When to Plant?

I am already getting questions on when to plant in the St.Louis area, so I thought I’d do a little research on the weather averages.

May 1st is my standard answer for best planting date and it seems to stand the test of time. While you can certainly put in tougher plants like pansies, most annuals and more tender plants need the warmer temperatures.

If you look at the graph below, you can see that while the Normal Lows for April are in the 50’s by the end of the month, the Record Lows can be in the 20’s and 30’s. The Climate Graphs for May also show that there are no instances of freezing weather in the last fifty years.

May 1st seems to be a good planting date in this area. If you want to live dangerously you can plant earlier, but I would look at the 10 day forecast to be safe.


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Beautify Your Neighborhood in 2018

tahiti-island-400The Crestwood Beautification Committee wants to help Crestwood citizens make their neighborhoods more beautiful. We are offering to help neighborhood volunteers fund their projects.

If you would like to beautify the entrances or common areas or islands in your neighborhood, the Beautification Committee will assist you by paying 50% of the total cost up to $500.00 per project.

For example – if you raise $400.00, you will receive $200.00. If you spend $1000.00, you will receive $500.00. If you spend $1400.00 you will only receive $500.00.

Previous projects may apply again to help with replacement plants and supplies.

If you are interested, fill out an application (page 2). You don’t have to be a member of any committee to do this. All you have to do is organize some of your neighbors to contribute their effort to get the project done. This can be a way to make new friends or have some fun working together with old friends to improve your neighborhood (and its property value)!

In addition to the funding, The Beautification Committee will help you with getting started, designing the project and ideas for fundraising. However, the neighborhood volunteers will be in charge of their project.

For all projects, the Beautification Committee must approve designs in order for neighborhoods to receive funds. Designs also must comply with city ordinances. (A list of city ordinances can be found on our website.)

If you’re interested in taking advantage of this opportunity, please fill out the application on page 2. When complete, please email it to BeautifyCrestwood@gmail.com or you can mail it to:

Beautify Crestwood
1 Detjen Dr
Crestwood, MO 63126

Applications must be received by April 23, 2018.
Only fully completed applications will be considered.

Grant recipients will be notified by May 5, 2018.

In order to receive funds from the Beautification Committee, projects must be substantially completed by June 15, 2018.

Please note that the Beautification Committee can commit to contributing only $2000 in total to all these Crestwood projects in 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Email: BeautifyCrestwood@gmail.com

Facebook: Beautify Crestwood

Website: BeautifyCrestwood.org

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Planting for Monarch Butterflies


Planting for Monarch Butterflies
Saturday, March 3rd – 1 p.m.

Location – Whitecliff Recreation Center
9245 Whitecliff Park Ln
Crestwood, MO 63126

Learn what plants to grow which will attract Monarch butterflies to your garden.
This program is for kids, youth groups and adults.

The first part of the program, we will plant seeds in pots which participants can take home. This will be followed by a presentation on Monarch Butterflies and what plants are needed to attract them to your garden.

Please email how many people plan to attend to BeautifyCrestwood@gmail.com .

This is in conjunction with the Crestwood Conservation Crew.

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Whitecliff Atrium Display


Thanks to Denise S. for the lovely new display at the Whitecliff atrium. It’s just to your right as you enter the building.

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Help Needed – Nov. 27th – City Hall

Christmas_Tree_NSWe are decorating at city hall on November 27th starting at 10 a.m.

This is in conjunction with Christmas in Crestwood.

We hope you can make it.

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Cleaning Up the Garden in the Fall

dead-plants-fall-800With the first frosts of fall, my garden turns from a lovely shade of green to a dirty brown with withered sticks and leaves.  While my first inclination is to clean up everything, there may be seeds that you can collect or even save for the birds.

Here’s a good video which talks about some of your options.

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Daffodil – Giveaway


Beautify Crestwood is giving away daffodil bulbs to 35 Crestwood families!

Date: Saturday October 28th
Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Place: Whitecliff Park at the Halloween Fun Fest.

Here are some planting tips for daffodils.

Planting Daffodils

  • Plant in a hole about 6 deep.
  • Set the dirt to the side. A plastic tarp will make it easier to fill the hole.
  • Add in all purpose fertilizer to the soil.
  • Add in compost to the soil.
  • Add a small amount of soil mixture to the bottom.
  • Put in your bulbs – pointy end up and roots on the bottom
  • Fill with soil and water thoroughly. Add more dirt if necessary.
  • Cover with fine mulch.
Daffodil Picture – By 4028mdk09 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
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