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  • Treat lawns with Dylox for grub control
  • Fertilize roses for the last time this season
  • Select new decorative pots and outdoor decor
  • Plant fall garden: beets, beans, carrots, radishes, broccoli, spinach, etc.
  • Plant container trees, shrubs & perennials
  • Late August: plant cool season lawns (fescue, bluegrass and ryegrass)
  • Aug 15 - Sept 15: Fertilize lawns with fertilome Lawn Food + Iron

August 16th, 2014
Knockout Sale
30% off Knockout roses! 30% off 1 gallon shrubs! Sidewalk Sale!

September 13th, 2014
Mum Mania
Save on blooming mums!

September 20th-27th
Perennial Palooza
Huge savings on perennials!!!

October 9th, 5:30 pm
Man Day!
Manly Barbecue with demonstrations on landscaping! Call to sign up. 785-539-2217

Horticulture Hints

Wise Watering

Each year we hire college students to help water and maintain our plant material. We always explain why and then that they must be trained on how to water properly. What seems like such a trivial task is actually quite important and needs to be done the correct way. A good student always pays attention to detail, watering until it goes through the bottom and doesn’t miss a plant.

In the landscape there are no set rules on proper watering. It depends on the plant, soil type, the weather and the season of year. It is easy to figure out though, just check the soil! Don’t depend on your irrigation systems to water everything adequately in landscape beds and trees. Newly planted material will require more frequent watering the first few weeks, and the first year.

If you water a tree too quickly the water will just run down the outside of the root ball. This leaves the roots in the center dry. Watering slowly is more effective, on trees, shrubs and perennials. It is crucial that the entire root ball is watered.

The best moisture meter is actually your finger. Reach into the soil and see if it is moist or dry. If needed use a spade to dig down 6” to 12” ; place in soil and pull back and inspect. If dry, you need water.

Some points to remember

Remember to water the root zone slowly. The roots need the water, not the leaves. Overhead watering on landscape plants and the vegetables can actually promote disease. Use a soaker hose or a watering wand.

Water when needed. Overwatering can be just as damaging as not enough water. Use the weather and temperature as a guide.

Watering in the morning is best if possible. If you get water on the foliage it has time to dry off. This helps with keeping disease problems to a minimum

Mulch! The helps retain moisture and slows down evaporation.

Plants under shade trees can dry out quickly from the moisture competition from the trees. Extra watering may be needed.

Don’t forget to water during the winter if the temperatures rise to about 40 degrees and we haven’t received adequate moisture. Evergreens are especially susceptible to desiccation in the winter. They require a deep watering.

Nancy's Notebook

Fall Gardening

Fall is an excellent time to plant a vegetable garden. Planting for a fall garden extends your harvest to the early winter depending on your crops. Some would actually say that your crops will have a better flavor!

Before planting eliminate any crops that are no longer performing well. Pull any weeds, as well, so they don't steal moisture and nutrients from your young plants. Work in more compost if needed. If soil is very dry, soak with about 1 1/2" of moisture to make a good seed bed.

You'll probably grow most of the vegetables for your fall garden from seed. Use the extra seeds you didn't plant in the spring or purchase new ones. Our garden seeds in packets are now 50% off! We also have some in bulk available.

Most of the crops that you planted in the spring will be the same as you would plant in the fall. Choose cultivars with characteristics such as cold hardiness and quick maturity.

Be sure and plant your seeds about twice as deep to insure they keep moist longer, especially with the heat wave we have been having. You may even consider starting your seeds inside and then transplanting to the garden when temperatures cool. Be sure and slowly introduce them to the sun, putting them outside for only a couple hours at a time at first.

We have all your seeds and seed starting supplies available at the Garden store, and will have transplants later such as cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage. We also can supply you a planting calendar that has vegetables and their planting times.

Suggested plants for August
Beets, Snap Beans, Cucumbers, Zucchini, Carrots, Kale, Lettuce

Suggested plants for September
Spinach, Turnips, Lettuce, Radishes and transplants of cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli

Avery's Additions

It’s August and vegetable harvest is in full force! Some things are easy to know when to pick because of a change in color or size, but how do you tell when a melon is ripe? Muskmelon are fairly simple as they have a ripe musky scent and the vine easily detaches from the melon leaving a dish shaped indention. Watermelons are a bit more difficult, but with the following tips you are sure to pick a good one! First, look for a curly tendril, also called a ‘pigtail,’ that is attached on the stem next to the melon. When that tendril turns brown and begins to dry the melon is ready. Some varieties require the tendril to be completely dry before picking. Also, ripe melons tend to turn from a bright green to a creamy yellow where they sit on the ground. The last thing you can look for are a surface roughness near the base of the fruit. These are sometimes called sugar bumps.

Also, don’t forget to fertilize your annuals. Annual flowers can tend to fizzle out in the heat if they are not fertilized. Use fertilome Blooming and Rooting to keep your annuals blooming.


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4539 Anderson Avenue
Manhattan, KS 66503-9799
Garden Store: (785) 539-2217
Landscaping Office: (785) 539-2671

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