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On to March

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On to March

You have questions.  Answers are given: “The At Home Show” live; Saturdays, 8am!


It's been a roller coaster week. We’ve seen daytime high temperatures above eighty degrees and below fifty. It has been rainy, mild, sunny, and cloudy. As springtime approaches, we all look forward to more consistently pleasant weather. We have been busy in preparation for the season just ahead. We have scratched a number of projects off the "to-do list". The nature of projects being what they are, it always seems to take a bit more time to complete any given task, than what we hope it will. That's my way of letting you know that Bates is once again looking for seasonal staff additions; to increase our ability to meet your needs! Click here to apply!


We take all measures necessary to protect the plants we overwinter in our cold storage buildings. When it comes to the health of our plants, we don't leave anything to chance that we can prevent. Between the plants we overwinter and the plants we have received this week, we already have an outstanding selection.


No doubt you still have legitimate concerns about plants that have suffered from the exposure to Santa’s arctic gift, just before Christmas. I receive several emails daily from concerned gardeners about specific plants in their yard. I try to answer as best I can, given that I'm not standing there, actually looking at the plant or plants that are in question. This much I can say with relative certainty: more will be revealed…soon! The extent of damage to your plants may still not fully be discernible. I strongly encourage continued patience, along with a watchful eye. Time will tell, but perhaps not just yet…we are getting close!


Plants that are known to be of marginal hardiness will likely be susceptible to the most severe damage from winter. Loropetalum is the top of that list. That doesn't necessarily mean you should stop using it. It does mean however, you may need to treat it as an annual; that frequently survives the winter.


David Bates


  1. Debbie R Debbie R

    The winter freeze took out my 15 year old evergreens. What columnar evergreen do you recommend for foundation planting?
    I'm seeing a tall, slender, weeping evergreen in newer subdivisions that's quite striking. Height of my home is about 25 feet.

  2. Lynna Carlton Lynna Carlton

    Do you have any good sized privacy trees?
    Leyland Cypress, Cedar trees? I’m

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