Spring is the time of year when most homeowners begin working earnestly in their yards, and with spring right around the corner it's time to fertilize, plant, mow and grow. Fortunately, there is a place in Hendricks County, Indiana, where all of your gardening and yardwork needs are met: Cox's Plant Farm in Clayton.
A family-owned business, Cox's Plant Farm opened in 1970 and now sprawls across more than 20 acres right off U.S. 40 at County Road 0, making it one of the largest nurseries and greenhouses in Indiana. Greenhouses upon greenhouses upon greenhouses of plants, flowers and trees provide gardeners with everything they could possibly want to plant or hang.
Being a landscaping dummy, I was overwhelmed when I stopped in recently to get some ideas for my yard. One employee of Cox's Plant Farm noticed my deer-in-the-headlights look and took pity on me, asking me if I needed help.
I wound up explaining to her what my landscaping desires and issues are: lousy soil, lots of shade on one side of the house, lots of sun on the other and I want something that can withstand a pretty good amount of neglect on my part.
She showed me several varieties of plants that met all my criteria, plus she offered a multitude of suggestions on how to improve my soil situation, which would open the door to quite a few more varieties of plants.
Then I went outside to the nursery and had the same experience with another employee when discussing shrubbery for the front of my house.
Equipment, Plants, Lawn Accessories & More
After that, I headed inside to their gigantic store that is packed with shovels, rakes, fountains, lawn furniture, picnic tables, garden edging, seeds, bulbs, lawnmowers, weedeaters, chainsaws, blowers, parts for all kinds of garden equipment, stuff to make things grow, stuff to make things die, shepherd's hooks, peat moss, yard decorations and on and on and on.
I even found huge barrels of grass seed in a half-dozen varieties, which is perfect since I have a big bare spot in my lawn where I can't get grass to grow. I explained my challenge to a Cox's employee, and he instantly knew the type of grass seed I needed. He also had some tips on how to maximize the growth potential of the seed.
It was an incredibly valuable trip to Cox's Plant Farm, in terms of knowledge that I gained as well as the huge variety of landscaping options I have to choose from.
Cox's prices seem fair to me, too, so I'm looking forward to making some big strides in my landscaping this spring and summer. If you can think of something that you need for your yard, odds are Cox's Plant Farm has it.
Make sure to visit Hendricks County, and see what Cox's Plant Farm can do for you!