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Time to Fall Back

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 6:43am
Our late season hours start on November 1st .

Our garden center will be open until Sunday, November 9th.  Our hours until then are Monday through Friday – 8 am to 5 pm (dark) and on Saturday – 8 to 5 and Sunday 10 to 4.

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 10th, 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 - 6:35am

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 - 6:25am

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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Norbert Skluzacek

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 1:08pm

Today, we will say goodbye to a dear friend and former employee, Norbert Skluzacek.

Norbert worked for us for 4 years following his retirement.  Having worked most of his adult life as a dairy farmer, he brought his farming knowledge and incredible work ethic here to the nursery.   He was such a hard worker and his work ethic was second to none – a trait we sincerely valued.

Norbert was a gentle man, probably the kindest man you would ever meet and had a heart as big as the sky.  His eyes would sparkle when he smiled.  Norbert’s love for his wife, family, his faith and friends was evident during  any conversation you would have with him.

We will always treasure our memories of Norbert.  We love you Norbert – may you rest in peace.


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Tor Birchleaf Spirea

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 9:32am

Tor Birchleaf Spirea – –  Spiraea betulifolia ‘Tor’

If you are looking for a versatile, hardy, compact, low maintenance, down right pretty shrub then you should consider Tor Birchleaf Spirea to be at or near the top of your list!

This lovely spirea has a compact, mounding habit and really nice grey-green rounded leaves that have a resemblance to birch leaves.  In late spring tiny white flowers bloom in clusters that cover the plant.  Prune lightly or for shape right after the first bloom to promote additional flowers and to freshen it up.  As if all these lovely attributes aren’t enough, Tor Birchleaf Spirea has one more surprise in store for you!  In autumn Tor Birchleaf transforms itself into a vibrant and showy mound of stunning fall color!  Vivid shades of orange, red and purple will delight your eyes and have your friends and neighbors asking, “What is that beautiful plant?”

Here’s some more dirt on Tor Birchleaf Spirea…

2-3’ Tall x 2-3’ wide

Full sun is preferred but they can handle light shade.

Hardy Zone 3-8

Deer Resistant

Excellent used as a specimen or in group plantings.

Rock gardens, low hedges, along paths or walkways and foundation plantings .

Thanks to Heidi Brosseau for this blog post!

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Glory Time for Burning Bush

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 9:47pm

Right now both the standard and dwarf Burning Bush are star attractions in the landscape with their brilliant red fall foliage.  Also known as Winged  Euonymous, the Burning Bush have long been a favorite due to the intensity of the red fall color that develops each October as nights get cooler and days shorter.

Burning Bush are versatile shrubs that can grow in light conditions ranging from full sun to pretty heavy shade.  We’ve seen Burning Bush do well in shady areas where many other plants struggle with the low light levels.  When positioned in a shady area Burning Bush will be a nice green healthy shrub, but will not develop the intense red fall color that takes place when grown in full sun.  Burning Bush prefer neutral to acid soils and soggy ground should be avoided.  Prune one every year or two to maintain good density.

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Fantastic Fall Color

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 4:28pm

Right now many of the trees and shrubs at Knecht’s Nurseries are putting on their autumn color show as various combinations of yellow, gold, orange, red and burgundy are revealed.

Fall has traditionally been a successful time to plant trees and shrubs, so stop in and see for yourself how these plant materials can light up your landscape with end of the growing season foliage colors.  As always, we have deep inventories that give you plenty of selection, and all plant materials are on sale at discounts of 20% off to 50% off.  The savings you can realize right now are amazing.

If you’d like to take advantage of our fall sale prices, but don’t want to do the planting yourself, we still have some room on our schedule to have our experienced cress do the planting for you.  Ask our sales staff for details on your next visit.

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Ornamental Grass

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 4:26pm

That Flame Grass is ON FIRE!!!

Everyone wants to know, “What is the tall grass with the fluffy plumes on top?”

That is Flame Grass and this is the time of year when it becomes completely irresistible.  As our days become shorter and shorter the Flame Grass (AKA: Miscanthus ‘Purpurascens’) foliage gets more and more vibrant and it’s plumes get brighter and fluffier.  Even a gentle breeze gets those seed heads dancing around.  We really love this ornamental grass for its’ hardiness and versatility.  Upright dark-green leaves form clumps that turn flame-orange-red and bronze in fall.  The tall spikes of rose colored flowers mature to silvery-white plumes that remain attractive all winter long.  Flame Grass will grow to about 4 feet tall spreading to around 3-5 feet wide.  It can handle moist but not soggy soils and anything from sand to clay and anything in between. This makes it a good choice for raingardens.  It prefers full sun or partial shade.

Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass proves itself year after year!!!

Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass

Karl Foerster (AKA: Calamagrostis acutiflora) is an easy, low maintenance, award winning grass.  It proves its’ landscape worth year after year with its strong vertical habit.  Hardy and versatile it maintains a dense vertical clump of dark green foliage that turns yellow in autumn.  The airy seed heads mature from late summer to early fall becoming dense and wheat colored as they age.  This grass is an excellent selection for landscapes or as a specimen plant because of its clean dense habit.  Karl Foerster grows to 4-5 feet tall with a mature clump width of 2-3 feet.  Grows best in full sun to partial shade and in just about any soil provided it is well drained and not soggy.

Tips: Ornamental grasses should be left standing through winter and then cut back in the early spring before new growth begins to emerge.  They are very easy to dig and divide


Thanks to Heidi Brosseau for this blog!

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