Besides keeping plants well-watered while temps are high, now is the perfect time to look ahead to fall and fall-planted bulbs! We’re now offering pre-order opportunities for popular Mums, Tulips, and Daffodils now, to get vibrant colors added to your landscape this autumn and next spring.
Recently, we’ve seen an increase in attention focused on the plight of pollinators, in particular the honeybee. Honeybees are extremely important agricultural pollinators, while other native bees are also seeing population declines. The Rusty Patched Bumblebee is native to the Upper Midwest and was just added to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services endangered list. Many people have been asking us what they can do to help support local St. Louis-area bee, butterfly, and other pollinator populations.
Don’t wait until it’s too late; check out this list of things you need to know before you start your 2017 spring gardening season!
Grow Native! is a native landscaping educational program of the Missouri Prairie Foundation.
Quiet Village Landscaping first learned about Grow Native! through our involvement with native planting and biodiversity events and programs throughout the Midwest, and this summer we were happy to become the latest professional member of this amazing organization.
Quiet Village Landscaping has been involved with MSD’s Project Clear Rainscaping Small Grants Program over the past several years, and now we’re helping home and business owners apply for the 2016-17 round of grants available!
Quiet Village Landscaping is happy to feature the following guest-written blog from Cori Westcott, who serves as Habitat Advisor for the St. Louis Audubon Society’s Bring Conservation Home Program. It’s our first in a series featuring Missouri specialist insects and their relationship with their host plants.
As many of us dust off and install our feeders for the winter, it’s worth considering what more we can do in our landscaping for our feathered friends. Birds are in trouble and need our help. In the past 400 years we have lost 9 species in North America – today nearly half of our bird species in North America are considered threatened (that’s 314 species!). So what can we do to support them in our own yards?
Backyard bird feeding is a great first step but considering one or more of these items to create a true habitat in your yard. You’ll be amazed with the new birds you will start to see and will probably start noticing the array of other creatures that start calling your yard home.
For more information on what more you can do for the birds, contact the St. Louis chapter of the Audubon Society and ask about their Bring Conservation Home Program .
Rebecca Eisele, one of our landscape designers, has a passion for birds and would love to help you get started.
Are you feeling that slight chill in the St. Louis air? It’s time to start preparing your plants for the cooler days that are on the way. While fall isn’t exactly the most exciting time of year for gardeners, there are still lots of fun things to be done in your home garden! For example, it’s the best time to plant trees and shrubs, and it’s cool enough to do digging and other strenuous tasks that can be harder to perform in our hot and humid Midwest summers. There’s even time to plant cold-tolerant veggies and flowers!
Listed below are our Quiet Village picks for fall gardening tasks:
Bring in Tender Plants
As soon as nights start to get chilly, it’s time to bring in any houseplants, tropicals, and succulents that have been outdoors for summer. Remove all dead leaves, branches, and inspect the plant for insects. This is also a great time to repot your plants with a fresh potting mix.
Place your houseplants in bright light while keeping the soil lightly moist, and keep your tropical plants in a cool, dark place while keeping them barely moist so that they enter dormancy.
Remove Damaged Branches
While shearing shrubs isn’t recommended, fall is a good time to remove limbs that are diseased, damaged or otherwise detrimental to a plant’s form or overall structure.
Plant Spring Bulbs
Spring bulbs like tulips and daffodils require a cold winter in order to bloom to their full potential, so planting them now in fall will ensure they get all the cold they need. Plant tulips eight inches deep and daffodils nine inches deep.
Make Decorations from the Garden
Pumpkins, gourds, and squashes can easily be grown in your backyard for some seasonal decorations. If the first frost is in the forecast, be sure to make good use of any remaining blooms or foliage by turning them into a locally harvested flower arrangement!
For more fall gardening tips, check out our blog post on Fall Tree and Shrub Planting: Do’s and Don’ts.