Join Us! Pumpkin Patch 2013!

The summer may have had a relatively brief dry spell, but all-in-all we didn’t have very much to complain about.  The past few mornings have felt almost brisk, Fall is definitely in the air!

Cooler weather sets the stage for one of our favorite times of year…Pumpkin Patch Festival!  We welcome all of you to come join us in our October celebration.  Pumpkin Patch 2013 will take place each weekend in October. Please visit our Facebook Page or our Events page for details.
We have added several new attractions to the line-up this year.  Our favorites will, of course, be continued this year.  Cowgirl Kate and Witch Hazel will, once again, be appearing at our Greenhouse in Martin City, as well as, our Roe location to entertain us and create free balloon animals.  Please visit our Events page to view her schedule for this year. The scheduled appearances and activities will be posted soon! We look forward to seeing you!
“Cowgirl Kate has been entertaining audiences young and old in the Midwest region for over a decade. She specializes in creative Balloon Art Twisting. Cowgirl Kate’s performance is interspersed with impromptu comedy and vernacular phrases from times past. Cowgirl Kate is perfect for getting your party started with her energy and expertise!” ~ Cowgirl Kate
(Witch Hazel visits our stores when Halloween is near.  She is not to be missed!)
Fall Workshops
Additionally, we would like to invite you to attend our Fall Workshops which will be held at our Greenhouse in Martin City (135th and Wornall).

These FREE events are a great way to learn some hints and tips while creating a few “masterpieces” for your seasonal display!

Bring your own pot, or choose from our huge selection! Spencer will offer a myriad of ideas to make your Fall Containers fantastically unique. 

You will receive guidance and time to make plant choices and assistance with construction of your masterpieces.
Fun for ALL ages and FREE with your Pumpkin purchase! No Carve Decoration allows your pumpkins to easily be used indoors or out and they last much longer, too!
We will provide some basic supplies but you are encouraged to bring fabric scraps, buttons, glitter or anything else you would like to use on your pumpkins. We will demonstrate a few different styles of decoration and assist you with the process!

For more details and to sign up,
call Customer Service at 816-942-2921.


Our Fall Tree Sale is going on NOW!
Maples and Oaks and Willows, OH MY!
Looking forward to seeing you there!  Don’t forget to bring the kiddos!
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Success with Blueberries and Goji Berries in YOUR Garden!

We know that they grow around here…there are blueberry patches where you can pick your own.  Soooo…what’s the secret??  Two of the most important considerations are actually: Soil acidity and excellent drainage.  Oh, and make sure you have two plants for pollination or you won’t get any fruit. ;)

• It is a very good idea to test your soil’s pH levels prior to planting your Blueberry Bushes. They will demand acidic soils and simply will not thrive unless you provide this. Home test kits work well for determining pH levels and should be performed every year or two.

• When preparing the holes for installation, replace 1/2 of the soil that you removed with peat moss and pine bark soil conditioner. This will help maintain proper soil moisture at all times.

• It is best to build a berm to insure proper drainage…if in doubt about your soil, this will benefit your Blueberry Bushes greatly.  This will help keep sogginess away from the shallow and fibrous root systems.

• After you install the plants, gently pat the soil mixture in place, to not tamp too firmly or with your foot. Apply your desired product to raise the soil acidity (the same product you might use for Rhododendrons and Azaleas) and then water thoroughly…allowing the hose to run slowly at the point where the root ball and soil meet.

• Water about an inch two times per week for the first two weeks, then cut back to 1 inch per week. Next season, when the plants are setting fruit, increase watering to 4 inches per week (between flower drop and fruit appearing). Level back when fruit appears. Too much water when fruit is nearing ripeness will reduce flavor immensely.

• Do no allow the Blueberries to set fruit the first year…it is also not necessary to apply supplemental fertilizer, but you can provide a mild amount of 10-20-10 (or lower amount, but an equivalent ratio). Remove the flowers to prevent the plant from spending excess energy that it will need to become properly established.

• Blueberry plants are fertilizer hogs, but you will not want to provide excess the first year. The following year feed them a little when the flower buds appear and then again one month later. Each year (up to about 8 years), increase the dosage…the amount will coincide with the plant growth and fruit production. Steer clear of any ammonium nitrate or calcium nitrate based fertilizers. Stick with a product that is for acid loving plants or is ammonium sulfate based. Be careful not to over-fertilize, cut recommended dosage in half if in doubt.

• After planting, apply 2-3 inches of pine bark soil conditioner as a mulch…applying it from about 3-4 inches away from the base of the plant to approximately 1 foot beyond the area where the root ball and soil meet. Do not allow the mulch to build up near the base (main stem).

Now for the Goji Berries!  Can you believe that we can grow them in our own back yard?!?  They are not very picky plants, although they do get tall, so provide ample space and possibly some stakes.

The GOJI BERRY plants have made their debut in our stores!  Sweet Lifeberry™ and Big Lifeberry® from Proven Winners® are available to plant in your own garden! They are self-pollinating (only need 1), fully hardy and very easy to grow in full sun and average soil.

The berries of this plant have remarkable health benefits and are the most nutritionally dense fruit on earth!  Goji Berries contain ALL essential amino acids, high protein content, chuck full of vitamin C, carotenoids, are high in fiber, more iron than spinach!  I could go on and on!!  They are truly a miracle fruit…and one that YOU can grow!

Hope that helps you to grow amazing Blueberry and Goji plants!! If you have any questions, let us know! Happy Harvesting.

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2013 June Bloom Symposium – Pink Zazzle!

Recently, I attended the Proven Winners® / EuroAmerican Symposium which was hosted by the Grand Tradition Estate and Gardens in Fallbrook, CA which is an official signature garden for Proven Winners® plants. 
This fantastic gathering of growers, retailers and other professionals come together to learn about, discuss and drool over highly anticipated new plants.  It is like a little slice of Heaven to a plant geek like me!
I wanted to share some highlights from the event with you and invite you to join us on Facebook where you will find more gorgeous pictures and helpful steps to garden success! When you see a plant you would like to try, please click like under the image. The more likes a plant receives, the better chance it will have in finding its way to our stores!  We are ALWAYS open to and appreciate your feedback!

The plant that received the most attention at the Symposium was Gomphrena ‘Pink Zazzle’. This is not your ordinary, everyday annual! This attention hog has large, hot pink/fuschia blooms atop succulent-like fuzzy foliage. Ka-POW!! What a WINNER!
The majority of our plants are grown locally, by us, at our off-site farms.  Each and every plant is scrutinized before being shipped to our stores.  Proven Winners® provides us with exceptional plant material for our experts to cultivate with a personal touch in preparation for YOUR garden beds, veggie gardens and annual landscapes/pots.  

These lovely plants have been fully acclimated to our local weather conditions and are ripe for planting.  From annuals to trees, we grow it all! Garden success is obtainable with us!

All along the pathways within the glorious Grand Tradition Estate and GardensProven Winners® plants were always within our sight,  

blanketing the ground.
It truly was a sight to behold! 
The annual that made the biggest statement was definitely the Supertunia®!!  These quick-spreading, self-cleaning lovelies will blanket the ground in as little as 4 weeks!  It is recommended that they be installed with a slow release fertilizer designed for annual flowers to insure they have plenty of food all season long.
The variety surrounding this waterfall/pond is called ‘Vista Fuchsia’ and certainly stops you in your tracks!  Supertunia®s are available in nearly every color imaginable which makes the possibilities seem endless!  Try them! Go ahead and “Supertunia” your garden beds! 
You will love them!
Suburban Lawn & Garden
would love to know your thoughts about all of the gorgeous plants and 
flowers we had the pleasure
of becoming acquainted with at this fantastic symposium.
If you get a chance,please stop off at our Facebook page Like us on Facebook to view the entire album of colorful inspiration!  This album of beautiful pictures will be monitored closely for upcoming trends.
Thank you all so much!
You DO NOT want to miss out on this new app!  It has flown to the top of the rankings in many areas and is nearly invaluable in your gardening adventures.  From plant identification to design assistance, this app will make gardening easy and FUN!! Currently it is only available for iPhone and iPad (Android and other platforms will be coming later this year), but it is FREE and now is the time to take advantage of it!  Believe it or not, your inquiries via the Garden Compass are answered by actual experts across the globe.  It truly is a remarkable undertaking and I hope you try it out!  Visit the iTunes store to discover more information and read reviews. Enjoy and please let us know how you like it!The Garden that is Finished is Dead

Practicing Patience with Perennials

We all love our annual flowers, reliably producing a glorious display all season long.  They are perfect for containers or filling in areas of the garden beds.  While annuals truly are amazing, don’t discount the predictable perennial plant.  You can easily create a dynamic display of color and texture by positioning your plants according to bloom time.

The majority of perennials will bloom during a specific amount of time during a specific part of the season.  Knowing which plants bloom when will assist you in creating your plan.  In addition, choose perennials that will stay in place and don’t “walk” around (via seeds or runners).  Using ever-blooming shrubs like a selection from the new Easy Elegance® Collection of roses as a backdrop for your perennial display for added wow factor.  Filling in and blending your “masterpiece” with foliage plants such as Heuchera will guarantee visual interest all season long.

Suburban Lawn & Garden grows the majority of our own Perennials for you.  These plants have been started right here, in our zone, ready to enter your garden without a fuss.  There is a general rule, however, which applies to nearly all perennials.  When first introduced into your garden, they like to “check things out”, dip their “toes” in and get comfy.  In doing so, you may not see an exciting amount of activity from them.  We like to refer to this as “sleeping”.  The following year, they tend to “venture out a bit”, peeking around the corners, becoming introduced to their neighbors…basically getting better acquainted with their environment. We refer to this as their second year “creeping” stage.  The following year, stand back!  If you have found an acceptable spot for your perennials, they will explode with growth and color!  They “leap” to their full potential.  Time to sit back and enjoy your handiwork…

Our stores are FULL of perennials for every spot in your garden.  Don’t be afraid to add them to your containers as fillers, too.  You can enjoy them all season, then install them in your garden beds in the Fall.  Enjoy your new-found passion for Perennials!The Garden that is Finished is Dead

The Insect Brigade

We ALL have birds that occasionally visit our yards.  Songbirds, Woodpeckers, Birds of Prey…they all pass through from time to time.  Some will stick around longer than others depending on what your yard has to offer.

When we receive mounds of snow (like we have recently), all of these birds (with the exception of maybe the woodpeckers and the birds of prey) will have a VERY tough time finding food.  It is very helpful to supply them with supplement through these harsh times.  Suburban Lawn & Garden carries a variety of foods, each designated for a specific type of bird.  For example, Cardinals will LOVE you for setting out a mix that contains Black Oil Sunflower Seeds.  If you don’t know which types of birds you have, you can use a general mix which should contain a bit of something for all of them.  We do think highly of Wild Delight around here…their food is a very nice quality and they present a wide assortment of mixes.

Some of you may be thinking, how are these “seed-eating” birds going to help my garden?  The majority of birds (even those that eat seeds) will feed insects to their young.  They are softer, pack more of a protein punch AND in the Spring and Summer, they are much more plentiful than seeds are.  So, if you attract all types of birds, they will reward you greatly!  Even hummingbirds eat their fair share of flying insects…capturing those which are difficult for other birds to snag.

When selecting a bird feeder, try to find one that is suitable for the types of birds you will be catering to, as well.  If in doubt, just go with a general type, but make sure it has a roof to protect the seed from getting wet.  We, of course have a large variety of bird feeders and houses to choose from.  Setting out some houses, will also guarantee that a few families will “move in” and become your “outdoor pets”.  Be sure to clean them out after the fledglings have taken flight.

A small amount of effort this winter assisting our feathered friends will bring you much joy and a healthier garden, to boot!  Enjoy!!

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