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Answer:
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Put the EasyBloom Plant Sensor anywhere, inside or outside, where you want to grow a plant or have a plant you want advice on. The Plant Sensor will measure sunlight, temperature, water drainage and humidity. Plug the EasyBloom Plant Sensor into the USB port of your PC or Mac. EasyBloom.com adjusts the raw sensor data with your local growing zones, climate, and hourly weather. From our 5,000+ plant library, we’ll recommend what plants are best for your spot and how to care for them. If you already have a plant, the Plant Doctor will tell you what to fix (and what you’re doing right). Use again and again, inside and outside.
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Soil Scoop

We all have that one gardening must have when it comes to the tools we use. The one tool that is always in my hand when I am gardening is my SOIL SCOOP.  The comfort grip handle fits nicely in my hand, and the scoop itself is just amazing. What I find so amazing about it is that no matter what type of soil you are digging in be it rich black dirt, sand, clay, or even gravel, the soil scoops gets right in there and does its job. Another feature that I admire is the toothed edges. When I need to do minor weeding where just the surface needs to be scuffed to dig up the annoying little weeds, I simply just scratch this over my dirt or bark and they are dug up easily. This will be the best garden tool in your tool shed.

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“I just got my garden all planted and now I am looking to either put down mulch or rock. How do I go about figuring this out?” ~Tori

Well Tori, here at Garden Crossings we have a feature that will help you with an answer to your question. If you go to our Mulch & Soil Calculator it will do all the math for you. You will need to know how big your garden is, the length and width, or the diameter of a circle.  Just simply put the dimensions in and decide how thick you would like the mulch/rock spread and the Mulch & Soil Calculator will give you the results. If you have the ability to trailer your load in we can tell you how many yards you need. Or if you need to go to the local store and pick up bags we will tell you how many bags you need. We hope that you find our Mulch & Soil Calculator helpful in maintaining your garden. Let us know what you think, we would love to hear from you.

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Garden Crossings Plant Calculator

You have the perfect location all picked out, the only problem is you don’t know how many plants would be best for your garden spot. Well here at Garden Crossings we have created a simple help tool for you. Our plant calculator will let you know how many plants we would suggest based on a few simple questions. What is the length of your garden? What is the width of your garden? and last, How far apart do you want your plants?  After this is quickly calculated we will give you 2 different garden pattern options/ideas. Why not give our plant calculator a try right now? See how simple it is!

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February: Gardening Activities

Our Average Daily High Temp for Michigan in February is 31°.

I look at February as the pre-gardening month. Even though it is still cold in the northern states in February your gardening activities are starting to begin. Maybe you will see your first blooms later this month, if you’re lucky.

It is always beneficial to clean you gardening tools at least once during the year to keep them working properly. Since the beginning of February is still cold, this makes it an excellent time to do this.

Many of the same garden pests you see outside during the summer can also attack your indoor plants. Check all your indoor plants for pests during this month. If any of your house plants need to be potted into a larger container, now is the time to do it. Get this done now because soon your garden activities will turn to outdoor activities.

If the cold weather breaks during this month remember there is more cold weather to come. Some of your early spring flowering bulbs may think spring has arrived. If you see some of your plants beginning to grow make sure to cover them if the weather turns cold again. Once the weather moderates, remember to uncover them again.

If the ground is soft enough, it is an excellent time to start transplanting your deciduous shrubs and trees. They must be transplanted before their buds begin to swell. You can also begin dividing any perennials that you wanted to divide or move. You can refer to the garden plan you created in your previous months activities. This will not only help you locate them, but also help you remember where you wanted to plant them. Most perennials must be divided before the new growth begins to appear.

February is an excellent month to start pruning your trees and shrubs. Pruning does not only help shape your plants, but helps create good air movement in and around your plant. Make sure to remove all old or dead branches first then decide which other branches need to be removed. If you are pruning your flowering shrubs make sure you do not prune any shrubs that flower on the previous season’s growth. Otherwise, it will result in lost flowers. General rule of thumb, if your shrub flowers in spring or early summer it probably has already produced their flower buds. These shrubs should be pruned after they flower.

Ornamental Grasses can add winter interest to the garden during the time of year many plants cannot. I encourage our customers not to trim them until late winter. If you have not trimmed your grasses down to the ground, do so soon. You do not want the new growth starting while the old foliage is still standing. It makes for a slow start, especially if you end up trimming the new growth while removing the old.

If you plan to start slow growing annuals such as lobelia, ageratum, verbena, petunia and vinca from seed, this is a great time to sow them. Remember to keep them warm and moist until the majority of the seeds have sprouted. Some seeds may require higher light levels to sprout, so a south or westward facing window should do the trick.

Lastly, continue to feed the birds. It can still be hard for them to find food on their own, during these late winter months. Soon they will have plenty to eat, but until then keep them happy.

To-Dos:

Clean & sharpen garden tools
Check house plants for pests
Transplant deciduous shrubs & trees
Prune summer flowering shrubs
Begin dividing your perennials
Trim your ornamental grasses
Sow slow growing annuals indoors
Continue feeding the birds
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