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NEW! Live Evergreen & Fresh Bough Planters

5 hours 51 min ago
Live Evergreen & Fresh Bough Planter with Fall Accents Live Evergreen & Fresh Bough Planter with Red Bow

Transform your entrance, porch, patio or deck this year with Knecht’s Live Evergreen & Fresh Bough Planters. A locally grown, fragrant assortment of spruce, pine and cedar are cut fresh and arranged around a living fir tree. We can add seasonal touches, like dried hydrangea, a showy bow or twinkle lights to customize and coordinate with your decor.  We urge you to reserve yours today, quantities are limited. We can arrange to have them delivered locally or to be picked up at the nursery anytime in November.

Live Evergreen & Fresh Bough Planters with red bow and twinkle lights.

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Huge Fall Sale

Fri, 10/14/2016 - 5:37am

ALL the trees, shrubs and perennials at Knech’ts Nurseries are now on sale priced at 20% to 50% off.  Big savings are available on all of the thousands of trees, shrubs and perennials that Knecht’s has in stock and ready for fall planting projects.

Refresh the look of your landscape and enjoy discounts of 20% off to 50% off this fall on the hundreds of varieties still available at the  nine acres of plant heaven that is Knecht’s Nurseries!  Stop in no while inventories and choices are still excellent!

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Tips to Keep Spruce Trees Healthy & Beautiful

Fri, 10/14/2016 - 5:26am
Blue Spruce

1 – Choose a sunny location to plant spruce trees.

2 – Choose a location that has well-drained soil.  Avoid areas where the soil is often soggy and poorly drained.

3 – Windy areas are good spots for spruce trees.  Areas wit

h restricted air movement are a poor choice.

4 – When planting spruce trees (and all other trees) plant so that the top of the root ball is even with the surrounding soil.  Avoid planting too deep!  See our handy planting guide.

5 – DO NOT over-water.  Spruce trees hate wet feet.  Small measured amounts of water applied often are better than super saturating the planting area.  Again, we provide a handy watering guide.

6 – Once or twice a year, spray your trees with a three part mix that will prevent damage to your spruce trees from fungus, mites, and insects.  It’s really easy to apply and takes only a few minutes.  The best time to apply this mixture is in mid-June when the new growth is soft and supple.

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October Perennial Care and Maintenance

Fri, 10/14/2016 - 2:24am
Heuchera or Coral Bells

As we move further into fall, overnight frosts and freezes send our perennials to bed. But there is still much that can be done to prepare our garden beds and borders for their winter rest. As perennial foliage is affected by hard frosts or freezes you can, in most cases, cut it back. The benefit to cutting back your garden in fall, is that you will be all set and ready to “grow” when spring finally does return to us. Getting your perennials all tucked in for winter with some fresh mulch will make all the difference in your spring work load out in the garden. There are a few exceptions to fall cut back that we should mention… Semi-evergreen and evergreen perennials such as, heuchera or coral bells, heucherella, helleborus or lenton rose, ajuga, ground cover sedums, and creeping phlox are popular examples of perennials that should NOT be cut back before spring has melted winter away.  Any damage that these plants have sustained over winter can be carefully pruned out.

Miscanthus Flame Grass

Ornamental grasses are another perennial that should be left standing for winter. Cut back your grasses in spring once our snows have melted. This prevents moisture from getting down into the crown of the grass clump, where repeated freezing and thawing could do serious damage.

Groundcover Sedum fall color with October frost.

That said there is no shame in putting off cutting back your perennials until spring. Leaving the dead foliage on the plants can help protect their root systems by catching leaves and fall debris. This is especially true of new perennials that aren’t fully established yet. If you do decide to wait until spring remember to get out there early to cut back. You don’t want your perennials new growth to be damaged. Whenever you cut back your perennials, keep in mind that diseased perennial foliage should be disposed of entirely and your pruner should be cleaned with a quick swish in some rubbing alcohol to avoid spreading disease from one plant to the next.

Creeping Phlox fall color with October frosts!

October is the time to get a few spring blooming bulbs in the ground. It’s the best time to dig and divide your peony clumps. Make sure you aren’t replanting your divided peonies too deeply. Two inches is ideal. Cool season crops like carrots, brussels sprouts, and squash can handle a few frosts but should be harvested before they are damaged by a hard freeze.

Leptinella Platt’s Black covered with October frost!

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What’s Doing the Blooming? Little Goblin Winterberry

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 1:42am

The extra large red berries of Little Goblin Winterberry are brilliant right now! This hardy, native holly has a compact habit of only 3-5′ tall and wide, making it an excellent selection for home gardens, foundation plantings and landscape borders.

Little Goblin Winterberry

The showy fruit is produced in abundance each fall and persists into winter, making winterberry a favored food source for some of our native birds. Be sure to cut a few branches for yourself to enjoy indoors. Their cut stems will last for weeks, providing lots of color in seasonal decorating. Winterberry grows in moist soils and full sun to part shade. A male pollinator, like Mr. Poppins, is necessary for the female plants to produce all that fantastic fruit.

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Protecting Valuable New Trees

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 11:24pm


Tree Trunk Protector

There is a very inexpensive way to protect the tender bark of newly planted trees. For trees, their bark is just like important arteries and veins in the human body. Both are absolutely vital to have in good shape to supply the nutrients and fluids needed by the leaves, and branches in trees, and by muscles, and vital organs in humans.

Tree Trunk Protector

Damage to bark reduces the vitality of the tree, and limits growths and longevity. White plastic tree guards are the best way we have found to protect the bark of young trees during their first five to seven years in your landscape. The white plastic tree guards cost from $3.00 to $6.00 each and are reusable for three to five years, so the cost of protection per year is very modest.

Tree wrap (Bald Cypress Tree)

The most common causes of damage to tree bark are mice and rabbits eating bark, people carelessly banging into thee bark with weed whips and mower decks, white tail deer bucks rubbing their antlers on the trunk, and sunlight bouncing off snow banks in the winter. The white plastic tree guards protect against all these types of damage in the first five plus years, until the tree bark gets thicker, and the tree trunk gets thick enough that it is unlikely to be a target of antler rubbing.

We have three styles of white plastic tree guards available. Avoid using black drain tile, as it causes problems due to extreme temperature fluctuation.

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What’s doing the blooming? Autumn Revolution Bittersweet!

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 1:25am
Autumn Revolution Bittersweet
Photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries

Generally, when I share what’s doing the blooming each week, it’s a plant that is blooming! However this week, I’m featuring a plant that has never been known for it’s bloom.  Rather, it’s known for it’s most spectacular fall fruit! Bittersweet is a native, woody vine that grows quietly along fences, over arbors and up trellises. Its’ bright green, glossy summer foliage doesn’t attract attention. Then, fall arrives, and with it the glossy green leaves become bright yellow fall foliage and vivid orange “berries” appear. The orange outer shells pop open, revealing the swollen red fruit inside, making this inconspicuous vine a wall flower no more!

Autumn Revolution Bittersweet
Photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries

At Knecht’s you will find a revolutionary variety of bittersweet appropriately named, Autumn Revolution. These plants have revolutionized bittersweet with the unique ability to produce fruit without having both a male and female plant. Not only are they self-fruitful, their fruit is almost twice as big as the fruit found on our more wild, native varieties of bittersweet. Autumn Revolution Bittersweet can reach as far as 15-20′, making it a great choice for larger scale structures and for covering fences. Once established, these plants are drought tolerant. The vines and fruit are well suited to fresh cut and dried arrangements.  It is a fantastic fall favorite!

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My Woodland Garden – Sept. 23rd

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 6:02am
It’s Fall

The end of the season – the start of the next.

The only thing good about another rainy week was that I could use this as an excuse to once  again avoid weeding the flower beds!

We feel lucky in that we only received 4 inches of rain on Thursday.  The ground is so saturated that it just runs through the yard and sits for hours before soaking in.  The woods is wet!

4 inches of rain


The cimicifuga flower scapes are a bright spot in the garden right now with their feathery flowers waving in the breeze.  We have them in different places and they are a standout now this time of the

Cimicifuga blooms

season.  These are larger perennials – some varieties reaching only 2-3 feet and others stretching up to 4 feet in height.  They are a great perennial for the back of the garden – or in a spot where you want a separation between two areas.


Late September – Goldstsurm Rudbeckia

The end of the summer season – an update on a couple of plants that I’ve mentioned over the summer.  Our Goldsturm Rudbeckia (black eyed susan) is still blossoming, but are starting to fade. They started back at the end of July and now for two months have been providing us with bright golden yellow flowers.  This is a perennial that we do not cut down in the fall but wait until spring.  The flower heads provide seeds for the birds in the winter.

Late Season Limelight Hydrangea

Perhaps our favorite shrub/tree we have in the yard are our hydrangeas.  Some of the varieties start in early July and others a little bit later in the summer but all of our hydrangeas are still sporting beautiful blossoms.  Toward the end of the season, most hydrangea flowers begin to fade with different shades of pink creeping into the flowers.  Here is our Limelight Hydrangea tree with the blossoms now showing some pink.  Keep in mind that these hydrangea flowers are great for dried flower arrangements inside for the fall or to save and use for your winter / holiday displays outside.

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