Discover the Fun of Gardening

March 14, 2012   

Trees are the ceilings of our outdoor spaces.

A tree is the focal point in your landscape. It provides cooling shade in the summer and a place to have picnics in the spring. If you've been thinking about adding a tree to your yard, but weren't sure where to start, then join us this Saturday at 10am for a workshop on planting and caring for trees. We'll teach you all the tricks for getting trees off to a great start (See below for a preview) and tell you about the cool trees that grow well in our area. Trees not only shade us, but they provide some welcome relief to plants during hot summer days. All of the beautiful geraniums and daisies you are planting this spring will thank you this summer.

Happy Gardening,
Kim, Joey and Mark

In This Issue

Planting Trees

Upcoming Events

New Wrought Iron
Trellises and Sheppard hooks

Cool New Bonsai Pots



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Tips for Tree Planting

The shade a tree provides can save you money on cooling costs, add value to your home and make a wonderful spot for a picnic. Plant a tree today and watch it grow.

Tools and Materials that you'll need  
- Shovel

- Kerby's Planting Soil

- Kerby's 8-4-8 Fertilizer

- Root Stimulator

- Staking Materials (Stake and Tie Tape)

- Water Source (for you and the tree!)

Tips for Proper Planting
- Loosen the roots.

- Dig the hole twice as wide as the rootball and the same depth.

- Plant level with the existing soil, never deeper.

- Use Kerby's Planting Soil 50/50 with the existing soil.

- Use a hose to wash soil into the hole and remove air pockets.

- Build a dirt berm around the rootball to help water the roots.

- Root Stimulator gets trees off to a great start.
Caring for a Tree
Water, Water, Water . . . Is probably the most important tip we can give you. Water, Water, Water . . . Is probably the most important tip. Water a tree daily for the first month, always watering in the morning. Water every other day for the second month and twice a week in the third month. Depending on the size of the tree, after three months you may be able to reduce watering to once per week. Fertilize monthly with Kerby’s 8-4-8 fertilizer for the first year.

Always water new trees with a hose, not a sprinkler system. Either run the hose on slow drip for 30 to 45 minutes, or fill the dirt berm you created up 3 times and letting it soak down each time. Tip: Water only the roots of the tree, not the leaves. While there is no harm in getting water on the leaves, a tree only takes up water through its roots.

With these tips you should be on your way to a beautiful tree. Happy Planting!

Upcoming Events

Kerby's has lots of fun planned for the garden in 2012, including workshop favorites on vegetables, herbs and roses, as well as some new workshops on bulbs and trees. There has never been a better time to Discover the Fun of Gardening.



Workshop: Planting and Caring for Trees
Saturday, March 17th at 10:00 am

Do you want a wonderful shade canopy that adds value to your house? Or a spring-flowering tree that lights up your landscape? Then you need a tree! This workshop will teach you all about planting and caring for new trees and give you all the tricks we use to make sure a tree gets off to a good start. We'll also talk about caring for trees as they grow to maximize growth and beauty.





Workshop: Growing Delicious Herbs
Saturday, March 24 at 10am

We all love food. And we love food even more when it's cooked with tasty herbs.  Growing your own herb garden is easy and it is a great way to always have fresh herbs for all of your favorite recipes. Come to this workshop to learn all about growing herbs and what herbs can be used for.





Workshop: Fruit Trees for Small Spaces
Saturday, March 31st at 10:00 am

Juicy and delicious, there is nothing like picking fruit from a tree you've grown and eating it on the spot. But not everyone has a huge yard with room for an orchard. At this fruit tree workshop we'll focus on some new dwarf varieties of fruit trees that are great for your yard, and talk about how to keep trees smaller when space is limited.




3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 7th at 10am SHARP!
Please note the Easter egg hunt is on Saturday

Bring your Easter basket and get ready for a whole lot of fun . . . it's the 3rd annual Easter Egg Hunt at Kerby's. Starting right at 10:00am, be ready to hunt and see how many Easter Eggs you can find hidden among the beautiful flowers.



Workshop: Butterfly Gardening
Saturday, April 14th at 10:00 am

It's so relaxing watching butterflies flutter about your garden. If you want some ideas for planning and planting a butterfly garden, come out to this fun workshop. You'll learn about all the different types of butterflies that are common in our area, and how to attract them to your garden.





Workshop: Growing Roses in Florida
Saturday, April 21st at 10am
Presented by the Tampa Rose Society

The Tampa Rose Society will be out all day to answer your toughest questions about roses and at 10am, they will present a workshop on growing roses in Florida.


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Kerby's Nursery

2311 S. Parsons Ave.

Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 685-3265

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