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1. How do I get there? Which exit do I take?
We are located in Southwest Houston. There is a different exit for our location depending on where you are coming from.

      From town on 59 South, you will take the West Belfort/Murphy Road exit. After you exit the freeway, you will see a Holiday Inn. Stancliff is the first street past the Holiday Inn. Turn Right, we are 1/2 mile down on the left before you get to Wilcrest.
     From Sugar Land going north on 59, take the Wilcrest exit. Turn left on Wilcrest, to to second light, turn right on Stancliff, we are the 3rd building on the right.
     Tollway from I-10/Memorial (west side) going south, exit the 59 South Frontage exit, go to light, make right on the 59 South Frontage road. A couple of blocks down you will see a Holiday Inn. Stancliff is the first street past the Holiday Inn. Turn Right, we are 1/2 mile down on the left before you get to Wilcrest.
     Tollway from 288 going east, Exit the West Bellfort exit, go to second set of lights, turn left on the 59 South Frontage Road. A couple of blocks down you will see a Holiday Inn. Stancliff is the first street past the Holiday Inn. Turn Right, we are 1/2 mile down on the left before you get to Wilcrest.

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2. How do I plant a tree?
 Giving your trees the right care from day one is essential for long life and health. This means taking the time and care to plant a tree properly.
   The most common mistake when planting a tree is digging a hole, which is both too deep and too narrow. Too deep and the roots don't have access to sufficient oxygen to ensure proper growth. Too narrow and the root structure can't expand sufficiently to nourish and properly anchor the tree.
   As a general rule, trees should be transplanted no deeper than the soil in which they were originally grown. The width of the hole should be at least 3 times the diameter of the root ball or the container. This will provide the tree with enough worked earth for its root structure to establish itself.
   When digging in poorly drained clay soil, it is important to avoid 'glazing.' Glazing occurs when the sides and bottom of a hole become smoothed forming a barrier, through which water has difficulty passing. To break up the glaze, use a fork to work the bottom of the hole slightly higher than the surrounding area. This allows water to disperse, reducing the possibility of water pooling in the planting zone.
   After planting a tree, build a 4-inch tall berm around the edge of the hole. Fill the berm with a mulch (shredded bark mulch or compost) The mulch and berm make it easier to water the tree.
   For most trees, staking is not recommended. However, if the tree trunk is not sturdy enough, use two stakes, one on either side, and give the trunk suport for the first year. Right after planting, water the tree in by filling the bermed basin with water. This will settle the existing soil around the root ball. For the first week, lightly water the tree every day. The second week, water every other day. During week three, water every 3rd day. Week four and beyond, water once a week if needed. The goal is to wean the tree slowly off of supplemental irrigation, and get the root system large enough for the tree to thrive on natural rainfall. Remember that these are just guidelines. More plants are killed by overwatering than by under watering. Use your index finger to check the soil moisture under the mulch. If the soil is cool to the touch, do not water. If it is warm and dry, then water.


3. What is a flat?
   A flat is a container that has 18 (or 20) 4" compartments in it that holds 18 (or 20) plants.

4. What is an Annual?
  The term annual is applied to garden flowers that complete their life cycle in the span of one growing season. This means they come up in the spring, grow, flower, set seed and then die after the frosts in the fall. Annuals are sometimes categorized as cool or warm season. Cool season annuals such as geranium, petunia, and snapdragon, grow best when the temperatures are in the 70's and 80's during the day. Best flower production is in the spring and fall, flower production decline in the middle of a hot summer. Warm season annuals, such as Blue Daze and Pentas perform well when the day time temps are in the 80's and 90's.

5. What are Perennials?
   The term perennial is frequently used by gardeners to refer to herbaceous (non-woody) perennial flowers. Most herbaceous perennials grow and flower for several years. Some are short lived, surviving for only 3 to 4 years. In the fall, the tops of herbaceous perennials (leaves, stems, and flowers) die down to the ground while the root system persists through the winter. In the spring, the plant grows new leaves from its crown or roots.

6. What do the numbers on the Fertilizer bag mean?
The first number is Nitrogen. Nitrogen is the plant food that is essential for strong stems, healthy leaves, and deep green foliage, especially in turfgrass. The second number is Phosphate.Phosphorus promotes healthy root systems and is especially important to the growth of young plants such as newly transplanted plants and seedlings. It also stimulates flowering. The third number is Potash.Potassium promotes flowering and fruit production. It is also the plant food essential for plant vigor, winter hardiness and disease resistance.

7. 99% of all plant material die from too much water or not enough water. When planting hand water in all plants and ensure good drainage. Leaves turn yellow from too much or too little water. Check to see if the plant is too dry or too wet.



8. Approximate Area Coverage For Mulch
2 Cu. Ft. Bag Covers:
24 Sq. Ft. 1" Deep or
12 Sq. Ft. 2" Deep or
8 Sq. Ft. 3" Deep


3 Cu. Ft. Bag Covers:
36 Sq. Ft. 1" Deep or
18 Sq. Ft. 2" Deep or
12 Sq. Ft. 3" Deep


9. Uses and Rates for Mulch
Flower Beds 4"-6" Walkways 3"-4"
Ground Cover 3"-4" Play Areas 4"-6"
Raised Plantings 2"-4"
Tropical Gardens 2"-4"



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