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The Kansas City

GARDENER A Monthly Guide to Successful Gardening

November 2015

Top Performing Plants for Kansas City

Peach Leaf Curl Prevention Late Fall Landscape Feeding Bird of the Month: Charming Chickadee Answers to pruning questions, lawn overseeding and more

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ast month, as fall entered with chilly temperatures, and the possibility of first frost on the way, it seemed like the right time to transition containers filled with annuals. My least favorite garden chore is to handle mushy, slimy plants, so my plan was to be proactive … get to it before Mother Nature gets there first. At the end of a colorful summer performance, some of the annuals were now looking tired and pale, their seasonal duties fulfilled. At this stage, my attitude is why fertilize and water plants that won’t make it through the first frost? First to go were the portulaca and dragonwing begonia. Stunning through the heat and long sunny days, but now have lost their attractiveness. There were two containers with coleus combinations. The one with the most damage from slugs went to the recycle bag. The other with great color remained. Of course, Mr. Gardener made a pitch for saving his 10-foot elephant ear that makes the deck look like a tropical destination. His wish is to overwinter this giant, and we just might. Space for the plant and the pot is an issue. The purple hyacinth bean he planted with the oldest granddaughter, showing her how it will

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The youngin’ agreed that she would. Though, when it came time for replanting in a container, fertilizing and watering, she wasn’t “available” to handle those duties, with her busy schedule. Like all parents, we took good care of “her” plant. Then positioned the Chenille on the steps leading up to the front door, where she could appreciate it everyday, coming and going. In the back of my mind I thought, that thing won’t last the month. It’s such a novelty, that the life span can’t be long at all. Much to my surprise not only did Chenille survive, it thrived. And when the time came to consider putting it in the recycle bag, I couldn’t do it. Let’s just see how long this baby will go. The garden has been a joy this season, painting the landscape with vivid colors, and the containers of annuals delivered that color right to the front door. Now we admire the richness fall has to offer, while squeezing out the last little bit of the annuals of summer. I’ll see you in the garden!

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grow up on the arbor, was granted a pardon, for now, too. Fast growing and attractive to hummingbirds, we all enjoyed watching this one grow. The mass of zinnias planted at the edge of the garden, next to the street, will stay until a freeze. It’s a sign of summer color clinging to the calendar. As will the Kimberly Queen ferns in containers that have graced the deck and front entryway with constant healthy green fronds. One of the most durable tropical plants for the home landscape, in my opinion. New to the garden this season was the Chenille plant, also known as Red Hot Cattail. Our youngest, who works at the neighborhood hardware store, brought it home in late spring, declaring that it was “her” plant. A notable “first” among our children. This was the same child who, when younger, humorously identified hosta as “latunias.” That she would actually select a plant to bring home was also amusing. Similar to bringing home a puppy, we asked “who will care for your plant?”

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Dennis Patton PRUNING EVERGREENS Question: I have been told to not prune evergreens in the fall. I used to do this practice but have since stopped as I learned the freshly pruned plants can be more subject to winter issues. But here is my problem, I pruned in early December to create holiday arrangements for the home. Can I still prune to make my decorations? Answer: The holiday season is a wonderful time of the year. What better way to enjoy than by creat-

ing your own decorations from the garden. You are correct, we do not recommend pruning in the fall as it could lead to more winter issues. Pruning is best done after the plants are fully dormant in the late winter or spring depending on the type of plant. But with that being said go ahead and clip away and make your greenery. My hunch is that you will be only taking a few branches here and there from the shrubs. I would not call this pruning but the selective removal of a few limbs. When cutting for the arrangements think pruning so as not to destroy the natural shape and beauty of the plant. I understand this need as I take a few branches from my yews, junipers and other plants to create a nice winter display at the front door. This is really where the fun of gardening takes over.

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ORNAMENTAL PEPPER PLANT Question: This summer I grew one of the ornamental pepper plants. It had very colorful peppers and I really enjoyed the plant. Can I dig it up and overwinter? Answer: There are many wonderful ornamental pepper varieties on the market. Some have interesting leaf characteristics while others have colorful fruit. Peppers require very high light for best growth. Think about where we plant outdoors — full sun and warm locations. The problem with bringing them inside is the amount of light.

Even the brightest south or west window has greatly reduced sunlight compared with outdoors. My concern is that indoor light levels will make over-wintering a pepper plant difficult. But on the other hand you don’t have anything to lose except a little time. If you wish, go ahead and dig and pot into a good quality potting soil with a pot that has drainage holes. Find the brightest window in the home and hope for the best. There is no need to fertilize as your goal is to keep the plant alive until May of next year. Another option might be to save some seeds. Keep in mind many of these varieties are hybrids so the seeds may not come back true. But here again what do you have to lose. LAWN OVERSEED Question: I still have a few bare areas in my lawn. I know it is too late seed but is there anything I can do this winter to help thicken up my lawn? Answer: The best time to overseed a lawn is in September. There are a few options outside of this time frame to achieve good establishment. Some recommend winter or dormant seeding. This is best done after the first of the year.

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flower plants as crepe myrtle, panicle hydrangea or butterfly bush. I realize they do not have the flower power of a rose but will provide some summer color in the garden. RAISED BED VS IN-GROUND Question: I am planning on a new vegetable garden area next spring. I have been told by some friends that I must build a raised bed. I was not thinking of going to that expense and I wanted the garden to blend in a little more in the back yard. Do I have to build a raised bed or can I just plant in the ground? Answer: This is an excellent question and the best answer is to build the type of garden that you want in your yard. Raised beds have advantages but they also have disadvantages. The bottom line is the plants have no idea if they are elevated or not. In-ground beds can be just as productive as a raised planting. The key to both is good soil preparation. This fall till the garden bed, then apply and incorporate a 3- to 4-inch layer of organic matter such as compost. This will help improve the soil for best growth. The amended soil mix is one of the best advantages of raised beds. But the same good quality soil can be created in the ground. Raised beds force us to maximize the use of space while we tend to spread out more with a traditional garden bed. But here again do what you want and your garden will be just fine without being confined in a wooden box. Gardeners grow the plants not a frame. Enjoy! Dennis Patton is the horticulture agent for Johnson County K-State Research and Extension. For free information fact sheets, visit, or call the Extension office at 913-715-7000.

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he last fertilizer application of the year for cool season grasses, like Kentucky bluegrass and tall fescue, should happen sometime between October and the first few weeks of December, depending upon your location and the weather. I often get questions about this application. “Why fertilize the grass if I stopped mowing around Halloween?” or “It doesn’t seem to be growing in the late fall, why fertilize?” Let me explain a little about grass physiology. Shoot growth of cool season grasses is optimal when air temperatures are between 65-75F, and the roots grow best when the soil temperatures are between 58-65F. Typically the air temperatures during the late fall application are between 35-50F, yet the soil is still very warm. So even though the grass is not producing leaf tissue, and we are not mowing it as often, it is still growing and it needs to be fed. Fertilizing the grass will keep the grass greener longer into the early winter and help the grass green up quicker in the springtime. A late fall (winterizer) application of Nitrogen fertilizer helps the grass to continue to photosynthesize, which produces carbohydrates--food for the plant.

Left: This picture was taken in December. The house on the right was fertilized around Halloween and the house on the left was not. Right: This photo was taken in early March. You can still see the benefits of the late fall fertilizer on the lawn. The carbohydrate production is used to stimulate root production, and much of the carbohydrates are stored in the roots, rhizomes, stolons and stems for use next springtime. The same thing goes for trees and shrubs. Trees and shrubs, especially their roots, continue to grow well into the winter even after their leaves have fallen off. Now is an excellent time to fertilize trees and shrubs. I learned the benefits of tree fertilization from my classes in college and other professional workshops, but honestly, I never put much stock in the practice, figuring my lawn fertilizers would provide enough fertility to the trees. After having my trees professionally fertilized for the last 3 years, I can’t tell you how wrong I was. I love to brag about my trees and shrubs around my house. The oldest tree at my home is about 15 years old, with some as young as 2 years old. My trees have never looked and grown so well. I am a firm believer in root fertilization. If you know me, I am a true DIY’er. I love to fix my own plumbing, electrical, automotive, and landscape problems. But tree root feeding is one thing I highly

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recommend getting done by a professional. Granular fertilizers applied to the surface of the lawn or mulch will get tied up by the lawn or mulch. Fertilizer spikes pounded into the soil around the tree are too concentrated. That spike of fertilizer actually can burn the root hairs of nearby tree roots. Having a professional inject a controlled release fertilizer into the root zone is the best way to go for tree and shrub fertilization. Now you know why the late fall fertilizer application is one of the top two most important turf fertilizations a year. (The

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he black-capped chickadee is one of our most charming year-round avian residents, with an insatiable curiosity and tiny body with a smart black cap on its’ head. This cutie is one of the first birds most people learn to recognize due to its willingness to visit birdfeeders and its habit of investigating everything around it. They are also easily identified by their namesake call “chick-a-dee”. Chickadees weigh less than one-half an ounce and are found in wooded areas. Their wing beats are about 27 times per second (in comparison, a hummingbird beats its wings 80 times per second). Every autumn, black-capped chickadees allow brain neurons containing old information to die, replacing them with new neurons so they can adapt to changes in their social flocks and environment even with their tiny brains. This hardy little bird usually mates for life. They are cavity nesters and will excavate their own nest site in rotten or decaying wood, use an old woodpecker hole, or use a nesting box. They construct a cozy nest on a soft moss base. The female usually lays 6-8 white eggs with a light reddish-brown speckling. They hatch in around 12 days and fledge approximately 21 days after hatching. The chickadee is a favorite feeder bird and they really enjoy sunflower seeds and suet. They cache seeds to eat later, and each item is placed in a different spot.

The chickadee can remember thousands of hiding places! They do not migrate, and during cold weather, chickadees have been found to need 20 times more food than in summer. They eat ravenously first thing in the morning and just before dusk, and can gain as much as 10 percent of their body weight each day and lose it all again during a cold winter night. When the temperature falls below 10 degrees, research has shown that the survival rate of chickadees almost doubled when they had access to feeders. Birds with access to feeders had an overall higher winter survival rate of 69% versus only a 37% survival rate for those without access to feeders. Add a little joy to your daily routine this winter! Put up a birdfeeder, keep it filled with fresh birdseed, grab your binoculars, and enjoy the antics of the chickadee! Nik and Theresa Hiremath own and operate Wild Birds Unlimited of Leawood at 11711 Roe Avenue, Leawood, Kansas. Contact them at 913-491-4887.

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Above: Tropical Milkweed Below: Hosta

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ur winter lows can be below zero and winter highs in the 70’s. We may have day after day in the summer with temperatures above a hundred degrees or chilly days in the 60’s. With extreme, unpredictable conditions in Kansas City, we must be crazy trying to grow a garden! To help us weather these conditions, plant selection is critical and top performing plants are a must. Tiger Eyes® Sumac (Rhus typhinia ‘Bailtiger’) “The rock star of the plant world in our region has to be the Tiger Eyes® Sumac. For texture, color, structure, and toughness – it is my go to,” says Christopher Oursler, landscape designer, Summit Lawn and Landscape. Tiger Eyes® Sumac has chartreuse foliage all summer, coral-red fall color. It does best in full sun with limited moisture but is also adaptable to sites with part sun. Matures 6’ x 6’ with a colonizing habit. Fine Line® Buckthorn (Rhamnus frangula ‘Ron Williams’) A strong vertical accent plant for the landscape, Fine Line® Buckthorn tolerates the toughest of sites. “I enjoy using the versatile Fine Line® so much that it became my design firm’s namesake. This ferny fine-textured shrub can be used to screen unslightly utilities, accent both sides of an entry or break up a blank expanse of a wall” says Meghan Steen, owner, Fine Line Designs. Matures 8’ x 3’.

Green Velvet Boxwood (Buxus microphylla ‘Green Velvet’) Suprisingly versatile in the landscape, Green Velvet Boxwoods are a favorite of Kristopher Dabner and James Walls of The Greensman. “The bones of the landscape, they give year round structure. Keep them clipped for a formal look or allow them to become a bit shaggy for an informal appearance.” Creating cloud hedges with a variety of evergreen shrubs including azaleas and boxwoods is a new design feature in their landscapes. Kristopher Dabner, owner of The Greensman, also includes Green Velvets in perennial gardens to give winter interest. Matures 3-4’ x 3-4’. Quick Fire® Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Bulk’) Some hydrangeas are a bit like Goldlilocks requiring perfect conditions. They only flower with just the right amount of shade, soil amendments, fertilizer and moisture. Paniculata hydrangeas including Limelight, Little Lime®, Vanilla Strawberry™ and Quick Fire® are favorites of gardeners and professionals looking for summer flowering shrubs that are forgiving of the conditions. Dennis Patton, Johnson County Horticulture Agent, describes his Quick Fire® as “blooms early with large white flowers. As the season progresses, the flowers change to a nice pink for fall interest. The plant in my garden seems to be a little more compact with very strong stems so no flopping.” Matures 5-6’ x 5-6’. Prague Viburnum (Viburnum pragense) For both commercial and residential settings, Prague Viburnum is a popular choice for screening. “Old reliable with attractive ever-

green, shiny foliage that thrives in tough sites” is how David Bartlett, Bartlett-Hauber Landscaping, describes it. “Prague handles trimming well (can be kept at 6-8’) with a tight manicured look without getting woody. From ground level up to the top, it puts on dense foliage.” Prague tolerates dry conditions and shade too. Matures 8’ x 6’. Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’) Dustin Branick, Leawood Parks and Recreation, appreciates the “compact, reliable, drought tolerant” nature of Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass. He selects it for nonirrigated sites on city property knowing it will hold up well in spite of the adverse conditions. Karl Foerster combines well with mixed plantings and perennials. With seedheads, matures 6’ x 2’. Hostas How do you have one favorite hosta given that there are 1,000’s of cultivars available? “Long lived, low maintenance and flexibility on planting location” are a few reasons hostas are a popular shade perennial according to Rob Mortko, Made in the Shade Gardens. “There are endless combinations of foliage color, size and shape. They give us a season long display of outstanding foliage and their two weeks of flowers are the icing on the cake.” Chocolate Chip Ajuga (Ajuga reptans ‘Chocolate Chip’) “A mat forming groundcover that is non-invasive” is one of the reasons Laura Assyia, Earth Expressions, Inc., appreciates Chocolate Chip Ajuga. “It does an excellent job of covering the ground in place of mulch. I love the deep green leaves with burgundy accents and pretty flower in late

spring. It pairs well with ninebarks and chartreuse colored plants.” Chocolate Chip is a maintenance free plant and grows well in shady spots with moist soil. Matures 4” x 12”. Sweetbay Magnolia (Magnolia virginiana) With a collection of over 300 varieties of magnolias at Powell Gardens, Alan Branhagen, Director of Horticulture, recommends “if you could have just one, choose Sweetbay.” He loves that “the extremely fragrant, milky white flowers in late spring into early summer permeate an entire outdoor space, the leaves’ silvery undersides show stunningly in a breeze or reflect night-lighting.” The fruits are a songbird favorite, the foliage is host to the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly, and bees love the pollen. Sweetbay Magnolia is a good choice for sites with poor drainage. Matures 20’ x 10’. Tropical Milkweed (Asclepias curassavia) A great annual for our gardens is tropical milkweed. Swarming with butterflies in the Kauffman Memorials Gardens, it is allowed to reseed in the perennial beds and is a favorite of Tracy Flowers, garden horticulturist. “Later in the summer season they fill in all of the holes that are left behind when the bulbs and early plants are finished blooming. Tropical milkweed is a favorite of the monarch butterfly. The caterpillars eat the leaves and the adults drink the nectar.” Matures 3’ x 2’. Susan Mertz, Garden Writer and Director of Marketing at Loma Vista Nursery. Join her for tours and photographs of gardens at

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owell Gardens’ Director of Horticulture Alan Branhagen brings lessons from the prairies and woodlands to life in the first talk of the 2015-16 Powell Gardens Kansas City Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City. With photography from his extensive travels across the Midwest, Branhagen will share the spirit of the Midwestern landscape—from Ohio’s edge of the Appalachian Plateau in the east to Kansas’ Flint Hills in the west. Learn about the extraordinary floral resources from the tallgrass prairie and about the central hardwood forest ecosystems that define


the Midwest. Get a taste for which plants (from shade trees to annuals) are most gardenworthy and learn why it is important to include these beautiful plants in all landscapes. Alan Branhagen has served as Powell Gardens’ director of horticulture since 1996. An all around plantsman and naturalist, Branhagen specializes in garden design, native plants and landscape design for wildlife, especially birds and butterflies. In late 2016, his book about the best plants for the Midwest is scheduled to be published by Timber Press. Before joining Powell Gardens, Branhagen was Deputy Director of Resource Development at the Winnebago County Forest Preserve District in Rockford, Ill., where he

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designed, developed and managed 30 preserves, including the Klehm Arboretum and Northern Illinois Botanic Garden. Born and raised in Decorah, Iowa, he holds degrees in landscape architecture from Iowa State University and Louisiana State University. Registration Information The lecture is free to attend, but reservations are required. Email or call 816.697.2600 x209.

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eaf Curl is a troublesome disease of peach, nectarine and related plants. Leaf curl is worse when the weather is cool and wet. It is caused by the fungus, Taphrina deformans. Infected leaves become thickened, curled and grossly deformed or puckered. As the disease progresses, the leaf gradually changes color to light green, gray, yellow and early leaf drop. This early leaf drop results in poor growth and yield. The spores of this fungus survive the winter on bark and buds. The spores infect the buds as they begin to swell and new leaves emerge in the spring. The host tree tissues are susceptible for a short period in the spring season. As the tissues mature, they become resistant this disease. Thus, timing is critical for disease control. Leaf curl can be easily controlled with a single fungicide application. Trees can be sprayed in the fall after leaf drop, or an application can be made in the early spring before bud swell. Please note that applications of fungicides after bud–break are

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Peach Leaf Curl applying fungicide. In very wet seasons and when disease has been severe, two to three sprays at seven day intervals will be needed. If leaf curl does result in significant defoliation in the spring, the fruit on affected trees should be thinned to compensate for the loss of leaves. Over-cropping the tree will weaken it and make it more susceptible to winter injury. You can download our publication on Fruit Spray Schedules for the Homeowner from the MU Extension website: agguides/hort/g06010.pdf . Lala A. Kumar, Horticulture Specialist University of Missouri Extension, may be reached by phone at 816-252-5051 and email

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on’t miss this very special evening to dine with fellow prairie and native plant enthusiasts! Enjoy your choice of brisket, salmon, or portobello mushroom entrée, celebrate as we bestow 15 awards to native plant pioneers, in honor of the 15th Anniversary of MPF’s Grow Native! program, and hear a wonderful presentation from Bruce Schuette, MPF’s Vice President of Science & Management.

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Club Meetings African Violets of GKC Tues, Nov 10, 6-8pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Membership. 816-513-8590 Greater Kansas City Gardeners of America Mon, Nov 2, meeting at 6pm, presentation at 6:30pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 5200 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO 64112. Our speaker is Jesse Nelson from Family Tree Nursery. How do you put the garden to bed for the winter? What tasks are best done in the fall and which ones should be saved for spring? What can we plant now for the spring? Is there anything we can plant now for instant gratification? Jesse has most of the answers to these questions. Come and learn more. Non-members are always welcome. For additional information, contact Margaret Singer at 816-942-8889. Greater Kansas City Herb Study Group Wed, Nov 18, noon; in the Rose Room of Loose Park Garden Center, 52nd and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO. Our own president Lynn Soulier is presenting the benefits of making friends with the bees and inviting them to come and live in our gardens. Prepare your favorite Thanksgiving dish, sweet or savory, to share for a potluck lunch in giving thanks for the abundance we enjoy. Our members are some great cooks, so no one ever goes hungry. As always visitors are warmly welcome. RSVP to Charlotte at or Barbara at 816-523-3702. Greater Kansas City Water Garden Society Tues, Nov 17, doors open at 5:30pm; at the Planetarium at Union Station, 30 W Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO 64108. Parking is free for members with their November parking pass in the North West parking lot by the trolley car, just steps from the station. Our 6:30pm speaker is Mr Jim Asplund. He is a long-time volunteer with Union

Station and the MOKS Rail club. This past spring Mr Asplund was awarded the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his many years of service. He will be speaking to us on the history of Union Station and showing some rarely seen photographs of the restoration. At 7:30pm our featured speakers Justin Titus and Brandon Henderson will be speaking on two topics especially pertinent at this time of year; trouble shooting problems in the winter water garden and planning to build a new water feature or adapting an old one that could need a little help. Justin Titus comes to us from Monet Aquatics, a water garden design, build and maintenance firm serving the greater Kansas City area. Justin was a presenter at this summers’ International Waterlily & Water Gardening Association and is a current board member. Heart of America Gesneriad Society Sat, Nov 21, 10am-12:30pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Membership. 816-513-8590 Kansas City Cactus and Succulent Society
 Sun, Nov 15, 1-4pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Visitors are welcome. For more information call 816-513-8590. Kansas City Garden Club Mon, Nov 2, 10am-12:30pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Membership. 816-513-8590 Kaw Valley Herbs Study Group Tues, Nov 10, 7pm; at Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence (1263 N 1100 Rd - Lawrence, KS) We meet monthly to learn about herbs. We explore all aspects of an herb: growing and harvesting, historical lore, culinary virtues, medicinal merits, and aromatherapy, household, and cosmetic applications. Our gatherings are fun and educational, and jam-packed with useful information, including relevant demonstrations. There is a

$2 charge to cover costs (KVHSG is a non-profit group; no charge for students). No pets. Nursing babies and children over 10 are welcome. Leawood Garden Club Tues, Nov 17, 10:30am; at Leawood Presbyterian Church, 2715 W 83rd St. About noon, Gregory Banken, of Gregory’s Fine Floral, will present “Table Scaping for the Holidays.” The meeting is open to everyone and guests are most welcome. Bring a sack lunch. Beverages and desserts will be provided. For more information, please visit our website, send an email to leawoodgardenclub@ or call 913-642-3317. Mid America Begonia Society Sat, Nov 21, 1:30-4pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Membership. 816-513-8590 Overland Park Gardeners of America Mon, Nov 9, 7pm; at Colonial Church, 71st and Mission Rd, lower level, Prairie Village, KS. If you have ever wondered about Solar Power and would like to know more, please join us. Our members, Ed and Lee Rowe, will discuss their experience in adding solar power to their home last year and its effect on their electric bills. They will discuss the program that has no investment on the homeowners part and the lease of equipment. The public is invited. For more information, please contact Sallie Wiley at 913-236-5193. Raytown Garden Club Tues, Nov 3, 10am; at Raytown Christian Church, 6108 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raytown, MO. Josh Kreuer, owner of The Poppy Seed in Peculiar, MO, will present the program entitled “Growing Herbs”. Visitors are welcome, and refreshments will be served. For more information, please call 816-2570049 or visit our website at www. Shawnee Garden Club Thurs, Nov 5, 7pm; at Old Shawnee Town Hall, 11600 Johnson Dr, Shawnee, KS 66203. Colleen Winter, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited in Shawnee, KS will

discuss our feathered friends and going into the winter season. Sho-Me African Violet Club Fri, Nov 13, 11am-2pm; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Membership. 816-513-8590

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November Burroughs Audubon Society presents Adventures in Africa: Birds of Zambia and Namibia Tues, Nov 3, 7:15-8:15pm; at Anita B Gorman Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO 64110. No registration required (adults). Priscilla Wilson BAS member, experienced birder and photographer whose photograph of white-fronted bee-eaters in Botswana graced the pages of BirdWatching magazine in June 2015, will present this program that covers a multitude of birds that southern Africa has to offer! For more information email 64th Annual African Violet Show and Sale Sat and Sun, Nov 7 and 8; at Loose Park Garden Center, 51st and Wornall, Kansas City, MO. Sponsored by African Violet Club of Greater Kansas City. Hours: Sat 9am-3pm; Sun 10am-3pm. For more info: 816-373-6915; E-Mail: Watercolor Workshop: Let’s Paint Sat, Nov 7, 9:30am-3:30pm; at Powell Gardens. Learn to paint landscapes, trees, water and skies. No drawing is necessary. There will be demonstrations and individual attention. We will use washes, wet into wet, dry brush and more. A supply list will be mailed upon registration. $45/person, $37/ member. Registration required by Nov 2. To register call Linda Burton at 816-697-2600 ext 209. Or register online at

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house. Hours are 1pm to 8pm on Fri and 9am to 4pm on Sat. Lake Quivira is located one mile east of I-435 on Holliday Drive (Exit 8A). The clubhouse is located at 100 Crescent Blvd. Call 913-248-8458 or email for more information. New Moon Walk Fri, Nov 13, 5-10pm; at Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, 8909 W 179th, Overland Park, KS. Star gazing, night time sights and sounds. Bring the family and flashlights, gather around the fire pits and make s’mores. No registration required. Included with admission. 913-685-3604 Shaker Tape Tote Basket Sat, Nov 21, 10am-3p.m; at Powell Gardens. Join Cathy Sylvester of Tanglewood Baskets to weave a square-cornered, Shaker-style basket. You will receive instructions on how to finish your basket with a liner at home. This project uses dyed reeds, so dress accordingly. Bring a flat screw driver, a spritz bottle, a ruler and an old towel. $54/ person, $49/member. Registration required by Nov 16. To register call Linda Burton at 816-697-2600 ext 209. Or register online at Luminary Walk Fri and Sat, Nov 27 and 28 and Dec 4 and 5, 5-9pm; at Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, 8909 W 179th, Overland Park, KS. This year tops off with the 16th annual Holiday Luminary Walk. This major fund-raiser features a mile of candlelit trails, holiday lights, live entertainment, Santa, horse-drawn wagon rides, a bonfire and warm refreshments. $8 per person, we encourage you to buy your tickets before arriving. 913685-3604

December Succulent Tree for the Holidays Sat, Dec 5, 10-11:30am; at Powell Gardens. Plant a 14-inch-tall, coneshaped tree form covered with fun and festive succulents to take

home. Attendees will also learn how to care for their living creation to enjoy for seasons to come. $49/ person, $42/member. Registration required by Nov 23. To register call Linda Burton at 816-697-2600 ext 209. Or register online at Herbs & Fire: Burning Botanicals for Pleasure, Ceremony & Healing Sat, Dec 5, 10am-Noon; $22 + $5 materials. Burning herbs was the ORIGINAL room freshener! Cultures around the world since prehistory have burned herbs for enjoyment, in ritual, and to enhance well-being. In this class, we will delve into the benefits of the practice and discover how to bring it into our own lives. We will explore burning loose herbs, learn to make smudging wands with fresh herbs, and practice making incense with dried herbs and resins. Learn which herbs & ingredients are ethical & safe to burn, and why you would want to burn them. Learn to grow and wildcraft your own herbs to burn. More info & Register: www. G o o d E a r t h G a t h e r i n g s . c o m  (Registration Deadline: Dec 1) Annual Holiday Auction and Potluck Mon, Dec 7; at Loose Park Garden Center Building, 5200 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO. Sponsored by Kansas City Garden Club. The public is welcome. Beginning at 10am, we will have both silent and live auctions of many garden items including gift certificates to area nurseries and restaurants, home grown honey; holiday mixed evergreens, deli-

cious home baked items, boxwood and spruce wreaths, live plants and bulbs garden books, nick-knacks, dried flowers including hydrangea, vases and much more. If you have auction donation items, call 913341-7555. After the auction is the potluck. Bring a side dish or dessert. Drinks and table set-ups are furnished. 913-599-4141 Savory Soups Made Easy Sat, Dec 12, 10am-noon; at Powell Gardens. As the days shorten, everyone needs the little pick-meup comfort foods provide! Taste test two homemade, winter soups designed to warm you inside and out and leave with four tasty soup recipes to prepare at home. Come see how easy soup making can be and enjoy the taste of homemade comfort. $44/person, $37/member. Registration required by Dec 7. To register call Linda Burton at 816-697-2600 ext 209. Or register online at AdultClasses. Zentangled Ornaments Sat, Dec 12, 1-3pm; at Powell Gardens. Featured Pianos on Parade artist Christine Shuck will guide you through the art form of Zentangle while you create Zentangled ornaments just in time for Christmas decorating. Participants will receive supplies and instructions for making several unique ornaments from paper and blown glass. $47/person, $39/ member. Registration required by Dec 7. To register call Linda Burton at 816-697-2600 ext 209. Or register online at

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Highs and Lows Avg temp 44° Avg high temp 53° Avg low temp 36° Highest recorded temp 82° Lowest recorded temp 5° Nbr of above 70° days 3

Clear or Cloudy Avg nbr of clear days 9 Avg nbr of cloudy days 14

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Rain and Snow Avg snowfall 1.1” Avg rainfall 1.9” Avg nbr of rainy days 8 Source:

From the Almanac Moon Phases Last Quarter: Nov. 3 New Moon: Nov. 11 First Quarter: Nov. 19 Full Moon: Nov. 25 Source: Harris’ Farmer’s Almanac

Plant Above Ground Crops: 11, 12, 15-17, 20, 21, 24, 25

Plant Root Crops: 1, 2, 28, 29

Control Plant Pests: 3-7

Transplant: 20, 21

Plant Flowers: 11, 12, 15-17

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• Soil test if not done in last five years to determine fertility needs.

• Frequent mowing will allow incorporation of up to 6 inches of leaves into the lawn. • Remove fallen leaves that cannot be mown into or cover the lawn to prevent winter shading and dieback of the turf. • Cool season lawns benefit from an application of high nitrogen fertilizer to promote root development and early spring green up. • Provide good soil moisture for a healthy winter lawn. • Continue to mow bluegrass and tall fescue at 2 to 3 inches, do not lower for winter. • Control dandelions, henbit and chickweed with a broadleaf herbicide. • Store mower for winter by draining gasoline or by using a fuel additive. • Do your part for clean water — keep leaves, grass clippings and fertilizer pellets off hard surfaces.


• Establishing trees and shrubs should be watered as they become dry. • Watch out for rabbits feeding on tender bark and twigs, use a tree wrap to protect. • It is not too late to plant trees and shrubs for autumn growth. • Leaves should be raked and composted. • Replenish mulch layer to 3 inches and keep away from trunk base. • Hazardous, dead branches should be pruned for the health of the tree. • Avoid pruning spring flowering shrubs or blooms will be removed.


• Sort apples in refrigerator for long life, and check for spoilage. • Pick up fallen fruit from around trees to reduce insects and disease next year. • Prune limbs damaged by heavy fruit loads. • Record successes and failures in the garden as a guide for next year. • Start planning process for another year. • Remove garden debris and discard or compost. • Till vegetable gardens, incorporate organic matter to improve soil tilth.


• Clean leaf litter and diseased canes from rose gardens. • Cut rose canes back to 24” to reduce wind damage. • Mulch grafted roses for winter with a mound of garden soil 6 inches deep. • Easy care shrub roses require no special care going into to winter. 
 • Do not prune in the fall Pull frost-killed annuals from the garden. • Dig and store tender bulbs for the winter in a cool, dry location. • Plant spring flowering bulbs. • Clean up the perennial garden either in fall or spring, by cutting debris to the ground. • Mulch perennials with 3 inches of loose material such as straw after several hard freezes. • Till soil where possible incorporating organic matter to improve soil.


• Locate plants away from drafts, heat vents and cold windows to prevent damage. • Watch plants for signs of insect damage. • Stop fertilizing during winter months, start again in spring. • Dust leaves with a moist soft cloth or rinse with room temperature water. • Bring amaryllis bulbs out of dormancy by watering for Christmas blooms. • Continue short day dark treatment of poinsettias for holiday bloom. • Water as needed, avoid letting plants set in water.


• Clean and oil garden tools, sprayers and other equipment for storage. • Drain hoses and sprinklers and store indoors for longer life. • Maintain compost pile or start a new one with fall debris. • Start your Christmas list for gardening supplies.

Johnson County K-State Research and Extension recommends environmentally-friendly gardening practices. This starts by identifying and monitoring problems. Cultural practices and controls are the best approach for a healthy garden. If needed, use physical, biological or chemical controls. Always consider the least toxic approach first. Dennis Patton is the horticulture agent for Johnson County K-State Research and Extension. For free information fact sheets, visit, or call the Extension office at 913-715-7000.

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Meet Steve Klecan, long-time green industry professional at Ryan Lawn & Tree. Name: Steve Klecan Company: Ryan Lawn & Tree Job title and description: Plant Health Care Department Manager; I manage a team of arborists who help customers care for their trees and shrubs. We identify problems and recommend treatment options, as well as establish proactive plans to help prevent problems that we see here in the Kansas City area. Education and experience: I graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Park Resource Management, and took numerous horticulture related classes, sparking my interest in working outdoors and helping customers achieve the landscape they desire. I have been with Ryan Lawn & Tree for 20 years now, 15 years in the Turf Department managing clients lawns, and the last five years managing the Plant Health Care Department. What motivates: It’s all about the customers. It has been an absolute joy for me to get to know customers and understand their expectations. Knowing that they are pleased with and proud of the quality work completed by Ryan Lawn & Tree professionals, encourages me and my team to maintain that standard. Favorite tree or plant and why: I tend to shy away from identifying favorites, because that sometimes leads to a monoculture of plants. That’s not a good thing. When pressed, however, in making suggestions for homeowners that like to have a nice yard and trees, I usually recommend Sunburst or Shademaster Honeylocust which adapts well to our soils, as well as a leaf structure that allows sunlight through to get some nice turf. Members of the white oak family are another recommendation. In the shrub category, I like the fragrant ones like Korean Spice Viburnum as well as Lilacs. It’s tough to beat the aromas from these individual plants. What every gardener should know: Putting the right plant in the right spot is key to a nice landscape! Monitoring soil moistures is key to the life expectancy of plants. All trees and shrubs have life spans, so get the maximum enjoyment out of your plants as long as you can. Beyond the work day: There is no greater joy than being with my family – my wife, Jennifer and our children, Gracie and Carter. Spending time together and watching the kids grow makes me happy. Contact information: Ryan Lawn & Tree, 9120 Barton Street, Overland Park, KS 66214. Office hours 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Mon.Fri.; email; The Kansas City Gardener | November 2015



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