The ultimate potting soil - everything your plants need, in one bag.

Ocean Forest® Potting Soil - Good Things From the Earth and Sea!

The ultimate potting soil—everything your plants need, in one bag. Ocean Forest® is a powerhouse blend of premium earthworm castings, bat guano, and sea-going fish and crab meal.
Aged forest products, sandy loam, and sphagnum peat moss give Ocean Forest® its light, aerated texture. Start with Ocean Forest® and watch your plants come alive!

Garden tip: Perfect for containers and ready to use right out of the bag. Ocean Forest® is pH adjusted at 6.3 to 6.8 to allow for optimum fertilizer uptake. There’s no need for nitrogen fertilizers at first; instead try an organic blend like FoxFarm Big Bloom® Liquid Plant Food to encourage strong branching and a sturdy, healthy growth habit.

A rose that isn't a rose.

The Rose of Sharon is a Rolling Meadows Garden Center favorite.  It's an easy-to-grow, undemanding plant that loves to live in either full sun or partial shade.  It does well in moist, well-drained solid but is very tolerant of many growing conditions, including drought and pollution.  The Rose of Sharon is very hearty and there are actually very few pests that can bother the plant.  
Wondering when to plant?  Right now is perfect in addition to the spring and fall.  The plant tends to leaf out somewhat late in the springtime, but sometimes takes is time and is slow to start in the growing season.
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The art of plant watering.

Watering plants is very important.  Believe it or not, it takes a bit more than just making sure you get the water in the planter to keep your plants and landscape happy.

Here are a few tips to keep your garden well watered:
 - Focus on the root zone.  It's the roots, not the leaves that need the water.  Wetting anything but the roots is a waste of water and can promote the spread of disease.
 - Water only when needed.  Make sure to water only when necessary.  Reduce watering when rain is abundant.  Too much water can damage your plants.
 - Water deeply and thoroughly. Lawns and annual roots are in the top 6" of soil.  For perennials,  shrubs and trees, it's the top 12".  It may take hours for water to go down 6 - 12"  Use your fingers to check for progress.
 - Water first thing in the morning.  Your plants will love you for this.
 - Mulch everything.  Mulch helps to reduce surface runoff and slows evaporation from the soil.
 - Get the right tools.  For efficient watering at the root zone, use a soaker hose or even more precise a drip irrigation system vs a sprinkler.

Happy Watering!


Rolling Meadows is proud to host the South Johnson County Garden Club.

Have questions about gardening? Want to to learn great tips and share ideas with other people who love to dig in the dirt? This is the time to come together and gather with like minded gardeners. Come and learn about specific products, methods and trick of the trade, all while enjoying light appetizers and great conversation at our monthly meetings. It's easy to join and only costs $25.00 per year. Dig in and see you soon!


Why we love Little Henry Sweeptspire.

Looking for fool proof accent plants or hedges that you can use in your landscape? We recommend Little Henry Sweetspire. It's a deciduous shrub that is great for smaller spaces in your landscape beds. It's small and showy and reaches about 2 feet tall and 2 1/2 feet in width. Little Henry is fragrant and blooms from June to July, loves full to part sun and can tolerate heavy shade and wet areas. The best part - it's very low maintenance, which makes it a great choice in your landscape.

Why We love Fox Farm Liquid Plant Food...Big Bloom.

There is nothing like seeing plants and flowers looking big and gorgeous! That is why we love Big Bloom Liquid Plant Food by Fox Farm. Big Bloom is ideal for all flowering and fruiting plants and safe to use every time you water. Big Bloom intensify's the flower fragrance and increases essential oil production which gives you amazing flavors in herbs, fruits and vegetables. Using this great product also extends your fruit and flowering season late into the year. It's also the perfect product to help bring a struggling plant back to life.

There is a fungus among us....be on the lookout.

There are quite a few fungal diseases that can impact your lawn and we want to ensure that you are armed to combat anything that might impact your lawn. The fungal diseases are usually pretty specialized, targeting specific lawn types, at certain times of the year and under certain conditions. Before jumping in and trying to treat your lawn, remember the first step is to identify the fungus itself so that you can treat effectively. All Fungicides aren't the same and some of the diseases can be easily solved by making small changes to your current lawn care plan. Knowing your grass type and recent weather conditions can make it easier to narrow down, but you may need help in figuring out exactly what’s going on. Your local cooperative extension center is your best resource for determining which diseases are most common in your area, or you can bring a small baggie of the infected grass to our Garden Center for help. We also have a full line of products to help with these summertime issues, one of our favorites being F-Stop by Fertilome.

It's Summertime!

Can you believe that it's almost August? School will be starting soon - where did the time go? This summer has been so wet - it's exciting to finally have a few days of sun - even if they are almost 100 degrees. We are now able to start on all of the projects that have been delayed due to weather - so we're excited! If you have also had to put off your projects and are ready to get started, you'll be excited to hear that Rolling Meadows Garden Center is fully stocked and ready to assist you in achieving your summer goals and dreams. We've got amazing pots, flowers, fertilizers, soil, mulch, home decor and gift cards. Cannot wait to see you in the shop to let us help assist you with your projects!