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  • Plant trees, shrubs, grasses, perennials and annuals
  • Fertilize and spray roses
  • Add fountains, birdbaths and ponds to your landscape
  • Apply fungicides to turf, perennials, shrubs, etc.
  • Inspect plants for insects and disease
  • Fertilize fescue and bluegrass lawns with fertilome Southwest Greenmaker slow release nitrogen
  • Apply weed and grass preventer to flower and shrub beds

June 10-15th, 2013
Father's Day Tree Sale
Buy 3 trees we will plant free!
Container trees and Garden Store Purchases only.

June 22nd, 2013
Night at Nursery
Open until midnight!!
Hourly specials!

Horticulture Hints

Hummingbird and Butterfly Gardens

Hummingbirds prefer tubular flowers that are often red but not always. They also like purples, pinks, orange and blue. Providing a succession of blooms from May to the first frost will assure hummers to be around all summer long. A good mix of annuals with perennials is always good.

Butterflies are attracted to colorful, fragrant flowers that are shallow and easy to sit on. Adult butterflies are attracted to red, yellow, orange, pink and purple blossoms that are flat-topped or clustered and have short flower tubes. Plants that require full sun are generally your best source of nectar for butterflies to feed on. Butterflies are cold blooded and enjoy sunning themselves which is another reason to plant in full sun.

Butterflies and Hummingbirds also like to be sheltered from the wind and enjoy a water source. Adding a couple shallow pans filled with sand and water to create a shallow puddle is a great water source for butterflies. A bird bath that is shallow and wide and about 3 feet above the ground is ideal for hummingbirds. Place a few rocks in the center to provide a perch for the birds to drink from.

Watch for a hummingbird presentation in July hosted at Blueville Garden Store.

Hummingbird Plants





Butterfly bush


Trumpet Vine

Tall Phlox

Red Hot Poker



Coral Bells


Butterfly Plants

Tall Phlox



Butterfly Bush

Butterfly Weed






Joe Pye Weed

Black eyed Susan


Nancy's Notebook

Battle of the Bugs

This time of year we start seeing the bugs come out in force! It can be frustrating at times; but if you keep ahead of them you can be successful. Be sure to be spraying your evergreens for bagworms this time of year, when the worms are small. The Fertilome Bagworm Borer Killer with spinosad works really well. It is a relatively new insect killer that was discovered from soil in an abandoned rum distillery in 1982. Produced by fermentation, Spinosad can be used on outdoor ornamentals, lawns, vegetables and fruit trees, to control caterpillars, thrips, leafminers, borers, fruit flies, and more. Spinosad must be ingested by the insect; therefore it has little effect on sucking insects such as spider mites or grasshoppers. Spinosad is relatively fast acting killing the insect within 1 to 2 days after ingesting the active ingredient. It is also organic!

Grasshoppers are another insect you really to need keep on top of, and control when they are young. I found that the product semaspore is really quite effective in keeping grasshopper populations down if it is applied when the grasshoppers are young. The bait contains Nosema locustae, a microsporidian parasite that infects grasshoppers makes them become sick, eat less, and begin to die. The disease spreads to healthy grasshoppers through cannibalism. In 2-4 weeks, 50% of the population will die, and most survivors will be infected to continue spreading the disease. Infected survivors eat 75% less than healthy grasshoppers and lay fewer eggs. To apply you simply dust a perimeter around your gardens.

The next and last big concern in yards is grubs. Hi Yield Grub Free zone with Merit has a long lasting residual so it can be applied now. We haven’t seen any problems yet, but if you had grubs last year be on the lookout. Make sure you water in the grub control for the best management in your lawn.

And of course if you have any more concerns bring in a sample and we will try and diagnose your problem and get you on the right path for the best control measures.

Avery's Additions

The magic of miniature gardening is contagious! With so much fun packed in such a small package it’s sometimes hard to know where to start. Let’s break it down. First, pick a spot. Inside? Outside? Sun? Shade? Then find a container. The container can be any size just as long as it has a drainage hole. Next fill your container with a high quality potting mix. Now it’s time to design your garden! Take some time to look at magazines or do a little online research to get your ideas in order. Find plants that won’t grow too big too soon and meet the right requirements for light and water. As you are collecting plants and items for your miniature garden, keep in mind scale. If a squirrel is too large and a sitting bench too small, it looks less believable than if everything was in proportion. As you lay out your garden place each item in its place to get a perspective of how it will all fit. Then it’s time to plant the plants and water them in well to settle the soil. Then lay in the hardscape such as stepping stones or patios. Remember, there are no rules, only to have fun!


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

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