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Huntree Newsletter - April 2013
Posted: Apr 18, 2013

It's spring!  Time for a fresh new start in the garden. 

Thinking about the fruit and veggie garden?  We have an array of fruit trees, berry bushes (raspberries, blueberries, currants, grapes, blackberries, gooseberries, elderberries, boysenberries), asparagus, rhubarb, strawberries.  This year we have the sweet cherry 'Lapin' which customers have been clamoring for.  In June we will be getting Goji Berries! This is the new hot berry, full of vitamins!  It is perennials, grows fast, and comes back year after year. 

We have a new product for controlling tomato leaf blight.  It's ORGANIC!  SERENADE DISEASE CONTROL is Bacillus subtilis.  It produces lipopeptides which punch holes in cell membranes causing the fungus cell to collapse.  Cool, huh! 

Speaking of organic, we now have a super fertilizer CHICKITY DOO DOO! It's great stuff. Guess what it's ingredient is.  Look on our website and see a list of all the organic products we carry. 

New plants have been rolling in. We are so happy. This year we got Tricolor Beech. They have been difficult to find the last couple years.  They're here!  @ We have a new ornamental Cherry called Pink Flair... vase shaped tree and clusters of pink flowers.  @  Weeping Lilac 'Juliana' is a really pretty single trunked small tree.  A lovely lacy textured weeping head with great fragrant lavender flowers.  @  Kousa Dogwood 'Venus' has huge white flowers, the size of my hand.  @  There's another Venus, too.  Calycanthus 'Venus' is a great shrub with fun white flowers, too.  It's a rebloomer!  @  We have a new variety of Mockorange, wonderful for small gardens - fantastically fragrant and only 2-3 ft. high and wide called 'Starbright'.  @  Do you like purple leaves?  We have the new Ninebark 'Little Devil'.  It's only 3 to 4 ft. high.  @ Do you like variegated leaves?  Check out Diervilla 'Cool Splash'.  Beautiful white and dark green leaves.  The plant is easy to grow in sun or shade and even takes a dry spot.  @ Attract butterflies with Miss Molly and Miss Ruby.  They are Proven Winner Butterfly Bushes.  They have nice bright colors to call the butterflies in. 

Now's a great time to topdress your flower beds with compost to add organic matter, and to apply mulch to keep the weeds down.  Fertilize trees shrubs, groundcovers and perennials to get those roots growing. (We like to use Espoma Plantone). 

Are your Rhododendron looking yellowish after the winter? Fertilize with Hollytone now to green them back up. Give them a fresh layer of mulch - not too thick....3 inches max. They have shallow roots and don't like to be buried too deep! 

Did you have problems with Peach Leaf Curl last year? If so, get out there right away and apply Copper Fungicide to prevent recurrence this year. 

Did you have problems with Boxwood Leaf Miner or Psyllid last year? Get the scoop on control. We have a care sheet with information you need.  The time to apply a control product is coming up. Don't miss your window of opportunity. 

Be on the lookout for Garlic Mustard. It is a very nasty invasive weed.  Right now it looks pretty innocent, but watch out!  It is tenacious. DO NOT let it flower.  It makes a million seeds. So get out there - pull them up and put them in a plastic bag and throw it in the trash. Don't leave it lay on the ground. It will continue to form flower seeds! 

On Sunday, April 21 the Liberty Hyde Baily Museum in South Haven is doing a mustard pull and wildflower walk and heirloom seed presentation from 1 to 3 p.m. Our Cindy will be the wildflower guide. 

We are stocked up with Shredded Bark, Brown Majestic Bark, Fine Mulch, Top Soil, Compost, Crushed Limestone, Pea Stone, Crushed Concrete, Sand, Washed Stone, Flagstone... and we are ready to deliver them to you.  Just give us a call. We'll get it to you asap. 

Have a wonderful spring.  Come on in and see us!  Visit our website



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