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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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Tulips and Fall Bulbs

TULIPS AND FALL BULBS

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What are fall bulbs?

Fall bulbs are a plant species that need to be planted in the ground in the fall. They require a cold period of a minimum of 6 weeks to form roots. They will bloom at different times in the spring depending on variety, warmth, and lighting conditions.


When should I plant fall bulbs?

Fall bulbs are best planted before the first hard frost. It must though be after the temperature stays below 18°C during the day. This is typically from late September to early November in Manitoba.




What should I look for when I am picking out fall bulbs?

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Look for bulbs that are firm. If bulbs are mushy they will rot. The bigger the bulb is that you pick, the more blooms you will get and the larger they will be. Bulbs will grow larger in the ground after blooming. Pick out a variety of early, mid, and late blooming bulbs to ensure a long show of color. Check with your garden center that the bulbs are zoned for our climate.


How do I plant?

Condition the soil by adding 3” of peat moss and 1” of manure into your bed. Work it into a depth of 12” deep. Dig hole as deep as instructed and place bulbs with the pointed side up. They can be planted in individual holes or in a large hole as a group. Refer to package for planting depth and distance. Generally you want to plant the bulb 2 to 3 times deeper than the diameter of the bulb. After bulb is covered with soil water thoroughly.



Where should I plant my fall bulbs?

Spring flowering bulbs thrive in partial to full sun. Remember to take into account that trees will not be leafed out yet when the tulips emerge. Good drainage is important, so avoid low lying soggy areas.


What kind of fertilizer should I use?

Fertilizer is not necessary, but performance will be increased if you add bonemeal or bulb booster when you plant. Use 1 tablespoon per bulb.


How do I keep squirrels from digging up my bulbs?

Soak in plantskydd before you plant the bulbs. Bloodmeal can also be sprinkled in the holes when you plant. Disguising the area after you plant with leaves or mulch can possibly fool the critters! This will also help protect the bulbs from harsh winter temperatures.


What do I do after the bulbs have finished blooming in the spring?


Let the leaves die down naturally, do not cut them off or mow over them. After the bulbs have bloomed it is important to let them rest and gather nutrients from soil so that they can bloom again next year.

If anyone has any questions about bulbs, or needs help with design choices drop by today! Our helpful staff will be happy to help you. We have a great selection of tulips and fall bulbs. I have checked each bulb to ensure that it is zoned for Winnipeg. Unfortunately alot of the bulbs sold out there are not zoned for our climate. Looking forward to your visit!
Tammy Jensen

Jensen Nursery and Landscaping
2550 McGillivray Blvd
Winnipeg, Manitoba
(204)488-5042

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MONDAY, TUESDAY, FRIDAY   8:30-5
WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY   8:30-8:00
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Monday, September 12, 2011

Fall bulbs, fall mums, and free fall seminars!!

Fall Bulbs have now arrived! We have a great selection of quality holland bulbs! Tulips, narcissus, crocus, allium, snowdrop, and fritillaria are available! Shop early for best selection! Need help with your selections? Not sure where or how to plant your bulbs? We are here to help you with all your fall bulb planting needs!!


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FALL MUMS ARRIVING WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 14TH!!

ANNUAL POTS LOOKING A LITTLE ROUGH AFTER THE HOT SUMMER?

REPLACE THEM WITH A BEAUTIFUL FALL MUM! THEY CAN HANDLE FROST UP TO MINUS 5

SHOP EARLY FOR BEST SELECTION!



JOIN US FOR OUR FALL FIESTA PARTY
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 17, 2011!!!
FREE DRAWS
CAKE
LUNCH
SPECIAL DEALS
SEMINARS
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AND MORE FUN!


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MONDAY 8:30-5

TUESDAY 8:30-5

WEDNESDAY 8:30-8:00

THURSDAY 8:30-8:00

FRIDAY 8:30-5:00

SATURDAY 9:00-4:00

SUNDAY CLOSED

SPOTS STILL OPEN FOR FREE SEMINARS!

FALL FIESTA SEMINARS
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!

12:00 -12:45 UPCYCLING FOR YOUR YARD AND GARDEN
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 Winnipegs 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.
EMAIL tammy@jensennursery.com TO REGISTER! LIMITED SEATING  REGISTER EARLY!






2550 McGillivray Blvd.
P.O. Box 12
Fort Whyte, Winnipeg, MB
R3Y 1G5
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