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July Planting

  • Bagworm alert! Check your evergreens and spray as needed - earlier is better
  • Treat lawns with Merit for grubs early July
  • Fertilize annuals every ten days with ferti-lome Blooming and Rooting
  • Mow cool season grasses at 3 1/2"
  • Water lawns approzimately 1" per week
  • Fertilize roses with ferti-lome Rose Food
  • SUMMER IS HERE... Water trees & shrubs!

July 21, 2012
What' Bugging You!
Bring  your bugs or damage on your plants. Let us help you solve your pest problem. Dr. Cloyd with Kansas State Extension, ornamental entomology, & intregrated pest management will be available from 10 am to 12 pm for expert assistance.

August 10-18
Tag-A-Tree Sale
Take a ride through the fields to pick a tree for fall planting!

Horticulture Hints

Why should you compost?

Why should you use compost? Compost improves low quality soil by adding organic matter and nutrients. Plants are healthier when grown in good soil and have greater resistance to disease and insects. Compost also aids in water retention and reduce the need for fertilizers.

You should use good quality compost, whether you purchase it or make your own. Good quality compost should be mature; dark in color and not generate heat.

If you make your own compost use the right mixture of greens and browns, and keep the moisture level like a damp sponge. Do not add meat, dairy or greasy foods. Nor do you want to add diseased plant material or pet feces.

When you buy compost it is best to purchase from a reputable company that has bagged material that is labeled with ingredients. Good quality compost will provide information on the analysis of the product.

Cotton burr compost is an excellent source of nutrients and organic material.   Expert gardeners and compost enthusiasts often suggest cotton burr compost as an ideal way to enrich garden soil. Left in the fields after harvesting, cotton burrs are the dry husks that surround the fluffy bolls of cotton burrs are rich in carbon and protein. They also contain significant amounts of plant macro and micro nutrients. When composted, cotton burrs are a superior food source for beneficial soil organisms. Cotton burr compost has the ability to retain lots of moisture, which makes it an ideal amendment for dry soil, such as clay that leaches water. It also contains plenty of bulk with larger particles that help loosen and aerate dense soil. You can also use this compost as mulch; cotton burr compost is great mulch. This will help conserve moisture and aid in weed control. This works great for mulching hybrid tea roses in the winter.

To establish a new lawn, put 4 to 6 inches of compost on the soil and till in to a depth of 5 to 6 inches. This will improve nutrient levels and reduce watering needs. It can even be added as a thin layer each year as a top dressing to your lawn. When planting trees and shrubs add 1/3 compost and 2/3 native soil, use the mixture for the bottom of the whole and the sides around the root ball. Make sure you water in well.

The vegetable garden should be amended every year. Till the garden to a depth of 6 to 8 inches, then add several inches of compost and till again to mix well. If your soil is very poor, you can elect to add more compost. If you have mature compost it is nearly impossible to add too much. Compost releases nutrients slowly and continuously and will not damage plants. Throughout the season you can always add more to your plantings.

Gardening should always require compost with every planting. It aids in soil composition, nutrients and water retention. Your plantings will be healthier and happy!

Nancy's Notebook

Dividing Iris

It doesn’t seem like anything should be done in the garden but water, water, water.  Believe it or not it is time to divide Iris.  Iris should be divided every 2 to 5 years if they become crowed and quit blooming. Divide the offshoots from the rhizome in late summer after they are done blooming. Dig up the entire clump and carefully lift it from the soil. Clean the soil away from the plant. Cut the rhizomes with a sharp knife leaving one fan of leaves. Cut the remaining leaves to one-third their height.

Plant in full sun and prepare the soil working in compost and bone meal. Plant the rhizome just under the soil, unless you have sandy soil then you would want to plant a couple inches deep. In this area very few places are considered sandy. Place the rhizome parallel to the ground spreading the roots out evenly.

The plant should be watered in well after firmly packing the soil around the rhizome. Plant about 18” apart in sets of 3 to 5 to make a good display.

Make sure you are keeping your newly planted trees, shrubs and perennials well watered in this heat. Most plants require an inch per week. Keep annuals dead headed and fertilized to keep them looking great all summer. We are open all summer long, 8 am to 5pm Monday through Saturday.

Avery's Additions

It’s Summer and with Summer comes humidity and bugs! On July 21st from 10am to noon we will be having an event called ‘What’s Bugging You?’  Dr. Cloyd from KSU as well as our Garden Store staff will be available to answer all of your questions about your insect and disease problems.  Bring in a sample of leaf damage, and the bug if possible, and we will help you find the best solution for your gardening hindrance.

Don’t forget we have all of your Summer bird feeding supplies including Oriole and Hummingbird feed as well as songbird feeders and food.  As always, we have front door parking and a helpful staff.  Stop by and see us!


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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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