Yard of the Month – Larsen Lane

Diana Linsley is the newest winner of the Yard of the Month and is located on Larsen Lane.

She was recently awarded a grant by the WildOnes and had the club come over and install the garden in one morning. All plants are natives which is part of the WildOnes.org mission. They have a number of free garden designs which might be helpful when setting up your native garden.
Attached is a link to the St Louis chapter of Wildones https://stlwildones.org/

Golden Alexander
Rain Garden
Rose Verbena
Diana and Blue Belle
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Recent Garden Videos – Terrific!

The St. Louis County recently sponsored a number of excellent gardening videos which are now available on YouTube.

Below is a summation of the videos and their location.

Keynote: Let It Be An Oak by Doug Tallamy

A 3-Year Suburban Landscape Makeover by Dave Tylka

Life in the Soil by Jerry Pence

Native Plant Gardens Bring Pollinators by Nina Fogel and Jenny Mullikin

Investing in Native Trees and Shrubs by Meridith McAvoy Perkins

Garden Maintenance for Wildlife: A New Way to Garden by Scott Woodbury

Rainscaping with Native Plants by Allison Joyce and Cody Hayo

Homegrown National Park by Jean Ponzi

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Honeysuckle Hack – Crestwood Park – April 30th

This volunteer opportunity will take place on Saturday, April 30th, 2022, from 9:00 am to noon. Pre-registration is requested. 

Click here to sign up!

Check-in will begin at 8:45 am.
Time period is 9 a.m. to Noon.

**This event will be held rain or shine except in the event of severe weather.  If this is the case, we will cancel the April 30 event and reschedule for a later date.

The removal method for this event will be to cut the plant using loppers and/or handsaws before treating it with herbicide. Long sleeves and pants are appropriate. Tools and supplies will be provided.

This effort is in conjunction with Missouri Botanical Garden’s regional Spring Honeysuckle Sweep for a Healthy Habitat effort.

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Beautification Grants in 2022

The 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 costs up to a maximum of $500.00 per project. For example – if your total anticipated project cost is $400.00, you could receive $200.00 from the grant. If you have higher project costs expected, such as $1400.00 you would only receive the maximum grant amount of $500.00.

This grant program is not intended to be the sole source of funding for your project, rather it is to supplement other resources you have secured for the project. These resources might include raising funds through fundraising, in-kind donations or cash contributions.

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

If you are interested, fill out an application. 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. We encourage groups to use native plants if possible. https://www.moprairie.org/GrowNative

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. When complete, please email it to BeautifyCrestwood@gmail.com or you can mail it to:

Beautify Crestwood Grant
9016 Robyn Rd
Crestwood, MO 63126

Applications must be received by May 31, 2022. 

Only fully completed applications will be considered.

Grant recipients will be notified by June 10, 2022.

In order to receive funds from the Beautification Committee, projects must be completed by October 1, 2022. All receipts must be turned in by Oct. 1, 2022.

Please note that the Beautification Committee can commit to contributing only $2000.00 in total for all these Crestwood projects in 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Email: BeautifyCrestwood@gmail.com

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Blazing Star – Liatris spicata

Blazing Star is one of the easiest native plants to grow. You can buy these as either plants or bulbs and the cost can range from $15.00 for plants to 25 cents for bulbs.

The Beautification Committee is giving away these bulbs to residents at different events so make sure you subscribe to the website news.

Plant the bulbs about two inches deep and six inches apart.

One tricky thing to notice is planting the bulb in the correct orientation. It’s easy to plant the bulbs upside down. The roots have white hairs while the top has more spikey tops.

Bottom of bulb

Top of bulb

Note – Voles love to eat these bulbs. That’s why I only buy the inexpensive bulbs.

Because these are native plants, they don’t require specific soil or fertilizer.

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Honeysuckle Event Canceled for Tomorrow

The April 2nd, honeysuckle cut has been canceled at Whitecliff.

The machinery to chip up the honeysuckle is broken.

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Father Dickson Cemetery Clean-Up

Volunteers Needed. Father Dickson Cemetery Clean-Up

845 Sappington Rd, St. Louis, MO 63126

Saturday, April 2, 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Time to clean up the honeysuckle, etc. again.

Bring rakes, pruners for trimming ivy, loppers for branches/honeysuckle, and lawnmowers.

Sponsored by – The Kiwanis Club of Crestwood-Sunset Hills

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Vegetable Planting Calendar

Below is a link for the St. Louis Vegetable Planting Calendar from SeedStl.org
Click Here

Click on the Link above to get the full Calendar.
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Wood Chips in the Garden

Since Crestwood offers free wood chips up near the Recreation Center, here are some lessons learned on the use of wood chips from one of the experts – Charles Dowding.

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Honeysuckle Hack – Crestwood Park – March 26th

This volunteer opportunity will take place on Saturday, March 26th, 2022, from 9:00 am to noon. Preregistration is requested. 

Click here to sign up!

Check-in will begin at 8:45 am. Further instructions and a reminder will be sent out the week of Saturday, March 26th.

**In the case of inclement weather, this event will be canceled and potentially rescheduled for a later date.

The removal method for this event will be to cut the plant using loppers and/or handsaws before treating it with herbicide. Long sleeves and pants are appropriate. Tools and supplies will be provided.

This effort is in conjunction with Missouri Botanical Garden’s regional Spring Honeysuckle Sweep for a Healthy Habitat effort.

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