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Hmm, that doesn't claim that all their garden-department staff know something about plants, just that there are always people in the department who do. If you can find one. Unlike the one who helped my niece, a complete gardening newbie, select the right plants for her Nashville yard, shown here.
Her question was: what to plant along this north side of the house for "instant color". So she was sent home with petunias - on March 8, a full five weeks before Nashville's last-frost date. Which petunias would never be very colorful in this sunless spot, no matter the frost date.
I'd have thought pansies were the obvious choice but no, Home Depot said it was too hot for them.
So, what kind of advice have YOU gotten from Home Depot lately? I'm dying to know.
Another venue for Home Depot's advice-giving is, of course, their website, which indeed has a whole slew of videos with a guy identified only as "Rick" giving advice. One example of his advice? "Many experts recommend fertilizing your lawn in late spring, summer, early fall and again in late fall." Terrible advice.
There's another Rick giving gardening advice for Home Depot, as their gardenblogger. Here's his bio:
Wow, he "worked closely with a Master Gardener!" Maybe you have to BE a Master Gardener, like I am, to know how little that means - someone who attended some classes, passed an open book, take-home test, and did some volunteer work. Master my ass! The rest of the stuff, about his dog and love of BBQ, is just insulting to shoppers looking for knowledgeable staffers to help them.
From the "Rick's Picks" blog, I noticed his recommendation that we till our flower beds:
WTF? To no one's surprise, he also recommends spray-on color for lawn.
The website also has an Ask the Expert service, but when people send in questions, the person in charge of answering runs over to the community forum to ask participants for help, then posts their answers to the questioner.
Actually, Home Depot used to have a real expert write for their website, but they inexplicably refused to give her name or cite her credentials. The expert was no less than horticulturist Erica Glasener, who told me about her curious experience with the giant retailer. Erica's SO well known and respected, her name alone would have brought new gravitas to HD's whole gardening operation.
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