Spring Clean Up Check List
Oakridge Nursery & Landscaping Blog
by oakridge
2M ago
If we’ve learned anything about South Dakota it’s that we can never predict what weather spring  will bring.  While spring brings forward some excitement, it also reminds us of the work we need to do to get our landscaping in tip top shape. Below is a list of steps to get your yard ready for the season to come! Seeds: Now is a great time to start seed! Unwrap your trees: Remove tree protectors and wire around any trees or shrubs. Spray fruit trees: Spray fruit trees when buds are in the pink stage Cut back perennials: If you saved the pruning for later, now is the time to cut ..read more
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Planning Season
Oakridge Nursery & Landscaping Blog
by oakridge
3M ago
It’s planning season! With the incredible weather we’ve been having this year, we are all chomping at the bit to get our hands in the dirt. While we wait for a safe time to plant, (the average last frost in our area is around May 12th) we can start to prepare for the upcoming season.   Start Your Cleanup Now It may be too early to start planting, however we can take advantage of the weather by getting outside and cleaning up our yards. Now is a great time to prune trees and shrubs, cut back perennials and grasses left from last season. Get Inspiration Take a stroll through the greenhouse ..read more
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Christmas at Oakridge: 2023 Sneak Peek
Oakridge Nursery & Landscaping Blog
by oakridge
8M ago
Whether you’re an early November decorator or prefer to ease into the holiday season, our enchanting display of thoughtfully curated trees and decorations await your visit.  Each year, our staff delights in crafting unique and imaginative themes for our trees and displays. From the whimsical to the classic, you’ll discover inspiration among our wide array of ornaments, decor, and arrangements. Explore a sneak peek of this year’s themes. YULETIDE SPARKLE   GARDEN PARTY MERRY AND BRIGHT COPPER CANINES COZY KITTIES NORDIC WONDERLAND OUTDOOR ADVENTURE ..read more
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Settling Into Crisp Weather
Oakridge Nursery & Landscaping Blog
by oakridge
10M ago
Fall is in the air and we are preparing our lawns and landscape to transition into the beautiful autumn colors that we all love! We have many blooming fall plants and flowers that will continue to flourish in the cooler months. We encourage our customers to think from the inside out – as the air gets crisper, you’ll be spending more time inside. What are the blooming items that you want to see from your window? For plants that will provide the most fall color, we recommend Maple Trees, Burning Bush, Dogwood and Sumac for color that will last late into the fall. Ornamental Grasse ..read more
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How to Prevent Tomato Plant Problems
Oakridge Nursery & Landscaping Blog
by oakridge
1y ago
High heat and humidity this time of year can mean only one thing – tomato problems. Mid to late July seems to be the time that diseases can run rampant in tomato plants. Tomato blight and blossom-end rot are two major diseases that can affect your tomato crop. There are different forms of blight, but if you’ve noticed brown or otherwise discolored lower leaves on your tomato plant it might have early blight. Early blight over-winters in the soil and comes in contact with lower leaves when water splashes up from rain or irrigation. Tomato plants with early blight are susceptible to under-produc ..read more
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Why Bare Root?
Oakridge Nursery & Landscaping Blog
by oakridge
1y ago
Spring is right around the corner which means our bare root cellar is about to open. What is bare root you might ask? Bare root is the literal way a plant is presented, meaning there is no soil or pot around the root system. The main reason for getting plant material in “bare root” is that we can save on freight costs by not shipping heavy soil and being able to get more product on a truck. While it is well known that plants need soil to live, you may be curious about how the plant can survive with exposed roots. Once the truck arrives, our crew will unload the trees and shrubs and bring them ..read more
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Planting in the Summer Heat
Oakridge Nursery & Landscaping Blog
by oakridge
2y ago
While spring and fall are looked at to be the ideal time to plant, you can in fact still plant during the heat of the summer. The heat always has us leery of the health of the plant after planting when really, there is no need to worry if they are properly maintained. Transplanting isn’t recommended right now, but container grown plants from the nursery can be planted confidently as the roots won’t be disrupted, which in-turn reduces the amount of stress put on the plant. Below are a few tips for planting during the dog days of summer Water Properly: We cannot stress this enough. Proper water ..read more
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Fertilizing and Deadheading
Oakridge Nursery & Landscaping Blog
by oakridge
2y ago
For many people spring means a trip to the greenhouse to pick out a hanging basket or planter full of colorful blooms to enjoy all summer. Before you know it, the planters aren’t as colorful as the day you bought it…what happened? First of all, it’s important to know just because your planter isn’t as full and colorful, doesn’t mean you are necessarily killing it. A bloom only lasts so long and needs to be removed to initiate a new blossom. The removal of dead flowers is known as “deadheading”. To deadhead, simply pinch or cut the spent flower off so a new one can replace it. Be sure to cut f ..read more
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Preparing for New Growth
Oakridge Nursery & Landscaping Blog
by oakridge
2y ago
With the weather we’ve had this spring, it’s hard to believe that soon our landscapes will be filled with lush, beautiful plants. Until those warm days come, we can help get our gardens ready by going through and cutting back perennials we left from the previous season.  A plant variety that would really benefit from a trim this spring includes perennial grasses. We often leave our grasses tall for some winter interest with their seedheads, but as the new season approaches, it is time to give them the chop (cutting back to about two inches or so). Discard the dead foliage and wait for the ..read more
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Imagine…
Oakridge Nursery & Landscaping Blog
by oakridge
2y ago
One, two, or three. How many do I need? These are questions we often get asked when hearing wishes from a future client looking to get a new garden designed. It’s our job to ask the right questions, listen carefully to what our clients are looking for, and sometimes read between the lines. There isn’t always a huge significance in the quantities of products for our designs and the outdoor living environments we are so lucky to be involved in creating. Ultimately the answers to some of these questions can determine the final cost of what we are building, but not necessarily the success of the f ..read more
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