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16 Sep 2019

Five Shrubs for Fall Color:

Dwarf Honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera): This could be the top of the list of under-used shrubs. Also known as northern bush honeysuckle and bush honeysuckle, this is a hardy native shrub of eastern North America. Though not a true honeysuckle, it has honeysuckle-like yellow flowers mid through late summer. Dwarf honeysuckle is very adaptable and can grow in full sun or partial shade. It grows 3-4 feet tall and 3-5 feet wide. The real show starts late August with gorgeous flush of bronze, orange and red. Plant several together for a striking fall color punch.

Peking Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster acutifolia): This is a large shrub, growing up to 8-10 feet tall and 6-8 feet wide. Native to Siberia, this shrub is extremely hardy and adaptable to many soil types. It is densely branched making it excellent as a screen or hedge. Dark green leaves turn orangey-red early fall. Tiny white flowers early summer form dark red berries that birds love. Hedge cotoneaster (Cotoneaster lucida) shares these same attributes and can be used interchangeably with Peking cotoneaster.

Amur Maple (Acer ginalla sp.): If you are searching for a bright red fall exclamation point, this is your ticket. Amur maple is a large multi-stemmed shrub that can grow up to 15 feet tall and wide. Amur maple is native to northern Russia and Eastern Mongolia and is extremely cold hardy. Glossy, deep green leaves through the summer develop intense red fall color in September. Amur maple varieties include ‘flame’ and ‘compact’.

Black Chokeberry (Aronia meloncarpa): Pretty clusters of white flowers in the spring are followed by black berries later in the summer that attracts birds. Glossy green foliage becomes brilliant orange in autumn. Black chokeberry is adaptable to wet or dry soils but prefers full sun. Grows up to 6 feet tall and wide.

Dogwood (Cornus sericea sp.): Dogwoods deserve a special mention, not because of their fall foliage color, but because of the colorful stems that remain once the foliage has fallen for the season. Gorgeous red or yellow branches add color to any landscape fall through the winter months. A mainstay for landscapes in our region, these durable native shrubs make great wildlife habitat and are adaptable to sun or shade.

04 Sep 2019

Garden Tomato Caprese Salad

Recipes from a Garden:
Garden Tomato Caprese Salad

After a summer of toil, a gardener’s great reward are THE best tomatoes in the world. We love this method as
one of the best and easiest ways to highlight your homegrown tomatoes!
-4 large tomatoes
-1 pound fresh mozzarella
– 6-8 fresh basil leaves, torn or chopped
– olive oil, for drizzling
– balsamic vinegar
-salt and pepper
Cut the tomato and mozzarella into thick slices. Arrange on a platter and sprinkle with basil. Drizzle with olive oil, a few splashes of balsamic and season with salt and pepper.

02 Sep 2019

September is for planting!

Did that spring planting project go unfinished? Have you been away most of the summer? Was it too hot to plant? Whatever your reason, September is here and it’s a perfect time to plant trees and shrubs. Here’s why:
Fall Specials: Fall is a great time to shop. Take advantage of sale pricing all month!

Less Stress: Cooler temperatures mean less evaporation and trees don’t have to work as hard draw in water and nutrients.

Warm Ground Temperatures: Even as the air temperatures drop, the ground is still warm. The warm earth allows for good root formation, even after the foliage drops.
Ready to Grow: Trees and shrubs planted in the fall have acclimated to local temperature, daylight and moisture conditions. Once the ground warms up again in the spring, these trees will be ready to grow. As an added bonus, spring snowmelt helps keep the root zone moist.

One Less Spring Project: Shorten your to-do list for next spring. You’ll be glad you took the time and energy to plant.

We offer a five-year warranty on trees and shrubs when you plant using Myke™. Ask our friendly garden center staff for details.

Continue to keep newly planted trees and shrubs moist until the ground is frozen in late fall. Hand watering may be necessary after your irrigation has been turned off. At least two inches of mulch should be applied over the top of the root ball to maintain even temperatures and moisture. Evergreens are especially prone to moisture loss and browning over the winter months, so be extra diligent in providing ample water until the ground is frozen. For extra protection, spray new evergreens with an anti-desiccant like Wilt Pruf™ in October. Fruit trees and crabapples are delicious winter food for voles and need to be protected before the snow flies. Stop by our greenhouse for trunk guards and repellant and help save the heartache of damaged and dead trees next spring.

07 Aug 2019

August Tree Care

Between cold, snow, wind, hail and heat, it’s been an extra tough season for trees. Help your trees stay healthy with some routine care this month:

Water:
We’re often asked how much water to give a tree in a week. Soils, tree species, size and maturity will affect water requirements, but one rule of thumb is 10 gallons of water weekly for every inch of trunk diameter. For example, if you have a 6-inch spruce tree, your tree will need 60 gallons of water each week. Newly planted trees will need more water than established trees until their roots are able to grow beyond its original root ball.
It’s better to soak trees deeply less often than to water frequently. A long and thorough soaking wets beyond the root zone and encourages deep rooting. These deep roots are important for surviving stress, insect pressure and drought.

Mulch:
Mulch applied around the base of trees helps with weed reduction and moisture retention. In our region bark mulch is widely available is an economical and effective mulch. Apply a two or three-inch deep layer of mulch around the base of the tree. Be careful not to pile mulch up the trunk like a volcano, but pull the mulch slightly away from the trunk into more of a flat donut shape around the base.

Weed Control:
Weeds and grass will compete for a tree’s nutrients and water. Pull weeds and grasses manually or carefully spot spray with a non-selective weed killer such as Pulverize™ or Killzall™.

Routine Inspection:
Make a habit of checking trees routinely. Look for any damage and signs of stress such as wilted, discolored or dead leaves. Inspect the trunk for any holes, oozing or sawdust. If you see something unusual, take a closer look for insects. For help troubleshooting problems, collect a sample, snap a picture and bring it to us at the nursery for help.

Fertilizer:
It’s best to wait until late fall or early spring to fertilize. Encouraging new growth at this time of year puts extra stress on a tree. An exception would be a mild root stimulator used at planting time for new trees.

01 Aug 2019

August Outdoor Living Event

Gather up your friends and family and enjoy the final full month of summer in style. Stop by and scoop up deals on outdoor furniture including Adirondack chairs, benches, rockers and dining sets. Personalize your outdoor space with lighting, kinetic spinners or a cozy fire pit.

• 30 % off outdoor furniture
• 30% off outdoor lighting & solar lanterns
• 30% off tiki torches
• 30% off fire pits
• 50% off kinetic spinners
• $20 selected outdoor cushion sets

22 Jul 2019

Raspberry Rhubarb Crisp

Both raspberries and rhubarb thrive in the Tetons. This pairing is a delicious way to showcase these seasonal delights. Serve plain, with vanilla ice cream or freshly whipped cream.

Filling:
4 cups rhubarb, chopped
2 cups raspberries
½ cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
Topping:
¾ cup rolled oats
¾ cup brown sugar
½ cup flour
6 tablespoons butter, softened
Combine filling ingredients and pour into an 8” x 8” glass baking dish or oversized pie plate. Mix topping ingredients together and sprinkle over the filling. Bake at 375 for 45 – 60 minutes until filling is bubbling, thickened and topping is golden brown

16 Jul 2019

Creating Shade

Summers are precious here in the Tetons. Although we welcome the sunny days, sometimes the direct sun is just too hot to enjoy our outdoor spaces comfortably. With a few alterations to our outdoor spaces, we can create shade and enjoy summer comfortably.

Shade Cloth is a woven fabric ideal for cooling off greenhouses or dog kennels. Shade cloth is available in convenient rolls or bulk by the foot.

Shade Sails are a new trend that can cool off your outdoor space. Shade sails are handy over dining spaces and play areas. These triangular sails can be attached to houses, trees, posts, or any other sturdy overhead object. We carry Coolaroo™ shade sails in a variety of colors.

Trees are Mother Nature’s way of casting shade. By selecting the right species of tree and planting it in a strategic spot, trees offer shade during hot afternoons and evenings. Canopy trees, such as aspen, ash, maples, cottonwoods, crabapples and Canada red cherry are all potential choices. Spruce trees are also helpful but will cast shade year-round. Carefully consider the mature height and width of a tree before you plant.

Vines, once established, can also help create shade. They are useful when placed on a southern or western exposure of a deck and supported with a trellis. Hops vine, silver lace vine, Virginia creeper and honeysuckle vines are the most reliable climbers. Under the right conditions, (full sun, cool root zone) showy clematis can work well too. Vines need a few seasons for their roots to establish before they really start to gain vertical vigor.

08 Jul 2019

5 Ways to Repel Mosquitos

Although mosquitos are harmless to plants, they can be harmful to people and put a damper on outdoor living fun. You can help repel and reduce mosquito numbers around your home, making your time outdoors more enjoyable with these 5 strategies:

1) Drain water: Standing water is perfect mosquito breeding habitat. It only takes 6-10 days for mosquito eggs to become adults. Dump out plant saucers and other standing water in kiddie pools, buckets or tires. Refill pet water bowls and bird baths daily.

2) Mosquito Dunks: Mosquito dunks are a donut- shaped biological control that treats standing water. Dunks contain bacteria (bacillus thuringiensis or BT) that targets and kills insect larvae. Mosquito Dunks are useful for ditches, ponds and rain barrels.

3) Reduce Brush: Brush, tall grass and other overgrown vegetation can harbor mosquitoes. Trim and mow these areas periodically.

4) Mosquito Repellant Plants: Include plants that naturally repel mosquitoes into your outdoor living areas. Lemon-scented geranium, lemon balm, lavender, marigolds, catnip, lemon verbena, basil and mint not only deter mosquitoes, but look pretty too.

5) Citronella Candles: Easy to use citronella candles are useful in outdoor dining and living areas and help repel mosquitoes.
Besides the actions described above, it’s always a good idea to wear long, lightweight clothing and use insect repellent during mosquito season.