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A Garden’s View

August/September 2008 Issue

9868 East M-89

Richland, MI 49083



Garden Center Hours


Monday through Friday 9 am until 6 pm

Saturday 9am until 3 pm Closed Sundays


Monday through Friday 9 am until 6 pm

Saturday 9am until 3 pm            September 27th 9-5

Closed Sundays


Monday through Friday 9 am until 6 pm

Saturday 9am until 3 pm

Closed Sundays

A Shrub for 15 bucks?

That’s right- we have a variety of fresh stock 3 gallon shrubs that are on sale for $15 each. Shrub varieties include (but are not limited to) burning bush, dogwood, barberry, hydrangea, beautyberry, juniper, holly. These shrubs are in a special grouping, and when they are sold out, the $15 sale is over, so don’t delay! These shrubs will not be included in the general nursery sale.

Fall Sale Schedule

The anticipated Fall Sale Schedule is here:

August 18-September 13 All trees and shrubs are 30% off, and perennials are buy 3 get 1 free

September 15-October 4  All trees and shrubs are 40% off, and perennials are buy 2 get 1 free

October 6- October 31 or season’s end   All trees, shrubs and perennials are 50% off

*Sale plants are not covered under the one year guarantee

A new name, a new sign!

We have been moving forward with our name change to Gull Lake Landscape Co. Our new sign is currently being constructed and will be installed at the end of the summer. It has been a slow process, but we are very eager to change to our new name. Don’t be surprised if we answer the phone “Mann’s Landscape”. Old habits are hard to break!!!

Fall Open House/New Name Celebration

We want to celebrate our official name change with a special day

When: Saturday, September 27thTime: 9am until 5 pm

What: Deals, specials and give-aways

Refreshments and beverages too

Planning a Wedding?

Are you looking for a personal touch for your wedding flowers? We’ll let you in on a little secret- Sherri does wedding flowers. She’ll help you customize your flowers to reflect your personality and style of the event. Call to set up your consultation today.


Fallen oak branches signal the work of the twig pruner

Howard Russell, MSU Diagnostic Services

Vol 23, No. 13 July 11, 2008 Landscape CAT Alert

This week several county extension educators reported that they were getting calls from clients that were finding fallen oak branches littering their yards. Many described the end of the branch as being neatly cut off like it had been pruned. This mid-season pruning is work of the twig pruner, Elaphidionoides villosus, (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae). This is one of our more damaging longhorned borers, which are normally considered secondary invaders of declining trees and shrubs. The twig pruner attacks healthy twigs and small branches.

The twig pruner cuts through the twig from the inside, but leaves the bark intact. For a short time the injured branch remains on the tree, but eventually succumbs to the wind, breaks off and falls from the tree. A small oval shaped hole in the end of the branch is a tell-tale sign of the twig pruner. Look closely for this hole because the larva usually packs the opening with a frass plug to keep out predators and other unwanted guests. Twig diameters at the point of the cut usually range from about three-eighths to three-quarters of an inch. Common host trees are reported to include oak, hickory, pecan, walnut, basswood, redbud and hackberry.

eports of the life cycle of the twig pruner vary somewhat. As we understand it, the females lay eggs in small twigs near the ends of live branches in late spring. The larva eats the inside of the twig, then bores into the center of the branch and tunnels downward. When nearly fully grown, the larva severs the twig or branch by tunneling in circles from the center outward to the bark. Pruned twigs or branches soon break and fall. The larva continues to feed in the severed twig until it pupates. Winter is passed in the severed branch.

Although the sight of many severed branches on one’s lawn can be alarming, there isn’t much that can be done other than picking up the mess and getting on with our lives. Some suggest this pest can be readily controlled by gathering the pruned twigs and burning them. We have our doubts about this. Control with insecticides would require a persistent insecticide and a thorough properly timed spray application. For this reason, spraying is not recommended.


Bulbs are on their way…..

It’s a long boat ride from Holland, but after Labor Day weekend, the bulbs will be here, and available for fall planting. Many of you are weary from this year’s attack of insects and fungus, but think ahead. Wasn’t it such relief from a horrible winter to see spring’s bounty of colors in tulips, hyacinth and daffodils? Just a little extra work in the fall, provides such a show in the spring. For those of you that struggle with deer and rabbits, daffodils come in a variety of shapes and sizes and have absolutely no browse risk for hungry critters.


So are pumpkins…..and mums…

We will have a wide variety of fall decorations including pumpkins, gourds, cornstalks, mums and other seasonal decorations. Mums will begin flowering soon, with other items trickling in as the season progresses through Halloween. After Halloween, we take a 2 week break to get ready for our Holiday/Christmas store that will be open from Thanksgiving through the end of December. As always, we will be open “by chance during this time”. Please call if you have any special order needs, as we still can get many items you may be looking for.

Farmer’s Market

Wildly successful, the Richland Farmer’s Market has found it’s niche at the Richland Area Community Center, otherwise known as the “RACC” on CD Ave (the road by the post office). Focusing specifically on local/Michigan grown produce, the market also offers a variety of goodies to eat, eggs, flowers, and other wonderful items. The first Wednesday of every month, Michigan made crafts will also be available. Many exciting things are planned for this summer and fall, including demonstrations, live entertainment and a special cooking event with chefs from the Gull Lake Country Club. If you would like to be added to the Farmer’s Market email list, email us at mannslandscape@sbcglobal.net, and we’ll make sure you get added, or stop by the market manager’s table, there is a sign up sheet there as well.

Many of your friends and neighbors are there already, what are you waiting for?

************Farmer’s Market is open from May to October every Wednesday from 3:30-7pm***************

Ask Olivia-

Dear Olivia-

I heard that you like to help your mom in the kitchen, and I was wondering if you had some good recipes for zucchini. We’ve got it coming out of our ears!

Dear Friend-

I know how it goes, my mom and dad have found some whoppers in their garden this year. My sister and I tend to be picky eaters, so my mom is constantly challenged by how to best use it in her meal recipes. The trick on the big zucchini is to slice it lengthwise, and scoop out all the seeds with a melon baller or a spoon. Then it becomes perfect to grate, slice, chop or stuff. She has made several things that we have enjoyed this summer. She slices sticks of the stuff, marinates them in zesty Italian dressing, and then grills it. She made zucchini boats by stuffing small sections with a raw meatloaf mixture and baking it. She even has added it (grated) to spaghetti sauce. But I think my favorite recipe has been her chocolate chip zucchini muffins. I overheard her tell my Dad that she uses applesauce to cut down on the fat, and whole wheat flour for extra fiber. I love to help her make these, and enjoy eating them even more. Here’s the recipe below, good luck!

Makes enough for 2 loaves or approximately 2 dozen muffins

1/2 c butter

1 /2 c sugar

2 large eggs

8 tsp lemon juice

1 /2 c unsweetened applesauce

4 c whole wheat flour ( you can substitute 1 c of white flour to make it a little lighter in texture)

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

2 1/2 c shredded zucchini

1/3rd of a bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Beat the softened butter and sugar together, add the eggs, lemon juice, baking soda, salt and applesauce. Blend well. Then add zucchini and flour, continue to blend until all ingredients are incorporated, then fold in chocolate chips. Bake in greased containers until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Approximately 25-30 minutes for muffins, 50-60 minutes for loaves.

Notes from our field editor and my sister, Madilyn

Hey guys, if you have so many zucchini, share with your neighbors. If you don’t have any, and this recipe sounds good, stop by the Richland Farmer’s market to pick up some fresh locally grown zucchini and fresh eggs to make your muffins, or any other recipe. Delicious!


Signing off until the next issue

Olivia Florence Snyder


Get a free 1 gallon ‘Olivia’ or ‘Madeline’ mum with a $25 purchase during our Fall Open House

No coupon necessary