O'Tooles Garden Centers
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Littleton Store
5210 S. Federal Blvd.

Store Hours:
Monday - Friday 8 AM to 6 PM,
Saturday - Sunday
9 AM to 5 PM

Planting Trees & Shrubs

5 Easy Steps

Spring is a great time to plant trees and shrubs.  You'll use less water and have more time to get them established before the heat of the summer.  Here are 5 easy steps to help your new plants get off to a great start. 

1. Dig a Hole (duh!) - The size of your new tree or shrub will determine the size of the hole you need to dig.  The hole should be just as deep and twice as wide as the root ball of the plant.

2. Add Soil Amendment - A healthy soil is the first step to healthy plants.  Amending your soil will help in two important ways.  First, it will improve the physical properties of your soil, break up clay, allow air imageand water to move more freely to the plant's roots and increase drainage. Second, it will introduce vital organic material that your plants need for nutrition.  The very best soil amendment we have on our shelves is Colorado's Choice B.O.S.S. (Bio Organic Soil Supplement) B.O.S.S. is a mixture of peat moss and EKO compost, fortified with mychorrize, tiny micro-organic fungi that attach to the root systems of plants, allowing them to absorb more water and nutrients from the soil.  Mix B.O.S.S. about half and half with your existing soil when planting.

3. Add Root Stimulator - A root stimulator can help reduce transplant shock and improve root establishment.  It encourages deep root growth without over-stimulating the plant and causing undue stress.  One of the best organic root stimulators around is Espoma Bio Tone Starter Plus. 
Bio-tone Starter is an all organic, microbe enhanced plant food and root stimulator that works naturally within the soil to give your plant an extra boost at planting time.  Mix Bio-Tone according to the size of the container.


Plant Container Size 

Amount of Bio-Tone 



1-2 Gallons 

1 Cup 

3-5 Gallons 

2 Cups 

10-15 Gallons 

3 Cups 



4. Place Plant - With a gloved hand, gently separate bound roots and lightly ruffle the bottom of the root ball before placing the plant in the middle of the hole.  Then, fill hole with amended soil mix.  Finally, give the plant a good drink and water thoroughly.

image5. Water - Consistent watering is absolutely crucial for new plants.  Even xericscape or drought tolerant plants will need extra water until they are established.  For at least the first month, check the plant for water frequently.  The best way to check for water is the Ol' Finger Test (see below). 



Check out our April Coupon to save on Bio Tone Starter Plus!


F.A.C.E.S. Flowers for Familiesimage

All Month Long

, Family Advocacy, Care, Education and Support, has been serving families and children throughout the metro Denver community since 1974. The mission of FACES is to prevent child abuse, neglect, and family violence.  This April, for Child Abuse Prevention Month, we will be participating in FACES Flowers for Families program.  Come by any one of our three locations and donate $1 or more and add your name to our flower wall to show your support! 



Veggie Garden Planning

Get your Garden Going

Now is a great time to get your vegetable patch ready!  For some help on what to plant and when, check out our Early Season Planting Calendar.  And don't forget our Handy Dandy Veggie Guide for some tips and tricks on planting, caring for and harvesting all your favorite veggies and herbs.

Espoma Garden Toneimage
One of the best organic fertilizers for vegetable gardens is Espoma's Garden Tone.  Garden Tone is an all natural plant food formulated specifically for vegetable gardens. It is safe, long lasting, and will provide the nutrients necessary for vigorous and productive plants. 

And Check Out Our Other April Coupon for $1 OFF
A 4 lbs. Bag Of Garden Tone!


Happy Easterimage

We will be closed Sunday, April 20th for Easter.  We hope
everybunny has a happy and relaxing holiday weekend!






 Buy $50 of plant material, and get a
4 lbs. bag of Bio-Tone Starter Plus for just .99 

Click here to print coupon. and bring it to any one of our three locations! 

Offer Expires 4/23/14.  Limit one per customer, please.





$1 OFF
4 lbs. Garden Tone

Click here to print coupon and bring it
to any one of our three locations!

Offer Expires 5/16/14. Limit one per customer, please.


For more information about planting shrubs and other garden topics,
check out our brand new
How To Videos!

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