Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Drought Tolerant Perennials, Trees, And Shrubs For The Midwest

While this season has had its share of extreme heat, and amounts of rain, it's always helpful to know what would survive in extremely hot temperatures in your Lake of the Ozarks landscape. My wife and I decided to plant a few upright yews in front of our house, especially since the deer, in their quest of something green, had mowed our hostas to the ground. Our lawn is irrigated, and I was amazed at how dry the soil was, eventually needing a pick (aka Ozark shovel) to finish the job.

It is painful to drive by someone’s yard and see a total hedge wiped out because that person couldn’t even take the time to drag a hose over and “drip” water onto it. I wonder if these people think that the plants have simply gone dormant. Those of us who know better, just know that those plants are dead!

I have noticed, over the years, through experience in my own yard and garden, and at our nursery, which plants seem to do the best in times like these. I will share with you the plants, including perennials, trees, and shrubs, which seem to do the best in dry, or xeric, conditions. If I have forgotten any, or if you have had different experiences, please leave a comment for others to read.

Perennials

  • catmint
  • monarda
  • rudbeckia
  • sedum (excluding stonecrop)
  • daylilies
  • salvias
  • coneflowers of all varieties
  • heliopsis
  • Shasta daisies
  • lamb’s ear
  • coreopsis (great!)
  • Liatris (my favorite, anyway)
  • obedient plant
  • Russian sage
  • Missouri primrose
  • dianthus
  • Agastache
  • butterfly bush

Shrubs

  • amur maple
  • buckeye
  • barberry
  • yew
  • quince
  • cotoneaster
  • burning bush (color may prematurely change when dry)
  • witch hazel
  • arborvitae
  • blueberry
  • viburnums (great diversity of choices that tolerate sun and shade!)
  • boxwoods
  • weigela
  • spirea
  • lilac

Trees

  • maples, especially Tatarian and Amur
  • hornbeam
  • dogwood (don’t place in full sun!)
  • smoke tree
  • beech, common or European
  • ash
  • gingko
  • Kentucky coffee tree
  • linden
  • red bud
Obviously, there are trees that thrive on having their “feet” wet and I would definitely not plant willows or birch trees in areas that tend to be dry. Remember to ask questions when buying these plants, as a reputable garden center should be able to tell you the best spot to plant your purchase.

Landscape Supplies at the Lake of the Ozarks

Whether you need perennials, trees, bushes, or the supplies to care for those pieces of your landscape, Camdenton Farm & Garden can help. Not to mention, our team of skilled employees can help answer your questions and solve mysteries that may come up while planting and growing in your space. Come visit us to get started!

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Give Your Crops a Helping Hand During a Heat Wave

Did you know that this week, Camdenton, MO is actually under a Heat Advisory? They aren't just predicting hot temperatures, but dangerously hot temperatures! Even though it's only supposed to reach a high of 92° today, it will feel like 102° with 55% humidity, and while you can escape these high temps and run to the air conditioning your poor garden isn't so fortunate. If you've been slaving over your garden at the Lake of the Ozarks, it's not the time to stop because it could suffer from the heat. If you want to keep your precious plants lasting longer, there are a few things you can do to help them out.


First Things First

We care more about your safety than your plants, so here are a few things you can do to make sure you don't overheat before your plants do!

  • Drink LOTS of water
  • Wear plenty of sunscreen and a hat
  • Stay in the shade as much as possible
  • Take plenty of breaks to cool off
  • Don't tackle too much at once, pace yourself
  • Avoid working during the heat of the day, and head out in early morning and late evening

Water, Water, Water

When the weather gets so hot, it can be hard to keep the ground moist, but watering is one of the keys to keeping your produce lasting longer. It's best to water in the morning or late evening so that the plants have a chance to absorb the moisture without being a risk of heat scald. Heat scald is more common when the water sits on the leaves with the sun directly overhead. Are you afraid of using too much water during a drought? You can opt for not using your sprinkler systems and hand water your plants. You can be more in control of where the water goes and how much is used. This makes a huge impact in your watering.

Add Some Shade

One of the biggest things that can affect your plant's ability to produce isn't just that it doesn't have enough water, but that the ground gets too hot. When the sun beats down on it for six+ solid hours in an afternoon, the temperature can often time be at least 10° hotter than the air. When the temperatures start to get this hot, many plants will refuse to produce, but you can help encourage them a little by giving them some shade. Even if you didn't plant your garden by a large tree, you can repurpose old window screens into shades, you can put up a fence on the west side to shade the roots of the plants, and you can even build a shade structure that goes over top of our plants during the heat of the day.

Protect the Roots

Aside from providing shade for the plants, you can protect their roots, and decrease the amount of sun that heats their area of the garden by putting a light colored, reflective mulch at the base of your plants. You do need to be careful what types of materials you are placing around the base, though. Straw is a good option, or you can use grass clippings from your yard. Just be sure that they have dried out entirely or they may put too much nitrogen into the ground. This may make your plant grow tall, but it doesn't encourage fruit producing habits.


Do you have a gardening question? We would love to help you find an answer! Feel free to comment on our blog or comment on our Facebook page to get your questions answered. We are veteran gardeners, and we want nothing more than to see your garden thrive, and you to grow right along with it. Do you need a special Lake of the Ozark topsoil? We have that and much more to help you achieve the best garden possible. Stop in a visit our shop this week, we would love to see you.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

How To Raise A Milk Cow

It's Cow Appreciation Day, and what better way to celebrate than by talking about how to raise your very own milk cow! At Camdenton Farm & Garden, we love to support you in any farming adventures you may want to start, from raising chickens in the backyard to keeping a cow in the barn, we're here to help you with all of it. If you've been considering keeping a cow for all of your dairy needs, keep reading!



What You Need To Know About Cows

There are several breeds you can choose from when buying your first cow, and having the right breed is "udderly" important! Here are some basic details about five great dairy cows, and how they can benefit your family.

Dexter

This breed averages 600-700 pounds and produces good milk and meat. They do produce less milk than many other breeds, coming in at around two gallons per day with the butter fat around four percent. They are a great breed unless you are wanting larger quantities of milk.

The American Milking Devon

This breed comes in at around 1,500 pounds when fully matured and is a great homestead cow. They are adaptable to many climates and sought out for their milk, butter, and cheese production. You can generally expect around four to six gallons of milk per day with the butterfat content averaging four percent.

Jersey

Those pretty Jersey cows are a smaller breed averaging around 900 pounds and they are known for their gentle disposition and high butterfat content. You can expect to get four to six gallons of rich, creamy milk per day with as much as five percent of butterfat.

Brown Swiss

The Brown Swiss is known for its large milk producing capabilities. Sometimes you can get up to nine gallons per day with a butterfat content of four percent. There is also a high protein content which is great if you plan to make cheese.

Milking Shorthorn

This is a great dual purpose breed because they are a great dairy breed and produce fine beef. They average around 1,400 pounds at maturity, and can bring in around six gallons of milk per day with a butterfat content at four percent.

A Milk Cow's Routine

Every cow is going to have different requirements for a milking routine, but you'll want to plan on milking them around every 12 hours. If you are doing a milk sharing program or keeping the calf on the mother instead of weening it, you can sometimes get away with milking less, but you'll want to stay on top of it. A cow who has a full, distended udder is not a happy cow, which, in the end, doesn't make you a happy farmer.

Caring & Keeping Your Cow

Cows are social animals and love to have company. While you don't have to have a whole herd of cows, you can get by with either just a calf or sometimes even the goats and horses can be companion enough! You will also want to make sure and feed your cow the best food possible. Some farmers prefer to only have grass feed milk, in which case you can put them out to pasture and let them graze during the summer. During the winter when the grass starts to deplete, you can give them hay. If you don't plan on getting hay off your farm, you can come out to Camdenton Farm & Garden for the best hay at the Lake of the Ozarks! Do you want to help increase your cow's production through grain? We can help! We stock range cubes, 50/50 grain, Allstock Sweet Grain, mineral supplements whole/chopped corn and more. Visit us to learn more about our cattle feed at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Caring for Your Cattle at the Lake of the Ozarks

Whether you need special supplies or just your routine feed for the cattle, we have you covered. Stop in this week to pick up everything you need for your farm, and feel free to ask us questions! If you're just getting started in farming, we'd love to help you make the changes in your lifestyle and give you tips and advice whenever you have questions!

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Protecting Your Pets from Summer Pests

Have you ever noticed that while summer is an amazing season to get your pets out and about, it's also a season that's full of bugs and pests that cling onto your pet? Fleas, ticks, and mosquitos are all equally annoying, and it's hard to know what to do to get rid of them. At Camdenton Farm & Garden, we know that caring for your pets is a full-time job sometimes, so we stock several supplies to make it easier! Here are a few things you can keep in mind as you rid your furry friend of the pests that seem to keep bothering them.



Keep Them Clean

First things first, keep your pet clean! A clean pet is a pest free pet because the pests love to live on their fur or skin. Use a good shampoo on your pet, and make sure to examine all of the crevices that a tick might get into. Also, be aware of fleas as you wash your pet down.

Give Pets a Curfew

Mosquitos are most active in the early morning and early evening. If you want to keep your pet from being exposed to this type of pest, one of the best ways is to keep them inside during these times. While it may not always work out, you can make it a point to keep them indoors as much as possible. If you must take them out later in the evening look for a bug repellent that is safe for pets to help keep them at bay.

Keep Your Lawn Cared For

If you keep your lawn nice and trimmed, as well as treated, you will find that pests don't want to live in it as much. Are you looking for an insecticide at the Lake of the Ozarks for your lawn? Come in and check our selection! We have several different products and can help you find one that will work best for you. If we don't have it in stock, be sure and ask us because we may be able to order it for you.

Clean Your Home

Just like you want to keep a clean lawn, you'll want to keep a clean home. Once fleas invade your pet, they either take up residence in your home or your yard, if not both. Once they start to lay eggs and start a life cycle, it can be very challenging to rid you home of them. By vacuuming your carpets regularly, and using proper cleaning treatments, you can help keep them from getting too comfortable.

Check Them Frequently

Finally, you'll want to check your pet on a daily basis for any pests that are unwanted. If you start to notice your pet itching frequently it could be a sign of  fleas or a tick that is bothering them. If it's a tick, you can use tweezers to remove it. Your dog can get Lyme disease, but they are only at risk if the tick has been attached for 36-48 hours, and it can take up to two months for symptoms to show up. If you find a large tick and are worried, you should call your vet to learn more. If you find that your pet has fleas, you can take them to their local vet to get treated. Of course, you can also come out to Camdenton Farm & Garden and pick up pest prevention at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Caring For Your Pets & Lawn at the Lake of the Ozarks

At Camdenton Farm & Garden we have a variety of products that will help you care for your pets AND your landscape! We are your one-stop-shop for all things outdoors, and we would love to help you find just the right product. If you have any questions about keeping your pet pest free this summer, stop in sometime! We'd love to talk with you.

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