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  • It's not too late to plant!
  • Plant trees, shrubs, bulbs and mums
  • Add Cottonburr compost to clay soil in your vegetable and annual gardens for better plants next year
  • Mulch strawberries and roses with straw or leaves around Thanksgiving
  • Choose from our wide selection of quality birdfeeders to keep your song-birds happy
  • Check out our great gift ideas
  • Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

November 16, 2013
Bulk Material Sale
25% off, one day only! 5 cu yd limit. In store purchases only. Sale is on mulch, rock, topsoil and weed mat

November 23,2013
Birdie Breakfast
9:00-10:30, Come join the fun! Kids will enjoy breakfast and create a bird feeder! Event is free of charge. For Children 4 - 12. Please call to sign-up as spaces are limited.

December 6th and 7th, 2013
Christmas Open House
Saturday, December 7th - Sign up for our Mixed Greens Container Class @ 10 am or our Door swag class @ 1 pm. Both cost $10. 25% off Holiday items.

Horticulture Hints

Winterizing the Lawn and Landscape

November is the month to apply that last fertilizer application of the year. Make sure you have removed any leaves that may form a barrier to the lawn and apply fertilome Winterizer. The grass tops slow down growing but the plants are still making food. Fall feeding is one of the most critical feeding times. A healthy and stable plant can endure the hardship of winter better than a weak plant. Winterizer builds winter hardiness, stem strength and disease resistance in lawns. This application also aids in greening up the lawn early next spring and will keep the grass growing until a new application of fertilizer is needed in March or April.

If you have hybrid tea roses, before Thanksgiving you should cut them back to about 18” and mound 12” of mulch or cotton burr compost around the crown to protect the graft through the winter. Make sure you dispose of any diseased foliage.

Shrub roses, such as Knockouts and Drifts, do not need any extra care, but it wouldn’t hurt to add a little extra mulch. Wait until spring to prune, clean up any dead branches or shape up the shrub.

Perennials that will need extra protection with a layer of much through the winter months include mums, butterfly bush and agastache. You will want to protect any other perennials that have a hardiness of 6 or above.

Hydrangeas are another plant that may have difficulty surviving our hard winters. Mulch heavily to insure the plant will return next season and encourage blooms. Endless Summer Hydrangea which blooms on both old and new wood, will benefit from the extra mulching by producing more blooms next year.

Don’t forget to store tender bulbs like elephant ears, caladiums, cannas and dahlias in a cool dry place. Use vermiculite or perlite to store bulbs in but do not use a plastic bag, it will hold moisture.

Don’t forget to bring in your pots and statuary.

Bring in all garden tools and remove all dried or caked-on soil with a wire brush, then rinse and dry thoroughly. Sharpen dull tools using a whetstone or file. Working at a 45-degree angle, start at the outer edge and move toward the center. Blueville also sharpens tools if you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself. Sand off any rust spots with fine sandpaper or steel wool, and wipe the metal with oil. Put a light coating of linseed oil or paste wax on wooden handles to preserve them and prevent cracking or splitting. Store hand trowels and other small tools in a bucket of sand soaked in oil to prevent rusting. Store water hoses inside and out of the weather and make sure that they're properly drained and coiled correctly (not kinked).

Don’t forget we are open all winter long, and have a great selection of bird supplies. Have a Happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Nancy's Notebook

Nancy’s Notes – Protecting the plants from the critters

With all the hard work you spent on your landscape this year the last thing you want is your plants to be chewed on by deer, rabbits or mice. A little time invested in some fall protection from the critters will help your precious plants make it until spring.

The damage on the plants occurs when the animals try to find food in the winter and think your plants are a tasty treat. They especially like bark, this contains lots of nutrients and moisture which is very attractive to animals. When the trunk of a tree is gnawed on, or a branch and girdling occurs the plant is likely to die.

Mice like to live in tall grass, straw or mulch around plants. Keeping mulch pulled away from the trunk of trees and grass mowed around plants is very helpful for deterring mice. If you decide to use mouse baits be careful where you place them, they can poison pets or even children. Some baits are made with a small opening for the mice and don’t allow larger animals to get access to the poison.

Rabbits and Deer like to chew on bark and branches as high as they can reach. Wrapping tree trunks and using a black mesh tree guard is good protection. There are a lot of home remedies out there that some people have had good results with, such as human hair and Irish soap. We recommend Liquid Fence Deer and Rabbit Repellant. It works year-round and is biodegradable and environmentally safe. It works on having a scent that they do not like. It won’t harm plants or animals and is safe to use on edible crops.

I hope this helps with keeping those critters away from your plants this winter.


Nursery Inc.


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

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