Friday, February 24, 2017

Gardening Tasks For March

Every month presents a new set of tasks, and March is no different. Here at Camdenton Farm and Garden, we want to help you prepare for your garden at the Lake of the Ozarks. We stock supplies, seeds, dirt, and knowledge to help you bring it all together. The month of March is right around the corner, and we have a list of tasks you should put on the calendar.



Fruit Trees and Rose Bushes

Now is a great time to start pruning your fruit trees and rose bushes. You will also want to prune early flowering shrubs only after they bloom. When the temperature exceeds 40 degrees, you can spray you fruit trees with dormant oil before they leaf out. At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we have several supplies to help with this. Our dormant oil is specifically used for ornamentals, shrubs, fruit and shade trees. This is an effective way to control a wide range of scale, mites, fruit tree rollers, pear psylla, fall armyworms, and whiteflies.

Fertilize the Grass

Prepare your lawn and ornamental grass for summer with fertilizers. You can apply Fertilome Crabgrass with Fertilizer to your lawn and Hi-Yield Ornamental Weed and Grass Stopper to you perennial gardens. Reapply after additional plantings to prevent further weed growth. Each year will be different, obviously. A good rule of thumb is to apply your first pre-emergent when the forsythia is blooming. Talk to us regarding products to apply and when. You can also check out our "holiday" lawn application schedule and let us come up with a program for your lawn and garden for the coming year.

1. Easter- Fertilome Crabgrass Preventer Plus Fertilizer
2. Memorial Day- reapply Fertilome Crabgrass Preventer Plus Fertilizer
3. Labor Day- Hi-Yield Weed and Feed (post-emergent weed control)
4. Thanksgiving- Fertilome Winterizer (most important)

Plant Your Cool Weather Veggies

Come out to Camdenton Farm and Garden and get some cool weather vegetables for your garden. We have potatoes, spinach, lettuce, and more. We carry all of these products in seeds and bedding plants. You can also check out our heirloom varieties from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds!

Gardening at the Lake of the Ozarks

The weather has been tempting the gardeners with its warm sunshine and chirping birds - but there's still time for Mother Nature to throw us a cold curveball. Whether you're an avid gardener or wanting to pick up a new hobby, the staff at Camdenton Farm and Garden would love to help you get started. We have seeds, plants, dirt, tools, and more for your beautiful flower garden or your practical vegetable garden. Visit our website to learn more about what we carry - or stop by and see us!

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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

www.CamdentonFarmAndGarden.com



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Thursday, February 16, 2017

5 Ways to Keep Deer from Destroying your Yard

While they're beautiful to watch, deer can be super pesky when it comes to keeping your landscaping looking its best. Deer can cause a wide range of problems in your garden. They can uproot plants, scrape their antlers on tree trunks, and cause a lot of eyesores to your lawn and garden. Don't struggle with this frustration anymore. The best farm and garden company at the Lake of the Ozarks has 5 handy tips to keep deer out of your garden:

1. Build a Fence

Building a fence is the quickest way to deter unwanted visitors. Deer can jump high, so build a tall one. Not only can they jump, but they can squeeze their way through small spaces, so make sure your fence is snug to the ground and is secure all the way around. Adding netting at the top will add more security... some deer can clear pretty high heights! The harder they have to work to get to your yard, the less damage you'll have.

2. Install Motion Activated Lights, Sprinklers or Noise-Makers

Deer are easily spooked. Keep them away in the evenings by installing a motion light. You can also install motion sensor sprayers or noise-makers for day-time visitors. Deer are creatures of habit, so by alternating locations for these deterrents you eliminate the chance of the deer creating new paths of entry.

3. Make your Garden Less Enticing

Deer generally tend to stay away from plants that are aromatic, bitter, fuzzy or prickly, or poisonous. By implementing these types of plants in your landscaping, you'll create a less enticing atmosphere for them. (ie: Snapdragons, Campanula Bellflowers, Delphinium Garden Blues, Centaurea Montana, Dianthus Ideal, Heliotrope Marine)

4. Add a Dog to the Family

Dogs are natural predators of deer, so they are great solutions to keeping deer out of your yard. Keep in mind that for this to work, your dog needs to be able to roam the whole yard freely. A chained up or inside dog will not do much good.

5. Use Deer Repellants from your Favorite Lawn and Garden Store at the Lake of the Ozarks

For a less expensive option, try a repellant. We believe that there is no better repellant product on the market than Liquid Fence Deer & Rabbit. Our customers love this product because it works! Marking your parameter with this repellant will train the deer to leave you alone. What's really great about this specific repellent is that it's organic so it will not harm any animals!

Start winning the battle against destructive deer. Keep your lawn and garden whole by getting proactive with these handy tips. At Camdenton Farm and Garden we can help you keep deer away while helping you create a garden that you can be proud of all season. From seeds and plants to mulch and dirt - we carry everything you need to have a luscious garden at the Lake of the Ozarks.

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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

www.CamdentonFarmAndGarden.com



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Friday, February 10, 2017

Celebrate Bird Feeding Month with the Next Generation

February is Bird Feeding Month, and what better time than now to get the next generation involved in this age-old hobby. Bird feeding is not only a great way to enjoy the long winter days, but it also helps keep the winter bird population fed and cared for. Through the month of February, here are a few ways you can encourage the younger generation to get involved in bird feeding at the Lake of the Ozarks and make it fun.


Read a Bird Book

For younger kids, you can start enjoying bird month by reading a fun book about birds. There are many books out there that can help teach kids more about their feathered friends, but also be a fun way to enjoy a winter afternoon. Here are a few titles that you may be able to find and enjoy:

About Birds: A Guide for Children by Cathryn Sill and John Sill 
A fantastic introduction to birds written by a former elementary school teacher. About Birds introduces the basic defining features of birds and includes lovely, realistic illustrations of birds that can be used to teach kids to identify birds. An afterward includes additional interesting facts about the birds depicted in the illustrations. Ages 2+
Two Blue Jays by Anne Rockwell and Megan Halsey 
An extremely informative non-fiction book about bluejays disguised as a work of fiction. In Two Blue Jays, students observe as two blue jays build a nest in a tree outside their classroom window and give birth to baby blue jays. This format — describing students attentively observing bluejays — works.  Ages 4+
The Birdwatchers by Simon James 
A sweet, humorous story about a girl Jess who goes birdwatching with her grandfather for the first time. Ages 5+

Count the Birds

Every year, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society work together with Wild Birds Unlimited to sponsor The Great Backyard Bird Count. If you're looking for a fun way to learn more about birds this is a great event to participate in. Every February you can count the birds in your backyard, schoolyard, park, or really anywhere you find them and then report the information online at http://gbbc.birdcount.org/. This event takes place between February 17th and the 20th, 2017, and it's a great way to help scientists better understand the important trends in bird populations.

 

Feed the Birds

Once you have your bird feeder and your bird seed, you need to find an ideal location to place your feeder. You probably want to find a spot that can be seen from a window so you can admire the birds from a distance without scaring them off. After that, you'll want to place your feeder in an open area. Try not to place it next to bushes, as predators like to hide and wait for your feathered friends to stop by. After you've placed your bird feed in the feeder, it's time to wait and watch! This can be a fun way to spend time with your kids, grandkids, nieces or nephews, while also learning more about the birds in your area.

There are MANY different types of winter birds at the Lake of the Ozarks, and as they migrate north or south, you could see a fun variety. Here are a few birds you may see through the winter as you watch:
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Red-headed Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Blue Jay
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • White Breasted Nuthatch
  • Red Breasted Nuthatch
  • Carolina Wren
  • House Wren
  • European Starling
  • Common Grackle
  • House Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow
  • White Throated Sparrow
  • White Crowned Sparrow
  • American Tree Sparrow
  • Harris' Sparrow
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Mourning Dove
  • Purple Finch
  • House Finch
  • American Gold Finch
  • Brown Creeper
  • Pine Siskin
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Indigo Bunting
  • Baltimore Oriole

Bird Seed at the Lake of the Ozarks

If you want to feed the birds, you may need a few supplies to get you started! At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we have a huge supply of bird feeders at the Lake of the Ozarks, as well as many varieties of bird seed. Come visit our farm and garden store at the Lake of the Ozarks to see some of the supplies we have to help you get you started!

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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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