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September Planting

  • Fall is a Great time to plant!
  • Seed lawns - this is the best time of year to overseed or start a new lawn
  • Plant trees, shrubs, iris, peonies, mums and other perennials
  • Select bulbs now for the best selection
  • Choose a new houseplant to liven up your home or ofice
  • Fertilize extablished lawn with Fertilome Lawn Food + Iron
  • Continue fertilizing annuals
  • Mark your calendars for the anual Fall Field Days: October 12-13th

September 20th,2012  6:00 PM
Man Day
Call to sign up!

October’s Events October 12-13th, 2012
Fall Field Days
All day: 8am - 5pm
Friday: Kids Day

Hayrack rides - Pumpkin painting & crafts Free pumpkins
Saturday: For All
Hayrack rides - Free hot dog lunch
Hot apple cider

Horticulture Hints


Recently we have received a lot of questions about drought resistant plants. With the lack of rain this year, it has certainly become more important in the home landscape. Blueville can help you select the right plant.

Always remember the first year is very important for the plant’s establishment. Before a plant, tree or shrub can be left to Nature’s will, there may be situations where additional water will be needed for your new plant to survive a prolonged drought.

Nothing replaces good soil preparation to ensure the best performance of anything you plant. Amend the soil with plenty of organic material we recommend cotton burr compost to provide natural nutrients and proper drainage. One thing drought-tolerant plants don’t want are “wet feet” for a prolonged period. Adding 2 to 3 inches of mulch is very beneficial at keeping in soil moisture in check and helps with weed control.  

The list below is not all that is available but will get you well on your way to thinking and planning for a beautiful drought tolerant garden.


Blue Mist Spirea – 3’ x 3’ – Blooms powder blue flowers July to September 

Crape Myrtle – 6’ x 6’- Blooms all summer long, has done great all over town this summer

Dwarf Korean Lilac - 4’ x 4’ – Blooms lavender blooms in the spring

blue mist spirea
Blue Mist Spirea

Fragrant Sumac – 5’ x 5’ – Turns a beautiful red orange in the fall

Cranberry Cotoneaster – 3’ x 6’ – Arching branches with red berries

Junipers – all sizes and colors

For shade Boxwoods, Hollies and Yews are very tolerant of dry conditions.


Gallardia – 18” to 24” tall depending on variety – orange, red to yellow flowers

Yarrow- 18” to 3’ tall, comes in a variety of colors

Penstemon- my favorite is Dark Towers – burgundy foliage with pink spikes of flowers in late spring

Agastache – 3’ to 4’ tall, I love the orange and apricot varieties, attracts butterflies


Sedum- Ground and tall varieties, all are very hardy

Russian Sage – Silvery foliage with violet blue flowers in the summer

Blue Salvia – May Night has purple spikes in the late spring


White Shield Osage Orange – Thornless and fruitless variety – 30’ to 40’ tall, very hardy

Red Oak – Large shade tree that turns red in the fall – 60’

Urbanite Ash – Thick leathery leaves that hold up to heat – 40’

Burgundy Belle Maple – Very dense rounded crown with leaves turning burgundy in the fall.

Pacific Sunset Maple – Very dark thick leaves that turn a bright red orange in the fall. 30’ x 25’

Pacific Sunset Maple

Frontier Elm – Small glossy leaves with a rounded crown, turns a reddish purple in the fall. 25’x25’

Nancy's Notebook

Whewww what a long hot summer! Temperatures are finally starting to cool down! Be sure and apply ferti∙lome Lawn Food plus Iron to your lawn to get it looking green and healthy. We have bags available in 20# and 40#; sweep your sidewalks after applying to eliminate any rust stains to your concrete.

This month is the time to overseed or seed your lawn. We recommend Gard’n Wise Premium which is a blend of 5 different fescues that work great for our area. It has dark green fine blades to grow a superior looking lawn. We also have shady mix, K-31, RTF, bluegrass and perennial rye available.

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. Leave the foliage intact as well thru the winter as this will 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.

Don’t forget to sign up for Man Day September 20th at 6 pm. We will be serving up your favorite foods and giving away lots of prizes. Demonstrations will be given on how to overseed your lawn and machine digging a tree from our field that we’ll be giving away at the end of the event!

Avery's Additions

It’s September and that means our iris rhizomes are here!  Rhizome? What’s a rhizome? Well, it’s not a root or a bulb.  A rhizome is actually a stem that grows horizontally at the soil surface or below ground and sends out roots from its nodes or intervals.  Other plants that use rhizomes to spread or propagate are the Quaking Aspen, ferns, ginger, and Bermuda grass.

Because rhizomes are easy to grow, iris are a tried and true perennial for many gardeners. When preparing a bed for iris, choose a full sun area or an area with at least six hours of sun per day.  The soil should be well drained and a neutral pH.  Plan to space your iris 12-18 inches apart to give them room to grow and spread.  Planting iris in groups of three makes for an attractive display.  Iris rhizomes grow near the surface of the soil so it’s important to only plant the rhizomes 2-3 inches deep.  Dig a round hole with a mound in the middle and cluster the rhizomes in the center with the roots draping down the sides of the mound and the fan ends toward the outside.  Add a couple tablespoons of bone meal to the soil as you backfill.  Water in thoroughly to remove any air pockets that can cause the rhizomes to rot.  That’s it! You now have beautiful spring  blooming plants that can be enjoyed in your garden or in your home as cut flowers!

Varieties that we currently carry include: Batik, War Chief, Baboon Bottom, Pagan Dance, Wench, Summer Olympics, and Jurassic Park.


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

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