Tuesday, January 31, 2017

How to Choose the Best Seed for Your Lawn

As spring and summer start to approach, one of the biggest things to start planning for your outdoors is planting and reseeding your lawn. At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we have the widest variety of grass seed at the Lake of the Ozarks! Not to mention, we also have the products that you will need to keep your lawn healthy and weed free. Choosing the right seed for your location can be challenging, but we have a few things to think about as you make your choice.


Test Your Soil

Before coming out and buying your grass seed, one of the first things you need to do is test your soil. If your lawn pH doesn't match your grass seed, you may find that you have a lawn that's just not as nice as you were expecting. You can get a soil test kit from your local extension office, and you can test it by getting samples from several areas around your yard and mixing them. Then put it in the envelope and wait for it to come back - it could take a few weeks, though, so prepare accordingly.

Warm Season or Cool Season

There are two different types of grass and depending on where you live, you may want one over the other. While warm season grasses work well in areas prone to drought and warm weather, cool season grass can stand up to cold temperatures. Of course, in Missouri, you may not be certain which type would work the best - we can help you out!

Your Landscape's Wear and Tear

When choosing your lawn seed, it's important to think about what types of activities you'll be enjoying on it. If you won't be spending time on your lawn, you can choose a grass that may be more delicate, but if you'll be walking around your landscape, or playing games on it, you'll want something hardier.

The Water Schedule

Another important thing to think about when choosing a grass seed is how much water it will need. If it needs a lot, it may be worth it to install an irrigation system in your landscape while you have it under construction.

Think About Your Lawn Layout

Is your landscape uneven? In the Ozarks, it's not hard to find a landscape that has hills. If you are seeding an area with slopes, you'll want to choose a seed blend that includes a quick growing grass seed like perennial ryegrass. It grows quickly and establishes a root system before erosion has a chance to set in.

Mowing Schedule

Some grass varieties grow quickly, while others are slow growers. You'll want to think about this when choosing your grass seed. If you don't have a lot of time to dedicate to your lawn, you may want to opt for a slow growing grass.

Lawn Fertilization

Your grass will need to be fertilized in order to live up to its full potential. If you want to pursue organic fertilizers and compost, you'll want to keep this in mind. Do plenty of homework or come talk to us at Camdenton Farm and Garden. We can help you narrow down your search!


We carry many varieties of grass seed at our farm and garden store at the Lake of the Ozarks. From annual rye to winter wheat. We can even sell in bulk or by the pound, depending on your needs. Aside from our selection of lawn seed, we also sell the tools you'll need to not only plant your seed, but also keep it thriving through the year. Come out to our shop and let our staff help you find the perfect grass seed for your lawn!


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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Cleaning & Caring For Your Birdfeeder

While we've had a mild winter, for the most part, your feathered friends still need your help. If you've always wanted to feed your backyard birds, there is no time like the present to start! If you've been feeding them for a while, this wet and dry, hot and cold weather may be helping your feeder get dirty faster than usual. Here are a few tips to help keep your bird feeder clean for those feathered friends.

The Bird Feeder Dilemma from Our Own Michael Ledbetter

Most of our customers, if we give them time to vent, will tell us the thing they hate the most about tending to their wild birds is that they hate to clean the feeders. We all know that, given time, most will get that hard ball of gunk at the bottom of the feeder. Each of us knows which of our bird feeders is the most unpleasant to clean. Mine is the nyjer tube feeder as it is too long for my bucket and tends to collect the most “gunk” at the bottom. But, we all know that the possibility exists for the spread of disease among our feathered friends if we do not tend to business. In this article, I would like to discuss how we should clean our feeders, as well as feeders that inherently make the job easier. Manufacturers know of our plight and have tried to help make the job easier.

How Often Should I Clean My Feeders?

We would recommend cleaning, at least in the fall and in the spring, and more often as the situation calls for. We have also found that by placing a baffle at the top of the feeder (see picture), the feeder is somewhat protected from moisture and will keep the seed drier. We also find that using a drying agent, such as Feeder Fresh, in the feeder helps to prevent build-up.

How Do I Clean My Feeders?

Once again, many manufacturers have made this job easier as of late, allowing for disassembling of the feeder quickly, even allowing for dishwasher cleaning. Obviously, many feeders are too large or long for the dishwasher, but for the smaller feeders, this is an option. I don’t think I’d combine these with your fine china, but maybe throw in some sandals, crocks, and baseball caps you’ve been wanting to clean. We use a bucket and soapy water and long brush specially designed for tubular bird feeders. Dilute two tablespoons of bleach per gallon of water to take care of any mildew and mold build-up. For my tubular feeders, I then thrust the garden hose down one end to rinse and allow air drying in the sun before re-assembly.

Some Easy-To-Clean Feeder Suggestions

As stated, most manufacturers are designing bird feeders that are easier to maintain. Probably our favorite tubular feeder to clean is the spiral nyjer tube feeder from Songbird Essentials. Any seed left in the bottom can be moved to the top by filling from the bottom of the feeder. Aspects carries the “Quick Clean” line of bird feeders that allow for easy access for all of their tubular bird feeders. Whatever your personal preference, remember to keep those feeders clean for the overall health of your wild birds.


Bird Feeding Supplies at the Lake of the Ozarks

Whether you need a new feeder to replace your old one, or just need to stock up on bird seed at the Lake of the Ozarks - Camdenton Farm & Garden is here to help! From bird supplies to farming supplies and everything in between, we are proud to be your one-stop-shop for all things farm and garden. Stop by and visit sometime! We'd love to help you find the perfect tool or gift.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Gardening Trends for 2017

You may not be able to change your landscape as easily as you can change throw pillows and wall color - there are still many trends to gardening that can be incorporated into your landscape. At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we want to help you achieve all of your gardening goals, from easy maintenance to fulfilling your long-term gardening dreams. Here are a few trends that are coming up in 2017 and how we can help you!


Keeping It Natural

While modern and minimalist designs have reigned the gardening styles in the past, many gardeners are looking to incorporate more hardscapes and natural materials into their landscaping. At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we can help you find natural materials for your landscape. From mulch to rocks and gravel, we have many materials that can make your landscape and gardens shine.


Buy Local

Now more than ever, individuals are realizing the importance of shopping local investing in their local communities. Locally sourced and hyperlocalism are both words used when talking about buying local, and we fully stand behind this principle. Our store has been located in the Lake of the Ozarks area for over 25 years, providing the best gardening supplies at the Lake of the Ozarks. From farming supplies to gardening, we can help you renovate your spaces and create the garden you've always dreamed of.

Reimagining Landscapes

Well manicured lawns have been a trend in the past, but as families start to get busier, and the weather continues to throw curve balls we are seeing a new landscape trend evolve. Many homeowners are opting for landscapes that can be sustained through long periods of drought, water shortages, and even pest problems. Some even choose a landscape that doesn't need to be mowed nearly as often. At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we have many varieties of grass seed at the Lake of the Ozarks, and when you're looking for something specific, our team can help!

Mixing Old and New

While modern landscapes have reigned supreme, there is an aspect of old fashioned romance that is starting to make it's way back onto the scene. Modern styles and materials are now being blended with old fashioned flowers, bushes, and materials. How do you want to start incorporating this trend in your garden for 2017? Do you have some old pieces that you want to incorporate? Now is the time to do it! At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we have many fun gardening pieces that can help you blend old and new - like our cute gardening gnomes!

Play Space For All

While yards and gardens of the past were meant to be clean cut and beautiful to look at, many homeowners are opting for landscapes that are also places to play. Play and entertainment spaces are starting to become much more popular, as the whole family wants to enjoy this space. Fire pits to sit around in the evening, bocce courts, places for your pets to play, hammocks, dining areas and more are all becoming the new norm.

Small Shrubs

As homes grow larger, landscapes are sometimes taking a back seat and becoming smaller. Because smaller spaces are taking precedence, smaller shrubs and plants are rising in popularity. At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we have many beautiful live plants and bushes you can use to spruce up your space. As summer gets closer, you'll see more and more of these beautiful plants gracing the front porch of our store - ready to go home with you!

Update Your Space for 2017

New Year's resolutions may be cliche, but there is no time like the present to start reinventing your space. Come out to Camdenton Farm and Garden for all of your supplies to make your space beautiful. From plants to fertilizers, to pesticides - we have it all!

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Monday, January 9, 2017

The Three "Cides" of Your Garden

Herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides. These are three important "cides" you need to incorporate into your gardening if you want to have a successful garden. All three perform different roles from each other, but each one is valuable in it's own way. When you need supplies for your Lake of the Ozarks garden, Camdenton Farm and Garden can not only help you find the right product, but we can teach you how and why you should use it. Here are three "cides" you can't live without.


Herbicides at the Lake of the Ozarks

Herbicide is used to kill weeds. There are two main types of herbicides, selective and non-selective. An non-selective herbicide, as it's name suggests, will kill everything and does not "select" certain things to keep alive. It can be beneficial when you are clearing a large area for a garden where you don't want weeds to come up. Selective herbicides only kill certain types of weeds, while leaving other plants unharmed. Selective herbicides are classified as pre-emergent (use to keep weed seeds from germinating) and post-emergent (kills weeds after they have become established). Camdenton Farm & Garden carries both varieties, and we have the knowledge to assist you as to what product would be best to use, and how to use it. Here are some of the products we carry:

  • Hi-Yield Weed-N-Feed
  • Weed-Out Lawn Weed Killer
  • Fertilome Weed Free Zone
  • Fertilome Weed Out with Q
  • Hi-Yield Turf and Ornamental Weed and Grass Stopper
  • Hi-Yield Killzall Weed and Grass Killer
  • Hi-Yield Crabgrass Control
  • Fertilome Weed-Out Lawn Weed Killer
  • Fertilome Over-The-Top Grass Killer
  • Fertilome Brush and Stump Killer
  • Double Play
  • Air-O-Matic Hose On Sprayer
  • Hi-Yield Nutsedge Control
  • Fertilome Broadleaf Weed Control


Fungicide at the Lake of the Ozarks

Fungicides are a vital element in the gardener’s armamentarium, here in the Ozarks. Our summers can be very hot and humid, an environment in which fungal diseases thrive. Roses are particularly susceptible to black spot and other fungal diseases. Fortunately, we now have products that are environmentally safe. The easiest and safest product to apply is copper soap, although it must be applied frequently. Wettable sulfur applications are effective, as well. Finally, systemic fungicides are the most efficacious, as they are actually taken up into the plant and give longer protection. However, not all products are safe for every situation, particularly with fruits and vegetables. Talk to our staff and let us guide you to those products that are safe for edibles.
  • Triple Action Plus II
  • Fertilome Liquid Sysemic Fungicide
  • Fertilome F-Stop Lawn Fungicide
  • Copper Soap Liquid Fungicide
  • Air-O-Matic Hose On Sprayer
  • Wettable Sulfur Powder
  • Hi-Yield Captan 50W Organic Fungicide
  • Fertilome Fire Blight Spray
  • Hi-Yield Spreader Sticker

Insecticide at the Lake of the Ozarks

We carry all of the products that you’ll need for your lawn, vegetable garden, fruit and ornamental shrubs and trees. Plus, we carry organic insecticides that can be used right up to the day of harvest. Also, Camdenton Farm & Garden carries popular, effective  tick and flea protection for your critters.

  • Hi-Yield Grub Free Zone II
  • Dormant Spray
  • Hi-Yield Bug Blaster II
  • Hi-Yield 55% Malathion Insecticide
  • Fertilome Triple Action Plus
  • Fertilome Tree & Shrub Systemic Insecticidal Granules
  • Fertilome Tree & Shrub Systemic Insecticidal Drench
  • Fertilome Horticultural Oil Spray
  • Fertilome Fruit Tree Spray
  • Fertilome Dipel Dust Insecticide
  • Fertilome "Come And Get It" Fire Ant Killer
  • Fertilome Borer, Bagworm, Caterpillar, and Leafminer Spray
  • Hi-Yield Lawn-Garden-Pet-Livestock-Insect-Control
  • Hi-Yield Spreader Sticker
  • Air-O-Matic Hose On Sprayer

Protecting Your Garden

It's important to use the corrrect product on your garden when you want to acheive the correct results. From weeds, to mold, to invasive insects, the Camdenton Farm and Garden team would be glad to help you cultivate your garden area. If you have questions, please stop by, or give our shop a call.

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Caring For Your Farm Dog In Winter

Your best bud, work companion, and farm truck passenger - that's only part of what your farm dog means to you. They trot along without through all of the farming duties, from watering the cattle to bringing the horses into the barn. While many believe that dogs should stay inside out of the cold, your furry friend's job is outside, so how can you care for them while still allowing them the freedom to accomplish their tasks? Here at Camdenton Farm and Garden, we know how much your four-legged farm hand means to you, so we have some ideas to help them thrive through the winter.


Can Your Pup Handle It?

Before you throw your dog out into the cold weather for a day on the job, you should take a short assessment to see if they will be able to stand up to the cold temperatures.

Are they acclimated?

Dogs shouldn't go from warm to cold without some time to adjust. As the weather starts to get colder, make sure your dog has spent some time outside so they can not only get used to the weather but also build up their winter coat.

Age and Health

If your dog is very young or very old, it may be a good idea to winterize them for the season and let them work once the weather warms up. You should also take their health into account. If they have recently been sick, or gone through surgery, it's a good idea to keep them where it's warm.

Caring For Them Through the Winter

Food

Your dog is going to need extra calories to help them keep warm through the winter. At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we have a great selection of dog food at the Lake of the Ozarks, and if you can't find the brand of premium dog food at the Lake of the Ozarks that you're looking for, let us know! We can get many brands in through a special order.

Water

If your dog's main source of water is outside, you'll want to check it frequently to make sure that it's not frozen. You can also get a water warmer to keep it from freezing or just check it on a regular basis.

Foot Care

It's important to pay attention to your pup's paws in the winter. If snow and ice build up on them, it can cause trouble in the future. You can also get a paw wax to help protect their paws from sidewalk de-icers that could cause damage.

Caring For Your Lake of the Ozarks Farm Dog

From choosing the right food to making sure your furry friend has a warm place to sleep, we know how important it is to take care of them. Here at Camdenton Farm and Garden, we want to make sure you have all of the tools you need - so stop by for premium dog food, as well as other pet toys and tools.

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