Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Shade Plants

 The beautiful thing about gardening is that your design constantly evolves. The level of sun or shade in your garden can change as well. 
 
You may live in a neighborhood dominated by huge shade trees,  or perhaps some spots shaded by buildings. 
 
With only two to three hours of sunlight, sun-lovers will struggle, but plants that like part shade will do well.
 
Usually, shade and part-shade plants will do best where they don’t get hot afternoon sun.
 
Here are some perennials to grow in lower light situations: astilbe, hosta, cranesbill, bleeding hearts, foxgloves, ferns, columbine, coral bells, goatsbeard, monkshood,

ajuga, and brunnera.  There are also shrubs that will thrive in shady areas such as:

select hydrangeas, viburnum, false spirea and euonymus.  
 
Remember that most perennial flowers and roses do best in full sun. That means at least six hours of full sun.
 
Drop in and we can help you find the right plant for the shady areas of your yard.
hydrangea, shade plants, Winnipeg garden centers
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Friday, April 20, 2012

Slippery, Slimy Slugs, Yuck!

This is the time of year our hearts and minds turn to gardening and the great outdoors!  We live in Winnipeg, wait 5 minutes and the weather will change! 

Think of some of the problem areas of your garden instead and this is the time of year to deal with them.

Slugs are slimy creatures resembling snails that come up from the ground at night and make holes in your beautiful plants (they really love hosta), leaving a slimy white trail in their wake.
If you have had a problem with slugs in a particular area of your garden, now is the time to get out the fan rake and lightly rake the soil.  In giving the area a light raking, it will bring up all the eggs the slugs have laid and you will be providing food for all the birds coming into your yard, while reducing the number of slugs.  Often times they love to lay their eggs all along a sidewalk or walkway so rake the soil lightly along these areas. Be careful not to compact the soil by walking on it.  Take a long board out to the garden area with you to use to walk on so as not to compact the soil by walking on it. To encourage birds into your garden area, place some drier lint out by a shrub or tree.  They will soon find it to help build their nests and will help rid your garden area of slugs at the same time.

Here are a few more tips to rid your garden area of Slugs.
1. Ammonia Spray:  Mix 1 part ammonia to 10 parts of water.  Spray on slugs in early morning or late at night when they like to come out and do their damage.  It does not hurt the plants; however, you should be careful not to spray everywhere as it will kill the good insects as well.
2. Barrier method: Around the base of the plants under attack, right around the stem, use baby powder or talc which will stick to their gummy bodies.  They will not go through it, or, if they do, it will kill them eventually.  An inch of sand, the coarser the better, like a moat, the sharpness of the grains make it unpleasant to impassable for most slugs.  Copper bands apparently cause a shock to slugs.  This can be bought in a tape form at most garden centers.
3. Boiling Water: In the very early spring pour boiling water along any hard edge that is in contact with the soil of the bed.  This would be like a sidewalk, fence or edging material including large stones or rocks.  This will kill the eggs.  This can be challenging if you have huge spaces that fit this definition.  Apply in areas where there is a lot of moisture or shade where you are having a serious snail colony problem.
4. Egg Shells – Save your egg shells, break them up and add around the plants in your garden that are affected.  They will help cut their skin and they will tend to keep away from your plants.

If your slug problems persist, drop into our garden center and pick up some slug bait to rid your garden of the nasty, slimy ones!
 
Arlene Wheeler
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