I Learned From the Best
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The Kerby's Nursery E-Newsletter
June 17, 2021
Video: Tree Planting  |   Crape Myrtle Care  |   New Arrivals
I Learned From the Best
by Joey Bokor

I was paid a great compliment by my daughter the other day, although I don't think she intended it to be taken that way. She was working on reading music as part of her violin practice, and I was trying to help her find the notes and keep the rhythm by playing the melody out on the piano. She played something that sounded really wonky and apparently I made some sort of a face when she did it. Her response to my reaction was to say, 'You look just like Papa Clark does when I make a mistake.'

Well, I told her, I learned from the best. Because not only is Papa Clark her piano teacher, but he's my dad and was my piano teacher as well. I remember the faces he would make when I got a note wrong and evidently I have made those same facial expressions a part of my repertoire. Like father, like son. Sorry girls, I'll probably always make funny faces when the notes are a little (or a lot) out of tune.

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there. Hopefully, you'll be treated well by your family and enjoy a relaxing Sunday to cap off your weekend.

If you need something for your dad this week, why not a gift for his garden. You could even do something for him in the garden like weed a flowerbed, plant some shrubs, or trim those bushes he hasn't gotten to. Or better yet, bring him out to Kerby's to spend an afternoon together among fruit trees and flowers.

Happy Gardening,
The Kerby's Nursery Family

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Crape Myrtle Care

Crape myrtles are in full bloom all around town. They come in a variety of colors, are cold-hardy and are easy-care for our area. Below are a few tips for getting the most out of your crape myrtles.

1. Prune in Winter - Crape myrtles should be pruned in the winter-time, when they are dormant and don't have any leaves. How much you prune is up to you. There is no need to do a severe prune (sometimes called 'crape murder'), but trimming back overall height if needed and thinning the branches will help the tree flush out well in spring. If you missed pruning in the winter, you can always prune later, just wait until after bloom time, otherwise you will cut off all of those beautiful flowers.

2. Water Wisely - Like any new plant, crapes want plenty of water to get started. However, once established they don't need a lot of extra water to keep them going. One good soaking each week is all they need through the spring, summer and fall and once they are dormant in the winter, they won't need much at all.

3. Watch for Suckers - No, we aren't on the lookout for a gullible person. All crape myrtles are naturally bushes. Even the pretty single trunk 'trees' are naturally bushes and will sometimes grow shoots from the ground, or lower down on the trunk. These shoots are called suckers. It doesn't mean anything is wrong, just trim them off when you see them to keep the energy of the plant headed up into the canopy.

4. Fertilize for the Best Blooms - Crapes aren't heavy feeders, but a spring, summer, and fall dose of The Kerby's Special fertilizer will keep them in top shape and ready to produce the biggest, brightest clusters of blooms.

5. Go for the Sequel - If you dead-head crape myrtles and trim off old blooms just as they are finishing you can sometimes get a second, lighter set of blooms to emerge. Tough on really big crapes (since the flowers are so high up), but for your younger or smaller bushes or trees, you can extend your flower enjoyment.

New Arrivals
Lithops - Living Stones

A Unique Succulent
2" Pot - $4.99
Variegated Baby Sun Rose

Drought Tolerant and Colorful
6" Pot - $7.99


Butterfly Magnets
7 Gallon - $69.99

Send a living gift to your favorite plant person anywhere in the lower 48 states from the Kerby's online houseplant shop. New plants added every Thursday at noon.


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Kerby's Nursery

2311 S. Parsons Ave.

Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 685-3265

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