Yikes! It's time for fall but we're still doing the hot
and steamy thing! The plants are smart enough to know it's time to
get ready for fall. All of a sudden leaves are turning yellow, and some
even crispy. Do not be alarmed. It's ok. Even though the
leaves are drying up, the stems and roots will be ok as long as
you keep watering. Keep those roots moist. Not
true of evergreens, though. Their needles should still be green. Be
sure to soak them thoroughly on a regular basis. They cannot stand
dryness like the deciduous plants can. (We are all sick of
watering, BUT WE MUST!)
Labor Day weekend is here. We are having our annual
Gardeners' Swap this Saturday. It's fun! Come join us! Go
through your garden shed. Sort out what you don't want and bring it to
our swap. Bring books, pots, tools, gardening magazines, birding
supplies, yard art, pink flamingoes (no chemicals or plants). Take some
treasures home in exchange. You know.... one gardener's trash is
another gardener's treasure. Anything left over will be donated to
the Master Gardeners' Wine and Harvest Festival booth, to raise funds for their
volunteer projects. People have already brought in items -
and we just know you'll want some!
If it's time to redesign your garden, call and talk to
Carmen. She can whip up a beautiful plan for you. You'll be
thrilled with the results.
Just call - 269-543-3761.
Mums are here. Clean up the scraggly annuals and start
fresh with a new look of bright, perky mums to last through the fall.
Just got a call from a customer who is wondering why the mums she grew this
year look spindley.... Why don't they look full and bushy. The
answer is that they needed a pinching in May and another pinching in late
June. Just snip off the top set of leaves all around the mum plant.
This will make it branch out and get full, which means it will have a ton more
flowers in the fall. Remember to do that next year. When planting
mums, remember that they like sunny, well draiined soil. They will come
back next year as long as the soil doesn't stay wet in the winter.
Lawns took a beating this summer. Normally we say lawns go
dormant in drought but will recover and be great again once the drought is
over. Well, not so this year. Grass has taken a
beating. It's coming back thin. So you may want to reseed this
September (which is the PERFECT time to sow grass seed!). Grass sprouts
best when the days are warm and the nights are cool - ahhhh
September. Be sure to apply fertilizer when spreading grass seed so
the little seedlings have energy to grow great roots. The secret to success is
constant moisture as the seedlings are growing. Sowing the seed and walking
away will not cut it. Ask us about our Jonathan Green super seeds. Our customers love this brand. There's even one that is drought tough -
great for our sandy soils.
You'll be seeing more and more FALL WEBWORMS showing up in
trees. Don't be alarmed. They will not kill your trees even though
they eat the leaves (which are ready to fall off anyway). They just make
an ugly whitish web which is an impervious protection for those voracious
worms. Spraying the outside with insecticide will do nothing. So don't sweat it.
It's hard to 'THINK SPRING' right now, but our spring bulbs will
be here any day now. Go out to the garden and decide where you want
to see splashes of color next spring. Then, come in and see our great
selection of tulips, daffodils, crocus, allium, etc. We'll fix you up for
a riotous season. Plant in the fall for a glorious spring.
We are certifying our Children's Garden - now called the
Children's Nature Safari Garden as a Monarch Butterfly Waystation. There
is everything there that the Monarchs need - milkweeds and nectar
sources. You can certify your yard too. Linda Lou added several
approved plants to her Monarch garden and simply went online and got
her's certified . Go to http://www.monarchwatch.org/.
We just got back from a trade show in Chicago and found some
great new products for you! Soon we will have some fun new
items. Wait till you see the new wall art - trees, songbirds,
crows. Fun stuff!
Wishing you a wonderful fall!
& the Gang