Friday, April 28, 2017

Go Birding Day!

There's nothing more entertaining than sitting and watching your funny feathered friends bounce around, chirp, peck, and play. Through the winter you feed them, and through the spring you protect their nests from being invaded, and Go Birding Day on April 29th is in honor of that! Here at Camdenton Farm & Garden, we love our wild birds of Missouri, so that's why we always provide you with the best wild bird food at the Lake of the Ozarks, along with other supplies like feeders, bird baths and more. Here are a few ways you can celebrate Go Birding Day and enjoy it to the fullest.


Set up a New Space for the Birds

Maybe you've always dreamt of having a space in your landscaping dedicated those cute feather friends. Whether you want to hang a bird feeder from your front porch or go all out and create a bird sanctuary complete with plants, protection, bird baths and more. This weekend is the perfect time to start making plans to start. While the weather may be forecasting rain and storms, you can still take steps to care for your wild birds this weekend.

Learn About the Species In Your Backyard

This can be a fun activity with kids, or even on your own! If you don't know what types of birds are living in your backyard, this weekend would be a great time to learn. Sit by your window, or on your porch (since it's supposed to be a wet weekend), with your binoculars or your camera, and a bird book, or your phone. Whenever you see a bird hopping around in your yard or land on your porch railing, take note of their color and shape, or grab a quick photo for reference. Then you can look through bird websites to see which one you saw!

You can also download apps for your phone that will teach you which sounds different birds make. This can be a fun way to learn more about your little friends, and be able to pick their calls out in the woods!

Buy a New Bird Feeder

Finally, if you've had the same bird feeder for years and year, or maybe you don't even have one at all - treat yourself (and the birds!) this weekend and come to Camdenton Farm and Garden for a new one! We have many styles to choose from, as well as the best bird food at the Lake of the Ozarks. Here are just a few of the different types of feeders that we have in our farm and garden store at the Lake of the Ozarks:


Your Local Garden Store in Camdenton, MO

At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we make YOU and your garden a priority. From the birds that live in your space to the grass that grows in your lawn, and everything in between. Even though the weather may affect your outdoor garden plans, you can still come by our store and stock up on all of your supplies! Visit our website to learn more about what we carry - we look forward to helping you help the birds!


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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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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Preparing Your Summer Lawn Care Process

While summer doesn't kick off until June 20th, it's important to start caring for your lawn NOW in order to give it the best start. With the right products and techniques, your lawn can be lush and healthy. Here at Camdenton Farm and Garden, we've narrowed down the best products that are tried and tested by our team, as well as the best way to apply these products, Here are a few things we've learned in our years of landscape maintenance and how you can take these same processes to your own landscape.


First Things First

One of the most important things I've discovered from living in this area for over 25 years, is that it is pretty well impossible to have a decent lawn without the correct soil. I have discovered that at least 4 inches of loamy topsoil as a base is extremely helpful, if not valuable. You'll also want to make sure that the clay content must be low and that the rocks have been removed.

Next, I recommend having an in-ground irrigation system. In this area of the Midwest, there are plenty of 90 degree days where you'll wish you had something to help supplement your lawn. You won't have to use it every single day, but it will help when you need it - especially as you're getting your lawn at the Lake of the Ozarks established.


Feeding Your Lawn

This lawn feeding schedule is easy to remember, and I got it from a book called Lawn Geek by Trey Rogers. I would highly recommend reading this book, as it's something you can go back to time and time again as you have questions.

The next several holidays are laid out perfectly to give you a guide for fertilizing your lawn. I'm sure it wasn't intentional, but we're glad for an easy way to remember! The holidays we're going to mention fall about eight weeks apart, which is a good length of time for your fertilizing. Here is a good schedule you can abide by to keep your lawn fed and healthy:

Easter - Fertilome Crabgrass Preventer Plus Fertilizer
Memorial Day - reapply Fertilome Crabgrass Preventer Plus Fertilizer
Labor Day - Hi-Yield Weed and Feed (post-emergent weed control)
ThanksgivingFertilome Winterizer (most important)

Applying Your Fertilizer

The fertilizers that I have listed above are formulated so that if applied correctly, you should not apply more than one pound of slow-release nitrogen per 1,000 sq. feet. If this is not applied as directed, you could "burn" your lawn - especially during times of intense heat. One thing to be aware of as you are applying your fertilizer is that if you go around the perimeter of the lawn, and then go perpendicular to this back and forth, you DON'T want to turn off the spreader before you get to the perimeter. 

You may also notice that I recommend applying crabgrass preventer down twice, once at Easter and once at Memorial Day. I noticed the first couple of years that crabgrass showed up in my yard in August if I did not reapply pre-emergent around memorial Day.



A Few Last Tips

Lastly, a couple other little tips are that you can apply early in the morning when there is dew on the grass. First, this lets you see where you’ve been and secondly when applying Weed and Feed, the herbicide must cling to the surface of the weed in order to kill it.

At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we supply ALL of these products because we believe in them. If you want to fertilize your Lake of the Ozarks landscape, you'll want to make sure and use the right products. The benefit that you receive when buying from us is that you can alway count on us to provide quality products and advice. You can also come in and speak with the same employee who sold you the product if and when you have any questions. We are here for you and looking forward to helping create a BEAUTIFUL lawn!

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

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Creating a Home for the Birds

Nesting season for many birds in the Midwest is between March and April. While we're on the tail end of the nesting season, there are still birds out there looking for a place to lay their eggs and raise their young. At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we love our feathered friends and help you care for them through feeding and protecting them. Here are a few ways you can provide a safe harbor for your local birds, and even a few fun facts about their nests!


Protecting the Nest

There are three major ways predators can take advantage of your bird houses and turn a good thing into a not so good thing. First off, you'll want to make sure that the pole to your bird house isn't easy to climb. You can use a metal pole to make it harder to climb up and deter varmints further (like snakes) by using a guard towards the bottom. They look like inverted cones and can help keep predators from slithering up.

The next big predator is raccoons. They like to stick their paws into the hole looking for unsuspecting victims. You can help guard the entrance of your birdhouse with entrance guards. They are thicker pieces of wood with a hole in the middle. They are added to the entrance of your bird house, and the added thickness makes it more challenging for a raccoon to reach their greedy paws through the hole.

Finally, insects like wasps may like to build their nests on the underside of the roof of your birdhouse. You can keep them at bay by rubbing a bar of soap on the underside of the birdhouse roof.


Fun Facts About Bird Nests

If you've ever gotten to inspect a nest up close, you've probably been just as amazed as we are at the construction of them. They are incredibly resilient, durable, and miraculously made when you think of them being constructed by a little bird. Here are some fun facts about bird nests that will inspire awe and wonder at these neat creatures:
Bald eagles build strong nests and use them year after year. They make improvements and add to the nest, it can weigh over a ton! The largest eagle nestwas 20 feet deep and estimated to weigh 2 tons!

Ruby-throated hummingbirds have nests about the size of a thimble.

Some birds line their nests with specific plants they have selected that inhibit mites and other parasites, while others find pieces of shed snake skin to deter predators.
In some species the male bird builds the foundation and lets the female do the rest (the intricate, detailed lining). Some males build multiple “dummy” nests around the territory to fool predators.

Quail and ducks use their own down feathers to line their nests, but others collect feathers dropped by larger birds. Some small birds that are fast flyers will even strike big birds in flight in order to knock feathers loose.

Get Your Bird Feed at the Lake of the Ozarks

While it's more common to feed the birds in the winter, you can still provide a safe place for your birds to live and eat on your own back porch! From bird houses to bird seed, you'll find everything you need at our Lake of the Ozarks farm and garden store. Are you looking for a fun Mother's Day gift? Bird baths make a fun and attractive gift for her garden. Come out and take a look at our selection of wild bird supplies at the Lake of the Ozarks - you won't be disappointed!

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Celebrate Gardening Month!

With so many things to love about the garden season, there's no better time to celebrate than the month of April. Spring may have begun in March - but April is when the magic happens, and it's also Garden Month. Are you planning on growing a garden this year? Whether you have a flower garden, herb garden, vegetable garden, or butterfly garden - the team at Camdenton Garden is here to help. Here are just a few ways we can help you get your garden started and keep it going all year long.


Heirloom Seed at the Lake of the Ozarks

We carry Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, a leader in the heirloom seed industry. These seeds have not been genetically engineered, so that flavor prevails. The seeds from these vegetables and flowers can also be collected and dried for future use. We carry a wide variety of vegetable and flower seeds. Are you looking for a certain variety? We can help!

Dyna Mix

Camdenton Farm and Garden was just awarded a distributorship for Dyna Mix, a soilless media designed especially for raised bed gardening. This product is available in 2 cu.ft. bags as well as 50 cu. ft. “super-sacks”. Call for pricing and delivery charges.

Weed Barrier

DeWitt is the leader in landscape fabrics. Camdenton Farm & Garden carries this excellent product which will give you years of weed control in your landscape. We carry this product in pre-packaged 3 X 24 ft. rolls. Large projects call for rolls in widths of 4 through 10 feet. We will also sell this product by the square foot, as needed by our customers.

Nursery Plants at the Lake of the Ozarks

We carry the largest selection of perennial plants that you will find anywhere in the lake area. This includes shade and sun varieties, such as hosta and daylilies. We also carry xeric plants, such as sedum and yucca. Look no further for fruiting vines/shrubs such as grapes and raspberries and blueberries. We also carry flowering shrubs such as Knock-Out and climbing roses, spirea, and viburnum. Why buy small plants from the box stores when you can get instant “pop”.

Planting Containers

We have been selling, as well as personally using, Kinsman products for many years. These containers are constructed of strong gauge metal that will hold their form for years and will not rust. The containers come with coconut pre-molded mattes that help to retain moisture. We have found that we have to replace the inserts every other year! Plus, we carry replacement inserts. Stop by and see what we carry. You won’t be disappointed in this product!

Mulch, Rock, and Topsoil

From mulch, to rock, or topsoil, we have many bulk products that will suit your gardening needs. Our soil is pH balanced, the best there is for vegetable and flower beds, and especially as topsoil for your lawn. Plus, we deliver. We can deliver up to 4 cubic yards per load. Contact us for delivery rates, based on distance.

Liquid Fence & Repellants

We believe that there is no better product on the market than Liquid Fence. Our customers must agree because they return, time after time, to buy this product. It truly works, as advertised, when used as directed. We recommend starting the application, especially if you are trying to deter deer from eating your tulips and hosta when they first come up in the spring. Make sure that you reapply the product every two weeks, or so, depending on the amount of precipitation that we have. We also recommend adding a surfactant, such as Fertilome or High Yield Spreader Sticker, to the mix, to make the product last longer and need fewer repeat applications. If you do this, you will train the deer to leave you alone…..honest! The other products work as well. They are all organic so that they will not physically harm any animal. We sell these products in ready-to-use, quart, and gallon concentrate containers. Mole repellent is sold as a “hose-on” container.


At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we don't just supply you with the best garden products at the Lake of the Ozarks - we supply you with knowledge as well. We don't just provide you a product off of the shelf and read you the back to tell you what it does. We provide first-hand knowledge of this product, how it worked for us, and what types of results you can expect for yourself. Stop by and visit our shop, we would love to share our love of gardening with you, and help you get your garden up and running!

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251 S Business Hwy 5 Camdenton, MO

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