FAQ

Donation & Credit Card FAQ

Q: Do you accept credit cards?

A: Yes! All English Gardens stores accept VISA, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover.

Q: Will English Gardens donate to my organization?

A: English Gardens donates to hundreds of organizations every year! We simply ask that requests are made in writing at least one month in advance. A donation request form is available upon request.

Plant Care FAQ

Q: Does English Gardens do Public Speaking engagements for community organizations?

A: English Gardens has extremely knowledgeable speakers who are available for Garden Club functions and community organizations. We love to talk about anything gardening-related! We often conduct demonstrations, and lead Make It & Take It Workshops. This is our passion, after all!

Because we believe in community and personal growth we charge a $75 flat rate for out-of-store speaking engagements. For additional information, please contact info@EnglishGardens.com. We look forward to speaking at your next event! 

Q: What’s wrong with my plant?

A: This is a loaded question, but you're in luck! English Gardens offers free plant diagnosis. Just bring in a fresh sample of the problem into one of our many retail stores across the Detroit Metro area. One of our experts will diagnose your gardening ailment and write a "Plantscription" to help get your plant or lawn healthy and happy again. Plantscriptions offer detailed recommendations so you can successfully treat the problem. Both conventional and completely organic solutions are available.

Q: Can I plant tropical plants outside?

A: Tropical plants can be a perfect patio addition, and are also great accents for flower beds. In their containers, tropical plants can be enjoyed outside throughout the summer months. Be sure to adjust plants slowly to sunny locations over a period of several weeks, as it's possible for plants to suffer sunburn. Keep in mind that tropical plants will not survive outside during the winter in states that are subject to freezing temperatures.

Q: What houseplants do you recommend for low light?

A: Some popular plants for low light areas include:

  • Snake Plant
  • Peace Lily
  • Pothos &
  • Corn Plants
Q: How long with my indoor flowering plant last?

A: With proper care, with the right amount of light and water, orchids can flower for three months or more. While Azaleas can last for two months and violets can bloom year-round!

Q: When do spring-flowering bulbs like tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths arrive?

A: These gorgeous Spring flowers usually arrive around Labor Day.

Q: When do I plant spring-flowering bulbs?

A: Anytime in the Fall before the ground freezes. Spring-flowering bulbs need the winter cooling period in order to bloom vibrantly in the Spring.

Q: Which way do I plant the bulbs?

A: Always plant bulbs with the pointy side up.

Lawn Care FAQ

Q: When should I fertilize my lawn?

A: For best results, we recommend a 4-step process. To maximize the effectiveness of the fertilizer use Jonathan Green Mag-I-Cal to adjust soil pH. This product ensures maximum nutrient uptake for grass plants.

Apply these steps around the following holidays:

  • First Step: Apply around Easter to feed and prevent crabgrass
  • Second Step: Apply around Memorial Day to prevent broadleaf weeds like dandelions
  • Third Step: Apply around 4th of July for a summer feeding
  • Fourth Step: Apply around Labor Day
Q: How do I apply lawn fertilizer?

A: Use a broadcast or drop spreader according to manufacturer’s instructions. If you need help learning this method one of our English Gardens in-store experts can provide a demonstration.

If you purchase the Season-Long Lawn Fertilizer Program we will rent a spreader to you, for free!

Q: When should I seed my lawn?

A: Grass seed can be planted any time of year, but Fall is the best time. Spring is the next best time when the ground temperature is warm. During the Spring, use a lawn fertilizer with a starter fertilizer, rather than a crabgrass preventer, which will keep the seed from germinating.

Q: How short do I cut my lawn?

A: You'll usually want to keep your lawn between two and three inches tall. A great rule of thumb is to remove no more than one-third of the blade at a time.

Q: When should I water my lawn?

A: Lawns require about an inch of water each week, either from rain or supplemental methods. Deep waterings that are less frequent are best to help develop strong roots.

Q: How do I control moles in my lawn?

A: Moles eat grubs. If you get rid of the grubs, the moles will look elsewhere for food.

Christmas FAQ

Q: Do English Gardens artificial Christmas trees come with a stand?

A: Yes, a tree stand is always included. We also carry heavy-duty tree stands for artificial trees, which we highly recommend for giant trees or anything placed in a windy area.

Q: How big is the box for an artificial Christmas tree? Can it fit in my car?

A: Most boxes will fit into the trunk of a car. After you've picked out a few tree options online give us a call for specific box dimensions and measure the space ahead of time. This way you'll never waste a trip. We know how valuable your time is!

Q: What size artificial Christmas trees do you carry?

A: English Gardens artificial Christmas trees range from table-top sizes (2 to 3 feet tall) to 15 feet tall. However, trees that are 7 ½-feet tall are the most commonly purchased. Most homes have an 8-foot ceiling allowing the appropriate amount of room for a tree topper or angel!

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