MULCH! MULCH! MULCH!

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WHAT DOES MULCHING  REALLY DO?

IT KEEPS MOISTURE WHERE IT BELONGS

Mulching landscape beds FAQsA good layer of mulch will keep the moisture in the soil where it belongs! Keeping roots moist but not overly wet which can cause root rot and disease. When summer heat hits, a layer of mulch might be the difference between life and death for plants, especially new plantings.

MULCHING LEAVES WEEDS IN THE DARK

Reduce the amount of sunlight from reaching weed seeds by covering areas with mulch. While you may still have an occasional weed pop up, mulching greatly reduces weeds.

KEEPS IT STEADY

Mulch insulates the soil, creating the buffer between the heat of summer and the cold winter temperatures. Mulch helps to regulate soil temperature by warming sooner in the spring and keeping it cooler in the summer.

Come by and ask Sam McCarthy, the manager of Payne’s Organic Soil Yard (POSY), all about top quality soils and mulches. He’ll let you know why POSY is the best choice for all your yard and garden needs. Bring your pick-up or dump truck or we’ll deliver.

 CLICK here for Payne’s Organic Soil Yard!

VALERIE’S VIEW from the Greenhouse!

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SWEET POTATO VINES!

One of the plants that has become very popular in container gardening is the sweet potato vine. We must sell several 1000 of them each spring. We carry the traditional lime green and black varieties. In addition we have one called Bullfrog which is blackish with green spots. We also have a grayish-green with pink stripes.

This potato vines are true sweet potatoes. As such, the tubers it forms are edible. However, the texture and flavor of the tubers from ornamental sweet potato are not a good as varieties developed specifically as a vegetable. Because you are growing them amongst your flowers which may or may not have been sprayed with a pesticide, we suggest just enjoying the foliage as color in our garden.

Sweet potato vine does best in full sun and warm weather. Some of the older varieties may grace your garden with a few sporadic lavender blooms that look like a slightly more tubular morning glory, and for good reason-sweet potato vine is a close cousin to this common annual vine. Sweet potato vine does extremely well in containers and is a common spiller in a container garden.

HAPPY GARDENING!

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DID YOU KNOW THAT VARIOUS TREES FULFILL DIFFERENT ROLES IN OUR GARDENS?

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Last week the Garden Guru talked how Payne’s has an excellent selection of trees at both of their locations! Whether you’re looking for shade, fragrance, color or fruit, evergreen or deciduous, Payne’s has an excellent selection of all kinds of trees in stock at both stores, including really big trees at our North store on Camino Alire. Trees provide a habitat for birds, do a great job absorbing carbon from the air we breathe, and can be a daily reminder of the deep roots and long-lasting love of your family. Listen to the Garden Guru’s tip to find out more!

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radioTune in every Friday on KHFM Radio (95.5 FM) between 4 and 5 pm you’ll hear Lynn Payne’s tip of the week. The “Garden Guru” himself provides information on different topics including gardening tips, fun facts about plants, how to plant and prepare your garden for each season and special announcements.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK! Beautiful Iris from Karen R.

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK!
“Beautiful Iris from my garden” – Karen R.

CONGRATULATIONS! Karen from Santa Fe
just received a $25 Gift Card to Payne’s!

If you have a photo taken in one of our greenhouses or of your own garden or

landscape that contains products from Payne’s, please send it to info@paynes.com!

If your photo is chosen, and used in our e-newsletter website or other marketing
materials, then you will receive a Gift Certificate from Payne’s for $25!
Payne’s Nursery employees are not eligible for the Gift Card.

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