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Nursey, Gardening and Growing Terms to Know
Plants, trees and flowers are essential components of a handsome, healthy lawn and garden area. If you've got a green thumb, making your home landscape look like a page out of a gardening magazine is easy and enjoyable. If you're not as good a grower, you may need to purchase trees, flowers and other plants from a wholesale nursery or grower. These commercial greenhouse operations can help you find everything from seeds and trays, to soil mixes and pots. But for first time visitors, a wholesale nursery can be a bit overwhelming. So take a few minutes to learn some of these common landscaping and gardening terms.
Annuals - Most flowers, like marigolds and daisies, only live for a single season. They're called annuals because they must be planted every year.
Biennials - Plants that have a two-year life span are referred to as biennials. Understanding the life span of plant life is a big help when planning a yard or garden project.
Compost - A fertilizer made from decomposing organic materials, usually household waste like potato peels. Some nurseries may sell pre-mixed compost or supplies to make your own compost heap.
Peat Moss - A spongy moss mixtures that's added to fertilizers to help soils maintain a healthy acid level.
Perennials - A non-wood plant with a lifespan of more than a couple years. Most common shrubs and many potted plants fall into this category.
Top Soil – This term refers to high grade soil that used as the upper layer on lawn and garden areas. Most nurseries will sell a variety of top soil that closely mimics native soils.
Wholesale nurseries and growers offer all kinds of plants, trees, flowers, and garden soil. These businesses typically supply smaller nurseries, home and garden centers, as well as other greenhouse distributors with bulk orders. Many retail shops and businesses get their pots, plants, flowers and trees at discount rates through wholesale dealers and growers. As you may know, there are a number of these commercial locations all over the country. Many of them accept mail orders via telephone, as well as orders that are placed online.
There are a lot of plant species, flower types, large and small trees, as well as shrubs sold through wholesale growers and nursery locations. Many people use a variety of seeds and plants to landscape their yards and create their gardens. Horticulture, or the practice of garden cultivation, is very popular these days, and many residential homeowners like to get involved with it to some degree. This is why they turn to retail or public greenhouses and nurseries for tropical flowers, seasonal plants, and plastic trays of small potted herbs.
Both peat and wood are sometimes used in ground soil and fertilizer mixes that are sold for planting and gardening. These garden maintenance products can also be acquired through wholesale growers and nursery locations. Often major wholesale distributors of trees, plants and flowers will offer sale prices to retail garden stores and greenhouses that sell these products to consumers. A lot depends on the season, and what is able to grow well. This is a large industry during the spring and summer months.