The bees are enjoying the perennials at Frazee Gardens during National Pollinator Week!
Earlier this year, the announcement that the North American bumble bee had been added to the endangered species list was a wake-up call for many Americans. Bees and other pollinators play a critical role in our ecosystem. So, in honor of National Pollinator Week (June 19 – 25, 2017), we’d like to share a few fun facts about pollinators:
Pollination is a vital stage in the life cycle of all flowering plants in which pollen is moved within a flower, or carried from one flower to another of the same species, which leads to fertilization. This process is necessary to ensure healthy and productive plants within a native ecosystem.
Most pollinators are beneficial insects such as flies, beetles, wasps, ants, butterflies, moths and bees.
About 75% of all flowering plant species need the help of animals to move their heavy pollen grains from plant to plant for fertilization.
In the U.S., pollination produces nearly $20 billion worth of products each year.
Frazee Gardens carries many native pollinators that you can plant and grow right here in central Indiana to help make a positive impact on pollinator health and habitats. Stop in and ask our expert staff about some of our perennials that are great for pollinators.
Contrary to what you might think, the benefits of planting a tree in the Fall outweigh those of planting in the Spring. While you’re not going to see any growth during winter months, planting a tree in the Fall allows the root system to establish before going dormant in the winter. Trees also use energy trying to survive the dry Summer months and blooming in the Spring which leaves the Fall time as the most relaxed season for trees to establish new residency.
HERE ARE 5 TIPS FOR BUYING AND PLANTING A TREE IN INDIANA THIS FALL:
Pick the right tree. Red Maples and Tulip trees do great in Indiana. If you’re looking for an evergreen tree, you can’t go wrong with a spruce; however, be sure to pick the right spruce for the amount of available space. Colorado Blue and Norway Spruce are fine selections as long as there is thirty feet available for them to grow to mature size. Black Hills and Fat Albert are able to grow in tighter areas with mature widths of twelve to twenty feet. You might consider a Hemlock if the area is more shaded.
Pick the right size. Make sure to look up when you decide on a location to make sure the tree won’t eventually grow into anything (power line, over hanging deck…etc). Think about how tall you want the tree within the first few years and be sure to have realistic expectations about your tree’s growth during this time. You may have heard the saying “the first year they sleep, the second year they creep, and the third year they leap,” this is important to remember while selecting the right tree for your home. If you want to enjoy a certain height within the first couple of years, it would be wise to invest in a more mature tree now, instead of hoping it will grow quickly.
Planting. The most common mistake made when planting a tree is planting it too deep in the soil. An easy way to determine proper depth for tree installation is to take the butt end of a shovel and hold it next to the root ball guiding your hand until it reaches the top of the root ball. Then, place another shovel across the hole and place the shovel marked by your hand into the hole. Your hand should be real close to the shovel that is laid across the hole. A little shallow is much more acceptable than too deep. Before you plant, be sure to do some research on the type of tree and its size to help ensure you plant at the proper depth. Before filling the hole back in, stand back and check to see that the tree is straight.
Watering—don’t overdo it. One of the benefits of planting in the Fall is that you take advantage of what the cooler, wetter months provide naturally – so be careful not to over-water your tree. When the first frost hits, you can put the garden hose away until the ground thaws in the spring.
Low maintenance vs. pro maintenance. While the maintenance of the tree is fairly low once it is in the ground, there are some things to consider before the average DIY warrior decides to tackle planting a tree. How much time do you want to invest in the project? What are you going to do with the excess dirt after digging the hole? How do you properly stake the tree? What is the proper way to prune? How much are you willing to risk on your investment by doing it yourself? Like many things around your home, there are some things best left to the professionals. At Brownsburg Landscape, we have professionally trained staff who take pride in planting trees and enjoy helping you beautify your home.
Dan Bonner is the Sales and Customer Service Representative with Brownsburg Landscape. Dan has been helping Brownsburg Landscape customers beautify their homes for over 19 years. Give Dan a call today at 317-852-8440 to talk about your next landscaping project.
An Indiana summer can bring a variety of weather any given week. We can go from mild and rainy to hot and dry virtually overnight, which can make it challenging to keep your flowers in tip-top shape.
The best thing you can do for your flowers is to help them develop a hearty root system. Using a good fertilizer every 7-14 days is a good rule of thumb and is going to help your roots grow stronger and yield greener leaves, more flowers, larger blooms, etc.
Here in Indiana, we have found that ferti-lome® Blooming and Rooting Soluble Plant Food 9-58-8 works really well for flowering shrubs, trees, roses, orchids — really all blooming and fruit bearing plants. This is a tried-and-true product we carry at Frazee Gardens and use on our flowers, plants, shrubs, veggies and fruits on a regular basis.
Along with fertilizing, another great reminder is to give your flowers and plants a “hair cut” from time to time. As your plant continues to grow, it is sending all its nutrients to the flowers at the end of the vine, and the rest of the plant has a hard time keeping up and staying healthy. By cutting back, you are allowing the rest of the plant to catch up and it will flush back out fuller and healthier than before.
We hope these tips and reminders will help you keep your plants and flowers looking their best.