Wednesday, June 29, 2016

4 Poisonous Plants and How to Identify Them

Have you ever been out gardening only to come back in and find a sudden rash and not know where it came from? There are a few poisonous plants in Missouri and just brushing against them can cause your skin to be irritated. At Camdenton Farm & Garden we have several different Lake of the Ozarks herbicides so that you can continue to garden in peace without those irritants out there bothering you.

If you know what you're looking for, we're hoping this will keep your gardening adventures a little less itchy, and a whole lot more fun!

"Leaves of three - let them be. Leaves of five, let them thrive!"

Poison Ivy

The famous line to recognizing this plant is "leaves of three, let them be." While you can avoid every three-leaved plant you come across, not all of them will be poison ivy. There are a few ways you can identify it, and steer clear when you're outside.

The plant is a solid green color with pointed leaves that hang from the stem in groupings of three. It can grow as a vine or a shrub, and it can change appearance through the seasons. Sometimes it has flowers, and other times it changes color to red or yellow in the fall. One good way to recognize it is by the "thumbs." You'll notice that most varieties have a thumb-like ridge on each outside edge of the middle leaf and only one on the outside of the outside leaves.

Stinging Nettle

Several names for this plant are fireweed, heart-leaf nettle, and dwarf nettle. You can identify it by it's weak, erect stems branching from the base. It also has opposite triangular or heart-shaped leaves with toothed margins. There are sharp, stinging, tiny hairs on this plant and when you brush against them those hairs can irritate your skin. There is formic acid at the base of every hollow hair, and that's what causes the irritation.

Poison Oak

Poison oak has similar qualities as poison ivy, and it also has leaves in sets of three. The edges of the leaves look similar to an oak tree, but not quite. It's most often seen in shrub form but it can also grow as a vine. The leaves can be bronze, bright green, yellow-green, or reddish depending on the season. It can also produce greenish-white or tan berries.

Poison Sumac

Poison sumac is also known as swamp sumac, poison elder, poison ash, poison dogwood, and thunderwood. You probably won't find this in many areas of Missouri, but occasionally it can be found here, especially far south. It's a rash producer and thrives in the water. It is generally found in swampy or boggy areas and it grows like a small tree or tall shrub. The leaves have urushiol-filled (aka toxic liquid) black or brownish-black spots, and the stems contain seven to thirteen leaflets.

Making Your Gardening Experience Safer!

At Camdenton Farm & Garden, we love to hear your stories about getting out and enjoying your garden! Whether you plant flowers, herbs, or vegetables, we want to help you get out in your garden as much as possible, and stay safe while doing so. We hope these identifying tips can help you recognize a few plants that could irritate your skin, and keep you outdoors as much as possible. Come out to Camdenton Farm & Garden for all of your gardening supplies at the Lake of the Ozarks, from dirt, seeds, mulch and garden fertilizer at the Lake of the Ozarks, we have it all!

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Providing quality lawn and garden products at the Lake of the Ozarks and surrounding counties for over 25 years! 

251 S Business Hwy 5 Camdenton, MO

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Caring For Your Livestock In Extreme Heat

Today is going to be one of the hottest days of the year at the Lake of the Ozarks. While it may seem hot to you, you at least have the flexibility of being able to head into the air conditioning for a while and cooling off with a nice glass of lemonade. Your livestock, however, are a different story, and you'll want to make sure and take the appropriate steps to give them what they need in this hot weather. Here are a few things you can do that will go a long way in make sure your cattle, sheep, pigs, horses, and other livestock are getting what they need in the heat.

As you're caring for your livestock, remember HEAT. Hydration, Easy Access to Shade, Awareness, and Transportation & Handling.


It's imperative that ALL of your livestock have access to clean, fresh water throughout the day. You may have to fill their containers several times in one day depending on the size of the animal and the amount of water they drink. Their troughs should be large enough to hold enough water for all of the animals in that particular area, and they should be fixed to the ground so they can't overturn.You may also want to provide several different points of access to water. Also, remember, that unless you will around to continually water the livestock, you may want to invest in an automatic watering system.

Easy Access to Shade

There are many different forms of shade and shelter that will be appropriate for your livestock, but it's important to provide that, especially if they are young, old, or in poor health.You can use constructed shelters like a barn. You can also take advantage of natural shelters such as trees and forested areas. The goal is to provide a place where your animals can find shade and a breeze, both of which are necessary when it gets so hot.


It's important to be aware of your livestock's behaviors, and always be on the lookout for any signs of heat stress. There are many different signs that could show up, and it's important to be aware of them so you can treat them quickly. Here are a few of the general signs you may notice:

  • panting
  • increased respiration rate
  • increased water intake
  • loss of appetite
  • listless/lethargy
  • increased salivation
  • in severe cases may become unconscious

If you notice any of these signs, it's important to move them to shade or shelter immediately, preferably somewhere that has a breeze. Also, make sure that there is plenty of water available to them. You can put fans on them to help circulate the air around them which can help cool them off quicker, and allow them the freedom and space to lie down if necessary. If the situation doesn't start to improve, you can contact your local veterinarian for assistance.

Transportation & Handling

There has been research to prove that handling your animals can raise their body temperature, so if you absolutely must handle them when the weather is going to be hot, you can plan on doing it during the early mornings when it's not quite as warm outside. Transportation can also be a bad choice during the heat of the day, so if it's possible to transport them when the weather is cooler, or at least during a better time of the day, you should.

Caring for Your Livestock at the Lake of the Ozarks

We care about the animals you have on your farm, and whether they're working animals or pets, they all need special care when the elements start to get extreme. If you're looking for supplies for your animals, we have a varied selection of livestock supplies at the Lake of the Ozarks, as well as a huge variety of livestock feed at the Lake of the Ozarks. We are glad to be of service to you and your livestock during every season, and if you ever need a product that you can't find, ask us about it! Sometimes we can get special items ordered in to meet your needs.

Camdenton Farm & Garden

Providing quality lawn and garden products at the Lake of the Ozarks and surrounding counties for over 25 years! 

251 S Business Hwy 5 Camdenton, MO

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Hot Summer Days Plant Sale!

If the days are going to be so hot then we're going to have a sale that's so HOT you can't miss out! Perennials, shrubs, and grasses are 20% off through July 4th, and we have a HUGE selection. At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we are the best place to buy plants at the Lake of the Ozarks because we provide hardy varieties, but we can also help you care for them as well. If you've been postponing landscaping, wait no longer our sale is too good to miss out on! Here are a few of the things you'll find when you come out.

Hardy Hibiscus

These beautiful plants aren't hard to grow, and can be a wonderful way to wow your friends with your green thumb! They can grow to around 3-12' tall depending on the variety you choose, and they come in varied colors. Here are a few of the bush style (4ft tall) and Rose of Sharron (8-12ft tall) that we have available:

Bush Style

  • Midnight Marvel
  • Cranberry Crush
  • Plum Fantasy
  • Starry Starry Night

Rose of Sharron

  • Orchid Satin
  • Lavender Chiffon

Crepe Myrtles

The beautiful blooms and attractive bark on this flowering tree are sure to please the eye! Keep in mind that it's important to water them well in the hot summer months while it transitions int your landscape.
  • Rhapsody in Pink
  • Zuni
  • Victor
  • Tonto


The best thing about evergreens is that the remain green all year long! From trees to shrubs, there are several different varieties, so you'll be able to find the best type for your landscape!
  • Golden Euonymus
  • Blue Rug Juniper
  • Hollies
  • Arborvitae (Sun Kissed)
  • Dwarf Alberta Spruce


Boxwoods are considered a low maintenance shrub, but there are a few things you may want to do to keep the plants healthy. The winter is the best time to prune, thin, and protect them. You will also want to keep an eye and make sure that insects don't invade and inhabit them. Otherwise, they are very low maintenance!
  • Wintergreen
  • Graham Blandy
  • Wedding Ring (variegated)
  • Green Mountain
  • Sprinter

Climbing Vines

Climbing vines can be a beautiful feature in your landscape! The perennial varieties are a great choice because they come back year after year, and when properly handled, will continue to offer attractive foliage and flowers. Here are two varieties that we have:
  • Wisteria
  • Honeysuckle


This versatile plant can be used by itself or in small group plantings for spots of color. You can combine the plants to create a look that is pleasing to the eye. The most outstanding characteristic of this plant is the attractive, lacy foliage. We have a few different styles available that would look wonderful in your yard.
  • Sassy Lady
  • Tuscan Flame
  • Harbor Bell
  • Blush Pink
  • Firepower


The old-fashioned beauty of these blooms will make a wonderful addition to your garden. The bloom through spring and summer, and can be very low maintenance. We have a gorgeous selection of them here at Camdenton Farm and Garden.
  • Polka
  • Red Prince
  • Wings of Fire
  • Shining Sensation


This plant has an attractive foliage, which accounts for the long time use they have in landscapes. They also have a simple care and reliable performance. Choose a prominent spot in your yard with full to partial sun.
  • Kaleidoscope
  • Twist of Orange
  • Twist of Lime
  • Rose Creek
  • Edward Goucher

Best Plants at the Lake of the Ozarks

From the plants to the containers and other supplies, we have everything you need to make your landscape look heavenly! Come in now between July 4th, 2016 to take advantage of our Hot Summer Days Plant Sale to take advantage of our wonderful selection of perennials, shrubs, and grass at the Lake of the Ozarks. While we haven't listed any of the grass varieties in this blog, we have so many to choose from, that if you come in and tell us what you're looking for, we can help you find just the right types. We're your one-stop-shop for a beautiful garden and lawn, so come out and see us!

Camdenton Farm & Garden

Providing quality lawn and garden products at the Lake of the Ozarks and surrounding counties for over 25 years! 

251 S Business Hwy 5 Camdenton, MO

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Friday, June 3, 2016

How to Start and Maintain Your Turf Lawn

Are you wondering how to care for your Lake of the Ozarks landscape this summer? There are many products and methods for caring for your landscape, and that's why we only stock the best, and can even help you use them. Here are a few things to remember as you start to care for your landscape.

First Things First

You will never, and I mean never, have a nice turf lawn without having at least 4 inches of good topsoil. The soil in mid-Missouri is too rocky. You may get an initial stand of grass without the soil, but come August, with the heat and dryness, the rocky soil will “fry” the grass roots. Also, don’t try to place your proposed lawn on a 45-degree slope….the soil will not stay there.

How do you determine how many truckloads of soil you need? Measure your square footage you want to cover by multiplying the length X width, in feet. Take this product and multiply it by the depth (in inches) of soil, preferably 4 inches. Take this number and divide it by 324 and this will give you how many cubic yards of soil that you will need. Example: 1000 sq. ft. X 4 inches= 4,000.

4,000 divided by 324 = 12.34 cu. yds. This formula works for any material such as mulch, rock, etc.


You can have an “OK” yard or a really nice lawn. Installation of an irrigation system gets you the really nice lawn. Face it, summers are hot and dry here in Missouri. There are times your lawn needs a drink. You can say you’re going to drag your sprinkler around...but face it, you won’t. Don’t believe me? Don’t worry, you can always install the system later, but then you have to tear up your nice lawn.

Grass Seed

Two options…sod or seed. Sod…two options, zoysia (doesn’t tolerate shade) or fescue. Either gives you instant satisfaction, at a price. Why would you spend this amount of money without having an irrigation system?

Grass seed…5 Way Blend of Fescue. Grows in shade or full sun, is disease resistant, and can handle high traffic. Apply 10 pounds of seed per 1,000 sq ft. for a new lawn or overseed with 4 lbs. per 1,000 sq. feet. Use Fertilome Yard Starter Fertilizer when putting down seed.

When To Seed

The Spring and the Fall are the best times to seed here in the Ozarks. Warm (not 95 degrees) days and cool nights are ideal for seed germination.

Feed The Beast

Rule #1: Never apply more than 1 pound of nitrogen/1,000 sq. ft. at one time and no more than 4 pounds/1,000 sq. ft. per year.

All products are formulated so that if they are applied appropriately, they will deliver nutrients to your lawn according to the rule above. Below is the program that I use on my lawn, and it works for me. Believe me, it has taken me time to figure this out, so please learn from my mistakes.

Rule #2: Four feedings a year are enough. Don’t let someone talk you into doing more.

Rule #3: Don’t plan on placing any herbicide (keeps seeds from germinating) if you plan on seeding grass. You can use Round-Up to clear an area prior to seeding, but wait 2 weeks, at least, before seeding.

The Program

This is easy…so don’t think too hard. Our spring and summer holidays happen to fall about 8 weeks apart which is about how long the fertilizer is effective. Here we go.

Easter: Fertilome Crabgrass Preventer With Fertilizer

Memorial Day: Fertilome Crabgrass Preventer With Fertilizer

Labor Day: Hi-Yield Weed and Feed

Thanksgiving: Fertilome Winterizer For Established Yards

Lawn Fertilizer at the Lake of the Ozarks

You don’t have to put the fertilizer down right on those dates; this is just a guide! You may have to put your Easter application on earlier if the weather is extremely warm.

We carry all of the products listed above because we believe in them as we use them ourselves. Questions? Please call us at 573-346-2264. Want us to come up with a program for you? Simply give us your square footage of your lawn and we’ll keep it all right here until you need it!

Camdenton Farm & Garden

Providing quality lawn and garden products at the Lake of the Ozarks and surrounding counties for over 25 years! 

251 S Business Hwy 5 Camdenton, MO

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Mulch, Rock, & Dirt - Oh My!

As the days get prettier and longer, you'll probably start experiencing the urge to get out and work on your landscape - if you haven't already! From beautiful garden flowers to lush, green grass there are many ways to improve your landscape, and Camdenton Farm & Garden would love to help you! In fact, we have everything you need in one spot, and we're your best local garden supply store at the Lake of the Ozarks - starting with your mulch, rock and topsoil needs. Here are a few ways you can utilize these in your yard.

Lake of the Ozarks Mulch

We have several different types of mulch on hand at Camdenton Farm & Garden, and we sell them by 1/2 cubic yard scoops. Three of the types of mulch that we carry are red mulch, chocolate mulch, and cedar mulch. These can be delivered to your home in 5 cubic yards. You can contact us for delivery rates based on distance. Here are a few tips to make mulching most effective.
  • Keep the mulch at least an inch away from the stems of the plants to help avoid a rot and fungus problem.
  • You can secure plastic with special staples and then cover the entire row before planting. You can cut planting holes as needed.
  • Weeding before you mulch can help create a good place for your mulch to start out.

Lake of the Ozarks Rock

Do you have areas in your yard where rock or gravel would lend to a unique and beautiful design? We have the rock you need, and we can even deliver. From black granite, river rock and pea gravel, all of which are beautiful options for your yard.

When considering adding rock to your yard there are a few things you'll want to do first. Measure the square footage of the space you want to add rock to. Thi can help you determine how much rock you will need to purchase and have delivered. You'll want to remove soil to a level that will hold you stone, and then tamp down the soil where the rock will go. You can pour your rock into this new space, and then rake it to remove and highs or lows and create an even space.

Lake of the Ozarks Topsoil

Our soil is pH balanced, the best there is for vegetable and flower beds, and especially as topsoil for your lawn. Topsoil is sold in 1/2 cubic foot loads, year round. Please call ahead during periods of heavy precipitation. Plus, we deliver. We can deliver up to 4 cubic yards per load. Contact us for delivery rates, based on distance.

Topsoil is the top layer of soil that sits on the surface of the earth in your garden. Depending on the location of your garden, you may want to see this be 5-12 inches deep. Our topsoil is ideal for your landscaping purposes, and we're certain you will love working with it.

Gardening at the Lake of the Ozarks

Whether you're just starting up your garden, or you are a garden expert and just need a few tools to get the job done, we have what you need - if we don't have it, we can generally find it for you. From all of your farming supplies to gardening tools, Camdenton Farm and Garden is your one-stop shop for farming, gardening, and caring for your pets and wildlife. Come visit us to learn how we can take your garden from drab to fab quickly.

Camdenton Farm & Garden

Providing quality lawn and garden products at the Lake of the Ozarks and surrounding counties for over 25 years! 

251 S Business Hwy 5 Camdenton, MO

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