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445 SE Broad St
Southern Pines, NC 28387
(910) 692-3223

Winter Hours:
Tues- Fri 9am - 5pm
Sat. 9am - 3pm

Spring/Summer Hours:
Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm
Sat. 9am - 4pm

Closed Sundays except for weekends from Thanksgiving to Christmas when we are open 7 days a week.

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Gardening in the “Sand” Hills: April to June

Normally, April 10 is the last ‘frost date.”  It’s time to prepare all planting beds with 3 to 4 inches of organic materials, lime and fertilizer.  Use 9-15-13 fertilizer and mix all materials into the soil.

Flower Beds

When planning flower beds, remember that impatiens, vinca and tomatoes may only be planted in the same area for two seasons to avoid fungus development.   Begonias are a really good plant to rotate into these areas and may be planted in sun or shade.

Vegetables and Herbs

Herbs may be planted now and vegetables after the last frost.  A large variety of herbs are now available at Gulley’s.

For tomatoes and eggplant, be sure to examine the fruit for ‘blossom end rot’, a soft brown spot at the blossom end (opposite the stem) of the fruit. On peppers, the spot may appear tan and be mistaken for ‘sun scald.’  Blossom end rot is caused by a low concentration of calcium in the fruit and may be corrected by an application of liquid calcium.

Trees and Shrubs

Many shrubs and trees are starting to bloom now.  This is a good time to pick out the ones that compliment your landscape and to plant now.  Follow the planting guide we provide with each plant and water new plantings daily for five days and then three times per week.

Crepe myrtles bloom on new growth so now is the time to prune them to make way for the new growth.  For new plantings, remember that crepe myrtles like a hot, sunny location.

Hydrangeas bloom on last year’s wood (stems) so don’t prune.    A hydrangea’s colors can be determined by adding limestone for pink and aluminum sulfate for blue.  Hydrangeas like filtered light.


‘Warm season’ grasses need to be used in this area.  The best for the Sandhills is centipede and is available in both seed and sod.  It does well in sun or filtered light.  Fertilize the first of June with 5-10-31 only.   Use no weed killers.  Mow at 1.5 inches.

Bermuda grass likes hot, sunny areas.  Fertilize with 16-4-8 in late May, mid-July, and September.  Mow at 1.5 inches.

Zoysias likes sun or filtered light. Fertilize with 16-4-8 in late May, mid-July and September.  Mow at 1.5 inches.

When watering lawns, apply one inch of water two times per week.

Note:  As the weather warms, moles and voles can become a big problem in lawns and gardens.   An organic mole/vole repellent made with castor oil and botanical oils can be used and is safe for both children and pets.

Gulley’s Garden Center will have a variety of sod available starting in late May.   A free grass care and maintenance guide is also available.  All required products for planting, maintaining and protecting your landscape can also be found at Gulley’s.