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Gift Ideas – a Knecht’s Gift Certificate

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 2:26pm
Knecht’s Gift Certificate

A great gift idea for that gardener on your shopping list is a Knecht’s Nurseries & Landscaping Gift Certificate.  Available in any amount, they do not expire and can help fuel the imagination all winter long.

We have these available during winter office hours, or leave us a voice mail or send an e-mail and we will get back to you and get the certificate out to you – or mail it to the recipient on your behalf.

Whether you use a Knecht’s Gift Certificate for holiday gift giving, a housewarming present, wedding present, for a memorial tree, birthday present or whatever your gift may be – it is a gift that will keep growing and will be remembered year after year!

Give us a call today!

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Late Season Tasks

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 2:18pm

With winter arriving several weeks ahead of schedule, we scurried here at the nursery to protect all of our plant material and related winterizing tasks.  Thanks to our great staff – we were able to get everything taken care of!

At home, this weekend we completed the last couple of necessary gardening tasks.  We have many hydrangeas – both tree form and shrubs.  We pruned them to remove all of the spent flower blossoms.   We wait until this late because up until just a couple of weeks ago, the flowers were still providing great fall color and landscape interest.  We prune them off to protect the stems and/or branches.  We learned the hard way – where several years ago, we thought it was so pretty with the late autumn hoar frost and ice crystals hanging to the blossoms that the weight of this “beauty” soon took out the central branch of our large hydrangea tree.  We were heartsick.  It took about three years before other branches grew enough to fill in the void losing that main branch made.  Now the tree looks great – but we are religious now in our pruning of the hydrangeas in the fall.

Hibiscus – cut down and before muilching All tucked in for winter

The other fall ritual is the protecting of any new – first year – perennials or sensitive perennials.  I planted five new garden phlox this year and the new Color Flash Astilbe.   I wait until we have a couple of inches of frost in the ground, and then I apply a 3″ layer of mulch around the perennial and over the top.  My perennial hibiscus which is in it’s second year, got pruned down and covered as well.  This is a definitely hardy plant because it made it through the winter of 2013-14.

One of the main reasons for mulching perennials after a couple of inches of frost is in the ground, is that it keeps the perennial cold and helps prevent the frost heaving when the weather warms and cools down again.

I take one of our empty nursery pots and fill them with mulch and gently shake it down around the plants.   In the early spring, I simply take my hand and brush it away and it blends in with the mulch that is already on the perennial garden.  This took me no more than ten minutes on Sunday afternoon and I am sure that come next season, they’ll again brighten my garden.

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Time to Fall Back

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 5:43am
Our late season hours start on November 1st .

Our garden center will be open until Friday, November 8th.  Our hours until then are Monday through Friday – 8 am to 4:30 pm.

Starting on November 10th – we will be here Monday through Fridays, from 8 to 4 until Wednesday November 27th.  We will be closed on the weekends.

We will begin the over-wintering of our plant materials on November 6th, however, some potted trees will remain available and our larger balled and burlapped trees will be available until the ground freezes.  The landscape installation crew will continue until late November.

We are  available for site visits and consultations, and have the ever popular Knecht’s Gift Certificates ready for sale for the holiday season!

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Late Fall Color Bursts

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 5:35am

By choosing a few plants for your landscape that are among the last to display excellent fall color each year, you can extend the fall color season by two to three weeks.

Shrubs that provide very nice late fall color and interest include the hydrangeas,

Golden Fall Color on the Clethra Grace Smokebush

Emerald Carousel Barberry, Golden Carousel Barberry, Grace Smokebush, Clethra, Grow-Low Sumac and the rusty orange color of the Tamarisk.

 

Limelight Hydrangea Tree

Trees that consistently provide excellent late season fall color include Red Oak, Northern Pin Oak, Red Sunset Maple, Autumn Fantasy Maple, Green Mountain Sugar Maple, Dakota Pinnacle Birch, American Larch , Hydrangea trees and the Grace Smoketree.

The picture here is just two days ago of our Limelight Hydrangea tree in our yard.  It started blossoming in late August and is still providing an incredible visual feast!

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Fall Sale Savings Continue

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 5:25am

Fall plantings are very successful, and the 20% off to 50% off savings available on our trees, shrubs and perennials continue now through mid-November —  makes it an even better time to come into Knech’ts Nurseries and choose from our huge selection.

If you have been dreaming of having a sizable tree added to your yard, come in now.  We still have a great selection of our larger trees (balled and burlapped) at great discounts which can save you $$$.

Our installation crew will be planting trees until late November.  If you do not want to plant yourself – you can hire our crews to plant the tree(s) for you!

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