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11/09/2013
By: biggreentomato
Big Green Tomato
Ladies and Gents, We at the Big Green Tomato want to thank you for helping us Grow. In case you have not heard we have tripled the size of our store. Our New location is just a mile from our old location. Come see the new store and better deals than anywhere in town.Big Green Tomato, Bigger and Better than Ever478 Main StBattle Creek MI 49014269-282-1593
02/28/2014
By: Nini S.
Big Green Tomato
These folks really know what they're talking about. Very helpful and will recommend just what you need for your price point. Great store.
04/05/2013
By: purplesunset
Chapman's Nursery & Garden Center
The salesmen are very knowledgeable about their plants, shrubs and trees. Friendly and helpful to a new property owner like myself.
Tips & Advices
A plant guarantee covers the buyer that if a plant doesn’t survive the guaranteed amount of time (usually one year, but sometimes up to 5), the plant will be replaced. This does not cover annuals, which have a life cycle of only 1 year.
How often to water a grass lawn depends on the climate, the type of soil that surrounds your property, and how deep the root system of your grass grows. A general rule for watering is: every day during summer in warm climates. This rule can be modified if lawns are older, or the climate cooler. For mature well-rooted lawns, deeper but less-frequent waterings are recommended as being healthier than daily 15-minute rinses.
Fruit trees should be watered different frequency of times depending when they were planted. Younger trees, up to the second growing season, should be watered twice a week. Make sure to give up to 1 full gallon of water weekly to newly planted trees during their growing season, and more when it’s gaining  eaves. Once the tree reaches mature fruit-bearing stage, waterings can be cut back, as the roots are sunk and can find ground water.
The question of when to plant fruit trees really depends on climate. The general rules are: You should not plant fruit trees when the ground is frozen, when the peak daytime temperature is more than 90 degrees Fahrenheit, or when the forecast shows extreme weather (i.e. a tornado warning). Aside from those rules, the suggested planting times are either fall (which most people recommend) or spring (for bare-root trees).
There are many kits sold on the market that measure soil pH levels. Dyes, test strips, and electronic pH meters are all formulated to assist the home gardener. Many people choose to simply shake up soil and distilled water, and then measure the pH with a hand-held meter However, some people consider this method not very useful, and suggest using a lab for greater accuracy.

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