While it is commonly known that women like shopping, and men rather avoid it, things change a little when it comes to shopping for your garden. This is an activity that everybody likes, but not everybody can do wisely.
Before you actually start shopping, you should do some research. Read some magazines or articles that offer you some tips. It is a good idea to make some notes about the things that you like, and this way it will be easier to go for only the things that you need, rather than to shop randomly.
You will know what you are looking for. Also it might be a good idea to make a list or a budget. This way you won’t be tempted by impulse purchases that might be unnecessary.
There are some days and hours that are more suitable for garden shopping than others. For example in case you go to the store on a Saturday morning, you can be sure that the place will be packed.
You won’t be able to ask the staff any questions, and the entire activity won’t be that fun.
Instead you might choose to go on a Friday afternoon. There will be less people and the majority of the garden centers get new products on Fridays.
The garden centers change their items every season, so in case you go during certain season, you will learn more about the plants that are blooming in that period.
Asking questions doesn’t cost anything, so in case you aren’t sure of something, go ahead and ask the staff. You can be sure that they will do their best to help you.
Don’t throw plants in your basket in a hurry. Be sure that you read the labels in advance. This way you will learn a lot of things about the plant in question and you might realize that it isn’t the most suitable one for you.
The receipt is also very important when shopping. There are numerous plants that come with a warranty. Naturally this could be used only in case you keep the receipt. In case you have a garden journal, you might tuck the receipts in it.
The prices that certain stores have are higher or lower than others, so you should shop around before actually buying something. Many stores offer plants in stacks. Usually these are less expensive than the separate plants, and you could get a stack of the same plant or a mixture of different plants.
Although the majority of people are tempted to buy the flowers when they are blooming, this might not be a good idea. In case they don’t have flowers when you plant them, they will put more effort into growing the roots than into producing flowers.
One last suggestion that you should keep in mind is to buy only those plants that look healthy. They should have a nice green color (in case that is the color that they are supposed to have).