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Healthy Soil, Healthy Life

January 22, 2021

Soil is life. You’ve heard us say it. You’ve seen it on our t-shirts. But, is it really something we believe in and practice? YES! At Colonial Gardens, we 100% back the notion that healthy soil is the root of all things living. Soil itself is even a living thing. The produce you see in the Colonial Farms Market, the starter plants growing in the greenhouse, the apple trees blooming in the orchards are all created from the very notion that soil is life. But it’s just soil, there’s not much that really needs to be done to it right?…


Winter Watering

December 18, 2020

For most of us, when the first frost or snow hits here in the Midwest, it's time for hibernation. All the plants have been brought inside, the fall outdoor decorations are thrown into the compost pile, and the outside is just a meer thought until spring. But, the outside plants still need some TLC. Sure, they are hardy and can handle Mother Nature's cold months, but it's important that they are still being watered. Watered.... it's winter, why should I water my plants? Contrary to popular belief, many plants that do not make it to spring in our climate, in…


Christmas Tree O’ Christmas Tree

December 7, 2020

Similar to most products in 2020, Christmas trees have been in short supply. Colonial Gardens is proud to offer the Kansas City area beautiful, Frasier Fir cut trees for their homes this holiday season. This crop of Frasier Fir trees come from our friends at Northern Family Farms in Wisconsin. Not only are Christmas trees stunning to look at, but they also smell like the scents of the holidays we all wish for our home. When you visit Colonial Gardens, you will notice our Christmas trees are hung from the rafters in the nursery. This is a little different than…


Caring for Fresh Evergreens

November 20, 2020

Keep the Green, in Your Holiday Greens Representing the everlasting life, goodwill, and hope for the return of spring. Fresh evergreens present many decorative options for the holidays. Here are a few tips to extend the freshness and fragrance of your greens. Plan Ahead If buying for a specific event, aim to purchase within 2 weeks of the desired date. If you buy ahead of time, keep them outside (in a shaded area) or in a cool garage or basement until needed. Spray with water every 2-3 days until ready to use. Soak Select and recut any branches you plan…


All About Trees

October 23, 2020

It's beauty, history, structure, and nature are what we enjoy about trees. They can be intimidating and overpowering, but it's our job to take care of them and continue planting. Colonial Gardens is proud to offer our knowledge and experience to our customers. Whether it's identifying what kind of tree is in your backyard, or why the leaves of your tree are turning brown, we've gathered the most commonly asked questions from our followers and put our experts to the test! When is the best time to prune my tree? Expand While it depends on the tree, it's typically best…


Health With Houseplants

August 3, 2020

Nowadays, most people have houseplants, because of course, the aesthetic of plants aids in your interior design! But plants are not only just visually appealing, they also provide several physical and mental health benefits. A study out of Japan by Dr. Qing Li found that Forest Bathing, or simply just spending time in nature, may reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and anger. As well as strengthen the immune system, improve cardiovascular and metabolic health, and boost overall well-being (Berkeley Edu). So, the more you collect plants to create a forest or jungle like vibe within your home, the better! Plants act…


Watering 101

July 24, 2020

So, you spent all day at the garden center. You got some neat, amazing new plants. You spent your weekend planting and potting. But, if you’re like me, you’re not sure about watering. How much water does my plant need? When do I water? How often do I water? What are the best tools to water with? How can I remind myself to water? Worry no more, the Colonial Gardens experts are here to answer some of these questions and help your plants to look great all season long! When to Water Find a rhythm, make watering part of your…


Fire Blight

July 17, 2020

Maybe you have a fruit tree in your yard, apples or pears? Have you started to notice the leaves turning brown, or even black, and your twigs, blossoms and fruit spurs dying? You might be experiencing fire blight. Fire blight (Erwinia amylovora) is a bacterial infection that affects plants in the Rosaceae family. It is most common in pome type fruits such as apple, pear, and quince. It can also affect crabapple, Pyracantha, roses, cotoneaster, and several other plants. Fire blight begins in spring, when small cankers appear and start to ooze a light-colored tan sap. The cankers form on…


Citrus Trees

July 10, 2020

Just because you live in the Midwest doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a citrus tree inside your own home. Not only do citrus trees add an appealing look to your home, they will give you homegrown citrus fruit! As the saying goes, if you don’t like the weather now, just wait a few minutes. This means that your citrus tree will fair well in a pot that you can bring in and out of the house depending on the weather. Plant in a deep pot using Colonial Gardens Custom growing mix with an organic citrus tone fertilizer. Proper planting of…


Japanese Beetles

July 3, 2020

Japanese Beetles, the nuisance in everyone's gardens and flower beds! If these little pest have invaded your backyard, you're not alone and we, at Colonial Gardens, have a solution. Japanese beetles (Popillia japanicus) first appeared in the United States in 1916 in a New Jersey nursery. Supposedly, the beetles’ larvae came into the US from a shipment of Japanese iris bulbs that the nursery was selling. Even though the US started inspecting overseas shipments in 1912, the beetles’ larvae were not detected until they started multiplying at an incredible rate. While it appears that the insect is now an established…


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