General FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about gardening or about our store? Get answers to some of our most commonly asked questions here! If you don’t see what you’re looking for, give us a call.

Frequently Asked Gardening Questions

Can I plant my citrus tree outside?

Lemon, lime, orange, and other citrus trees are too tender to be planted outside in our zone. Keep them in a very sunny spot inside your home that will be warm when cold weather comes.

How big of a hole should I dig for my plant?

A general guideline is to dig a hole that is twice as wide as the nursery container and just as deep.

How much should I water my plants?

There’s no hard and fast rule when it comes to watering plants. Some plants need their soil to stay evenly and consistently moist and will need to be watered more frequently. Others like their soil to dry out completely before being watered again.  Always do your research and check the tag that comes with your plant to learn about its specific needs.

A general rule of thumb is that if the soil is dry to the touch when you stick your finger in it an inch deep, it’s time to water again.

I need an organic weed control – what do you recommend?

There is no organic product that will kill weeds. Any granular or liquid weed control product you use in your garden can also potentially affect the plants you want to keep.

Mulch and pine straw can help control weeds in your beds. You can also put down landscape fabric underneath the mulch. Some weeds may still pop up, but it will be a smaller population.

I think my rose has rose rosette – what do I do?

Rose rosette is a very serious and very contagious disease that affect rose plants. If you think yours is infected, dig it up immediately and throw it away. Don’t compost or burn it. Don’t plant another rose in its place for several years because the virus could still live in the soil. Any other plant will be fine there.

Learn about the symptoms of rose rosette and how to control it from the University of Tennessee Extension.

What are zones, and which one are we in?

Zones are the separate planting zones defined by the USDA. This map helps gardeners determine which plants will grow best in their area.

Middle Tennessee is in zone 7a. Plants have their own designated hardiness zones. If a plant does not include zone 7a, it will grow as an annual in our area. If a plant does include zone 7a, it will grow as a perennial.

Don’t live in middle Tennessee? Find your zone on the USDA’s interactive map.

What fertilizer should I use?

We love Espoma Organic products! They are 100% organic, making them safe for vegetable gardening, and are made in a 100% solar powered facility.

Anytime you plant, we recommend using Bio-tone Starter Plus to help your plants grow better, stronger roots in order to take in the most nutrients. Plant-tone is also a good general purpose plant food.

PlantRecommended Espoma Product
Acid-loving plants (hollies, azaleas, hydrangeas, ferns, etc.)Holly-tone
RosesRose-tone
BulbsBulb-tone
Any flowering plantFlower-tone
Fruit, shade, or ornamental treesTree-tone
Tomatoes and other plants that need more calciumTomato-tone
Vegetables and herbsGarden-tone
African violetsViolet! African Violet Plant Food
Succulents and cactiCactus! Succulent Plant Food
Orchids, air plants, and bromeliadsOrchid! Bloom Booster
HouseplantsIndoor! Houseplant Food

What is the difference between annuals, biennials, and perennials?

Annuals will only live for one growing season. Biennials complete their life cycle in two growing seasons. Perennials, though they may go dormant, will come back year after year.

What is the difference between screened topsoil and garden soil?

Screened topsoil is really just dirt. It has no nutrients and turns to mud when it rains. It’s best for filling holes, seeding grass, or leveling the ground.

Garden soil is a blend of screened topsoil, mushroom compost, and other organic materials. It has a high nutritional value and drains well, making it perfect for gardening projects.

When should I start planting?

The best time to plant trees is in the fall. As temperatures drop, the trees will focus on growing strong roots rather than leaves. This will help them grow bigger and better in the spring.

For other plants, wait until the last frost has passed. Our average final frost date is April 15. If you get annuals or perennials in the ground before then, keep a close eye on the weather and have frost cloth ready!

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Store

Can I bring my dog?

Leashed dogs are welcome to visit the store anytime to get lots of pets from our team!

Can I rent items for an event?

We do offer rentals of all our products. The rental costs of green goods (plants) is 40% of the retail price, and hard goods (pottery, benches, other non-living things) are rented for 30% of the retail price. An additional 10% is added for every additional day after 3 days. Items must be returned in the same condition or you may be charged the full retail price of the product.

Can I return items?

All items, including plants, must be returned in the same condition and packaging in which they were purchased. Store credit will be issued for all returns. We cannot provide cash refunds.

Do you deliver?

We can deliver any product to you. Deliveries are a flat fee ($20 to $300, depending on the item being delivered) + $3-$5 per mile from Martin’s Home & Garden to your location.

Do you sell barns and play sets?

Martin’s Home & Garden no longer sells barns, pergolas, play sets, etc. We also no longer sell any replacement parts or hardware for items that were previously purchased when we did carry these products. Please contact Mountain Barn Builders at (888) 863-8030 or Countryside Woodcraft at (615) 789-3270.

How do I buy sod?

We do not keep sod in stock, but we can order it for you. Sod is only available by the pallet, and one pallet contains 504 square feet of sod. Call or stop by the store to place your order.

TypePrice Per Pallet
Fescue$259.99
Bermuda$239.99

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept cash, checks, and credit/debit cards (including American Express). We also accept mobile payments, including Android Pay and Apple Pay.