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October

  • Plant trees,shrubs,Dutch bulbs (including tulips!) and hardy mums,asters and pansies
  • Apply ferti·lome Weed Out for dandelions and other broadleaf weeds
  • Plant grass seed by about October 20th
  • During late October to early November, fertilize established trees, shrubs and evergreens
  • Pick out some pumpkins, mums and gourds to decorate for fall
  • Enjoy the beauty of fall and come visit Blueville for Fall Field Days!
 
 
 

October 12-13th
Fall Field Days
Friday, October 12th - Free pumpkins for the kids & pumpkin painting. KSU Insect Zoo will have activites from 1 pm- 3 pm. Hayrack rides 9 am - 4 pm.

Saturday, October 13th - Hay rack rides through the fields and free lunch 11 am - 1 pm. Enjoy apples, hot cider and sign up for free prizes.

25% off mums,asters, pansies and trees both days.

 
Horticulture Hints
 

Bring Berries to your Landscape

Fall brings lots of color to the landscape. The changing of the leaves and blooming mums, and asters are exciting sources of color. There are other means of fall color beyond leaves and blooms, this includes berries.

Berries and other fruits on shrubs come in many different shapes, colors and sizes. They often appear on shrubs after blooming in mid to late summer and remain on the shrubs through fall and sometimes into winter.

winterthur viburnumViburnums are a great addition to the landscape and many varieties have berries, fall foliage color and desirable blooms. 'Winterthur' Viburnum has very beautiful glossy green foliage turning to a red-purple in the fall. In late summer clusters of half-inch-diameter fruit begin to blush pink and become more intense over the course of a few weeks. The fruits quickly change to a deep blueberry blue. 'Blue Muffin' Viburnum also has an impressive display; the show begins in spring, with masses of pure white blooms. These are followed by berries of brightest blue hanging on through the winter unless the birds dine on them first. In fall, the leaves turn to a scarlet and gold color. Other Viburnums with berries are' Emerald Triumph', 'Eskimo' and 'Conoy'.

castle spire hollyHollies are another great source of berries. Hollies do require a pollinator, the blue varieties we carry will have the male and female in the same container. They do require a shady location and will reach a height of 5 to 6 feet tall. The newest variety we carry is called 'Castlespire'. An excellent selection with bright red berries, dark green glossy leaves, vigorous growth and branching habit on a compact, narrow, pyramidal form. This makes a great specimen, fantastic for borders, screens, hedges and foundation plantings. 'Castle Wall' is the male pollinator. This plant reaches 8 feet tall by 3 feet wide.

cotoneasterA nice selection for a low growing shrub that will have berries is the Cranberry Cotoneaster. This is an excellent background planting as an informal hedge, high groundcover or single specimen. Cranberry Cotoneaster will add interest to the winter landscape with its large red berries and spreading branches. A great addition to a wildlife garden.

Some other choices for berries in a landscape could be 'Profusion' Beautyberry which has purple berries in the fall, or yews and barberries. As always if you have further questions or want advice on how to add berries to your landscape we have experts on staff.

 
Nancy's Notebook
 

Fall is Here!

Now is time to treat your lawn with Ferti-lome Weed-Out for those broadleaf weeds such as dandelions, purslane and clover. This can be applied in granular form to a wet lawn with or without fertilizer or in a liquid  you can use as a spray.  And remember, the best way you can prevent weeds in your lawn is to grow dense turf.  When you have a healthy thick lawn it chokes out invading weeds. A good fertilizing program, proper mowing techniques and regular, deep irrigation all contribute to healthy turf. We have sheets available with a step by step program that will put you on the right track for a great looking lawn.

If you need great fall color we have loads of mums, asters and pansies to brighten up those yards that look tired after a long hot summer. Mums can be planted as an annual or perennial. If you intend to use them as a perennial make sure you give them plenty of sun and mulch heavy during the winter months. Leaving the foliage intact thru the winter this will also aid in surviving the cold months. Keep them pinched back to about 6 inches tall until the 4th of July and you will have a much more compact plant. This is a good rule for asters and tall sedums as well.

October 12th and 13th are our Fall Field Days at the nursery; my favorite time of year.  October 12th is loaded with fun for the kids. Each child will receive a free pumpkin, hayrack ride, and can participate in pumpkin painting and crafts. The Kansas State Insect Zoo will be here from 1 pm to 3 pm with face painting, cockroach races, and much more. If you or someone you know has a small group of children who would like to attend let us know. Everything is free of charge. On October 13th we will have hayrack rides, hot spiced cider and a free hot dog lunch for everyone. There will 25% off trees, mums, asters and pansies We hope to see you there; no need to sign up just show up, it lasts all day from 8 am to 5 pm.

Avery's Additions

For spectacular color in the spring, plant bulbs now! For the greatest impact, always plant large numbers close together; a planting of 50 or more gives a great display of color. Provide continuous color for weeks by planting early-blooming, mid-season blooms and late-blooming tulips together. To add some great fragrance, plant hyacinths!

For tulips, choose a site with well-drained, loose, porous soil, with at least six hours of direct sunlight. Daffodils can take a bit more shade and thrive in a more naturalized, woodland setting. Add compost, peat moss, or other humus-rich substances to improve heavy clay soils or to help excessively sandy soils retain moisture. Work these materials into the soil 12 to 18 inches deep to encourage root growth.

It is important to fertilize your bulbs with a well-rounded fertilizer that includes nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium. Fertilize the day you plant, and again in the spring when the foliage begins to emerge.

When purchasing bulbs, make sure you select large, high quality bulbs; the bigger the bulb, the better the flower the following season. Make sure the bulb is firm and dense, without blemishes, cuts, or mold.

Plant spring bulbs three times deeper than the width of the bulb. Most large bulbs, including tulips and daffodils, should be planted about eight inches deep. The deeper a tulip bulb is planted, the better the chance tulips will bloom for years to come. A depth of eight to ten inches is good for tulips, while smaller bulbs will be planted three to four inches deep. One good method of planting is to dig a large trench and evenly space the bulbs within it. Bulb augers that attach to a drill are also available and make planting easy.

After the bulbs are covered and fertilized, water them in deeply. This initial watering should be sufficient until spring if there is plenty of moisture throughout the fall and winter months.

By the time Spring arrives and your beautiful blooms have begun to show, the effort to get them in the ground will have been worth it!  Enjoy your blooms inside and out.  Spring bulbs make great cut flowers as well. We have a great selection of high quality tulip bulbs, different varieties of daffodil as well as crocus, hyacinth, fritillaria, snowdrops, and allium. When spring arrives and you have planted an abundance of bulbs, you will certainly enjoy the many colors these plants provide. So plant now for great spring color!

 
 

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