Fertilizer: What’s in the Bag?

2019-05-23T14:32:49-04:00May 23rd, 2019|Categories: Hooks Tips, What We Offer|

When it comes to buying potting soil keep an eye out for labels that say fertilizer starter charge and slow release fertilizer included in the mix. These phrases sound similar but refer to an important often overlooked difference in potting soils. A soil labeled fertilizer starter charge contains a minimal amount of fertilizer mixed into [...]

Fertilizer: What is N-P-K?

2019-05-22T15:19:29-04:00May 22nd, 2019|Categories: Hooks Tips, What We Offer|

Plants have specific nutrients needs for healthy growth and development, most of which are taken up from the soil by the plants roots. These nutrients are the building blocks for plant tissues. Overtime, watering leaches nutrients from soil and fertilizer is needed to replace them. This process happens especially fast in potted plants. There are [...]

Hook’s Tricky Soil Solutions

2019-05-22T15:05:47-04:00May 22nd, 2019|Categories: Hooks Tips, Soil|

The base of any garden is its soil. While a few plants can thrive in clay or sandy soil conditions most plants prefer well draining nutrient rich soil. Here are our recommendations for amending clay or sandy soil conditions: Clay soil - 1/3 - ½ volume of sand to help with drainage as well as [...]

Sunlight Requirements Demystified

2019-05-01T17:47:35-04:00May 1st, 2019|Categories: Annuals, Hooks Tips, Perennials, Plants We Love|

All plants have different preferences for sunlight, soil type, and water requirements which are all important for growing happy plants. While measuring sun exposure for plants is not an exact science, the definitions below are the generally accepted standards for determining sun exposure in the garden. Full Sun: At least 6 hrs of direct, unfiltered [...]

Deer Resistant Plants

2019-05-01T16:49:16-04:00April 30th, 2019|Categories: Annuals, Hooks Tips, Perennials, Plants, Plants We Love, Shrub|

Are deer munching on your garden? Deer can devastate a landscape especially if planted with their favorite snacks such as hostas, daylilies, azaleas, rhododendrons, roses, burning bushes, tulips and pansies. When planting deer resistant landscaping remember this tip for picking out plants. Deer do not like fine, fuzzy and fragrant plants. Here at Hook’s we have [...]

Rabbit Resistant Plants

2019-04-30T17:46:23-04:00April 30th, 2019|Categories: Annuals, Herbs, Hooks Tips, Perennials, Plants We Love, Shrub, Vegetables|

Rabbits are adorable critters that can cause problems in the garden. No plants are completely rabbit proof and young plants are particularly vulnerable. That being said, some plants are generally considered rabbit resistant. These plants tend to be thorny, spiny, heavily aromatic or that secrete a milky sap which makes them less appetizing to rabbits. Here at Hook’s we [...]

Lawn Care Tips

2019-04-23T15:54:15-04:00April 28th, 2019|Categories: Hooks Tips, What We Offer|Tags: |

Spring is here and grass is starting to take off. Here are a couple of Hook’s Tips to help get your lawn looking its best! In general, we recommend only bagging lawn clippings if diseases or fungi problems are suspected. Leaving lawn clippings allows them to be a free compost and return nutrients to the soil. [...]

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