I spoke with Loretta today and she said grasses have been flying out the door this weekend. There are still many good selections, so come out today for the best selection.
Loretta wants to reminds you: “You can plant shrubs, trees and/or perennials until the ground freezes (and with the incredible weather we’ve had this Fall, that might be a while). Make sure to put an extra layer of leaves or mulch on the base of the plants as a protective blanket.
JoAnn says she still has some excellent varieties of pottery and bird baths for your gardens and landscaping. Come out while she has them at 30%. She also has moved some gift items to $1.00!
The Christmas and Fall items have been flying out the door this past week, so make sure you stop out soon to get your gift items.It is a great time to plant in this beautiful weather for spring color.
Local Artist, Mel Schappert of Masterpiecerocks in Cedar Rapids has several artistic displays with us at Cedar River Garden Center. _*He is offering them at 20% off this week._*
Mel offers an alternative to common yard décor and art, he caters to individual likes and tastes. Mel thinks rocks are the perfect decorating technique….. they don’t require water, the deer and rabbits won’t eat them, your dog can’t kill it, drought won’t hurt them, floods won’t yellow them, your family can’t mow them down, and you don’t have to replant them every year.
Masterpiecerocks specializes in the unique and unusual rock and metal items for display or commemoration of a special event or family tree. We mix metal and rock to make a special show piece for you or family or friends. Due to the nature of rock no piece is like another, so each item is truly a one of a kind Masterpiece. We hope you can find what you are looking for at Masterpiecerocks.
The Autumn Leaves are Beginning to Fall
Mow the leaves using your mower bag to collect them. The mower finely chops leaves so they take up less space and break down more quickly. Chopped leaves make excellent mulch for perennial beds and raised bed gardens to keep the soil from blowing away. In the early Spring, gently rake or pull off the perennials or work into the garden for additional composted material. With that being said, one your beds are covered, add the additional chopped leaves to your compost piles.
Remember NOT to compost diseased leaves of plants: rose leaves with black spot, hollyhock leaves with rust, and vegetable plants with fungal diseases.
Frost is Coming One of these Days
In order to prolong the growing season, you need to pay close
attention to the weather forecast. You can extend your plants by covering them with a sheet or another nonplastic material when frost is predicted. Remember that if you live near the river the temperatures usually drop 3-5 degrees lower than what is predicted at the Cedar Rapids area. Take off the covers in the morning once the sun has warmed the air. Sheets or Frost Blankets allow the water and sunlight to reach the plants.