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Building a Raised Bed

April 12, 2021

Raised garden beds are an excellent way to organize your garden! They help keep your bed weed free and can keep predators, such as rabbits, out of your garden. They also allow for much easier access since their height alleviates the need to bend over. Most beneficial of all, they’re fairly easy to make! Preparation There are several ways to prepare your area. You can till the Earth and use a weed-barrier cloth on the area you want to place the beds. This will kill the grass and weeds underneath. Another way to prepare the ground is a method called…


Spring Seed Starting

March 1, 2021

Tips & Tricks on Seed Starting As the seasons change from winter to spring, the days get longer and warmer, we start to get that itch. The itch to go outside, to play in the soil, to plan our gardens, to think about color, lawn care, and outdoor living. So, as you start to think about preparing your garden, here are some tips for starting seeds. Having the Right Tools Using the correct tools for the job ensures success and proper growing. Always make a list of what you'll need when starting seeds. Check the garage or tool shed to…


Native Plants for Birds

January 11, 2021

Native plants are plants that originally occur within a region as the result of natural processes rather than human introduction. Usually, native species are considered to have existed before the time of wide-spread European settlement a little more than 200 years ago. The United States has lost over 150 million acres of native land over the past 100 years due to urban sprawl. Just think about how this has affected our wildlife. Shocking fact, but there are things you can do to help! How Natives Affect Us Reducing air pollution Controlling erosion Managing storm water Combating climate change by storing…


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…


Missouri Invasive Tree Species

October 15, 2020

The top invasive trees/shrubs in our area: • Callery Pear (Pyrus calleryana) • Golden Rain Tree (Koelreuteria paniculata) • Amur honeysuckle (Lonicera maacki) • Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) • Autumn Olive (Elaeagnus umbellata) What makes a plant invasive? An invasive species is any species, either introduced or that escapes cultivation to take over and choke out native growing plants. Typically, this occurs because of rapid growth, copious seed or fruit production and hardiness or ability to acclimate to the area of invasion. This is especially true in the case of all plants listed above, almost all of these plants were…


Meet the Urban Apple

September 25, 2020

The History of the Urban Apple Neolithic Period (9000 B.C.) Malus sieversii, the primary forest tree of what is today, Western China. Widespread in the Tien Shan mountain range. Bronze Age (2500 B.C.) The dispersal begins along the Old Silk Road and cultivation of apple trees in near East (Turkey, Syria, & Iraq). Persian Empire (500 B.C.) Cultivation is widespread. Alexander The Great (300 B.C.) Cultivation is introduced to the Greek World. Greek knowledge of the art of grafting continues with Roman horticulturalists. Budding, grafting, and rootstock techniques are recorded by Roman writer Pliny. Malus domestica is born! Roman Empire…


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…


Houseplants for Health

February 20, 2020

Winter can be a difficult season on us both physically and mentally, but studies have shown that keeping plants around you is good for your health! Plants help purify indoor air by absorbing toxins and producing oxygen. This can help you feel less stress and even increase your creativity! Through transpiration, plants increase humidity levels, which helps boost your immune system in the dry winter months. Houseplants can also help curb winter blues with their calming abilities. One study by Kansas State University found that plants could even lower blood pressure and decrease pain, anxiety, and fatigue in patients recovering…


Creating Habitats for Birds & Butterflies

January 17, 2020

Creating a habitat for wildlife in your yard will replenish resources that birds and butterflies need to survive and sustain their migration. Suitable habitat for birds is in short supply. Urban areas are expanding constantly, altering or destroying natural areas. In the United States more than 45 million acres are covered in lawn areas and we’re adding 500 square miles of turfgrass every year.¹ When you create a wildlife habitat, butterflies will pollinate the flowers in your garden. Birds will eat insects and garden pests like mosquitoes, flies, and caterpillars. As they carry out these important tasks they grace our…