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Knecht’s photo op giveaway!

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 3:28pm

Knecht’s has a photo op for you! Stop in and snap a fall photo just for fun, or SHARE your Knecht’s Photo Op photo with us on Facebook to be entered to win a $20 Knecht’s gift certificate! 

The winner will be randomly selected and announced on October 31st, 2019! Say trees!

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Don’t Forget the Pollinators!

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 3:26pm

The hustle and bustle of spring and summer might have passed for us, but our buzzing and fluttering friends are still busy at work collecting food for their winter survival and migration. Now is a great time to assess what your landscape has to offer as far as late-season food for our beloved pollinators. There are many wonderful late flowering plants that will give you bloom for your buck and feed the bees and butterflies at the same time.

Sedum- Sedums are super drought tolerant late bloomers loaded up with tasty nectar. These tough plants come in a wide selection of upright and ground cover varieties. Check out Autumn Joy and Thunderhead varieties blooming happily at the nursery.

Chocolate Eupatorium- This late blooming Joe Pye weed has interesting dark foliage that’s topped by small white flowers in late summer. A real treat for pollinators and gardeners alike!

Honeysuckle- Bush and vine honeysuckle varieties have an incredibly long bloom time and are favored by pollinators. Hummingbirds love the ‘Scentsation’ vining honeysuckle. Kodiac Orange bush honeysuckle is non-invasive and boasts long lasting yellow flowers and orange fall color.

Asters- Late summer and fall bloomers are an excellent source of nutrition for pollinators. They attract butterflies and human admirers to the garden with their prolific blooms!

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Add Gorgeous Fall Color to your Landscape

Sun, 10/06/2019 - 10:57am

Late September and the month of October are excellent times to add vibrant colors to any landscape.  Trees and shrubs at local nurseries will be sequentially coming into their peak fall color over the next few weeks.  Each variety has its own timetable for showing color and you should be able to get a pretty good idea of the colors you will be adding to your landscape.  By visiting a time or two, you will see a wide range of color and after a time, certain trees and shrubs will catch your eye.  When you choose, please yourself and then take other factors into account.

Autumn Blaze Maple

Trees with lovely fall color include hybrid Maples, such as Autumn Blaze, Celebration, Sienna Glen, Firefall and Matador, and Sugar Maples (hard maple)  such as Green Mountain, Fall Fiesta and Apollo.  Don’t forget the Oaks!!   Northern Red Oak, Northern Pin Oak and Crimson Spire.

Tor Birchleaf Spirea

Shrubs – there are so many that display color in the fall!   The first one to come to mind is the Burning Bush or Dwarf Burning Bush.  It’s fire engine red color delights in the fall.  Spireas, chokeberry, some varieties of hydrangea have wonderful fall leaf color, blueberries, and don’t forget the viburnum family.  Not only do the viburnums have stunning leaf color but they also display berries in shades of red and blue.    

It’s been rainy for a couple of weeks – the extended fall forecast into late October is looking great.  After some cold weather this upcoming weekend – it’s looking up from then on for several weeks!  

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Plant, water, repeat!

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 3:41pm

Blazing hot summer temps have subsided and that means it’s a great time to get trees and shrubs in the ground. Need some fall color? Plant a vibrant maple. Interested in feeding the birds? Consider a Showy Mountain Ash or winterberry. Our fall sale is in full swing and we’ve got hundreds of varieties on sale that are sure to please.

Benefits of fall planting: Planting in cooler temperatures spares your new friends the stress of dealing with extreme summer heat as they get established. Shorter and cooler days tell plants to focus more on root growth than leaf and flower production, so they can get settled and comfortable in the ground before going dormant for the winter.

Special note: It hurts to think about, but winter is coming. Make sure your fall plantings are prepared for the cold weather by keeping up watering until the ground has frozen; well-watered plants are more insulated from extreme temperatures and wake up much happier in spring. Don’t forget the mulch! A layer of mulch about 2-4 inches deep protects tender roots and retains soil moisture.

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Patience Pays off with Asters

Thu, 09/26/2019 - 2:58pm

There’s something special happening in Northfield. It’s not far from town, right off of Highway 19, just a stone’s throw from the road. Turn south at the Knecht’s sign and you might be able to catch a glimpse. In fact, we’re pretty sure you won’t miss it. What is it? What are we so excited about?

The asters are popping!

We’ve waited all summer to see these beauties bloom and they’re rewarding our patience with their gorgeous reds, blues, pinks, and purples. These perennials flower prolifically in late summer and autumn- a last hoorah of sorts- and they provide lovely color in the landscape when most flowers are done for the season. Not to mention their benefit to pollinators looking for a late-season meal. 

Plant asters in a sunny spot with good drainage and good air circulation to prevent mildew on the foliage. Water them deeply at planting time but take care not to overwater these drought tolerant beauties. Pinching them back in early and mid-summer will ensure bushy, happy looking plants.

Come on down and look at the several varieties of asters we have in stock. They won’t last long!

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Browning of Needles on Evergreens

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 7:35pm

Each year in September and October, we get quite a few calls from people who have concerns about an evergreen tree beginning to turn brown or yellow.  Nobody wants to lose an established spruce/pine or arbrovitae that has been a cherished part of their landscape.

The good news is that most of the time when I go out to look at these trees in the fall, they are going through a normal and natural process of shedding some of their older needles/foliage.  While this year’s new growth remains healthy looking, older needles / foliage from previous years is shutting down, turning yellow or brown and beginining to fall to the ground.  It’s pretty much the same process that the leaves of maples, oak and other trees and leafy shrubs go through each fall, except that with spruce/pine and arbrovitae, at least one or more year class of needles remain on the tree as older year classes of needles shed.

It is this natural and normal needle shedding that creates the deep carpets of needles often admired in pine forests of North America.

It’s a sure sign that autumn has arrived and winter is not far behind.  I love the four seasons and the constant change that comes as one season unfolds after another.  It’s deeply reassuring that much of what is happening is as it should be, balanced as only Mother Nature knows how.  Celebrate with me the falling of the needles that signals the continued cycling of the four seasons.

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It’s Bulb Time

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 10:08am

It’s getting cooler outside, and that means it’s time to get your bulbs in the ground! What’s not to love about a bulb garden? Cheerful green shoots beckon spring and handsome flowers awaken our senses after a frigid winter. 

Early delights include Siberian squill, crocus, snowdrops, and daffodils. Hyacinths smell better than even the sweetest perfume. The unique Drumstick Allium makes a statement. Tulips look amazing planted in masses- just ask the Dutch!

Bulb pro tips: Dig your planting hole to accommodate the size of the bulb. Big bulbs like tulips and alliums want to be deeper in the ground while smaller bulbs like crocus and snowdrops can be closer to the soil surface- follow the recommendations on the box. Amending the planting hole with bone meal gives bulbs the best chance to root in and ensures a fabulously floriferous display in spring. Choose a sunny site with good drainage to discourage bulb rot and water them in well after planting.

With just a little bit of work this fall, you can rely on these fantastic spring and summer flowers for years.  Finally, our most important tip- enjoy!

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Fall is for Planting

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 10:02am
Apollo Sugar Maple

Autumn is a favorite time of year for many people who enjoy the milder cooler temperatures, pleasant days and fabulous fall colors.  The Fall season has also become a favorite time for many people to place trees, shrubs and perennials into their landscapes.  Success rates for fall plantings are very high, the working conditions for planting projects are good, and perhaps best of all, many plant materials can be found at a very nicely discounted price.

Almost all nurseries have fall sales, and at Knecht’s Nurseries & Landscaping, there are already many varieties available at discounts of 20% off to 50% off.  Every week more trees, shrubs and perennials get deep discounted.  Stop in and search for a few treasures for your landscape.  These sales will run all the way to November 9th, 2019.

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