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How to Save the World with Garden Containers for Pollinators

June 13, 2022

Earth as we know it would only survive without pollinators for about four years. It’s true! Our food chain completely hinges on bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other beneficial insects. These vital little wonders carry pollen from plant to plant, ensuring proper germination and fruit development not only for the foods we humans consume, but also for the plants that our herbivore friends (livestock) eat. 75% of fruit-setting plants require contact with things that flit and fly. Modern use of broad-spectrum pesticides and insecticides has been shrinking bee populations for decades. It’s beginning to show, as many gardeners find themselves having to…


Creating Habitats for Birds & Butterflies

January 5, 2022

Creating a habitat for wildlife in your yard will replenish resources that birds and butterflies need to survive and sustain their migration. Suitable habitat for birds is in short supply. Urban areas are expanding constantly, altering or destroying natural areas. In the United States more than 45 million acres are covered in lawn areas and we’re adding 500 square miles of turfgrass every year.¹ When you create a wildlife habitat, butterflies will pollinate the flowers in your garden. Birds will eat insects and garden pests like mosquitoes, flies, and caterpillars. As they carry out these important tasks they grace our…


Why is Fall the Best Time to Plant?

September 9, 2021

Fall is in the air! Fall is our favorite season and it’s also the best time to plant. Trees, shrubs, perennials, and lawns all benefit from fall planting. But why? As air temperatures cool and soil temperatures remain warm, it creates the perfect conditions for root growth. And we know that strong healthy roots contribute to a strong healthy plant. Along with the cooler air temperatures, fall usually brings more frequent rainfall which is also beneficial to new plantings. Another benefit is that pests and diseases are much less prevalent in the fall. Even, less weeds that germinate in the…


How to PlantRight

September 7, 2021

PlantRight is Colonial’s unique system for just that, Planting Right. At Colonial, we believe Soil is Life. Providing unparalleled solutions in the world of living things, we can ensure homeowners guaranteed success of your outdoor or indoor space by utilizing our PlantRight System. Our passion for growth starts with healthy soil, which grows colorful plants, nourishing produce, and happy people. Together we can grow a sustainable planet for a sustainable future.  Pick from a quality selection   Colonial Gardens has KC’s largest selection of trees because our parent company, DCA Outdoor, grows over 1 million trees per year.   Correct Placement   It’s important to place…


Why you should compost & how it helps the Earth?

August 30, 2021

Composting is an excellent way to reduce waste and to also begin your path to healthy soil. There is a simple way that you can create compost in your own home. This would be to develop a compost pile or bin, which we will talk about how to build later in this blog. Incorporating compost into your soil has extremely beneficial effects on the health and productivity of our gardens and landscapes. But why? Compost is dark, nutritious material that is the result of microorganisms feeding on organic material like food scraps, grass clippings, fallen leaves and breaking them down…


Building a Raised Bed

April 12, 2021

Raised garden beds are an excellent way to organize your garden! They help keep your bed weed free and can keep predators, such as rabbits, out of your garden. They also allow for much easier access since their height alleviates the need to bend over. Most beneficial of all, they’re fairly easy to make! Preparation There are several ways to prepare your area. You can till the Earth and use a weed-barrier cloth on the area you want to place the beds. This will kill the grass and weeds underneath. Another way to prepare the ground is a method called…


Spring Seed Starting

March 1, 2021

Tips & Tricks on Seed Starting As the seasons change from winter to spring, the days get longer and warmer, we start to get that itch. The itch to go outside, to play in the soil, to plan our gardens, to think about color, lawn care, and outdoor living. So, as you start to think about preparing your garden, here are some tips for starting seeds. Having the Right Tools Using the correct tools for the job ensures success and proper growing. Always make a list of what you'll need when starting seeds. Check the garage or tool shed to…


Native Plants for Birds

January 11, 2021

Native plants are plants that originally occur within a region as the result of natural processes rather than human introduction. Usually, native species are considered to have existed before the time of wide-spread European settlement a little more than 200 years ago. The United States has lost over 150 million acres of native land over the past 100 years due to urban sprawl. Just think about how this has affected our wildlife. Shocking fact, but there are things you can do to help! How Natives Affect Us Reducing air pollutionControlling erosionManaging storm waterCombating climate change by storing carbon dioxide Creating…


All About Trees

October 23, 2020

It's beauty, history, structure, and nature are what we enjoy about trees. They can be intimidating and overpowering, but it's our job to take care of them and continue planting. Colonial Gardens is proud to offer our knowledge and experience to our customers. Whether it's identifying what kind of tree is in your backyard, or why the leaves of your tree are turning brown, we've gathered the most commonly asked questions from our followers and put our experts to the test! When is the best time to prune my tree? Expand While it depends on the tree, it's typically best…


Missouri Invasive Tree Species

October 15, 2020

The top invasive trees/shrubs in our area: • Callery Pear (Pyrus calleryana) • Golden Rain Tree (Koelreuteria paniculata) • Amur honeysuckle (Lonicera maacki) • Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) • Autumn Olive (Elaeagnus umbellata) What makes a plant invasive? An invasive species is any species, either introduced or that escapes cultivation to take over and choke out native growing plants. Typically, this occurs because of rapid growth, copious seed or fruit production and hardiness or ability to acclimate to the area of invasion. This is especially true in the case of all plants listed above, almost all of these plants were…


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