Thursday, May 02, 2013

New Online Store!

Jensen Nursery and Garden Center announces the launch of our first Online Store! Jensen
Nursery's Online Store featuring all the latest garden decor to liven up your yard. For bird lovers
we have bird houses, bird feeders and bird baths! To attract butterflies and ladybugs to your yard
we have special butterfly and ladybug houses! We also sell all kinds of decorative garden animals
such as meerkats, geckos, butterflies, frogs, dogs, birds and more. Metal Wall Art at very
reasonable prices, funny signs, gnomes, pica dillies, and much more. if you need to decorate
indoors we also carry indoor decor. We are in the process of expanding our selection - so check
back weekly for more! Currently $500 gift certificates are on Sale for $450! We look forward to
helping you create a beautiful garden space and home!

We will be shipping all these items across Canada!
If you live in Winnipeg or close by you have the option of picking up your order at our store.
If you pick up in store you will not pay shipping charges and as a BONUS you will receive a FREE

We look forward to serving you!
The Jensen’s!

Butterfly House!
Butterfly House!

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Wednesday, October 05, 2011

How Often do I water my plants? by Tammy Jensen

Wow it is October 5th and it is going to be 28 above. Whatever are the poor plants thinking? I know my oaks are dropping leaves everywhere! When I went and sat on my deck last night, it felt like a July night - but the crunching of leaves took the illusion away.

A common question we are getting at the Garden Center now is - How often do I water my plants?

There is not a easy generic answer to this! Each and every yard is different. Many factors play into moisture conditions. Drainage, quality of soil, amount of shade in the yard, and type of plants you grow to name a few.

You need to water long enough to allow moisture to reach the entire plant rooting area. Do not over water and drench the area. Once the soil on the surface is dry to the touch it is time to water again. Typically in October this may be once a week. THIS IS NOT A TYPICAL YEAR!! Some plants in hot dry locations may dry out daily in this heat. Others in some dark shady areas may be good for a week. So unfortunately to properly water your yard you really need to get out and evaluate the moisture needs of the different locations in your yard. I have one corner I water once a week in this heat, but my annual pots, summerwine ninebark, and twist and shout hydrangea have needed daily water. You also need to continue watering right up to freezeup. So do not put your hoses away yet!

This heat has also caused alot of stress and damage to plants and trees. I have been recommending applying Myke to the root area of suffering plants and trees. It a natural product that increases root growth. It also increases absortion of moisture and nutrients! If you have a stronger root system you will have a stronger and healthier plant. Do not pull out those plants that look stressed, give their roots a treat and wait to see what happens in the spring. You might be amazed at the transformation. I say never give up it if it looks a little rough above ground - all the hard work goes on under ground where you do not see!
If you plant some tulips throw a little Myke in the hole as well. Tulips establish their roots in the fall before the ground freezes. I put in a tablespoon of Myke and a tablespoon of bone meal with each bulb. The Myke helps establish roots, and the bone meal is a time release fertilizer. Oh and if you have some crazy squirrells who like to dig up your bulbs. You can soak them in plantskydd before you plant, or sprinkle blood meal around the area. The blood meal is not as effective as theplantsykdd. I have several large Oak trees in my yard that are homes to many squirrells. For this reason I use both!!
Well time to get ready to head out to the garden center! I think I will have to bring home one of our new leaf bagging products home to try. I had to wade through leaves to get to my deck chairs!

Happy Gardening!
Tammy Jensen

ps- if you missed my information sheet on fall yard care - here it is!

Mr Kurt Jensen - owner of Jensen Nursery and Landscaping - enjoying a hot summer night!
Mr Kurt Jensen - enjoying the American Cedars in my yard!!
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Monday, September 19, 2011

Fall Yard care - after the drought

FALL YARD CARE –after the drought
by  Tammy Jensen

The summer of 2011 has been great if you love the beach! However if you like to garden it has been a challenging year. The spring brought us too much water, and July brought us too little water! The plants has suffered from fungus, mildew, blights, and infestations of aphids, red lily beetle, and more. Our lawns are green only in patches. Those patches (at least on my lawn) seem to be weeds. The actual grass appears to have gone into dormancy for the year. There is though some things you can do to help get your yard back on track. Here is a fall guide to help you give your yard a boost so that it will be back in shape for the 2012 gardening season.

  • Spot treat visible weeds with “Killex”.
  • Instead of fertilizing this fall apply “Myke Turf”. Fertilizing could burn the dry stressed grass. “Myke Turf” will not burn, and is a natural product. It reduces    watering needs, and increases drought tolerance. It will also promote root growth, to give you a more lush lawn next year.
  • Rake and clean up all leaves and debris from lawn.
  • Top-dress and over seed to improve the appearance of your lawn. This can be done after the 15th of October.
  • Spray with “Plantskyd” to protect against vole damage. This can be done at the end of October or before snowfall.
  • Cut the grass short to a height of 2 ½” at the end of October. A lower height will help soil dry more quickly in the spring. This will also help prevent vole damage.

  • Dig up and discard annuals, and vegetable plants to put in your compost pile. Dig up and discard any weeds in the garbage. Rake up any fallen leaves and debris in your flower beds. Fallen leaves can hold diseases that may overwinter.
  •  Remove summer bulbs and store in peat moss or vermiculite indoors for the winter.
  •  Apply “Liquid Gypsum” to your flowers beds, and gardens. This can safely be sprayed on soil as well as plants. It is a soil conditioner that will soften hard and clay soils. It also improves soil drainage and helps maintain a healthy balance of nutrients for the plants.
  •  Get your beds ready for fall planting or spring gardening. Add organic matter such as peat moss, coco, compost, or soil booster. This can help improve aeration and drainage, as well as supply nutrients. This can be done in addition to liquid gypsum to give the soil a really good boost for next year.
  • Plant your tulips using bulb food and fresh garden soil. Soak the bulbs in “Plantskyd” prior to planting to prevent squirrels from digging them up!
  • Plant shrubs, evergreens, and perennials. Early fall planting gives new plants enough time to get their roots established before winter. Use a growth supplement such as “Myke” to help stimulate healthy roots, and prevent transplant shock.


  •  A treatment of “Myke” can be given to any shrubs or trees that have been stressed or not growing well. This is done by putting holes in the ground around the root ball of the shrub or tree. The “Myke” is poured down the holes, then watered in.
  •  If your plants have had problems with fungus, mold, mildew, blight, or insects Dormant Oil will prevent these from wintering over. It can be applied once the leaves have dropped if the temperature is above 5 °C. It also can be applied in early spring when the buds on the plants are swollen, but before they leaf out.
  •  Perennials can be moved or split safely now. Use a growth supplement such as “Myke” to stimulate new root growth.
  •  Apply “Plantskyd” to protect from winter animal damage. Skoot can be used as an alternative but not until plants are dormant. (leaves have dropped) Be sure to spray as high as animals can reach after the snow has fallen. Be sure to spray right to ground level to prevent vole damage on the base of trees.
  •  Spring flowering perennials can be cut back. Fall flowering perennials can be left to enjoy over the winter.
     At the end of October peat moss can be mounded around sensitive plants and perennials to protect over winter.
     Water regularly till the ground is frozen.

  • If evergreens have been stressed over the summer a treatment of “Myke “ around the roots will help it repair any root damage that may have occurred.
  • Throughout September and October water evergreens weekly so they can build up their water stores until spring. The moisture is important to help them through our harsh winters.
  • Any cedars that are in a sunny location can be sprayed with an antitranspirant “Wilt-Pruf” to protect against spring moisture loss.
  • Any newly planted cedars can be protected with burlap and a frame made with wooden stakes. It is very important that the burlap does not touch the cedars.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Free Gardening Seminar - Saturday September 17, 2011


9:30 -11:00 FALL YARD CARE – Susan Jensen Stubbe & Grant Dunn
The drought this summer has been very tough on our plants, trees, lawns, and gardens. Fungus, mildew, insect infestations, dry lumpy soil, and lawns you would rather not look at! What can be done to help revive our yards? Susan and Grant will discuss solutions to reverse the damage. There will be a question/ answer period at the end for fall yard care questions you may have. Special discount will be given on all yard care products to everyone who attends!

11:00 -12:00 FREE LUNCH - Sandwiches, and Carrot Cake!

Bill Dowie - Ecoplicity Enviromental
Upcyling – Refurbishing and reinventing household objects – is a new spin on recycling. Bill, our guest designer, will share his own adventures in taking old “junk” from lumber, and metal parts and creating object d’art and focal points. Since the City of Winnipeg’s “Giveaway Weekend” is the previous weekend, bring in a found object and Bill will facilitate an imagination session with your fellow participants! Feel free to bring in some extra “pieces” for trading!

1:00 - 1:45 FLOWERS IN THE SHADE – Tammy Jensen
One of the most common design questions I get is “What will grow in a shady spot that blooms?” I will be going over all the shrubs and perennials we carry for the shade that does flower! Bring sketches, pictures, or measurements of the shady area you want to plant in. At the end of the seminar we can help you design a small shade garden, or help you find the right shade perennial for a particular location.

2:00-2:45 TULIPS AND FALL BULBS - Karl Sorenson
What is new and exciting this year? How do I plant? What do I need to do to have beautiful tulips and bulbs in the spring? Karl will take you step by step through everything you need to know! Special discount on bulbs will be given to all who attend!

3:00-3:45 PRUNING – Gregory Funk
Greg loves pruning! Shrubs and trees love to be pruned. Learn from an expert how to properly prune your shrubs and trees this fall.
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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Aphids, Fungus, and Lily Beetle

Aphids, the Lily Beetle...............but, Few Mosquitoes!!!
Summer…… last!!!
We have been so fortunate to finally be enjoying summer and all the lovely warm weather, with little rain. We are able to sit out on our balconies and in our backyards at night and enjoy the sweet aromas of alyssum, lilies, heliotrope and many other fragrant flowers, and be out during the day to enjoy the beauty of the season, without being bothered by the pesky mosquito. We have to enjoy every moment! We must bow down to our City Entomologist, Taz Stuart and his staff for removing Winnipeg of the title of Mosquito capital of Canada. Edmonton has the honours now! We’re able to enjoy our backyards and our parks and our great outdoors! Great work guys!!!

But, if you haven’t been vigilante in checking your flowers and vegetables regularly, now is the time of the season where you will notice some damage. I have been battling aphids on my ‘Pretty Much Picasso’ petunias for the last month or so. I’ve been spraying them every few days with about ½ tsp. of dish soap in about a litre of water. Some days I’m not sure I’m winning the battle!!! But, I know it is being kept under control. My petunias are doing quite well actually. I stopped by to visit a few of my friends in the last week. My friend Jennifer knew something was eating her prize lilies, but, didn’t realize it was the dreaded Lily beetle. My friend, Mona, was also in the same situation. She has so many lilies; she’s barely keeping up with the infestation. In the adult form, the Lily Beetle is bright red in colour and may even be seen on neighbouring plants, however, it is your lilies they are enjoying. The best thing to do is get a pail of water and hand pick the beetles, putting them into the water and then disposing of them. Using Neem is an effective way to control them, as is End All 1 and Malathion. Check out the Manitoba Lily Society website at for further information. Be vigilante; learn to be able to recognize them in all stages. If they’ve eaten most of the leaves of your lilies, allow the remaining leaves and stem to die back on their own, as this is replenishing the bulb for next year. Once the stem and leaves have turned brown, just give the stem a twist and pull it out. Disturb the ground around the lilies in the fall and dispose of all the dried stems and leaves.
Fungus is also prevalent this year with all the moisture around and the cooler nights earlier on in the summer. Control the fungus on your plants by mixing 1 Tablespoon of baking soda with 1 litre of water and then spraying on your plants every few days. Try to spray them before you really get hit with a powdery mildew or fungus. Never spray your plants with anything when the sun is shining on them, as this may burn your plants. Spraying in the early morning is best, if possible.
Should the home recipes for your infestation or fungus fail and you need something stronger, please drop by Jensen's for the product for the solution to your problem! Here is a link for a product to help with fungus -

And smile. No Mosquitoes!!!

For the kids:
What did the Fast Tomato say to the Slow Tomato?

Answer: Ketchup!!!

by Arlene Wheeler
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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Lost in the Petunias by Arlene Wheeler

If you drop into Jensen’s these evenings, you will find me cleaning up the beautiful hanging baskets we have left. I’m lost in the petunias and supertunias! Many baskets are still so beautiful and are ready to drop into a container or enjoy hanging in your favorite spot.

One of the secrets to keeping your annual flowers continually blooming is deadheading (removing the spent blooms). I am often approached by customers wanting to know what I am doing. I take a little pair of scissors and snip off the dead blooms, not just the petals. When you are removing the blooms from plants like petunias, supertunias and million bells, make sure you snip it right back to the stem to remove the seed head at the base of the flower. If you just remove the petals, the plant will soon be going to seed. Deadheading encourages more bloom!

The next thing you want to do is fertilize. I like to use an ultra bloom (high phosphorous or high middle number) water soluble fertilizer like 15-30-15 every week. I mix a half strength solution and fertilize every week right through until frost. Never fertilize when the plant is dry as it may burn the tips of the leaves, water the plant the day before you fertilize.

Try to water your gardens and containers in the morning to allow any water to dry before the end of the day. That way you won’t be encouraging any insects to collect under the leaves or any fungus to start forming during the cooler temperatures at night. Give your containers the finger test before watering to ensure you’re not over-watering. The first sign of over-watering is a yellowing of the leaves. If you follow these directions, you will have beautiful hanging baskets and containers right through until the snow flies!

Drop in to see us with any of your gardening problems and to pick up another beautiful hanging basket to enjoy. We have beautiful red and white supertunia baskets on sale for Canada Day!

*Arlene Wheeler is an experienced gardener and garden coordinator of theChildren’s Blue Box Program for Winnipeg Harvest. We are happy to have her working with us at Jensen Nursery!

petunia baskets, Jensen Nursery and Landscaping, Winnipeg
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