July 2013

MD Nursery is celebrating the 4th of July with color!

color

Add a festive touch to your deck or patio with colorful annuals!
All Annuals 20% off
All pottery 20% off
Ultimate Potting Soil 3 cubic foot bags 20% off
One week only: June 29 – July 6th.
Note: MD will be closed on July 4

Do you hear wedding bells?

wedding

Register at MD Nursery. Give friends and family the opportunity to select one of our unique gift items, a tree or a piece of furniture.Click here for more information on our registry program.
Going to a wedding? Our gift shop has many unique items to please the happy couple. Let us do the gift wrapping for you.

Product of the month:

myke

Myke Tree and Shrub transplanter contains beneficial myccorhizael fungi. Mycorrhizae (My – Cor- Eye- Zuh) are naturally occurring fungi found in soil. Mycorrhizael fungi colonize a plant’s root system, increasing the capacity of nutrients and water a plant is able to extract from the soil. This process favors rapid root and plant growth. In turn, the fungi absorb nutrients from the plant, working symbiotically. This relationship allows for a more vigorous, drought-resistant and disease-resistant plant. Myke brand micorrhizae can be added at planting time to ensure beneficial micorrhizae are available to plant’s roots. MD Nursery is proud to offer a 5 year warranty on shrubs and trees planted with Myke Tree and Shrub.

Habitat for Hummingbirds

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Delight your senses this summer with a backyard hummingbird habitat. The most common hummingbirds seen in our region are the Calliope, Broad-Tailed, Rufous and Black-Chinned. After a long migration from Central America and Mexico, these little birds are ready to feed. Typically hummingbirds spend the summers in our region while the flowers are blooming, usually until mid to late September. Hummingbirds are famous for visiting hummingbird feeders, but providing additional food sources will enhance their habitat. With their long beaks, humming birds sip nectar from flowers. Although they are attracted to red flowers, it is the sugar content in the nectar that will keep hummingbirds returning for more. Here are some of their favorite flowers:
Columbine
Bee balm
Salvia
Honeysuckle
Penstemon
Jupiter’s beard
Dianthus
Nicotiana
Callibrachoa
Hummingbirds also need safe perches to rest upon, such as trees and shrubs. A nearby water source like a bird bath or fountain is also important. These little beauties are also insectivores, feeding on small insects such as aphids, thrips and spiders. No doubt creating a hummingbird habitat will benefit your garden and these birds.

What bugs us!

caterpillar

Caterpillars emerge from eggs that have been laid on a host plant. Although some metamorphose into lovely butterflies, many are a nuisance, feasting on treasured ornamental or vegetable plants. A few approaches can be taken.
Butterfly gardeners: Want to attract butterflies? Accept some foliage loss from caterpillars on common host plants such as hollyhock, mallow and cabbage plants.
Handpicking: Not too squeamish? Caterpillars are easily plucked off a plant and destroyed.
Caterpillars not welcome! Spray with Thuricide (Bt) or Spinosad. Routine spraying of these biological controls can also be used as prevention on susceptible plants such as cabbage, broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables. Plants can also be covered with a lightweight fabric row cover to keep caterpillars and egg-laying moths or butterflies away.
It’s always a good idea to inspect your plants regularly to identify any problems and take action before any major damage is done.

What’s New:

ladybugs

Live Ladybugs
Laminated Wildflower Guides
Reclaimed Wood Furniture
Painted Metal Chairs
Colorful Artwork
Antiqued Metal Patio Furniture
Metal Garden Art
Specialty evergreens
Ornamental shade trees
Insulated picnic totes
Wild Republic toys
Robeez baby shoes

Container Recipe: Fabulous Foliage

recipe

Ornamental grass (fountain grass, spike, fescue)
Coleus
Trailing vine (potato vine, ivy, creeping jenny)

Book of the Month

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The Gardener’s Bug Book by Barbara Pleasant
Use this book as a reference for safely controlling garden pests. This guide includes descriptions of common garden insects both good and bad. Learn how to use commercially available pest controls or how to make your own.
MD proudly boasts a wide selection of books. Included are children’s books, cook books, how-to books and many gardening and landscaping books. Our book nook is located along with a lending library in the spacious loft of the gift shop.