at The Family Tree Garden Center to learn more about how to create your dream lawn with minimal effort.

All About Roses

Did you know that there are over 100 species roses? It’s true! And with all of the different types of roses, there is a lot that goes into the planting, growing and caring for them. At The Family Tree Garden Center, we want to ensure that you have gardening success. Here is our quick guide on planting, growing and caring the plant of love:

Planting + Growing

  • According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, roses prefer a near-neutral pH soil range of 5.5–7.0. A pH of Apricot Candy Hybrid Tea Rose6.5 is just about right for most home gardens (slightly acidic to neutral). We recommend adding soil amendments like Espoma Organic Rose-Tone and Dr. Earth Rose & Flower Fertilizer. They are both excellent for all roses.
  • Roses love sunlight, so plant them in a location where they will receive 5 to 6 hours of full sun per day.
  • Roses can be cut back and moved in either spring or fall, but not in midsummer, as they might suffer and die in the heat. Large rose canes can be cut back by as much as two thirds, and smaller ones to within 6 to 12 inches of the ground.


  • Pests are common when it comes to roses. Good gardening practices such as removing dead leaves and canes will help reduce pests. The Family Tree Garden Center trusts Bonide to assess possible pest situations and to provide viable solutions to your pest problem.

The Family Tree Garden Center takes pride in hand picking the rose selection that we offer. You can view our selection of roses online or visit us today. Plant some love in your garden today!

Want to learn more? Be sure to join us for Tuesday’s at The Tree.

On March 3rd, we will be covering the Secrets of Spectacular Roses with the president of The Greater Gwinnett Rose Society, Henry Everett and on March 7th, Gwinnett County Extension Service Agent, Tim Daly, will be teaching on Pruning Like A Pro. See you there!


Soil Testing Day

Believe it or not, great soil is the secret to great garden and lawn success. Having a solid foundation which includes proper pH, airflow, probiotics, nutrients and so much more is essential for healthy growth for this season and years to come.  This SUNDAY is the perfect day to find out what’s going on with you soil so that you can begin your spring season creating the healthiest environment for your garden, yard, flowers and containers.  soil testing

Join us this SUNDAY, March 5 from 10am-2pm at The Family Tree as soil expert Chip Utsey will instantly test your soil and give you expert advice. He is prepared to help you figure out if your soil is ready for planting as well as explaining the various amendments to
help make your soil healthy and productive.

• Dig down about 2 inches deep into 5 different areas of your garden and same with your yard.
• Your soil should be just damp — not too wet or too dry.
• Put the soil into one baggie for your garden and one baggie for your yard.
• Chip will evaluate it and give you an instant analysis of your soil.

Make it a habit! Join us every month as we offer multiple events and opportunities for you to learn about your lawn or garden. And as always, if you have any questions, please give us a call at 770-972-2470.

Plant Your Love and Let It Grow

At The Family Tree Garden Center, we are committed to offering expert advice and quality to everyone from novice plant lovers to master gardeners. We are proud to offer events and seminars that will teach, entertain and inform our customers. So no matter whether you are that novice plant lover or the master gardener, we invite you to participate in our upcoming February events.

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You can make this for $10.99! (gnome not included)

Create A Valentine Memory
Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 10am

Chocolates and fancy dinners will perish, but a live Valentine will go on (close to) forever!

For a memorable and long lasting Valentine, we’ll show you how to create a special gift for your loved ones. Upon conclusion of the demonstration, you can choose from an assortment of colorful containers, fresh houseplants, and accessories at exclusive seminar pricing and create your living gift with our tools, soils, and expert help.

Our experts will help you create your one of a kind Valentine. We’ll even add complimentary soil! All ages are welcome.

Soil Testing & Healthy Soils
What Are Soil Amendments and What Do They Do?
Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 10am

It all starts with the soil and that’s why we are bringing in soil expert Chip Utsey!

Chip Utsey is back to help you with your garden and lawn soil.  Be sure to bring in a sample of your soil by digging down about 2 inches into 5 different areas of your garden (same with your yard). Put the soil into one baggie for your yard and one baggie for your garden.  Chip will give you an instant analysis of your soil. Chip will also discuss the various amendments to Bag of Soilhelp make your soil healthy and productive.  This class is a must for flower & vegetable gardeners as well as everyone who wants the prettiest lawn on the block!

We hope you will join us for these February events at The Family Tree Garden Center in Snellville, GA. Have questions about our events? Give us a call at 770-972-2470.




Tips for Spring and Summer Garden Success

Show your garden some love this February!

Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, The Family Tree Garden Center has compiled a list of plants to show some love this month in order to see the most success during the Spring and Summer seasons. Let’s dive right in!

Now is the time to get these plants started in your garden:

Roses – It is no coincidence that February is the best month to start planting your roses. At The Family Tree Garden Center, we have over 300 roses with over 80 varieties to choose from including our new Downton Abbey® Rose Anna’s Promise™ and new 2015 introductions.

Remember that roses need plenty of sunlight, well drained soil and good rose fertilizer. If you already have roses in your garden, then now is the time to start pruning, keeping them at a height between 18-24” and removing any weak, diseased or dead canes. Be sure to leave 4-5 main canes, with each main cane containing a few vigorous shoots. Remember to prune the cane to an outward facing bud so that the new branch will grow outward – not towards the center of the plant.  Feel free to come on in and chat with one of our rose experts.

Pansies – Trust us, your pansies are strong and have weathered the storm! As the weather gets a little warmer and they start to thaw out, start watering and fertilizing with a quality bedding plant fertilizer. Don’t worry if you procrastinated planting your pansies in the fall, plant some now. Purple, yellow pansies

Vegetables – It’s time to start your vegetables from seeds if that’s how you choose to start your garden.  Seeds can be started in a controlled environment and transplanted into your garden when the weather warms up.

Before planting, prepare your garden by pulling up all weeds. You should then work the soil and add lime, compost, Nature’s Helper and a healthy soil like Dr. Earth or Fafard Planting Mix.  The better nourished your soil is before you start planting, the better your success will be this spring and summer.

**Not sure how much lime, compost or Nature’s Helper to your soil? Join us on February 21st at 10am for a Soil Testing.

Trees – This is a great time to start planting your trees. Before you start landscaping with trees, choose an area in your yard that you would like a tree to go. After, speak to an expert at The Family Tree’s Garden Center and we will help you pick the best tree(s) for that area. Once you have picked out the best tree, be sure to prune and remove weak branches. It is important to cut close to a notch because if you leave branches exposed, it can invite disease. Lastly, in order for you to have strong and healthy trees in Spring and Summer, start fertilizing now.

Happy Planting!

Our experts at The Family Tree Garden Center can help you ensure Spring and Summer success. Do not hesitate to stop by or give us a call at 770-972-2470. We’d love to help any way we can!


Downton Abbey® Rose Anna’s Promise™

Anna’s ProAnna's Promisemise™, named for Anna Bates from the television show Downton Abbey® is the first in the Downton Abbey Series of roses.  This new introduction has been much anticipated.
This first introduction praises the true heart and integrity of Anna, lady’s maid to Lady Mary Crawley in the wildly popular Downton Abbey drama series. The unique color combination of golden petals with a pink blush and glowing bronze reverse is a fitting representation of Anna’s character. It seems to glow and sparkle!  Elegant blossoms surrounded by glossy, green foliage, exude a spicy, fruit fragrance. This graceful plant includes strong blossom stems for bouquets in the parlor.

Class: Grandiflora
Flower Color: Bicolor golden tan & pink blush with a copper reverse
Fragrance: Moderate fruity with slight spices
Bud Form: Long, pointed & elegant
Flower Form: Double, single or in small clusters
Flower Size: Medium, up to 4-inch diameter
Petal Count: Around 35
Stem Length: Medium
Plant Habit: Medium/tall
Growth Habit: Very upright
Foliage Color: Deep glossy green
Disease Resistance: Good
Hybridizer: Tom Carruth—2015
Parentage: Voodoo x About Face
Introduced By: Weeks Roses—2015
Collection: Downton Abbey Rose Collection