It’s official, Spring has arrived and with it we are getting ready. A bit earlier than last year, we are excited to be open everyday. This year we are happy to be carrying High Mowing Garden Seed. These seeds are certified organic and non-GMO! Also, stock up on Pro Mix. This all purpose planting mix is cost effective and versatile. We have many new items in including statuary, wire art, colorful solar garden accents and several new planters. This upcoming week we will continue to set up the sales area, stocking it with evergreens, trees and shrubs. It is a great time to do some pruning. If you have questions, stop in and we will be happy to demonstrate!
Well, we are not exactly dormant, but we do have some relaxation time to enjoy everyday. Our free time is spent fishing and doing some light travel. Our winter work time-(yes, we still put in two to six hours most days) is spent on various projects around the nursery including repairs, finalizing orders and looking for new and exciting things to add. So if you have been browsing and see something you would like to try just give us a call, we are always happy to help with questions, inquiries, and more!
We are open until December 23, 2015!!
We carry a large selection of fresh cut and flocked trees. Shop in comfort and choose your perfect tree. We are happy to tag and hold your tree until you are ready for it.
We also have a variety of sizes of wreaths, swags, garland and fresh evergreens to decorate your home.
Join us Saturdays November 28, December 5th and December 12 to visit with SANTA and support the local Food Shelf!!! Heiki Gross Photography will be here to capture the moment for you. Click for more info. The standard sitting fee can be reduced to $5 if you bring in or mention you saw this on the website or Facebook and bring in 5 items for the Food Shelf. Leashed pets are welcome!!
Gift certificates are also available to purchase and do not expire. You are welcome to call and we will be happy to mail them to you.
Yes, we’re open!!
Here at the nursery we are busy planting in the greenhouses, stocking the sales area with trees and shrubs, and taking care of spring chores. It is wonderful to be moving around outside, getting dirty and being tired at the end of the day-and we are enjoying it. Hopefully, you will find some helpful information as you read on.
If you covered your perennials with deep mulch, remove some, but be sure to leave a little to protect from the freeze and thaw cycle that happens in early spring and can damage shallow roots. If you left foliage last fall on your perennials, you should remove it now. Be careful with the grasses, some have started to green up and you may nip some tips if you wait too long.
It is an ideal time to do some pruning.
Shrubs to be pruned now before new growth begins include:
Don’t prune these early blooming shrubs until after they finish blooming. :
Azelea and Rhododendron
Flowering Plum (usually pink)
Flowering Cherry (usually white)
Early Spirea (Bridal Wreath-white)
Prune these fruit trees and some shade trees when dormant (before Mid April):
Don’t prune these yet, they benefit from pruning when actively growing:
Look at the tree and visualize future growth. Thin out any crossing branches or branches that rub. Remove branches that are crowding to open the crown. Remove the suckers that are growing at the base of the tree.
Be sure to use the correct tool for the job. Good sharp hand pruners will take care of most of it and be sure to clean them often. For more information on pruning stop in or read more information from the University of Minnesota Extension Service.
This is also an ideal time to apply Horticulture & Dormant Spray Oil. This organic multipurpose oil smothers and kills many insects that overwinter on the bark of the plant. If you have repeated trouble with mites, scale, aphids or gall you may find this to be a good solution.
A helpful tip, if you are unsure of what plants you have in your yard, now is a good time to start mapping them out or keeping a journal. We can help identify plants by a portion, picture or verbal description. A diagram and a few notes including basic care are really all that are needed, but some people like to include date planted and other information as well.
We have many new items in stock. Solar Plant Stakes have been very popular. These Solar Lilies are available in purple, yellow, red or white and they add a touch of color to any space.
Many people have been asking about fairy gardening. We do offer classes and group events! More detailed information coming soon….-
Summer is here and we have many wonderful things. Stop in, say hi, and share. We would love to see you. We are now open Monday through Friday from 8-6 and Saturday from 9-4.
A few things to watch for as you are out enjoying your gardens. It has been a very moist spring. Many plants have benefited from the abundance of moisture, but we have seen a lot of powdery mildew and some fungal issues. If the problem is mild, pruning or thinning of the plant and removing affected areas will sometimes control it. If the problem is persistent, using a fungicide will be a better solution.
We have not seen many issues with insects. Some mild aphid infestations and Leaf miners in birch. The Leaf miners are little bugs that feed on the inner tissue of the leaf. Their life cycle is about two weeks. If you choose to treat them, there are many different insecticides that are effective.
As always, we welcome your questions and offer free advice. If bringing in weird samples of your plants or insects, please bag them.
While here, please visit our path of 1000 flowers. It has been a fun project, we are anxious to see it grow!