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Closed on Easter Sunday, April 20 -- order your Easter Flowers Now
Spring Sale & Garden Showcase -- April 23-30
Plant-a-Pot Seminar & Workshop -- April 29, 6:30 p.m.


Free Gift Wrapping At Norway Gardens!

Visit Norway Gardens whenever you need a gift for someone special. Did you know you can purchase gifts there and have them gift-wrapped for you FREE? Simply ask to have your purchases wrapped & it will be done for you while you wait.

Check List of Early Spring Chores

  The temperatures for this week look great. If you want to work outside on Spring landscape chores, here is a list of what can be done now.

  • Clean your perennial beds.
  • Put down a garden weed preventer and work it into top inch of soil (or water it in). Treflan Weed and Grass Stopper (the same product as Preen only less expensive) works well, but there is a new product this year to consider. Hi-Yield Turf and Ornamental Weed Stopper prevents weed germination like Treflan does but this newer product kills tiny weed seedlings as well so it works better if some weed seeds have already sprouted since it contains Dimension.
  • Remulch your landscape beds as needed. Consider mulching with Grade A Cedar mulch. It stays in place better than other mulches and it decomposes more slowly that do hardwood muches. Although it is more expensive, it lasts longer!
  • Cut back your rose bushes.
  • Sow grass seed or overseed to fill in bare spots in your lawn.
  • Spray your fruit trees with Fertilome Horticultural Oil Spray to kill any insects that have over-wintered in your trees. This spray works well on burning bushes also if you had a problem with spider mites on them last year.
  • Put Milorganite organic fertilizer on your beds. This great product is a slow-release fertilizer which feeds as your plants need it. 

Identifying Emerald Ash Borers

Identifying Emerald Ash Borers
Emerald Ash Borers have invaded White County. These bright green beetles are 1/3" long by 1/16" wide and can be seen from mid-May to late July. In the larval stage from August to May, they do their damage by eating underneath the bark and destroying the vessels of the tree through which its nutrition must flow.

Emerald Ash Borer

If you have ash trees and want to protect them from Emerald Ash Borer, you will need to treat them one time each year with Fertilome Tree & Shrub Systemic Insect Control. Measure the distance around your tree's trunk. Fill a bucket with water and add 1 ounce of this product for each inch of tree trunk circumference. Pour the solution around the base of the tree. Fill the bucket with water to rinse it and dump that bucketful around the tree. Treating for Emerald Ash Borer is not cheap but may be a good value if you weigh it against the value of your beautiful Ash tree! }

Choosing the Right Grass Seed for Your Lawn

 If you are in the market for grass seed, there are facts you need to know. Not all grass seed is created equal! Know what you are buying. Check the label and know what grass seed varieties are in the blend. How much weed seed and filler is in the blend? How large an area does the blend cover per pound? What are the characteristics of the seeds in this blend? Is this the best choice for the area you wish to seed?

Here are some of the grass seed varieties offered at Norway Gardens. All are Execu-Turf grass seed blends. We consider them to be the best in quality and value for our growing conditions in this area. Included here are kinds of grasses included in each blend, where the blend might be used, and area covered per pound of seed.

Execu-Turf Grass Seed Blends at Norway Gardens:
  • Executive Sun: This blend of 60% assorted fine ryegrasses and 40% elite bluegrasses, is an excellent all-purpose blend for sunny areas. It gives an "executive" look to your lawn. Use 6 lbs. per 1000 sq. ft. for bare ground and 2 to 3 lbs. per 1000 sq. ft. for overseeding .
  • Premium Shade: Containing fine fescues, ryegrasses, and some elite bluegrasses, this is the best blend for shady areas. Use 6 lbs. per 1000 sq. ft. for bare ground and 2 to 3 lbs. per 1000 sq. ft. for overseeding .
  • Fairway 4 Blend: If you are looking for grass seed with very quick cover, this is the blend you want. It is composed of 4 elite varieties of perennial ryegrasses. It is fine-bladed and looks beautiful, but since it contains all rye grasses, it lacks the self-repairing qualities of bluegrass and is more disease-prone than blends of different kinds of grasses would be. Use 7 lbs. per 1000 sq. ft. for bare ground and 3 to 4 lbs. per 1000 sq. ft. for overseeding .
  • Playmaker: A great blend for your backyard, for play areas and other heavy-traffic parts of your lawn or a good choice if you want a truly easy-care lawn. Playmaker is made up of 80% turf-type fescues and 20% fine rye grasses and bluegrasses. This makes a lovely lawn through not as deep a green as those containing bluegrass. Use 8 lbs. per 1000 sq. ft. for bare ground and 4 to 5 lbs. per 1000 sq. ft. for overseeding .
  • Showplace: If you want a stunning showplace lawn, this blend of 80% elite bluegrasses and 20% fine rye grasses is the choice for you. It requires more attention in watering and fertilizing than do some of the others and it takes longer to germinate because it is mostly rye. However, it give you a truely stunning lawn. Use 4 lbs. per 1000 sq. ft. for bare ground and 2 to 3 lbs. per 1000 sq. ft. for overseeding .

Note that the various blends cover different areas per pound. Showplace Mix, for example, is the most expensive per pound. However, one pound goes much further. (Bluegrass seeds are much tinier than other grass seeds so there are many more seeds per pound of bluegrass.)

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308 West Walleston Ave. (Map)
Monticello, Indiana

Phone: (574) 583-3811
Fax: (574) 583-3167

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