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E-Newsletter 3/15/16
Dear Friends,
Shamrock plants available at Hillermann Nursery & Florist        Happy St. Patrick's Day!! Now, turn your thoughts to SPRING and your lawn and gardens!! We have trucks showing up this week... and plants including cool season flowers and vegetables are filling up the greenhouses.
       Deep root feed your winter stressed trees, shrubs and perennials, AND put down that crabgrass preventer plus fertilizer application now. We are here to help, and now open 7 days a week. Current hours are Monday - Saturday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm (Closed Easter Sunday). Stop by and visit us for all your spring lawn care and gardening needs!

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Spring Teaser Sale graphic art

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Spring Kick-Off 2016 Heading graphic for Hillermann Nursery and Florist

Landscape Design and Consultation, from 8:00 am to Noon:
Landscape Designers will be here to help you with consultation and design tips for landscape projects at your home.
Make-N-Take Workshops:
10:00 am - "Make a Herb Container Garden," $25.00 supply fee
10:30 am - "Make a Hypertuffa Container," $40.00 supply fee.
Please call to RSVP for workshops.
Presentation, at 11:00 am:
"Getting Ready for Spring," By Bill Ruppert, owner of the St. Louis
office of National Nursery Products -

Story Time for Kids at 10:00, 10:45, & 11:30 am 
By Washington Garden Club
Specials On 3/19/16 Only: 

Ferti-lome Crabgrass Preventer + Lawn Food: 
$3.00 OFF a 5000 Sq. Ft. Bag - or
$5.00 OFF a 10,000 Sq. Ft.
$20.00 OFF a STIHL BG86 Leaf Blower 
(Regular Price $239.99)
Order a Fresh Easter Floral arrangement this day and pick a
LUCKY EGG for a FREE prize!

Grilled Hot Dog Lunch by Tracy from Missouri Mulch  
FREE Magnet and Black-Eyed Susan Seed pack from Washington In Bloom
Announcements and more!

The Easter Bunny's arrival at Hillermann Nursery and FloristSee the Easter Bunny at Hillermann's!
Saturday, March 19 from 10:00 to 12:00pm 
Join us to visit and take pictures with the Easter Bunny! (Bring your camera). Kids can decorate a picture frame for a $5.00 supply fee. A FREE coloring station will be available.
Please call 636-239-6729 to RSVP for the picture frame craft.
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Join us for these Events!  - Heading graphic
April First Saturday Kids
Saturday, April 2 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Bring the kids by to plant a marigold/zinnia butterfly garden - $5.00 fee.
FREE - make a butterfly plant marker. Please call to RSVP at 636-239-6729.
Garden Kick-Off
Saturday, April 2 at 10:00 am 
10:00 AM Stephanie from Bailey will be here to do a talk about Roses. All the Rage Roses to be given away FREE to the first 200 Garden Club Members who attend this talk! We will have cupcakes to celebrate our 65th Anniversary. Garden Club Specials available - not a member sign up to get these specials (no fees). We will Unveil the 65 Anniversary block display. And more!
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Reminders for March
Horticultural Oil products available at Hillermann Nursery and Florist Spray Fruit Trees With Dormant Oil
If your fruit trees or other deciduous trees had pest problems last year, plan to spray them with dormant oil. Temperatures must be above 40 degrees without a chance of rain or a drop below freezing in 24 hours. Also, wait for a calm day to avoid drift.
Plant Trees at the Right Depth
When planting trees and shrubs in spring, be sure you know how deeply to plant them. Either set the plant at the same level it was planted in the nursery or raise it slightly. Taper the soil away from the trunk to ground level, and cover with organic mulch.
Harvested fall vegetables in a bowl Plant Cool Season Crops in the Garden
Hardened transplants of broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, onions, shallots, and chives can all be moved out into the garden when the temperatures stay above 50 degrees. Cool-season vegetables to start from seed at the same time include beets, carrots, radishes, chard, lettuce, spinach, and kale.
Start Warm-Weather Seeds Now
Start seeds of summer annuals and vegetables about six weeks before your last frost date. Use sterile potting mix and start them under lights or in a heated cold frame. Transplant them once before beginning to harden them off for the garden. Move them into the garden when the danger of frost has passed.
Fertilize and Repot Houseplants
Houseplants are ready to begin growth - so re-pot those that have outgrown their pots or are potbound. Fertilize most houseplants around the beginning of April, May, and June with a general-purpose houseplant fertilizer. Stop feeding foliage plants after that, but continue feeding blooming plants through the summer.

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Apply Crabgrass Preventive Now!
It's time to apply crabgrass preventer plus fertilizer to your lawn.
This is the first step in the self applied lawn program. 
Fertilome 4-Step Bagged Lawn Program
Fertilome Lawn Care Products  
Includes: Crabgrass Preventer, Weed-Out Plus Lawn Food, Lawn Food Plus Iron and Winterizer in 5000 Square Foot Bags

Purchase all four bags together for $89.00
(A savings of $20.39! Self applied.)
Espoma Organic Lawn Food

Espoma Organic Weed Preventer available at Hillermann Nursery and Florist
Espoma Organic 
Weed Preventer 
(1250 sq. ft.) 
Espoma Organic Lawn Food available at Hillermann Nursery and Florist
Espoma Organic 
Spring Lawn Booster 
(5000 sq. ft.) 
Espoma Organic Lawn Food available at Hillermann Nursery and Florist
Espoma Organic 
Summer Revitalizer 
(5000 sq. ft.) 

Espoma Organic Lawn Food available at Hillermann Nursery and Florist
Espoma Organic 
Fall Winterizer 
(5000 sq. ft.) 
Espoma Organic Lawn Product Special: 
Purchase all four bags together for $119.00
(A savings of $25.96! Self applied.)

Hillermann Professionally Applied Lawn Program
A nice lawn with a house in the background        Hillermann's Landscape Division can help you have a beautiful green, weed free lawn with a professionally applied lawn program. We do all the steps at the right time for your lawn. We have a complete lawn program that is customizable to your needs.
Call us at 636-239-6729 for a FREE
quote or to learn more about our
lawn and landscape services.

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Soil Moisture, Soil Testing and Care
Soil wetting patterns in soil graphic from        We found a good article by Landscape and Irrigation Magazine that we would like to share with you.
Back to basics:
understanding soils, soil moisture, and soil tests
       Webster's dictionary defines soil as the upper layer of earth that may be dug or plowed and a medium in which something takes hold and develops. As sports turf managers, that holds true for us. We dig in it, plow it, plant in it, roll it, and expect the soil to serve as a medium to exchange water, air, and nutrients for turfgrass, all to provide the best playing surfaces possible.
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Save the Monarch
From our Friends at Botanical Interests Seeds

Butterfly flower seed pack image from Botanical Interests     Botanical Interests Butterfly Flower Irresistible Blend seed packet front  

       There has been a 90% drop in the population of the Monarch Butterfly in the United States over the past 20 years - and there is something gardeners can do to make a big difference in the demise.
       We all recognize the iconic Monarch butterfly with its majestic orange and black wings. Butterflies are more than just beautiful; they are beneficial to the environment and your garden. Butterflies pollinate plants that produce about one-third of the food that we eat. They flutter from plant to plant drinking nectar, and as they move, they take pollen with them. The pollen is deposited on other plants, helping with the continuation and growth of many plant species. The presence of butterflies also signals a healthy environment.

Click here for more. 
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5 Reasons to Warm Up to Cool Vegetables
(From our friends at Espoma Organics)
* Be the first on your block with fresh, home grown vegetables.
* Save cold, hard cash vs. supermarket prices.
* Great way to extend the growing season
* Fewer problems with insects and heat stress.
* Great way to get kids outside gardening & eating their veggies!
Cool Season Garden Vegetables
5 Cool Foods for Thought
       You might think of the growing season as the time between frosts. But vegetable gardening doesn't have to wait until warm weather to be in the forecast. Cool Season vegetables are heartier varieties that tolerate, and even thrive, in the cold soil of early Spring. For many gardeners, mid-March marks the best time of the gardening season. What's really important is soil temperature-it must be in the 40's for cool season vegetable seeds to germinate. Simply go by the general rule that soil is warm enough when you can easily turn it with a shovel. Here are some come cool season vegetable suggestions worth trying:
* Lettuce. Hail Caesar! Nothing like fresh romaine lettuce for your salad. It takes but a little time, space and energy. And lettuce always tastes best when it matures in cool weather.
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The Pot Shop logo   Pottery bowls and dishes in the creation process at the Pot Shop in Hillermann Nursery and Florist

       Visit the Pot Shop in the Garden Center at Hillermann Nursery & Florist. Watch the artists at work creating hand made pottery and browse our finished pieces. See pottery in all the different stages of creating, firing and glazing!
       Pottery Parties: This is a great group activity for all ages! Each guest can create hers or his own piece of pottery. We provide all the materials - all you need to bring is your imagination. Ideal for birthday parties, scout groups, home schooled groups, or just a fun get together with family and friends. Pot Parties are just $25.00 per person and can host 3 - 12 people. You can even just drop in and try you hand on an available wheel for the same cost.
       Pottery Classes: Learn to make your own pottery items with hands on instruction! We can work with your schedule. Call us to learn more!
       Pottery Membership: With a membership, you can join us during our open hours to make your own pottery. The Pot Shop is an open studio for all new and experienced potters to practice their skills.
For more information, call Noreen at (636)584-3169 or send an email to

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Monarch butterfly on a coneflower - courtesy of Missouri Department of Conservation
Franklin County Master Gardener's
Garden Symposium
Saturday, May 21, 2016

At East Central Training Center. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.
Learn design, growing, pruning, and maintenance tips for a beautiful garden. Learn to use your creative minds! $25.00 for 4 classes; choose from 15 classes. Registration forms available online at

For more information, please contact: Karen Leslie (573)459-2454
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A cat, puppy and a dog
Adopt A Pet Today! 

Franklin County Humane Society
1222 West Main Street, Union, MO 63084
Phone: 636-583-4300 ~ Website

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