Weatherby Lake  Gardening FAQs

There are lots of tips and tricks to creating a beautiful garden environment in Weatherby Lake. Here are a few that will help your garden grow, but also help with Lake ecology.

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Weatherby Lake Gardening 101

To do list for Summer garden needs

This may be a silly question but I’ll put it out there! Why do you like to garden? Perhaps we become intoxicated by the display of lush foliage and their hardy blooms or it is a renewal of our fascination with plants. Who can bypass the gifts of nature? We have the need to slow the day-to-day pace down from that hurried pace and find the need to live amongst God’s gift of flowers. TO DO LIST FOR JUNE GARDEN NEEDS: Pinch herbs to keep bushy and fresh with new growth. Watch for insects on roses. Control as needed organically. Remove sucker growth from the base of trees and long branches. Prune spring flowering shrubs after flowering. Pinch chrysanthemum tips for bushier plants. Remove, or deadhead, spent flower blossoms to keep flowering. Remove flower stalks from peonies and irises. Remove dead foliage from spring bulbs. DON’T FORGET YOUR HOUSEPLANTS!! Rotate for even exposure to light. Have fun gardening this Spring and into Summer. Your plants will appreciate your TLC!!!

What is the best method for winterizing grass while protecting our Lake?

Products that contain agents of Organic/Natural qualities are best to use. When in doubt, call our local Missouri Conservation Extension, check with the WLIC office to get their input or call our Sponsor, Grasspad.

How do I prevent Japanese Beetles & Squash Bugs from hatching in the Spring?

In October, the grub is tucked safely away for the winter in the soil. Unfortunately, there are no controls for the beetles at this time. Grub control products applied in early to mid-June can help reduce the number of new grubs. Most of the adult beetles finding their way to your garden are not coming from home lawns but are flying in from “waste lands” that never get treated. Sorry to tell readers this but the wetter the summer, the more adults we are likely to see the following year. Based on the July rains in 2020, the higher number of adults in 2021. - Dennis Patton, Horticulture Agent from K-State Extension

What should I do to winterize my Weatherby Lake garden?

Start by removing dead plants. Deadhead seedlings and store in a paper bag for next season. Transplant and or divide hosta plants and lilies. Divide iris. Mulch, water and fertilize beds using an organic agent. If container soil was infested with bugs it is best to discard soil. Pruning, shaping and grooming plants will keep perennials looking great in the spring. Roses can be trimmed to about 12-15 inches and fertilized with Fish Emulsion, sold at garden centers. This fertilizer is great for bushes, small trees, and give a boost to most in-ground plants. It is recommended not to use in container pots as the drain off discolors the cement. The Kansas City Gardener magazine (monthly issues) has a ton of valuable suggestions for all types of gardeners. Enjoy!

Native Missouri Plants

Most are grown from seed. Many nursery plants produced in Missouri are grown directly from wild collected seed. Seed for native plant production comes from remnant native plant populations in the wild.
Seeds can be gathered from roadside ditches and bluffs, near creeks if these areas have not
been sprayed with insecticides. Perhaps good to know if it is permissible and if they’ve been
It is extremely important to consider the types of sprays used in garden beds as many
insecticides are detrimental to the Lake and other water ways. When in doubt, contact the
WLIC office or Missouri Conservation specialists.

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