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Bates Nursery and Garden Center Plant Philosophy

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My grandmother always said, “If you are going to buy a two dollar plant, dig a ten dollar hole”.  She had a gift of overstatement, but her point is clear; success begins with the soil.  My dad would always refer to planting without amending the soil as, “False economy”.  

It makes little sense to purchase the best plants and not give them the best opportunity to achieve their maximum.  Our plant philosophy must therefore begin at the ground level.  With that in mind, we have taken matters into our own hands…literally, to bring the best soils and amendments to the market.

Years ago I became frustrated with what was being sold in the marketplace.  Many products labeled “Topsoil” and “Potting Soil” are so inept, they will barely grow weeds (I’m not kidding). The biggest problem with bagged products labeled “Topsoil” is that they have NO topsoil in them at all.  That is difficult to understand. Since we have been unable to discern why a product labeled “topsoil” does not contain topsoil, we have taken a decidedly different approach of formulating EarthMix® brand products.    The ineptitudes of many bagged soils provided the impetus to begin our own soil mixes.  As a result, we began our EarthMix® soil products over a decade ago.  Our topsoil products have…you guessed it, real topsoil. 

We have a complete array of EarthMix® products for all landscape applications.  Plants grown in EarthMix® don’t just survive…they thrive!  EarthMix® products have no chemical fertilizers, only natural nutritional sources are ever used.  EarthMix® products are equally at home in the vegetable garden or the landscape.  We’re so confident of the benefits of what EarthMix® give you that we the following commitment: If for any reason, you are ever unhappy with the results you achieve with EarthMix® brand products we will issue you a full credit for product purchased.

Now that you know we are committed to helping you achieve success in gardening, that commitment is furthered by our relationships with our vendors.  We sell the best plants: Period.  We are proud to be a Monrovia Boutique.  We are proud to sell plants grown by: Iseli Nursery, Imperial Nurseries, Bert Hybels, Inc., as well as many other high quality growers.  We offer the greatest array in gardening.  You will not get a better combination of quality plants, friendly professional help, and selection.  We believe these things add up to one thing: Value.

We look forward to helping you successfully grow your garden, no matter what kind of garden you have!

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